The North East Autism Society is the largest specialist provider of services and support for almost 400 children, young people and adults affected by autism in the region. This includes two schools, a college and enterprise centre, a supported employment programme, residential care, short-breaks, therapy and family development and support. Additionally NE-AS provide training for employers to help to create opportunities for people with autism. With increasing demand for their services, they applied to us for help to fund the build of 4 bespoke, fully accessible 4-bed lodges to provide respite care for disabled people - one will be specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with physical disabilities. The new lodges will sit alongside their existing two and will be utilised for respite and holiday lettings. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £10K.
£10K for North East Autism Society
£5,900 for Richard House Hospice
Richard House Children's Hospice in East London provides specialist care to babies, children and young adults who have life-shortening or complex health conditions such as heart failure, muscular dystrophy and cancer. Their services have been available to 300 families each year free of charge since 2000 and include; end of life care, respite breaks, pre/post bereavement support, transition support from childhood to adulthood and social activities for famililes. The application they made to ACT was for a donation to purchase medical equipment such as oxygen cylinders, oxygen masks, syringe drivers and heart rate monitors. ACT were pleased to be able help out with this vital equipment.
£3K for The Norman Laud Association
The Norman Laud Association is a registered charity based in Sutton Coldfield that provides respite care for children and young adults with special needs and support for their families. They have recently moved their childrens service to a more cost effective building and require a modern, safe and comfortable sensory room which will provide stimulation to the children as well as offering fun, stimulation and relaxation. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge £3K towards the sensory equipment they require.
£500 Pledge for Power Pack/Powered Wheelchair
We received an application from a 52 year old man who has a tumour in his spine causing him mobility issues and pains in his legs. His request was for help to fund a power pack for his manual wheelchair or a new powered wheelchair and this request was fully supported by his GP. The man struggles with his weight due to his poor mobility and the addition of a power pack to his wheelchair or a powered wheelchair will take the strain from his wife who also suffers with ill health. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a donation of £500.
£5K for Hope Kitchen
Hope Kitchen is a registered charity based on the West coast of Scotland. The charity's main aim is to empower vulnerable and marginalised individuals by providing training to give them the practical and personal skills they need to improve their health, wellbeing and independent living skills and help to enable them to gain employment and to become valuable members of the community. Hope's application to ACT was for funding towards the refurbishment of their new and larger premises which will provide kitchens, showers and laundry facilities as well as meeting space. Over the past 12 months they have supported more than 270 people living in the area and ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £5,000.
£4,800 for soft padding for Blooming Blossoms Trust
The Blooming Blossoms Trust, a registered charity since 2007, are committed to ensuring the growth and development of children from Hackney, Haringey and neighbouring boroughs who have learning disabilities, are in poverty and who face multiple challenges. Their aim is to nurture children so that they can blossom and grow and reach their full academic and social potential. Blooming Blossoms have leased a spare room in an Ofsted registered premises where they would like to offer an Occupational Therapy "haven", fully equipped with specialist equipment and led by a qualified Occupational Therapist who will work 1:1 with the children helping them to practice skills, do homework or just have fun in a safe, learning environment. The project will run for 45 weeks per year after school and on Sundays and will include free use of the equipped and supervised OT room. This will benefit many children who live in cramped conditions and who need a safe outlet after school. The application to ACT was for help to fund soft play padding for the wall and floors and ACT were pleased to be able to pledge a £4,800 donation.
£4K for Heart of Kent Hospice
Heart of Kent Hospice has been providing palliative care for adults with life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their families for 25 years. They have an Inpatient Unit that provides palliative care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and their care is free of charge and available to everyone who needs it. They applied to ACT to help fund specialist riser/recliner chairs as their existing chairs were old, worn and breaking down. ACT were pleased to be able to help with a donation of £4,400 towards the chairs which will improve patients' safety, comfort, social interaction and sense of independence as well as reducing the debilitating effects of pain, poor digestion and breathlessness.
£10K Pledge for Care Centre
Radford Care Group is a registered charity that provides support to 85 elderly people per week who are living with long-term medical conditions such as dementia, frailty and the consequences of strokes. They provide activity and exercise classes and ensure all members have a nutritious, home-cooked two course meal at lunch time in a sociable and friendly environment. They provide many other services including help and information regarding housing and home adaptations and hold friendship groups. Their members pay for their attendance through a personal budget set by Adult Social Care or privately and they are commissioned by and work in partnership with NHS Nottingham City and Nottingham CityCare to deliver their various services supporting good health in the community. The charity is currently seeking funding to construct a new purpose-built two storey centre for the community which will enable them to expand their services significantly and allow their services to cover 7 days per week. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £10K.
£500 Pledge for Specialist Bed
An application was received from the OT of a lady who has a mild learning disability following anoxic brain damage at birth. She was diagnosed with epilepsy aged 6 and her seizures are frequent and unpredictable and are unable to be fully managed by medication. Additionally the lady has arthritis and experiences pain in all her joints which has affected her mobility and transfers. She lives in her own flat and is supported by care staff in her everyday tasks. Her current bed is a standard hospital bed however this is not the most suitable for her as it is unable to have bedrails fitted and is quite narrow making it difficult for care staff to roll her when necessary. The application to ACT was for help to fund a wide hi-lo specialist bed which will provide a greater level of comfort and make life easier for her care staff. ACT were pleased to be able to pledge £500.
£4K for Bradford Toy Library and Resource Centre
Bradford Toy Library is a registered charity based in St Luke's Hospital and working alongside the Child Development Centre. They were established in 1975 as a specialist loan service of toys and equipment to children and young people 0-25 with disabilities. They have recently been working closely with a special school on a pilot project to try and access hard to reach families. The school has provided them with a room to use and they have been able to invite parents to come for a coffee morning, have their child's needs assessed and see the variety of specialist toys available for them to borrow to help their child's progress at home. All of the toys they have are staged and have different results for the individual child depending on what they need to work on and build up, i.e. language, motor skills or sensory. This pilot project has been a success and 20 families have benefited from their services. Their hope is that they will now be able to expand this scheme and work with other special schools to be able to access more children who would benefit. The request to ACT was for help to fund more toys and equipment and we were pleased to be able to pledge £4K.