Kangaroos was established by a group of parents in 1993 to run out of school activities in Mid Sussex for children with severe learning disabilities. There were no activities in the area suitable for special needs children to attend and they believed that their children needed and deserved activities that would be designed to cater for their very special requirements.
Kangaroos ran their first Saturday Club in January 1994 and have organised them virtually every Saturday since. The Holiday Playschemes followed in February and have continued to run each half term and school holiday.
Since then Kangaroos have initiated a range of additional projects and have adapted the original activities to meet the needs of the changing and increasingly complex profile of the children and young people provided for. However, the ethos of Kangaroos remains unchanged, we have always had the young people at the centre of everything we do, meeting their needs, providing them with the care and support needed so that they can have a fun, worthwhile experience with their peers.
Our Management Committee still comprises mainly parents, with the addition of two trustees from the local community. All of our staff are suitably qualified and experienced and hold enhanced CRB checks. We also benefit from local volunteers mostly from local secondary schools and college to help provide the 1:1 support needed on some of our projects. We provide them with experience and training and believe that this opportunity benefits them too, as they become more self-assured and confident by helping others in a fun atmosphere.
Where possible, our youngsters have a lot of input towards the range of activities provided and we feel that it is extremely important to receive feedback from them and their families concerning the services provided. This belief has led to the initiation of a Youth Forum for older members enjoying some of our projects.
Kangaroos also provides families with a short break to do a bit of shopping, spend time with other family members and generally to do those things that they are not able to do with their special needs child around.