The Linkey Story
Founded in December 2017 by siblings Josh Adley and Natasha Langleben, along with a core group of friends and family, Linkey is a social enterprise set up to bring together those who care, with those who need.
On 13th December 2017 Josh and his wife Rebecca were approached by a man in Barnet, North London, who was looking for a nearby homeless shelter. After sitting and chatting with him for some time, making a referral for him on the Streetlink app and buying him dinner, Josh couldn’t find a nearby shelter that was open until the following day. Josh returned home, filled his car with warm clothing and other useful supplies and drove around for two hours that evening to try and find the man to deliver him the items. Unfortunately, he was unsuccessful.
This one meeting along with other interactions with homeless people struck a chord with Josh. He rallied round friends and family to gather essential items that could be dropped off to shelters and rough sleepers on the streets of London, to make their days and nights that little bit more comfortable.
What followed was beyond Josh’s imagination - an incredible amount of donations from their friends, family and the local community who all just wanted to help. On 28th December 2017, Josh and Rebecca along with an army of friends and family loaded up their cars and visited homeless shelters and streets in central London to deliver the goods.
Seeing how many people this simple act of kindness fired up, Josh teamed up with his sister Natasha to develop this one-off idea into a sustainable social enterprise. They setup an online shop of all the essential items that shelters and rough sleepers were desperately in need of, and used social media and word of mouth to encourage people to make a purchase.
In its first two months, Linkey received £20,000 worth of items bought, in addition to over 1,500 physically donated items.
With a core team in place, with backgrounds in PR, event management, fundraising, marketing, law, campaigning, strategy, logistics and social work, and volunteer experience for charities including Crisis, No Second Night Out and C4WS, Linkey is ready to grow. Planning monthly drop-offs to shelters and rough sleepers across London is just the beginning. The team plans to roll-out the initiative across the country, whilst developing additional longer-term projects.
Linkey - Linking those who care with those who need.