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KEEN is a registered charity that provides social and recreational activities for young people with special needs in the Oxford area


We run four regular, weekly sessions during Oxford University term times: AllSorts, Zig-Zag, KEEN Teens and GrEAT. There are currently about 200 children and young adults using our services. Each year they will be supported by around 300 volunteers.

KEEN athletes (the children that attend our sessions) have a wide range of physical and learning disabilities. Our definition of special needs is very broad and we rarely turn people away. Our coaches (volunteers) are mostly local students and young professionals.

We continue to be highly successful, not least as we offer unique, fun focussed sessions that can be accessed by all of the people that attend them, regardless of the nature or extent of their disabilities. It is rare and incredibly valuable for young people with disabilities to be able to socialise with others of their own age.

KEEN is financially sound. We aim to keep around one year’s worth of reserves by raising as much money each year as we spend. We do this from a number of sources, and while most donors are charitable foundations, there is a huge amount of affection for KEEN from a wide community; significant unsolicited donations from those with the briefest of interactions with KEEN in the last 20 or so years are not uncommon.

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