History of Inspire Schools

The charity Inspire Schools was founded in 2000 with the aim of supporting and promoting green travel to school and health and wellbeing initiatives. At the start the organisation was called the Kent and Medway Walking Bus Group and it was a Club and Society. It became a registered charity is 2004 and changed its name and logo in 2009 to Kent and Medway Charity Team (KM Charity Team) to reflect the broader range of services delivered.

In 2018 it changed its name to Inspire Schools as it began expanding into London and the south east. KM Charity Team is still the main brand used by the organisation within Kent but outside of this area Inspire Schools is the only branding used.

kmctavidaToday green travel to school and children’s health and wellbeing is still at the heart of the charity’s activities but now it has a widened remit delivering other services to support schools – and also to provide support to PTA groups and charities to support their fundraising.

In Kent the charity works alongside the KM Group, Kent’s biggest multi-media publisher, to support the organisation’s charitable work whenever the objectives of the two organisations are shared – hence using the KM Charity Team brand.

In Sussex the charity works alongside Johnston Press (Sussex Newspapers).

Services for schools

  • Walk to school – including walking bus, Walk on Wednesday and Green Footsteps.
  • Young Cooks, our children’s Masterchef-style event.
  • Buster’s Book Club – a reading reward scheme to promote literacy levels.
  • Teacher of the Year Awards – heats staged in Kent, Sussex and London.
  • Kent Literacy Awards
  • Green School Awards
  • Walk to School Song Contest

 

Services for charities and good causes

  • KM Charity of the Year selection process
  • Training courses

 

Fundraising support for PTA groups and charities

The KM Charity Team stages a range of collaborative events that any good cause can use to support their fundraising. These include:

  • KM Abseil Challenge
  • KM Dragon Boat Race
  • KM Assault Course Challenge
  • KM Big Bike Ride
  • KM Charity Walk
  • KM Colour Run
  • Buster’s Firewalk
  • Zombie Charge

 

Please explore this website to discover more about our work or phone 0844 2640291 (lo-call) or email kmcharityteam@thekmgroup.co.uk

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Members get chance to quiz CEO and Board

   The annual meeting of the KM Charity Team will give Members a chance to quiz Trustees and Chief Executive on how development of the organisation into a regional organisation is progressing. The meeting is free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance. It will take place...
Posted On 25 Jun 2018

Staff and Trustees thank Martin for his dedication

  Staff and Trustees of the KM Charity Team gathered to pay tribute to the charity’s outgoing chairman, Martin Vye, at a reception today (Friday, June 22). Martin will formally stand down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting on 12 October, which takes place...
Posted On 22 Jun 2018

Martin thanked for decades of service

   Martin Vye has been thanked for almost two decades of services to the KM Charity Team. His decision to stand down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees this June was recognised at the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards when Deputy Chairman of the Board, Stuart Smith presented...
Posted On 21 May 2018

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