To celebrate our 50th Anniversary in 2018, we will be hosting several events during the year:
In September, (date to be confirmed) a party will be held where it all began – at the Kaleidoscope Club in Kingston!
The Kaleidoscope was a Friday Club opening at 10pm until 6am. The aim was to provide a safe place for young people to attend after the pubs closed at 11pm. In Kingston there was a major problem of fights taking place in the town centre once the pubs shut. The name ‘Kaleidoscope’ came from the diversity of young people coming together, be they mods, rockers, teddy boys, hippies or Hells Angels they were welcome at the Kaleidoscope.
The services Kaleidoscope developed came out of the needs of the young people. The hostel was born out of a disused church house. It was extremely basic, including the need for residents and staff to fill up the bath using buckets of water.
In the late 1960s sex and drugs were at the height of fashion. The question was how to protect people. Kaleidoscope responded by organising a clinic for those attending the club. The clinic was held in the Minister’s office where either advice or treatment was provided.
For further information and booking enquiries please contact Lisa-Marie Flavin: