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 across all our Themes, 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 supporting Transition 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.
Grants have been provided to the following Charity Partners in the last 6 months :
Brendoncare is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older people through their care homes, close care facilities and social clubs across the south of England. We have supported their pioneering new model of care “Share Care” for older people who are affected by dementia at the Otterbourne Hill site.
Independence at Home
Independence at Home provide grants to people of all ages who have a physical or learning disability or long-term illness and who are in financial need. This financial help enables them to obtain mobility and disability equipment, home adaptations and other essential items to make an immediate, practical and positive effect on daily life at home.
Phab offers very special, inclusive living experience Residential Projects to children and young people aged from 8 to 25 to allow them to take part in a whole range of challenging and exciting activities at fully accessible outdoor activity centres at Bendrigg Lodge in the Lake District or Avon Tyrrell in the New Forest.
Around 115 children and young people each year spend a weekend or week away with Phab, fully supported by around 95 Phab volunteers and carers and the Centres’ own experienced staff. Phab volunteers receive tailored training to enable them to support the children and, where needed, a special carer can accompany a child.
Somerset Sight provides support to people of all ages across Somerset who are living with a visual impairment. There are estimated to be 19,000 people with such an impairment and at least one in five of these is unable to leave home alone. Their services include volunteer visits, emotional support, equipment and advice, training, an audio library and a hospital information point.
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 13 years and we refer applicants under 18 who require such equipment to them. Between April and September of this year our combined funding and their knowledge has enabled 106 disabled children to receive the mobility equipment they require.