Kids Out is a charity that takes disadvantaged kids on exciting days out, and Rotary members play a vital role in ensuring these events are a success. Kids Out are seeking to grow this scheme, and Rotary clubs can help them to achieve this. Click here to see more about Kids Out
Seventy years ago Sir John Moores, the founder of the Littlewoods Organisation in Liverpool, initiated an event known as Liverpool Motorists’ Annual outing for Handicapped Children, where every year up to a 1000 local children were taken to Southport for a day out. In 1989 it was decided to extend this activity to involve Littlewoods Stores throughout the country. However it was soon decided that the Stores would be unable to cope with the obvious organisation this would require. Local Rotary clubs were therefore asked to help.
After a successful trial by the Rotary Clubs in the Royal Borough of Kingston on Thames and the local Littlewoods Store in June 1991, the logo ‘ Kids Out’ was decided upon, and on Wednesday12th June.1991, the Rotary Clubs and Littlewoods Stores in Croyden, Hounslow and Cardiff enjoyed their first Kids Out event. On June 9th 1992,34 Rotary Clubs throughout England, Wales and Scotland had successful and enjoyable outings. It was only a matter of time before the second Wednesday in June became the National Kids Out Day for children with special needs for all Rotary Clubs with financial and other assistance provided by Littlewoods Stores in the various areas.
In 1993 Rotarian Geoff Morris the President of the Rotary Club of Carmarthen asked Aberystwyth Rotary club to join his Club in organising a Kids out Day to Oakwood. The local Littlewoods Stores would provide packed lunches for the children. Aberystwyth club took 9 special needs children from Penglais School with their helpers. It was a very rewarding and enjoyable day out. The Rides were fairly basic compared in the early days with the large Pirate Ship swing and the boating on the lake , the toboggan run and the ride through a copse and the water splash slide, as well as the gold diggers village and trip down the mine and a miniature golf course. No dangerous high water splash or upside down rides at that time.
Every year, normally in May or June, members of our Youth Committee organise our own Kids Out Day for a group of local special needs children and their carers at Capel Bangors’ Colossal Activities facilities