Kids Company searches for new headquarters after current offices set for demolition

08 Apr 2015 News

Children’s charity Kids Company will be forced to leave its head office within a month and has not yet confirmed alternative accommodation, its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh said last week.

Children’s charity Kids Company will be forced to leave its head office within a month and has not yet confirmed alternative accommodation, its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh said last week.

Batmanghelidjh told Civil Society News that Kids Company had moved into its current offices in Southwark in London six years ago, and has paid “a very low rent” during that period, because it agreed to occupy the building on a temporary basis while planning issues were resolved.

The building is now due to be demolished and turned into flats.

Batmanghelidjh said the charity was in negotiations over other properties but had not yet signed a lease.

“We are trying to get the best deal possible,” she said.

She said the charity face considerable problems finding a suitable office because of its complex operations. The charity, she says, runs scores of services from its current offices, and does not have a significant budget for accommodation.

“We have 500 students and 10,000 volunteers, as well as all our staff, coming through this property,” she said. “It has to be large, accessible, and central.”

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