KIND to be awarded Freedom of Liverpool
A local charity which
has helped tens of thousands of families cope with disadvantage and poverty over
the last 4 decades is being awarded the Freedom of Liverpool.
'KIND' - 'Kids in Need and Distress'; has been in
existence since 1975 and carries out most of its work from a state of the art
'SEED Centre' in Toxteth which has classrooms, gardens, allotments, a
kitchen and health and wellbeing space.
It offers a range of tailor made educational activities, projects and support
for children and families to improve self confidence, develop their education
and skills, re-engage with education, think creatively; live healthily and
develop a sense of social responsibility as well as tackling bullying, racism,
hate crime and anti social behaviour.
KIND also holds week long summer residential breaks for disadvantaged children
aged 6 and 13 in Wales which includes outdoor activities to help them to learn
both about themselves and the environment.
Their annual Christmas hamper appeal delivers food parcels and toys to up to
1,000 needy families, and the charity also provides year, round help with items
such as household goods and clothing.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "The City of
Liverpool is extremely fortunate to have KIND providing help and support to
disadvantaged families. In these difficult times, their excellent work and
support in inspiring, empowering and supporting people is needed more than ever.
I am delighted to be able to award KIND the Freedom of Liverpool, the City's
highest civic honour, and an acknowledgement of the amazing work their trustees,
staff and volunteers are doing every single day to improve the lives of
Stephen Yip MBE, Chief Executive of KIND said:- "For a small organisation
such as KIND, this achievement is not only an amazing honour but recognition of
our work and principles which we have lived by for the last 4 decades. Like many
things in Liverpool, we are different and that difference has enabled us to not
only survive during many difficult economic times, but to also develop, improve
and increase the range of children and families to whom we offer out services.
KIND lives on the kindness of its friends and without that support we could
achieve very little. Today we need that support more than ever so we can
continue making a difference too many young lives."
More information about KIND can be found