Our partnership with Howdens Joinery
Howdens Joinery is one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of kitchens and joinery products.
Our partnership began in 2004, after one of our services needed a new kitchen which disabled people could use. Since then, we've worked together with the people who use our services to develop a range of inclusive kitchens, with features and adaptations which mean disabled people can enjoy greater independence in the kitchen.
Howdens continues to donate inclusive kitchens to our services across the UK, and plans to fit every one of our services with a kitchen which all users can enjoy by 2020.
Every year, Howdens employees take part in fundraising or volunteering for their local services. They've held bake sales, organised bucket collections, renovated the gardens and pathways at local services and challenged themselves to marathons and bike rides across the UK. In 2016, a team of 30 colleagues will take on the Great North Run to raise funds for an accessible garden so residents at White Windows can enjoy time outside.
Howdens has a strong community focus, and supporting the communities in which it works is central to its success. By funding our youth volunteering programme Can Do, young disabled adults have the opportunity to increase their social skills, grow their confidence, and learn new skills by volunteering in the community.
The volunteers can gain qualifications through City & Guilds, and the skills they learn allow them to contribute meaningfully to their community, and can help lead to employment.
With unemployment rates one of the highest amongst young disabled people, Howdens is supporting us to pilot a Careers Advice scheme, designed specifically to support disabled children from the age of 13 through to 19, to help them reach their aspirations.
Over the last 12 years, Howdens has donated £2.3 million to Leonard Cheshire Disability, helping to improve the lives of thousands of disabled people across the UK.