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About Face £4,000
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About Face

About Face offers support to head and neck cancer patients and their loved ones since being established over 18 years ago. After many years of fundraising we acquired a house...

About Face offers support to head and neck cancer patients and their loved ones since being established over 18 years ago. After many years of fundraising we acquired a house directly opposite Poole Hospital to offer a welcoming space and support centre for head and neck cancer patients.

About Face offers one to one and group support to people who have this challenging and sometimes disfiguring diagnosis. We support people in person, by phone and by email and we hold regular ‘drop-ins’ for patients and their families who are made welcome. Patients can receive support, understanding and shared experience from a dedicated group of volunteers many of whom have experienced the same condition.

Our aim is to increase awareness of head and neck cancer in the local community and reduce the isolation experienced by patients for what can be a challenging and disfiguring condition. We support the work of the Maxillofacial Department at Poole Hospital and their lead surgeon Professor Ilankovan has been one of our trustees for many years. We offer training space for their surgeons and we also have a meeting room which is used by other cancer groups in the local community.

We raise funds to buy and loan equipment for use by patients during their recovery. We go out in the local community to give information, leaflets and talks to dentist, GPs, and community groups to try and raise awareness of the importance of an early diagnosis and treatment.

Dorset Blind Association £6,000
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Dorset Blind Association

The Dorset Blind Association works throughout Dorset helping people who are blind or partially sighted. In Dorset there are more than 4,600 people registered as blind or...

The Dorset Blind Association works throughout Dorset helping people who are blind or partially sighted.

In Dorset there are more than 4,600 people registered as blind or partially sighted and an estimated 30,000 people living with serious sight loss. The charity provides practical and emotional help and support to as many of those people as possible, helping them adjust to living with serious sight loss and still lead full, independent, healthy and socially active lives in their local community. While the sight loss itself sadly cannot be cured, we work to stop it causing or leading to other physical or mental health problems.

We deliver practical services directly into the community to make these as accessible as possible to all service users, tailored to each individual’s needs and through this we provide support for up to 1,000 local people each month. We provide low level and ongoing support, which has its greatest impact and value if it is delivered continuously and over a period of time so our help and support is not time limited in any way, unlike the programmes delivered by many others. We are happy to provide continuous support for as long as people need it recognising that, for most people, sight loss is sadly not curable and also that many people’s needs change over time.

We do this with a small team of staff backed up by over 300 volunteers, who together give more than 30,000 hours of their time each year helping those less fortunate than themselves.

Mosaic – Supporting Bereaved Children £15,000
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Mosaic – Supporting Bereaved Children

Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. We also support those young people facing the death of a loved...

Mosaic is a Dorset wide charity offering a pathway of support to bereaved children, young people and their families. We also support those young people facing the death of a loved one and offer a range of training topics for professionals and agencies working with children. We offer individual and family group counselling, residential weekends, activity days and social events.

Since 2007, the charity has supported almost 1000 children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one through, murder, suicide, sudden death, illness, accident or long term medical conditions. Many of the children referred are already living in disadvantaged families with poverty or drug/alcohol abuse. Residential weekends are one of the most beneficial parts of the service and give young people the opportunity to share their experience, make new friends who understand how they feel, learn how to express the overwhelming emotions grief can bring safely and realise they can still have fun. These weekends help them feel less isolated and increase their confidence and self-esteem.

Whilst we have a small amount of Local Authority funding to cover some individual support, we fund many children and other activities through by donations, grants and fundraising. Our team of over 40 dedicated volunteers give their time to support children and young people at the weekends, listening to stories and taking part in team building activities. They also help with fundraising activities.

Veterans In Action £25,000
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Veterans In Action

Veterans In Action (VIA) help armed services veterans who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult...

Veterans In Action (VIA) help armed services veterans who have suffered the effects of war or who have found the transition to civilian life difficult.

VIA use the outdoors, adventurous activities, expeditions and centre based projects to help rebuild veterans confidence, self-esteem and self-belief.

VIA have devised their own unique program called ALIVE that is run from our Hampshire based ALIVE Centre and on the many walking expeditions that we run in the UK. Over the last 6 years VIA have walked a distance of 12,600 miles over the UK with over 500 veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

VIA are always looking for new ways of helping veterans which include photography, bushcraft plus we have our own boxing gym which is affiliated to Boxing England which we run as a community project involving serving personnel, veterans, the local community and their children.

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