Kids Company closure: council says services in Lambeth will be re-opened “as soon as possible”

Written by on August 5, 2015 in News - 3 Comments
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Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh

Lambeth council have issued a statement after the closure of Kids Company, which runs a number of services in the borough, was announced.

The charity has been hit by a allegations relating to bad financial management and last week police launched an investigation into sex abuse claims.

Ministers are now facing questions over the public funding it received.

Its founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh, has said the organisation will close at 7 pm this evening.

There were angry protests today outside the organisation’s Camberwell headquarters.

Kids Company was set-up in 1996 to provide “practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children, young people and families” and operates in London, Bristol and Liverpool.

In July 2013 Lambeth council committed £193,000 to Kids Company over three years towards running a One O’Clock Club and an adventure playground in the borough and the charity also runs a number of after-school clubs.

A Lambeth Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the concerns over the future of Kids Company and its work in Lambeth, and our priority is looking after the children and young people who rely on its services.

“Kids Company is currently contracted by Lambeth council to run a One O’Clock Club and an adventure playground in the borough. The Council will re-open these services as soon as possible, so the children and parents who rely on them are not adversely affected. We are also letting children and parents know about the facilities and activities nearby that are open throughout the summer holidays.

“Kids Company also provides after-hours kids’ clubs to some of our schools. Those services are directly negotiated between the school and the charity. We have already written to schools and are helping to ensure that affected after hours clubs will resume once the summer holidays are over, with a new provider if necessary.”

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3 Comments on "Kids Company closure: council says services in Lambeth will be re-opened “as soon as possible”"

  1. Julie Brown August 8, 2015 at 3:40 pm ·

    TO ADD TO WHAT I HAVE JUST POSTED – AT THE PRESENT TIME ,SINCE OCTOBER 2013,ARAVINDAN BALAKRISHNAN AND HIS WIFE CHANDA ARE BEING PERSECUTED IN THIS WAY TOO, WITH FALSE ALLEGATIONSOF SLAVERY (NOW DROPPED) ,FALSE IMPRISONMENT , NEGLECT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AND RAPE BEING PUT AGAINST THEM !IN THE 1970S THEY ORGANISED AND RAN A WORKERS LIBRARY, CENTRE AND BOOKSHOP IN THE HEART OF BRIXTON (140 ACRE LANE) , LAMBETH ,SERVING THE MOST NEEDY IN THE CIMMUNITY , IT BECAME SO POPULAR AND THE BRITISH STATE SO FRIGHTENEDAT ITS SUCCESSTHAT IT SENT 250 POLICE IN MARCH 1978 TO CLOSE IT DOWN,IMPRISONING A BALAKRISHNAN ,HIS WIFE AND 9 OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNIST COLLECTIVE RUNNING THE CENTRE -ALL ON TRUMPED UP CHARGES OF DRUG TAKING! FOR NEARLY 2 YEARS NOW A BALAKRISHNAN AND CHANDA HAVE BEEN LIVING UNDER SEVERE BAIL RESTRICTIONS – FORCIBLY TAKEN FROM THEIR HOME IN ANGEL TOWN ESTATE IN BRIXTON MILES AWAY TO EDMONTON IN NORTH LONDON ! ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COLLECTIVE FAMILY HAVE BEEN SEPARATED – SOME TAKEN AGAINST THEIR WILL 100S OF MILES TO NORTH OF ENGLAND BY THE METROPOLITAN POLICE ! A SEVERELY DISABLED WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN TAKEN CARE OF BY THE COLLECTIVE FOR OVER 40 YEARS( IN 1969 SHE WAS GIVEN ONLY 3 MONTHS TO LIVE )HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY AND PUT IN A CARE HOME FAR AWAY FROM THOSE WHO KNOW HER AND LOVE HER! THE BRITISH IS VAINLY TRYING TO SNUFF OUT THIS COLLECTIVE WHICH LIKE KIDS COMPANY IS IRREPLACEABLE – IT HAS COME INTO BEING BECAUSE PEOPLE NEED IT FOR THEIR LIVES !

  2. Julie Brown August 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm ·

    SOLIDARITY WITH KIDS COMPANY – I ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING TO KIDS COMPANY – FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BEING PUT OUT AGAINST IT TO DISCREDIT IT !.THIS IS A VERY BRITISH WAY OF KILLING SOMETHING GOOD! THE BRITISH STATE IS ALWAYS AFRAID OF THE TRUTH ! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO EXPOSING THAT MEMBERS OF THE ESTABLISHMENT ARE DEEPLY INVOLVED IN CHILD SEX ABUSE, WHICH IS WHAT CAMILLA IS DARING TO DO !

  3. I live up Brixton Hill August 6, 2015 at 10:33 am ·

    This is an extremely odd story. All of the allegations are vague, cryptically put, and nobody seems to be on the accusing end.

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