Kangaroos was established in 1994 by a small group of parents whose children attended Court Meadow School in Cuckfield which specialised in supporting children with learning disabilities. The parents wanted their children to be able to access similar after school activities and opportunities to that which mainstream school children enjoyed and started by establishing a Saturday playscheme for six children. The group chose to name themselves Kangaroos to reflect the way the children were hopping from one activity to another.
25 years later the organisation has grown immeasurably and now supports over 200 members ranging in age from 6 to 35 – the older ones just don’t want to leave and activities run almost every day of the year.
Kangaroos’ vision is that disabled young people can exercise their right to leisure, play and recreational activity.
Kangaroos’ values are:
In the last financial year (2018/19) we supported 217 members, ran 614 club and activity sessions and provided 2,026 hours of activities.
In early 2019 we conducted an external evaluation of our clubs and activities. Specifically, we asked the evaluator to look at the quality and impact of our activities and how our approach helps build the independence and confidence of our Members. The evaluation was hugely positive about our work as well as suggesting some ways we could further enhance our work. Find a summary of the evaluation report here.
We receive regular feedback from our Members and their parent/carers about the work we do and this is overwhelmingly positive, both in terms of the fun nature of the activities, the value of the friendships made and social networks enjoyed by our members (many of whom are potentially very isolated), the building of social skills and independence and the value to parent /carers of being able to enjoy a few hours of respite.
Read our testimonials for a flavour of what our work means to the families we support.