Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy By Islay

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About Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

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The Kilmarnock Training Academy is giving people with intellectual disabilities another chance to excel in education. With your support, we can grow our existing programme to reach 20 people within the first year, and open our doors to another 20 people with disabilities, many from outside of Kilmarnock, the following year. You will be helping to provide a transitional programme of work experience and formal qualifications that will assist talented people to find meaningful, sustainable employment outside of Kilmarnock. This is the first time in nearly sixty years of operations that we’ve had a project that the community can actively contribute to - and we’d love for you to join us on this exciting journey.

 

School made James feel that he would never succeed in education, but he has proven them wrong. Kilmarnock Academy is opening its doors for people with an intellectual disability and giving them a second chance to excel in education. James now has NZQA qualifications. With your help, Sarah, and many others can do the same.

 

Students with an intellectual disability are faced with very limited opportunities once they leave high school. Many watch their peers go on to higher education, apprenticeships or straight into employment. For young New Zealanders with a disability, the options are limited. Without a variety of opportunities and the freedom to make their own choices, they have very little control over their lives.

With a diversity of opportunity comes the ability to find a pathway that helps them develop their strengths, achieve their aspirations and become respected, contributing members of their community.

 

With your help, we can execute an exciting plan.

 

THE KILMARNOCK ACADEMY

 

What?

The Kilmarnock Academy is opening doors and unlocking potential for people with an intellectual disability, empowering them to find purposeful employment and a valued place in the community. Within the first two years, it will directly impact the lives of 40 students and deliver as many as 1,600 NZQA credits in numeracy, literacy, communications, and supported learning.

 

When?

Now! After a successful pilot earlier this year, we are in the middle of our second programme which is going incredibly well. Our first cohort completely exceeded expectations and collected considerably more credits than we imagined possible. The programme is currently run internally with our existing employees, but with the help of our community (that’s you!), we can use our learnings to look beyond Kilmarnock and start helping more young people with disabilities to find their purpose.

 

Why?

We believe that with the right training, support, and encouragement, we can all achieve incredible things. Everybody learns differently, and everybody deserves the opportunity to thrive. We are building a training institute that see's the individual and adapts the teaching to the way they learn at the speed that suits them. Because we believe in a world where diversity is embraced and we can all, unashamedly, seek the support we need to flourish.

 First graduates

How?

We have partnered with Hagley Adult Literacy Centre to provide NZQA training and qualifications that are relevant to the work environment and give our team the skills they need to progress their employment ambitions. Over the next six months, we will work with our existing employees to strengthen the programme before welcoming students from outside of Kilmarnock and addressing the great need in the community.

 

Why Funding?

Our first two programmes have given us a strong understanding of what we need to succeed and what this exciting endeavour will cost to roll out. We are seeking the support of our community to fund the first six months of 2018 and the later inclusion of students from outside of Kilmarnock. This will give us the time to build a sustainable model that will stand the test of time and provide security for school leavers with a disability. Funding will be used to subsidise the qualifications of external students, salaries of trainers and staff, wages to continue to pay our employees while they study, and of course all the extra learning equipment needed to provide a hands-on training programme such as this. Anything over and above our target will be incredibly valuable in helping us fast track solutions and build the best possible outcomes for our team.

 

Bang for your buck!

We know money can be a little tight around Christmas, this is why we have tried to provide some really special rewards. We have teamed up with some incredible designers, artists, and many of our amazing customers to provide you with something we think is a little bit special.

 

KILMARNOCK

Kilmarnock is making a genuine and tangible difference to the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.

We believe in a world that values diversity, and so we are changing attitudes towards disability through education, employment, and opportunity, empowering people with disabilities to lead purposeful and dignified lives.

So, we’ve developed the concept of ‘The Academy’.

Housed within Kilmarnock’s Basecamp in Wigram Business Park, ‘The Academy’ will change the lives of 40 people with disabilities in its first two years.

 

Over the past five years, we have been working with the community, social sector and Government to better understand the problems within the sector and develop our solution. We have liaised with a variety of people, including people with disabilities, their Whanau and support people, schools, disability organisations, Ministry of Social Development, Enabling Good Lives, Work and Income, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Health.

 

The sentiment is shared across all organisations and individuals; there are clearly identifiable gaps and a specific need for a solution to bridge the gap between high school and sustainable employment for people with an intellectual disability.

 

With this challenge in mind, Kilmarnock has been consciously evolving and testing our thinking to ensure that we are in the best possible position to meet this need. Due to our diverse commercial operations, holistic approach to wellness, strong understanding of the target market, fantastic new premises, and close relationships with the business sector; we are uniquely positioned to provide an exciting, tangible pathway to successful employment.

 

However, we need your help to bring ‘The Academy’ to life: by supporting this campaign, you’ll help us to expand our pilot to reach 20 people within the first year, and open our doors to another 20 people with disabilities, many from outside of Kilmarnock, the following year. You will be helping to provide a transitional programme of work experience and formal qualifications that will assist talented people to find meaningful, sustainable employment outside of Kilmarnock.

 

 

Please help us to give Sarah and her friends a real shot at success.

Last day of Kilmarnock Academy

 

OUR REWARDS

We have collected some incredible rewards, big and small, for our generous supporters. There is a great range to choose from including tea towels, mugs, and greeting cards with original designs from local artists, handcrafted wooden gifts made by the Kilmarnock team, framed photographs of beautiful New Zealand vistas, gift vouchers from local businesses such as HAPA and Fill Their Lunchbox, and unique tours and presentations from Kilmarnock's inspirational CEO. There is something for everyone! Some rewards we may be able to get to you before Christmas, but others may have a longer lead time.

Rewards

 

 

 

An extra thank you
The names of any donors of $50 or more will be listed on a thank you board in the Kilmarnock Academy as an extra way of acknowledging your generosity and reminding us of all the incredible people who have supported us from the very beginning of this journey.

The artists
We are so lucky to know such wonderfully creative people! Four of our favourite artists have created for us some beautiful illustrations themed around education and inclusion.

Sean Bremen, An extremely talented local graphic designer, tackles the quote "If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid".

Sean Bremen- Fish

Ietje Beets, An Auckland based sculptor and printmaker has created two prints that brings to life the beautiful texture of multiplicity and diversity.

Ietje Beets- Multiplicity

Design 1: Multiplicity

Design 2: Intersection

 

Writer and illustrator, Jenn Rackham, loved the quote, “When people call me weird, I say thank you”.

 

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The People Behind Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

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Every day I get to talk about, write about, and share the story of my awesome colleagues and the ways they are embracing all the new opportunities coming their way. This project is a particularly exciting new opportunity! A chance to try again at education and this time come out on top!

I'm so excited - thanks for your support! 

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    Thank you, Despina for letting us share your story!

    02:39PM Tue 21/11/17 on Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

    I've been working at Kilmarnock for just over two years, and I was one of the first people to join the Kilmarnock Academy.

     

    I left school pretty early and didn't get school cert or anything. Later on, I did a course for a while, but it didn't give me any qualifications.


    I had a job in Australia making the plastic moulds for tomato packets. It was too hard, so I left after a few weeks. After that, I spent a lot of time watching TV, hanging out with friends, and walking my dog.


    When I moved to New Zealand, I still couldn't find work. After a while I found Kilmarnock. I like the variety here. I get to try heaps of different things. My favourite jobs are labelling the bottles for Glass Eye Creek, packing UHT milk for Nestle and Fonterra, and sewing.


    The Academy has been awesome. I have learnt heaps of stuff, but my favourite has been learning about managing relationships, friendships, and grief. Also goal setting.


    I'm pretty proud to have qualifications now. I never thought I could do that.

     

    Please help others like Despina find their confidence and get a second chance at education. Support the Kilmarnock Training Academy and pledge on our crowdfunding campaign.

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