Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

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Unlock The Potential Of The Kilmarnock Academy

Project 2017-10-18 15:45:22 +1300

 

The Kilmarnock Academy is a new approach, providing a personalised, coordinated pathway to employment for people with an intellectual disability.

 

The Kilmarnock Training Academy is giving people with intellectual disabilities another chance to excel in education. With your support we can grow our existing pilot 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 (NZQA) 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. 

 

 

Choose your rewards, pledge your amount, and help the Kilmarnock Academy come alive.

 

 First graduates

 

This funding will help us take another 20 people on the same journey as Allan, Despina, Dave, Bradley, and Rachel in 2018 to gain meaningful training and qualifications.

This is just the start of the Academy. We want to scale and build partnerships to provide a pathway to employment, beyond Kilmarnock, for people with an intellectual disability.

 

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. Through recognised NZQA qualifications, our graduates can discover new talents and opportunities. This is what the Academy does…

Kilmarnock

At Kilmarnock, 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. We balance this social mission with achieving incredible results in a commercial environment as a contract manufacturer. We work with some incredible customers such as Air New Zealand, The Gough Group, Foodstuffs, and Trade Aid to help deliver excellent results to their customers.

To read more: www.kilmarnock.co.nz

To see more: Visit our Youtube channel

Find us: On Facebook or Twitter

Or read about what others think here: New Zealand Listener, and here: Latitude Magazine

Or just read about my (Islay) experience at Kilmarnock here.

 

Our Rewards

We have collected some incredible rewards, to acknowledge your support.

There is a great range to choose from including original designs from local artists (see them below), handcrafted wooden gifts made by the Kilmarnock team, and gifts and vouchers from local businesses such as HAPA, Fill Their Lunchbox, Parry Field Lawyers, The Grow Good Guy, Yoga By Kotte, Sonder Wallets, Chirny Coffee, Auspicious Victory. There is also an awesome collection of Kilmarnock experiences from tours, to presentations, to Kilmarnock workshops and your own named carpark! Stay tuned for the amazing mystery wine draw…

 

 

Also, do you like Fiji?

We do! That’s why we have partnered with Air New Zealand (one of our awesome customers) to get you there. ALL pledges over $50 will go into the draw to win a return trip for two to Fiji. Just pledge, and share on your social media with the #kilmarnockacademy

 

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

Sean Bremen- Fish

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

Ietje Beets- Multiplicity and Intersection

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”.

 

 

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.

 

 

Last day of Kilmarnock Academy

 

 

 

Comments

Updates 3

7 Days to go!

07/12/2017 at 4:25 PM

Hello friends!

It's been a big day today!

We reached 100 pledges, we celebrated one week to go (It's the final countdown do-do-do-doo), AND our second group of graduates had their final day of classes!

Mary, Tim, Tania, Jareth and Todd are now getting prepped for their graduation ceremony next week! At that graduation, we will introduce the next group of participants who will be re-starting their academic career in the new year. We still need your help to make this happen!

Reaching the target before the 14th of December will guarantee the Academy can go ahead next year.

So if you are willing, we would love for you to speak to all your networks and help us on the final push. Plus, there are flights for two to Fiji to win for any pledges over $50! Just make sure you have shared the campaign with the hashtag #kilmarnockacademy to be in to win!

Last day

 

P.s We were in the news today! Read about it here. 

 

Thank you!

 

Islay and the Kilmarnock Team

You need to pledge to see this update.

Thank you, Despina for letting us share your story!

21/11/2017 at 2:39 PM

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.

    Pledgers 200

    Anna Heyward
    2017-11-25 20:06:12 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2017-11-25 09:07:06 +1300
    Sophie Isobel
    2017-11-24 21:09:31 +1300

    "What an amazing opportunity! "

    Ben Diggy
    2017-11-24 16:36:32 +1300

    "Go get it team <3 FTLB"

    Marcus Clyne
    2017-11-24 15:51:06 +1300
    Karen Tait
    2017-11-24 12:14:08 +1300

    "You guys are doing inspirational work - keep it up!"

    Robbi Shearer
    2017-11-22 09:38:20 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2017-11-21 14:08:41 +1300
    Ashleigh Grose
    2017-11-21 13:52:21 +1300

    "All the best and keep up the amazing work you do! From the team at Jacobs Christchurch"

    Soda Cafe & Bar
    2017-11-21 13:51:27 +1300

    "Hope this helps. Love Kilmarnock and everything it stands for. X"

    Emily Black
    2017-11-21 13:36:06 +1300

    "Such a fantastic idea! Something that we need in Wellington! "

    Gracie Shearer
    2017-11-21 08:47:47 +1300
    Michael
    2017-11-21 06:55:14 +1300

    "Love your way Michelle and Co. FlourishON Kilmarnock..."

    Anonymous pledger
    2017-11-20 17:40:19 +1300
    Anonymous pledger
    2017-11-20 09:10:44 +1300
    Adam Millen
    2017-11-17 14:27:54 +1300

    "Very happy to support this organisation!"

    Margot Lindsay
    2017-11-17 14:16:11 +1300
    Margot Lindsay
    2017-11-17 14:15:31 +1300
    Gerard Higgins
    2017-11-17 11:17:15 +1300

    "Best of luck with the campaign from your number 1 fan in Scotland, "

    John Merrell
    2017-11-17 00:25:36 +1300

    "Good Luck Michelle!"

    Rory Rackham
    2017-11-16 22:02:52 +1300
    Anabel Darby
    2017-11-16 15:47:49 +1300
    J Foster & A Rackham
    2017-11-16 14:23:26 +1300
    Ainsley Walter & Mark Stewart
    2017-11-16 14:22:14 +1300
    Sean Barnes
    2017-11-16 12:58:16 +1300

    "Aroha! So great to be part of the amazing team :-)"

    Christian Walsh
    2017-11-16 09:16:15 +1300
    Louise Aitken
    2017-11-15 17:57:07 +1300

    "Christmas Presents for the Ākina team sorted! We are so proud of the entire Kilmarnock team and love to be supporting this amazing org!"

    Hannah Watkinson
    2017-11-15 16:31:31 +1300

    "Go you good things!"

    Glen Saunders
    2017-11-15 16:18:13 +1300
    Sam
    2017-11-15 12:56:08 +1300

    Followers 2

    Followers of Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

    Unlock The Potential Of The Kilmarnock Academy

    Project 2017-10-18 15:45:22 +1300

     

    The Kilmarnock Academy is a new approach, providing a personalised, coordinated pathway to employment for people with an intellectual disability.

     

    The Kilmarnock Training Academy is giving people with intellectual disabilities another chance to excel in education. With your support we can grow our existing pilot 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 (NZQA) 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. 

     

     

    Choose your rewards, pledge your amount, and help the Kilmarnock Academy come alive.

     

     First graduates

     

    This funding will help us take another 20 people on the same journey as Allan, Despina, Dave, Bradley, and Rachel in 2018 to gain meaningful training and qualifications.

    This is just the start of the Academy. We want to scale and build partnerships to provide a pathway to employment, beyond Kilmarnock, for people with an intellectual disability.

     

    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. Through recognised NZQA qualifications, our graduates can discover new talents and opportunities. This is what the Academy does…

    Kilmarnock

    At Kilmarnock, 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. We balance this social mission with achieving incredible results in a commercial environment as a contract manufacturer. We work with some incredible customers such as Air New Zealand, The Gough Group, Foodstuffs, and Trade Aid to help deliver excellent results to their customers.

    To read more: www.kilmarnock.co.nz

    To see more: Visit our Youtube channel

    Find us: On Facebook or Twitter

    Or read about what others think here: New Zealand Listener, and here: Latitude Magazine

    Or just read about my (Islay) experience at Kilmarnock here.

     

    Our Rewards

    We have collected some incredible rewards, to acknowledge your support.

    There is a great range to choose from including original designs from local artists (see them below), handcrafted wooden gifts made by the Kilmarnock team, and gifts and vouchers from local businesses such as HAPA, Fill Their Lunchbox, Parry Field Lawyers, The Grow Good Guy, Yoga By Kotte, Sonder Wallets, Chirny Coffee, Auspicious Victory. There is also an awesome collection of Kilmarnock experiences from tours, to presentations, to Kilmarnock workshops and your own named carpark! Stay tuned for the amazing mystery wine draw…

     

     

    Also, do you like Fiji?

    We do! That’s why we have partnered with Air New Zealand (one of our awesome customers) to get you there. ALL pledges over $50 will go into the draw to win a return trip for two to Fiji. Just pledge, and share on your social media with the #kilmarnockacademy

     

    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

    Sean Bremen- Fish

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

    Ietje Beets- Multiplicity and Intersection

    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”.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    Last day of Kilmarnock Academy

     

     

     

    Comments

    7 Days to go!

    07/12/2017 at 4:25 PM

    Hello friends!

    It's been a big day today!

    We reached 100 pledges, we celebrated one week to go (It's the final countdown do-do-do-doo), AND our second group of graduates had their final day of classes!

    Mary, Tim, Tania, Jareth and Todd are now getting prepped for their graduation ceremony next week! At that graduation, we will introduce the next group of participants who will be re-starting their academic career in the new year. We still need your help to make this happen!

    Reaching the target before the 14th of December will guarantee the Academy can go ahead next year.

    So if you are willing, we would love for you to speak to all your networks and help us on the final push. Plus, there are flights for two to Fiji to win for any pledges over $50! Just make sure you have shared the campaign with the hashtag #kilmarnockacademy to be in to win!

    Last day

     

    P.s We were in the news today! Read about it here. 

     

    Thank you!

     

    Islay and the Kilmarnock Team

    You need to pledge to see this update.

    Thank you, Despina for letting us share your story!

    21/11/2017 at 2:39 PM

    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.

      Anna Heyward
      2017-11-25 20:06:12 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2017-11-25 09:07:06 +1300
      Sophie Isobel
      2017-11-24 21:09:31 +1300

      "What an amazing opportunity! "

      Ben Diggy
      2017-11-24 16:36:32 +1300

      "Go get it team <3 FTLB"

      Marcus Clyne
      2017-11-24 15:51:06 +1300
      Karen Tait
      2017-11-24 12:14:08 +1300

      "You guys are doing inspirational work - keep it up!"

      Robbi Shearer
      2017-11-22 09:38:20 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2017-11-21 14:08:41 +1300
      Ashleigh Grose
      2017-11-21 13:52:21 +1300

      "All the best and keep up the amazing work you do! From the team at Jacobs Christchurch"

      Soda Cafe & Bar
      2017-11-21 13:51:27 +1300

      "Hope this helps. Love Kilmarnock and everything it stands for. X"

      Emily Black
      2017-11-21 13:36:06 +1300

      "Such a fantastic idea! Something that we need in Wellington! "

      Gracie Shearer
      2017-11-21 08:47:47 +1300
      Michael
      2017-11-21 06:55:14 +1300

      "Love your way Michelle and Co. FlourishON Kilmarnock..."

      Anonymous pledger
      2017-11-20 17:40:19 +1300
      Anonymous pledger
      2017-11-20 09:10:44 +1300
      Adam Millen
      2017-11-17 14:27:54 +1300

      "Very happy to support this organisation!"

      Margot Lindsay
      2017-11-17 14:16:11 +1300
      Margot Lindsay
      2017-11-17 14:15:31 +1300
      Gerard Higgins
      2017-11-17 11:17:15 +1300

      "Best of luck with the campaign from your number 1 fan in Scotland, "

      John Merrell
      2017-11-17 00:25:36 +1300

      "Good Luck Michelle!"

      Rory Rackham
      2017-11-16 22:02:52 +1300
      Anabel Darby
      2017-11-16 15:47:49 +1300
      J Foster & A Rackham
      2017-11-16 14:23:26 +1300
      Ainsley Walter & Mark Stewart
      2017-11-16 14:22:14 +1300
      Sean Barnes
      2017-11-16 12:58:16 +1300

      "Aroha! So great to be part of the amazing team :-)"

      Christian Walsh
      2017-11-16 09:16:15 +1300
      Louise Aitken
      2017-11-15 17:57:07 +1300

      "Christmas Presents for the Ākina team sorted! We are so proud of the entire Kilmarnock team and love to be supporting this amazing org!"

      Hannah Watkinson
      2017-11-15 16:31:31 +1300

      "Go you good things!"

      Glen Saunders
      2017-11-15 16:18:13 +1300
      Sam
      2017-11-15 12:56:08 +1300

      Followers of Unlock the Potential of the Kilmarnock Academy

      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 14/12/2017 at 5:00 PM.