Kids Company march– The march will follow a route from south London to Downing Street

Supporters of the closed charity Kids Company are taking part in a march in London.

The march from Camberwell, south London, to Downing Street has been called to raise awareness of vulnerable people who used the service.

Kids Company volunteer Lisa Moodie said: “Today is about making sure children have a voice and are heard.”

The charity was closed following a row over funding. Kids Company has denied allegations of financial mismanagement.

About 150 people gathered outside the charity’s former centre in Camberwell to take part in the march to Parliament.

Before it shut its doors on Wednesday, Kids Company provided practical, emotional and educational support to some of the most deprived and vulnerable inner-city children and young people in London, Liverpool and Bristol.

It was founded in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh.

Ms Moodie, who has been a youth worker with the charity for seven years, said: “Today isn’t about Camila, it’s about love, it’s about making sure the children’s voices are heard.

“I agree people need to be accountable for what happens to our young people, it’s not acceptable that we just leave them discarded. These are very vulnerable young people, they live chaotic lifestyles.”

Anita Ebirim, who brought her eight-year old daughter to the charity, said: “Why did they close Kids Company? It’s a place we come to save our lives. Every day we come here to eat our lunch… we get breakfast, we get clothes. A lot of young men come who don’t work, but it stops them messing around and getting into drugs.”

Kids Company employs 600 paid staff, as well as working with a pool of about 8,000 volunteers and 500 students.

Marie, a 30-year-old volunteer from Wimbledon, said: “It makes no sense, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. The kids keep coming and find out by the notice on the gates . We didn’t have time to say our goodbyes to our kids.”

via Kids Company supporters take part in London march – BBC News.

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