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Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde £4,000
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Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde

Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde operates to provide information, support and social activities for anyone suffering with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) over th...

Headway Blackpool Wyre & Fylde operates to provide information, support and social activities for anyone suffering with the effects of an acquired brain injury (ABI) over the age of 18, along with their families and carers, across the Fylde coast. Importantly, we offer the chance to share experiences, knowing that the group members understand some of the problems and difficulties that ABI brings.
ABIs are referred to as an invisible disability as there are often no physical impairments resulting from them. However, 2013-2014 statistics reveal there were approximately 956 daily ABI admissions to UK hospitals – 1 every 90 seconds.

Whilst brain injury survivors receive fantastic initial support, NHS funding is finite. Once people are back living within the community, they find themselves turning to charities like ourselves due to the limited resources available through the NHS.

The services we provide to our members are a space to meet bi-monthly to socialise in a safe environment, free from isolation or judgement; arrange events like our summer day trip, Christmas party, fish and chip supper and pancake party; arrange therapeutic sessions in areas such as Anger Management, Relaxation and Physiotherapy and; educating on Brain Injury Awareness and First Aid for our members.

Due to our member’s ABIs, many struggle with navigating the complex benefits and welfare system. Consequently, we assist in completing applications for benefits and support through any appeals if refused.

League of Welldoers £4,000
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League of Welldoers

We are one of Liverpool’s oldest independent charities founded in 1893, we rely purely on our own fundraising events and donations or grants to provides facilities and activ...

We are one of Liverpool’s oldest independent charities founded in 1893, we rely purely on our own fundraising events and donations or grants to provides facilities and activities for those who need our help most, at present the majority of activities focus on the elderly i.e. weekly down memory lane group, twice weekly bingo, monthly prize bingo, chair based exercise classes, regular day trips and outings, weekly shopping trips, collecting other elderly people in our mini bus from various sheltered housing, subsidised meals Monday to Friday, celebratory lunches with live entertainment during Christmas, St George’s Day and St Patricks Day, Easter and Burns Day, computer training and photography. We also provide meeting rooms for other organisations to use.

Our centre is also used twice weekly for a young dance group after school hours. We also put on variety shows once a month featuring local entertainers. The Lee Jones boxing club is now up and running and provides professional coaches to teach young people a way of improving health and wellbeing through sport, also teaching discipline.

Salford Women’s Aid £4,000
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Salford Women’s Aid

Our overall aim is to provide all women and children in Salford who have suffered physical, emotional, mental or sexual abuse within their relationships with support and...

Our overall aim is to provide all women and children in Salford who have suffered physical, emotional, mental or sexual abuse within their relationships with support and a structured pathway out of abuse and into a secure and stable setting.

In order to do this we:

•Provide emergency refuge accommodation for women and continued support once they are re-homed.

•Offer non judgemental advice, support and practical help to any victim who seeks it, not just those who are residents in our refuge.

•Deliver training to key local agencies with respect to the violence women and children can suffer and the issues women face as victims of domestic abuse.

•Provide assistance to victims who have no recourse to public funding i.e. immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

•Assist women in seeking relevant court orders and offer support during criminal or civil proceedings that might take place as a result of domestic violence.

•Advise victims how to access care and long term counselling services which provide specialist help in reconciling feelings around their experiences.

•Deliver educational courses to victims covering all aspects of confidence, self esteem, giving survivors the skills to recognise the early signs of an unhealthy relationship.

Sefton Children’s Trust £6,000
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Sefton Children’s Trust

Sefton Children’s Trust (SCT) has been a charity since 1984 and is wholly supported by volunteers. The main aim of SCT is work with families throughout the year with the ma...

Sefton Children’s Trust (SCT) has been a charity since 1984 and is wholly supported by volunteers. The main aim of SCT is work with families throughout the year with the main focus to provide a 3-year educational and recreational programme for their children who are aged 8-12 years, who are experiencing difficulties within domestic settings and live in or around the Sefton area of Merseyside. The children may be young carers, live in families where there is serious or terminal illness, have experienced bereavement or murder of a close family member, have been abused or living in a totally chaotic household. SCT enables the children to attend an annual week’s residential at Manor Adventure in Shropshire, which will provide them with an opportunity to remove the stresses of everyday life.

The 2017 residential will take place in the third week of August. This residential provides an opportunity for each of the children to be a child as they are often the forgotten children in today’s society. This break has a huge impact on the disadvantaged children referred to this charity. Some children learned, for the first time, how to make new friends and build trust with others, skills that will help them, their families and their local communities in the future. The young people we work with today are not in care or being fostered. They are young people who are referred to this charity from a variety of sources – social workers, teachers, health visitors, educational psychologists.

St Helens Carers Centre £25,000
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St Helens Carers Centre

We support Young Carers aged 6 – 18 years, we currently have over 515 Young people accessing our services. Our Young Carers Centre is located in the heart of St Helens. It...

We support Young Carer aged 6 – 18 years, we currently have over 515 Young people accessing our services. Our Young Carers Centre is located in the heart of St Helens. It is a safe, relaxing and friendly environment/hub; a place which is easily accessible, giving Young Carers a sense of belonging and purpose within their community. The young people we support care for a family member who due to an illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction (alcohol/drugs) could not cope without their support. They provide practical & emotional support, with some as young as 6 providing personal care to a parent. Without our support, most young carers would miss out on the opportunities that should be available to all children. They can face daily challenges including living in poverty, becoming socially isolated, falling behind at school; as a result they may themselves become withdrawn, depressed, self-harm, lack confidence and have no aspirations.

Our aim is for them to realise that they have choices when deciding which pathway to take in life, a future ahead that can be viewed with optimism and excitement, not full of constraints. We also want to give them their childhood back. Our work includes intensive family work, 1:1 emotional support, regular respite/residential trips, training/talk sessions, advocacy, emergency planning, peer support, late night/school drop in etc. We work to improve their social life, education & health, preventing families from reaching crisis.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide £15,000
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Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a registered charity established in April 1991. Our aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can sh...

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide is a registered charity established in April 1991. Our aim is to provide a safe, confidential environment in which bereaved people can share their experiences and feelings, thus giving and gaining support from each other. We exist to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close friend or relative.

We have 66 established support groups throughout the UK, which continue to grow through both demand and need. We have a national helpline operating every day of the year from 9am to 9pm, email support and a national website. We estimate that approximately 50,000 people per year receive various forms of support from our work at no cost to them.

SWACA (Sefton Women’s & Children’s Aid) £6,000
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SWACA (Sefton Women’s & Children’s Aid)

Established in 1975, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) is a community organisation that has sought to offer the most effective services to improve the lives of families affected by Domestic Abuse...

Established in 1975, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) is a community organisation that has sought to offer the most effective services to improve the lives of families affected by Domestic Abuse. We provide a range of crisis intervention and preventative services to women, young people and children in order that they recover from their experiences.

Our services are provided on a residential and non residential basis and include advocacy, advice, structured programmes of work and parenting support on a one to one or group work basis. Services are easily accessible and are delivered within the local communities of our families. Our team aims to support families to live safely and free from fear of abuse, whilst living remaining in their own homes.
Families come to us with a range of problems including risk to personal safety, homelessness, low confidence, and feelings of fear and isolation. Our support is not time limited and so we are able to offer tailored support to help women, young people and children achieve real change in their lives. This includes, but is not limited to, safe child contact arrangements, maintaining a safe and secure home, increased confidence and recovery from painful memories.

Wargrave House Limited £15,000
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Wargrave House Limited

Wargrave House is a non-maintained residential special school and college for children and young people aged 5-25 years, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder...

Wargrave House is a non-maintained residential special school and college for children and young people aged 5-25 years, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder. We have operated as a registered charity since the school opened in 1971 as the first residential school for children with ASD in the North West.

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