Key Enterprises Covid-19 Crowdfunder

by Key Enterprises in Benton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 24th August 2020 we successfully raised £652 ( + est. £123.00 Gift Aid ) with 16 supporters in 42 days

Help us continue to provide supported activities for adults with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other mental health needs

by Key Enterprises in Benton, England, United Kingdom

Key Enterprises (K|E) provide supported activities for adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems or acquired brain injuries. Attending K|E provides a routine, sense of purpose, regular access to support and the opportunity to develop skills and confidence within a safe environment. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown has greatly impacted the charity sector. At a time where we are facing a significantly reduced income due to service restrictions, we want to ensure that we are able to deliver the highest standard of support possible during these difficult times. 

The main goal of this crowdfunder is to help invest in technology that will bring our service users together and tackle isolation. We want to supply at least 6 of our more isolated service users with tablets and mobile data plans allowing them to access video calls and online educational media to maintain engagement during covid-19 lockdown. At around £200 each, we have set an initial target of £1200 to help us achieve this goal with scope for funding further projects should we exceed this.

This technology doesn't come cheap and in many cases we would like to offer a data-plan for those who don't have access to a WiFi connection which can incur increased costs as well. 

Our vision is a society in which those with additional needs are supported to reach their potential, lead productive lives, and have a real sense of belonging. Our mission is to: 

Improve skills – Provide supported opportunities for service users to develop new skills or maintain existing ones in a practical workshop setting. 

Reduce isolation – Offer a supportive, dignified space where people feel comfortable and valued, provide opportunities for social participation and widen horizons with new experiences. 

Increase well-being – Contribute towards the greater well-being of service users by providing a quality service and linking up with partner organisations to provide specialist support for identified needs. 

All of these feed into our wider aim of increasing meaningful opportunities for those who use our services.

Without us, service users would experience isolation, reduced opportunities and experiences and a poorer quality of life. Several service users have expressed that attending K|E has provided them with a way of contributing to society in a meaningful way. We provide a unique service that mixes adults with differing diagnoses and complexities. Only 6% of adults with a learning disability have access to work. K|E enables people to engage in activities within a real work setting, providing opportunities and experiences found nowhere else. Creating an environment to socialise safely allows friendships to be built, and reduces the isolation that so many of the adults we work with would otherwise experience. Having access to a social network can increase happiness and confidence, reduce loneliness and in doing so, reduce linked health risks such as depression, high blood pressure and a higher mortality risk.

We run seven practical working departments where service users can develop existing skills or learn new ones, leave their comfort zone, access new experiences and make a positive contribution to the wider community.

Bicycle Maintenance - We sell, service and maintain bikes from our workshop and sometimes at pop-up locations around the North Tyneside area. We produce tutorial videos via YouTube to share basic maintenance tips. 

Catering - The kitchen is the hub of K|E, it’s a busy and welcoming area that provides a daily two course cooked lunch and refreshments throughout the day for service users and staff. 

Furniture Renovation - The department features a high-quality restoration service, carefully stripping down products before mending, varnishing or painting them. Service users can create their own items and learn how to care for them. 

Horticulture - Horticulture is a busy department carrying out gardening work within the community around Tyne and Wear in both domestic and commercial settings. We also grow vegetables that are used by the catering department. 

Maintenance - From tidying up grounds, to mending and decorating, this department is handy and takes on a range of tasks both on site and in the community. 

Metalwork -Metalwork is a vibrant and creative department with an industrial feel. Service users are encouraged to be creative whilst learning basic metal working skills producing a range of items from railings and hanging baskets to unique sculptures. 

Woodwork - We make a wide variety of items including bird boxes, seats, benches, bird feeders, garden sheds and other bespoke pieces. Service Users can also design and create their own items.

Providing the support we do is not without cost. At a time of shrinking personal budgets and reduced government support, our service users are more vulnerable than ever. Key Enterprises provide quality, safe and value driven support that costs a tiny fraction of the interventions we prevent through our services.

For £40, someone can receive a full day of support within a safe and welcoming environment, learn a new skill, enjoy themselves and receive a cooked, two-course meal. They can gain access to emotional support, signposting and a break from isolation.

£26 funds a half-day placement

£40 funds a full day placement

£160 can support a service user for an entire month 

£200 will buy a high quality tablet for a service user

We've got some fantastic rewards available for you including adding your name to our website in our "wall of thanks". With your permission, we would love to share your name or the name of your business with our followers. This is, of course, optional!

Any donation, of whatever value, would be used to continue the valuable work we do.

Thank you

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£15 Key Enterprises Voucher

£15 to use towards a purchase at Key Enterprises, this can be for one of our recycled and refurbished bicycles, one of our metalwork pieces or even furniture renovation and woodwork projects. We'll add your name (With your permission) to our website to say thank you!

£5 or more

Your name on our website!

For a £5 donation we will add your name to our website on a page specifically dedicated to thanking our supporters so you can show off to your friends and family that you've helped make a difference! If you're donating on behalf of a business, we will gladly share the business name too. We will only share donor names with your full permission.

£11 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Bike Chain Key-Ring

We will send you a thank you note and a unique hand made recycled bike chain key-ring. We'll add your name to our website to say thank you! We will only share donor names with your full permission.

£26 or more

Fund a half-day placement at K|E

£26 will provide a half-day of support for a service user within a safe and welcoming environment to learn a new skill, enjoy themselves and receive a cooked, two-course meal. They can gain access to emotional support, signposting and a break from isolation. We'll add your name (With your permission) to our website to say thank you!

£40 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Bike "Check-up" voucher

A full service of your bike by our talented Bicycle Maintenance team! We'll add your name (With your permission) to our website to say thank you!

£100 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Key Enterprises Voucher worth £50

For a £100 donation you'll be helping bring people with additional needs out of isolation and loneliness into a more connected world. We'll reward you with a £50 Key Enterprises Voucher to use with any of our services including bikes, woodwork, metalwork and furniture restoration. We'll also add your name to our website to say thank you!

£200 or more

Buy a Tablet for a Service User

£200 will cover the cost of a tablet for one of our service users and provide significant change in reducing loneliness and isolation for those with additional needs. Thank you so much for considering this extremely generous option! We will send you a £50 voucher, one of our bike chain keyrings and with permission, add your name to our "wall of thanks" on our website!

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