Today, KLC is delighted to announce the official launch of a new charitable foundation, the ‘KLC Design Changes Lives Foundation’.
The main focus of the Foundation will be three-fold:
- Design for Living – services to enhance environments for buildings and gardens for healing and care
- The KLC Young Designers Programme in schools – to inspire and encourage young designers
- Bursaries for outstandingly talented students with limited means to study at KLC
Interior and garden design can often be perceived as being primarily concerned with aesthetics, however at KLC the approach has always been more holistic; with great emphasis placed on the very real value of good design and the difference this can make to people’s lives.
The KLC foundation is a formalisation of a variety of initiatives and projects the school have previously been involved in. Over the years students have designed interiors and gardens for schools, hospitals, hospices, youth clubs, refuges and most recently the flagship offices for Mencap and Regenerate’s Ashburton Youth Centre. KLC have worked with local Councils and schools to give talks, held competitions to raise awareness and highlight the potential of interior or garden design as a career.
Jenny Gibbs, KLC Founder and Principal is thrilled to finally launch the Foundation she has been developing for the last two years:
“As part of the foundation we will now be able to provide some funding, as well as expertise, to help make effective changes and improvements to healing and care environments and to involve teams of staff, students, alumni and members of the design communities to bring their skills and practical endeavours to particular projects.
We also hope to harness this same support to broaden our remit with schools, to create a cohesive and pioneering programme encouraging industry and alumni support in running online competitions and provide mentoring workshops for participants who excel.
In addition, we will provide bursaries for outstandingly talented students to study at KLC, for whom this would not otherwise be financially viable. I am pleased to say the first bursary for January 2016 has been awarded to Aldona Plywaczyk, a 42 year old, former sales assistant originally from Poland with a passion for interior design”