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Stockton charity launches crowdfunding campaign

written by Bella Palmer

Vision25 is an independent social care and training provider which works with young adults with learning disabilities in order to get them into employment

A charity that works with young disabled people is appealing for funds to refurbish their new premises.

Vision25 is an independent social care and training provider based in Stockton-On-Tees. It works with young adults with learning disabilities aged 17 plus in order to get them into employment.

The charity started in May 2016 as Community Interest Company (CIC), before officially achieving charity status in September 2019.

The charity offers part time and full-time placements for 51 weeks of the year, as part their meaningful training programme.

They have identified a new property, 144 High Street, Stockton which has been vacant for a number of years. Now, the charity has secured a long-term lease on the property.

CEO of Vision25 Jen Addison said: This is a retail property on Stockton high street, but it’s not very disability friendly. There are lifts but most of these were put in there years ago, so it needs a complete refurb. The whole aim for the site is for young adults to work both in the retail shop and in the café.

People aren’t very accepting of young people with disabilities, and we want this to change, with more interaction from the public, she said.

We have a plan for the future to use the upstairs for industries like hairdressing, this is to open more doors for the young people. This is crucially important, and we want to show they very capable and that we can get them into a better place in life, Addison said.

Addison said: We hope you can see from this how brilliant our young adults are! We want to provide the best possible environment for them and we know we have the perfect place and location to do this. We now need all your family, friends, work colleagues, business contacts to help make the dream come true.

The property will include a Dedicated Café, a retail unit which will sell the products made by the young people.

The charity has now launched a crowd funder to help raise the money for the refurbishments as it aims to raise £50,000 from the public to fund the refurb of their ‘forever home.’


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