What is KEEN London?

We run free, engaging and accessible activities for children with additional needs and disabilities. Our inclusive services offer one-to-one support that helps children to thrive, develop and, most importantly, to have fun. 

We have been providing free weekly sessions for 20 years and in that time we have grown from one session with a handful of volunteers to multiple sessions, locations and hundreds of passionate volunteers.  We have seen children achieve so much since beginning their journey with KEEN London – developing confidence, building self esteem, making friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

At KEEN London we offer:

KEEN Club – free, fun and accessible weekly games and activity sessions for children aged 5-11,

Rising Stars  providing support for Early Years,

CAP  our Coach Apprenticeship Programme that supports young people with additional needs (16-25 years), to discover and develop new employment, education, training and volunteering skills.

Whatever we do, we ensure that all our activities meet the following aims:

  • Inclusive – we welcome children with a wide range of needs and backgrounds and celebrate the diversity within our community
  • Accessible – the tailored support provided at our sessions ensures that all children can safely access the activities on offer
  • Engaging – we run a wide variety of activities to suit different interests and personality types, ensuring that our children always have something new and exciting to learn
  • Supportive of personal development – our activities help children to get active, make new friends, and develop their communication, confidence and social skills
  • Fun! – at KEEN we believe that all children deserve to have fun, regardless of (dis)ability, and we make sure that fun is at the heart of all our activities

Meet the team

Our staff team

Debbie – our Head of Services leads the development and delivery of our services and works closely with the rest of the team to ensure the quality and effectiveness of those services.

Samantha – our South London Coordinator is responsible for planning, running and managing our South London service and brand new Early Years work

Soon to be introduced! – Our East London Coordinator is responsible for planning, running and managing our East London service, our annual residential trip and leading our Coach Apprenticeship Programme.

Samira – our North London Coordinator is responsible for planning, running and managing our North London service.

Kirstie – our Fundraising Manager makes sure we have the money to deliver our services and helps explain to our amazing supporters the difference that every pound they raise and donate makes to a small charity like KEEN London

Samuel – Our Finance Manager keeps track of our spending and makes sure every penny raised is spent exactly where it should be.

Dominic – Our Project Development Intern is currently researching and developing future projects.

Our trustees

We are lucky to have a very hands-on board of trustees who not only manage the direction and overall management of the charity but will help out with all manner of things from IT support, drafting contracts or running our family coffee mornings.

Patrick Smears
Patrick Smears has been coaching KEEN London athletes for over 10 years, and previously coached at our counterpart KEEN in Oxford. When not coaching for KEEN, he works for a company developing internet communications software.

Jill Robinson, Chair
Jill has been a KEEN London trustee since 2010. She has worked in PR and communications for 25 years specialising in corporate social responsibility and brand strategy.

Lindsay Baker
Lindsay is a seasoned HR professional with experience across a wide range of industry sectors. Lindsay’s other interests include tennis, the great outdoors and her other voluntary role at the Forty Hall vineyard

Eleanor Coker
Eleanor joined KEEN as a trustee in January 2019.  She’s worked in the London voluntary sector for the past 17 years, leading national and regional holiday, short break, sports and volunteering programmes for disabled children, young people and adults, specialising in work with volunteers.  Alongside volunteering, Eleanor loves yoga, running and generally being outdoors – especially exploring local green spaces with her children.

Clare Ellis
Clare is a fundraising manager and acts as a parent representative helping to ensure both our day-to-day operations and strategic decisions are informed by our athletes, their parents and carers.

Hazel Peck
Hazel has been volunteering as a coach with KEEN London since Spring 2015 and joined the board of Trustees in September 2018.  Outside of KEEN London, Hazel is a solicitor specialising in social investment, transactional finance and the charity and social enterprise sector.

Marushka Lobo, Finance
Marushka has worked in the financial sector for 15 years, specialising in management and financial reporting. She moved to London 10 years ago from India and is passionate about music and travel. She started her journey with KEEN London as a volunteer coach in 2018.

Our funders

We would like to thank our corporate partners and grant-givers for their on-going support. Without their commitment, the work of KEEN London would not be possible.

KEEN London’s Mission

To improve physical activity, social interaction and quality of life for children with disabilities in the London area.

KEEN London’s Vision

Every child has a chance to enjoy sports and activities, and none are left behind due to disability.

KEEN London’s Values

KEEN London is:

Inclusive: we believe that no child should miss out on the benefits of sports and physical activity

Compassionate and supportive: being kind and providing individual support drives all of our programmes and work

Committed to high standards: we are professionals and experts in our field.

Trustworthy: we work hard to ensure parents and carers can confidently leave their children with us

Respectful: we respect the rights, feelings and standards of all our athletes, parents, volunteers and funders

Accountable: we are rigorous in ensuring every pound raised for KEEN London is spent on delivering the maximum benefit to our athletes.

Fun: smiles and laughter are our most valued outcomes.

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