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Chepstow and District Mencap £15,000
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Chepstow and District Mencap

Chepstow & District Mencap is a charitable organisation whose aim is to provide a variety of educational, work based, and leisure opportunities, where individuals can feel safe and supported in a purposeful and enjoyable environment...

Chepstow & District Mencap is a charitable organisation whose aim is to provide a variety of educational, work based, and leisure opportunities, where individuals can feel safe and supported in a purposeful and enjoyable environment.

The society provides services for adults with a learning disability and who are 18 and over. Services may be provided from The Berkeley hub, community facilities or within the Service User’s home.

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

Cyfannol Women’s Aid is an independent charity supporting women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence in the Monmouthshire and Torfaen areas of South East Wales...

Cyfannol Women’s Aid is an independent charity supporting women affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence in the Monmouthshire and Torfaen areas of South East Wales. Our mission is empowering women and their children to flourish in a life free from domestic abuse and sexual violence.

We were created in July 2015 from the merger of Women’s Aid in Monmouthshire with Torfaen Women’s Aid, which enabled us to combine our experience and services (gained from forty years working in the sector) to provide a wide range of options for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Newport & Gwent Samaritans £6,000
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Newport & Gwent Samaritans

Newport and Gwent Samaritans is a local charity that has been in existence since 1967. We have to raise at least £15,000 p.a. to cover operating costs and receive no public funding. All 73 members are volunteers. Each year we have contact with over 25,000 people...

Newport and Gwent Samaritans is a local charity that has been in existence since 1967. We have to raise at least £15,000 p.a. to cover operating costs and receive no public funding. All 73 members are volunteers. Each year we have contact with over 25,000 people. We provide a confidential non-judgemental listening service offering emotional support to those who feel lonely, depressed and despairing or who may be contemplating ending their lives. The reasons people contact us are many and varied. It may be as a result of emotional or financial difficulties, mental health issues or bereavement, the list goes on. Many of those who contact us feel they have nowhere else to turn to at that moment in their lives. Contact is mainly by telephone, but also face to face meetings, text and email. We provide support to Listeners and staff at HM Prison Usk and Prescoed.

A crisis service exists to help communities, schools, colleges and staff at local railway stations in the Newport area that have experience a traumatic event. Support is provided to the charity CRUSE to help those bereaved. We take calls from people who are grieving whilst they wait to receive specialist counselling from them (when they do not have capacity). The introduction of the Freecall service has increased the number of calls we receive. To meet demand we need to increase the number of volunteers and are looking at improving our facilities to allow more disabled volunteers to join us.

South Gwent Children’s Foundation SPARKLE Appeal £25,000
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South Gwent Children’s Foundation SPARKLE Appeal

The South Gwent Children’s Foundation, under the “Sparkle Appeal” directly supports 500 children and young people, aged 0-18, with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties and their families from Newport, South Monmouthshire and South Torfaen...

The South Gwent Children’s Foundation, under the “Sparkle Appeal” directly supports 500 children and young people, aged 0-18, with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties and their families from Newport, South Monmouthshire and South Torfaen. Sparkle provides facilities, activities for recreation, leisure and sport, information, development and enrichment opportunities for children and their family and we are based at the Serennu Children’s Centre, Newport. Many of our children are unable to access ‘mainstream’ provision and we offer them opportunities for activities and experiences similar to that of their able-bodied peers. Sparkle’s core aim is to enable children and young people with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties the chance to learn skills, develop tools and gain confidence, in order to enrich their young lives, and give them the foundations for an independent/semi-independent life.

In addition we support the whole family with their communication, emotional and social development including support for parents/carers and siblings and we work to reduce the social isolation felt by so many families bringing up a child with disabilities. A disproportionate number of families with a child with disabilities suffer family break-ups, and we offer opportunities – family activities, family swim, MediCinema – so that the whole family can be together and which strengthen family bonds.

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