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We care about the wider innovation and technology community, which is why we donate 1% of all annual profits to the Kilburn & Strode Innovation for All Foundation – thereby giving everyone the chance to both innovate and prosper. Our company’s existence is not isolated. It’s part of a wider system of people, values, other organisations and nature.
Everyone at Kilburn & Strode had the chance to be part of selecting the three winning charities, who will be using this year's grants for ''technology for good''. At a time of unprecedented challenges, we are proud to be part of helping these incredible charities whose work spans from helping disabled individuals and their carers, to a national roll out for youth crime prevention, to the global reach of facilitating justice for victims of torture.
Learn more about the amazing work of these organisations:
Skiggle is a UK based specialist disability charity that provides vital, potentially lifesaving, help and support to disabled people, their families and carers. Coming to the aid of people with disabilities when they need it most, Skiggle works in two ways. Firstly, the charity funds and operates a unique SOS emergency alert service harnessing the power of specialist technology to answer urgent calls for help for disability care products and equipment from people all over the UK. Secondly, Skiggle runs a regulated online marketplace where people can safely donate and distribute disability and special needs care products and equipment to those who need them.
Using their Innovation For All Foundation grant, Skiggle plans enhance their SOS alert mapping facility, develop their technology to implement an internal messaging system to safeguard child carers who need to use Skiggle’s SOS alert service and online marketplace, and to introduce a Skiggle app with adaptations for child carers.
Lives Not Knives
Lives Not Knives is a youth led charity, originally focused on young people in London. LNK works to prevent knife crime, serious youth violence and anti-social behaviour, engaging and educating young people who have been disadvantaged by socio-economic factors, and supporting them to improve their future prospects. LNK runs school roadshows, 1:1 mentoring, group mentoring and workshops for referrals from schools and pupil referral units. LNK empowers young people and the wider community, towards a more positive future with support for successful engagement in education, training or employment.
Since the start of the CoVid pandemic, when LHK transformed much of their work to online, LNK has had a huge demand for greater resources for teachers, parents and students. LNK aim to use their fund to respond to this growing demand, that has spread across London boroughs to nationwide. They aim to use technology to develop more resources in order to have a greater reach in the UK, with an ultimate aim to train the teachers to be better equipped to raise the subject of youth violence and identify young people who are at risk before they are excluded from mainstream school and prevent them from becoming involved in crime.
REDRESS is n non-governmental organisation that pursues legal claims on behalf of survivors of torture not just in the UK, but around the world, to obtain justice and reparation for violations against their human rights. Redress aim to empower survivors to access justice through cases against governments, civil cases against individuals, and cases where they advocate for law enforcement bodies to prosecute perpetrators under the principle of universal jurisdiction. Their approach is strategic, so that as well as representing an individual, they target the policy reasons that enabled the torture to take place, by building a campaign that uses advocacy, community engagement, and communications to influence change.
REDRESS plan to use their grant to fund a technological solution to the problem of a lack of security when obtaining access to justice for survivors of torture. Their plans involve developing an application to enable obtaining and uploading of case details and client testimonies, augmenting both their work on the International Accountability Platform for Belarus for collecting sensitive data relating to claims of torture, but also projects relating to atrocities in Nigeria and Chad.
Congratulations again to our 2021 winners!
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