The Goed Life is a charity set up by the Goedhuis family in December 2017 to help people with learning disabilities find meaningful employment as well as support them in their daily lives.

There are 1.5 million people with learning disabilities in the UK and almost 94% are unemployed. At The Goed Life we don’t think it needs to be this way. There are opportunities out there for both the employee and employer for this community and our aim is to facilitate these relationships through training as well as developing relationships with key employers.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the lives of people with learning disabilities by providing funding to various organisations, services and individuals for respite, holidays, training and other forms of care.  Our primary mission is to help people with learning disabilities train for meaningful employment, giving them a sense of purpose, direction and belonging in their local community.

We want to be seen as a charity that upholds equality in the community through providing a sense of belonging to those who need it most.  We want to be a helping hand to the carers and families of those with learning disabilities who may be struggling financially as well as emotionally.

Our Story

We were established in December 2017 by Ned Goedhuis, his mother, Laura Goedhuis and John Harris. The founders were inspired by another member of the Goedhuis family, Ned’s older brother – Sam – who has Down’s Syndrome.

In 2015 Sam started working in the Beehive Café for 3 hours on a Friday afternoon. This may not seem like much but it proved to be completely life changing. Not only his increased sense of belonging and happiness but also his progression in communication and socialisation was monumental. It was evident to that so many of his peers and others would benefit from a similar experience.

Meet The Team

Founders

Laura Goedhuis

Laura is married with three children, one of whom; Sam, was born in 1991 with Downs Syndrome. Whilst still a full time director of a leading Wine Storage Company, Laura has also made a significant impact in the local charitable sector. Her appointments include:

  • 1991 – 1993 Fundraising officer for Tommy’s Campaign, researching in to the causes of prematurity and miscarriage.
  • 2003-2005 A parent governor of Northgate school.
  • 2007 -2010 A Trustee of Self Unlimited (now part of the Home Farm Trust).
  • 2010 – 2015 Founder and Trustee of Carefree Northants, a charity for adults with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire.

Ned Goedhuis

Ned is Laura’s son and brother to Sam. Ned organised a group to complete the ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ raising money for Carefree Northants in 2011. More recently he ran a half marathon to raise awareness for Harrison’s fund fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy this year and is in training for a Half Ironman in Austria to fundraise for The Goed Life.

Ned worked with holidays and respite centres for adults with learning disabilities in centres such as the Calvert Trust in the Peak District.

He currently works in the digital marketing industry for Kelkoo Group and oversee the design and maintenance of The Goed Life’s website and social media campaign alongside his directorship of the charity.

John Harris ACA

John is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in 1984. He has been in public practice since 1986, firstly as a sole trader, then a partner in a national firm followed by a two partner practice since 2009.

He is experienced in a wide range of business and charitable structures and in 2012 was Financial Director to the Merchandising Company appointed to the London Olympic Games. He is experienced within the Charitable sector, also being a Trustee and Advisor to a number of local charities.

Ambassadors

Henry Wilkinson

Henry started his support for The Goed Life in competing in the Ironman raising funds for The Goed Life. He also supported the charity at the Golf Day and has made some crucial introductions to the likes of Vodafone who we are looking to run charity days with in the future.

Simon Carmichael

Simon also started his journey through competing in the Ironman with Ned and Henry. He has since helped organise an evening of Scottish Reeling in aid of The Goed Life and continues to support us.

Johnny Goedhuis

Johnny is Sam’s father and has helped on some respite weekends in Cornwall and Norfolk. He has also very kindly agreed to host a wine dinner with The Goed Life as one of the primary beneficiaries.

Phoebe Cutter

Phoebe can be seen here running the Mont Saint Michel marathon in aid of The Goed Life. Since she has helped us with our social media and website as well as on some of our primary projects.