Kids in Action provides support and social opportunities for children and young adults with special needs and disabilities. They aim to make a positive difference to each and every individual, encouraging their participation in social activities, in a safe non-judgemental environment.
Many young people with disabilities experience isolation and loneliness. Their work helps to alleviate these negative experiences and is often described as life-line by parents. By providing facilities and support to young people, this has enabled the organic growth of extended support to families who have a shared experience of caring for a family member with disabilities.
Having an extended `family’, sharing difficulties and positive experiences really helps and Kids in Action plays a very important role in this.
The visible difference they achieve is significant. Many, who have only ever had adult company, are interacting with other young people, which reduces their social isolation and loneliness, depression and anxieties. For parents seeing their child relaxed and enjoying themselves is priceless.
Paul Bowen-James, who set up the charity over 20 years ago and Tracey Hammond, manager at Kids in Action visited the Brache training ground on Tuesday to meet players James Shea, Harry Cornick and Harry Isted to discuss ways the players can support their charity this season.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen as the players’ charity of the year for this season”, said Mr Bowen James. “Having the players’ involvement will help us to raise the profile of our operation in Dunstable that helps so many children with disabilities, and their families, in the Bedfordshire area.”
During the discussions, the players were full of ideas as to how they might be able to raise some money for Kids in Action too, by donating signed boots and goalkeeping gloves for the charity to auction as well as appearing at events and activities this season.
A visit to the Kids in Action centre is also planned for the coming weeks, where players will have an opportunity to meet the members and see how the charity works.
To find out more about Kids in Action and how you can get involved, you can visit their website at: https://www.kidsinaction.org.uk/