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Meath Epilepsy Charity £6,000
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Meath Epilepsy Charity

The Meath Epilepsy Charity, this year celebrating our 125th anniversary, offers housing and a wide network of support services empowering and enabling people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities...

The Meath Epilepsy Charity, this year celebrating our 125th anniversary, offers housing and a wide network of support services empowering and enabling people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. The Meath’s main site is situated at the heart of Godalming, just a stone’s throw from the railway station and a few minutes’ walk into the town. Our professional and dedicated staff team cares for and supports eighty people living on site at Westbrook Road, as well as others living more independently through our Meath Home Support service. We also run a successful Skills and Enterprise Centre, enabling people to pursue their own choice of academic and everyday skills training, in addition to a variety of arts, leisure and sports activities.

Offering a friendly face and a reassuring environment, staff and volunteers provide individual assistance to help everyone achieve personal goals, despite any challenges they may face. With two award-winning social enterprises in Godalming High Street: ARTHOUSE Meath and Changing Perceptions, both enabling skills training and work experience in an inclusive, public facing setting, we continue our aim to fulfil lives and reduce stigma and are justifiably proud of our Care Quality Commission (CQC) overall ‘Outstanding’ rating.

MERU – Medical Engineering Resource Unit £4,000
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MERU – Medical Engineering Resource Unit

MERU is a charity which creates engineering solutions for children with disabilities...

MERU is a charity which creates engineering solutions for children with disabilities. We make Bugzi; a specialist powered wheelchair for very young children (under 6 years) with cerebral palsy and other complex conditions. The green “bug” shell allows young children, who usually haven’t been able to move independently before, to explore the world safely. We also make a range of disability equipment, including innovative grips to hold an iPad which can be used as a communication device or simple additions to a school chair which can help a child with mobility problems use them alongside their classmates. When a family can’t find the right piece of equipment anywhere else, our engineers can design and build something from scratch, tailored to the needs of the child. For example, we designed and made a sturdy connector from a pram to a wheelchair for a young mum who wanted to go out with both her new baby and his older brother who used a wheelchair.

We are working with music charities on adaptions to instruments which can open up new opportunities to children in music therapy and playing in a music group. Simple devices and equipment can make a world of difference in terms of allowing independence to a child with disabilities and support to their families.

Phab £4,000
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Phab

Phab supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, enabling members to enjoy local Phab clubs, holiday projects and holiday homes, and opportunities for fun and personal development...

Phab supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, enabling members to enjoy local Phab clubs, holiday projects and holiday homes, and opportunities for fun and personal development. There are 170 local Phab Clubs across England and Wales where 8,000 members, both with and without disabilities, enjoy regular social activities and the opportunity for families and members to support each other and have great fun together. Phab also provides exciting and challenging holiday projects each year for disabled or disadvantaged children and young people age 8 to 25, held at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and Lake District, all supported by Phab’s wonderful volunteers and carers. The children, many away from home for the first time, will reach the treetops, paddle a canoe, fly on the zip-wire and go caving – things they would never have thought possible before and all building their confidence, self-esteem, skills and independence.

Families too can enjoy a much needed break away together at one of Phab’s wheelchair accessible holiday homes at Weymouth. And Phab is actively engaging with young people to set up new Phab Clubs or holiday projects in their school or university. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and, with its Head Office in Croydon, five clubs across Surrey with over 420 members, and local children benefiting from holiday projects, Phab looks forward to continuing to help its members to make more of life together.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders
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The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders is a registered charity, which provides unique facilities to benefit disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses...

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders is a registered charity, which provides unique facilities to benefit disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses – either through riding or driving. We have approx. 340 riders per week, all with a disability, ages range from 4 to 60 years old and each week they enjoy half an hour or so when, with the assistance of our instructors and helpers, they can enjoy the experience of riding or driving horses to help improve their physical capabilities and mental well-being. An experience which takes them out of their restricted daily lives – and puts smiles on their faces! For most of our riders it is the only sport they can participate in and experience some form of independence and sense of achievement.
It costs more than £340,000 each year just to run the Centre – and that’s without additional costs which occur, such as replacing equipment, fences, horses and ensuring our buildings remain in good condition. We rely solely on fees, donations, bequests and fund raising events in order to survive.

The Fircroft Trust £4,000
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The Fircroft Trust

The Fircroft Trust provides centre-based support to adults who have severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities...

The Fircroft Trust provides centre-based support to adults who have severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. Our residential services provide supported living for adults with learning disabilities and 24 hour residential care for adults with complex needs.

The Care Quality Commission rated us “Outstanding” for Care in their latest inspection.

The Grange £6,000
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The Grange

The Grange is a forward thinking, dynamic charity based in Bookham, Surrey supporting over 100 adults with disabilities by providing registered housing, supported living and a varied programme of training activities in areas such as IT, Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts and Textiles...

The Grange is a forward thinking, dynamic charity based in Bookham, Surrey supporting over 100 adults with disabilities by providing registered housing, supported living and a varied programme of training activities in areas such as IT, Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts and Textiles. We also have a Social Enterprise group called ‘Grange Creations’ which, along with other projects, makes and sells fudge to the public.

People either live in The Grange’s accommodation or travel to us from their own homes from all over the county, accessing our services on a daily basis. We help to find work experience in local businesses and provide work opportunities through our two gift shops, our Dorking Café and at our Simply Scones Café which is run at our main site. People we support are happy, confident and lead fulfilling and independent lives.

White Lodge Centre £25,000
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White Lodge Centre

Founded 55 years ago, White Lodge Centre today supports over 2,500 disabled children and adults, their families and carers throughout Surrey...

Founded 55 years ago, White Lodge Centre today supports over 2,500 disabled children and adults, their families and carers throughout Surrey.

We specialise in helping physically disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy (permanent damage to the undeveloped brain), acquired brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, who may be unable to talk/communicate, be blind, deaf, permanently confined to a wheelchair.

We also care for children and teenagers who are severely autistic – who constantly find the world frightening and baffling, unable to make sense of what is happening around them.

As a local charity we are very aware of local needs and offer a range of individually planned services to all ages, from 3 months to 100 years old:
• For children and teenagers: a parent and toddler group; nursery education; play/youth schemes; respite care; domiciliary care
• For adults: leisure and life skills as well as fitness courses, a specialist gym; a back care service for carers; support groups for parents.
• Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy as well as speech and language therapy are available for both children and adults.

Most of these services are available from our site in Chertsey providing a one stop shop for disability to the local disabled community.

Yorda Adventures £15,000
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Yorda Adventures

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation and we pride ourselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities...

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation and we pride ourselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities. Our services not only provide our children with amazing new experiences, but they also enable the families of our children to have some much needed respite from the round-the-clock care they usually have to provide. We work with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, from our base in Chessington, and we currently support around 100 families each year.

Our skilled team of play workers meet regularly to discuss how Yorda Adventures can best look after each of the children and young people that we support. The team plan behaviour strategies, discuss play ideas, plan activities and review health and safety issues and policies to ensure they provide the best possible service at all times. They also maintain up to date information about each of the children and young people that attend our projects, so there is a consistent, bespoke plan to meet their individual needs.

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