Social Impact Award

Keeley Nash

2017 Regional Winner

Keeley is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse. However, she is determined to use her experience and skills to support others with similar stories.

While attending a family fun day, Keeley found out about Families on our Doorstep, a Big Lottery funded project who offer community learning courses. She signed up to a number of their courses and hasn’t looked back.

Being spurred on by her new love of learning, Keeley started volunteering at local Community House, run by housing association Optivo, providing admin support.

Keeley decided to start a coffee morning to support women who have experienced domestic abuse. Joining Hands and Joining Hearts acts as a befriending service to women in need where Keeley arranges craft activities and regular speakers.

Trained as a Learning Champion, Keeley attends courses with learners too nervous to go alone and inspires others to start learning again by actively speaking about her journey.

Keeley completed a Pop Up Business course and now holds community courses in partnership with Kent Adult Education. She recently completed training to become a facilitator for the Freedom Programme, supporting women affected by domestic abuse.

“Keeley’s passion for helping others shines through and she is a fantastic example to other learners,” said Emma, her nominator.

Keeley said “I never thought I would have the confidence to get to where I am today. I am now fulfilling my dream to help more families affected by domestic abuse. My mess has become my message.”