Brighter Opportunities through Supported Play (BOSP) is an Essex based registered charity that supports families by providing short break care for their children and young adults aged 4 years and up who have complex disabilities and/or limited life conditions. Their application to ACT was for a contribution to their "Let's Go" club which is set up to encourage disabled young people (11+ years) to be comfortable out in the community. Through a wide range of activities they aim to develop "out and about" skills such as money handling, road awareness and development of social skills via exercises incorporated wherever attainable in the wider community. Their aim is to deliver 91 sessions over the course of the year which will allow 13 or more disabled people to benefit. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a £15K contribution.
£15K for BOSP
£2.5K for Specialist Hoist
We received an application from the father of a 13 year old boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His condition has deteriorated over recent months and he is now wheelchair dependent. He uses a hot tub to provide relief from muscle aches and stiffness associated with his condition and the family's request was for assistance to purchase a suitable specialist hoist to ease transferring him in and out of the hot tub. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a grant of £2500.
£25K to Carers Bucks
Carers Bucks is a registered charity based in Aylesbury that supports the health and wellbeing of more than 10,000 carers across Buckinghamshire. Their services are available for all age carers and include; advice, information, guidance and emotional support, training programmes including lifting and handling, managing challenging behaviour and mindfulness and young carers clubs and residential breaks. Their application to ACT was for help to fund a new "Same Chances" programme for young adult carers aged 16-25 to enable them to have the same chances as other people. The Same Chances model includes peer support groups, programmes to boost self confidence and employment readiness and workshops on practical subjects such as emergency first aid, lifting and handling. The programme will help many young people and ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £25K.
£1,760 to Race Against Multiple Sclerosis
Race Against Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) is a registered charity that seeks to relieve the suffering and to improve the health and lives of those living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and other degenerative diseases in Northern Ireland. As well as offering specialised therapies, rehabilitation programmes, counselling and information, they provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy in one of only 3 chambers in the country which improves their clients mobility, balance and co-ordination, sleep, energy levels, pain and vision. They currently deliver 150-170 treatments every month and are expecting to receive more than 100 new referrals this year. In order to successfully treat 100 new clients they needed additional oxygen and items of specialist breathing equipment. ACT were happy to bridge their funding gap with a pledge of of £1,762 to enable them to purchase this vital equipment.
£4K for East Park
East Park is a registered charity providing residential care and education to children and young people aged 5 to 25 across Scotland. The young people they support have complex needs such as ASD, physical and sensory impairments, learning difficulties and behavioural challenges. In 2016 East Park launched a unique intensive Support Service in a purpose built 6 bedroomed residential house with 4 classrooms for children whose needs and/or behaviour exclude them from accessing other support services. Through active engagement with Curriculum for Excellent, Getting it Right for Every Child and the National Care standards, their innovative and personal approach has enabled individuals to reach their maximum potential. The request to ACT was for help to fund a smart panel - an interactive white board which combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer enabling teaching staff to deliver dynamic lessons that are particularly suited to the children they are teaching. ACT were pleased to be able to donate the £4K they require to purchase this equipment.
£8K Pledge to Growing Well
Growing Well is a farm based mental health charity near Kendal in Cumbria. Their vision is for people living with and recovering from poor mental health to be active, included in their communities and encouraged to understand their worth. They believe that change is possible no matter how unwell someone is. They are a City and Guilds registered training centre and provide horticultural training to improve skills, confidence and employability. Meaningful activity is underpinned at the charity by 1:1 specialist support using the "Recovery Star" model. This holistic tool helps people assess certain areas of their life and works to support strengths, not weaknesses. This process then underpins goal setting for an individual which can be worked towards over an open period of time.
Their request to ACT was for help to fund the balance they require to be able to commence the buildling of a bespoke catering structure from which meals will be created for the charity's daily workforce (25 people) by a team of their clients (known as volunteers). This is overseen and guided by a qualified member of staff and volunteers are supported to gain experience in all aspects of a working kitchen, menu planning, foraging for ingredients from the fields, preparing, service and clearing up. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge the shortfall required of £8K.
£1,800 for Specialist Walker
The mother of a 36 year old man who has cerebral palsy and a learning disability applied to us for help to fund a specialist walking frame for her son. He was unfortunately no longer able to use his previous walker as he required assistance to get up and onto it. A new walker was identified that, as well as supporting his walking, helps his bladder/bowel function, improves his circulation and helps to maintain bone strength and soft tissue length. The new walker is more easily accessible and better for his carers at the day service he attends as it can be lowered and raised. Most importantly it will enable him to be independently mobile again allowing him to explore his environment and interact with peers. ACT were pleased to be able to make a pledge of £1800.