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Aurora Wellbeing £25,000
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Aurora Wellbeing

Aurora Wellbeing is a small charity whose aim is to boost the self-esteem and self-confidence of cancer patients, both male and female, while undergoing and recovering from the side effects of their treatment...

Aurora Wellbeing is a small charity whose aim is to boost the self-esteem and self-confidence of cancer patients, both male and female, while undergoing and recovering from the side effects of their treatment. We support patients throughout the Doncaster and Bassettlaw NHS Trust area, helping them to face the world with confidence, through one of the most difficult times of their lives.
To cancer patients, we offer a free package of treatments e.g. facials, manicures and massages. We also provide holistic therapies such as reflexology and reiki, relaxation classes, colour therapy and a counselling service. Carers also are entitled to two treatments.

Patients sometimes not only lose their hair through chemotherapy but also eyebrows and eyelashes. It has been recognised that improving a person’s sense of well-being will dramatically improve their chances of overcoming their illness. Our hairdresser offers expert advice on hair loss and thinning and, if necessary, wigs.

We have a Breast Cancer Support Group under the guidance of Macmillan Cancer Care, although without funding from them. Aurora Buddies Club meets each month – a happy and uplifting morning, with the opportunity to talk to like-minded individuals about issues that might be troubling within a mutually supportive environment and have fun at the same time.

Autism Plus £6,000
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Autism Plus

30 years ago a group of dedicated parents came together to create a new service for their autistic children as they left school...

30 years ago a group of dedicated parents came together to create a new service for their autistic children as they left school. Today we work across the Yorkshire region and last year supported over 340 people with autism and complex conditions. Our services are all tailored to the needs of the individual. These services include:

• Residential facilities – Our residential facilities allow for group or individual living with a highly trained and dedicated support team.
• Independent Living – We also help people who live in their own home or with their families. This support can be for just a few hours a week or 24 hours a day.
• Activity choices – Activity choices allows every individual we support to develop essential life skills and confidence by doing the things they enjoy. This includes activities such as drama and making music, using computers or working with wood.
• Employment services – We help people with autism, disabilities and complex conditions into the world of work. Social enterprises – Everyone has the right to paid employment in a meaningful role. So we continue to develop more social enterprises to match the needs of the people we support.

Learning Partnerships £4,000
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Learning Partnerships

Learning Partnerships are a Leeds based charity with 25 years of experience of working in the inner city to provide opportunities and support for children, young people and adults to access education, employment, training and volunteering...

Learning Partnerships are a Leeds based charity with 25 years of experience of working in the inner city to provide opportunities and support for children, young people and adults to access education, employment, training and volunteering. We deliver a diverse range of programmes and courses designed with the aim to ‘engage, inspire and achieve’. We have a track record of delivering highly successful programmes which provide opportunities to reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage and aim to improve life chances of local people by increasing their confidence, self-esteem, aspirations, well-being and employability skills. This is done through a range of programmes, including:

• Adult Learning: Supports individuals (aged 19+) in their journey to employment through increasing skills and confidence including English for Speakers of Other Languages, confidence building, employability skills, family finances and IT.
• Talent Match: An employability programme giving individualised intensive 1:1 support to long term unemployed aged 18- 24 for up to 1 year.
• Talk English: Trains volunteers to deliver classes to learners with low level English to improve their language skills, access to services and become more involved in the community.
• Let’s Read Programme: Raises the levels of literacy amongst inner-city primary school children through the provision of trained volunteer support.
• 2 Street: A personal development and youth volunteering programme with employability support for young people.

Motive8 Bradford Ltd £6,000
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Motive8 Bradford Ltd

Motive8 Bradford Limited is a registered charity which supports young learners to find their own place in life, creating a path to their future...

Motive8 Bradford Limited is a registered charity which supports young learners to find their own place in life, creating a path to their future. Our charity was established in 2012 and is based in Bradford South.

Good education is not a ‘one size fits all’ process and we offer choices to young people who may not feel motivated by a mainstream academic approach; we therefore offer a bespoke programme of education, skills development and support to help young people succeed in their next steps- whatever they might be.

Putting young people at the heart of everything that we do, puts us in a position where we can consult and adapt to the ever changing environment and create opportunities for vocational training that are current and accessible for all learners.

Motive8 recognise the benefits of working with young people in a holistic way, providing them with opportunities to grow and develop in an environment that is safe and supporting. Young people feel safe, supported and respected at our training centre: we know this because that’s what they tell us!

The success of our learners is at the heart of everything we do. We work in partnership with parents, carers, schools and other providers of specialist support to help our learners move forward.

Paperworks – Harrogate £15,000
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Paperworks – Harrogate

Paperworks is a social enterprise providing personalised support for individuals with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs...

Paperworks is a social enterprise providing personalised support for individuals with autism, learning disabilities and complex needs. Our aim is to enable clients to play a greater part in their communities. We do this through provision of real work experience within our workshop, 1:1 and group work and linking with other organisations to explore volunteering and other experiences.

Selby District Peter Pan Nursery £4,000
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Selby District Peter Pan Nursery

Peter Pan Nursery is a pre-school nursery for children and families with additional needs...

Peter Pan Nursery is a pre-school nursery for children and families with additional needs. Places are available for children with disabilities, illness, learning difficulties, behavioural issues etc. We also support children whose families are experiencing difficulties or are in need of respite and support.

All of our children are referred to us by either a healthcare professional or early years worker. We believe that every child should be given the same opportunities to achieve their full potential no matter what their starting point or ability.

SkillShop £4,000
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SkillShop

The aim of Skillshop is to provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities in a caring environment...

Established in September 2005, Skillshop is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. The aim of Skillshop is to provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities in a caring environment. The objectives are to improve people’s self-esteem, confidence and personal development and break down social isolation. People will have more fulfilling lives, be less reliant on staff and have developed some independent social networks and friendships.

Skillshop provides:
•Aan opportunity for people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop life skills i.e. personal, social and practical skills, enabling them to reach their full potential in many important aspects of life.
• The opportunity to develop and improve numeracy and literacy skills.
• A practical course in Healthy Living and Personal Hygiene issues.
• Experience in various aspects of art.
• Opportunity to develop woodwork skills.
• An up-to-date IT suite where clients can learn about this important aspect of modern life.
• Training in basic kitchen skills and hygiene, baking, preparing meals and drinks.
• A quiet room where clients can relax.
• Social opportunities outside working hours with the Saturday Club, Diners’ Club, Bowling Nights, visits to the theatre etc.
• A welcoming, happy and caring environment where clients can feel comfortable and safe.
• Fully qualified staff with many years’ experience of life, industry and education.

Vision Support Harrogate £15,000
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Vision Support Harrogate

Vision Support Harrogate District exists to support and advise people in our community who are or know someone who is experiencing sight loss...

Life can feel frightening and lonely if you are experiencing sight loss. There may be lots of questions you feel need answering, and having to stop doing some of the things you once loved can be upsetting. Vision Support Harrogate District exists to support and advise people in our community who are or know someone who is experiencing sight loss.

Our charity has a drop-in centre where we offer a vast range of regular activities which encourage independent living and the learning of new skills, such as IT training, craft classes, social events, fitness and leisure activities.

Due to rural isolation or mobility issues, not everyone is able to access our drop-in centre. To help alleviate loneliness and social isolation, we are able to provide a helpline, telephone befriending, and a home visiting service. The visiting service is used as an essential tool for encouraging participation, signposting to outside agencies and supporting independent living.

Our outreach in the community includes regular social meetings arranged in Ripon and Pateley Bridge. Day trips, countryside walks, evenings out and lunchtime meals are enjoyed on a regular basis. Our Eye Clinic Liaison Officer offers practical and emotional support to those who are newly diagnosed with an eye condition.

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