Hello lovely people, Alice here, I thought I'd give you little introduction to our new shop and the story behind our new family venture.
In 2015, aged just 13, Kyd asked me if he could go to work so he could buy himself new games for his PS4 and this sparked a discussion about his future and what job he wanted to do. Having Down Syndrome has never stopped him doing anything but as his speech is a little distorted due to problems with his hearing and nasal area throughout his life, reality means some things aren't as easy to do as others. With that in mind, we discussed some skills he could learn that will earn him the independence and money he craves but will mean his speech doesn't hold him back from being the best he can possibly be... his words not mine.
I used friends of mine as examples of trades and jobs in which he might be interested in, we discussed them, looked them up online and eliminated any that he wasn't interested in. I'm lucky to know many people in many trades and so we had a vast selection to look into. He loved talking about what people did for a living but one thing had his attention even before we started this discussion.
The year before we had a good friend of ours, Simon, over to fit our new wooden floor and build us a cabinet. It took a few days and Kyd spent an hour each day after school helping Simon fit the floor. He was a natural, took instructions well and only had to be shown once how to do things and we were all very impressed with him. After it was all finished, he would excitedly show house guests the parts he did and explain how he'd done them to all that would listen.
And so the carpentry dream was born.
We decided that 2016 was the year in which we both learnt a new skill, a new life skill that would see us through and start him off on the road to independence.
I love to craft, I love to paint, I love to make things out of nothing and I always have done. I'm so happy that Kyd has the same passion for making things as I do, working together is going to be the start of something spectacular.
The future was always a worry for me, I had a knot in my stomach every time I thought of it because it was so blurred and uncertain. Now, I have excited butterflies where that knot used to be and a feeling this is going to be amazing, and change our lives for the better.
As many parents of special needs children know, once they hit adulthood, the help is minimal from the government and it is up to us to keep their independence going and help them through life. He is only 13 but if the next 5 years are going to go as fast as the last 13, now is the perfect time to create a plan for the future and a great future at that...
And you can do your bit to help us too if you like. We will be creating items separately and together for the shop. We want to be your one stop shop for cool presents and decor. Every penny will go straight back into the business for tools and materials needed or into Kyd's 'future pot' that will create a brilliant start to his adult life. We would love for you to share the love with your friends too, sharing is caring and all that...
Our Carpentry journey has now begun, watch this space for the launch of the shop and the stories behind the products.