In Feburary 2018, our MD Matt was introduced to Chris - the founder and director of Eikon Charity. After learning more about how the charity help and support vulnerable young people on our doorstep here in Surrey, Matt came to the conclusion that it was a no-brainer to support them.
What do Eikon Charity do?
Their vision - to develop confident, thriving and resilient young adults who contribute positively to society.
Eikon Charity believe in early intervention by helping young people overcome difficult issues before they become long-term and damaging problems.
They work very closely in many communities within Surrey, offering an array of services like weekly sports coaching, youth clubs, outreach sessions, mentoring, delivering courses through schools, as well as in-school pastoral support to teachers.
By taking these steps in the early stages of mental health, Eikon Charity have been witness to hundreds of improved attitudes and behaviours within individuals helped; stronger relationships with family and friends, improved attendance and attainment in school and, ultimately, enhanced employment prospects later in life.
What is Eikon’s ambition?
Eikon aim to stand out through the impact they have on the young people that they support and to be recognised as a leading expert in the field of mental health and support.
They want to grow their services so that more young people have access to high quality support when and wherever they need it. They are fully committed to continuous improvement in all they do.
All their programmes are based on three simple and essential principles:
They are proactive and aim to get involved before any problems escalate. This differentiates them from many other service providers who tend to focus on crisis management not prevention.
They provide intensive, unconditional and personal support for young people wherever, when, and for as long as they need it, whatever their needs.
‘No Wrong Door’…
They provide support across any subject matter with no form filling or waiting lists.
When we decided back in February 2018 to support Eikon, we promised them a few things…
A Winter Wonderland Ball…
In January 2019, we designed, delivered and sponsored Eikon’s Winter Wonderland Ball - an annual, black tie fundraising event.
One of our Event Directors, Hannah, worked closely with the event team at Eikon to produce just what they wanted at their venue, Royal Holloway University.
We designed floral arrangements and willow arches; installed lighting and sound for the venue and adjoining corridors and provided one of our professional DJs to help guests dance the night away on our sleek Black and White Dancefloor.
A fantastic night was had by all and we are already looking forward to organising their next event!
“Not only did the Founders' Dining Hall and Glass corridor look fantastic, Clownfish were so easy and helpful to work with. We look forward to working with them on our next event.” - Caroline at Eikon
Our founder, Matt Turner would say that the team and each employee’s personal development here at Clownfish is the most important part to the business. And it is this belief that has driven him to be a mentor under Eikon to an individual based in Surrey.
Eikon, as they do with all their volunteer mentors, have trained him up in knowledge of mental health and have taught him counselling techniques to best help. He meets with his mentee on a weekly basis and is dedicated to be someone who makes a difference in their life.
“Being able to listen, advise, encourage and support is a massive privilege. It’s a challenge but humbling and I am encouraging my team to also take it up.” - Matt
The London Marathon 2019!
On 28th April 2019, Matt, our MD and Jonny from our sales team will both complete the full 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon.
Training is well underway, however these two are by no means athletes. The last year has been a big step out of comfort zones and a giant leap into the brutal realities of blisters, grueling muscle treatments and many a thought of giving up.
So, what has kept them going?
“We have both been brought up in loving, supportive and Christian families. It’s these attributes (and more) that have shaped us into happy, content and secure people that we’re both privileged to be. But we understand, more than ever – not everybody has the start we enjoyed. Eikon is an awesome team, aimed at proactively helping less fortunate young people in London and Surrey with harder starts than ours. As well as being involved directly with the charity, we want to raise as much awareness as possible for them… hence this horrendous challenge.” - Matt and Jonny
They are of course, running the marathon to raise awareness for Eikon, however they are also out to raise funds for them. Their work is incredibly important and relies on donations, so if you can, please do donate. You can do this here.
You can also follow their progress on their Instagram page, @mjmarathon, here!