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!

Poppy’s mum, Kayleigh, writes about the her journey with KIDS and how Poppy has settled into KIDS Basingstoke Nursery.

“Poppy started at KIDS Nursery on 7th October 2019, and prior to this she was visiting for two months to have stay and play sessions, and for Tracheostomy training to take place. She had a Tracheostomy (Trach) and peg fitted when she was born, and has had consistent hospital support throughout her life.

The staff at KIDS Nursery have been outstanding, especially Sonata, Claire and Kate. As without their support Poppy Rose, wouldn’t have been able to attend her local nursery with her friends in the local area.

She has been given 1:1 support, so she can access all areas and especially the new garden. She can push a pram around with her peers, and there has been a protocol put in place for all the team to follow in the event of an emergency.

This is the first nursery in the local area, where the staff have been trained to support a child with a Trach in a nursery setting.

My daughter is so happy and confident to be going to nursery.

Thank you KIDS.”