Happy 5th Birthday Kidscene!

Posted: 25/01/2017 | Child Care,

Magic tricks, animal encounters and party games were among the ways members of Royal Blind’s after school club celebrated its fifth birthday!

Kidscene kids gather around birthday cakeKidscene opened its doors as an after school club at the Royal Blind School campus in Morningside in January 2012 with the aim of catering for children of all abilities in a safe and integrated environment – the first club of its kind in Scotland. The club’s first session saw just two children in attendance.

Today Kidscene After School Club is flourishing with around 35 children every weekday, as well as a popular holiday club.

And children, staff and parents celebrated in style on Friday with a special party to mark the milestone in Kidscene’s remarkable journey.

Magician Gary James dazzled the audience with an astonishing show, and the children made friends with Animal Encounters' exotic animals – which included an Angora rabbit and a Racoon Dog.

Royal Blind’s Chief Executive, Richard Hellewell, gave a speech to the party guests, before inviting a handful of children to blow out the candles on the Kidscene birthday cake.

Among those at the party was Rhys Edwards, who was one of the first ever members of Kidscene.

The 10–year-old said: “It was just me, Angel and Barry who used to work for Kidscene at the first ever club. I think I was about five or six at the time. I love Kidscene becuase there's loads of different fun things to do.

“There are more children now so there’s more people to make friends with. I remember Kidscene’s first birthday because I was one of the only ones who ate the cake. Now there’s lots of people to share the cake with!"

Julie Jamieson, Care Services Manager, said she was ‘extremely proud’ of what the Kidscene team have accomplished.

She said: “I can’t believe that five years have passed so quickly. It has been a really good chance to reflect on what we have achieved here, we’ve done so much in that time.

“Kidscene is an integrated service, so we have children with a real range of abilities and needs. As far as we’re aware we are the only club like this in Scotland that has specialist staff and facilities so parents know their child’s specific needs will be met.

“Five years ago, we had never done anything like this before, so it was a bit of an experiment to start with, but it became apparant very quickly that there was a need for a service like this and it went from strength to strength. I’m so proud of the team here.”

Kidscene Manager, Lisa Donoghue, added: “I think for parents, Kidscene is a safe space. They know they can leave their child in a safe environment, with specialist staff who can administer medicine or deal with a medical emergency. It’s a real weight off their minds.

“I am really proud of what we have accomplished and I’m happy that the kids have had such a fun party, that’s the best thing I could hope for today.”