Linking those who care with those who need
Founded in December 2017 by siblings Josh Adley and Natasha Langleben, along with a core group of friends and family, Linkey is a non-profit social initiative set up to bring together those who care, with those who need.
In its first 18 months, Linkey raised over £100,000 worth of essential items for the homeless via their online shop which allowed people to buy a specific item that the Linkey team delivered to rough sleepers and sent to shelters around the UK.
Since 2019, Linkey have been working on bespoke campaigns to support underprivileged and in-need communities throughout the UK.
Linkey has been featured on Sky, BBC, LBC, Forbes, The Sun, Metro, Huffington Post, Big Issue, i news, Time Out, Channel 5 and more.
CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS
We partnered with charities in Barnet and Liverpool to get Christmas presents to vulnerable kids who would most likely not have received a gift otherwise. Over 1,500 presents were bought from our Wish List and a further 700 donated from large toy companies and authors/publishers.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE - VALENTINES DAYS
We created an £8 pack which included thermal gloves and essential toiletries for the homeless. The hashtag #adifferentkindoflove was used widely across social media. Co-founder Josh Adley was interviewed live on Sky News Sunrise and we were featured in The Sun, The Huffington Post, The Big Issue and BBC 3 online. 1,000 packs were sold and hundreds of inspiring messages were left for us to deliver with the packs to shelters & rough sleepers.
We wanted to provide people the opportunity to buy a Secret Santa gift pack for someone homeless. A £12 pack included items such as thermal socks, warm hat, gloves, hand-warmers and a chocolate treat. Within a month, we sold over 1,000 packs which our team handed out to rough sleepers as well as sent to shelters around the UK.
THE LINKEY SHOP
We started off using an Amazon Wish List but this grew quickly and we wanted to be in control of the items we were buying and sending out. We also wanted to try and secure better prices to make the money spent go further. We launched the Linkey shop allowing people to go online, pick an item they wanted to send to someone homeless, and we made sure that happened. 100% transparent and easy to help.
REGULAR FOOD BANK DELIVERIES
Through our ongoing partnership with the charity Milly Giveaway, we have provided funds to regularly supply food banks in London with the essential items they desperately need. This is an ongoing initiative and it wouldn't be possible without the money raised from Linkey campaigns and the fantastic work being done at Milly Giveaway to fulfill the orders and deliveries.
REGULAR SHELTER DELIVERIES
Since Linkey launched we have been sending large quantities of essential items to homeless shelters all around the UK. Over the years we have visited various shelters to learn about the vital work they do and we are proud to have sent items to nearly 100 shelters all over the country.
NHS STAFF SUPPLIES DURING COVID-19
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we worked closely with select hospital in London to send items to NHS staff who were working around the clock. During food shortages we sent fresh fruit and vegetables, hand creams and moisturises and also completely kitted out staff rooms with new coffee machines, sofas and more.
BIG ROUGH SLEEPER DROP OFF
A fundamental part of Linkey is regularly taking warm and essential items out onto the street to give to rough sleepers. On occasion, we organised very large drop-offs across multiple parts of London. We had teams of volunteers heading off to focus on specific areas with the aim of covering every rough sleeper in London on a specific night.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
For our International Women's Day campaign in 2018 we sold a £7 female toiletry kit for homeless women. The campaign was promoted widely across social media and the packs were sent to shelters around the UK.
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED KIDS DURING COVID-19
During the January 2021 lockdown we teamed up with a volunteer campaign working to get online learning tools to underprivileged children who don't have access to what they need to do their school work from home (laptops and basic stationery). We raised money via JustGiving and secured donations via brand partnerships.