Selection of Funded Work 1996-2015

Aerobility

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Aerobility was funded to purchase a second hand Piper PA32 Cherokee 6, an aircraft which increased the charity’s ability to enable people with all disabilities to fly. The aircraft had  a large rear door which enabled the carrying of a hoist and bulky disability equipment such as electric wheelchairs.

Celtic Harmony

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Celtic Harmony has received support from the Trust to develop and improve its Iron Age Village, with its programme of fun and educational hands-on Celtic activities and events promoting a more sustainable way of life in harmony with the natural world.

DeafBlind UK

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A lead gift of £200,000, made possible the successful building of the National Centre for DeafBlindness.

Down Syndrome Association

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DSA was funded to help people with Down Syndrome into work. WorkFit was established and provides an innovative model which trains employers to have the skills to employ workers with Downs Syndrome and then to be carefully matched with candidates who also receive support so that they are ‘work ready’.

Farm Africa

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Funding for Farm Africa included support for a Sesame seed growing and processing project in Babati, Tanzania.

Motor Neurone Disease Association

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MNDA was funded to develop a new model of enhanced care which raised the standards of care for people affected by this terminal disease which can progress rapidly. This helped to avoid delays in getting appropriate care and support.

Pattaya Orphanage Trust

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A donation of £50,000 pump primed the funding required for new buildings for the Vocational School for the Disabled in Pattaya, Thailand.

Prisoners Abroad

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Prisoners Abroad received funding for its re-settlement service for people returning to the UK following imprisonment overseas. This includes people who are deported back to the UK after spending most of their lives overseas.

Shelter

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Shelter was funded over 5 years to develop their Diversity and Inclusion work across all parts of the organisation.

The Willow Foundation

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The Willow Foundation, providing special days for seriously ill people aged 16-40, was supported by the Trust by providing  its first dedicated office, and funding to enable it to recruit its first paid employee.

Selection of Funded Work 2016-21

Action for Children

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Action for Children was funded to trial the training of nursery staff from across their nurseries through the accredited course: Level 3 certificate in Early Years’ Inclusive Practice. This project was run in cooperation with Dingley’s Promise.

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales (now Cerebral Palsy Cymru)

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Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales is a specialist centre using Bobath therapy to treat children with cerebral palsy. The funding enabled the Centre to increase its therapy with children from term to 2 ½ years as an early intervention programme, building on a pilot programme. Early intervention, even before a diagnosis is received, ensures that the children get the best start in life and maximise this crucial stage of plasticity of the brain.

Child Dynamix

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Child Dynamix runs 3 Community Day Nurseries; parent peer mentoring; young people’s services including sport and play, and family support services in East Hull. The funded work was used to improve and enhance the work they could offer babies and infants, by appointing a family support worker to support mothers through pregnancy and until the infant was 12-18 months old. The Family Support Worker also influenced practice across the wider family support team.

Charnwood Trust

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Charnwood offers inclusive nursery places in the Stockport area and was funded for additional staffing to enable them to meet the needs of the children, particularly those coming to the nursery on the age 2 funded places. A learning mentor provided an essential link to the homes of the children to maximise the benefits they could gain from their nursery education.

GAP: a Thanet community project

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Gap offers a range of community services working out of a re-modelled Baptist church. This funding supported their pre-school activities for those families living in poverty and on the margins and enabled the running of drop in coffee and play mornings, parenting groups, and one to one family support.

Home-Start Slough

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Home-Start Slough (HSS) received funding to establish a new way of working in conjunction with Slough Children’s Trust (SCT), the statutory body responsible for children’s services. It supported HSS to become part of the early intervention work offered within Slough as part of coordinated support services for families in difficulty. This work, evaluated by The University of West London, brought about positive results in declining numbers of families who needed to be escalated to Child Protection level.

Royal Mencap Society

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Mencap was funded for part of the EPAtS feasibility study. This programme, developed with the Tizard centre, identified the gaps in suitable parenting programmes that target both parental wellbeing and child health outcomes when a child has a learning disability, diagnosed or not. It is designed to give parents the confidence and skills they need to enable their child to thrive and also to signpost them to other sources of support.

The Daisy Garland

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Set up by Sara and David Garland in the name of their daughter Daisy, The Daisy Garland supports families with a child with drug resistant epilepsy. The charity offers wrap around care for the whole family and in particular leads in the UK on the use of the Ketogenic diet, proven to reduce seizures and sometimes stop them altogether. They have already established and funded 21 Ketogenic dieticians in hospitals around the UK. Additionally, they award grants to families for life saving night time breathing monitors saving many lives. Funding has been given for organisational development costs and monitors.

Shepherds Bush Families Project

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The Shepherds Bush Families Project meets the needs of the large number of local families who live in temporary or unsuitable accommodation. The Trust funded the costs of their Parent and Infant Relational Group, a drop in for parents and babies from birth to 1 year, run by two qualified psychotherapists. This preventative intervention supports these parents to understand their babies’ needs and how to respond sensitively to them.

 

Trelya

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Trelya, Cornish for ‘change’, is a local charity based in and working exclusively on the Treneere Estate, East Penzance, which takes an integrated approach to the problems in the community of socially excluded families. Trelya offers a range of services across all ages including the Skylar Nursery, which only offers funded places. The funding awarded helped meet the Skylar costs for enrichment and additional activities. It also funded the charity to review its overall support for families from pregnancy onwards.

Women’s Aid

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Women’s Aid was funded to support a strategic shift in thinking around the support given to children and young people, including the youngest babies and children, involved in situations of domestic abuse. Developments achieved included adaptation of the National Quality Standard; changes to their monitoring software, On Track and a new comprehensive toolkit for all their member organisations working to support young children.