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Age Connects, Cardiff and the Vale £6,000
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Age Connects, Cardiff and the Vale

The organisation aims to support older people especially those who are lonely, isolated or in poverty...

The organisation aims to support older people especially those who are lonely, isolated or in poverty. The Organisation provides a range of services including Home First Support Service – provides short term support after a stay in hospital and includes a telephone support service for those who attend A & E but were not admitted. Staff known as Discharge Support Officers are also based in hospitals to assist clients to choose a care home. Staff are also placed in the Community Resource Teams across Cardiff and the Vale supporting clients to avoid hospital admissions. An Advocacy Service operates in Cardiff and the Vale providing support to residents in Care homes. In the Vale they are also funded to provide community advocacy.

The Healthy and Active Partnership (Cardiff) and Good Neighbour Scheme (Vale) provide emotional and practical support for lonely isolated people. There is a very limited Welfare Rights Service operating in the Vale. The Organisation has supported an Ageing Well Programme for over 25 years this includes the delivery of activities in the community a drop-in centre.

Alzheimer’s Society South Wales £15,000
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Alzheimer’s Society South Wales

Dementia devastates lives. In the UK alone, there are already 850,000 people living with dementia, and this number is set to rise to more than one million by 2021...

Dementia devastates lives. In the UK alone, there are already 850,000 people living with dementia, and this number is set to rise to more than one million by 2021. Dementia is the most common cause of death in England and Wales, and the UK’s most-feared health condition, causing memory loss, mood changes and problems with communication and reasoning. At Alzheimer’s Society, we believe that life doesn’t end when dementia begins – with the right knowledge and support, it is possible for someone with dementia to get the very best out of life. We are the UK’s leading dementia charity, here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through, everything we do is informed and inspired by them. We invest in research to find new treatments and search for a cure; we provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help; and we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so that people with the condition can live well, free from fear and prejudice.

More and more of us will be touched by dementia – Alzheimer’s Society is here to make sure that no one has to face it alone.

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC Wales) £25,000
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National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC Wales)

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC Wales) is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood...

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC Wales) is the leading children’s charity in the UK, specialising in child protection and dedicated to the fight for every childhood. This dedication rewards us with an unrivalled reputation in child protection, and a knowledge that we’re here for any child with nowhere else to turn and any adult worried about a child.

At the NSPCC we’re a powerful force for change; a movement to end cruelty to children with a promise to be there for every child affected by abuse and neglect. Our work focuses on Prevention, Protection and enabling Social Change.

Our aim to fight for every childhood is underpinned within our life-saving core services such as ChildLine, the national NSPCC Helpline and the Schools Service, and in the delivery of expert and high quality therapies in our 29 service centres throughout the UK. With the help of our supporters we’ve changed laws and transformed attitudes in society. Using our expertise in practice, policy and research, we’ve launched services that have stopped abuse from happening in the first place and our work has helped children rebuild their lives when they desperately need us.

Prostate Cymru £4,000
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Prostate Cymru

Prostate Cymru has developed into a significant charitable organisation over the last 14 years, working with medical and nursing professionals in the fight against all prostate diseases, especially benign prostate disease (BPH) and prostate cancer...

Prostate Cymru has developed into a significant charitable organisation over the last 14 years, working with medical and nursing professionals in the fight against all prostate diseases, especially benign prostate disease (BPH) and prostate cancer. We also dedicate time and expertise to increase awareness of the disease via a schedule of communication channels, events and wellness talks aimed at the general public via social organisations, sports Clubs and businesses. We are a very approachable charity with a small administration team, supported by a hardworking and dedicated voluntary group. We are proud of the difference we make in the local communities and of the support, advice and personal attention we are able to offer.

We receive no national or government funding therefore rely on the generosity of its fundraisers and supporters to fulfil its key objectives, including:

Raising awareness and promote understanding of prostate disease;
Educate the Welsh public, workforce and medical profession, including medical students in relation to prostate diseases;
Provide bursaries and grants for training, research and equipment to stimulate new and effective treatments in the NHS for both prostate cancer and benign prostate disease.

We are working on a number of new and exciting initiatives for 2017.

South East Wales Down’s Syndrome Support Group £4,000
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South East Wales Down’s Syndrome Support Group

The South East Wales Down’s Syndrome Support Group is a parents’ group which is affiliated to the National Down’s Syndrome Association...

The South East Wales Down’s Syndrome Support Group is a parents’ group which is affiliated to the National Down’s Syndrome Association. We fund all our activities during the year from our own fund-raising with individuals and organisations. We hold regular Bowling Evenings, organised trips to shows, pantomimes, pop concerts and ‘nice places’.

Within the group a small youth club and ‘messy play’ have been set up. We also raise funds for further training opportunities for education and medical professionals who support our children and young people throughout South East Wales. However our main fund raising activity has been our May Charity Ball, held every other year. During the Ball (also open to people outside our group), we hold an auction which gives an extra boost to our fundraising.

The Prince’s Trust £4,000
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The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people aged 13 to 30 in the UK who are unemployed or struggling at school...

The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people aged 13 to 30 in the UK who are unemployed or struggling at school. We help young people to transform their lives and get into jobs, education and training. Many of the young people we help are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems or have been in trouble with the law.

Our programmes give young people the practical and financial help needed to stabilise their lives. We give support to build skills and confidence through a range of proven, high-quality education and training schemes which help young people to recognise their strengths and develop key life, workplace and education skills.

We believe that, with the right support, all young people can find the confidence, strength and skills to help them realise their potential. We help vulnerable young people to stay in school, get a job or start their own business.

Three in four young people we support move into a positive next strep of work, education or training. Since 1976 we have helped over 825,000 young people. Last year alone we worked with over 58,000 young people and we continue to help 100 more every day.

The Prince’s Trust Cymru works with over 3,000 young people in Wales each year, providing them with the tools they need to succeed. With dedicated teams working from three offices in Cardiff, Llangennech and Rhyl, we’re well-placed to meet young people’s needs right across the country.

Thrive Cardiff £6,000
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Thrive Cardiff

Thrive Cardiff is a self-funded, registered charity run entirely by Parents and Volunteers. Thrive Cardiff helps support children and families with disabilities...

Thrive Cardiff is a self-funded, registered charity run entirely by Parents and Volunteers. Thrive Cardiff helps support children and families with disabilities. We do not receive any funding from local government and work hard to be able to self-fund our activities and events. Our aim is to offer our very special children, their siblings and families a protective arena where they can play in an exclusive, non-judgmental and supportive environment without prejudice. Without Thrive our children would not have the chance to play and develop as lack of public awareness and understanding prevents them from accessing mainstream recreational activities. We do our very best to ensure that our children don’t miss out on the things that other children perhaps take for granted.

We offer informal support in a positive non-judgmental environment and offer weekly play sessions and holiday activities that cater for the whole family. We seek to reduce the feeling of isolation, depression and lack of self-confidence that parents of disabled children often feel. By supporting us you are helping to raise much needed funds to enable us to continue to provide disabled children with opportunities for play and recreation and allow Thrive Cardiff to continue to offer the regular soft play session throughout Cardiff and the Vale for the foreseeable future.

Touch Trust £15,000
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Touch Trust

Touch Trust is a registered charity based in Cardiff, at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay...

Touch Trust is a registered charity based in Cardiff, at the iconic Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. We provide unique educational and movement programmes for disabled adults and children and other vulnerable groups in the community. Each week over 160 disabled adults and children access Touch Trust sessions in Cardiff Bay. In addition to these sessions, we have a provider membership across Wales. Our Provider Members are adult day services, schools, hospices and residential care homes across Wales. We train and support our Provider Members to deliver our unique programme and this means that an additional 800+ adults and children access Touch Trust in Wales each week. Our programme is sensory based and follows a set structure from which our trained and experienced session leaders can tailor the activities to meet the specific needs of our guests.

We offer a range of one to one, small group work and large group work sessions. The aim of each session is that our guests have a strong sense of achievement; are better able to communicate feelings; have improved self esteem and sense of identity; have fun and learn new skills. We work with some of the most disabled people living in communities across Wales. Each guest will be supported by a carer within their session. In addition to our regular sessions, we also deliver a number of creative projects which focus on developing our guests access to art. We run these sessions regularly throughout the year.

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