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Express Tuition Ltd
Other

We offer after-school tuition to disadvantaged children in primary and secondary school. We aim to ensure that all children are being offered a real learning experience where they can be heard as an individual. Our main objective is to teach children the skills they need to engage with the curriculum and strengthen their confidence. We also provide free sports activities and free ESOL lessons to help disadvantaged people overcome barriers, be more active and productive members of the society.Why the community needs usOur impact on the community

Expiry date: 7/16/21

Mission length: Long-term

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Hurst Bowling Club
Online fundraising campaign delivery

The Club aims to promote a cohesive society through a sport and leisure activity that allows male and female of all ages and physical abilities to compete in a social atmosphere. Our Community Project enables the very elderly and those adults with additional needs to participate and interact with each other playing the game.Why the community needs usThe number of older people in our population is increasing. It is important to keep our older citizens active and engaged in a social atmosphere which fosters mutual support. Marginalised members of our community are given the opportunity of conversation, friendship and activity at our club. We are also maintaining an historic amenity which dates back to beyond 1747.Our impact on the communityMore special interest groups have heard of our activity (eg. Parkinsons and Alzheimer)and have asked to join our community group. It helps more people, particularly the over 50s, to stay active and socially connected.

Strategy

Fundraising

Income Generation

Sales

Expiry date: 11/10/21

Mission length: Long-term

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Bath Carnival
Social Media

Bath Carnival is a non-profit organisation delivering an annual community project for children, young people & adults living in B&NES. We provide free workshops in costume making, music and dance to schools, homeless charities, disability groups, special needs schools and community groups. The project culminates in a free outdoor event in the heart of Bath celebrating the diversity of B&NES with workshop participants performing in a huge colourful carnival procession and free festival in a park.Why the community needs usOur impact on the community

Expiry date: 8/17/21

Mission length: Short-term

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Fletcher's Fund
Online fundraising strategy

My husband and I are the supremely proud parents of Fletcher. Fletcher sadly died in March 2017 of a type of childhood cancer, so rare it did not even have a name. He was just about to turn 2 when he died. He was beautiful, enigmatic toddler, one that would leave an impact on a person, even after a brief meeting. He is loved and missed beyond measure. He lives on, though, through his legacy, Fletcher's Fund – a registered charity (charity number 1172985) that my husband and I, friends and family decided to set up in his memory. Our mission is to enable families to make memories together through play and having fun. This will also enable the children and their families to experience precious moments of ‘normality’, which are too often taken for granted by most of us.  We provide grants to families affected by childhood cancer to enable them to buy play equipment or fund days out with their children. We also provide the play teams in the Children’s Oncology wards in Leeds Children’s Hospital (where Fletcher was treated), Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with Arts and Crafts bags to be given to children in isolation.  We make around 10 grants of £100 a month, and this is growing every month. We work throughout England and Wales, and have just applied for Scottish registration.  Since receiving official charitable status from the Charity Commission on 11 May 2017, we have made over 150 grants to families of children with cancer throughout England and Wales – over £15,000 made in charitable donations to these families. The families have used their grants for days out to zoos, country parks, photography shoots, to buy garden play equipment and even – one young man - to eat in a Michelin Star restaurant! The feedback from the families is wonderful, and we are reaching more and more families as awareness grows of Fletcher’s Fund. The biggest project to date is Isolation Arts and Crafts Bags. Fletcher spent an awful lot of time in isolation in hospital, and upon founding the charity, we knew that we wanted to work with the Paediatric Oncology Wards to help support the provision of the play teams, who were vital to care Fletcher received. I met with the play team on ward 31, Leeds Children Hospital (where Fletcher was looked after) and together we devised the idea of producing Arts and Craft bags to give to children when they are in isolation. Isolated children cannot leave their room and cannot have too many visitors (if any). The bags are full of the usual Arts and Crafts items, as well as a craft kit and book for the child and a set of headphones, a notebook, and a biro pen for the parents. The bags have a budget of £10 each and are split into 4 ages ranges and are packed with appropriate items, according to the childhood development stages. The idea is to provide Art Therapy to the child to alleviate boredom, and to be used a distraction tool whilst undergoing treatment. The project was launched on Wards 31 (Paediatric Oncology ward) and ward 33 (Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit) in Leeds Children Hospital in September 2017 and then launched into Ward 4 (Paediatric Oncology ward) and Ward 3 (Paediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit) in Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle in January 2018 and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Ward 84 in January 2019. To date we have donated 1025 bags to the three units, The hope is to expand this project into other Paediatric Oncology Units until they are working in all 18 units in England, Wales and Scotland. We recently expanded the bag project to create Sensory and Heuristic Bags for small babies receiving stem and bone marrow transplants. This is currently a bespoke project for Leeds whilst they (and us!) trial it to see if it is beneficial. The bags themselves are made from oilcloth as they had to be wipeable, and the contents are all either able to be cleaned thoroughly or used once and thrown away. This is due to the very high levels of infection control that we have to stick to, due to the patients being so young, and having no immune system at all. The contents are all sensory and heuristic in their nature. (Heuristic items involve the children / babies exploring a variety of natural and household items independently). We currently have 5 bags being trialled in Leeds Children Hospital, Ward 32, with the idea being that they will keep the bags and what contents they can, and we will replenish the other contents as needed. If it is successful, we will look to roll it out to other units. Each bag cost £15. We then developed Teenager Bags – Boredom Buster Bags. These are for children and young people from 13-18 years of age; and promote both art therapy and self-care. Unlike the other bag projects, these are gendered as we had to be aware of the self-care needs of the young men and women receiving them. Each bag costs £20. Fletcher’s Fund is a small charity – run by 5 dedicated trustees and a small team of hardworking volunteers – all making up Team Fletcher. We have small overheads; and are committed to keeping overheads as low as possible and to be as transparent as possible. We are dedicated to spending every penny wisely and to giving each and every family they help they personal touch. Every family we help matters to Fletcher’s Fund, and we often go on to develop a long-lasting relationship with the family. We consistently go above and beyond to help and assist the families as much as possible. We are a small charity, but we are mighty and have huge ambitions to help as many kids with cancer as possible throughout the whole of the UK, to really make a difference to every child with cancer, and to support all 18 paediatric oncology wards in the country. We also have plans to set up support groups, both face to face, and online to support the mental health of the families. I cannot tell you how much your support would mean. It would, without a shadow of doubt, be truly wonderful and would enable us to continue our work. Not only to raise money, but to help raise our profile to enable us to make an even bigger difference.  Every single penny matters to us, and we are incredibly appreciative and grateful for every amount of money that is donated, for all the donations we receive and all the support we get.  We are actively looking for businesses to work with to help us with sponsorship, fundraising, awareness raising and publicity. Being a small charity means that we can work with businesses in a variety of ways, being as hands on as you like. We are always happy to meet with businesses to tell our story and plan ways to work together. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to read about us! More information can be found, should you want it, at www.facebook.com/teamfletcherf or www.fletchersfund.org.uk. We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. With warm regardsLeanne     

Expiry date: 7/1/21

Mission length: Long-term

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Nu FOCUS Education CIC
Administration

We aim to improve the lives of young people and their families through the use of recreational and educational activities and workshops. We are striving to create a safe, secure indoor urban sport centre for BMX, Skateboarding, Skating, roller skating, scootering and urban action sports that is sustainable. We provide a safe place for YP to have fun, grow their self esteem, confidence, skills enabling them to make a positive social contribution to their community.Why the community needs usWe attract participation from the surrounding towns and villages but focus on the Bedfordshire area to ensure we provide relevant recreational roller sport activities and educational workshops and training. We do sports and educational training sessions in social enterprise, carpentry and cycle mechanics and hope to continue expand and develop our offer to the local community.Our impact on the communityWe have delivered over 1,500 hours of training for children and young people, producing 15 qualified roller sport instructors and junior instructors. Our efforts have seen us develop the first roller sport strategy in the region and with an active membership of over 1000 we now deliver across the week and weekend with a view to now establishing our own facility.

Communications

Governance

HR

Administration

Expiry date: 11/18/21

Mission length: Short-term

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Nu FOCUS Education CIC
Marketing

We aim to improve the lives of young people and their families through the use of recreational and educational activities and workshops. We are striving to create a safe, secure indoor urban sport centre for BMX, Skateboarding, Skating, roller skating, scootering and urban action sports that is sustainable. We provide a safe place for YP to have fun, grow their self esteem, confidence, skills enabling them to make a positive social contribution to their community.Why the community needs usWe attract participation from the surrounding towns and villages but focus on the Bedfordshire area to ensure we provide relevant recreational roller sport activities and educational workshops and training. We do sports and educational training sessions in social enterprise, carpentry and cycle mechanics and hope to continue expand and develop our offer to the local community.Our impact on the communityWe have delivered over 1,500 hours of training for children and young people, producing 15 qualified roller sport instructors and junior instructors. Our efforts have seen us develop the first roller sport strategy in the region and with an active membership of over 1000 we now deliver across the week and weekend with a view to now establishing our own facility.

Marketing

Communications

PR

Expiry date: 11/18/21

Mission length: Advice/Skillshare

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Men’s Minds Matter CIC
Finance / Accounting

Men's Minds Matter is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide by building psychological flexibility and developing emotional growth. We are passionate about reducing suicide rates through the development and provision of psychological interventions that prevent suicide. Men's Minds Matter was founded on values of balance and equality for all people and we are committed to shedding light on overlooked and neglected areas in mental health. Our mission is to develop psychological interventions that prevent suicide, and to make these accessible to the people most at risk, with the aim of saving lives. We do this through our website where we offer self-help support to people at risk of suicide and for concerned others. Suicide is a significant global public health concern, resulting in over 800,000 deaths per year. It is the leading cause of death for men under 45 but still accounts for similar proportions in older men. Men make up three quarters of all suicides in the UK and globally. Why the community needs us We focus on making evidence based psychological information and support accessible via digital content. Our work is underpinned by a model of intervention based on Dr Luke's work in NHS crisis services where he provides psychological interventions to people with a high risk of suicide. Our mission is to make these interventions available to the 72% of suicides which occur outside of the NHS. We want to: improve awareness and understanding of suicide and how gender interplays; improve access to evidence-based practices that prevent suicide; increase the number of men in crisis accessing therapy/support; and train as many people as possible in suicide-prevention skills. Our impact on the community We raise awareness of male suicide by consistently providing accurate and scientifically-driven content via our website and social media platforms which are accessed globally. We specialise in developing psychological interventions that prevent suicide - drawing from psychological theory, evidence-based practices & clinical experience of working with people who are suicidal. Our aim is to guide people safely through crises by providing specialist self-help material, developing a web-based app and crisis cards, offering online workshops and building a community of support for people in need. How do we use the money we raise through our fundraisers? MMM is a Community Interested Company limited by guarantee. This structure ensures that the money we raise is used for the community we serve (people at risk of suicide). MMM has been run by volunteers since 2011. We use the money we raise to further develop our focus of developing interventions. The projects we are currently working on include:1) Web-based app – our most ambitious project involves translating our intervention into a web-based app2) Crisis cards – these crisis cards will include advice and guidance for people who are suicidal or in crisis3) On-going production of online self-help content 4) Video production for online self-help contact5) Workshop development - focus on developing the ability of communities to support people who are suicidal6) Leaflets and posters to raise awareness of suicide  We use money raised to progress these interventions and to bring in the skills we need to make them a reality. Your support means we can have a big impact on suicide and with the financial support we can do this work much faster in order to make specialist knowledge available to more people who need it.

Fundraising

Accounting

Expiry date: 11/30/21

Mission length: Advice/Skillshare

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Men’s Minds Matter CIC
Grants / Corporate Sponsorship

Men's Minds Matter is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide by building psychological flexibility and developing emotional growth. We are passionate about reducing suicide rates through the development and provision of psychological interventions that prevent suicide. Men's Minds Matter was founded on values of balance and equality for all people and we are committed to shedding light on overlooked and neglected areas in mental health. Our mission is to develop psychological interventions that prevent suicide, and to make these accessible to the people most at risk, with the aim of saving lives. We do this through our website where we offer self-help support to people at risk of suicide and for concerned others. Suicide is a significant global public health concern, resulting in over 800,000 deaths per year. It is the leading cause of death for men under 45 but still accounts for similar proportions in older men. Men make up three quarters of all suicides in the UK and globally. Why the community needs us We focus on making evidence based psychological information and support accessible via digital content. Our work is underpinned by a model of intervention based on Dr Luke's work in NHS crisis services where he provides psychological interventions to people with a high risk of suicide. Our mission is to make these interventions available to the 72% of suicides which occur outside of the NHS. We want to: improve awareness and understanding of suicide and how gender interplays; improve access to evidence-based practices that prevent suicide; increase the number of men in crisis accessing therapy/support; and train as many people as possible in suicide-prevention skills. Our impact on the community We raise awareness of male suicide by consistently providing accurate and scientifically-driven content via our website and social media platforms which are accessed globally. We specialise in developing psychological interventions that prevent suicide - drawing from psychological theory, evidence-based practices & clinical experience of working with people who are suicidal. Our aim is to guide people safely through crises by providing specialist self-help material, developing a web-based app and crisis cards, offering online workshops and building a community of support for people in need. How do we use the money we raise through our fundraisers? MMM is a Community Interested Company limited by guarantee. This structure ensures that the money we raise is used for the community we serve (people at risk of suicide). MMM has been run by volunteers since 2011. We use the money we raise to further develop our focus of developing interventions. The projects we are currently working on include:1) Web-based app – our most ambitious project involves translating our intervention into a web-based app2) Crisis cards – these crisis cards will include advice and guidance for people who are suicidal or in crisis3) On-going production of online self-help content 4) Video production for online self-help contact5) Workshop development - focus on developing the ability of communities to support people who are suicidal6) Leaflets and posters to raise awareness of suicide  We use money raised to progress these interventions and to bring in the skills we need to make them a reality. Your support means we can have a big impact on suicide and with the financial support we can do this work much faster in order to make specialist knowledge available to more people who need it.

Fundraising

Income Generation

Sales

Expiry date: 11/30/21

Mission length: Advice/Skillshare

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Wild Elements
Fundraising

If you care about nature, people, children and communities, you've found the right Local Giving page! Wild Elements is a grass roots, not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to getting people outdoors and connecting them to nature, improving their lives, opportunities and aspirations. We promote nature to enrich human life and facilitate personal development, and focus much of our work towards children, families, people and communities most in need. Since March 2013 to 31 December 2019, we have connected 33,547 children and 20,104 adults with nature, held a minimum of 1,679 nature connection events and helped people obtain almost 300 qualifications over 188 training programmes and helped people into work and higher education. We have delivered 489 outdoor education programmes to primary and secondary schools, 279 of these in 2018 and 2019! Am wybodaeth yng Nghymreag, ewch i www.elfennaugwyllt.org.uk. (for information in Welsh)Why the community needs usWild Elements provides volunteering and employability opportunities, accredited and non-accredited training programmes, STEM programmes, Job Club, Gardening for Well-being Club, environmental improvements, outdoor learning spaces, professional mentoring and CPD. We work with schools, community and youth groups, assisted living housing, third-sector organisations, public bodies and children with care experience, young carers, and young offenders.Our impact on the communityWe are hugely pleased with our impact! Between 2013 and 2019, Wild Elements connected over 53,651 people with nature through our events and activities. Volunteers and people undertaking training with us have increased their skills, improved their lives, built long-lasting friendships and entered college, university, employment, further training and volunteering. Our over 16s training programme surveys show 100% increased their skills, well-being, confidence, job prospects and teamworking skills.

Fundraising

Income Generation

Sales

Expiry date: 12/31/21

Mission length: Short-term

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Wild Elements
Online fundraising strategy

If you care about nature, people, children and communities, you've found the right Local Giving page! Wild Elements is a grass roots, not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to getting people outdoors and connecting them to nature, improving their lives, opportunities and aspirations. We promote nature to enrich human life and facilitate personal development, and focus much of our work towards children, families, people and communities most in need. Since March 2013 to 31 December 2019, we have connected 33,547 children and 20,104 adults with nature, held a minimum of 1,679 nature connection events and helped people obtain almost 300 qualifications over 188 training programmes and helped people into work and higher education. We have delivered 489 outdoor education programmes to primary and secondary schools, 279 of these in 2018 and 2019! Am wybodaeth yng Nghymreag, ewch i www.elfennaugwyllt.org.uk. (for information in Welsh)Why the community needs usWild Elements provides volunteering and employability opportunities, accredited and non-accredited training programmes, STEM programmes, Job Club, Gardening for Well-being Club, environmental improvements, outdoor learning spaces, professional mentoring and CPD. We work with schools, community and youth groups, assisted living housing, third-sector organisations, public bodies and children with care experience, young carers, and young offenders.Our impact on the communityWe are hugely pleased with our impact! Between 2013 and 2019, Wild Elements connected over 53,651 people with nature through our events and activities. Volunteers and people undertaking training with us have increased their skills, improved their lives, built long-lasting friendships and entered college, university, employment, further training and volunteering. Our over 16s training programme surveys show 100% increased their skills, well-being, confidence, job prospects and teamworking skills.

Fundraising

Income Generation

Sales

Expiry date: 12/31/21

Mission length: Long-term

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Express Tuition Ltd
Other

We offer after-school tuition to disadvantaged children in primary and secondary school. We aim to ensure that all children are being offered a real learning experience where they can be heard as an individual. Our main objective is to teach children the skills they need to engage with the curriculum and strengthen their confidence. We also provide free sports activities and free ESOL lessons to help disadvantaged people overcome barriers, be more active and productive members of the society.Why the community needs usOur impact on the community

Expiry date: 16/07/2021

Mission length: Long-term

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Hurst Bowling Club
Online fundraising campaign delivery

The Club aims to promote a cohesive society through a sport and leisure activity that allows male and female of all ages and physical abilities to compete in a social atmosphere. Our Community Project enables the very elderly and those adults with additional needs to participate and interact with each other playing the game.Why the community needs usThe number of older people in our population is increasing. It is important to keep our older citizens active and engaged in a social atmosphere which fosters mutual support. Marginalised members of our community are given the opportunity of conversation, friendship and activity at our club. We are also maintaining an historic amenity which dates back to beyond 1747.Our impact on the communityMore special interest groups have heard of our activity (eg. Parkinsons and Alzheimer)and have asked to join our community group. It helps more people, particularly the over 50s, to stay active and socially connected.

Strategy

Fundraising

Income Generation

Sales

Expiry date: 10/11/2021

Mission length: Long-term

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Bath Carnival
Social Media

Bath Carnival is a non-profit organisation delivering an annual community project for children, young people & adults living in B&NES. We provide free workshops in costume making, music and dance to schools, homeless charities, disability groups, special needs schools and community groups. The project culminates in a free outdoor event in the heart of Bath celebrating the diversity of B&NES with workshop participants performing in a huge colourful carnival procession and free festival in a park.Why the community needs usOur impact on the community

Expiry date: 17/08/2021

Mission length: Short-term

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