We started making grants in April 2012, and we’re aiming to support twelve projects within the year. Making sure our donations go to many charities, not just two or three, is the most important part of supporting a healthy charitable sector in the UK.
We’re looking for more donors all the time, because the more donors we have, the more projects we cover. Broaden your giving by joining us now, and watch this list of projects grow…
Radios for the blind
since December 2012
This project aims to help the 3,000 or so people across the UK whose sight begins to deteriorate to the point where they are no longer able to operate a standard radio, by supplying them with specially adapted radio/audio players. For people living with sight loss, radio becomes a prime source of news, information and entertainment. Sets are issued on a free loan basis to those in hardship circumstances who are unable to afford the higher cost of these modified sets. The person receiving the set will receive instruction on its use, a large-font or CD instruction manual, headphones (if required), an information pack and an undertaking to repair or replace the set if necessary.
Supporting women with postnatal illness
since December 2012
This project supports women suffering from anxiety and/or depression following the birth of one or more of their children, or who develop symptoms during pregnancy. The helpline (0117 975 6006) is open from 9.30 – 12.30 and 2.30 – 9pm Monday to Thursday. The helpline is staffed by women who have suffered from, and recovered from, perinatal illness themselves, and are trained in listening skills.
Helping farmers beat poverty in Sri Lanka
since September 2012
This project aims to reduce the level of poverty for 3,625 small-scale farmers and fisherfolk in 130 villages in Sri Lanka. A reduction in poverty will be achieved through improving access to land, seeds and coastal areas. By using groundbreaking sustainable agroecological farming techniques to restore unused land and coastal mangroves ecosystem, the diversity and yield of crops will increase and allow for greater levels of self-sufficiency and surplus selling in local markets. Partner organisations will help through the provision of training and essential inputs, such as traditional seeds, agricultural tools, healthy livestock and sustainable fisheries equipment, to increase their self-reliance and improve their nutritional intake, whilst boosting local rural economies.
Helping young people find jobs
since April 2012
Self-help educational projects for unemployed young people aged 20-25 aim to increase employability skills so that participants get off ‘Benefits’ and find worthwhile jobs. The success rate is very high; more than 1,000 have completed the project with a steady 90% finding jobs or re-training shortly afterwards.
A taught course including job interviews and CV skills is followed by fieldwork in an ecologically interesting location. This work is intensive, requiring discipline and hard work. Timekeeping and a helpful attitude are introduced so that trainees gain new skills. The benefits are borne out by the outstanding results that continue to be achieved in making young people much more ready for a working life.
Tackling obesity in schools
since April 2012
Supporting young people aged between 8 and 16 who are suffering from obesity, particularly where it affects their ability to achieve educationally, the project operates on a self-referral basis. A professionally qualified tutor liaises with pupils, parents and schools to provide support in both a one-to-one and group environment encouraging exercise and healthy eating. The results are higher attendance levels and improved educational achievement, with an outcome of increased self esteem.