About Our Founder

“You could say I’m a blind man with a vision”

My name is Dave Kelly; you could say I am a blind man with a vision. This vision being the inclusion of all disabled people to reach their true potential and this is to be done by breaking down the barriers within society.

Through this approach my aim is to support our disabled community through the transition from inactivity to activity, school leaving age to adulthood, education to meaningful employment and beyond. Through the mediums of Sport, Education and Employment, we support our community in achieving what mainstream society typically assumes impossible for someone with a disability.

As fate would have it, I have a chance in a million eye disease but I have still not won the lottery, which is roughly the same odds. I lost my sight 18 years ago at the age of 30 due to a rare eye disease called RP. I sat at home with two options moan to myself, “why me” and become depressed or act positively and think “these things happen for a reason”. Luckily, I acted on the latter.
Although my world was turned upside down I decided to re-educate myself. So after leaving school many years earlier with just a couple of CSE’s I started a new journey from absolute basic schooling to graduate. I worked my way through the education system finally culminating in a BA Hons degree in coaching and sports development along with a degree in coaching for the disabled.
If anyone had told me 10 years earlier that I would be up on stage collecting my BA Hons degree dressed in a cap and gown I’d have said they were mad and so would anyone who knew me. But with hard work, positive thoughts and a smile I succeeded in the first part of my cunning plan. The next part of the plan was now firmly in my sight.

It was after trying to find more sporting activities for myself to participate in that I became the Actionnaires Liverpool Sports Coordinator. This was run by Action For Blind People and working with them I realised there was a great need for someone to try and help break down the barriers of disability, disability stereotypes and raise awareness. I thought disability and visual awareness through sport would be a great medium to promote this and therefore DAISY UK was born.

DAISY initially stood for Disability Awareness Introducing Sport to Youngsters and developed a three pronged approach to breaking down these barriers.

  1. First, working with children, teachers, volunteers in schools, colleges and organisations by delivering presentations, demonstrations, participation in inclusive sports and through role modeling.
  2. Second, supporting children, teachers, volunteers, colleges and mainstream organisations in how to include through visual and disability awareness courses.
  3. Third creating pan-disability inclusive sports and activity clubs.

Due to the high quality standards of our visual and disability awareness training we have been asked to deliver courses in the work place to help long term unemployed and people on incapacity benefit back to work. These courses have been extremely successful in giving participants the confidence, self-esteem, motivation and other key personnel qualities needed to get themselves back into the work place.

Daisy UK has gone through transition from a voluntary organisation to a non-profit making Community Interest Company to a now registered charity company limited by guarantee (Daisy Inclusive UK), as a result of all our hard work Daisy UK has received three prestigious awards.
The first award was the Radio City and Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank Community Project of the year award. The second one was the Celebration of success award which was organised by Business Link and aimed to recognise new entrepreneurs who have succeeded in establishing businesses across Greater Merseyside. And the third one was an inspiration award by Crosby training and job centre plus; most inspirational contribution to inspire award.

I am of course thrilled by winning these awards, especially for my colleagues and the many volunteers who have been so beneficial in Daisy UK’s success. What we are doing is important and worthwhile but I do not wish to give socialable opportunities to young people a mere coat of paint. Remember, disabled young people of today will be the role models of the future so long as we encourage them to get involved, increase their confidence, self esteem but most importantly facilitate fun… then and only then will my vision be clear.

OUR TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Visual and Disability Awareness Training

Visual and Disability Awareness Training

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Education to Employment

Education to Employment

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Disability Hate Crime Training

Disability Hate Crime Training

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Disability Confident Business

Disability Confident Business

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Testimonials

What Our Donors Over the World Are Saying
&
Quotes From Our Beneficiaries

I am loving it!

C.W

I am glad and happy that Daisy is open, I can wind all my friends up! Lockdown was terrible.

L.S

Over the moon that Daisy is back open, I would die if it was not open.

J.S

I feel brilliant that Daisy is open, I hope it stays open for as long as it can be. Especially the staff, love all the staff here.

L.C

I’ll be honest with you, when Daisy closed, I thought my life was over, I felt I was the only one on lockdown. Since Daisy has been open, I’m happy to be back my friends. I’m happy that Daisy is open again, my mental wellbeing is much better now.

J.D

I’m happy that Daisy is open. I felt terrible during lockdown, makes me happy seeing my friends and the socially-distanced hugs!

A.M

Made up that Daisy is back open. I felt worried during lockdown but now I am happy, I just love Daisy being open.

K.S

I used to go to another charity but I got bored. Daisy is fun and that is what it is all about. I feel safe at Daisy, definitely. It is a lovely place, the staff are lovely and I can make friends.

C.C

I come to Daisy because it gets me out of the house and helps me with my mental wellbeing as I am with my friends. Lockdown was horrible.

M.S

I love Daisy. I love meeting new people and seeing my friends here, people in Daisy are all my friends. I was sad and annoyed I couldn’t go to Daisy in lockdown. Daisy makes me very happy and I want it to stay open.

J.W

I come to Daisy to meet and make friends and to be more confident in myself. It brings the best out of people. Its important to get out, exercise, make friends and reach your full potential. Daisy helps you to go beyond what you can do. It is what you can do not what you can’t do. Lockdown affected me really badly, I missed all my friends and the feeling of not being able to go out was awful.

D.W

I come to Daisy to see my friends, Daisy helps with my confidence it also helps with my mental health. I hated lockdown, it really affected me but in Daisy I can be with my friends and my self-esteem is better at Daisy.

M.G

I come to Daisy to see my friends, Daisy helps with my confidence it also helps with my mental health. I hated lockdown, it really affected me but in Daisy I can be with my friends and my self-esteem is better at Daisy.

F.M

People help you with anything and I like to help others too. I would feel sad without Daisy.

J.A

We come here for the music and for our mental health, otherwise our mental health would be very low. Here, you are not on your own, friends are around you always at Daisy.

K.P & N.P

I come to Daisy to see my friends and I love the music sessions here, it helps with my mental wellbeing. Daisy helped me leave another place as I felt unhappy there, Daisy has helped me. The zoom meetings help and there are different things to do here. Individual meetings are good too and the music sessions keeps me sane! Thanks to the staff here.

J.L

We need Daisy because it feels like a big family here and we would be devastated without it. Daisy helps improve my sons mental health.

B.S & D.S

My name is [Redacted] and I am a member of Mencap Liverpool. I thoroughly enjoyed the cricket today at Wavertree Cricket Club. I was in the gold team and came second on the day, but as far as I am concerned every single person that was there deserved to come first. I am feeling very inspired at how much everyone got involved and tried their best. Unfortunately I will be on holiday for the next cricket session, but I would definitely like to take part in the one after that. Today has been fantastic 🙂

Inclusive Cricket Tournament

Our [Redacted] finds it hard to mix with other kids normally but the safe and welcoming environment at Daisy really helped [Redacted] to make friends and to be more independent. As for myself it was wonderful to now I could have a break from [Redacted]  as my own health is not so good knowing [Redacted] was well cared for. Normally at school [Redacted] is often excluded from trips because of [Redacted] behaviour [Redacted] loved the day out to the farm I think it will be one of [Redacted] best memories of this summer I can’t thank you all enough xx

Mini Smile

Just a quick message to say thank you all so much for this last week especially the Halloween party This is the first year [Redacted] has felt confident enough to wear a costume really can’t thank you enough xxxx

Mini-Smile

Thank you so much for the invitation to the Christmas party our [Redacted] felt so grown up receiving it in the post addressed to [Redacted] xxxx he will be coming and thank you all again for all the work you do with our kids xxxx see you soon xx

Mini Smile

Hi I would like to thank Daisy club for all their help over the holidays they have took three girls everywhere they went on loads of days out they done arts and crafts they singing lessons and bouncy castle days they always come back happy that they had enjoyed their day I can't thank the helpers enough thank you

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