Adur Special Needs – donated £1,892 in 2019 so far
Adur Special Needs Project is an equal opportunities registered charity which provides much needed out-of-school respite care and play schemes for children aged five to 15 years with special/additional support needs, and/or physical disabilities from Sussex. Offering a Saturday play scheme held at Herons Dale Primary School, Hawkins Crescent, Shoreham on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month during school term times, ASNP supports local children in a wide range of challenging and fun activities, designed to grow their self-confidence, sense of self-esteem and communication skills.
The charity relocated to Herons Dale School in Shoreham and needed new equipment to help the children. The money donated meant the charity were able to purchase walkie-talkie radios, a microwave oven and other equipment such as reading books.
FarmBuddies – donated £360 in 2019 so far
Formed in 2008, FarmBuddies aims to improve the wellbeing of people on the South Coast, through the concept of ‘Social Farming’. Also known as ‘’Care Farming’, Social Farming is the practice of offering family farms and smallholdings as a form of social service, where people in need of support can benefit from participation in the farm’s activities.
There is a relaxing and socially inclusive atmosphere that helps attendees gain confidence. As well as aiding the development of new skills, Social Farming also offers exercise and fresh air, animal therapy and an emphasis on healthy, fresh food. It also reconnects farmers with their local communities. Our donation helped to fund a place for a girl aged 17.
Reaching Families – donated £2,650
Reaching Families was established in 2008 by our project manager Brian O’Hagan. The organisation exists to “…empower, care for and inform parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex”. We are achieving this through the delivery of high quality services. The money was donated to fund the handbook called Making Sense of it All. Access to information is one of the biggest challenges for parent-carers both locally and nationally. For that reason we publish a parent-carer guide, Making Sense of it All, which provides parents with information on a wide range of important subjects including diagnosis, benefits & money matters, special educational needs, accessing support from health and social care, etc. It also contains a directory of over 400 local and national organisations and an extensive jargon buster.
Happy Days – donated £2,000
We work with local communities right across the UK to provide vital respite breaks for individuals, families and groups who support children with additional needs. The young people we help range in age from 3 to 17. They come from many different backgrounds and cultures, suffer many different conditions and are all based in the South East.
The money donated was used to fund a residential trip to Lodge Hill Activity Centre for 2 nights. 30 children from Haywards Heath and surrounds aged 8-17 who have conditions such as cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, hydrocephalus, autism, downs syndrome and other complex medical needs, are going with 24 adults. The group activity holidays will improve their sensory awareness and their social and communication skills, and have fun and excitement, not to forget the educational value also.
Epilepsy Lifestyle – donated £1,105
Epilepsy Lifestyle is a small, family run charity, established at the beginning of 2014, operating with the mission to provide children and adults, diagnosed with any form of epilepsy, with solutions to help improve their quality of life. With three trustees and one employee, working just one day a week, Epilepsy Lifestyle works to a high level of professionalism with scarce resources.
WCF are their main sponsor and helped them throughout the years providing necessary equipment. We agreed that we would match fund any of their fundraising such as tea parties. The £1105 is the match fund figure that they had raised over a year.
Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity – donated £2,650
Dame Vera Lynn are dedicated to supporting families with children under 5 years old with cerebral palsy and other motor learning impairments. They re-opened their Cuckfield base back in February 2017, essentially starting from scratch, 40 children and families now attend the centre where they have been able to introduce additional support services in addition to their core sessions of Conductive Education. These include swimming with professional instructors, music therapy, sensory sessions in their new sensory room, assistive interactive technology and drop-in messy play sessions and an outreach service helping our families in their own homes. The money donated was used for new equipment and funded courses of swimming with the specialist instructors in a local hydro-pool.
Whoopsadaisy – donated £3,300
We are a small, Sussex charity for children with cerebral palsy and other motor conditions, dedicated to helping them to reach their full potential. Our special programme of Conductive Education is tailored to help each child overcome everyday challenges – step by step. Based in Preston Park, we support babies and children in Brighton & Hove and across Sussex. The money donated funds one child’s place for a year at Whoopsadaisy.
T1D – donated £700
The focus group organises events for the young people and their family members as well as providing training in supporting the young people. T1D organised a paintballing trip for the young people to attend, and be able to talk to each other about their struggles and help them feel comfortable around others who also have Type 1 diabetes. The money donated went towards the paintballing trip as well as new marketing materials so they are able to promote the charity and help more young people and their families.
Theodora Children’s Charity – donated £2,070
At the Theodora Children’s Charity we believe that all children deserve laughter. The mission at the heart of our work is to contribute to the wellbeing of children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by providing visits from professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment. Our Giggle Doctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England. By combining music, play, magic and storytelling these professional performers bring magical moments to brave children in challenging times. We believe that every sick or disabled child should get the giggles that only a Giggle Doctor can bring.
The donation of £2070 was used to fund a Giggle Doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton for one month, brining smiles and laugher to over 200 children.
Time 4 Children – donated £3,000
Time 4 Children is a small charity based in Haywards Heath, dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of children between the ages of 4 and 12 in Mid Sussex. Time 4 Children provides free one-to-one Emotional Listening Support for Children who find it hard to express their thoughts, feelings, experiences and worries safely. We do this with a team of trained Volunteer Practitioners. The donation of £3000 has funded 5 places for children who need it.
Amaze – donated £1,000
Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25. Some of our services are only available in specific areas – check out the specific services information for parent carers and young people.
The donation has gone towards the production of their “Out of Amaze” newsletter. In the “Out of Amaze” you will find:
- News and information about Amaze services including events, courses and the Compass Card
- Information about other local services and groups for children, young people and families
- Personal stories from families with SEND
- Content from parent carer forums including information about current consultations on local services
- Advice about specific issues such as benefits, schools, leisure and more
Kangaroos – donated £2,346
At Kangaroos we run a range of different clubs and activities for children, young adults and families. We also organise trips out to many exciting and fun venues. We do not let our members disabilities hold them back and help them, in a safe and supporting way, to take part in the kind of activities that we all take for granted. The money donated was used to buy new equipment to help and support the children with their learning disabilities and complex needs.