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All Saints Community Projects £4,000
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All Saints Community Projects

All Saints Youth Project’s aim is to help and support all young people in their transition from adolescence to adulthood through the provision of an integrated and holistic programme that strives to be accessible and inclusive particularly to those with disabilities and special needs...

All Saints Youth Project’s aim is to help and support all young people in their transition from adolescence to adulthood through the provision of an integrated and holistic programme that strives to be accessible and inclusive particularly to those with disabilities and special needs. The work falls under the auspices of All Saints Community Projects (ASCP) a registered charity providing services and facilities with and for the local community in and around the Kings Heath area of Birmingham which has pockets of significant deprivation (SOAs) that are ranked in the most deprived 20% areas of the country and where 17.9% of children are living in poverty.

Our Youth Project provides recreational and informal educational opportunities and support for young people aged 10 to 19 years old (up to 25 for those with disabilities) working to enhance their lives and grow their social/personal development.

Whilst much of our work is aimed at the young people themselves, we look to promote family well-being and help parents in dealing with issues that their young person is facing. This enables us to deal with some of the underlying issues facing the family – these may be about the parent’s drug or alcohol abuse, poverty, domestic violence or just improving the communication between the young person and parents/carers.

Maggs Day Centre £4,000
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Maggs Day Centre

Maggs is a registered charity that provides a Day Centre and ancillary support for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless...

Maggs is a registered charity that provides a Day Centre and ancillary support for people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, in Worcester and its surrounding area. Maggs also welcomes people who are in material or emotional need, and/or who feel socially isolated.

SERVICES OFFERED:
* Day Centre- a direct access Day Centre offering food, shelter, support, signposting, washing and laundry facilities.
* Health Hub- we host various health surgeries in the day centre, such as dentist, podiatrist, GP and nurse.
* Resilience Project – to bridge the gap between accessing services in the day centre and accessing services in the community. A worker can accompany service users to appointments until they are have the confidence to access on their own.
* Befriending project – Service users are matched with volunteers who provide structured informal support alongside that which is provided by workers.
* Clothing Project– provides free clothes, sleeping bags, bedding and small domestic items to those in need.
* Activity Centre– provides various training opportunities to enhance self-esteem and gain skills to help integrate into sustainable independent living.
* Service user volunteer opportunities. These are provided in various forms such as helping in the clothing project and assisting with gardening.

NICE – Centre for Movement Disorders £25,000
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NICE – Centre for Movement Disorders

NICE is a UK charity based in the heart of Birmingham, which works tirelessly to transform the lives of children and adults with incurable neurological movement disorders, such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and people who have experienced a Stroke...

NICE is a UK charity based in the heart of Birmingham, which works tirelessly to transform the lives of children and adults with incurable neurological movement disorders, such as cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and people who have experienced a Stroke. Each year, we work with over 600 people and their families, bringing real positive change to their lives and helping to highlight that having a disability is not a barrier to attaining achievement and success. Our work involves Conductive Education, which is an innovative educational strategy for people of all ages who have a physical disability that originates from Hungary. It involves certain movement-based programmes and therapies that help people develop their movement and everyday life skills, regardless of the disability they might have.

Delivered through an approach that sees each person as a unique learner, Conductive Education challenges current perceptions regarding the potential of people with disabilities – looking at what people “can do” and “could do”, rather than what they can’t do. Our work helps young children take their first steps towards gaining greater independence in their lives, as well as helping adults and older people relearn the skills they might have lost, following diagnosis of a physical disability.

Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge £15,000
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Side by Side Theatre Company Stourbridge

Side by Side is an independent theatre company, giving learning disabled people training in the performing arts and the opportunity to create and produce exciting and innovative theatre...

Side by Side is an independent theatre company, giving learning disabled people training in the performing arts and the opportunity to create and produce exciting and innovative theatre.

Established in 1997, the company has toured abroad to Sweden and Prague, and in August 2018 Side by Side want to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the eighth time.
Their entertaining and enjoyable performances have attracted great reviews:
“Spectacularly original” Amber Segal ***** Broadway Baby
“A minor masterstroke” Bill Dunlop ***** Edinburgh Guide

As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages Project they have performed at both the Courtyard Theatre and the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon – Avon.

Belonging to Side by Side provides meaningful activity and life changing opportunities for the learning disabled actors and dancers. They are challenged to keep progressing, and the skills and confidence they develop are invaluable.

The company receives no regular funding and relies on the generosity of donors and the goodwill of committed and dedicated volunteers. In 2013 the company won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Acquired Brain Injury Trust £6,000
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The Acquired Brain Injury Trust

The Acquired Brain Injury Trust was formed to raise funds to support the work of the Acquired Brain Injury Education Service (ABIES)...

The Acquired Brain Injury Trust was formed to raise funds to support the work of the Acquired Brain Injury Education Service (ABIES). ABIES is virtually unique in providing a community based service for those who have suffered a brain injury.

The objects of the Charity are to support the re-education, rehabilitation and improvement of the quality of life of people who as a result of a brain injury due to accident, stoke or otherwise are suffering from the loss of communication, cognitive and motor skills as well as personal confidence. Donations are used to provide bursaries for those who are able to attend The Acquired Brain Injury Centre, but because of finances, cannot attend the courses on offer by the ABIES at Evesham College. We help with transport costs in collecting and returning students to their home where public transport is not always available or they have no transport of their own. We also to help purchase or replace equipment from time to time.

The Franche Riding Group £4,000
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The Franche Riding Group

Our charity provides weekly horse riding sessions for primary school age children with some form of disability...

Our charity provides weekly horse riding sessions for primary school age children with some form of disability. We are affiliated to the national R D A (Riding for the Disabled) organisation who provide us with guidelines, training and administrative backup, but otherwise we are completely independent in respect of funding and running of the group. We rely on donations, sponsorship and our own fund raising to finance the group, and have a team of dedicated volunteers that give up their time each week to come and lead the ponies and/or side walk with the child. We hire the facilities of a local riding school and also hire the ponies from them for the children to ride. We provide all the necessary safety equipment which includes safety helmets, special stirrups and reins for each child, all of which require periodic replacement. We also buy various equipment for use in the sessions and are in the process of getting sweatshirts and t-shirts for the children and volunteers.

The volunteers and coaches have to attend training sessions which must fund ourselves. We encourage the children to take part in the Proficiency Tests that R D A have set up, awarding badges and rosettes as appropriate. These riding sessions help the children so much, not only in a physical way, but also to gain confidence in their own abilities and to establish a bond with the ponies which is beneficial to them and provides experiences which cannot be gained within the confines of the classroom.

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