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Ability Bow £6,000
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Ability Bow

Ability Bow is a small, local charity seeking to empower people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to get stronger, increase confidence and become more independent, through regular exercise...

Ability Bow is a small, local charity seeking to empower people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to get stronger, increase confidence and become more independent, through regular exercise. Many of our service users have had a life-changing event such as a stroke or the diagnosis of a long-term health condition which can make it difficult for them to take part in mainstream exercise provision. When people come to us they have often found themselves in a position where they can no longer dress themselves, prepare food, cook, shop, or wash. They no longer go out, lose touch with people and become increasingly isolated. They may lose their jobs and often become depressed, losing all confidence.

We offer a unique, accessible community gym; support from friendly, experienced Instructors; affordable fees; and support to access mainstream services. We provide initial 1:1 personal training sessions to meet each individual’s ‘smart’ goals, with the aim of then moving on to group sessions and finally independent exercising. Sessions are delivered by qualified and experienced Advanced Instructors who factor in time for discussion to encourage and motivate participants to make healthy lifestyle changes. We also build in community-based goals e.g. walking to the shops to meet friends and support people to other access other activities. Through our intensive support, people with disabilities become more independent and enjoy fuller, richer everyday lives.

Barons Court Project Ltd £25,000
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Barons Court Project Ltd

The Barons Court Project is a day centre, providing practical services and activities for people who are rough sleeping and people living with mental ill health in Hammersmith and Fulham...

The Barons Court Project is a day centre, providing practical services and activities for people who are rough sleeping and people living with mental ill health in Hammersmith and Fulham

The Drop in operates from Monday to Wednesday from 2pm – 5pm. During these hours our Service Users find a welcoming, safe space where they can access showers, laundry, collect post, charge phones, get a haircut and meal. We also run a range of activities, for our community, designed to keep people well, through providing structure and routine and giving opportunities for members to live a fuller life.

Activities include weekly classes in Drama, Relaxation, Cooking, Guitar Lessons, and daily access to our IT Suite In the mornings we offer 1-1 appointments for Service Users to book a session with a Support Worker to address any issues. These appointments cover benefits issues, housing advice, G.P. and mental health appointments, and support to complete job applications. Thursdays are dedicated to Life Skills. Cooking Lessons, Computer Lessons and a third varying module, run for an 8 week course.

On Fridays we run a Women’s Peer Support Group. They have a “check in” to provide support to each other and then an activity as well as refreshments. We also host a Black and Minority Ethnic Group called Green Palm, where a meal is served.

Centrepoint Soho £6,000
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Centrepoint Soho

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. It supports over 9,000 young people into housing and employment each year. It operates in 14 London boroughs including Westminster...

Centrepoint is the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity. It supports over 9,000 young people into housing and employment each year. It operates in 14 London boroughs including Westminster. There are 138 homeless young people in Westminster’s housing pathway. Centrepoint is a major housing provider along with 4 voluntary sector organisations providing housing and services to these young people.

Within Westminster, we have partnerships with Supporting People, Children’s Services and the Housing Options service. In addition, we have relationships with a number of voluntary groups in the area, including the Cardinal Hume Centre, Connection at St. Martins, De Paul Trust, The Prince’s Trust, Brook Victim Support, One Housing, House of St. Barnabas, St. Mungo’s, FPA, New Horizon Youth Centre and Alone in London.

We work with local organisations who signpost and promote our services but who can reach into Centrepoint such as specialist nurses and sexual health providers. They are also able to utilise the Dean Street venue for their purposes. We have had commercial bookings from HKS Architects, The Savoy Hotel, Harbour & Jones and Sacla Foods.

We have recently established a social enterprise cafe running from the centre. The cafe will offer qualifications and work experience placements with a range of corporate partners. Referrals will be made by our voluntary sectors partners in the pathway.

City of London Sea Cadets £4,000
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City of London Sea Cadets

City of London Sea Cadets are incredibly fortunate to be based on HMS Belfast – the UK’s last remaining cruiser – recruiting our Cadets from the City of London and City fringes...

City of London Sea Cadets are incredibly fortunate to be based on HMS Belfast – the UK’s last remaining cruiser – recruiting our Cadets from the City of London and City fringes. We have a very diverse mix of both Cadets and Staff which is enriching and serves the local community well. We aim to give young people a platform to build their physical, intellectual and social potential, both as individuals and as responsible members of society. In addition to gaining nationally recognised qualifications in rowing, sailing, power-boating, marine engineering and other nautical activities, we support Cadets in their Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and in achieving BTEC Vocational Qualifications as part of the Sea Cadet experience.

Several Cadets have gone on to join the Royal and Merchant Navy, together with other branches of the Armed Forces. Recent research undertaken by the Marine Society and Sea Cadets revealed that the quality Cadets feel by membership of the Corps is “a sense of family”. Watching our Cadets from their Junior entry at 10, until they leave the Corps at 18, seeing them grow into responsible young adults is incredibly rewarding. We recently undertook a recruitment drive and currently have 40+ cadets in the Unit. The Staff and Unit Management Team want to offer each and every one of them (and those that follow) a head start in life based on the qualities omnipresent in the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy.

Clapton Common Boys Club £25,000
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Clapton Common Boys Club

Clapton Common Boys Club aims to improve the lives of 400 disengaged, deprived and disadvantaged children and young people aged 3-17 years (and their parents)...

Clapton Common Boys Club aims to improve the lives of 400 disengaged, deprived and disadvantaged children and young people aged 3-17 years (and their parents).
We provide bespoke activities to our target beneficiaries, supporting them to reach their maximum capabilities and potential. Our stimulating and exciting activities take place during out-of-school hours and school holidays. We empower the children and young people who join us to become partners in our programmes. It is with their assistance that our programme becomes a success.

Our key objects are to develop and increase our participants’ talents, skills as well as improve their emotional wellbeing. All our activities incorporate time for YP to engage in recreational play, creating a relaxed, calm atmosphere to help them unwind from the more demanding school environment.

Our aim and mission is: to ameliorate the effects of deprivation of disengaged and disadvantaged children, young people and adults. We achieve our mission by providing stimulating and constructive activities. We provide bespoke activities to our target beneficiaries, supporting them to reach their maximum capabilities and potential. Our stimulating and exciting activities take place during out-of-school hours and school holidays.

We empower the children and young people who join us to become partners in our programmes. It is with their assistance that our programme becomes a success.

Coram’s Fields £25,000
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Coram’s Fields

Coram’s Fields is a children and young people’s charity located on a seven-acre site in the heart of London...

Coram’s Fields is a children and young people’s charity located on a seven-acre site in the heart of London. We were established just over 80 years ago as a haven for play for children and young people.

Our aim is to be the go-to place for children and young people, widely known for the outstanding quality of our facilities and services, the diversity of our programmes and our responsiveness in meeting the needs of our young people. We provide a range of facilities on-site, which include: a park and adventure playground, city farm and wildlife garden. In addition to these facilities, we also provide a number of essential services that cater to the needs of local children and young people, aged 0 through to 19, to support their development into healthy and happy adults.

These services include:

1. Under 5’s services – providing essential support for parents/carers of children below five years of age through a range of open access activities and specialist support programme

2. Nursery – providing high quality, full-time childcare for local parents of 2-5 year olds

3. Out of school club – providing high quality, after school and holiday childcare for parents of 4-12 year olds

4. Sports programme – delivering a comprehensive programme of free sports for young people aged 4-18 years throughout the term time and holiday periods

5. Youth programme – delivering an extensive variety of free, universal and targeted activities/support for young people aged 9-19 years.

CPotential £6,000
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CPotential

CPotential are London’s only specialist Conductive Education centre for children aged from birth-14 years who have cerebral palsy or related movement disorders...

CPotential are London’s only specialist Conductive Education centre for children aged from birth-14 years who have cerebral palsy or related movement disorders. Cerebral Palsy, the most common condition causing loss or impairment of motor function in childhood, affects around 1 child born in London each day.

Our Early Intervention and Sessional services include Parent & Child groups, holiday sessions and free speech and language therapy clinics. We also run an independent special primary school for 3-11 year olds (pupils are taught the National Curriculum combined with Conductive Education), deliver extra-curricular music therapy, run special yoga sessions, support children in mainstream/other special needs settings and can provide training for parents and professionals. We teach children how to be as independent as possible and parents how to continue their children’s learning away from our Centre.

We are developing an information resource for parents and provide a support network for them, which is vital as families of children with disabilities face disadvantage in daily life. In addition, we offer free Mollii suit assessments. The Mollii Suit stimulates muscles which are underactive/have low tone, relaxes spasticity and can help relieve chronic pain.

We are currently running a £5.8m Milkshake Tree Appeal to increase our services and facilities.

Crystal Palace Explorer Scouts £6,000
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Crystal Palace Explorer Scouts

Crystal Palace Explorer is a Scout Unit for boys and girls aged 14 to 18 open to all young people and all backgrounds led by adult volunteers within the Scout Organisation...

Crystal Palace Explorer is a Scout Unit for boys and girls aged 14 to 18 open to all young people and all backgrounds led by adult volunteers within the Scout Organisation. We help young people to believe in themselves, form positive relationships with peers and adults, gain essential life skills, become empowered to make positive choices for themselves, their local community and beyond. To achieve this, the Explorers, with guidance and help from the adult Leaders agree and undertake a challenging programme of weekly activities with some weekend and holiday commitments. We strongly encourage and support our young people to participate in new and adventurous activities such as hiking, camping, Duke of Edinburgh, Chief Scout’s and Queen Awards, Young Leader Programme, gliding, white water rafting, target shooting, archery and kayaking amongst others.

We take part in local community events, such as litter picking, collecting non-perishable goods for the Salvation Army. Last year we fundraised for Wonder Years Centre of Excellence charity based in the Gambia and travelled there to work directly with them. For this we won the Community Award from Croydon Scout District for our charity work in 2016. This year we are going to the Jamboree in Sweden where the young people will meet scouts from around the world and work together on projects, share ideas and complete challenges by demonstrating teamwork, problem solving and make new friends.

Family Action – Friendship Works £4,000
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Family Action – Friendship Works

Friendship Works builds brighter childhoods through long-term mentoring...

Friendship Works builds brighter childhoods through long-term mentoring. Our volunteer mentors provide one-to-one support for disadvantaged children on three out of four weekends for a minimum of two years. We currently support 110 children in Islington, Camden and Tower Hamlets facing complex challenges such as poverty, domestic abuse, disabilities, social isolation, mental health problems or caring for a relative with a long-term condition.
Our service makes a difference to children’s lives through:
1. Improved social development and emotional wellbeing, enabling them to form positive relationships
2. Increased confidence, self-esteem and resilience, so they are better able to cope with life’s challenges
3. Access to opportunities and new experiences in the local community which build skills and improve their life chances.
In 2017, we are celebrating our 40th Anniversary with an ambitious project to expand Friendship Works into South London to meet the growing demand from local referrers. We have raised almost £20,000 so far to fund a Lambeth-based caseworker, currently two days per week. We need your help to raise another £25,000 to extend this to a full-time post, dedicated to supporting at least 15 of the most vulnerable children in South London over the next year.

FutureVersity £4,000
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FutureVersity

Futureversity believes that all young people have the potential to be extraordinary...

Futureversity believes that all young people have the potential to be extraordinary. We provide free school holiday courses and activities for 10-25 year olds to help them to develop the skills and self-belief they need to make the most of their lives.

The Charity was formed 21 years ago by Lord Michael Young, founder of the Open University Our programmes have been proven to raise aspirations, reduce youth crime, break down racial tensions and get unemployed young people off benefits and into work. We partner with businesses to give young people real life experience of the world of work through introductory courses, seminars and activities and we deliver volunteer schemes for young people in their areas encouraging them to take responsibility, use their initiative and gain leadership experiences.

Our expertise is in delivering non formal education in holiday periods that prepares young people for life and work. We help to make better use of ‘empty school breaks’.

Happy Days Children’s Charity £15,000
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Happy Days Children’s Charity

Happy Days provide day trips, group activity holidays, day trips and visiting theatre performances to children and young people aged 3 – 17 with special needs that are furth...

Happy Days provide day trips, group activity holidays, day trips and visiting theatre performances to children and young people aged 3 – 17 with special needs that are further disadvantaged by living in poor socio-economic conditions. The children have varying special needs such as profound and severe disabilities with complex medical problems, life limiting conditions, children that have been abused and young carers. The trips, breaks and visits are great morale boosters for the children and they come home with a more positive attitude which invariably sparks off an immediate improvement in their physical and mental well being. Many of the children face early death sometimes the death of a friend at a special needs school or their own impending death. These trips, breaks and visits give the children the gifts of happiness and hope, gifts that they so desperately need in their lives. When you have to give the children a lifetime of happiness in a few short years, every positive experience is invaluable.

InterAct Stroke Support £15,000
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InterAct Stroke Support

Founded in 2000, InterAct Stroke Support uses professional actors to deliver a live, interactive reading service to stroke patients in hospitals, stroke clubs and the community...

Founded in 2000, InterAct Stroke Support uses professional actors to deliver a live, interactive reading service to stroke patients in hospitals, stroke clubs and the community. We currently work in 11 London and 6 regional hospitals, 50 stroke clubs and a hospice. We are planning a Glasgow launch this summer. Stroke is the number one cause of long term disability in the UK. Post stroke depression and a lack of neural stimulation can “slow or arrest recovery”; we seek to tackle these issues. Research has shown that mental stimulation helps the brain to find new neural pathways around damaged areas, a phenomenon known as “adaptive rewiring.” Staff also confirm that the improved mood created by our interactions leads to improved motivation. We also help stroke survivors to build confidence in communication skills that may have been impaired following their stroke.

London Taxi Drivers Fund For Underprivileged Children £4,000
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London Taxi Drivers Fund For Underprivileged Children

London Taxi Drivers Fund are a voluntary charity made up of working licensed London taxi drivers...

London Taxi Drivers Fund are a voluntary charity made up of working licensed London taxi drivers. Next year will be our 90th anniversary and over the last 20 years we have helped over 25,000 children in the in the greater London area, through outings, parties, special events, supplying educational communicative and recreational equipment, also financial support where needed.
This could be a private home, council home, schools (fitting out sensory rooms, medical rooms and playground), hospital, respite care, toy libraries, children with aids, the cot death society and playgroups. We will help any child or family that needs our financial or practical assistance.

London Wheelchair Rugby Club £6,000
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London Wheelchair Rugby Club

London Wheelchair Rugby Club provides opportunities in London for disabled people to take part in the sport of wheelchair rugby at a social level all the way up to Paralympic glory...

London Wheelchair Rugby Club provides opportunities in London for disabled people to take part in the sport of wheelchair rugby at a social level all the way up to Paralympic glory. Spinal injury or limb loss means having to learn new ways to cope with the most menial of tasks. Rehabilitation through sport plays a huge part in helping individuals learn how to cope, overcome these challenges, gain more independence, build confidence, learn new skills and open up new and exciting opportunities! Wheelchair rugby brings huge benefits, physically, psychologically and is a great way to get fit and be part of a team, especially for those with higher levels of disabilities for whom there are very few options to take part in sport.

Our teams are of mixed disability, with a varied range of abilities. This helps encourage other disabled people, when they see someone of the same disability doing things they thought they would never do!!!! For young men and women who can feel isolated, LWRC offers the chance to become more independent and provides a network enabling them to come together with others who have similar disabilities and face the same everyday problems.

Metro Blind Sport £6,000
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Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport was founded in 1973 by an inspirational group of young blind and partially sighted people who were not prepared to accept the expectations and restrictions of the day – chess and country walks were not enough for them!...

Metro Blind Sport was founded in 1973 by an inspirational group of young blind and partially sighted people who were not prepared to accept the expectations and restrictions of the day – chess and country walks were not enough for them! Today our charity is determined to keep alive this spirit of adventure, challenging barriers and opening doors to all sports for our members. Some of our founding members went on to become leading national and international athletes they were also instrumental in creating many of the national and international organizations through which sports for blind and partially sighted people are now organized.

Operating primarily within Greater London, Metro offers a wide range of activities and sporting opportunities as diverse as athletics, bowls, cricket, football, skiing, sailing and tennis. Many Metro members have represented the UK in international competitions, including the Paralympics, and we have earned a reputation for meeting the needs of blind and partially sighted people of all ages and abilities.

One-to-One (Enfield) £4,000
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One-to-One (Enfield)

One-to-One is a locally run Charity and our aim is to remove prejudice and discrimination and to empower people with learning difficulties to have their say, and take part in all aspects of community life...

One-to-One is a locally run Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. We are led by our membership and we have been operating in Enfield for 25 years. We currently have over 600 members who are adults 18+ with learning difficulties, this includes people with autism. We have 60 active volunteers 35 of these are people who have learning difficulties. We are holders of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

Our aim is to remove prejudice and discrimination and to empower people with learning difficulties to have their say, and take part in all aspects of community life.
People with learning difficulties are more isolated and live shorter lives than the general public, we try to make life better by:

• Enabling people to live longer healthier lives by providing health education and lots of opportunities to take part in healthy activities free or at low cost.
• Training people to speak out and have a voice in the local community, as individuals, as peer representatives and as Disability Awareness Trainers
• Training people to gain skills for increased independence, learning; cooking, reading, travel skills and how to keep themselves safe
• Supporting people to meet people, make friends and get out and about
• Training and supporting people be volunteers and support each other by sharing skills and experiences

Parallel Youth Enterprise £4,000
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Parallel Youth Enterprise

Parallel Youth Enterprise, Lambeth Police and the local community, together, deliver an extensive programme of year round activities for hundreds of young people who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of inner city London and a borough which has its share of gang culture, gun, knife and violent crime...

Parallel Youth Enterprise, Lambeth Police and the local community, together, deliver an extensive programme of year round activities for hundreds of young people who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of inner city London and a borough which has its share of gang culture, gun, knife and violent crime.
They do this in two ways. Firstly, through the ‘Lambeth Summer Camps’ which, during the long school holidays, offer recreational activities and trips at two sites for about 300 young people. Being in the project’s environment gives young people the chance to be happy, healthy and safe and help achieve their full potential. Also of course childhood memories in the making. Secondly, are the ‘Lambeth Boxing Awards’, a non-contact boxing club which do not only teach correct and progressive boxing techniques but also set challenges that enables young people to develop rounded skills which can be transferable in life’s future challenges.

This community/police initiative started as a legacy to Dwayne Simpson, a victim of Brixton’s knife crime. He was tragically killed when, acting as a ‘peacekeeper’, he intervened to try to save another young person’s life.

Positive Pete £6,000
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Positive Pete

Positive Pete believe “All Young People Have Value” we recognise that they are our future if nurtured they will grow into caring responsible adults, this is the ethos behind the formation of Positive Pete that started in 2010...

Positive Pete believe “All Young People Have Value” we recognise that they are our future if nurtured they will grow into caring responsible adults, this is the ethos behind the formation of Positive Pete that started in 2010.
We provide A Mentoring Service for schools working with students aged 7 – 18 years old, chosen by the school who are struggling for various reasons, this could include Self-esteem, Confidence, Attendance, Academic achievement or Behaviour.

Offering One to One mentoring, of one 50, minute session per week on a 6, week rolling program, working with the student to help and guide them to find their solutions in a Non-judgmental and Empathetic way. Leading to:
• Reduce levels of truancy and exclusion.
• Improve attitudes and behaviour.
• Go onto positive destinations (work, education or training), particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
• Raise aspirations and levels of achievement (including awards and qualifications).
• By working with the hard-to-reach, our programmes benefit the entire school and its wider community.
• By building trust and respect, they become positive role models.

Our vision is to inspire young people to succeed, irrespective of background or ability, help them prepare for the next steps in their lives. We exist because many young people leave school in the UK without the life skills and experiences they need for later life.

Read for Good (Readathon) £4,000
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Read for Good (Readathon)

For children in hospital, books and stories are incredibly important – they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain...

For children in hospital, books and stories are incredibly important – they comfort, distract, reassure and entertain. Throughout the year, Read for Good provides brand new books and storyteller visits to brighten up the days of children in hospital. In London we do this in Great Ormond Street Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster, Evelina London Children’s Hospital and the Royal Free.
Even children unable to leave their beds can choose books from the specially designed bookcase, and because they are brand new, the books are safe for those at high risk of infection.

Our programme gives children and families in hospital the generous gift of escapism, laughter, entertainment, distraction, comfort as well as a resource to keep up with their education Read for Good aims to get children reading for pleasure and to help seriously ill children at the same time. It does this through it’s sponsored reading event (Readathon) in schools and via it’s hugely successful hospital programme bringing the therapeutic power of books and professional storytellers to children in hospitals across the UK.

Resource £4,000
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Resource

At Resource we see the overwhelming and destructive effects unemployment and lengthy periods without work has on people, with far-reaching emotional and/or financial consequences...

At Resource we see the overwhelming and destructive effects unemployment and lengthy periods without work has on people, with far-reaching emotional and/or financial consequences. Clients often share feelings of shame or embarrassment, that they’ve let themselves, their families or their community down in some way through unemployment; we have supported clients who have felt too ashamed to tell their family that they had been made redundant.

We find that those who haven’t worked for a long time battle with acute lack of self-confidence, in some cases leading to them applying only for very low-level jobs for which they are well over-qualified. Additionally our clients often struggle financially to support themselves and their families. In addition to practical support, helping clients with all aspects of their job search, including CV development, job search strategy, writing covering letters and planning approaches to prospective employers, much of our work centres around boosting clients’ self-belief and self-confidence so that they are able and equipped to apply for jobs at an appropriate level for them. When clients leave Resource, having secured a new job, they regularly tell us that they benefited enormously from the support that Resource offered, and felt that they would not have had the skills, nor the self-confidence, to have applied for the position alone. Our services are totally free to our clients.

Spitalfields City Farm £25,000
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Spitalfields City Farm

Spitalfields City Farm is a safe, stimulating and inclusive community space that aims to inspire and that everyone can enjoy...

Spitalfields City Farm is a safe, stimulating and inclusive community space that aims to inspire and that everyone can enjoy. Our main charitable purpose is to promote health and education of the members of our community. The farm is home to an animal farmyard, specialising in rescued and rare breed native livestock and poultry and has an impressive range of gardens that showcase varied growing and food production techniques. Approximately half of people who access our programmes have physical or mental health problems. We work hard to create and maintain links with our local community and strive to involve those who are harder to reach.

We take pride in our welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and our ability to be flexible and receptive to people’s needs. Many of the Farm’s participants feedback to staff on the importance of the Farm as somewhere that they feel safe, peaceful and part of a community. We offer a wide variety of educational activities, on- and off-site gardening and animal care projects with local primary and secondary schools; weekend and holiday activities for children, gardening group sessions for hard-to-reach adults such as older Bangladeshi women, Turkish migrants, and other refugees/asylum seeking groups and daily volunteering.

St Mungo’s £4,000
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St Mungo’s

Established in 1969, St Mungo’s work to end homelessness and rebuild lives. As a homelessness charity and housing association our clients are at the heart of what we do...

Established in 1969, St Mungo’s work to end homelessness and rebuild lives. As a homelessness charity and housing association our clients are at the heart of what we do. Every night we provide a bed and support to more than 2,600 people, and every day we support men and women through more than 250 projects including: emergency, hostel and supportive housing projects; advice services; specialist physical and mental health services; and skills and work services.

Our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. We achieve this through:

• providing direct support to clients to prevent or respond to their homelessness and enable recovery
• building relationships with communities and the wider public to increase understanding
• combining the voices of our clients with credible evidence to advocate for policy change

Summers Trust £6,000
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Summers Trust

Summers Trust was formed eight years ago by teachers who recognised the hardship of young people unable to enjoy a break away from home during the school summer holidays...

Summers Trust was formed eight years ago by teachers who recognised the hardship of young people unable to enjoy a break away from home during the school summer holidays. Unfortunately, many families are unable to afford holidays, depriving their children of social and educational opportunities essential to development. This is especially true of Year 6 children about to make the transition to secondary school, a time when the need for confident self expression and well being is paramount. Summers Trust gives the most needy young people an unforgettable week to remember that will help them build skills and team spirit, and enable them to meet the challenges that lie ahead.

The Honeypot Children’s Charity £15,000
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The Honeypot Children’s Charity

Honeypot’s vision is for every child to make the most of their one chance at childhood...

Honeypot’s vision is for every child to make the most of their one chance at childhood. Since 1996 we have been working to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers aged 5-12 years by providing residential respite breaks and on-going outreach support. We give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential. Each year, we work with up to 1,300 children from Scotland, London, the South and South East of England, Wales, The Midlands and the North West of England. It is our aim to offer opportunities and experiences to young carers and vulnerable children that should be expected by all children.

We aim to achieve this by providing:

• Residential respite breaks at the Honeypot House in Hampshire and in Wales
• Continued support through annual repeat breaks
• Regular outreach support in the form of the Honeypot Playbus, which offers safe, informal, educational and fun opportunities
• Maintain an on-going supportive relationship with the children through birthday cards, photos and Christmas parties and presents

The Pirate Castle £6,000
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The Pirate Castle

The Pirate Castle is a boating and outdoor activities charity, based in a unique, fully-accessible community centre on the bank of the Regent’s Canal...

The Pirate Castle is a boating and outdoor activities charity, based in a unique, fully-accessible community centre on the bank of the Regent’s Canal. Our projects promote life chances, learning and healthy living through canal-based and community activities that are stimulating, inclusive and accessible and we’ve been flying the flag for opportunity and adventure on the canal for over 50 years!

Over the past half-century we have transformed our stretch of the waterway from an underutilised resource to a vibrant hub of activity and opportunity. Canoeing, kayaking and canal boating are core to our work and we strive to tackle disadvantage, challenge exclusion and support the more vulnerable members of our community through all that we do. Our raft of adventurous recreation, outdoor education and training initiatives enhance health and wellbeing, nurture life and social skills and bring people together through active participation – regardless of their ability or personal circumstances.

Our work focuses on children, young people and SEND (special educational needs and disability) groups of all ages, both from our local borough of Camden and more widely across London. We also partner with mainstream and specialist schools, Pupil Referral Units, frontline and voluntary support services to deliver projects that support the curriculum, help address challenging behaviours or improve people’s health and longer-term life prospects.

West London Action for Children £15,000
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West London Action for Children

West London Action for Children helps families affected by domestic abuse, mental health concerns, poverty, bullying, separation, bereavement, isolation, relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety and challenges faced by parents...

West London Action for Children helps families affected by domestic abuse, mental health concerns, poverty, bullying, separation, bereavement, isolation, relationship difficulties, stress, anxiety and challenges faced by parents.

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