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ICARE Day Centre Trust £4,000
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ICARE Day Centre Trust

ICARE is a small friendly day centre in Orpington welcoming up to 20 clients daily, all of whom are living with the effects of a stroke, which can be devastating for them and their families and carers. We provide a lively interactive environment with a daily programme of practical help to improve mobility, communication and everyday life skills, with an emphasis on the social reintegration of people who have suffered a stroke back into the community...

ICARE is a small friendly day centre in Orpington welcoming up to 20 clients daily, all of whom are living with the effects of a stroke, which can be devastating for them and their families and carers. We provide a lively interactive environment with a daily programme of practical help to improve mobility, communication and everyday life skills, with an emphasis on the social reintegration of people who have suffered a stroke back into the community.

Rehabilitative care can dramatically improve the general well being of stroke survivors by addressing their problems and, with appropriate therapies, effecting an improvement. We have been delivering that rehabilitation and care for over 30 years and the need for it is as great now as it was when we started.

The team of dedicated staff, supported by a committed group of volunteers and with specialist professional guidance, provide many activities at ICARE, especially speech and communication skills, mobility improvements, practical and social activities and relaxation therapies.

Our clients’ families and carers also benefit from what we do. We are able to give them advice, support and a period of respite each week.

The Centre itself was originally a Victorian village school which gives ICARE its unique homely character. While clients pay a small fee to attend the centre, we are dependent on donations, grants and fundraising to maintain and improve the services we provide week by week.

Kent Friendz £4,000
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Kent Friendz

Kent Friendz is a registered charity which provides a wide range of services to over 350 children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers in a wide area acros...

Kent Friendz is a registered charity which provides a wide range of services to over 350 children and adults with learning disabilities and their carers in a wide area across Kent. We have provided services for over 50 years predominantly in Sevenoaks.

Over 230 children access our services, many of whom require 1:1 or 2:1 care. These services include after-school, evening and weekend activities held at local venues during term-time and regular day trips out to local places of interest during all major school holidays including half-term. Our activities are also attended by volunteers from local schools, raising the profile of learning disability in our community. This demonstrates the presence and impact we have on our local community. We also offer an individual support service at home or in the community throughout the year. No child or adult with a learning or physical disability is excluded; our services are available to all, whatever their race, gender, or financial position.

Our service users are generally highly dependent on their main carer. They are disadvantaged from enjoying all the normal activities available to their peers by virtue of their disabilities in that they cannot attend any activities alone and are highly dependent on their main carer, who may not have the time, transport mobility or finances to accompany them. Many of their main carers are full time carers whose income is low. For many we are the only source of services and respite for carers.

Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre £6,000
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Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre

The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre is a totally self-funding registered charity. The Centre aims to help and support anyone affected by cancer from diagnosis onwards, be th...

The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre is a totally self-funding registered charity. The Centre aims to help and support anyone affected by cancer from diagnosis onwards, be they patients, their partners, children, friends or carers. We offer a safe, relaxing, friendly environment where mutual support and information can be found, without the pressure of appointments or time restraints. We offer a wide range of complementary therapies, such as reflexology, reiki, healing, massage, acupuncture, nutritional advice, mindfulness, kinesiology, sophrology, beauty treatments, Qi Gong and counselling – all are available free of charge.

The Centre is run entirely by volunteers who have been touched by cancer in one way or another. We have no geographical limits and, as well as local hospitals & GP’s, we also receive referrals from the top London hospitals & Macmillan. We were very honoured to have been chosen by the Queen for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and equally honoured to have had a private visit from the Countess of Wessex.

The Maypole Project £4,000
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The Maypole Project

The Maypole Project is a small unique charity who provides a lifeline of support for children with complex medical needs and their whole family. We support many children wit...

The Maypole Project is a small unique charity who provides a lifeline of support for children with complex medical needs and their whole family. We support many children with life threatening, life limiting illnesses and their families every year across South East London and Kent.

We provide unique emotional support that is ongoing, flexible, responsive, professional and confidential. Each family is supported by one of our key workers who are specifically trained and supervised to offer emotional support, which ranges from befriending to counselling or therapy. This can be offered to whole families, one to one, couples, groups, and also extends into provision of information, advice and advocacy.

Every year, 12 to 17 of every 10,000 children are diagnosed with an illness and/or disability that threatens or shortens life, 65% of these families will need to seek professional support. The diagnosis itself is life-shattering and stressful for each and every family member. We aim to help make this diagnosis as manageable as possible and help them along their journey.

Our promise is to be alongside families every step of the way, creating a package of emotional support tailored to their needs. We offer the whole family support for as long as it is needed, allowing families to dip in and out of our services. Our vision is for all families who have a child with a chronic illness or disability to have access to a Maypole Project Support Worker at this time of great need.

We are Beams £25,000
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We are Beams

We are Beams is a local charity that supports disabled children and their families. We changed our name from 1st April 2017 to We are Beams from Parents Consortium after a...

We are Beams is a local charity that supports disabled children and their families. We changed our name from 1st April 2017 to We are Beams from Parents Consortium after a recent review, supported by a grant from Big Lottery Fund.

The disabled children and young people who access our services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD.

Our work is divided up into four key areas. These are Short Breaks Services, Family Advice Service, Direct Payment Service and Dragon’s Retreat Short Break Unit.

We are Beams needs to raise at least £1.4 million in order to continue our services.
Our funding comes through grants, donations, charitable giving and a supporting community/business sector working alongside Kent County Council Social Services

Wealden Sailability £15,000
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Wealden Sailability

When people sail off in a dinghy, it can be an emotional experience. But just imagine the exhilaration and joy if you can feel and hear but have no sight or have the abilit...

When people sail off in a dinghy, it can be an emotional experience. But just imagine the exhilaration and joy if you can feel and hear but have no sight or have the ability to sail a boat at speed but cannot walk. Where deafness doesn’t matter and even someone who is paraplegic can be independent.

Wealden Sailability (WS) provides people with all types of physical, mental and learning disabilities the chance to sail. With over 80 volunteers, WS supports more than 60 people every week to sail on a Tuesday and Thursday between April and October. Based in Sevenoaks WS attracts disabled sailors from across Kent and south London and has grown from a small group of enthusiastic sailors and now has a fleet of 23 specially-adapted boats of differing types and sizes.

Sport and outdoor activity plays a unique part in our lives, uniting people and communities, heightening self-awareness and relieving the effects of stress. Sailing also generates great pleasure, bringing the thrill of competition, the wonderful feeling of self-reliance and confidence from attaining a new skill. It is really quite emotional to see a disabled or vulnerable person be able to sail solo when they probably never dreamed that it could be possible. Such freedom and independence is a gift for those who sail with us.

In 2015 WS received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which honours the wonderful blend of volunteers and instructors who work so hard helping others in their community.

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