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Community Housing Aid – Nightstop Devon £4,000
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Community Housing Aid – Nightstop Devon

Nightstop Devon works with homeless 16-25 year olds to protect them from the risks and impact on future life outcomes associated with rough sleeping...

Nightstop Devon works with homeless 16-25 year olds to protect them from the risks and impact on future life outcomes associated with rough sleeping. We provide same day emergency accommodation in the homes of trained and DBS checked volunteer hosts for 16-25 year olds, who would otherwise be sleeping rough or in a risky situation. We take referrals from local agencies centrally, carrying out checks to ensure the young person’s suitability for the scheme and setting up placements. We link in with other agencies and youth advice and support services to help the young person resolve the issues contributing to their homelessness and find permanent, appropriate and secure accommodation.

We do this because each year, hundreds of young people in Devon are at risk of homelessness. Youth homelessness causes or exacerbates social exclusion, poor physical health, unemployment, emotional distress and mental illness. Without safe accommodation, vulnerable young people either ‘sofa-surf’ with friends, remain in an unsafe home environment, or sleep rough, increasing their risk of harm from physical and sexual abuse, of becoming entrenched in the drug and alcohol street culture, and their risk of offending. With Nightstop, they have a safe place to stay, advice, support and linkage to local services – a chance to get their life back on track.

Devon Freewheelers EVS £15,000
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Devon Freewheelers EVS

Devon Freewheelers EVS, also known as the Blood Bikes, provides an out-of-hours courier service to the NHS across the county of Devon. The service operates between the hours of...

Devon Freewheelers EVS, also known as the Blood Bikes, provides an out-of-hours courier service to the NHS across the county of Devon. The service operates between the hours of 5pm to 7am on weekdays and is a 24 hour service at weekends and on bank holidays. The service is undertaken by volunteers who transport the items on marked motorbikes. They carry whole blood, blood samples, medical samples and swabs, tissue for cross matching before transplant operations, emergency medication, emergency medical equipment and donor breast milk for premature babies.

Some of our volunteer Blood Bikers are also trained First Responders in conjunction with the South West Ambulance Service. They can be called to a patient within an 8 mile radius of where they are stationed. They can be called if the patient is suffering from a life threatening crisis such as a stroke or a cardiac arrest. They often arrive before the land ambulance, giving the patient vital extra minutes of life saving care. Despite providing these services to the NHS across Devon, the charity receives no funding from the NHS, and relies on the generous donations of the general public, community groups and businesses to be able to continue providing the life saving service it offers. The charity also provides a scheduled blood delivery to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, this enables the critical care paramedics on board to give blood transfusions at the scenes of incidents.

Dream-A-Way £25,000
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Dream-A-Way

Dream-A-Way is based in Exeter which has been making a difference for Devon’s children and adults with any type of disability or life affecting illness since 1993. We do this in...

Dream-A-Way is based in Exeter which has been making a difference for Devon’s children and adults with any type of disability or life affecting illness since 1993. We do this in several ways:

• We provide grants to help fund dream holidays, both in the UK and in Europe and also far beyond
• We own nine luxury holiday homes at Sandy Bay on the beautiful Devon coastline, two of which are fully wheelchair adapted both inside and outside and we make these homes available to our guests throughout the year
• We take guests on many visits to the theatre and pantomime and on varied days out to local attractions and on Magical Mystery tours

We are especially proud that everyone connected with Dream-A-Way is a true unpaid volunteer receiving no salary, honoraria or expenses at all, ensuring that over 99 pence in every pound raised is used to help even more special local people. We take great pride in knowing that we have been able to create some lasting memories for so many people and we consider it a true honour to be able to help. One guest said “When we feel down we just look at our beautiful pictures and think of Dream-A-Way and remember our wonderful holiday. We really will be forever grateful”.

Since our foundation we have helped over 2,000 local people to have a dream holiday, 10,000 to enjoy a week at the Devon seaside and 10,000 to have a memorable day out.

Erme Valley Riding for the  Disabled Ltd £4,000
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Erme Valley Riding for the Disabled Ltd

Erme Valley RDA was founded in 1985. The charity aims to provide riding therapy, care and education for children and adults with special additional needs. We are a voluntary...

Erme Valley RDA was founded in 1985. The charity aims to provide riding therapy, care and education for children and adults with special additional needs. We are a voluntary organisation with 8 directors, 6 coaches, and 60 volunteers. We are part of a national organisation (RDA) but as a federation, are solely responsible for raising funds and the organisation of the group.

In 1999 the group moved to our own premises, where we now have an indoor riding school, stable block and fields. We cater for 80 riders per week, from 2 years old to 65 years old with a diverse range of abilities. We aim to improve lives by giving opportunity to ride, groom, care for, and socialise with horses. Each individual rider benefits from their riding session in a multitude of differing ways – riding not only offers physical and intellectual challenges, but also promote confidence, social skills, education and the opportunity to work as part of a team in a secure environment. We are unique in the fact that our riders’ general health and wellbeing outside of horse-riding is of paramount importance to us and we offer support far beyond a weekly riding session.

In one year, we offer 4000 rides, and the cost is now £75,000 per annum to run. We don’t receive any grants, we rely wholly on our own fundraising efforts, individuals and local businesses. Our group is very much a part of the local community and we have good links with local schools, churches and other local groups.

HeartSWell South West £15,000
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HeartSWell South West

HeartSWell South West supports heart patients in Devon and Cornwall. Every day 7 million people in the UK suffer with cardiovascular disease. Living with a heart problem can...

HeartSWell South West supports heart patients in Devon and Cornwall.
Every day 7 million people in the UK suffer with cardiovascular disease. Living with a heart problem can be debilitating, frustrating and sometimes very frightening. We provide the following:

• specialist nurses to support the diagnosis, management, and treatment of Arrhythmia
• free counselling for cardiac patients
• cutting edge technology for hospitals
• equipment for GP surgeries to enable treatment within communities
• defibrillators for rural communities with resuscitation training for individuals
• overnight accommodation for patients and families receiving treatment at Derriford Hospital

In 2015:
• 700 people with heart conditions and members of their families stayed at The Lodge
• 700- 800 people were helped by the specialist nurses
• 60 organisations received defibrillators and 800 hundred were trained in using the equipment
• 38 people benefited from 295 one to one counselling sessions
• 3 GP surgeries received donations of new cardiac care equipment

Because of our work:
• There are fewer deaths from cardiac disease in the South West
• Those living with cardiac disease in the South West have a higher quality of life
• There is an increase in the number of people receiving treatment within their communities and a subsequent decrease in demand on hospital services

Jeremiah’s Journey £6,000
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Jeremiah’s Journey

Jeremiah’s Journey is a charity working with children, young people and their families to support them through the terminal illness of a parent/carer and/or the death of someone...

Jeremiah’s Journey is a charity working with children, young people and their families to support them through the terminal illness of a parent/carer and/or the death of someone special in their life. The support offered can be through individual and/or group work. The Stepping Stones group supports children and young people to come to terms with the terminal illness of a parent/carer through to the death of the parent. This is such a challenge for families and the Stepping Stones group is a valuable support network for families facing this difficulty. The group runs every two weeks and is offered alongside individual work with children and young people.

The bereavement work of the charity is offered via a group programme which runs three times a year and runs for eight weeks in total. Children and young people are supported to remember the special person that has died through a range of activities. This is offered alongside individual work where it is needed. The work and support offered is considered on a family by family basis so that the charity can respond to the needs.

Some of the other support offered to families is time to celebrate and enjoy those special times of the year when terminal illness/bereavement may prevent families from doing so. The charity is currently looking to develop its services through Grandparents Day and Family Day as well as offer the ‘First Steps’ telephone line for families and professional people supporting families to call.

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) £6,000
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North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA)

NDADA’s core long term aim is to end domestic violence and abuse. We do this through provision of refuge accommodation (the only one left in Devon following funding cuts)...

NDADA’s core long term aim is to end domestic violence and abuse. We do this through provision of refuge accommodation (the only one left in Devon following funding cuts). In addition to providing safe and secure accommodation and working with families to make them safe from their abusers through the criminal justice system and other agencies, we also provide therapeutic services to help families cope and recover from their ordeals so that once move on accommodation has been found, they are better equipped to lead safer, happier and healthier futures for themselves and their children.

Their needs are often complex and our trained and experienced practitioners, including social workers with specialisms in mental health and safeguarding help to provide a “framework for the future” for families who have been emotionally damaged and struggle to cope with the normal pressures of life. The service covers a largely rural geographic area of 800 square miles.

We are focused on supporting the family in a holistic way, keeping families safe and relationships healthy.

Winkleigh Relief in Need £4,000
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Winkleigh Relief in Need

Winkleigh Relief in Need is a charity that distributes small grants mainly to less well-off Widows of the Parish normally at Christmas but can be anytime during the year for...

Winkleigh Relief in Need is a charity that distributes small grants mainly to less well-off Widows of the Parish normally at Christmas but can be anytime during the year for emergency purposes.

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