Student charity wins award

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


A local student charity for children with special needs has won an award for its contribution to the local community.

A local student charity for children with special needs has won an award for its contribution to the local community.

KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) provides a range of fun sporting and recreational activities for children and young people with special needs in Oxfordshire organised by volunteers from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford.

KEEN won the award for Family Fun Day Out at the first ever Celebrating Inclusion Awards for Oxfordshire organised by the Government programme Aiming High.

Kate Sankey, co-ordinator of KEEN and 2009 Oxford Brookes alumna, said: “The Aiming High award means so much to KEEN as we were nominated by families of the children and young people that we work with.

“It shows us how much they value KEEN and all of the hard work put in by our enthusiastic volunteers.”

More than 300 student volunteers give up their time to support the charity.

The aim of KEEN is to promote physical and social development, teamwork and self-motivation in a friendly and fun environment. Over the course of a year about 200 children and young people attend KEEN sessions.

The Family Fun Day Out award was presented to the venue defined as ‘a place you go with the rest of your family where you feel welcome and included, have a great time and look forward to going back’. Award winners were picked by a panel of young judges.