Gives kids club an update: ‘This is a great opportunity’
GITSIYO, Japan — The Kids Club in Tokyo is about to get a little less crowded, and with the new year comes some new challenges.
The club, which opened in May to help people with disabilities get more active, is planning to move to a new building, and that will likely be the first time a group of disabled people can have access to the club’s space, said director Tetsuro Matsuda.
“There are a lot of people who use the club and the kids, but they’re limited by space,” he said.
For the first year, the club will have to find a new space and move to an apartment complex where it will be harder to fit all the disabled people in.
That means it will have a harder time finding new members and attracting new customers.
The group will also need to decide how to use the new space.
It is still unclear how to distribute its food, Matsuda said.
“We want to make sure that the children are fed properly, we want to take care of them and they’re not hungry,” he added.
But some people say the situation is improving.
One group that has been a part of the club since the late 1990s, the Gitsie Club, said it has made some improvements to its social events.
It has changed the layout and is now using a communal kitchen, and it has decided to use a wheelchair space for all its members, said a spokesperson for the group, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
Some of the changes have included adding seating in some of the older buildings, which will reduce the number of seats available in the space, according to the group.
The group also said it is working on how to move its event from the basement of the building to a more modern location in the neighborhood, and to find ways to expand its events beyond the disabled community.
Its main goal, Matsudas said, is to get kids interested in physical activity and to be active.
Matsuda said the group is still working on the transition.
We are doing everything we can, but it will take time, he said, adding that he expects the change to be made over the next few months.