NoshyCircle Charity Bake Sale: Get to Know KCA

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15th-19th February 2021

You may have seen across our social media this week that we are thrilled to announce we are hosting a charity bake sale (all be it…virtually!) in partnership with local, Harrow based charity – Kids Can Achieve.

Foodies! You can browse the cakes available in the bake sale from the 15th February and pre-order up until noon on the 19th. All orders will be delivered in the evening of the 19th.

We’d love to spotlight KCA here so we can all get to know them a little better. We asked the KCA team some questions!

What does Kids Can Achieve do? 

KCA supports children and young people with learning disabilities and their families in Harrow.  We support children aged 5-25 including those with physical disabilities, autism and complex communication needs.  We run many services including holiday playschemes, afterschool and Saturday Clubs, 1:1 outreach support in the community, family support service and creative therapies.

How and when did the charity start?

KCA was started in 2002 by a group of parents who felt that there was no suitable provision for their children in Harrow.  It started up with a grant of £10,000 which was used to rent an un-used shop in Pinner and has grown from strength to strength over the years.  In 2012 we fundraised to refurbish the derelict Cedars Hall and we turned it into a specially adapted building to support all of the needs of our children.

What’s your goal as a charity?

Our goal is to ensure children and young people with learning disabilities are given the same life chances as other young people.  That they get the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our vision is to provide engaging, inclusive, and innovative play and experiential opportunities, which enable learning disabled children and young people to develop their social and emotional resilience in readiness for an active and fulfilling adulthood.

How will the profits from the NoshyCircle Charity bake sale be used at KCA? 

We are currently re-vamping our outside play area and would put the money raised towards buying outdoor sensory play equipment.  Sensory play is essential for children’s development and becomes even more crucial when supporting children with learning and physical disabilities to understand and make sense of the world around them.

How else can we get involved as the local community?

You could get involved by following us on social media and sharing our stories to help us spread the word about the work we do.  You could also get involved in a challenge event such as running or hosting a quiz night to help us raise much needed funds.  We run regular fundraising events throughout the year – so when things return to normal it would be fantastic if you could support us by attending our events.

At the moment we know many families are struggling and our family support workers offer a free service to any family of a child with a learning disability to provide emotional support, letter writing and form filling, benefits support.  They offer 1:1 sessions, monthly group online drop-in sessions and creative therapy sessions with our experienced therapists.  If you know anyone who could benefit from this then please tell them to get in touch.

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