Funded Projects

Music therapy for children with disabilities and neurological conditions

Neurological conditions in children: music therapy

This project supports children with disabilities and developmental delay with the aim of giving each child a better quality of life, greater independence and the opportunity to reach developmental milestone.  The children we work with have a range of conditions including autism, cerebral palsy and Down’s syndrome. 

Music Therapy, part of a wider programme given by our partner charity, is generally suitable for everyone but has shown to be of benefit to people with learning, physical or sensory disabilities, neurological conditions and speech and language impairments, including autism.

The benefits of Music Therapy are as varied as the people who use it.  Music is a social activity involving communication, sharing and listening.  As a result, children may develop a greater awareness of themselves in relation to others, increasing their confidence and self-esteem.  Music is also a great motivator and involvement in music making can assist physical awareness and develop attention, memory and concentration skills.

Homeless drop-in centre in Blackburn

Drug and alcohol addiction: Drop-in centre

The Drop In Centre in Blackburn has 600 registered users. We have seen numbers increase dramatically as the recession has deepened and more people become homeless.

Through the Drop In Centre we reach out to individuals battling to overcome drug and alcohol addiction, who have not yet engaged with specialist drug and alcohol services. They may be living on the streets, in hostels or sofa-surfing without access to healthy food. The Drop In is the first step towards a comprehensive recovery service, which is likely to include housing and move-on accommodation.

We provide a healthy freshly-cooked lunch to more than 70 people every day. For many this makes the difference between life and death. After the meal which is shared to encourage “community”, we encourage engagement in other services including outreach health services.

More formal recovery interventions provide explicit support to overcome addiction. We remain in contact with many of our service users as they move from the Drop In Centre, through rehabilitation and onto recovery and are then able to support them to begin volunteering with us.

Children's Village for orphaned children in Tanzania

Housing orphans in Tanzania

Our partner charity for this project rescues orphaned and vulnerable children in Tanzania.

We receive children into our Reception Home in Dar es Salaam where they are looked after and educated, while we search for relatives able to foster them permanently. If that is not possible, we move children to our purpose-built Children’s Village at Mkuranga where they live in family groups of 10 each with its own housemother. We aim to provide the same support and guidance that any child would experience from a family, helping them to make the right decisions about further education or vocational training to become independent, self-reliant adults.

Supporting women with postnatal illness

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.

Helping mothers with postnatal illness

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.

Radios for the Blind

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.

Radios for the blind

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.

Helping farmers beat poverty in Sri Lanka

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.

Tackling obesity in school

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.

Helping young people find jobs

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.