I started building Jade in May, which was to build a platform for 55+ to connect with others around the same area. Many people of this age group are alone for many different reasons, divorce, bereavement, children leaving the home, redundancy, retirement and many other reasons. Life can be quite cruel, and being alone can knock confidence, cause loneliness, mental health, depression and other illnesses.
People are still very active, want to travel, connect, learn and have the confidence to meet others with similar interests.
I have already set up x2 round table coffee mornings, weekly events and workshops, as well as now advertising some group travel in Southampton.
The money will be used to take on one other person to assist me in growing the business in other areas, hopefully will be large enough one day to cover the UK. The investment will be used for marketing, payroll x1 person, administration, computer and research in getting people involved.
There are many amazing charities around that battle loneliness, but JADE wants to get to people prior to this step and give them the platform they trust and feel safe being part of. Not everyone wants to be a charity and this gives an alternative, it is very inexpensive, but people feel in control of themselves and can keep busy and connect with others.