Action For Kids - our history

Sally Bishop, Aciton For Kids' founder

“Thank you for visiting Action For Kids’ website. The charity was set up back in 1991 when I raised funds for a young boy who needed a wheelchair, which the NHS was unable to provide. I soon realised that there was a real need for a children’s charity to support young people with physical and learning disabilities, as well as their parents and carers.

From our early beginnings we grew and were able to help more children get the mobility aids they so desperately needed. In subsequent years we moved into our own premises. We soon realised that disabled young people were being excluded from work experience opportunities, so we introduced a Work Related Learning programme delivered initially in-house and then extended into schools and colleges.

In June 2006 we were in a position to purchase our own building – Ability House. In 2008 a further building, the Gatehouse, was leased to provide additional space to expand services into structured and accredited (via OCN – Open College Network) independent living.

My aim has always been to give children with physical and learning disabilities as much independence as possible and I am a firm believer in giving them opportunities.

I am often asked what is the most rewarding part of my work. That’s a difficult one to answer. There are many things, but the most rewarding is seeing the real difference we make to the children, young people and their families who we are here to support.

For example, seeing a disabled child receive a brand new powered wheelchair from Action For Kids is just fantastic and extremely rewarding. What a massive difference it makes to their quality of life, their independence and self-confidence as well as the positive effects it has upon their family and friends!

I would like to thank everyone who has made Action For Kids the life-changing and professional charity it is. I hope you enjoy reading the rest of our website.”

Sally Bishop