The relief of poverty and unemployment of disabled people through the provision of education, training, business support and grants to enable individuals to achieve sustainable and self-supporting livelihoods.
This means we aim to promote the disabled community, providing them with the confidence to deal with everyday life and the skills to either find employment or to set up their own business.
The Kaleidoscope Foundation welcomes donations from individuals or organisations that are aligned with our Vision and Mission.
KF Sharing Circle is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your life, struggles and triumphs and connect with like-minded others.
Our sharing circle is a safe place to share experiences and listen to others.
We aim to tackle the increasing problem of loneliness this Covid pandemic has created and offer peer support through our sessions.
Peer support is when people use their own experiences to help each other. There are different types of peer support, but they all aim to:
The circle runs fortnightly on a Wednesday lunchtime. If you are keen to be involved please contact us.
We provide an incubation program to help disabled entrepreneurs create businesses which are non-commercial, e.g. charitable, voluntary organisations, community enterprises or small, lifestyle businesses enabling the entrepreneur to become self-supporting.
The program will take you from the early days of formulating a business idea, help you improve self-confidence, understand how to structure your business right through to putting together a business plan and how to bring you idea to fruition.
Entrepreneurs can join in at any stage of the program depending on where they are with their idea.
The Incubator program runs fortnightly and is a rolling program, so it doesn't matter where you are currently with your business plans.
Each weekly session will last approximately 1 hour depending on the level of interaction.
Different aspects of disability and its relevance will be a core thread that will be discussed throughout all modules.
Our long-term objective is to help to create operational, successful businesses where the businesses and the entrepreneurs adhere to the same core principles as The Foundation.
Please contact us if you would like to be involved in incubator sessions.
We offer a wide selection of educational training programs ranging from self-confidence training to specific skills training to self-employment skills training to completing a business plan.
Whether you are looking to start your own business or acquire the confidence and skills to look for employment, there will be a training program for you.
Many of the trainers are disabled themselves so are able to provide advice based on personal experience.
We offer grants of up to £1,000 to individuals looking to start social enterprises or small life-style businesses enabling the individual to become self-supporting.
To be eligible for a grant:
1) Either you or a member of your team must be disabled according to the Equality Act 2010.
2) Your organisation must be based in the UK.
3) Applicants must be 18 years of age or over.
4) Your organisation should have a social purpose or objective.
(note: we have limited funds currently but we hope to have more available by the summer of 2022. In the meantime, our team has a wealth of business experience so please contact us if you would like help and advice with your business).
"Right now I feel really emotional… I am blessed to have you all in my life"
"I find it profoundly touching that we feel safe enough to share within our group"
"I feel like I can be honest without being judged in the share circle"
"Being listened to and listening to others has been beneficial to my general well-being"
Mary-Rose Portelli is a consummate sales professional and specialises in client conversion techniques. She has a career in Financial Services spanning
almost 40 years having worked for Telerate, Dow Jones, Bridge and
Thomson Reuters. She spent much of her career at Thomson Reuters as
Head of Sales for the UK & Israel and her team had an annual budged over
£100m in sales.
Eshan was born in November 2006. During the birthing process complications led to a severe brain injury. This opened my eyes to the world of disability and to the many challenges and unfair judgements that accompanied it, in particular the lack of self employment / employment opportunities disabled people were offered.
Many disabled people were looking to set up businesses which were non-commercial - e.g, Charities, voluntary organisations, enterprises to help communities or small life-style businesses enabling the individual to become self-supporting. Others just wanted the opportunity to work in mainstream employment and be treated equally.
It was my desire to help these people fulfil their dreams that gave birth to the Kaleidoscope Foundation.
Hardeep Rai (Father)
Thank you for your support. Other than bank charges and IT costs, all money received is used in pursuit of our objectives.
Registered Charity Number: 1187266