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Gloucestershire Young Carers £6,000
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Gloucestershire Young Carers

We support children and young people who take on a caring responsibility for a family member who is ill, disabled, experiencing mental ill health or who is affected by subst...

We support children and young people who take on a caring responsibility for a family member who is ill, disabled, experiencing mental ill health or who is affected by substance misuse. Our aim is to reduce the impact of the caring role, reduce isolation, encouraging achievement of aspirations in spite of their challenges at home.

We provide specialist support groups for young carers ranging in age from 8 to 24 which directly address specific young carer issues, encourage the development of life skills, social skills and employability skills and give young people, often disadvantaged by their family situation, a head start towards achieving their aspirations.

The groups include:

  • newsletter group (providing communication skills and a voice for the young carers)
  • Young Carers’ Forum (providing a voice, engagement in the charity’s strategic vision as well as peer to peer support)
  • Us Too – a closed group for children of parents with mental ill health (working to gain a better understanding of mental health issues, build resilience and learning to look after their own emotional well-being).
Newent Association for the Disabled £4,000
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Newent Association for the Disabled

Newent Association for the Disabled is the umbrella organisation for Sheppard House, Community Transport Service, Bathing and Therapeutic Services and our Charity Shop and...

Newent Association for the Disabled is the umbrella organisation for Sheppard House, Community Transport Service, Bathing and Therapeutic Services and our Charity Shop and was founded in 1981 by Trudie Sheppard MBE. Sheppard House day care centre was opened in July 1994 and provides care for elderly people with disabilities.

Our primary aim is to help older people achieve a better quality of life. We are based in Newent and by using our Community transport fleet of mini buses and the facilities at Sheppard House we reduce rural isolation in the north of the Forest of Dean. We provide a range of activities in a safe and secure environment which enable older people to enjoy themselves and have fun. We also provide a daily respite services for families caring for a loved one with dementia. Both these services include a home cooked two course meal and activities such as music, tai chi and craftwork. We often bring in outside entertainment to enhance our clients enjoyment of the day. We also can provide assistance with toileting and bathing if required.

In addition Sheppard House is a Community Hub used by a wide range of groups such as the WI, History Society and yoga. We also provide a wide range of volunteering opportunities for a diverse collection of people including those with learning difficulties. Overall we aim to help as many older people in the community as we can.

Stroud Court Community Trust £4,000
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Stroud Court Community Trust

At Stroud Court in Minchinhampton, our aim is to improve the quality of life of every autistic adult who lives here. Established in 1983 by a group of parents concerned for...

At Stroud Court in Minchinhampton, our aim is to improve the quality of life of every autistic adult who lives here. Established in 1983 by a group of parents concerned for the future of their autistic children, we now provide year-round, life-long support for up to 39 adults with severe and complex autism, intellectual disabilities and varying levels of challenging behaviour.

Autistic people experience the world differently. Seemly ordinary things can cause unimaginable anxiety. Much of the work we do here is around acknowledging and managing our residents’ fears and vulnerabilities, and creating an environment that is calm, safe, and relaxing.

Residents develop existing interests and learn new ones. They can enjoy crafts, music, hiking, swimming, gardening and more, combined with relaxing sensory therapies, like aromatherapy and music therapy. With the barriers to active life removed, they are able to live a more independent meaningful life, a life without anxiety and fear.

Our work starts with the individual, appreciating each one of our residents as the unique and amazing people they are. Physical environment is key and we draw on years of research to provide homes, buildings, outdoor spaces that are specifically designed to liberate our residents from the debilitating nature of their condition.

Our aims require consideration, compassion and commitment and our dedicated team use their knowledge and experience to improve our residents’ lives every day.

The Gloucestershire Society £4,000
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The Gloucestershire Society

The Gloucestershire Society’s aim is to help families and individuals who are in desperate need or distress, by donating small grants for basic essentials.  Such donations are brought to us by recognised agencies...

The Gloucestershire Society’s aim is to help families and individuals who are in desperate need or distress, by donating small grants for basic essentials.  Such donations are brought to us by recognised agencies who validate each application.  This family were so grateful for our help, which made such a difference to their lives.

This year the Gloucestershire Society is proud to be celebrating its 360th year as a charitable organisation. The charity operates throughout the ceremonial county of Gloucestershire (i.e. Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and the area within Bristol to the north of the river Avon) by demonstrably helping a large number of individuals in situations of extreme distress and poverty. Our trained volunteers are able to respond immediately and payment is arranged for the essential requirements as determined by the respective welfare agency. Often small grants can be a lifeline for those in dire need and in 2015 the Society distributed some £56,000 to 552 individuals. Our administration and staff costs generally represent around 10% of our income and the grants are assessed and distributed by five volunteers at no cost to the Society. Applications are directed from many of the recognised prime agencies including Barnardo’s, C.A.B’s, Bristol City and South Gloucestershire Councils as well as the NHS and other recognised service agencies. The aims of the Society are to respond to genuine need, help families to stay together, assist in improving the quality of life for many of our disadvantaged in our community by supplying basic equipment, often using recycled goods. In essence, the Society endeavours to bring hope to many of the County’s most deprived members as well as improving the quality of life for those recognised to be in genuine need.

The Jessie May Trust £15,000
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The Jessie May Trust

The Children’s Hospice at Home Service Jessie May was set up 21 years ago by the bereaved parents of Jessica May Purrington, a little girl who died of a genetic condition wh...

The Children’s Hospice at Home Service Jessie May was set up 21 years ago by the bereaved parents of Jessica May Purrington, a little girl who died of a genetic condition when aged just 4 months old. The charity was set up with the purpose of benefiting hundreds of other families who face the immensely challenging demands of caring for their terminally ill child and their complex medical needs themselves at home.

We are very much a local charity based in the heart of our community and supporting local families living at home in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath. Our aim is to ensure that these local children and their families have the very best quality of life possible during their short lives and that they can exercise their right to live and be cared for in their own homes.

We fulfil this aim by providing respite and palliative care to the local community through our unique free hospice at home service, which includes:
1) Short periods of specialist respite care in the child’s own home. This is flexible and organised around the child’s needs and usual routines.
2) Nursing care including administering medication or carrying out other medical procedures
3) Practical and emotional support for parents
4) Play and stimulation as appropriate. Sometimes children will just want to be quiet and sleep or be read to or sung to. We always let the child direct us
5)End of life care when we provide more intensive support and bereavement support

The Willow Trust £25,000
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The Willow Trust

The Willow Trust – Freedom for Disabled People on the Water. Every year around 7,000 disabled and seriously ill children and adults with their carers, from all over Glouces...

The Willow Trust – Freedom for Disabled People on the Water. Every year around 7,000 disabled and seriously ill children and adults with their carers, from all over Gloucestershire, spend a day on board our two purpose built broad beamed canal boats, ‘Leonard Matchan’ and ‘Spirit of Freedom II’, on the beautiful Gloucester-Sharpness Canal.

Both boats are fully wheelchair accessible with every facility possible, allowing even the most profoundly disabled child or adult to spend a day away from their usual surroundings. The day provides a day of freedom, fun, hope, inspiration, memories and, for many, a feeling of great achievement. For many of our guests, old and young alike, steering the boat is the highlight of the day. It is a day many of our guests never dreamt possible.

The request for bookings is unceasing and both boats are used every weekday from the beginning of April until the end of October. A teacher, with children from a SEN school said ‘In all my 35 years of teaching, because of the complex disabilities and needs of the children in my class, I have never been able to take everyone on an outing together. The Willow Trust day was the exception and every child, in their own way, gained enormous benefit from something so different’.

The days are completely free of charge and we are dependent on the kindness of many individuals and organisations to be able to fund these very special days.

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