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Centre 81 £6,000
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Centre 81

Centre 81’s principle activity is to provide and maintain a Centre for the purposes of recreation and other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving quality of life...

Centre 81’s principle activity is to provide and maintain a Centre for the purposes of recreation and other leisure time occupation in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving quality of life. Established in 1981 we provide a ground-breaking skills and activity centre which works with people with physical and other disabilities including those with complex health/social needs and those who have deteriorating health and shortened life expectancy. We also run a door-to-door community bus service with ten fully accessible buses offering regular transport for residents within the Borough of Great Yarmouth who are unable to access public transport, including those with disabilities. This service has 500 registered users.

Our existing centre based services consist of a wide array of activities catering for up to 80-90 members per annum and we encourage/help the people we work with to develop their abilities, enjoy themselves, integrate with the local community and become more independent. Our ethos, which informs everything we do, is ‘Ability not Disability’ as we seek to break down the barriers which prevent local people living a full, healthy and productive life. Our Community Transport service connects our members with their local community.

Home-Start Norfolk £4,000
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Home-Start Norfolk

Home-Start is a family support charity, supporting parents to give their children the best possible start in life...

Home-Start is a family support charity, supporting parents to give their children the best possible start in life. We recruit and train volunteers, who are parents themselves, to offer practical and emotional support to families with young children who are struggling to cope. Our particular focus is on families who are disadvantaged and coping with health problems such as mental health problems, disability, deprivation, family breakdown or isolation. Through weekly visits from a volunteer, families are encouraged and supported to increase their confidence, feel less isolated and integrate more into their community. Research evidence suggests that the early years of a child’s life are the most important for their future health, education and life chances. Home-Start’s vision is to give parents the support they need to give their children the best possible start in life.

The grant will be used to support families with young children who are struggling to cope. The grant will be used to help cover the costs of supporting 10-15 families who are affected by mental health problems. Parental mental health issues may affect a parents ability to cope with the challenges of parenthood. The grant will help to fund the cost of 10-15 volunteers weekly visits to families to provide emotional and practical support such as helping parents access medical appointments, supporting children to attend nursery, helping with household budgeting etc. It will also help cover the staff costs of assessing families for support as well as supporting our team of amazing volunteers.

Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers £4,000
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Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers

Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers makes small grants to unpaid carers in the county to provide a better quality of life for them and their loved ones...

Norfolk Millennium Trust for Carers makes small grants to unpaid carers in the county to provide a better quality of life for them and their loved ones.
The grants help to provide practical items like white goods and laptops, power packs for wheelchairs, and short breaks and leisure activities which relieve the 24/7 pressures of caring.

The Trust was born out of the We Care Appeal, launched through Norfolk’s daily newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, in October 1998 after research identified the huge number of unpaid carers and the need to help them. A wealth of public support helped the Trust to raise £1million to launch the scheme.

Star Throwers £25,000
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Star Throwers

Star Throwers is a Norfolk based charity dedicated to empowering and supporting cancer patients and their loved ones through advice, support, and wellbeing therapies...

Star Throwers is a Norfolk based charity dedicated to empowering and supporting cancer patients and their loved ones through advice, support, and wellbeing therapies. We are there for people with cancer at any stage of their journey – at diagnosis, during treatment, to post cancer survivorship – but are especially dedicated to helping those with terminal cancer.

Our advice team helps patients and carers understand the medical terminology for their particular cancer and to evaluate their treatment options, including alternative treatments and clinical trials, so that they can make well informed decisions.

Star Throwers also believes in supporting the ‘whole person’ and their loved ones, not just focusing on their cancer.

We offer complementary therapies for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, which can make a real difference for someone coping with the daily stress, anxiety, and debilitating symptoms from having cancer or looking after someone with cancer.

All of Star Throwers’ services are provided completely free of charge to patients and carers. To date, we have supported over 1000 cancer patients and carers of which 95% are from Norfolk. The services are delivered by a small team of staff supported by amazing kind-hearted volunteers. We receive no statutory funding, our work is only possible thanks to the generosity of individuals and local businesses donating/fundraising for our cause.

Stepping Stones £15,000
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Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a small, vibrant charity for adults with learning disabilities...

Stepping Stones is a small, vibrant charity for adults with learning disabilities. Our aim is to enrich lives by building skills, independence and making informed choices. We think it’s important for everyone to be able to take part in and make a contribution to the world around them, so working in a person centred way, we build life and social skills through 4 subject areas – art & craft, cooking, horticulture and I.T. We are based at our resource centre in north Norwich, with our allotment a short walk away.

Students are encouraged to share ideas, make suggestions and take an active responsibility in organising events, housekeeping and making decisions. Our four main subject areas work collaboratively to ensure a rich and varied experience for all. Classes are small allowing support to be tailored to individual needs and students take part in group activities as well as individual personal projects. In addition to our structured activities we organise outings throughout the year and an annual holiday.

We really enjoy meeting people and in the last few years have been getting more active in our local area, with students using the skills they develop to support other community initiatives. We like finding ways to meet new people, share experiences and create chances for people to learn from each other.

West Norfolk Carers £4,000
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West Norfolk Carers

West Norfolk Carers’ support carers of all ages, the youngest being seven years old and the oldest being 97...

West Norfolk Carers’ support carers of all ages, the youngest being seven years old and the oldest being 97. We do this by offering carers a range of age appropriate activities including 1:1 support. We undertake home visits and also provide carers support groups, craft and therapy sessions, mindfulness workshops, counselling and listening support, financial support and access to small learning grants. We also access grants to help families where they are in hardship and are unable to buy or replace essential equipment and household goods. The most important aspect of our work is that the carer, regardless of their age, feels supported and whilst we are not an emergency service, we make every effort to be available to the carers we support, at times when they need it.

Our Young Carers team delivers support to children many of whom are experiencing great distress, and our 1;1 support for them is crucial. We work closely with local schools where we aim to give carers a sense of security, working with them to remain engaged in education and learning. We do this because we know that many young carers do not achieve their full educational potential. This starts in primary school and is worsened in high school and this affects their longer term prospects as they reach adulthood. We deliver assemblies in schools as well as young carer supporting activity. As a consequence we receive a growing number of referrals from the schools we are supporting, many of these young carers are in crisis.

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