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KickStart Ghana recruiting new trustees

KickStart Ghana are recruiting new trustees for the UK board as David Coles, David Thorp and James Feldwick will step down in early 2019.

All three have been volunteering for KickStart Ghana since the charity’s inception in 2008 and now feel that the charity would be better placed if new trustees joined the board.

David Coles said, “We have loved being part of the KickStart Ghana family and we’re so proud of everything we’ve achieved with Daniel, the rest of the team in Ghana and well over 100 other volunteers, but now is the right time for us to move on. We’ll continue to support the charity going forward but just in a different way.”

Daniel Agbogah, Director of KickStart Ghana said, “These three, along with Ruth and Sarah, have committed so much time and effort to KickStart Ghana and we wouldn’t have achieved what we have without them. I look forward to working with the new trustees soon.”

This is an exciting opportunity to join the board of a charity that is making a real difference to the lives of young people in Ghana through the provision of sport and education. You’ll be working alongside other trustees and volunteers in the UK and the board in Ghana, led by the Director, Daniel Agbogah.

Applications for the trustee roles will be open until 22nd March with interviews taking place after that. If you are interested please send a CV and cover letter to The role specification can be read here. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

KickStart Ghana auction and raffle

DSC_1369At the KickStart Ghana fundraising dinner with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Unwined in Tooting on 22nd March we will be holding an auction with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. These include:

  • Half day photography tutorial, donated by Zedmill
  • Two tickets to a Spurs home game
  • One hour flamenco class for one or two people
  • Supper club for four people hosted by Verity Coles
  • 1:1 running session & 8-16 week bespoke training plan with a qualified running coach
  • One hour ukulele lesson
  • One ticket to the Spurs v Chelsea FA Cup semi final match at Wembley on Saturday 22nd April
  • A beautiful Ghanaian photo donated by KSG partner charity Lensational, empowering women through photography
  • Delicious home made decorated cake
  • Apple watch (unboxed but good as new)
  • Two tickets to the Hockey League Final at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 23rd April
  • A home cooked three course meal for six ready to heat and serve to your guests – choice of three items per course
  • A tour of the Pavilion at The Oval, followed by attendance at a 20/20 match for one person
  • One ticket to the World Athletics Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday 4th August.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to bid for an item please email with your maximum bid amount and we will include this in the auction.

Our raffle will also include the following prizes:

  • Two tickets to Wine Wednesday at Unwined
  • Bottle of gin
  • Collection of DVD’s
  • Crime fiction book bundle
  • Fiction book bundle
  • Tea for one set
  • Pointless travel game
  • KSG t-shirt
  • Ghanaian cotton tote bag
  • Bath bag and toiletries

KickStart Ghana dinner 2017


KickStart Ghana is delighted to be hosting its annual Fundraising Dinner at Unwined in Tooting, a delightfully quirky wine bar, in Tooting Market. Zoe Adjonyoh from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be providing the food, so you will be able to sample a delicious selection of typical Ghanaian dishes.

When: 22nd March at 7pm
Where: Unwined in Tooting, Tooting Market

Tickets are just £25.00 per person and, of course, include the buffet style meal. Additionally, we will be giving £5.00 worth of raffle tickets to everyone attending.


The menu includes the following favourites all of which, apart from the Jollof chicken, are vegetarian:

Jollof spiced chicken
Jollof rice
Red Red
Shito as a side condiment

You will have the opportunity to purchase just the right wine, beer or soft drink to complement your meal from the excellent selection available at Unwined – their staff will be happy to help you choose!

During the evening there will be an update on the achievements of KickStart Ghana over the last year, an auction of promises and a raffle, plus a few surprises along the way!

Get feasting and get funding for KickStart Ghana!

About the venue:

Unwined is a wine shop, bar & kitchen in Tooting Market, created by pop-up wine company A Grape Night In. Here you can expect to find a welcoming space, filled with quirky wines, monthly changing themes and guest chefs taking over the kitchen.

About Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen:

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is a dining event and catering service which merges its Ghanaian roots with a contemporary dining experience. Home spun, home cooked food. Always fun, always relaxed and always tasty… Zoe has her first cook book coming out imminently and has recently appeared on Channel 4 with Jamie Oliver.

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Exclusive chance to eat the BT Dining Club



KickStart Ghana have been given six tickets, on a table of ten, by BTGiving to dine at the exclusive BT Dining Club, and you can get your hands on a pair!

This dinner, in the revolving restaurant on the 34th floor of London’s BT Tower, is one of the most sought after experiences in the UK. The tower is among the tallest buildings in London with incredible panoramic views, and isn’t usually open to the public, so it really is a unique opportunity.

What better gift, celebration, or just a winter treat to yourself?

Taking place on Monday 14th November, the dinner includes a drinks reception at 6:30pm followed by a three course dinner and carriages at 10pm.

We would like to raise as much money for these tickets as possible so we’re holding a secret auction for each pair of tickets. As the tickets have been donated, all the money you bid will go straight to KickStart Ghana’s work.

If you would like to attend please email with your bid for the tickets by 1st November. We suggest a minimum bid of £200 per ticket and the tickets will be awarded to the highest bidders on 2nd November.

Can we afford not to invest in education?

Read the latest post from our blogger Joely Harris about the importance on education in reducing inequalities.

This summer I joined four staff and twenty five children in a three week expedition in Madagascar. We were blessed with hugely knowledgeable guides, including the self proclaimed “bird nerd” who had mastered over 100 bird calls and was David Attenborough’s very own guide. Theo the “bird nerd” had once been part of a naked tribe that had lived in the national park before it gained its status as such. He educated us on the traditions of the Madagascan tribes and their need for the wood that exists inside the National Park. Deforestation is a humungous issue in Madagascar with one half of its forests disappearing between 1950 to 1985 leaving a meagre 11% of rainforest left today. Theo’s overarching argument as to how to fix this was, (you might have guessed it) education!  Due to being taught how to guide in the national park he could provide for his family without resorting to cutting down wood from the forests. His cousin and nephew are also guides in the forest.

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First Week of Summer School

Our third blog from Steph describes how the St Cecilia Summer School is running.

Last week marked the beginning of Summer School at St. Cecilia’s primary school. The Summer School, which is for pupils in class five and class six, is running throughout the month of August and involves both volunteers and Ghanaian teachers. Each day, pupils have lessons in their core subjects of Maths, Science, English and Citizenship, which are taught by their usual teachers. These lessons are essential as pupils are preparing to take their entry exams for the Junior High School: pupils who don’t pass are held back. Alongside these lessons, pupils also spend up to two sessions per day with the national and international volunteer groups, developing soft skills such as cognitive skills, language and communication and physical development. This year, each week of volunteer sessions has a theme, and last week that was My World. Pupils were able to design their own planets, think about their ambitions for the future and play lots of fun outdoor games. This week we’re looking at Outer Space, and so far pupils have taken part in a space crusade, written songs about the planets and even designed their own rocket ships.


Alongside the Summer School, there is also the Reading Club, which I am lucky enough to be volunteering in throughout the month. During these sessions, pupils work in small groups with a local or national volunteer, using stories to develop their reading skills and play word games. They also have the chance to take part in one-to-one reading sessions. Volunteers have really enjoyed working on this project, and helping the children to improve: as English is an official language of Ghana, it is crucial that children are able to use and understand it effectively.

As if volunteering in both the Summer School and Reading Club wasn’t enough, Joe, Estefania and Gareth are also running football coaching sessions in the afternoons. They are working with both the local boys’ and girls’ teams alongside their local coach, to help develop and improve their football skills.

On Friday evening, we headed down to Kokrabite for the weekend to relax on the beach, enjoy some reggae and eat a lot of pizza! It was a wonderful way to round off a really busy and successful first week.

Introducing the volunteers

Read our second blog from Stephanie who met our latest bunch of volunteers last week.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks preparing for the Summer School, and most of our international volunteers have finally arrived in Ho! Alex, Amelia, Estefania, Joe and Gareth are all students at Leeds Beckett University, and they are joined by Shoshanna, who studies at University of California- Davis in the US. I had a fun couple of days in Accra going to meet everyone.

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Introducing our Action at Home Coordinator

With funding from LSE Careers, as part of the Santander Universities scheme, KickStart Ghana has appointed Richard Yeboah, BSc in Economic History 2017, on a four week contract as our first Action at Home Coordinator. Richard will be blogging about his experiences during his time with KickStart Ghana.

I came to first hear about KickStart Ghana through a conversation with Dave (co-founder), during an LSE networking event. He gave me a brief insight into the amazing work they do in the Volta Region and immediately I became fascinated by their vision to equip Ghanaians with the resources to fulfil their potential and have every opportunity to succeed.

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When I grow up, I want to be a Teacher…

Our new blogger, Joely Harris, takes the opportunity to introduce herself in her first blog for KickStart Ghana and explain about the importance of education in reducing inequalities so that SDG 10 can be achieved.

My name is Joely Francesca Harris. I am a 22 year old vegetarian prospective Secondary English Teacher about to begin my teacher training at Oxford University in September. At Christmas I cut off ten inches of hair to give away to The Little Princess Trust, raising over £400 for the charity in the process. I regularly volunteer with Frank Water, a fantastic charity that supports clean water sanitation projects in India. My connection with KickStart Ghana began in the summer of 2013 when, through their volunteer programme, I taught at St Cecelia’s Summer School in Ho. I am about to embark on a trip to New York to work with World Merit in their programme Merit360 to help tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These blogs are aiming to look at SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities and how KickStart Ghana is already working towards this goal.

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Introducing our 2016 Volunteer Coordinator

We were delighted when Stephanie Macwilliam agreed to sign up as our 2016 Volunteer Coordinator. Having completed TeachFirst and now the Course and Programme Co-ordinator, Children People and Young Families at The National Communities Resource Centre at Trafford Hall we she would be fantastically qualified to volunteer with KickStart Ghana.

Over the summer she will be supporting our volunteers to make sure that they can really make an impact on our projects, including the 2016 summer school and reading club and coaching at Dynamo FC. She’ll also be evaluating our impact and working closely with the Ghanaian board on other projects.

She’s going to be blogging about her experiences over the summer and below is her first. We hope you enjoy.

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