THE RECOGNISED BRAND STORY

Giving Tuesday 

The Recognised Foundation

Introducing Recognition Projects: Helping people to feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most.  This article explores all you need to know about each one and how you can get involved.

ABBIE RICHARDS


THE RECOGNISED STORY

Giving Tuesday 

The Recognised Foundation

Introducing Recognition Projects: Helping people to feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most. This article explores all you need to know about each one and how you can get involved.

ABBIE RICHARDS


As Recognised turns 5 years old and on Giving Tuesday 2023, we are excited to announce the launch of The Recognised Foundation - helping people to feel, seen, valued and recognised when they need it most.


The Recognised Foundation was created to help grow the important work of recognising people when they need it most and enable us to create new projects where we’ve long seen a gap for them as well as continuing to collaborate with existing and new charity partners. We believe that recognition, no matter how small or simple, has the power to change someone's situation for the better.

As Recognised turns 5 years old and on Giving Tuesday 2023, we are excited to announce the launch of The Recognised Foundation - helping people to feel, seen, valued and recognised when they need it most.


The Recognised Foundation was created to help grow the important work of recognising people when they need it most and enable us to create new projects where we’ve long seen a gap for them as well as continuing to collaborate with existing and new charity partners. We believe that recognition, no matter how small or simple, has the power to change someone's situation for the better. 


Introducing Recognition Projects - a collection of beautifully and thoughtfully curated services to help people feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most.


What does the Recognised Foundation do?

Introducing Recognition Projects - a collection of beautifully and thoughtfully curated services to help people feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most. From dinners connecting people experiencing loneliness to monthly letters of encouragement to teenage girls- every project is focused around one of our 6 causes (Mental Health, Cancer Support, Motherhood, Solidarity, Modern Slavery, Female Empowerment) and has been created with this thought in mind: How can we recognise people when they need it most? 


This Christmas, for the first time at Recognised, our customers will be able to pick the Recognition Project they’d like to support with every purchase. Each order now comes with a special Recognition Card for you to choose a project or pass on the choice if it's a gift.


Read on to find out about each Recognition Project in a bit more detail. This article explores each one and tells you all you need to know for each project.


We’re so excited for this evolution of social impact at Recognised and want to thank our community for the change you’ve helped create so far, raising nearly £100,000 for charity projects, representing thousands of lives made brighter when they needed it most. Recognition is powerful and the smallest bit can go a long way in bringing hope and compassion to people’s day.

1. Mental Health 

Recognised Dinners: Dinners of connection for people experiencing loneliness

The main aim of these dinners is connection. We thoughtfully curate a space where people can connect with one another in a safe, judgment free environment and feel able to vulnerably and appropriately share some of what they’re walking through. Courage and vulnerability only lead to greater connection and we know there is such empowerment in shared experiences. Someone once said to us “one of the best cures for loneliness isn’t necessarily more frequent interaction, it is more meaningful interaction.”

The evening is centered around a home-cooked 3 course meal and follows a carefully thought out design of moments which foster connection. From conversation starters and connection cards to getting the guests involved in serving and clearing up, the evening culminates in ‘stories of bravery’. Going around the table, each person takes it in turns to encourage someone else at the table, and then share a story of a time they were proud of themselves. In sharing this story of courage, it allows the person to be brave in that moment, but also encourages recognising in yourself the things there are to be proud of. 

The main aim of these dinners is connection. We thoughtfully curate a space where people can connect with one another in a safe, judgment free environment and feel able to vulnerably and appropriately share some of what they’re walking through. Courage and vulnerability only lead to greater connection, and we know there is such empowerment in shared experiences. Someone once said to us “one of the best cures for loneliness isn’t necessarily more frequent interaction, it is more meaningful interaction.”


The evening is centered around a home-cooked 3 course meal and follows a carefully thought out design of moments which foster connection. From conversation starters and connection cards to getting the guests involved in serving and clearing up, the evening culminates in ‘stories of bravery’. Going around the table, each person takes it in turns to encourage someone else at the table, and then share a story of a time they were proud of themselves. In sharing this story of courage, it allows the person to be brave in that moment, but also encourages recognising in yourself the things there are to be proud of. 

2. MODERN SLAVERY

Wardrobe Renewal

This 'Recognised Moment' was created to recognise women who have been rescued from trafficking and extreme exploitation as they re-enter the world and rebuild their lives. It is an experience especially designed to help show women their worth and beauty, to empower them and enable them to make their own clothing choices, and to equip them with a capsule wardrobe that will make them feel confident from head to toe.


We are continuing to partner with the amazing Ella’s charity, and giving the women coming out of their safe house accommodation access to this bespoke service.

Each woman who has access to this afternoon of love and care will have the chance to take home items of clothing that will help her to feel truly herself and to walk with confidence. We know that clothes themselves don’t solve the issue of modern slavery or the trauma ensued by victims, but we do know that women who have experienced such trauma deserve a beautiful experience curated just for them to feel truly special and seen. This service is just one of many important support lines for women rebuilding their lives. We know that this will be a stunning confidence boost as they exit the safe houses and help to instil their immense worth.

This 'Recognised Moment' was created to recognise women who have been rescued from trafficking and extreme exploitation as they re-enter the world and rebuild their lives. It is an experience especially designed to help show women their worth and beauty, to empower them and enable them to make their own clothing choices, and to equip them with a capsule wardrobe that will make them feel confident from head to toe.


We are continuing to partner with the amazing Ella’s charity, and giving the women coming out of their safe house accommodation access to this bespoke service.

Each woman who has access to this afternoon of love and care will have the chance to take home items of clothing that will help her to feel truly herself and to walk with confidence. We know that clothes themselves don’t solve the issue of modern slavery or the trauma ensued by victims, but we do know that women who have experienced such trauma deserve a beautiful experience curated just for them to feel truly special and seen. This service is just one of many important support lines for women rebuilding their lives. We know that this will be a stunning confidence boost as they exit the safe houses and help to instil their immense worth.

3. CANCER SUPPORT

Wellness Workshops at Maggie’s Centers 

We are supporting the fabulous Maggie’s Centres in the delivery of their amazing centre programmes. Maggie’s hosts events, services and spaces to help people facing cancer and their families feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most. 


Whether it’s getting creative with arts and crafts, rediscovering a beauty and skincare regime that works during treatment, or an ‘eat well’ workshop, Maggie’s are on a mission to recognise those walking through cancer in a thoughtful, beautiful and practical way.

We are supporting the fabulous Maggie’s Centres in the delivery of their amazing centre programmes. Maggie’s hosts events, services and spaces to help people facing cancer and their families feel seen, valued and recognised when they need it most. 

Whether it’s getting creative with arts and crafts, rediscovering a beauty and skincare regime that works during treatment, or an ‘eat well’ workshop, Maggie’s are on a mission to recognise those walking through cancer in a thoughtful, beautiful and practical way.

4. motherhood

Meals for Mum’s

This service is designed for parents who are feeling the weight of parenthood that little bit more. Whether it be parents who are fresh from the hospital room, new adoptive/foster parents or parents with a child in hospital, we want to recognise parents with an essential meal service right when they need it most. 

We will provide COOK vouchers for two weeks worth of nutritious meals that are quick, easy and simple to prepare. Sometimes it’s the practical things being taken care of that can make the biggest difference.

This service is designed for parents who are feeling the weight of parenthood that little bit more. Whether it be parents who are fresh from the hospital room, new adoptive/foster parents or parents with a child in hospital, we want to recognise parents with an essential meal service right when they need it most. 

We will provide COOK vouchers for two weeks worth of nutritious meals that are quick, easy and simple to prepare. Sometimes it’s the practical things being taken care of that can make the biggest difference.

5. SOLIDARITY

Community Concerts

We know that hundreds of people in our communities suffer from feeling isolated, lonely, or disconnected from others. We also know that music has the power to bring people together no matter their age, background, or circumstance. This is the vision behind Community Concerts; offering a regular opportunity for anyone to enjoy some coffee and cake, conversation, and beautiful music in the local community. 

Held monthly on Wednesday mornings in Hammersmith, the concerts are informal, fun, and intended to be a community and connection space that can be enjoyed by the oldest to the youngest in attendance. You can find out more information here.

We know that hundreds of people in our communities suffer from feeling isolated, lonely, or disconnected from others. We also know that music has the power to bring people together no matter their age, background, or circumstance. This is the vision behind these Community Concerts; offering a regular opportunity for anyone to enjoy some coffee and cake, conversation, and beautiful music in the local community. 

Held monthly on Wednesday mornings in Hammersmith, the concerts are informal, fun, and intended to be a community and connection space that can be enjoyed by the oldest to the youngest in attendance. You can find out more information here.

6. SOLIDARITY

Movie Night Magic

We want to recognise doctors, nurses and NHS workers who work to serve our country so diligently and selflessly. The aim of this Recognition Project is to make these people feel truly seen, valued and recognised and to give them the special treatment they deserve after working so hard to serve our nation. 

Our hope is that people will leave these events feeling honoured and valued for the work they do and the hours they dedicate to keep our nation safe and cared for. We also know these movie events will provide a light relief that people won’t get in their day-to-day jobs, and are excited for the transformative power of the art of cinema in these spaces we create.

We want to recognise doctors, nurses and NHS workers who work to serve our country so diligently and selflessly. The aim of this Recognition Project is to make these people feel truly seen, valued and recognised and to give them the special treatment they deserve after working so hard to serve our nation. 

Our hope is that people will leave these events feeling honoured and valued for the work they do and the hours they dedicate to keep our nation safe and cared for. We also know these movie events will provide a light relief that people won’t get in their day-to-day jobs, and are excited for the transformative power of the art of cinema in these spaces we create.

7. female empowerment

Women’s Employment Programme

Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise providing training, employment, recognition and community to some of the most disadvantaged women in London. The women they work with have been classified as experiencing "multiple disadvantages", including gender based violence (domestic abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, trafficking and honour based violence). 

Where these traumatic experiences would so often push people to the sidelines, Luminary recognises the need for these women to be seen and heard, and to show them that their voices matter. Luminary works holistically with women, offering a safe space to train, trauma-informed support as they overcome barriers from lack of opportunity, preparation for employment, and guidance in building towards a positive future.

Luminary Bakery is a social enterprise providing training, employment, recognition and community to some of the most disadvantaged women in London. The women they work with have been classified as experiencing "multiple disadvantages", including gender based violence (domestic abuse, prostitution, sexual exploitation, trafficking and honour based violence). 

Where these traumatic experiences would so often push people to the sidelines, Luminary recognises the need for these women to be seen and heard, and to show them that their voices matter. Luminary works holistically with women, offering a safe space to train, trauma-informed support as they overcome barriers from lack of opportunity, preparation for employment, and guidance in building towards a positive future.

8. FEMALE EMPOWERMENT

Pink Letters 

We support Pink Letters, a monthly letter writing service, sending letters of encouragement to teenage girls across the globe. In a world where being a woman comes with so many unique challenges, pink letters seek to recognise the struggle, bumps and challenges that so many young girls face as they journey through their time at school. 

By recognising and encouraging young girls at this pivotal point in their lives, Pink letters seeks to bring connection, hope and empathy through shared experiences and recognition. The sheer power of knowing that you’re not alone when going through something can never be underestimated. 

We support Pink Letters, a monthly letter writing service, sending letters of encouragement to teenage girls across the globe. In a world where being a woman comes with so many unique challenges, pink letters seek to recognise the struggle, bumps and challenges that so many young girls face as they journey through their time at school. 

By recognising and encouraging young girls at this pivotal point in their lives, Pink letters seeks to bring connection, hope and empathy through shared experiences and recognition. The sheer power of knowing that you’re not alone when going through something can never be underestimated. 

Pick your Recognition Project

Our impact model now looks a little different… now when you buy one of our Statement Popons®, 100% of the profits are donated to The Recognised Foundation to help fuel these Recognition Projects. And what’s even better is that the project your purchase funds is your choice, leaving you more empowered, inspired and connected to the impact you make. 

Every order now comes with a special recognition card allowing you to choose your project or pass on if your order is a gift. 

If you know of anyone who might benefit from any of these services, we would love to hear from you. Please do get in touch with us by emailing info@recognisedfoundation, and a member of our team will get back to you with more information on how to get involved/sign someone up. 

Our impact model now looks a little different… now when you buy one of our Statement Popons®, 100% of the profits are donated to The Recognised Foundation to help fuel these Recognition Projects. And what’s even better is that the project your purchase funds is your choice, leaving you more empowered, inspired and connected to the impact you make. 

Every order now comes with a special recognition card allowing you to choose your project or pass on if your order is a gift. 

If you know of anyone who might benefit from any of these services, we would love to hear from you. Please do get in touch with us by emailing info@recognisedfoundation, and a member of our team will get back to you with more information on how to get involved/sign someone up. 

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Gold Smooth You Are Enough Popon® Recognised
$65.00$65.00

YOU ARE ENOUGH POPON®

This Recognised Female Empowerment Popon® is a beautiful and meaningful gift for every woman. 


Hand engraved with the words ‘You are enough’, this Popon is a reminder that we are each enough as we are. Three words that transform everything within, shaping the lives we want to lead, the women we want to be and the world we want to see.Words which provide courage on the days we need it most and help us rise beyond our weaknesses and seek what is beyond our own strength. Words of which our relationship with and proximity to its truth either causes us to stand taller, or shrink ourselves down, shine brighter or hide our light away, celebrate others or tear them down. 


Wear this Popon around your neck, keep these words close to your heart and when the thoughts crash in and the waves of doubt and insignificance come - whisper to yourself ‘I am enough’. You are always enough.

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A Alphabet Popon Recognised
$54.00$54.00

Alphabet popons

The Alphabet Popons® were created to recognise each and every person affected by cancer. Every initial worn represents a personal story. 100% of the profits are donated to a recognition project of your choice such as Wellness workshops, run in Partnership with Maggie's cancer care centre.


Cancer impacts nearly all of us in one way or another – it’s a cause close to so many of our hearts. Time and time again Recognised Alphabet Popons are purchased in memory of a loved one, as a meaningful gift for someone going through cancer or to keep those we know in mind throughout their illness. Every initial holds so much meaning and helps keep those we love close to our hearts throughout the hardest of times.


Available in four colour combinations.

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Sterling Silver Dove Popon Recognised
$44.00$44.00

Dove popons

This Recognised Sterling Silver Dove Popon® is a beautiful and meaningful gift. The Dove is a symbol for Mental Health and 100% of the profits are donated to a charity recognition project of your choice such as, Recognised Dinners, beautiful community dinners created to bring connection for people experiencing loneliness in London.


The Dove Popon was created as a show of support for every single person struggling with their mental wellbeing. This Popon not only helps raise awareness of mental health, it has played a significant role in sparking important conversations around mental health, helping break down stigma and shame and communicating to anyone feeling isolated that they are not alone, there is hope and the sun will shine brighter on another day. 


From stories of family members who have lost loved ones to suicide and purchased this Popon in memory of them, to friends sending each other the Dove as a show of support throughout the pandemic, this Popon carries hope, healing and a message of love.

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Rose Gold Hammered Pebble Popon Recognised
$54.00$54.00

Pebble popons

This Recognised Rose Gold Vermeil Hammered Pebble Popon® is a beautiful and meaningful gift. The pebble is a symbol of solidarity and 100% of the profits are donated to a charity recognition project of your choice such as, all age community concerts or movie nights for NHS workers.


Recognised Pebble Popons support the ongoing and ever-evolving need for solidarity in our world today and carry a simple message: We are better together. Inspired by the pebbles on a beach that are shaped by each other as well as their environment, the Pebble Popons celebrate that we are both unique and connected to one another. 


Whether it’s coming together for our planet, equality or justice, we are united through shared experiences. When we stand together in solidarity for one another, we find strength to face today and hope for tomorrow. There is strength in numbers and comfort in unity. In troubled times, we recognise that we are strongest when we stand together in solidarity.