Project information

Project RT (Retail Therapy)

Aimed at raising funds to secure and refurbish larger Retail Premises. Purple Plaza is not a 'normal' charity shop - but is geared at providing work experience and training for young adults with learning difficulties, mainly Downs Syndrome. Crafts made on site will be sold.

January 2017 - July 2020

Charity information: K9focus Ltd

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  • Need


    Raising funds for the rescue and raising its profile together with providing training and experience for local young adults with learning difficulties where there is no day time provision for them or funding. The ultimate aim will be to provide them with life skills for independent living.


    Assist in providing them with life skills i.e. interaction with the general public, and understanding of money in everyday transactions. It will also provide them with a daily focus i.e. somewhere to go and something to do. The aim is also to provide some craft training for which we are recruiting volunteers from various craft sectors in the local vacinity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure High Street Retail Premises suitable for both retail purposes and ongoing craft training.


    » Research local estate agencies and Local Authority Bodies to find suitable premises
    » Work closely with our chosen partner, Kalm Supported Living, to identify suitable candidates for ongoing training and work experience.
    » Identify local volunteers with appropriate craft skills to work within the premises and undertake relevant reference checks
    » Source shop fitters hopefully from the volunteer sector

    Premises obtained and fully furnished

  • Impact


    Funding stream for the rescue and a raised profile, demonstrated by increase in applicant numbers. Young Down Syndrome adults that may one day have the proven life skills to secure an employed position. Ongoing assessment utilising the skills of Lynne Hall as a qualified NVQ assessor and Trainer.


    Lack of suitable premises and obvious lack of funding. Main risk is suitable supervision for the young adults, however this is the reason that we have linked up with Kalm Supported Living who have an employee ratio of 1 supervisor to 3 adults. The supervisors will be with the adults when on the shop premises.


    We have a sophisticated database system which can produce reports in any required format. Once the project is further up and running then appropriate MI reports will be established.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £38,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Lease ongoing lease which we anticipate for 5 yrs min
      £5,000 Furnishings shop fittings + craft materials and security system
      £3,000 Legal Fees & Stock solicitor fees, initial stock while craft materials are developed

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Kalm Supported Living £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    North Devon - Bideford or Barnstaple


    The South West will benefit from funds being available to rescue more dogs and provide refuge for those animals in an abusive situation. Plus the local young adults will benefit from having a place to learn new skills and somewhere to go in the day time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Combination of skills, experience and opportunity. Lynne Hall who is a Trustee of K9focus also runs a Training Consultancy which provides training to most of the top 100 companies in the UK. She brings with her the necessary skills to help develop these young adults who have shown over recent months to have a keen interest in helping the rescue and becoming involved with the animals.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lynne Hall

    Trustee, Main Project Manager

    Linda Armstrong

    Founder of Kalm Supported Living who look after the young adults.

    Kiersten Fletcher-Cullum

    Volunteer - admin and supervisor

    Nicholas Hall

    Trustee - MI and Systems

Working with K9 provides valuable work experience and monetary training. It gives our people a real sense of worth

Linda Armstrong, Kalm Supported Living