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Charity Award 2018

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Charity Award 2018 Final 10

Candlelighters (Charity reference no: 045077)

Sadly, an average of 150 children are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire each year. Candlelighters offer support right from the moment of diagnosis when the lives of ordinary families are changed forever.

We support all children and young people receiving treatment for cancer, leukaemia and central nervous system tumours at Leeds Children’s Hospital, as well as their family members. But our support doesn’t end when the child’s treatment does, or if a family sadly loses their child. It continues for as long as the family needs us, in many different ways.

Our support includes:

  • The Square, our family support centre, a welcoming place where families can access talking therapies, peer support groups for parents, siblings and grandparents, wellbeing therapies and hairdressing. 
  • Funding support for staff roles on the wards such as Play Leaders to distract children during medical procedures and entertain them during long stays and a Dinner Lady to cater for their changing tastes. 
  • Equipment for the oncology wards such as TVs, laptops and toys. Financial support for families. 
  • Research into children’s cancers.
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DSWESTPENNINE (Charity reference no: 1140539)

DSWESTPENNINE is a small charity supporting families of a child with Down’s Syndrome. We provide opportunities for families to meet; share information; offer each other mutual support and develop new skills in order to unlock their child’s potential. We offer the children a chance to form peer friendships for life.

We hope to enable families to regain the confidence and positivity with which to build effective, constructive and sustainable relationships within the local community. We support families to overcome the feelings of isolation, social exclusion, frustration and helplessness which often accompany the birth of a child with Down’s Syndrome.

We host monthly meetings where we offer a wide range of activities for all the family, including; Speech Therapy, Sing & Sign, Hydrotherapy, Adventure Play, Creative Activities, Circus, Theatre, Sport, & Music Skills. We host a Down’s Syndrome Resource lending library; provide Family Days Out; Family Socials, Workshops for Parents; Training for Health and Education Professionals; Email /Telephone Support & Advice; and a Website/Facebook Page for Families and New Parents.

We have developed a New Baby Welcome Pack to reach out to all families in our community who have just received the life-changing diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome for their new baby. We continue to develop extensive links with local Schools, Hospitals and other organisations to raise awareness, and overcome negative stereotypes within the community.

DSWESTPENNINE is an entirely voluntary organisation. We have no paid employees, we pay no expenses. All of our funding is, therefore, directed towards the children and families whom we support. Although we receive a Grant from BBC Children in Need to deliver Speech Therapy all other funding is raised by us or received as donations from well-wishers. We can sustain our support for our families and children if we manage to raise a minimum of £4.000 each year. We hope that you will help us to do just that!

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Epilepsy Action (Charity reference no: 234343)

Living with recurrent epileptic seizures can have a debilitating impact on a person’s entire lifestyle. Around 87 people are diagnosed with epilepsy in the UK every day. Currently there are 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK. Around 50,000 of these people live in the Yorkshire area. 

Epilepsy Action is the UK’s biggest community of people committed to a better life for everyone affected by epilepsy. 

Our supporters, members, staff and volunteers are united by our vision of better healthcare services and more epilepsy awareness. 

We raise awareness of epilepsy so that people living with the condition are treated with fairness and respect. 

Together we help more people take control of their epilepsy and get the support they need to have the best possible quality of life.

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Headway Sheffield (Charity reference no: 1015442)

Headway Sheffield is affiliated to Headway UK but operates independently as a group rather than a branch. As such we are responsible to the charity commission to organise our own finances and income generate to support our members.

Sadly because we are a small group of volunteers we are limited to what we can offer our members, however, for many years now we have been able to provide two social events every month; a coffee morning held at Café Rouge on the 1st Tuesday of each month (11.00) and an evening social on the last Thursday of every month when we go for a meal, bowling, pictures or theatre. In addition, once a year we try to organise a day trip to the coast or wildlife park.

Following severe brain injury (traumatic or acquired), people are left with profound disabilities both physical and cognitive, many suffer lack of confidence, short-term memory, personality changes, seizures and depression. Several members only go out of the house to attend these socials, knowing that there disability will be understood and managed safely.

We try to raise funds so that we can subsidise the social events but more importantly provide taxis so that they can attend. Unfortunately, we have limited volunteers who are able to support our members but unable to provide the time to fund raise so any help would be gratefully received.

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Leukaemia Care (Charity reference no: 259483)

Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer support charity. We are dedicated to ensuring that anyone affected by blood cancer receives the right information, advice and support.

A diagnosis of a blood cancer can have a huge impact on someone emotionally, as well as physically. We understand that feelings of shock, anger and loneliness are all common at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and recovery and having someone to talk to, as well as the right information available can be a huge comfort.

We not only support patients, but carers and families too who can often carry a lot of the emotional strain when someone they love is diagnosed with a blood cancer.

We focus on the support that is needed now to help those affected by blood cancer cope during a diagnosis and beyond.

In Yorkshire, we have two project streams:

  1. We run a support group in the Sheffield area for haematology patients. These meetings are free of charge and bring people together with a similar diagnosis to share experiences. We are also developing a Leeds support group to launch in 2018. 
  2. In October 2018, we will be holding a patient conference day for blood cancer patients who are suffering with fatigue. Fatigue is the most common side effect of a blood cancer diagnosis. Our free conference will allow local patients to learn coping strategies to manage their fatigue.
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Rotherham Federation of Communities (Charity reference no: 1158600)

Rotherham Federation of Communities aims to strengthen communities in the Borough and has a membership of 74 small community groups all around Rotherham .

This resource would be used to support one of those groups, Rotherham Deaf Futures, a British Sign Language (BSL) users group who meet regularly and socialise at Springwell Gardens Community Centre every Friday. All BSL Deaf are welcome to attend. The group engage interpreters to help them with letters and phone calls to hearing people. They also run Deaf awareness stalls in the town centre. Any funding received would help pay for BSL interpreters for this work. All the Deaf BSL users are South Yorkshire based.

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Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) (Charity reference no: 1168077)

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) has been giving older people in Sheffield a helping hand when they need it most since 1966.

What started with the Good Neighbours Scheme, friendly visiting service, where a volunteer visits a person in their own home for a cuppa and a chat helping to alleviate isolation and loneliness, has now developed to support the Teaching Hospitals with a range of free services to assist our older more vulnerable communities including;

  • Arranging basic shopping to be delivered for a patient on discharge; 
  • Delivering and fitting small home aids and adaptations including key safes and toileting equipment. 
  • Short term feeding of pets; 
  • Assistance with moving small items of furniture to facilitate a hospital bed delivery or hospital discharge; 
  • Taking an older person home from A&E following an accident; 
  • Holiday check (short term for the duration of a relative’s holiday); 
  • Occasional sitting to give a carer time to attend an appointment; 
  • Escort to hospital appointments; 
  • Regular or occasional friendly visiting to prevent loneliness and isolation. 
  • Collecting an older person from hospital and settling them in whilst waiting for follow on cares services to arrive. 
  • Loan of a high seat chair to aid recovery for those who had hip or knee surgery. 

In 2017 the 12 staff &110 volunteers at SCCCC supported over 3,600 older people in Sheffield.

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Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind (Charity reference no: 1162624)

SRSB provides opportunity, support, friendship and services to blind and partially sighted people, helping them to achieve whatever they wish to do and whatever they aspire to be. 

They support over 3,600 visually impaired people of all ages in Sheffield and in excess of 300 people access the services at their centre each week. Their residential care home in Sheffield, Cairn Home, cares for up to 30 people. SRSB has been around for over 155 years after it was enabled by a legacy from a local family in 1860. 

They opened a new division in Rotherham in 2017, Rotherham Sight & Sound (RSS). 

As RSS is a sensory service, the charity will be delivering support to people with a visual impairment, deaf people, both hearing aid users and British Sign Language (BSL) users, as well as people with a dual sensory loss (deafblind). 

In the Rotherham area there are over 3,500 people who are registered severely or partially sighted (RNIB figure stated in the 2016 See, Plan and Provide report) and there are nearly 1,500 people on the deaf/hearing impairment register (Figure stated taken from the Demographic Profile of Rotherham 2016/17). RSS is working hard to reach everyone who needs its support in the area.

If this application is successful, the grant will be used towards the purchase of a 16 seat minibus for the new RSS centre. In Sheffield, the charity’s minibuses are a lifeline to many clients, for whom transport is a huge challenge. Having a minibus in Rotherham will allow people to socialise with others, and in doing so will reduce this level of isolation. One of the major issues faced by many people living with sensory loss is isolation and in turn they rarely leave their homes. Being able to operate a charity minibus service would allow more sensory impaired people to come to the new centre. This would help to reduce this level of isolation and it is well recognised that peer support alongside professional support can greatly improve a person's well-being and quality of life.

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Second Thoughts (Charity reference no: 1047257)

Second Thoughts East Yorkshire is a mental health charity formed in May 2015 because of the low levels of support in rural areas. We have supported over 250 people since we began, all across East Yorkshire. We offer a range of services.

One to One Support

Starting with an informal 1 to 1 meeting, we see what kind of support people would like and how best to provide that. Some people prefer one to one support rather than groups. We offer a series of individual support meetings if preferred. The first meeting could be on the phone, at people’s homes or at a place near them such as a cafe, a library or another public building.

Peer Group Support in ‘workshops’

We run peer groups of 4-6 people in local places across the county. Running over 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, we cover ‘confidence building’, ‘assertiveness’, ‘anxiety management’, ‘valuing your own skills’ and ‘improving communication skills’. We can also help with CVs and job searching if people feel ready for that. These are small groups of 4 - 8 people so that coming along to them isn’t too intimidating.

Minibus Project

STEY now has a minibus and running costs, so we now help people struggling with isolation and anxiety living in rural areas to access projects or services in Hull, or other places with activities including woodworking and gardening.

Self Help Groups

We have self help groups in Beverley, York and Withernsea people may wish to join. These are friendly and very informal and social in nature, with no fixed agenda.

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The Cathedral Archer Project (Charity reference no: 1064818)

The Cathedral Archer Project works with homeless adults from sleeping bag to employment and an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

We offer a warm, welcoming and safe place for them to access to food, clean clothes, medical and addiction support, activities for educational and personal benefit as well as one to one support for their personal development.

We work closely with other agencies and charities across Sheffield to ensure the best outcomes for the people that we work with.

Everyone is individual and they all received their own tailored support as and when they are ready for help or to take the next steps.

We help people to move away from homelessness through support, volunteering and employment opportunities, learning new skills and gaining self-worth.

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