Who we support
Our 2020 National Partner
The Openwork Foundation works in collaborative partnership with established charities to support long-term initiatives. Our national charity partner for 2017-2020 was AFK (rebranded from Action for Kids in 2018). my AFK was founded in 1991 by Sally Bishop who wanted to raise money to purchase a powered wheelchair for a disabled boy who couldn’t get the equipment he needed on the NHS.
The charity provides and maintains mobility equipment for disabled children and young adults across the UK. my AFK also works with young people with learning disabilities to help with their transition to adulthood and help prepare them for work.
We look forward to sharing news of our new charity partnership in March / April this year.
Grants and Volunteering
The partners, advisers, and staff within the Openwork Group can nominate a UK registered charity for a grant of up to £10,000 for a specific project or operational costs to maintain their valuable services. These grant applications are assessed quarterly by our Grant Committee, which is made up of members of the Openwork Group.
Grants we have previously awarded have helped:
- charities fund the salaries of specialist staff
- fund respite for carers supporting vulnerable people, children and adults alike.
- fund the building of adventure playgrounds for disabled children
- purchase medical equipment and mobility equipment
- build hydrotherapy pools and conversions in hospices
- contribute to the cost of specially adapted minibuses for people living with disabilities.
- fund the training of hearing dogs for deaf people
We also issue smaller grants of up to £250 to charities where there is not a specific project to fund. It gives our supporters the opportunity to support a cause close to their heart, that may have supported a member of their family or themselves.
Applications for these grants must also be nominated by a member of the Openwork Group.
Through the Openwork Foundation ‘community challenge’ programme, staff are encouraged to complete challenges throughout the year to help local charities where they live and work.
Previous challenges have included:
- painting and decorating charity premises
- renovating sensory playgrounds
- providing young carers and their families with a day of fun and respite
To encourage participation, all Openwork staff receive one paid day a year to volunteer. The Openwork Group uplift their fundraising by 50% to allow them give back even more.
The mission of the Openwork Foundation will always be to make a positive difference to those in need, whether it be through the donation of money, the giving of time or the sharing of skills.
Together, we’re proud to make a difference.