The Mayor's chosen charities

The Mayor's chosen charities

Reflecting her hopes and aspirations for the borough, Mayor Thompson has chosen two charities - Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) and Oxygen. 

Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL)

KCIL is a user-led organisation based in Kingston founded over 50 years ago, supporting disabled people to live full and successful lives. 

KCIL empowers local disabled people by removing barriers which prevent them from living to the full.

The charity offers a range of high-quality services from disability-related information, advice and support, to individual, tailor-made assistance to people using Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets to support themselves to live their life their way.

KCIL also provides support with personal budgets for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

KCIL has a small grants scheme for disabled people who live in the Royal Borough of Kingston and are members of the charity to support disabled people to access holidays, equipment or education.

Telephone: 0208 546 9603

Address: River Reach, 31-35 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1LF

Oxygen

Oxygen is an award-winning youth work charity which was started by young people in Kingston in 2001.

The charity conducts a range of youth work projects in and around the borough of Kingston upon Thames focussed on helping disadvantaged and marginalised young people achieve their full potential. This includes working with young people at risk of exclusion from school or involvement in crime and antisocial behaviour. Oxygen also launched its charity shop in New Malden in 2018 which incorporates an up-cycling and sustainability project for young people.

Oxygen's What’s the Point? knife crime prevention project is recognised and supported by the London Mayor’s Office, the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office.

The project involves youth workers going into schools and communities to work with small groups of young people and equip them to teach their wider peer group about knife crime. The project looks at knife crime from all angles and educates young people about the dangers of carrying knives. The charity meet young people where they are at in their context and give them the confidence and the skills to be part of the solution in their communities.

Telephone: 0208 5470 566

Address: St. Peter's Hall, London Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT2 6QL