Our passion for child wellbeing lies at the heart of everything we do. It all began in 2000 when the charity was founded as the Kent and Medway Walking Bus Group. Our goal was to tackle two major health challenges – childhood obesity and air pollution – in one fell swoop. Today, KM Charity Team (KMCT) walk-to-school programmes remove hundreds of thousands of school-run car journeys from the road each year. As a result, children embrace a more active lifestyle, learn road safety, and arrive at school alert and ready to learn. Plus, of course, there are fewer air-polluting cars jostling for space at the school gates during drop-off and pick-up hours – creating a safer environment in every sense of the word.
The success of this initiative soon garnered the support of local businesses, councils and schools who approached KMCT to develop further programmes that addressed some of the ever changing issues facing children and young people in our community. Buster’s Book Club, launched in 2014, quickly became a core part of our work with schools. It creates a real buzz around books, with millions of reading hours eagerly notched up every year. Children don’t realise they are developing their language, vocabulary, imagination and emotional intelligence – they’re too busy having fun! Annual initiatives include Teacher of the Year Awards and Green School Awards – to recognise and share best practice – along with science contest The Big STEM Challenge, and cookery challenge Young Cooks.
KMCT is now the leading charity across Kent that is dedicated to giving children and young people the ‘Knowledge and Motivation’ to be the best they can be. KMCT is a charity that doesn’t just try and ‘fix’ young people after things have gone wrong; we are dedicated to working with them at an early stage in their lives to help prevent problems from becoming issues in the first place.