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Birmingham Crisis Centre £6,000
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Birmingham Crisis Centre

Birmingham Crisis Centre is a registered charity providing temporary, emergency accommodation and support for mothers and children who have found themselves on the margins of society, principally as a result of domestic violence...

Birmingham Crisis Centre is a registered charity providing temporary, emergency accommodation and support for mothers and children who have found themselves on the margins of society, principally as a result of domestic violence. Members of our support staff are on hand, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week to offer practical and emotional support and advice, with accessing benefits, healthcare professionals and legal services, and support with housing re-settlement with the ultimate view of enabling them to become more independent and self-sufficient for their future. The refuge is the largest centre for supporting the domestically abused in Europe, having 23 self-contained units. It is the only place in the United Kingdom that can house 5 children and a mother together. Unlike other centres we also include male children up to the age of 16 years of age as we believe in keeping the family together wherever possible.

To enable pre-school children to have some routine and education, there is also a nursery on site which OFSTED rated as ‘Outstanding’ on their last inspection in 2015. The nursery also provide after school activities, a homework club and during school holidays they provides play schemes for all ages. In addition to the in house services we operate a twenty four hour helpline, available to anyone who may be a victim of domestic abuse, or those supporting a friend or relative and are seeking refuge, help, advice and support.

Birmingham Settlement £4,000
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Birmingham Settlement

Since 1899 Birmingham Settlement has helped the people of Birmingham overcome the challenges they face, giving them advice, support and access to activities and training to help them achieve their goals and live happier lives...

Since 1899 Birmingham Settlement has helped the people of Birmingham overcome the challenges they face, giving them advice, support and access to activities and training to help them achieve their goals and live happier lives. Our services range from helping an older person overcome their fears and the isolation they face by welcoming them to our free Tai Chi sessions, to supporting a young person embroiled in gang culture and crime understand the harsh realities of this lifestyle and seek out a new, more positive future. Our wide range of services include money advice, training, employment support, social activities, health and wellbeing activities, an Ageing Well over 50s service and a youth programme.

We tackle issues such as financial hardship through provision of 1:1 money advice and group workshops, helping people to take control of their own finances; social exclusion through offering activities such as yoga, crafts, music sessions, IT training and coffee mornings, which can also help improve people’s emotional and physical wellbeing; and unemployment, helping people increase their chances of finding employment. We aim to empower people, giving them the skills and confidence they need to help themselves and their community not just now, but for the rest of their lives.

Edward’s Trust £25,000
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Edward’s Trust

Edward’s Trust was set up in 1989 by Hilary and Peter Dent following the death of their 7 year old son Edward from cancer. We are a counselling and wellbeing service, supporting children and adults affected by the death of a loved one...

Edward’s Trust was set up in 1989 by Hilary and Peter Dent following the death of their 7 year old son Edward from cancer.

We are a counselling and wellbeing service, supporting children and adults affected by the death of a loved one. Individual counselling and group support is available to any child or young person who is bereaved, or about to be bereaved of a parent, significant carer or sibling. We also offer individual counselling and group support to parents bereaved, or about to be bereaved of a child. Our service considers what each person needs to cope with the emotional and physical effects of bereavement; helping them to refocus on a positive future. We are unique within the West Midlands, in that we make no charge and impose no time limit.

Where appropriate we offer a ‘Wellbeing in Bereavement’ service, run by trained therapists. Complementary therapies can help to reduce the stress and anxiety which may prevent someone from managing day to day life. Our therapists and counsellors also work together to run bereavement retreats, giving parents who have suffered the death of a child the chance to meet and share experiences; often with life changing effects.

FastAid Birmingham and Solihull £4,000
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FastAid Birmingham and Solihull

Established in 2005 Fastaid provides Community First Responders (CFRs) in the Solihull and Birmingham areas and offers training in Heartstart skills to the general public...

Established in 2005 Fastaid provides Community First Responders (CFRs) in the Solihull and Birmingham areas and offers training in Heartstart skills to the general public.

CFRs are volunteers, trained to a nationally recognised medical standard, to provide live saving treatment to people in the community. Responders are ‘called out’ by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), if they can reach a life threatening situation quicker than an Ambulance Crew. CFR’s normally cover an area within 7 minutes travelling time from their home or workplace. They are always backed up by an ambulance.

In the UK around 175,000 people have a cardiac arrest each year, that’s about one every 3 minutes. Most of these happen outside hospital. The only effective treatment for a cardiac arrest is Defibrillation. CFRs carry defibrillators for shocking the heart. The sooner a defibrillator is used the better chance of survival. After a patient has collapsed following a cardiac arrest, every minute a defibrillator is not used the chances of survival reduce by 10%. Each year Fastaid CFR’s successfully resuscitate members of the public, that have suffered a cardiac arrest, who without rapid intervention wouldn’t be alive today. In the past year, FastAid have trained 1300 people to give CPR, given talks to a further 300, responded to 2800 jobs for WMAS, and on National restart a heart day, helped train 15000 schoolchildren in CPR. In 2016, FastAid were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

The Stonehouse Gang £15,000
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The Stonehouse Gang

We are a voluntary youth organisation which serves the South West of Birmingham, particularly encompassing the hard to reach children and young people of Weoley Castle and Woodgate...

We are a voluntary youth organisation which serves the South West of Birmingham, particularly encompassing the hard to reach children and young people of Weoley Castle and Woodgate. We also welcome young people from Selly Oak, Bartley Green, Quinton and Harborne. Our aim is to provide activities, opportunities and support for children and young people, particularly those that are disadvantaged and with disabilities, their families, NEET individuals and older people. There is a considerable amount of hardship in our area, with many people living from hand to mouth. With austerity measures now being applied, there is very little else for our local community.

We were founded in 1938 and celebrate our 80th anniversary next year. Two of our leaders have been awarded MBE’s in recognition of the voluntary work provided at the Gang.

We currently operate five nights a week, offering youth clubs, play clubs, Duke of Edinburgh groups, a swim club and substantial activities during the school holidays. We actively encourage young people to volunteer and train so we can use them to further our advances whilst keeping our own ethos of empowering young people to be worthwhile members of the community in which they live and the greater one around them. We try to provide a stable background, taking the gang idea which fascinates so many young people and divert it into worthwhile causes.

Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre £4,000
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Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre

Our organisation is a well-established registered charity which provides FREE complementary treatments to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs...

Our organisation is a well-established registered charity which provides FREE complementary treatments to children and young people with disabilities, health problems and special needs. The object of the charity is to provide as many free treatments to all children who need them with the limited resources we have. These treatments should be either not available to them on the NHS or affordable to their families in the private sector. The charity has continuously provided therapy, free of charge, to children with disabilities and special needs for 20 years. Our services include, remedial and neuromuscular massage Bowen therapy, Reflexology, therapeutic play, Physiotherapy and more recently Occupational therapy.

We work with children from birth to eighteen years old who suffer from a range of complex/acute health conditions. In addition, we also provide palliative help for children who are terminally ill and assist with secondary problems. We know that our various massage techniques, occupational therapy and physiotherapy cannot cure these conditions but we can help improve the quality of life for these children by reducing pain and increasing mobility and self-esteem.

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