Thank you for weighing up whether you would like to be a Friend of Kaleidoscope. We take it you have heard about our work, and you’re looking to see if there is a way you can be more closely involved. If so, that’s brilliant.
If you have got this far, you probably know that we are, at least in part, a consultancy. So why would a sort-of consultancy have Friends? Charities and arts organisations have Friends, not consultancies, right?
Well, we could say that everyone needs friends, and consultancies need friends more than most people. But that’s not actually the reason. And anyway, we are talking about Friends, not friends, if you see what I mean.
If you are a 'Friend' of one of those other kinds of organisations, you’ll know that you often get a lot of useful or fun stuff, such as:
Friends of Kaleidoscope certainly get all of those. But you don’t need to be a Friend just to get those. We send our updates to anyone who asks, to be honest. And anyone turning up at Kaleidoscope HQ will certainly get offered a cup of tea and a biscuit (plus, if the sun is over the yardarm, there’s almost always a couple of beers or a bottle or two of prosecco knocking around in the fridge, and we have a wonderful balcony on which to enjoy them).
We are shameless about demanding feedback at any and every opportunity, including from people who don't like what we are doing. Even the great stuff we do, such as Melting Pot lunches, are open to everyone, for free, otherwise they wouldn’t be so great.
So, why bother being our Friend? What do you get, that others don’t? Actually, you don’t 'get' anything. What you’re doing by becoming our friend is much more important than email updates and invitations to drinks.
Our Friends are different. Our Friends share our hope.
We have a hope that the way we deliver health and care in our society can and will be better. We are a different kind of organisation because we think all health and care organisations need to be different. We bring people together because we believe that’s the only hope for better health and care. We run fun events because they give people a glimpse of how all our working lives could be, more of the time.
If you share our hope, then do, please, become a Friend. Your contribution supports a mission. More importantly, though, joining Kaleidoscope as a Friend is a statement of belief in a more collaborative, more joyful, more hopeful society.
Yes, that’s my hope too. Connect me with others who share this hope. I can afford to pay this amount: