KIDS IN ACTION

Kids in Action provides support and social opportunities for children and young adults with special needs and disabilities. Our aim is 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 – our work helps to alleviate these negative experiences and has often been described as a lifeline by families and carers.

Our main facility is our centre in Dunstable, a building housing different accessible spaces for social interaction. We run weekly activities for children and young people and as many of our original members are now adults, we have a dedicated over 18’s club too.

By providing facilities and support to young people, this has also 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 – Kids in Action plays a very important role in this.

Over 18s Clubs The Base

The Base provides support and social opportunities for adults with special needs and disabilities. Our aim is 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 – our work helps to alleviate these negative experiences and has often been described as a lifeline by families and carers.

Our main facility is our centre in Dunstable, a building housing different accessible spaces for social interaction. We run weekly activities for children and young people and as many of our original members are now adults, we have a dedicated over 18’s club too.

By providing facilities and support to adults , this has also 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 – `The Base’ plays a very important role in this.

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL


kids in action BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL
kids in action BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL
kids in action BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL

Our founder, Paul Bowen-James, was awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2016.

This was in recognition of the hard work and dedication of setting up Kids In Action, and offering a service to special needs children & adults over the last 20 years.

“I was very proud and honoured to receive this award, but I could not have achieved this without the support of my great team behind me.”
Paul Bowen-James

James Cowdale General Manager
Maria Castor Sr. Manager
Marc Sanders Information Lead



James Cowdale General Manager
Maria Castor Sr. Manager
Marc Sanders Information Lead

Our Mission

We are proud of what we have been able to achieve since we started the charity. From small beginnings, running a club once a week in a local community centre with 12 young people attending, to now in our own (leased) building with 150 people with special needs attending the various club days, evening and weekend sessions each week.

The added benefit to parents, carers and siblings is enormous – having a dedicated place to go a few times a week where their child or adult can be themselves without being judged and is able to interact and socialise with peers, gives some temporary respite to the constant worry of caring full time for a child or adult with special needs. Seeing their child or adult relaxed and enjoying themselves is priceless.

The visible difference parents have seen in their special needs family member since attending the regular sessions is significant, many who have only ever had adult company, are interacting with other young people, reducing their isolation and loneliness, depression and anxieties.



History

Kids in Action was the vision of Paul Bowen-James who recruited 2 trustees to join him on the journey and are still with him today.

Paul wanted to create an “old fashioned youth club” for special needs children where they could experience the same as he did when he was growing up. The club was set up for the special needs child but their siblings were also welcome.

In the beginning we operated on a once a week basis from various locations until 2008 when we moved into our first rented permanent premises in Tavistock Street, where we stayed until 2014. During this time we also took the children on a yearly group holiday in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and went on many day trips.

These were so successful that we bought our own static caravan at Caister-on-Sea for the children and families to use and now proudly own 3. Paul could see that there was a growing need for this type of facility and decided to look for a new home for Kids in Action and we moved into a 10,000 sq ft warehouse where he has created a giant youth club with over 150 members using it a week.

The charity has grown vastly over the last 3 years that it is important for Paul to secure the charity's future by buying the building.


Clubs and Caravan Holidays

Youth club for age 4 – 18
Over 18’s for 18 +

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Fundraising
Events

We hold many sponsored events throughout the year including bowling, cabaret nights, runs etc to raise money for our charity.

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Appeals

We are currently trying to raise funds for us to have a 4th caravan as well as funding the running costs of our existing ones.

This year is our 21st birthday and our aim is to raise £600,000 to secure the purchase of our building.

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We Are Proudly Supported By

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