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The tragic downfall of Kids Company

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The downfall of the London-based charity Kids Company has been all over the news this week.

The former Chief Executive and founder of Kids Company is the hugely flamboyant Camila Batmanghelidjh. A larger than life character who had an amazing passion to help disadvantaged children.

It now appears that the infrastructure of Kids Company failed to live up to the enthusiasm of its founder.

I hope that in the passing weeks and months, as the postmortem on Kids Company is carried out people do not forget that the closure of this charity is a tragedy.

  • It is a tragedy for the 36,000 children, young adults and families who no longer have the services provided by Kids Company. Their lives have been put in to tumult by the organisation who were meant to be providing support and giving them stability.
  • It is a tragedy for the staff who no longer have a job.
  • It is a tragedy for the local communities. Communities that were improved by the services provided by Kids Company.

And it is a tragedy for the Voluntary Sector as a whole.

Back in July 2012, I wrote a post titled ‘Sweet Charity‘. It was in response to an article published in the Sunday Telegraph. This article was an expose on the aggressive behaviour of some street fundraisers.

It was not the article that upset me. It was the vitriolic comments underneath. Who knew that charities and the people who worked for them were so hated? Who knew they were to blame for all the problems of society?

Yes, I admit, charities are not infallible. And the management and trustees of charities do make mistakes.

But charitable organisations are essential. The voluntary sector plays a crucial role in our society.

They work tirelessly to  help the disadvantaged who so often get forgotten about. They strive to find a cure for cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, AIDS and all the other diseases that require billions of pounds worth of research. They walk into war zones to help the sick and hungry. They offer respite care for family’s who have a child who needs to be looked after around the clock.

The list of all the work done by charities in this country and worldwide is extensive.

The work they do is a necessary part of the world we live in.

So please do not let the sad closure of Kids Company tarnish your view of all charities.

The voluntary sector needs our support and praise for the work they do.

For I know, that as you read this, there are charity workers out there who are currently working 24/7 to ensure that those 36,000 children, young adults and families aren’t abandoned.  That they are not forgotten about. That they are given the support and assistance that they need.

And for that we should be grateful.

Hugs

Mrs H

xxxx

14 Comments

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    littleoandme
    August 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I agree, this is such a sad story. I really hope that the children and families that the charity was helping are given some more support and that the staff are looked after.
    Xx

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      Mrs H
      August 13, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks for your comment love. You are so right, it is very sad. I am pretty sure that the kids will find the support they need from elsewhere. I hope so anyway. But as for the staff. That will be harder. Less funding for charities like Kids Company, mean less services and less jobs to go around. I do hope that they find something else though. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Claire
    August 10, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Such a truly sad situation. I hope that those who were being helped by Kid’s Company can find the support and resources they need elsewhere; the charity, despite what the press might like to have us believe, did an awful lot of good for many, albeit with some areas of its work failing. I hope those who have committed crimes are brought to justice, and that the very many good people who worked with and for Kid’s Co will move on to other volunteer roles in the sector. Charities are so vital to our society.

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      Mrs H
      August 11, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Claire. Thank you for your comment. I completely agree with you. The press are currently ripping apart all the good work that Kids Company have ever done. And it needs to be remembered that they have changed a huge number of kid’s lives for the better. Society should be grateful for that. I too hope that all those who have lost their job are able to find roles elsewhere. Sadly, with more funding being taken away from these much needed charities the jobs available are dwindling. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Katie LifeonVistaStreet Haydock
    August 9, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    You’re right Mrs H – It’s a massive travesty that it should fall down at all. Just after Christmas last year they closed the local food bank in our town. I donated regularly because there is a section of our town (as there is in most) that is low income. I dreaded the thought of anyone’s kiddies going hungry.
    But then, like I said, they closed it. Our nearest food bank is now a 7 miles away with no free parking. So it’s either a parking bill, £2.50 bus fair or a very long walk if you need any help.
    It just shouldn’t happen!
    Great post xxx
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      Mrs H
      August 11, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      I totally agree with you Katie. These things just shouldn’t happen and it is a tragedy that they do. Because when they do it is all the people who depended on the support who suffer. I really hope the sadness of this closure makes the Government realise that they need to do more to help the disadvantaged in this country. And they need to do more to aid the Voluntary Sector that supports those less fortunate than ourselves. Thanks for your comment lovely lady. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    mummy tries
    August 9, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’ve found this news so very sad, and as others have said there is clearly much more that will come out over time.

    Thanks for this wonderful post Lucy, it’s a reminder to us all to remember the positives of the charity sector and not allow this tragedy to sour our opinion. For there are truly amazing people out there devoting their lives to helping others, for very little reward at all xxx
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      Mrs H
      August 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment, gorgeous lady. You are so right. It is really important to remember the positives of the charity sector. I hope that as more news emerges the image of the Voluntary Sector does not continue to get marred. But it is recognised that organisations like Kids Company need the support to be accountable and to deliver on the services that they provide. Removing much needed grants and funds from these organisations is not the way forward. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Sarah Christie
    August 9, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Oh no this is so awful I have totally missed this terrible news, like you say charities are so important and it is vital where possible to support them, but there must also be a governence to protect those the charity aims to help, x
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      Mrs H
      August 11, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      I completely agree. It breaks my heart to think of all those kids and families that have been abandoned by the closure of Kids Company. Especially as it was such an abrupt closure and there wasn’t time to put any plan Bs in place. I know that many other charities are already assisting to make sure that everyone who needs help is provided with it. I really hope that this happens. Thanks for your comment love. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    linda hobbis
    August 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I agree that it is very sad for the children and the staff working for this particular charity. My sister is a bereavement counsellor for a children’s hospice in the West Midlands so I have some knowledge of how hard it is. However, if it is true that financial misappropriation was rife and that kids were just being given cash hand-outs, then it is right that this particular charity is closed – perhaps until some better strategy and structure is put in place. There are also rumours I believe linked to child abuse within the Government and Camilla has hinted that she is being effectively scapegoated. I think there is more to this story to come out. I hope that the children who relied on Kids Company are not left high and dry.

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      Mrs H
      August 6, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you for your comment. It is hard to know what the truth is. And in these circumstances we only know what we are told by the media. But whatever happened, it is a tragedy that this charity closed. And I just hope that the downfall of Kids Company does not put people off supporting charities and seeing the huge contribution they make to society. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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    Mud cakes and wine
    August 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    This has been such a sad story and the children in the middle are the ones that I hope do not get forgotten. As a mum to a little boy with autism and type 1 charities offer support and research that are so needed xxx

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      Mrs H
      August 6, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I really hope that those children don’t get forgotten about either. I have read that NSPCC and Barnado’s are already working hard to make sure they are looked after. Charities are valuable to our society. I really hope that this doesn’t damage the Voluntary Sector’s reputation. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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