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Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled £25,000
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Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled

Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled aims to improve lives for disabled people in the Bristol area by providing riding lessons and the chance to spend time around horses. Our riders...

Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled aims to improve lives for disabled people in the Bristol area by providing riding lessons and the chance to spend time around horses. Our riders have a range of disabilities, from the physical, including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and spinal injury, learning difficulties, Downs Syndrome, global developmental delay and autistic spectrum disorders.

Riding can increase muscle tone, coordination, confidence, and well-being. Many of our riders enjoy the social and psychological benefits of spending time with each other and our volunteers; some riders with language difficulties increase their vocabulary by learning the terms they need to make their horses go and stop etc. For other riders, just the chance to be out of their wheelchairs and up high builds confidence.

George has Autism. His mum says: “When you have a child with Additional Needs, you see a lot of doors closing. With Avon Riding, I just see all these pathways opening up.”

Our riders are encourage to challenge themselves, in a way that is appropriate to their abilities and several of them go on to compete at Regional and National level in RDA Championships. We are a member of the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) and we use their proficiency badges and tracker scheme to monitor rider progress, even if our the progress can only be measured in “baby steps”. Avon Riding Centre is a wonderful place, where people with disabilities can be themselves and be their best.

Bristol & District Tranquilliser Project £4,000
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Bristol & District Tranquilliser Project

BTP was set up in 1985 to help those having problems with certain prescribed psychotropic medication (benzodiazepine tranquillisers/sleeping tablets and antidepressants). We help p...

BTP was set up in 1985 to help those having problems with certain prescribed psychotropic medication (benzodiazepine tranquillisers/sleeping tablets and antidepressants). We help people who are taking, who are considering taking, or who have recently withdrawn from this type of medication. Our services are free and confidential. We help clients to understand more about the problems caused by psychotropic medication and where appropriate make a safe withdrawal from it.

Since 1998 the Project’s principal individual programme has been Helping Older Adults (HOP) and is self-funding. This programme was set up when it became clear there were particular problems concerning older people and prescribed psychotropic drugs, especially in withdrawal, consequently we sought additional funding in order to make a greater impact on this problem. The Project has been running successfully over the past 20 years, to support the people of Bristol.

We are a unique organisation and other than our organisation there is very little help available. We have a high success rate with 90% of our clients making a full recovery. The lives of our clients are drastically changed for the better, there is improvement in physical and psychological well-being and a decrease in isolation. The results put less strain on NHS resources in Bristol and clients are able to once again participate in their local community.

Bristol Playbus Project £6,000
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Bristol Playbus Project

Bristol Playbus provides mobile services to communities that are lacking in facilities. As a mobile provider we are able to respond to needs as they arise, taking our services righ...

Bristol Playbus provides mobile services to communities that are lacking in facilities. As a mobile provider we are able to respond to needs as they arise, taking our services right to the heart of deprived communities.

We currently run a Playranger service providing safe, outdoor play opportunities for children aged 5-12; an inclusive play service supporting children with additional needs and their siblings ; and a ‘Sensory Truck’ providing one-to-one and small group sessions to disabled children and their families.

Bristol Underprivileged Children’s Charity £15,000
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Bristol Underprivileged Children’s Charity

The BUPCC was born to help disadvantaged children, under 16, in our city. Our first venture was to collect toys at Christmas for half a dozen local children’s homes. That brought u...

The BUPCC was born to help disadvantaged children, under 16, in our city. Our first venture was to collect toys at Christmas for half a dozen local children’s homes. That brought us in touch with the Lord Mayor of the day – a link with the city’s first citizen we retain and cherish. It made the television news, and, with a sell-out Christmas lunch, we were launched. Since then we have helped thousands of youngsters, sometimes with equipment, sometimes with the end money to round off someone else’s fundraising.

We have helped schools and sent children on holiday, mainly through our close ties with places such as Barton Camp and Children’s Hospice South West. We are unpaid volunteers doing our best for unfortunate children and that will never change. Every penny raised goes directly towards helping local children who are living in conditions of need, hardship or distress. We provide funding for such things as learning aids, respite care, apparatus for children with learning difficulties, specialist equipment for disabled children, furniture and bed linen for children with restricted mobility and kitchen appliances for children in families below the poverty line

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