We are very proud to announce that after months of planning and organisation our Communication Groups are up and running.
We are delighted to announce that The O’Keefe Group have become our first corporate partner. Helen, Jo and Sarah the 21 Together Trustees recently joined the O’Keefe Leadership team for a wonderful drinks reception hosted by the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce (www.sevenoakschamber.com) at the stunning St Clere Estate and walked away with a cheque for £800 courtesy of a well supported raffle.
The O’Keefe Group is a Civil Engineering Contracting business providing a range services to public, private and residential sectors of the construction Industry predominantly in London and the South East. Founded in 1970 as a small groundworks company, the Group has grown to become a £75m integrated engineering business recognised as an expert in our fields.
The O’Keefe Group have a wide range of services and are well placed for continued profitable growth in the highly competitive construction market due to their on-going commitment to training, innovation and investment.
On a normal working day Andrew Doubtfire (pictured above) can be found at his desk in Canary Wharf working for Engie but last week Andrew kindly joined Team 21 to assist us at our two days Numicon Training in Herne Bay.
Engie allow each employee two days a year to help a charity – and luckily for us Andy volunteered to help 21 Together.
Andy made himself indispensable, he was a chauffer, organised our buffet lunch, was a hostess, lugged our heavy resource boxes and very importantly during the training collated our feedback from previous courses. Andy is a whizz on excel so we now have lots of collated statistics which demonstrate the clear positive impact our training courses are having in the community – which come with very clever bar graphs and pie charts! This information is key for when we apply for grants in the future as we need to be able to demonstrate the impact we are having.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Andy, you made a fabulous addition to our team and to Engie for allowing us to borrow him.
Today was an exciting day for 21 Together. We unexpectedly came into possession of the BBC Radio Kent phone tracker phone. So at 2.45pm this afternoon the phone rang and live on air, our Trustee Helen got to tell all of Kent about what we do and why we do it. To listen to our five minutes of fame play the clip below.
Emily applied for the London Marathon not thinking she would actually be allocated a place but she got in! She has only ever run a half marathon before, so this is big challenge for her, but hey, how hard can an extra 13 miles be?! She has gruelling training schedule which is fitting around a full time job and her own family.
Emily has lived in Kent most of her life, but now lives in Mitcham near Croydon and has many friends both in Kent and London. Emily is running the London Marathon to fundraise for 21 Together as it is a charity particularly close to her heart.
In 2007 a very close friend who lives in Kent had a little girl with Down’s syndrome. Emily and her family play a big part in her life and this is why she is passionate about raising awareness of Down’s syndrome and making Down’s syndrome training accessible and affordable for everyone.
So please support Emily and 21 Together by sponsoring her Click here to sponsor Emily
Three school children who live in St Helen’s near Liverpool were given the task to raise awareness of their chosen charity and fundraise for that charity within school. Alyssa, aged 9, pictured here on the right has a cousin in Kent who has Down’s syndrome, so along with her friends Libby and Olivia they decided to fundraise for 21 Together.
Over many weeks, they prepared and practised their factual and informative talk about Down’s syndrome and then delivered it during an assembly. They organised a raffle in school and also put in some money from their own money boxes! Altogether they raised an amazing £47.23
The money will help us to continue delivering vital training in Kent, providing support and raising awareness of Down’s syndrome.
Libby, Olivia and Alyssa – you are an inspiration! Thank you for all your hard work.
Over the last 3 months the local community has been supporting 21 Together and posting their green tokens into the Community Slot in John Lewis. We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all those who supported us with tokens and spread the word to families and friends. They have raised a whooping £1050.00, this will go towards running more courses for families and professionals and helping us raise awareness in the local area.
21 Together relies entirely on public support so if you are able to support us, had over to our fundraising page.
We want to give a big shout out and a huge thank you to the Bay Trust in St Margaret’s Bay near Dover. They are kindly sponsoring the Wills and Trusts Training on Sunday 22nd January 2017.
They have given us free use the Pines Calyx eco-venue and are providing refreshments as well!
What is the Pines Calyx?
The Pines Calyx is a truly unique, sustainable venue set 6 acres of organic gardens. It is the first venue in Europe to be designed and built using the principles of cradle-to-cradle design, combining the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. To understand more about how this building connects to the wider context of the Trust’s work read on…
Who are the Bay Trust and what do they do?
The Bay Trust is an environmental education charity based at two campuses between Dover and Deal. Their mission is to empower children and adults to work towards a healthy, low impact way of living.
When you visit, everything around you is about reconnecting with the natural world. Their inspiring spaces include dedicated outdoor classrooms, the award winning Pines Calyx, and an organic garden and tea room. All these projects involve cooperating with nature to improve the biodiversity of the land they manage. They would not exist without the efforts of their dedicated trustees, staff and volunteers as well as the organisations they are partnered with.
Many different groups benefit from coming and using their facilities. Mainstream and special schools can visit for drop in sessions or week long residential stays. Adults with additional needs and the long term unemployed come daily to engage in gardening and admin skills. Individual learners from local colleges can take advantage of formal apprenticeships. These include horticulture and organic land management as well as skills in accounting and marketing for the third sector.
All of the programmes they offer are designed to enhance self awareness, nurture productive relationships and help manage personal or social challenges. These could range from limited opportunities, ill health, exclusion from mainstream education or simply a transition between different stages in life. Supporting people and the environment they inhabit is at the heart of what they do.
The venue is offered free of charge to local charities like 21 Together for 3 days every month. Please contact Simon McGhie on 01304 851 737 or via www.baytrust.org.uk to check availability and discuss T&C’s
Thank you Bay Trust for supporting 21 Together and the Kent community!
Waitrose in Ashford is kindly supporting 21 Together and we have a Community Matters Green Token Slot which is live NOW! The slot will be there during October and we will get a share of £1000 based on the amount of tokens in our slot.
So if you are popping in for a bit of shopping or a coffee we would be really grateful if you could support us and post your green token in our slot. Thank you everyone!
But, who did we spot shopping in Waitrose? This lovely lady has a very important role within 21 Together. She is our official photographer Jurgita Barton.
Jurgita is a professional photographer and friend who has supported 21 Together from the beginning. She took the photographs which have formed our website and spent all day taking pictures at our Launch Day in May. Jurgita has always given her expertise and time for free and we cannot thank her enough.
This time we made her pose for the camera rather than being behind it!
The National Citizen Group in Ashford had seven days to organise a fundraising event to support a charity of their choice. We were very lucky as they chose to support 21 Together! But they didn’t do just one event, they did two. On gaining sponsorship from family and friends, the team ran the 5k Ashford Park Run on Saturday 13th August. The following day they organised a Fun Day at the CXK building in Ashford. They ran many stalls, these included, hook the duck, glitter tattoos, throw the balls, biscuit decorating, name the teddy, a cake stall, a raffle, and leg waxing for the boys, for a donation – painful but funny!
With all their effort and hard work they managed to raise an amazing £578.84 Thank you each and every one of you for all your support.