Harlow Stroke Support Group (HSSG) has been a registered charity covering Harlow and the surrounding areas since 2003 with the mission to improve the lives of stroke survivors, their carers and families. The charity's aim is to enable those affected by a stroke to lead a life that is as full and active as possible and they can be there at every stage of recovery to assist. They run advice and support meetings, offer 1:1 home visits and hold groups where their clients can take part in chair based exercise classes, work on speech and language and enjoy social and rehabilitation opportunities in a fun, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, doing arts and crafts, playing games or simply chatting. The groups are supervised by a Stroke Support Worker with help from volunteers. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a donation of £5K to help them to carry on their great work.
£5K for Harlow Stroke Support Group
£5K for Age UK Wirral
Age UK Wirral is an independent local charity that works with 30,000 people every year with the support of over 400 volunteers. They have 3 main departments - Home and Communities, Health and Activities and Care. The Care department is their largest and includes Stanhope Court, a 13 bedroom residential home for people in the late stages of Dementia who are no longer able to live at home and day care centres for those with early onset Dementia. The request they made to ACT was for help to fund a piece of equipment called the Tovertafel "Magic Table", a fantastic piece of technology which they believe greatly enhances how they deliver care to their clients with moderate to late stage Dementia. The equipment projects games and activities from the ceiling onto a table and has been designed specifically for people to be able to relax, reminisce and be postively stimulated. It can be utilised in groups and staff have witnessed their clients sitting happily together, sharing the activity by helping and encouraging each other and having fun. ACT were delighted to be able to award a grant of £5K for this equipment.
£500 for Bath lift
A 60 year old lady who is living with a diagnosis of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, a condition that affects all the muscles of her upper body, applied to us for help to fund a bath lift. Being able to sit fully immersed in a bath is essential for managing her condition, with the hot water helping to relax her muscles to ease pain and discomfort. The provision of the lift to help her to get in and out, as she has no muscle strength to raise from a sitting to standing position, is vital. ACT were pleased to be able to help her fundraising along with a £500 donation towards the lift.
£5K to The CLD Trust
The CLD Trust is a unique and innovative health & wellbeing charity providing support for young people and some adults who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. They receive over 1,200 referrals per year for specialist talking therapies for a range of presentations including physical, sexual and emotional abuse, anxiety and low mood, eating difficulties, self-harm, bullying, bereavement and relationship difficulties. Their application to ACT was for help to fund low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for some of their young clients. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge an award of £5K which will help 28 young people.
£549 for a Magnetic Harness
The mum of a 13 year old who has a diagnosis of West's syndrome applied to us for help to fund a specialist magnetic harness to help keep her son safe whilst travelling in the car. The young man has autistic traits also and development delay which can result in displays of challenging behaviour which can be difficult to manage whilst travelling both in the family car and on public transport. The specialist magnetic harness mum was requesting is secured to the vehicle seat and is effective for passengers who would otherwise remove themselves from a standard product. ACT were pleased to be able to fund this very useful piece of equipment for the family.
£7,468 for BeFriends
BeFriends is a Dundee based charity that was established in 1981 with the aim of providing help and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people (aged 5-18) in the Dundee area. Through its befriending service, fully trained and vetted volunteers of the charity seek to make positive change to the lives of the children, raise aspirations and help them to realise their potential, build upon skills and abilities, enhance social and communication skills and encourage responsibility for behaviour and actions. The children and volunteers enjoy activities together once per week or once every two weeks. These activities provide the opportunity to have fun and gain new experiences and are a time when discussions can open up about any problems or difficulties the child/young person may be having. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £7,468 towards outings, activities and equipment.
£2,500 for a specialist Pacer Gait Trainer
The Physiotherapist of a 12 year old who has four limb cerebral palsy applied to us for a specialist pacer gait trainer. This young person requires support in all positions as he is unable to roll, sit, stand or walk independently and he uses a wheelchair and supportive equipment throughout each day. He is PEG fed and communicates with his eyes and some gestures. He has recently been practicing walking using a hoist and with two adults supporting him and has really enjoyed it. This has led to him trialling a specialist gait trainer which he has started to move independently. His Physiotherapist fully supports his application and says he will benefit from the walker as it will allow him to exercise and improve his muscle strength, endurance and stamina. It will also help to reduce chest infections and prevent migration of his hips and possible bone sugery in the future. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge a donation of £2,500.
£15K for Crossroads Care
Crossroads Care has been an accredited provider of care for over 30 years, holding several contracts with local councils. They provide support throughout Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead offering a range of different services including short-term holiday breaks and day trips for children with disabilities and complex care needs (including those with autism, physical disabilities and life-limiting illnesses). The charity has two adapted caravans on a holiday park in Minehead which they use throughout the year and employ staff who are fully trained in all aspects of care for the 77 children who benefit. Recently however Crossroads lost their vital funding from Social Services and have had to seek funding elsewhere to be able to continue to offer this valuable respite. ACT were delighted to be able to donate £15K towards helping them to keep this part of their service going.
£1,070 for Electronic Magnifier
The mother of a 7 year old girl with a dignosis of ocular albinism applied to us for help to fund an electronic magnifier. The young girl is partially sighted and, aside from her main diagnosis, has many other vision complications. The provision of a specialist magnifier will enable her to enlarge books and homework which will be most useful in her studies for years to come. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £1,070 towards the total cost.
£25K for Isle of Wight Youth Trust
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who are facing disadvantage on the Island. With their core focus being mental health, they seek to bridge the gap between statutory service provision and the needs of young people and do this by offering a range of services such as professional counselling. They are moving to new headquarters which will provide them with more space and this will help to lessen waiting times and deal with the increase in demand for their services. Their application to ACT was for capital assistance to help fund the move. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £25K.