The Big Give

We are delighted to be taking part in The Christmas Challenge – the online match funding campaign run by the Big Give.

From midday on Tuesday 30th November until midday on Tuesday 7th December, donations made to Centre 404 through our online Christmas Challenge page will be doubled.

Every £1 you donate will be doubled with funds from our matching pot from Human Rights Fund, Jack Petchey Foundation, Critico Security, Sir Andrew Cahn and Catherine Powloski up to an incredible total of £2500.

Together, we have the opportunity to raise £5000 to support our learning-disabled young people this festive season.

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities in London and around the UK, especially concerning low socioeconomic status families.

The barriers to youth employment, for example, are even higher for people with learning disabilities and/or autism. Besides economic factors, they are not always encouraged to see themselves as having a valuable role to play in adult society. Only 6% of adults with a LD known to their local authority in England are in paid work (NHS Digital, 2018). This particular age group lacks access to meaningful activities and positive peer relationships – they need guidance and community connections to stay safe and reach their full potential.

We know there to be a yearning for meaningful volunteering and employment opportunities, developing independent living skills and socialising with their peers again after Covid-19 disconnected friendship groups that met at Centre 404 by our young people aged 16-25.

Support our campaign so that our young people with learning disabilities and/or autism can keep believing that they too can play a valuable role in adult society.

With your help, we can start up our Young Adults Group again and deliver specialised and fun sessions, including:

  • CV writing, mock interviews, volunteering and work opportunities
  • work with TFL to deliver workshops/activities, plan journeys and travel safely
  • Tackle hate/mate/knife crime, drug and alcohol awareness, cyber security, support to attend self-defence classes, visit police station/workshops
  • Budgeting, healthy meals, computer skills
  • Visit museums, community centres, theatres, pubs etc.
  • Relaxation and safe spaces – e.g. yoga, sport, mindfulness training

Our campaign will launch on Giving Tuesday, on 30th November. Donations can only be made via the Big Give campaign page below.

Remember, the match funding element means that your donation will be doubled! It means your donation will go twice as far to nourish and inspire learning disabled talent.

As part of the campaign, we will hold a Virtual Quiz Night Fundraiser on 3rd December. Join us for a fun evening to support a great cause and register here!

For any questions or if you require specific access needs, please contact Sille via SilleA@Centre404.org.uk. This is a free event, but we would be grateful for a donation.