KIDS at 50

Welcome to KIDS’ 50th Anniversary

For 50 years, KIDS has worked alongside disabled children, young people and their families.

We’ve directly helped many thousands of children and young people, supported their families and worked creatively to provide support in the way that’s right for each individual We’re delighted to share examples of our achievements over five decades; stories from families we’ve supported, young people who have used our services, trustees who have guided our work and staff who have dedicated their working lives to championing the needs of disabled children.

We have a gallery showcasing some of the events we’ve organised and from some of our services over the years, messages of support, and a timeline (coming soon) illustrating a snapshot of some of our achievements in each of the decades.

As the anniversary year progresses we will be adding more content so please do check back regularly. And if you spot a gap or have a story to share we’d love to hear from you!

Lacey, eight years old, has autism and received support from KIDS Hull Early Years between 2014-2016. Her mum Lisa, writes about the impact that KIDS’ support had on Lacey’s development.

Finding the right service for Lacey

"I first became involved with KIDS in January 2014 when daughter Lacey was 22 months old. She was non-verbal was extremely angry and became distressed lashing out and unable to tell me what she needed. 
I took Lacey along to a KIDS language group at a Children’s Centre in Hull. The very first session Lacey spent screaming at the door to get out of the room and she would not join in any activities, snack or songs. Clearly this was not the right group for Lacey and the KIDS Practitioner suggested I try another more suited to her needs. In my haze it was not until attending the KIDS Play & Development sessions that it became apparent how different Lacey was. 

Seeing a positive change in Lacey

Lacey was so lucky to attend KIDS groups for two years. The angry little girl who ran into the session at the beginning, who was non-verbal, confused and upset is now a happy little girl who smiles and sings. She has times when smiles are tears but thanks to the strategies and support KIDS has provided, I have the most amazing relationship with my little girl. 
Lacey has astounded me on how she has developed in the last two years. At the beginning I could not comfort Lacey.  If Lacey hurt herself and I made eye contact she would lash out screaming ‘No’ but now I can comfort and cuddle my daughter.

Thanks to KIDS I feel in control and I feel that I have an insight into Lacey’s world. I can read between the lines and eliminate any triggers before meltdowns.  I cannot thank KIDS Hull enough for how they have helped me become a Mum to the most amazing little girl."