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Barnstondale Centre £4,000
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Barnstondale Centre

Barnstondale Centre is a children’s charity that provides a natural setting for personal development through sport and adventure, study and reflection. We offer a safe, supportive...

Barnstondale Centre is a children’s charity that provides a natural setting for personal development through sport and adventure, study and reflection. We offer a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for youngsters from all walks of life, including those with a range of disabilities. The majority of the children and young people who visit Barnstondale are from the Wirral and their new found confidence and social skills help them to become an integral part of the local community. Particular attention is given to young people who may be socially excluded and at risk of becoming disaffected. We are passionate about transforming the lives of young people, inspiring them to grow in mind, body and spirit.

We welcome over 4,000 children each year, of these 31% are from disadvantaged areas and 10% have additional needs. Groups can stay in high-quality, purpose-built cabins surrounded by our extensive wooded grounds. Our newest cabin is designed specifically for visitors with multiple disabilities; and is fitted with lifts, sensory areas, wet rooms and hoists. Barnstondale continues to add to the outdoor activities on offer to our young visitors, all of which are interactive and stimulate their senses, encourage conversation and open their minds to new possibilities. They include a sensory trail, quiet garden and play area.

Charles Thompson’s Mission £4,000
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Charles Thompson’s Mission

Charles Thompson’s Mission has served the people of Birkenhead and the Wirral since 1892, with a vision to work alongside people who are homeless, poor and needy, out of poverty...

Charles Thompson’s Mission has served the people of Birkenhead and the Wirral since 1892, with a vision to work alongside people who are homeless, poor and needy, out of poverty.

From Monday to Friday we are a drop in centre; providing hot food and drinks, clothing, bedding, food parcels, toiletries and household goods to 65 people a day. We provide furniture to people setting up a home or others who need help, collecting and delivering whenever we can. Around 20 people per week use our on-site shower facilities, and we give people the chance to access services including GP, nurse, optician, mental health nurse, dentist and hairdresser as well as receive advice on substance misuse and benefits.

Last year our Christmas toy bank enabled us to give over 170 children a bag of toys and goodies, and we welcomed 110 people for a Christmas meal. We take people who would otherwise never leave their neighbourhoods on day trips into Cheshire and North Wales, and give 12 children a year a holiday near Keswick in Cumbria.

David Lewis £4,000
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David Lewis

Established in 1904, David Lewis provides high quality social, educational and medical care for young people and adults with complex needs including autism, epilepsy and learning d...

Established in 1904, David Lewis provides high quality social, educational and medical care for young people and adults with complex needs including autism, epilepsy and learning disabilities. We have approximately 900 staff including care officers, doctors, teachers, consultant psychologists and consultant psychiatrists, therapists and nurses.

We treat and support over 300 young people and adults every year. We operate and deliver our services 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. We provide both residential and day care services. We work in partnership with local authorities and PCT’s from the North West and throughout the UK. We focus on developing our residents life skills to help them achieve the life they want to lead.

Reuben’s Retreat £25,000
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Reuben’s Retreat

More than 49,000 children in the UK have a life-threatening illness. And more than 5,000 children die each year, that’s 13 children every single day. In August 2012, the Graham fam...

More than 49,000 children in the UK have a life-threatening illness. And more than 5,000 children die each year, that’s 13 children every single day. In August 2012, the Graham family’s world fell apart when their own precious son Reuben lost his short but courageous fight for life, aged just 23 months. They had set off on their summer holiday to Devon as a family of four, yet just three returned home, their lives shattered. But each life, no matter how brief, forever changes the world…

“Reuben’s Retreat” will be a home from home for children with life-limiting or life threatening illnesses or disabilities for them to spend time with their family, to relax and recharge and make life-long memories. It already serves as a counselling and support centre for parents and siblings bereaved of a child, and for families of children may not reach adulthood. We provide a range of services to help families to adjust to their new “normal” lives.

We purchased our Retreat in 2014 and have made huge progress already, renovating and knocking through the two smaller buildings to create “The Lodge at Reuben’s” from where we provide counselling and bereavement support. We have now completed an overhaul to the main building’s roof and long-term plans for this space include a large day-care facility and apartments for family respite. Next we are focusing on creating our first physically therapeutic resource for complexly poorly children through the installation of a Hydrotherapy Pool and changing suite.

The Petty Pool Trust £15,000
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The Petty Pool Trust

The Petty Pool Trust has been supporting local young people since 1981. Currently we support over 1000 local young people each year, with activities divided between the Petty Pool...

The Petty Pool Trust has been supporting local young people since 1981. Currently we support over 1000 local young people each year, with activities divided between the Petty Pool Vocational College, which provides education and training for young people with learning disabilities, and the Petty Pool Outdoor Centre which provides personal development through adventurous activities to a range of groups including children and young people from across the north west.

The Petty Pool Vocational College educates and supports up to 90 full time students from across Cheshire, Warrington and the north west. We support young people with a range of needs. We take a very holistic approach to supporting our learners, so we not only focus on their educational progression but more importantly focus their personal, social, employability and independent living skills. We focus on what students can achieve and as they say ‘we are more than a label and are as good as anyone else’. Students are able to participate in a wide range of activities whilst at Petty Pool including work experience, residential and social activities, all whilst gaining a vocational qualification. We also work in partnership with other services to ensure students get all the support they need.

Our mission is to support young people to achieve their potential. Our aim is to support young people into employment or further training. Last year 26% of our leavers went into paid work, this year we are aiming for over 30%.

The Rossendale Trust Ltd £6,000
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The Rossendale Trust Ltd

Founded in 1973 Rossendale provides long-term supported living care for 64 adults with learning and some physical disabilities. Our Vision is; to create an environment in which pe...

Founded in 1973 Rossendale provides long-term supported living care for 64 adults with learning and some physical disabilities. Our Vision is; to create an environment in which people can develop and grow, enabling them to have ownership of their own lives and futures. Our Mission is; to meet the needs of people in our care by supporting them to live a full and meaningful life.

Most of our tenants require full time support with their personal care. We provide a caring and stimulating environment that makes for a happy and fulfilling life for our tenants and the prevailing atmosphere is one of cheerful independence. Thanks to the dedication, professionalism and caring nature of our staff, tenants quickly settle into life at Rossendale.

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