Some projects we have helped recently

  • Money management courses for young people in deprived areas  by the Churches in Weymouth and Portland.
  • Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector, in Chard in Somerset.
  • Young volunteers offering beach lifeguarding in the islands of Islay and Jura.
  • Volunteers setting up a drop-in centre in for teenagers in London.
  • A patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs in Swindon.
  • The creation of a Wildlife Pond and and wildflower beds/banks on the expanse of landscaped grass at the rear of an ‘extra care establishment’ in Tewksbury: help with access for the disabled.
  • A drop in cafe for 11-18 year olds, open from 3.30pm- 6.00pm 4 afternoons a week in Stoneleigh.  It aims to provide youngsters with somewhere they can go after school where they can meet others, chat, play table tennis, pool.
  • Camps for up to 100 poor and socially excluded inner city young people aged 13 to 16 years who otherwise could never get away during the summer holidays
  • A  Nintendo Wii club in the Gloucester Chinese Resource Centre (which sits between a social housing estate and an over-55’s retirement village), to help people get gentle exercise and get to know one another.
  • £300  to subsidise camp fees for 4-5 disadvanged families in Dartford, enabling their children to benefit from the full range of Scouting activities…
  • Weekly sport sessions for  young people living on social housing estates in Preston, in order to tackle anti-social behaviour… to give young people somewhere to go, to socialise and to keep off the streets (as well as the added health benefits).
  • A “Bikeability” course for special needs pupils, mainly boys, who have long requested the chance to learn to ride a bike. Some have co-ordination problems and most have not managed to do this simple childhood task.
  • Six £750 Scholarships to attract academically outstanding children to stay on  in the sixth form of a neighbourhood school in Sussex, which has moved from being in special measures to being rated as ‘outstanding’ over the past 5 years. The goal is to help the school re-balance itself, attracting and retaining students from all ability groups and backgrounds, rather than losing them to other local schools after GCSEs.
  • £200 to help start “a new emerging community project which will be facilitating an energetic, creative and vibrant two week performing arts workshop for young people aged 11-14 … The young people will explore music and drama techniques and practises to highlight the importance of ‘community spirit’ in a performance created by the young people themselves.”
  • £300 to help a small volunteer led group of 10-15 local older people who have been meeting on a fortnightly basis at Gateshead Older People’s Assembly offices,  led by a former Miner who has an interest in local history. … Members encourage each other to share their memories either verbally or by bringing along items such as photos or keep sakes.
  • A homework club  for children whose parents are from Swahili background living in Salford, who are “struggling a lot at school and face particular difficulties due to the lack of English language skills.”  The project offers  supplementary and additional support covering subjects such as English, Maths and Arts while giving them extra curriculum in French.
  • £450 to help start one of the earliest Wheelchair Rugby clubs [though by now this is quite big and established as a sport, and we don’t back new projects].
  • Scholarships for the children of British service men and women going to University, via the programme of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund.
  • Sponsorship of a hostel and schooling programme for HIV positive children in Pondicherry, India (an example of an overseas project we were able to support, because we knew the organiser personally, and could vouch for the quality of the management of the project).
  • £225 to help surfing for disadvantaged young people in Newquay.
  • £600 for livestock for an urban garden – organised by a 16 year old Somali refugee, who reckons his British neighbours don’t know about the countryside, or farms.
  • £300 for bike riding for autistic children
  • £1,000 for a community garden and bike repair for, and run by, refugees

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