Me Too & Co is an independent voluntary organisation covering the borough of Richmond Upon Thames and surrounding areas, which aims to help children with additional needs and their families. Generations helped with the purchase of specialised equipment to continue their work for the future.
The Vine Project is a charity and social enterprise that supports community based furniture and appliance reuse & recycling in Sutton, Merton and Surrey.
By collecting unwanted furniture and electrical items and redistributing them to low income residents throughout the local community they are addressing both environmental and social issues, whilst also employing members of the local community in both paid employment and voluntary activity.
Their aim is to develop and deliver an efficient, high quality and financially sustainable reuse, recycling, repair, employment, volunteering and training service that have a positive impact on local communities and the environment.
Generations has funded the refurbishment of their bus which they will use to take their project out to people so they can spread the word in the local area. They want to encourage people to recycle wherever possible, offering them the opportunity to be trained in carpentry, etc, and to let them know about their shop. There are huge areas of deprivation on some of these estates. Many suffer from very low self-esteem and see no hope in improving their situation. The intention of the outreach project is to encourage such people by teaching them new skills and giving them the opportunity to gain employment, whilst helping others in a similar situation to themselves, thus breaking the cycle of deprivation which in many cases has gone on through several generations of a family.
Phab creates opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to enjoy life together by …
Supporting a network of around 180 clubs throughout England and Wales for all age-ranges, offering activities and holidays which members can share and enjoy together.
Promoting and encouraging self-confidence and independence in young people of all abilities through a range of diverse projects.
Funding special residential breaks – inclusive experiences for disabled and non-disabled children and young people to share in a full range of adventurous outdoor activities at fully accessible activity centres offering specialist tuition.
Providing specially equipped and fully accessible holiday units at an award-winning beach site in Dorset at affordable weekly rates.
Organising national and regional events for Phab club members and supporters to enjoy together and to promote the Phab philosophy of inclusion.
The Generations Foundation has funded the set up of a new Phab club in Wimbledon Park….. Wimbledon Park Phab Christmas Party 2014
At the party we had 19 children and 6 volunteers + a special appearance from Father Christmas!
We had Martin as our DJ and as it was his 20th Birthday on that day one of our volunteers, Wendy Maxey made him some amazing fairy cakes to share.
Everyone made contributions towards the food and Santa gave out selection boxes to all of the children who came.
On the night we had 10 Phab club members, 2 children of staff (age 2 and 5) 3 new children who were visiting for the first time and 4 siblings. Three of our six volunteers at the Christmas party have special needs. (Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida.)
At the party there was a range of games, a dance contest, a tombola with toy prizes and a fun new sweetie grabbing machine which had been lent to us by a volunteer.
All of the children sat in a circle as Father Christmas handed out all the gifts. One little boy (new child) said that he had never seen Father Christmas before.
One of the families who came has recently been evicted from their home and the local authority has offered them housing in Birmingham. As the family have a child with ASD and anxiety issues who is settled at school, they do not want to uproot the family. They are staying temporarily with a friend in a 2 bedroom house with another family of 5. The whole family enjoyed our party and the children’s faces were so happy during the evening. All of the parents thanked us for the party and for giving their children this inclusive opportunity every fortnight.
Thank you Generations Foundation for making this event possible.
Regenerate is a small charity based on the Alton Estate in Roehampton working with children, young people and their families facing issues such as poverty, unemployment, additions, crime and other complex issues. Many of the young people we work with are not in education or employment. Regenerate also works in surrounding housing estates. For the past 12 years Regenerate have provided opportunities to empower young people to make positive changes in their lives and in the lives of others through relationships and creative initiatives. Regenerate reaches approximately 200 children a week through it’s various projects.Those projects include:
Annual trips for young people to Africa and Romania to work on charitable projects
Weekly access to a music and creative arts studio
Entrepreneurial, creative and teen mentoring groups
Work skills training
Various weekly sports clubs
Drop-in Centre “The Juice Bar” where children are surrounded by positive role models
Mobile youth club in the shape of the Bus Project which visits several council estates in the area on a weekly basis
Regenerate aims to help children and young people:
Raise life aspirations
Make healthy food and life choices
Make a positive contribution to society
The generosity of the Generations Trust has touched the lives of many children and families. They are currently supporting Regenerate by providing funding for the Bus Project Co-ordinator and increasing the level of staffing in the Juice Bar, thus enabling the drop-in centre to be open and accessible more often. Without this support, essential areas of Regenerate would most certainly have ceased to exist.
Click on this link to see a recent report from Regenerate on the work they have been able to do thanks to donations from The Generations Foundation
Whizz-kidz is a charity that provides mobility equipment to disabled children and young people in the UK in the aim to give them a chance to lead a more independent life and give them the right equipment, advice and training at the right time. A donation from Generations helped to provide more customised equipment for children.
Merton Mencap is a local, registered charity which provides services and activities for children, young people and adults with a learning disability and their family carers in Merton. The key element of all their services and activities is to help people to build confidence and a sense of self worth, so that they feel more independent, more valued and more in control of what they do. At the same time, their services provide much needed breaks from caring for families, enabling them to have time to themselves. Generations are currently working with Merton Mencap on The Generations Club, a weekend club for young people with a learning disability, during which Merton Mencap will deliver life-skills training and education to help prepare them for adult life. For example, the staff will support the young people to shop for, prepare and cook a healthy meal themselves and eat it together. They will also provide routine health screening and fun, interactive health education sessions. Their outings into the community will expand their life experiences and will be chosen and planned by the young people themselves. These will include visits to the local gym, swimming pools and sponsored walks.
IT for Children’s Hospitals – The charity bringing technology to hospitalized and disadvantaged children. The aim of this charity is to provide all children and young people who are sick, disabled or underprivileged with access to ICT, empowering them to maintain contact with their mainstream schools, families and friends, and thus help them to continue their education, develop key life skills and make their hospital stay more fun. Generations have helped fund IT provision at three of its local hospitals – St. George’s, Tooting; St. Helier and The Royal Marsden via this charity.
The Calvert Trust is a charity which provides activity breaks for disabled people, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through the challenge of outdoor adventure in the countryside. Generations made donations to enable children from London to visit their centre in Exmoor.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Percy Hedley Foundation’s nursery, schools and residential services meet the needs of children with cerebral palsy, children with hearing or visual impairments and children with speech, language and communication difficulties. One of the members of Generations has had close links with the school over many years. Generations have paid for a powered wheelchair to enable children at the school to take part in sports which otherwise would not be accessible.
Small Steps is a charity based in Putney which works with children under 4 who have a significant motor disorder such as cerebral palsy and/or a genetic disorder affecting their motor ability. The approach is based on principles of conductive education and is holistic. The programme primarily focuses on learning new physical skills, but also encompasses social skills, communication skills, sensory skills and educational learning. Generations have donated enough to support two children each for one year.
The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice provides care, support and advice for children and young people with life-limiting conditions and their families. These care services are offered free of charge to families, 365 days a year across the western half of London and north Surrey.The care services are based around the needs of the whole family, so as well as caring for the children and young people, there are activities for siblings and support groups for parents and grandparents. This makes a real difference to families who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances – helping them live life to the full by providing opportunities for fun and laughter, as well as helping them through the tougher times.Families benefit from Shooting Star’s care services in the community, in their own homes and at Shooting Star House, the purpose-built facility based in Hampton, Middlesex. These services include Short Breaks, Outreach Care, Day Care, Family Support and Therapies and End of Life Care.It costs £3.5 million every year (£9,500 a day) to maintain these care services and with no long-term statutory funding, the majority of this comes from voluntary donations.
Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust
c/o New Wimbledon Theatre
SW19 1QG www.wctt.org.uk
is an independent charitable trust whose primary aim is to help young people in our local community, especially those with some form of disadvantage.facilitates exciting and innovative theatre education projects for our local community by improving access to performing arts for children and young people, focussing on those of secondary school age, those with special needs and those experiencing economic disadvantage.projects are designed to reach those in our local community who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theatre. We provide young people with a safe, secure and supportive environment in which they can develop their creativity, grow in confidence and learn how to relate to people from a range of backgrounds.
Merton Early Support
Cricket Green Poly Clinic
Merton Early Support are part of the Portage, Early Support and Targeted inclusion Team, which are part of the newly formed Integrated Services for children with Disabilities. The Early Support service aims to support parents of children aged 0 – 6 years with disabilities, by providing a keyworker to help provide support, information and co-ordinate services for these families. Through these contacts, Generations has helped numerous local families in many different ways; from purchasing white goods, to holidays, and everything in between.
Target TB’s vision is a world free from TB and its mission is to address the health, social and economic impact of the global TB epidemic amongst vulnerable and marginalised groups. They currently work with local partners in 7 countries across Africa and Asia with some of the highest TB burdens in the world.Despite being considered a disease of the past, tuberculosis, alongside malaria and HIV/AIDS, is one of the world’s biggest killers, with 9 million new cases emerging every year.In 2003 the World Health Organization declared TB ‘a global emergency’. In the same year Target TB was set up as a direct response.
Velocity Wheelchair Racing Club was formed in 1999 with 3 athletes, 2 coaches and 2 assistants. The aim of the club is to encourage as many people with varying disabilities to take part in physical activities as possible.Since the club’s first AGM in 1999 it has gone from strength to strength with an increase in athletes to 12. Velocity Wheelchair Racing Club provides children and adults with mobility equipment, training, advice and life skills, we actually give them something much more important; the independence to be themselves. We make an immediate and life changing difference to their lives and their families by giving them the right training to enable them to get fit, strong and increase their confidence.
With the support and help from The Generations Foundation we have been able to buy customised sporting equipment for five club members. You can follow their success on our club website http://www.velocityracers.co.uk.
Here is the profile of the most recent people that benefited from support from Generations:
Tushar Patel is an elite wheelchair athlete who has represented Great Britain at International Level at major championships and ranks within the top 20 in the world. Generations provided the funding so that Tushar could travel to Australia to take part in an important competition in early 2008 which would count towards to Olympics in Beijing. Tushar Patel has now training for London 2012.
To all at Generations,
In 2009 Jack Binstead a talented young wheelchair athlete who despite his condition was living his dreams training six days a week so one day he would be able to race for his country in an Olympic Games. Unfortunately Jack’s career was in jeopardy because his racing funds had become so tight it was hard to afford to travel around the country every other week competing in events.
The £3,000 donation from The Generations Foundation means Jack can continue his quest for success, with the knowledge there is money to fall back on when times are hard.
At the time of the donation Jack was previously turned down from two other companies due to the recession. At only 12 years old Jack took it to heart thinking they didn’t feel he was worth backing, which left him at a low point. When Jack heard of Generation kind donation Jack was absolutely delighted and straight away put him back on track knowing someone believed in him.
Almost a year on the funds have contributed to racing in the UK and Switzerland.
2010 has become the most successful year since he started in January 2006 with titles of London Mini Marathon & many new track personal bests.
With the kind donation from The Generations Foundation it has provided a better quality of life for Jack. Not many 13 year old kids able or disabled can say they have found a sport they are naturally talented at, who have met many famous people and been to some fantastic places.
Jack has so much determination and he will not give up until he has achieved his goals, he is a true inspiration to us all.
CHASE hospice care for children provides nursing, practical and emotional support to families with children who are not expected to reach their 19th birthday across South West London, Surrey and Sussex.CHASE care and support is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost to the families, and is provided at home or at Christopher’s, the CHASE children’s hospice.The life-limited young people CHASE supports suffer from a wide variety of conditions that are sometimes genetic, sometimes sudden, and often progressively degenerative. CHASE offers specialist pediatric palliative care, including planned and emergency short breaks and holistic support, which helps strengthen families and allows them to give their children the best time for living, however long that might be.This practical and emotional support is provided by a multi-disciplined and specially trained team of professionals. It complements existing services from the NHS, Social Services and other voluntary organisations.
Since 1982, Brainwave has sought to provide interventions for children with disabilities and special needs which promote greater independence and developmental milestones. It has achieved this by offering a unique package of provision which enables parents to practice a daily routine of exercises and stimulation at home with their disabled child. This not only helps the children achieve their potential, it also brings a great sense of achievement and fulfillment to the parents and carers, who maybe for the first time, are equipped to play an active and informed role in their child’s progress.
Brainwave is totally reliant on voluntary contributions and relies therefore on the generosity of trusts and other donors to fund its programmes. The Generations Foundation has supported the purchase of therapy equipment for use in the homes, has funded assessments of the children at the Charity’s three Centres in Essex, Somerset and Cheshire and helped to maintain its hydrotherapy pool, which is such an effective facility for children with severe physical disabilities.
Perseid is a day school for learners aged between two and nineteen who have severe learning difficulties and associated physical, sensory or development disabilities, including learners with a dual diagnosis of severe learning difficulties and autism. A donation was given by Generations to the school to provide equipment such as switches, musical instruments, PE equipment and books for their library. Another further donation was given to renovate their Multi Sensory room as it had been damaged by flooding.
Generations continues to support the Youth Cancer Trust in their work, funding free holidays for young cancer patients from all over the UK at Tracy Ann House in Bournemouth. More recently Generations have contributed to their current project to extend the house to accommodate more children and re-plumb their antiquated system.
Demelza offers children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Kent, London and East Sussex a huge variety of services to make life just that little bit easier. These services include hospice at home care, emergency respite, planned short breaks, symptom control, end of life care and bereavement support. Generations helped towards the funding for extra music therapy sessions for the children and their families and contributed towards a lift installation at the new hospice which, when opened, will be able to serve an additional 380 children with life limiting conditions across London.
Action for Kids
15A Tottenham Lane
N8 9DJTel: 020 8347 8111
Fax: 020 8347 3482 www.actionforkids.org
AFK’s mission is to help physically and learning disabled children and young people and their families find a greater level of independence and opportunity, through the provision of appropriate aid and support. They do this through a programme of services:
Mobility equipment to help provide independent movement
Work Related Learning to help provide access to employment, Further Education, and alternative career opportunities
Family Support Services to provide information, support and advocacy
Independent Living, teaching domestic and other practical skills
The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths is the UK’s leading baby charity aiming to prevent unexpected deaths in infancy and promote infant health. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or ‘cot death’ as it is commonly known, is the main cause of death in babies over one month old and claims more lives than meningitis, leukemia and other forms of cancer combined. Through its work FSID aims to facilitate research; ensure new parents receive life-saving infant care advice; train professionals; provide bereaved families with the specialist support they need; and improve investigations when a baby does die. They deliver a range of specialist support services such as a freephone Helpline, one-to-one Befrienders, Family Days Out and the Care of the Next Infant (CONI) programme.
Since formation, The Child Care Action Trust has helped more than seven hundred disabled children, living in the United Kingdom (some many times), by the provision of many other forms of equipment and facilities such as Conductive Education, to provide relief for these children, that are not freely available from the health service, social services or affordable by their families.This equipment, that makes such a difference, includes walking frames, special needs garden swings, electric wheelchairs, special needs beds, text communication aids for children unable to speak, special support “second skin” suits and visual activity equipment to help children with learning disabilities.
From its early beginnings, founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan, Macmillan Cancer Support has grown to become the largest cancer care and support charity in the UK.They are a source of support, helping with all the things that people affected by cancer want and need. It’s not only patients who live with cancer, they also help carers, families and communities. They guide people through the system, supporting them every step of the way. They fund nurses and other specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres. But they give so much more than medical help. People need practical support at home, so they provide anything from some precious time off for a carer, to a lift to hospital. People need emotional support, so they listen, advise and share information though their cancer support specialists, website and trained professionals. People need financial help to cope with the extra costs cancer can bring, so they give benefits advice, and grants for anything from heating bills to travel costs.Generations has made a number of donations for local Macmillan services, most recently to help fund the new Macmillan Cancer Information and Support service at St. George’s Hospital in Tooting.
St. Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester
PO19 8FP www.stwh.co.uk
Generations made a donation to St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester in recognition of the help they gave to a friend of the family.St Wilfrid’s Hospice has been in Chichester since 1987 and over the years has grown in size developing the services provided. It is now a 14 bed (with en-suites) inpatient unit with day care facilities, an education unit, a hospice at home service, and nurse specialist based in the community. It relies on the generosity and support of volunteers and donors alike with only 15% of its income coming from the NHS. The other 85% of the income is generated from fundraising and retail.
The Jennifer Trust
Stratford upon Avon
CV37 0AQ www.jtsma.org.uk
The Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the only national charity in the UK dedicated both to supporting people affected by SMA, and investing in essential research into causes, treatments and eventually a cure for the condition.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a condition that affects the nerves in an area of the spinal cord called the anterior horn. These nerve cells become damaged, breaking the link between the brain and the muscles. As a result, the muscles can’t be used and become wasted or atrophied.
Scope is a charity that supports disabled people and their families.Its vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.They work with disabled people on the issues that are most important to them and aim to raise awareness, change attitudes and influence government policy.They support disabled people and their families through practical information and support, particularly at the time of diagnosis and in a child’s early years.They offer a range of services for disabled children and adults, which are primarily focused on those whose complex support needs are not met elsewhere.
B2, Speldhurst Business Park
TN3 0AQ www.3hfund.org.uk
3H Fund is a charity that makes it possible for disabled people, children and adults, to have memorable and fulfilling holidays. Thanks to valued and continuous contributions from grant giving trusts, the business community and individuals, they are able to subsidise a range of group holidays for physically disabled people accompanied by volunteer carers.Not only are they able to give the disabled person a chance to have a unique and enjoyable experience, the carer or family of that person also gets a break from the routine of caring. This is what makes 3H Fund such a popular charity and why their guests come back year after year.In addition, when funds are available, they provide grants to families on low income with a physically or mentally disabled dependant to have a modest holiday in the UK.
Alström Syndrome is a rare, heritable disorder described by CH Alström in Sweden in 1959.Eye and heart problems are often the first symptoms to appear. During the first few weeks of life a number of babies collapse with congenital heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy. Early treatment is often successful and babies appear to recover.Babies and young children gain weight quickly despite healthy diets and obesity is a great problem. A large percentage of children develop Diabetes Type Two. Hearing loss can occur at any age. Urological problems can develop in the teenage years. Alström Syndrome is wide ranging and also can cause a number of other problems affecting the liver, kidneys and cause gastrointestinal problems.The charity has 3 key aims:
To help people with Alström Syndrome to provide support for them, their carers and the professionals who are working with them
To raise awareness amongst both the public and medical professions of Alström Syndrome
To raise funds to promote research into Alström Syndrome
Swanage Hospital in Dorset is a busy environment with twenty-one out-patient clinics, radiography, minor injuries, theatre, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and the ward. Improvements were badly needed for their ward office, where the senior sister sees all visitors and discusses the needs of the patients with their family or carer. With the help of Generations, this project can move further and the ward office enlarged and made a more comfortable and welcoming area.
Cherished Memories, a local charity, organises special events for children who are terminally ill or severely disabled in the south-east of the UK. These special days could be anything from a limousine ride to meeting their favourite football team. These events are recorded on camera and by photograph, so the family can look back and recall their own cherished memories. Generations provided funding towards a family’s special day.
St Raphael’s Hospice in Sutton, Surrey delivers ‘end of life’ care to over 300 in-patients, and in the last year alone, 3,700 home visits and 1550 day care attendances were recorded. Along with providing symptom control, respite and terminal care, there is a ten -strong palliative care team who visit the patients‘ homes and provide a huge variety of services. Generations’ donation helped to ensure their invaluable work can continue.
STEM4 is a charity aimed at improving teenage mental health by stemming commonly occurring mental health issues at an early stage.The charity was founded by Dr Nihara Krause who is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist based on the knowledge that a difference can be made in early identification of serious and often long lasting mental health problems such as alcohol abuse or an eating disorder by providing people with information on recognising early warning signs and symptoms as well as by providing effective strategies in halting these conditions early. Emphasis on the early identification of mental health conditions is backed by recent Government initiatives and is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence in the UK.Young people have just as much right to accessing facts about promoting good mental health as they do good physical health, and yet there is a lack of accurate information available on mental health issues, embarrassment or social stigma, and confusion about what may be normal development versus the development of an early mental health issue.
Clic Sargent reaches out to and helps hundreds of children and their families who are affected by cancer. Not only by offering clinical care, but offering families financial help, housing so the families can stay near to their child during treatment, help-lines for constant advice, and employ play specialists to distract the children from the often frightening procedures and to create a sense of normality on the ward through activities and fun. A donation from Generations helped the staff to continue to deliver this excellent service to the children and their families.
Generations have been working with local charities and social services and borough councils in the South-West of London. Through these links, Generations were able to help families with children who have special needs or life-limiting illnesses by providing funding for specialised equipment and school trips and play schemes with their friends.
Young and Free
International Refugee Trust
Colour House Children’s Theatre
Footsteps for Africa
King’s College Hospital Charity
The David Lewis Centre
Royal Hospital of Neuro-Disability
Malmesbury Primary School
Douglas Bader Foundation
Jay Cubbins Appeal Fund
Carers’ Support Merton
Kingsley Primary School
Children in Crisis
The Rainbow Centre
Children First Foundation
The Children’s Trust
The Tusk Trust
Get Kids Going
National Blind Children’s Society
Jack Brown Appeal
Children In Need
Scottish Seabird Centre
Kids Care London
Happy Days Charity
Christmas gifts for homeless children in the London Borough of Wandsworth