The Life and Times of Kids’ City
Where it all began…
Kids’ City was originally called the Trojans Scheme when it began in 1995. Then, at the start of 2005, we changed our name to Kids’ City.
Kids’ City is one of the largest and longest running charities of its kind: a multi-faceted organisation. It prides itself as being ‘for the community, led by the community’, widening horizons and extending boundaries for all.
The organisation started in 1995 as a joint parent and school initiative at a primary school in Streatham, South London. The project was born due to the severe lack of ‘out of school activities’ for the local children and their families. It also meant to address the lack of accessible employment and training opportunities for people living in deprived areas and slow-growing sectors of the city.
Since 1995, Kids’ City has continuously grown in size and quality. It now provides breakfast, after school and holiday activities to 14 schools in Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton and Hounslow. Every week, we provide around 2,000 places to children in our community.
The organisation was recognised as a pioneering social enterprise ‘acting as a community catalyst able to nurture and accelerate the learning of other organisations’ in a publication by the government recognised think tank Demos in 2002.
The first Kids’ City site was featured as a model of good practice in a 1998 Government Green Paper. After 21 years, this model continues to influence national standards.
Kids City has long been an important part of the local community. By expanding the area in which we work in, we can make a difference to even more people’s lives.