All Inclusive K9 Cafes to Enrich Local Communities

by Emy Jones in Blackhill, England, United Kingdom

£310

raised of £25,000 target
11
supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th April 2020 at 10:00am

To provide a safe community hub focusing on mental health, disabilities, the elderly & the less fortunate, through the love of dogs.

by Emy Jones in Blackhill, England, United Kingdom

About little old me...

I’ve always been aware of my drive to help others. It’s something that’s been with me all through my life from knowing first hand what loss, pain and adversity really feels like.

My life experiences are vast, from an early age of being in care, having to grow up fast, losing a parent young, learning to survive, struggling with depression most of my young life and having undiagnosed dyslexia, to finding the companionship of dogs and succeeding in the big business world against the odds. I developed a massive drive to succeed and I have the perfect cocktail for success, coupled with my learned life skills bringing me to my dream goal of owning a business that helps others.

Sadly a lot of people go down a spiral of negativity when faced with adversity, but I chose the positive path and what a rewarding path it is.

After making my mark and outgrowing working for other businesses like Pandora and Thomas Sabo, I decided the corporate world wasn’t the place to be for me. I wasn’t born to be a follower but I had learnt so many amazing skills and confidence to risk everything to be my own boss. In 2013 I had a breakdown, took time out, sold all my useless belongings, rented my house out, bought an old camper van and spent months deciding what to do next. I wanted to get happy and healthy so I started a Bootcamp to get fit and this inspired me to get my Personal Training qualifications and I started my journey to helping others. I quickly became life coach material and moved back to my home and built my clients purely through recommendations!

Annoyingly I had a car crash in 2017 and my work as a Personal Trainer and life coach declined. I lost my mojo for running ultras and being an amateur athlete and faced being told by health professionals I would most probably never be athlete material again. This made me very very sad. Then one day while enjoying a coffee with friends in a cafe that let dogs in, they said “you could do this”. So I did! But I had better ideas!

I ignored the health professionals and meditated, hypnotised and used alternative ways to mend myself, cleared my debts, boosted my credit score, and went for a business loan, sold my car, and anything that I could use to self fund my dream. I had done it before and I could do it again, I told myself. But this was even bigger then anything I had done before, however, this time I had so many skills and experiences it all fell into place nicely.

And from that I created my dog cafe in a turn around of 6 weeks, doing 90% of everything from the DIY, legalities, advertising, hiring of staff etc myself. Pulling all my past experiences together from big businesses I’ve worked for, to knowing how to survive, to renovating my own home, on very little and relying on very few.

The dream...

My cafe in three months of opening has already made an impact on the local community. I created a sensory room for autism, registered PAT dog therapy evenings, music therapy, book exchange, customer token scheme to encourage my customers to buy food & drink for the less fortunate, employ volunteers with mental health and disabilities and cater for diverse diets, amongst many other things. 

Why I need crowdfunding...

By self funding this project, I’m unable to move the business concept forward to enrich even more people through the ethos of the cafe. Funding would greatly help me to pay for staff to work, allowing customers to continue having a great experience and provide a safe space. This will allow me to be able to work on providing more to the current community, networking and advertising, raising more awareness of the impact we are making. My goal is to fund a second cafe in another community, because my drive to help others doesn’t stop in just one place. After seeing the positive response from dogs and humans - I strongly believe all and any community would benefit from an environment like this. 

Testimonials...

If you check out my Facebook page @thechillindog / The Chillin’ Dog K9 & Human Cafe you will see how many likes and recommendations I have in just four months of trading...this cafe is something so many communities need!

Please help me on my mission to provide this!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

£50 reward

For this reward we would like to invite you to the flagship cafe or any cafe in the future for a voucher to cover a meal, cake & drink for two say thank you! There is no time limit to this voucher. Thank you

£20 or more

0 of 200 claimed

£20 Reward

This is the opening reward and to say thank you will receive a very cool branded mug or reuseable takeaway cup. Thank you

£100 or more

£100 Reward

This gets you a free doggy or human private party and includes a homemade dog friendly cake or human cake. Thank you

£200 or more

£200 reward

Aimed at businesses & groups for free exposure and advertising on the cafe web pages and social media. Or for you super generous believers in what we are doing! Thank you

£500 or more

£500 BIG Reward

This reward is for being one of our biggest supporters. We will not only give you advertising space on the website, social media and in the cafes but also on the t-shirts staff wear and customers can buy. We will also mention you in interviews and invite you to events. And for those pledging this amount from your heart, we thank you for your belief in what we are doing! Thank you

£1,000 or more

0 of 15 claimed

£1000 Upwards

For you very very generous humans that are committed and believe in making this dream come true...for this we will make you a share holder. To be discussed further.

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