The mother of an 11 year old girl who has a diagnosis of autism and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome applied to us for help to fund a weighted vest and blanket. The girl has significant difficulties with body awareness and vestibular processing which result in balance and coordination problems and many other difficulties which affect her day to day activities. Her OT's recommendation of a chain weighted blanket and weighted vest will hopefully help to relieve the agitation and anxiety she feels and improve her insomnia. ACT were very pleased to be able to make this pledge and hope that these items will be of great benefit.
£656 Pledge for Specialist Weighted Vest
£7,885 for Unique Ways
Unique Ways is a registered charity set up to support disabled children to help improve their quality of life through positive change. Their services include 1-2-1 help, guidance and signposting to essential services, resources such as training courses and sensory toys, information to ensure families are well informed, support for families to help them to cope with diagnosis and the EHC plan assessment process and influence through their associated project, Family Voice, to enable the collective voice of parent carers and their children and young people with disabilities to be heard. They currently help 1200 families with children who have a disability and their support is given irrespective of a medical diagnosis. Their application to ACT was for help to fund an upgrade of their sensory toy library to provide new sensory toys and specialist equipment. The library has proved very popular and has many benefits such as allowing parent carers to trial specific items to ensure suitability before buying. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £7,885 towards the upgrade.
£10K for Watford Workshop
Watford Workshop is a registered charity seeking to provide employment, work experience, skills development and training for people with disabilities/learning difficulties who are of working age. They train people in both independent living skills and employment related skills in areas such as assembly and packaging work, fork lift truck driving, first aid and office administration with the aim that their more able users will move on to unsupported mainstream employment. Having recently been donated a large portacabin, they approached us for funding to help them to be able to employ the necessary 4 professional trainers they needed to be able to offer additional personal development and independent living skills training (18 hours per week for up to 60 service users for 12 months). They also required materials and teaching aids. ACT were pleased to offer a pledge of £10K towards their new project.
£5K for Age Concern
Age Concern North Norfolk is an independent charity established in 1996 with the aim of promoting the quality of life of older people. Their services include a day services hub that offers a range of personal care and social activities and a choice of home cooked healthy meals, signposting and information, group activities, a befriending service with home visits and inter-generational events and visits where opportunities are created for young and older people to share experiences and to exchange knowledge and skills. They approached ACT seeking funds to upgrade and adapt their existing bathroom and toilet facilities so that they could better meet the needs of the older people they help and so that the facilities were suitable for those with mobility issues. The funding of this upgrade will improve access, remove the likelihood of injury, improve independence and reduce the need for carers or family members to risk their health when assisting. ACT were very pleased to be able to pledge £5K towards the project.
£2K for Braille Note Touch
A 28 year old lady who is registered blind, applied to us for assistance to fund a Braille Note Touch - a tablet with fully fledged Braille support. The lady who also suffers with mental health issues, is unable to use ordinary technology and this adds to the feelings she has of isolation and loneliness. Her healthcare support says this piece of equipment will "help her beyond belief" in terms of her mental health and independence and she will be able to enjoy creative writing. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £2K.
£5K for The South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre
South Wales Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre is a registered charity that provides a range of services such as physiotherapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy to people with MS. Their treatments are offered as a means to help those suffering cope with their illness and to provide relief from its symptoms. The centre also provides services to people who have suffered a stroke, have arthritic conditions, diabetes and to those who have suffered injuries such as ligament strains or limb fractures as the hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found to promote healing. They receive no government funding and are reliant on the generosity of the local community to keep going. The application to ACT was for help to fund a new Oxygen Chamber which can hold 9 people. This would significantly improve waiting times for this popular therapy and allow the centre to increase its revenue as they would be able to treat more clients. ACT's pledge of £5,000 will help them on their fundraising way.
£5K to Crossroads Care, Surrey
Crossroads Care Surrey (CCS) exists to improve the quality of life for disabled and vulnerable people living in Surrey and their volunteer carers. The charity operates 9 adult social clubs including one which is specifically available to those with dementia. They do this to help combat the feelings of isolation and loneliness felt by a vast number of older people and to provide a few hours respite to those who care for them. The clubs provide an opportunity for people with varying disabilities to engage with each other in a range of activities including baking, gardening, choir and memory and ball games for a few hours a day during most weekdays and on Saturdays. A home-made meal is always provided. CCS's application was for help with funding of equipment and resources for five of the clubs where equipment is required. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £5,000.