My name is Amanda and I have a great opportunity to refurbish a shop in Fareham, Hampshire into a small café to employ people with minor learning disabilities and for them to gain experience, training and to help build their confidence to enable them to go out into the work place. Many people with minor learning difficulties are overlooked when applying for jobs.
How do I know this? I have a daughter with minor learning difficulties and a disabled son. I know how hard and soul destroying it is for them. I have this opportunity to use the shop for this project and to help others within the community. I also have other ideas that will promote the cafe and could be used for other activities later down the line.
I just need help to fulfill this project. I have asked for £20,000 as I am at the early stages of estimating costs I will need everything from napkins, furniture,lighting, coffee machine etc. The beginning is to reburbish the shop and to make it an amazing, friendly welcoming place for the whole community to enjoy, hopefully with your help. Also there will be on going costs to consider and it all adds up! Any amount raised will be gratefully received.
I feel very passionate about this project and feel it is needed in the Fareham area and I really want this to succeed. I have started to clear the shop and that is the worse part, believe me!
Everyone that donates will get their name or company (if they wish) on a plaque, we will then proudly hang on the wall in the cafe. Also I would like to invite people who have donated generously to attend the opening of the cafe and have a chance to meet the people who will benefit from this project and to have a drink and a bite to eat. I would also hope to have some press coverage to celebrate this occassion.
If this is successful and I hope it will be, I would like to expand this into other areas or help others to set up this type of project in other parts of the country.
I want this cafe to be a hub of the community and as this is a non profit project I am not out to make a profit myself from this, it is just to help bring hope to these amazing individuals and hopefully bring a smile to their faces and show them that they are useful in society and they have a chance to show they are capable of many things, including work. I want to let them know they can have a positive outlook on life and just to say to them "Don't Worry be Happy"
I cant offer much in rewards at this time but just to say a big "Thank you" if you can donate any amount big or small to this great project.
Thank you again for your time and reading about my project.