“KEEN offers something which is unique. The ability to 'drop in' on a range of activities - but more importantly the ability to mix and make friends” A KEEN parent
Providing a truly exceptional service… KEEN is a registered charity and joint organisation of Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities. Run by a team of enthusiastic, dedicated and inspirational volunteers, we provide social, sporting and recreational activities for children and young adults in and around Oxford with a broad range of special needs, such as downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. We run four weekly sessions: GrEAT (a social club for over 18’s), KEEN Teens (a social club for teenagers), ZigZag (a performing arts session for younger children), and Allsorts (a Saturday afternoon sports session). We also run a number of special events throughout the year, for example climbing, ice skating, theatre and daytrips. We are able to provide one-to-one pairing for our athletes, and each session involves specialist equipment tailored to their needs. With the exception of GrEAT, which charges a small subscription to members, all of our sessions are free to the children involved. What does KEEN achieve? Simply put, the sessions that KEEN run transform the lives of our athletes and young adults. They get to socialise in a safe and fun environment, their families can see their child progress and get respite for a few hours each week, knowing their child is in safe hands. Furthermore, our volunteers develop a wide range of skills in leadership, organisation, teamwork, and working with young people.
“We are delighted to have raised valuable funds for KEEN, which is a wonderful charity for young people with special needs” France Baudet MD CannelleBeaute
Make a difference to the lives of families and young people in Oxfordshire today... KEEN costs around £70,000 a year to run, and we are reliant on donations from businesses and individuals, and grants from trusts and other organisations. Businesses and individuals support us in a number of ways, through donations, fundraising, gifts in kind, and by offering other services and expertise. What could KEEN do for you? We hope that the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping us to help young people through KEEN is rewarding in itself. But your association with KEEN does not end with your financial support. For many of our supporters, this is just the beginning of our relationship. We work actively in collaboration with each of our supporters to develop a mutually beneficial partnership, something we feel is both incredibly important and worthwhile. Our supporters really become a part of the KEEN family. KEEN can work with you to provide publicity opportunities and to enhance your reputation.
£100 funds the purchase of craft and drama equipment for one term of ZigZag sessions
In the past supporters have organised office collections, payroll giving, dinners and auctions. We encourage supporters to have fun and be creative in fundraising for KEEN, and can offer a range of support along the way.
£300 will pay for one of KEEN’s three yearly ice-skating trips
£500 will fund the annual KEEN Olympics, including large marquee tents and medals for all participating athletes £1000 will fund one day trip for 40 children and their carers £4000 will fund the hire of a leisure centre in which to run sixteen of our popular Saturday sports sessions between October and March
£10000 pays for KEEN’s annual transport costs: a minibus which bring athletes to KEEN sessions who would otherwise not be able to come, and a coach to take volunteers to our Saturday sports session
gift in kind Alternatively there may be valuable services you can offer us at a discounted price or for free - printing, arts and crafts materials, costumes discounts, sporting equipment for example, or raffle prizes you could donate.
time Or you could help by giving us some of your time. We are always looking for new volunteers, and individuals or groups with specific skills to help run sessions. Equally valuably, if you have any skills in fundraising, administration or publicity we would love your help.
A core aim of working with supporters is to connect them with the following groups associated with KEEN: - 3,500 students from Oxford and Oxford Brookes, young professionals and sixth form students who receive the KEEN weekly review. - A rapidly expanding Twitter following of over 130 organisations and individuals, and a Facebook page with over 250 followers which is updated daily - Access to a mail list of 5,000 current students involved in the wider volunteering community in Oxford - Regular access to a wider student body of 10,000 students in Oxford through our college rep system and poster campaigns - Over 200 families and other supporters with whom we are in regular contact
â€œVery few other organisations provide this sort of environment, which is what makes KEEN so specialâ€? Becky, sister of KEEN athlete
Contact us for more information If you are interested in supporting KEEN, we would love to talk with you. We would be delighted to meet to discuss how we can work with you, and extend an open invitation to you to come and see first hand the difference that KEEN makes. Please get in touch with us using our contact details below. We look forward to hearing from you!
16-17 Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DH 01865 264173, 07847 110371 firstname.lastname@example.org www.keenoxford.org
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