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Age UK Harrow £4,000
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Age UK Harrow

Age UK Harrow is a charity that aims to support older people in Harrow, North London. We provide practical support that enables them to live as happily and healthily as possible...

Age UK Harrow is a charity that aims to support older people in Harrow, North London. We provide practical support that enables them to live as happily and healthily as possible.  Age UK Harrow will use this funding to provide support and companionship to lonely housebound older people living in Harrow, North London. The people supported by this service are isolated with few friends or people to talk to as their families have often moved away. Their housing is often of poor quality, and their ability to remain in their own home or travel about the community is reduced due to poor health. Most are aged well over 75 years old, and don’t speak to other people for days on end. In this project, volunteers alleviate this loneliness by visiting the older people each week. They offer company, friendship, exploring hobbies, laughs over a cup of tea, and can provide access to other services. Other activities include help with reading, help with IT, go for a short walk, accompany them on short outings on the bus, share skills, making life books, doing some crafts activities or puzzles etc. Some older people prefer telephone calls rather than visits, so we also do this. This activity makes a huge difference to the lives of the older people. It gives them fun and laughter and something to look forward to. It helps them be more mobile and more active in the wider community. We also keep an eye on the welfare of each person so they are safer for example. If they run into problems around finances, housing or some other issue, we also help with that. Many of them stay with us for years as there is no time limit, and develop deep friendships with ‘their volunteer’. This activity is therefore a real lifeline to the older people and vastly improves their quality of life.”

Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support £25,000
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Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support

HACS support over 1100 people affected by autism in West London. Our aim is to raise awareness and understanding of autism so that our community may become inclusive, accepting and empathetic...

HACS support over 1100 people affected by autism in West London. Our aim is to raise awareness and understanding of autism so that our community may become inclusive, accepting and empathetic. Families of autistic people face stigma, rejection and isolation. HACS was set up by parents, for parents. This group of parents all had a family member on the autism spectrum and set out to build a support network for families and transform the lives of people with autism, minimising their disability and maximising their ability so they may lead purposeful and fulfilling lives. We have four key services; Recreation, Family Support, Training and Autism Awareness.

We are currently planning a new Employability service to support young adults who are not in education, training and employment to develop their skills, gain work experience and improve their employment prospects. Our services work in an integrated manner to provide holistic support to families so that they may learn more about autism, feel empowered to manage the associated difficulties of living with autism and access a network of support. We help autistic people positively embrace their diagnosis, discover their hidden skills and talents, be an active member of their community and give life a purpose. Our autism-specific Recreation and Employability services are unique to not only Hillingdon but also neighbouring boroughs

Karers 4 Kidz £4,000
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Karers 4 Kidz

Karers 4 Kidz has established annual fundraising events in the local community including a golf day and ferret racing evening and have been involved in several large scale projects, including raising a large sum of money to convert a local park into a wheelchair inclusive activity centre and several highly successful large group trips to Butlin’s in Bognor Regis for disabled young people and their families...

Karers 4 Kidz began in 2000 as a small social group of families with disabled children in the Hillingdon area, brought together by Katrina Bijowski to discuss the local Council’s plans to reform respite care. Katrina then established Karers 4 Kidz as a formal charity with the objective of promoting and advancing the wellbeing of children, including and in particular disabled and disadvantaged children, by giving assistance and support and providing inclusive educational and recreational facilities. Since then, Karers 4 Kidz has established annual fundraising events in the local community including a golf day and ferret racing evening and have been involved in several large scale projects, including raising a large sum of money to convert a local park into a wheelchair inclusive activity centre and several highly successful large group trips to Butlin’s in Bognor Regis for disabled young people and their families.

Following the passing of Katrina Bijowski in October 2011, the charity remains committed to pursuing its objectives, but has shifted its focus slightly to achieving these mainly through the provision of inclusive social and recreational trips, activities and events.

Michael Sobell Hospice Charity £15,000
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Michael Sobell Hospice Charity

2017 marks the 40th anniversary year for Michael Sobell Hospice having first opened our doors on 14th February 1977. Today we are hugely proud to continue providing care, comfort and support for local people facing life limiting illnesses...

2017 marks the 40th anniversary year for Michael Sobell Hospice having first opened our doors on 14th February 1977. Today we are hugely proud to continue providing care, comfort and support for local people facing life limiting illnesses. The Hospice is a special place, where patients and families can spend precious time together. Our professional team offers medical, nursing and emotional care along with practical support for patients, their families and carers. Our aim is that every patient should experience a journey towards the end of their life that is peaceful, comfortable and free from worry and pain. Most of our patients come from the boroughs of Hillingdon or Harrow, or from Hertfordshire or Buckinghamshire.

The Disability Foundation £6,000
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The Disability Foundation

The Disability Foundation is a small charity based in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. We offer complementary therapies to any disabled person or person with a chronic health condition as well as those involved in their care (paid and unpaid carers, close family members, NHS staff etc.) at our centre and also out in the community...

The Disability Foundation is a small charity based in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. We offer complementary therapies to any disabled person or person with a chronic health condition as well as those involved in their care (paid and unpaid carers, close family members, NHS staff etc.) at our centre and also out in the community. We aim to enable people who require support to access our services as often as they need to. We are a unique organisation because not only do we have no age, religious or ethnic barrier, our doors are open to a range of conditions rather than a single disability/health issue and our therapists treat everybody as an individua. TDF believes in integrated therapy – that by using holistic and natural approaches alongside conventional medicine, quality of life is enhanced, pain can be relieved and well-being promoted.

We are dedicated to providing excellence in service, and strive to be at the forefront of quality complementary therapy care. We offer a range of therapies including Therapeutic and Remedial Massage, Osteopathy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, Nutritional Therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, Counselling and Hypnotherapy. We have expanded our services to offer treatments on the wards of the hospital, as well as within the local community – in the last year we carried over 5,800 treatments. At present we receive no statutory or NHS funding and rely solely on charitable donations.

The WISH Centre £4,000
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The WISH Centre

The WISH Centre is a registered charity in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Merton providing self-harm, sexual and domestic violence support and recovery for children and young people...

The WISH Centre is a registered charity in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Merton providing self-harm, sexual and domestic violence support and recovery for children and young people. Since 2004, we have been protecting and supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable young people. We also strengthen the skills and knowledge of local organisation’s – increasing the impact of our work and helping young people advocate for positive, sustainable change.

• The WISH Centre was recommended as a Model of Best Practice by the National Inquiry into Self-Harm in 2006.
• Every year WISH supports over 200 young people with over 90% having an evidenced improvement journey within that timeframe.
• WISH provides a mix of therapeutically focused peer support groups and peer mentoring combined with targeted counselling provided by qualified clinicians close to the age of the client group, many of whom have prior personal experience of the issue.
• The service is enhanced by outreach work in schools and the wider community, and text and on-line support out of hours, plus awareness raising and training programmes for health, education and social care workers.
• WISH have evidenced track records of outreaching to and engaging young BAME women and trans female-male young people in our Self Harm Peer Support Groups.
• WISH operates a participatory co-production model – 50% of our Trustee Board are young ex-service users.

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