KidsOut is a small charity based in Leighton Buzzard which provides a range of services to bring about positive change to thousands of disadvantaged children around the U.K. It uniquely centres on the charities actions rather than the child's circumstances, commonly the Fun and Happiness brought to children. Every year they help over 35,000 children who might have escaped domestic violence, come from difficult backgrounds, have been excluded from school, have a life-limiting disability or be socially or rurally isolated.
The small staff base enables it to remain efficient while growing service coverage. The current CEO of KidsOut is, Gordon Moulds, who was appointed Director of Fundraising in December 2011, moving to the post of Chief Executive from July 2012. The charity is governed by a board of 18 Trustees and is additionally supported by 18 Ambassadors and 2 Patrons, John Parrott and John Peters.
In 1989, John Moores, who was the founder of the Littlewoods Organisation, developed an event which he called “The Liverpool Annual Motorists Outing for Disabled Children.” This was organised by staff at the Littlewoods head office in Liverpool. To expand this event out across the U.K Littlewoods needed to link in with a suitable organisation. His daughter, Lady Grantchester, spoke with Peter Jarvis, a Rotarian of Kingston, to meet with John Moores. John Moores agreed to organise a trail day out in Kingston June 1990, if successful Littlewoods would support the rollout across the country. The event proved to be a great success and the rollout of Days Out soon followed. On June 9, 1992, 34 Rotary Clubs throughout England, Wales and Scotland had successful and enjoyable outings. Peter coined the name “KidsOut” and devised a logo. In time, the Moores family sold Littlewoods and the link with KidsOut was lost. In 1999, KidsOut was registered as a charity and Rotarian Peter Jarvis became one of the founding trustees.
KidsOut delivers 5 major U.K services to disadvantaged children with the support of dozens of companies. They additionally organise Fun Days, where children are taken on a Fun Day out to different attractions, and Workshops, aimed at engaging and developing a child in a particular way, throughout the year.
The Day Out
Every June, the Rotary Organisation throughout Britain and Ireland together with KidsOut takes over 25,000 disadvantaged children on a day out where they might visit the seaside, theme parks, adventure playgrounds & zoos.
Working with Women's Aid Refuges across the UK, KidsOut provides the children with a box of toys when they leave with their mum and move into their new home.
Engaging young people who're excluded, at risk of exclusion, on modified timetables or vulnerable to detaching from learning in the school environment through creative multimedia skills.
Selected schools are given a Sensory Room, to develop cognitive, communication and language skills in children.
A vast collection of online short storeys available in a large number of different languages to help children improve their literacy skills and learn about additional cultures.