Who We Support

We support UK and overseas charities through three different grant programmes:

  • our national charity partner
  • local grants
  • discretionary grants

Cares4Kids is our Foundation’s current theme and is the focus of our national and local grant programmes. It is designed to support disadvantaged children and young people in the UK and overseas, up to the age of 18 years.

Our national charity partner

The Openwork Foundation works with established charities to support long-term initiatives. Our national charity partner is my AFK (rebranded from Action for Kids in 2018).

my AFK was founded in 1991 by Sally Bishop who wanted to raise money to purchase a powered wheelchair for a disabled boy who couldn’t get the equipment he needed on the NHS. The charity now provides and maintains mobility equipment for disabled children and young adults across the UK.  Action For Kids also works with young people with learning disabilities to help with their transition to adulthood and help prepare them for work. 

my AFK has been chosen as our charity partner until 2019 and we will support its important work with a £40,000 annual grant.

The grant will be used to develop the my AFK advocacy programme to support families in securing funding from statutory services and also to fund specialist mobility equipment, where funding is not available.

Together, we will aim to meet the vision of children young people being empowered to live the life they chose, more independently.

Local grants

Our Advisers and staff come together to raise money for good causes. In return, they can nominate a charity for a grant of up to £10,000. These grant applications are assessed quarterly by our Grant Committee, which is made up of Openwork Advisers and staff.

Amongst other things, we have:

  • helped charities fund the salaries of specialist staff
  • built a school in Manila for children living on the dump sites
  • funded adventure playgrounds for disabled children
  • helped purchase medical equipment and mobility equipment for people of all ages
  • built hydrotherapy pools and conversions in children’s hospices
  • paid for specially adapted minibuses and salaries for specialist staff

For more detail, please view our case studies.

Discretionary grants

Advisers and staff, who are supporters of the Foundation, can nominate grants of up to £250 for other organisations, including those that fall outside the Cares4Kids theme, supporting disadvantaged people.

This gives our sponsors much more flexibility to support a cause close to their heart and which may sit outside our Cares4Kids theme.

Charities we’ve supported include local adult hospices, family support services and the Samaritans.


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