About the Organisation
Incredible Kids was created by parents in Bristol 10 years ago, when we lost access to a local disability centre. Our founder Jennie came up with the simple idea to meet up in a local church and all the parents worked together to bring toys, support each other, and create a safe place for their families to continue to play together. People baked cakes, made each other cups of tea, listened to each other, and created an Incredible place for the whole family to play together and look after one another. The charity may have grown but the ethos of the charity remains, with a focus on supporting each other and the power of a cup of tea.
We currently provide support to around 2,500 people/ families in the Bristol area and within a 50- mile radius in the surrounding counties. At Incredible Kids we provide play and support services to families with a child or young person with a disability or additional need to strengthen and support family life, reduce inequality and social isolation. Activities include daytime family play sessions for young people with additional needs and their siblings in a safe, supported environment alongside advice and support for parent-carers.
Since the beginning it was clear that the charity needed a home and this remains our focus. Whilst we have moved many times to spaces all around Bristol and South Gloucestershire, this has made us quick to adapt and highly resilient. We believe this helped us be one of the only children’s disability charities to retain public facing family play sessions during the 2020 lockdowns when restrictions allowed. Our focus now is to secure the dedicated space where the charity can provide support to families throughout the week.
Due to a high demand for the service and having been in operation for 10 years Incredible Kids have now outgrown their original headquarters and would like to access a larger more fit for purpose space. The charity has received a generous donation of £250,000 towards accessing their own dedicated space in North Bristol/South Gloucestershire area and having now identified a specific site they would like support to identify options around meeting the shortfall in funding.
They have calculated that a suitable property will be in the region of £500,000 so currently have a shortfall of £250,000. They have considered raising funds via crowdfunding and/or loans and have a draft business plan in place. However, this is not robust enough and they are aware that banks will require further details including possible income streams. An improved business plan would put them in a better position to bid for a possible new headquarters.
Having identified a potential site in Bristol (that has received a lot of interest), Incredible Kids would welcome investment/ funding advice (including to strengthen their business plan) to decide on the best way to cover their shortfall and be prepared for future property bids.
Initial advice ASAP