Kangaroos Impact Report showcases life during lockdown and beyond

Find out how Kangaroos makes a real difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in our latest Impact Report. The booklet is a reminder of why we, as a charity are here – to bring colour to the lives of people with learning disabilities.

The report, which evaluates the effectiveness of the services we offer, is produced each year, with this one covering our financial year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.

Keeping the Kangaroos Spirit Alive

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, on March 17th 2020, we made the difficult decision to suspend our normal programme of clubs and activities in order to comply with government regulations and ensure the safety of our vulnerable members.

We quickly regrouped to launch an online activity programme for our members. In addition, we launched other support services to our families, such as regular welfare calls and parent/carer zoom meet-ups. We also set up a closed Facebook Group to provide a safe community where parents, carers and families were able to help and support each other.

It was important to us that we provided as much support as possible while we were unable to offer our usual face to face activities, outings and clubs. As you will see from reading our Impact Report, we managed to achieve so much. We were described by many of our families as ‘a lifeline’ during the intense periods of lockdown.

What we are doing now

All of our face to face clubs are now running normally again. And we’ve just had the most wonderful summer offering a full range of activities, day trips and outings again. Our four residential trips to Hindleap Warren Outdoor Centre also went ahead as planned.

So, what’s next?

We have an approved 3-year strategy (2021-2024) which has three objectives to:

  • maintain the quality of our current provision, growing organically to respond to members’ needs
  • broaden our portfolio of services beyond our current provision
  • extend our reach, providing services throughout Mid-Sussex, across all ages

Our current CEO, Peter Ackland, is retiring at the end of September. We have now recruited a Chief Operations Officer, Zoe Pizzie, to implement the strategy with the current team.

With new funding from the National Lottery, we are developing our Family Support project. This is an important part of Kangaroos’ strategic objective to broaden our portfolio of services.

Our gratitude

A huge thank you goes to our staff and volunteers who have pulled together through unprecedented and difficult times. Thank you also to our committed supporters for their vital donations during a time when our ability to raise funds has been significantly impacted.

We are as determined as ever to continue to bring colour, joy, fun and friendship to the lives of people with learning disabilities. It’s the only way we know how!

We hope you love the Impact Report as much as we do. It’s certainly put smiles on our faces. Simply click here and enjoy the read.

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