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Colchester Hospitals Charity £25,000
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Colchester Hospitals Charity

The Palliative Care Team at Colchester General Hospital is very committed to providing the same high-quality care that is available in the best hospices. They want to implem...

The Palliative Care Team at Colchester General Hospital is very committed to providing the same high-quality care that is available in the best hospices. They want to implement some of the ambitions set out in National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership, Ambitions for End of Life and Palliative Care (A national framework for local action 2015-2020) to give patients; choice, privacy and dignity, comfort and well-being.

“I can make the last stage of my life as good as possible”.

The aim of the Time Garden is to provide a place for quiet contemplation, peaceful reflection and privacy for patients who are nearing the end of life. It will mean that very sick patients can enjoy time outdoors in a beautiful garden setting. In this calm leafy space, patients and families can spend valuable time together, off the busy hospital wards, enjoying the fresh air and scents of the garden. There will be a ‘log cabin’ which can accommodate a hospital bed or wheelchair, a seating area and kitchenette. With doors onto the garden, it will be a place for visits from much loved pets and even a venue for wedding and other family celebrations.

Equal People Performing Arts £6,000
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Equal People Performing Arts

Equal People Performing Arts is a fully inclusive performing arts studio centre serving South East Essex. It has created a safe and dignified space where disabled and non-di...

Equal People Performing Arts is a fully inclusive performing arts studio centre serving South East Essex. It has created a safe and dignified space where disabled and non-disabled children and adults can work together in all aspects of the performing arts.

The charity was created in a disused mushroom shed in 2006. The intention was to create a fully inclusive dance, drama and theatre space in where children and adults with and without additional needs could come together to enjoy the performing arts as equals. The charity aims to advance fully inclusive education in the Performing Arts for all children, young people and adults both disabled and non-disabled or who are disadvantaged. It also provides workshops and activities in the Performing Arts in order to assist with their integration into the wider community.

At Equal People Performing Arts, learners work together, regardless of ability, in unique and creative ways; enjoying the social and therapeutic benefits of drama, dance, musical theatre and theatre skills in a safe and dignified setting that is always welcoming, friendly and fun.

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs £4,000
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Essex Boys and Girls Clubs

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs was established in 1939. Working within our Network of 140+ voluntary-run community youth clubs reaching 10,000+ members aged 11-18 years. Communi...

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs was established in 1939. Working within our Network of 140+ voluntary-run community youth clubs reaching 10,000+ members aged 11-18 years. Community spirit created through membership of clubs builds self esteem, develops character and reduces anti-social behaviour in their community. Club membership offers an alternative to the many dangers they face such as crime, alcohol and drugs. This is true early intervention work by thousands of volunteers.

In our support we take constructive mobile activities to clubs to enhance their provision, whilst providing constructive introductions to and development in a wide range of sport, adventure and leadership activities, and making extensive use of our Adventure Centres – Stubbers in Upminster, High Row in Cumbria and Maes y Lade in Wales. We also partner with schools and local youth agencies to engage young people in character building projects which are then sustained in the long term by introductions to local youth clubs.

Grapevine Essex £4,000
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Grapevine Essex

Grapevine Essex is committed to providing an excellent service to adults with learning disabilities, comprising affordable, confidence building and educational opportunities...

Grapevine Essex is committed to providing an excellent service to adults with learning disabilities, comprising affordable, confidence building and educational opportunities that teach life skills, support independent living and improve employability. The supported outings and activities provide valuable respite to parents and carers, in addition to raising acceptance and awareness within the community.

During term time the weekly club nights offer a variety of activities including arts and crafts workshops, bowling, bingo, cooking, guest presenters such as an Owl Experience evening, pottery workshops and discos. The Dance Club meet on Mondays under the guidance of a professional Dance Teacher and regularly perform at venues throughout Essex. The Easter, Christmas and Summer programmes offer some fantastic outings and events plus an annual mini break. Our activities and events are offered to all our members who can choose which to attend.

Our priority is to support the health and well-being of our members, so we have a varied and interesting programme. Adults with learning disabilities can lead sedentary and sheltered lives and the opportunities we provide support independent living and enhance life skills. Most of all, we are dedicated to ensuring our members have fun, develop friendships and enhance their lives within a safe, supportive and friendly environment.

Mersea Island Festival Trust £6,000
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Mersea Island Festival Trust

Started in 1981, Mersea Island Festival takes place every August on Mersea Island, bringing together young people with or without a physical or learning disability. The se...

Started in 1981, Mersea Island Festival takes place every August on Mersea Island, bringing together young people with or without a physical or learning disability. The seaside event provides an opportunity to try out new activities, make new friends and have loads of fun. The site is on one level and all facilities are wheelchair accessible. First Aid cover is provided and qualified instructors run all activities. Volunteers are young and often move on to pursue valuable social care careers. Carers, buddies or support workers are welcome. Families are encouraged to attend as the event is inclusive for all but some use as a respite care opportunity. We offer a wide programme of day and evening events, some of which are not normally available to people with disabilities – this provides an opportunity to try new things and experience the joy of the challenge whether it be the zip wire, wheelchair water skiing, art classes or singing in a rock band!

The Island of Mersea opens its community heart to welcome our visitors to this growing and successful event. The Festival is directed and financially supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees, Event Coordinator and a wide range of volunteers who raise any shortfall in funding.

Southend Blind Welfare Organisation £15,000
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Southend Blind Welfare Organisation

Southend Blind Welfare began in 1958 and continues to be the only independent charity in Southend that supports people with their sight loss. We have 400 members but support...

Southend Blind Welfare began in 1958 and continues to be the only independent charity in Southend that supports people with their sight loss. We have 400 members but support anyone who is blind or partially sighted in Southend and the adjoining areas.

We have an Equipment and Information Centre open five days a week to give advice and support on every day living. We also run club days for members on a regular basis for 60 people who are visually impaired as they can feel isolated in their own homes. We run a bowling group that meet once a week, organise support groups and coffee mornings and have a charity shop on site.

The charity also has volunteers stationed at the Eye Clinic at Southend Hospital who sign-post patients that have recently been diagnosed with an eye condition. They act as a friendly voice as people come to terms with their situation. Southend Blind Welfare has 80 active volunteers who are the life blood of the charity.

All of our charitable activities are funded by the community, for the community.

Special Needs And Parents Ltd (SNAP) £15,000
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Special Needs And Parents Ltd (SNAP)

Since 1994 SNAP has supported Essex families, living anywhere in the county, with children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have any special need or disability. Insp...

Since 1994 SNAP has supported Essex families, living anywhere in the county, with children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have any special need or disability. Inspired by the experiences of the founding members, and the widespread need in the county, the primary aim of the charity is to inform, encourage and support parents, allowing them to grow in strength and knowledge so that they are better equipped to give the best possible help to their children.

The SNAP ethos is very much on strengthening all members of the family, and where possible/appropriate we include relevant professionals who are involved with the child or family, in activities and training, as together we/they can all make a difference. SNAP’s provision of services and activities is:

For Parents and Carers: telephone and e-mail helpline; face-to-face advice and information, including education and benefits surgeries; counselling sessions; information and advice by way of a directory of sources of help, expert talks, training courses, website, specialist library, family news sheets; social events.

For Children and Young People: pre-school groups; music, drama, yoga and IT sessions; family counselling sessions; after school activity sessions, holiday sessions, discos and family outings.

For Siblings: activity, holiday and supportive listening sessions; family counselling; family outings; annual ‘SIBS’ week.

YMCA Essex £4,000
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YMCA Essex

YMCA Essex has been serving young people, children and families across the county for over 100 years, and today provides a wide variety of support and services. These inclu...

YMCA Essex has been serving young people, children and families across the county for over 100 years, and today provides a wide variety of support and services. These include family support work in schools, housing for homeless teenagers, nursery and out-of-school clubs, advice and guidance, youth and community work, working with Young Carers, and drug and alcohol work.

All the financial and voluntary support that YMCA Essex receives gets channelled back into supporting local, frontline work in Essex itself, meaning that investment in the charity is also investment in the communities where we live and serve.

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