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Perry Group Riding for the Disabled Association £15,000
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Perry Group Riding for the Disabled Association

The Perry Group provides Carriage Driving, Equestrian Vaulting, Hippotherapy (physio on ponies) with the more usual therapeutic riding provided by other Riding for the Disabled Groups in Shropshire...

The Perry Group provides Carriage Driving, Equestrian Vaulting, Hippotherapy (physio on ponies) with the more usual therapeutic riding provided by other Riding for the Disabled Groups in Shropshire. The Grant awarded will be used to run a new community based programme where people with special needs, particularly pre-school children, older teenagers and older adults are all encouraged to join in with the equestrian activities either as participants, or as volunteers. It is intended that new sessions will be set up to run on a weekday basis which will attract a new set of people for whom the different days and timings might be more appropriate. The Group wish to link this programme in to the government priorities for healthier and more active people and the feeling is that using the horse as a motivator is a wonderful way to ensure that this is going to happen

Shropshire Mind £4,000
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Shropshire Mind

Shropshire Mind is a local mental health charity, that provides services to the diverse and rural county of Shropshire...

Shropshire Mind is a local mental health charity, that provides services to the diverse and rural county of Shropshire. Our primary aim is to support the population to live with Mental Health issues, this is achieved through a variety of service delivery models. Shropshire Mind operates a 7 day a week drop in service, allowing anyone experiencing poor mental health to seek help immediately. It is vital that anyone within society has the ability to access support for mental health issues, as and when they happen, exactly the same as a person with a physical problem can. We operate from 7 locations within the county, running effective peer support groups, within the local community, this establishes locality within the equation, as the community is the place we want future support to be grown.

The charity runs a formal programme called the “Reconnect”, this programme equips all members of the group with coping strategies, or tools to manage situations far more effectively in the future. The programme allows each member to set their own goals within their lives, empowering them to be in control of their own recovery and their own destiny. One in Four of us will suffer poor mental health within our lives, our aim is to lower the stigma that surrounds mental health, this is achieved in partnership with schools, colleges, companies and local authority support. The local nature of the charity is of fundamental importance, focusing our services on the needs of the population.

Shropshire Rural Communities Charity £25,000
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Shropshire Rural Communities Charity

Shropshire RCC is committed to making Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin a great place for everyone to live, no matter what challenges they face...

Shropshire RCC is committed to making Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin a great place for everyone to live, no matter what challenges they face. In a large rural county challenges include poor public transport, lack of public services, low levels of community facilities and the challenges of growing older in times of austerity. Our aims are to:

• Combat Rural Isolation – To develop and support practical projects which combat rural isolation, reduce loneliness and deliver social benefits.
• Tackle Rural Poverty – To develop practical solutions that tackle rural poverty and bring economic benefits particularly by increasing access to employment.
• Help communities help themselves, building capacity in local grassroots organisations to develop cohesive, resilient communities.

We deliver our work through community based projects which put our service users right at the heart and are flexible to accommodate specific circumstances. Examples of our work include:

• Good neighbour schemes keeping older, isolated members of the community healthy, well and independent
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• “Care and share” groups to give family carers a break from their caring role through support and social activities.
• Helping people with sensory loss make best use of their hearing aids.
• Social groups for people with sight loss.
• Tackling fuel poverty, helping people to switch to cheaper suppliers and giving small grants.
• Community oil buying to enable people in “off-gas” communities save money.

The Move on Club £6,000
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The Move on Club

Move On was set up in 2000 when Shropshire County Council decided to enforce an upper age limit on members of their Special Needs Club...

Move On was set up in 2000 when Shropshire County Council decided to enforce an upper age limit on members of their Special Needs Club. This affected many of the regular members who then had no facility for meeting their friends in the evening and taking part in meaningful activities.

A group of parents set up the Move On Club for adults with severe learning disabilities and the Club now has upwards of 30 members who all have learning disabilities. The majority also have other problems such as difficulty with mobility, sensory impairment and autism. They need support with everything they do.

The Club meets once a week for two hours and provides stimulating leisure activities and outings. The members are all receiving state benefits and none is able to work because of their disabilities and so only a small weekly subscription is charged and a further small amount is requested towards the more expensive outings. Apart from these the Club relies on a grant from Shropshire Council, donations from individuals and organisations and its own fundraising to finance the Club and it’s activities. All donations received go directly to benefitting the members.

The members really enjoy their evenings together and appreciate everything that is arranged for them and while they are at Move On their carers and families can benefit from the respite, knowing that their loved ones are safe and happy.

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