Our History

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KCU was founded in 1984 and works with partners to provide a wide range of services, offering help and support to improve the lives of people in the Kettering Community.

Our services include free Education, Training and Support for the unemployed, unwaged and low-income households of Kettering and surrounding areas. Furniture re-cycling and the provision of household goods to those in need through our charity shops. Foodbank services through our trained partners and many other projects such as the Inclusive Volunteering programme and our Dignity in Crisis initiative. We have a small staff team and over 60 volunteers who make our charity work.

KCU helps to:

Improve opportunities to gain employment

Reduce social isolation

Improve health & well-being for everyone

Our Ethos

We believe that everyone, regardless of ability, disability or circumstance should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Our effective partnership working ultimately provides a better overall experience for our mutual customers. We are delighted to be part of the Kettering Futures Partnership which aims to optimise Partnership working through better general understanding of the services available in our town and therefore better signposting and referrals. This helps to ensure that we all provide a comprehensive service and support to those in need. If you are interested in working in partnership with KCU please contact: Lynn Chapman KCU Strategic  Director lynn.chapman@kcultd.org.uk

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