August 2011 - Best Art / Community Project

Gareth Benton, minister at the King's Church in Elm Grove, Southsea which runs Kings Kids, with Ermeala Aklilu taking part in the cream pie activity.
Gareth Benton, minister at the King's Church in Elm Grove, Southsea which runs Kings Kids, with Ermeala Aklilu taking part in the cream pie activity.
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It’s a club that has proven popular among two generations – and this year King’s Kids celebrates its 15th birthday.

King’s Kids was set up by a group of volunteers from King’s Church, in Elm Grove, Southsea.

The club aims to give children in the Somers Town area a chance to gain confidence and explore different activities.

It started out with around 70 children taking part, but now more than 100 kids attend each week.

The club runs after school in Somers Park School, Somers Road, and Cottage Grove School, Chivers Close.

Gareth Benton, minister of the church, said: ‘The club has been incredibly popular – some of the children who used to come to King’s Kids years ago now have their children coming along.

‘At the church we like to think about people outside the church community.’