We want our grant giving to provide transformational change to the lives of those most in need and we are extremely proud of the charities with whom we partner to help us achieve this goal. These organisations have been carefully selected and possess the operational expertise and resources to better assess the need and tangible benefit of our grants. Our partnerships are intended to be long lasting and, as we add to these partnerships in the coming years, we expect to be able to reach out and help many more individuals and families in need.
Whilst we will always endeavor to help people of all ages, we also need to be mindful that our financial resources are limited. Consequently, if funds are limited at any time, we will give priority to projects that enable the delivery of our primary objective of helping young people with mental and physical disabilities to live independently through the provision of affordable/accessible housing, education, employment or other meaningful daytime activity, personal development and training. This is an area in which we feel so much more could be done to support these vulnerable members of society to help them to achieve their full potential and lead a more fulfilling life.
In addition to the above, we provide support with specialist disability equipment to enable people to remain living at home independently and fund projects that assist with health & wellbeing and that provide opportunities for social and leisure time.
Some recent examples of our charity partnerships that help us to deliver these themes are listed below :
Autism West Midlands (AWM)
AWM is the leading provider of specialist autism care and support in the West Midlands. They work with people of all ages across the autistic spectrum and their families to empower them to create a better future. ACT has pledged £500K over 5 years to fund 2 family support workers and the extension of the charity’s information and helpline services.
Kids Inspire is an Essex based charity supporting young people 0-19 years who have suffered trauma, neglect or abuse. The demand for their services has been growing as funding for social care has been withdrawn and ACT have pledged £95K over 3 years to support children/ young people as part of the successful “Reclaiming Lives” project.
Launchpad Reading exists to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Reading, Berkshire to fulfil their potential. Originally a soup kitchen their operation has evolved and they now provide accommodation, support, education and counselling to young people to help them seek employment and live independently. ACT has funded the purchase of a 4 bedroom property to provide a home base for a selection of their clients and a further £100K was donated towards the refurbishment.
A special needs school and college for children with specific language impairment (SLI) which causes difficulties with and impedes the development of speech and language skills. ACT has awarded a grant of £500K towards Phase II of a capital project to create new student accommodation by constructing 4 new three storey buildings providing 52 bedrooms, a medical and care centre and a multi-purpose student centre.
The Mulberry Bush School
The Mulberry Bush School in Oxford seeks to improve the life chances and social inclusion of traumatised children and young people who have experienced emotional and physical abuse. The school offers a highly evolved therapeutic residential programme of integrated care, treatment, education, therapy and family support for up to 31 children. ACT have pledged £100K towards their building project which will create a further 10 bedrooms and communal space to allow them to extend their service from 38 to 52 weeks providing continual care for those children who have nowhere to go during holiday times.
Seashell Trust is a charity dedicated to providing a creative, happy and secure environment for children and adults with complex and severe learning disabilities which include little or no language abilities. They have been developing a new student campus and ACT were pleased to be able to provide grant funding of £500K to close the remaining funding gap and allow the second phase of their development to proceed. Our donation funded a four bedroom home facilitating college graduates post 19 years of age to transition into independent living.
Gostling House (right) was officially opened by our President Emeritus, Ted Gostling, in September.
Whizz-Kidz is a registered charity that has the expertise to assess and provide specialist mobility equipment and training to children with disabilities who are under the age of 18. ACT have been in a successful match funding partnership with them for the past 10 years and we refer applicants under 18 who require such equipment to them. In the financial year 2015/16 our combined funding and their knowledge has enabled 103 disabled children to receive the mobility equipment they require.