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 :
Examples of Recent Partners:-
The Aldingbourne Trust
The Aldingbourne Trust seeks to support people across Sussex who have learning disabilities. They provide real skills, care and jobs and believe in strong partnerships between social enterprise and charity fundraising to give adults more choice and greater independence in their lives.
The construction of the planned Quarry building will expand their space enabling them to provide bespoke training and learning facilities and promote interaction with local business and the wider community.
Brendoncare is a registered 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 are supporting their pioneering new model of care “Share Care” for older people who are affected by dementia at the Otterbourne Hill site.
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.
L’Arche provides care and support to over 4,000 people with learning disabilities worldwide. Their members lead fulfilling and independent lives due to tailored support programmes, daily activities, outings and celebrations. L’Arche Liverpool are working with local special schools with the aim of establishing a hub of education and training for young people to help develop life skills which, for some, will lead to employment opportunities. Our pledge of £20K will be used towards IT and adapted garden equipment.
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 leased a 4 bedroom property to Launchpad providing a home base for a selection of their clients.
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.
Based in Hertfordshire, Watford Workshops exists to provide employment, work experience, skills development and training for people with learning difficulties and/or a physical disability. Having been gifted an old portacabin that has been turned into a learning skills centre, they were looking for support for their Life Skills and Independent Living Training Project which will provide training of up to 18 hours per week for up to 60 of their service users for 12 months. Our £10K pledge will go towards teaching aids and professional trainer fees.
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.