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Mustard Seed Project

A small UK registered charity working in Africa in Mgongeni an urban slum area of Mombasa, Kenya. We help people out of poverty by giving them the confidence, education and skills to solve their own problems.

We are building a school which when completed will have 300 children aged 3 – 14 years in classes of around 25. We currently have 275 poor children in 11 classes. Half the school are in a rented building and the other half are in the school which is under construction. Without our support those who grew to healthy adulthood would end up with the hand to mouth existence of their parents.

The ground floor of our new school is almost complete and includes the bore hole, septic tank and soak-away to feed the classrooms, toilet block, kitchen, clinic and offices. We still need a second floor if we are to house all the children here and make the project sustainable for the future. This will currently cost around £120,000.

But this is just the building. What goes on inside is what makes the difference. We provide quality education to enable all to reach their full potential. All but our special needs children are meeting or exceeding government expectations. This is partly due to our feeding programme and clinic which keep our children healthy and happy and able to take advantage of the excellent teaching they are receiving. Education does not of course just exist in the classroom. This year, 2017, a group of our children came second in a large national music competition having come first in all the regional heats for their choral speaking. The children did brilliantly of course, but we must not forget the committed, hard-working staff who helped the children to achieve this

Our second project involves support of adults and youth. We offer basic literacy and numeracy for those who missed out when they were young and provide business training for women to help them set up their own small businesses including providing them with loans. We currently have a project aimed at providing skills for work for the unemployed youth in Mombasa, 80% of whom have no permanent employment! This includes local businesses, the university and colleges. The youth in the community are in addition supported through sport especially boxing and football.

A gift in your will would allow further construction to take place and ensure education for this poor community in the future. It would also ensure sustainability and would contribute towards secondary education and higher education for those who are successful in their primary school exams.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01778 341855 or visit our website at www.mustardseedproject.co.uk

Build Africa

Build Africa is an award-winning charity fighting poverty in rural communities.

We work with vulnerable people across Africa to create positive change – helping children get a better education, and parents earn a secure living – so that together we can find long-term solutions to inequality.

Our education programmes focus not just on access, but on attainment – ensuring often vulnerable children have the right infrastructure, resources, teaching and parental support to experience a quality education, and go on to lead productive, happy lives.

This is complemented by our livelihoods programmes that work to create secure incomes. We help improve agricultural practices and market awareness for farming communities, and help families access vital basic financial services through savings and loans groups that allow them to prepare for environmental and economic stresses, and invest in their future.

Watch our film about how we help disadvantaged girls in Kenya.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01892 519619 or visit their website at www.build-africa.org.uk

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 November 2017 09:48

Africa

ZANE

ZANE: Zimbabwe A National Emergency provides aid and comfort to destitute people in Zimbabwe. Its main focus is supporting elderly people; those who lost their pensions and savings when the Zimbabwean economy collapsed and are now entirely dependent on charity to survive.

ZANE provides aid to around 1,800 destitute elderly people, including over 600 war veterans and their widows. It assists with rent, medical bills and food. However, there is also a desperate need to support children and young people, particularly in helping them gain an education so one day when the situation in Zimbabwe improves, they will be able to work and help re-build the country.

ZANE funds a clubfoot correction programme and to-date has treated over 2,600 children – enabling them to walk and live a life free from disability. ZANE also runs creative therapy projects to help women and their families who have been victims of political violence, abuse, and extreme poverty. ZANE also funds education projects including pop-up classrooms in high density townships.

ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to the most destitute people in Zimbabwe. It receives no statutory funding and relies entirely on voluntary donations. More information is available at www.zane.uk.com

Build Africa

Build Africa is an award-winning development charity. We believe in the power of education to help end poverty, and work to ensure that children in rural Africa have the best opportunity to learn.

We focus on giving often vulnerable children the right infrastructure, resources, quality teaching and parental support to help them get the most from their time at school and go on to lead productive, healthy and happy lives.

We currently work in remote, rural areas of Africa. These are areas that suffer from especially high levels of poverty and low levels of educational achievement. Isolated from mainstream services, they can often be overlooked by governments and NGOs.

Build Africa knows that each community we support is different. We take time to understand their unique needs, and pride ourselves on the relationships we maintain. We employ local staff, not just with expertise in our programmes, but in the social and cultural environments in which they work.

Leaving a gift in your will to Build Africa will help us to continue our work with these communities now and in the future.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01892 519619 or visit their website at www.build-africa.org.uk

 

Mustard Seed Project

A small UK registered charity working in Africa in Mgongeni an urban slum area of Mombasa, Kenya. We help people out of poverty by giving them the confidence, education and skills to solve their own problems.

We are building a school which when completed will have 300 children aged 3 – 14 years in classes of around 25. We currently have 275 poor children in 11 classes. Half the school are in a rented building and the other half are in the school which is under construction. Without our support those who grew to healthy adulthood would end up with the hand to mouth existence of their parents.

The ground floor of our new school is almost complete and includes the bore hole, septic tank and soak-away to feed the classrooms, toilet block, kitchen, clinic and offices. We still need a second floor if we are to house all the children here and make the project sustainable for the future. This will currently cost around £120,000.

But this is just the building. What goes on inside is what makes the difference. We provide quality education to enable all to reach their full potential. All but our special needs children are meeting or exceeding government expectations. This is partly due to our feeding programme and clinic which keep our children healthy and happy and able to take advantage of the excellent teaching they are receiving. Education does not of course just exist in the classroom. This year, 2017, a group of our children came second in a large national music competition having come first in all the regional heats for their choral speaking. The children did brilliantly of course, but we must not forget the committed, hard-working staff who helped the children to achieve this

Our second project involves support of adults and youth. We offer basic literacy and numeracy for those who missed out when they were young and provide business training for women to help them set up their own small businesses including providing them with loans. We currently have a project aimed at providing skills for work for the unemployed youth in Mombasa, 80% of whom have no permanent employment! This includes local businesses, the university and colleges. The youth in the community are in addition supported through sport especially boxing and football.

A gift in your will would allow further construction to take place and ensure education for this poor community in the future. It would also ensure sustainability and would contribute towards secondary education and higher education for those who are successful in their primary school exams.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01778 341855 or visit our website at www.mustardseedproject.co.uk

Victim Support

Victim Support

Victim Support is the leading independent victim’s charity in England and Wales for people affected by crime and traumatic incidents.

Last year we offered support to nearly a million victims of crime. Victims whose lives had in many cases been torn apart by the crime they’d experienced. This included victims of devastating crimes requiring highly specialist support, such as domestic abuse; sexual violence; child sexual exploitation; acts of terror and hate crime. We also helped 1,416 family members cope with their bereavement, following the loss of a loved one through murder or manslaughter.

Specialist Witness Service

In 2016–17 Victim Support helped over 1,200 witnesses through their court experience, but our work didn’t stop there – we continued to help victims rebuild their lives once the court process was over up until the point our support was no longer needed.

Victims and witnesses tell us that giving evidence in court is both “re-traumatising” and “terrifying”. Victim Support has supported children as young as three years old in preparing to give evidence in court and continues to work with families and other professionals. We support young witnesses in a range of ways: they include pre-court visits, offering practice on live video links, setting up meetings with judges and advocates, and using stories, games and activities to help children build up their confidence and self-esteem. This combination of practical and emotional support ensures that children are fully prepared for the court process and have the best chance of giving their very best evidence.

This year we have expanded this specialist support across not only child witnesses but also in our support of sexual violence and domestic abuse victims.

Lara* (17) said: “Vanessa from the Witness Service was brilliant, going above and beyond what I expected. She provided support throughout my court case, starting from her giving me and my family details of what would happen in court, right over to her helping me to write my statement. As well as the emotional and practical support just having a familiar face was really reassuring.”

A gift to Victim Support in your Will is a very special way to help victims and witnesses in the future.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7268 0228, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.

Social Welfare

Turn2us

There are so many reasons people experience poverty in the UK. Bereavement, job loss, family breakdown, ill health and needing to care for a loved one are just some examples.

Turn2us was founded in 1897 as The Distressed Gentlefolk’s Aid Association and we’ve supported people living in poverty in the UK and Ireland for over a century by awarding grants so they can afford basics they need such as household items, home repairs and disability equipment, or that help them return to education, training or employment. Thanks to our generous supporters, over 4,600 people benefitted from our direct grants last year.

Today we also help many more people in need through our helpline and Turn2us.org.uk website and our free services are a vital lifeline for many living in financial hardship. Last year nearly 4 million people visited our website and our helpline received 90,000 calls.

Supporting Turn2us will mean we can be there for those who need us in the future. You could be helping a mother caring for a disabled child, a family whose life has been turned upside down by redundancy or an elderly widow with a chronic illness struggling to make ends met.

Our name has changed over the years but we’ve never wavered from our original mission – fighting poverty in the UK and Ireland.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 8834 9268, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit www.turn2us.org.uk

Kidney Care UK

We are the UK’s leading kidney patient support charity, providing support for kidney patients and their families and campaigning to improve care services across the UK.

We provide support for more than 100 patients every week and invest over £3 million each year in patient grants. We provide practical and emotional support, funding patient research projects and improving care services. We’re here to give our total support to help improve the quality of life for everyone affected by kidney disease.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01420 541424 or visit their website at www.kidneycareuk.org

Victim Support

Victim Support is the leading independent victim’s charity in England and Wales for people affected by crime and traumatic incidents.

Last year we offered support to nearly a million victims of crime. Victims whose lives had in many cases been torn apart by the crime they’d experienced. This included victims of devastating crimes requiring highly specialist support, such as domestic abuse; sexual violence; child sexual exploitation; acts of terror and hate crime. We also helped 1,416 family members cope with their bereavement, following the loss of a loved one through murder or manslaughter.

Specialist Witness Service

In 2016–17 Victim Support helped over 1,200 witnesses through their court experience, but our work didn’t stop there – we continued to help victims rebuild their lives once the court process was over up until the point our support was no longer needed.

Victims and witnesses tell us that giving evidence in court is both “re-traumatising” and “terrifying”. Victim Support has supported children as young as three years old in preparing to give evidence in court and continues to work with families and other professionals. We support young witnesses in a range of ways: they include pre-court visits, offering practice on live video links, setting up meetings with judges and advocates, and using stories, games and activities to help children build up their confidence and self-esteem. This combination of practical and emotional support ensures that children are fully prepared for the court process and have the best chance of giving their very best evidence.

This year we have expanded this specialist support across not only child witnesses but also in our support of sexual violence and domestic abuse victims.

Lara* (17) said: “Vanessa from the Witness Service was brilliant, going above and beyond what I expected. She provided support throughout my court case, starting from her giving me and my family details of what would happen in court, right over to her helping me to write my statement. As well as the emotional and practical support just having a familiar face was really reassuring.”

A gift to Victim Support in your Will is a very special way to help victims and witnesses in the future.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 7268 0228, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.

Camphill Foundation UK

Camphill Foundation provides much-needed financial support to projects which greatly enhance the quality of life of adults, children and young people with learning disabilities. Camphill communities throughout the UK and Ireland offer safe and supportive environments in a variety of semi-rural and urban settings where individuals can feel at home and develop their personal abilities and interests. There is also a strong sense of belonging to a diverse but cohesive intentional community and supported living network. Work opportunities abound, giving a real sense of meaning, purpose and achievement, which is essential for a person’s well-being.

Camphill Foundation supports development projects such as the building of new accommodation, establishing new workshops and facilities, developing agricultural and horticultural activities, providing new equipment, and various educational, training, cultural and social initiatives. Support is often in the form of grants to help projects get started and loans at a low rate of interest, usually over several years.

Supporting Camphill Foundation means also fostering a new understanding and recognition of people with disabilities and enabling them to develop and make use of their astonishing talents and skills as fully engaged, talented and co-responsible members of the community carrying out important and meaningful work which is both fulfilling for them and of great value to others.

PLEASE HELP US TO ACHIEVE THESE AIMS

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For further information on donating to this charity tel 01454 601995 or visit their website at www.camphillfoundation.net

Sensory Disability

The Seeing Dogs Alliance

Charity Number 1156790

Seeing Dogs has made steady progress since it started operations in 2001. It was launched, and is supported, mainly by guide dog owners who want a competitor charity, as is available to blind and partially sighted people in most developed countries. Our successful rearing/training programme continually includes several dogs either being puppy reared or receiving their Seeing Dog (our term for guide dog) training. Except for the highly skilled final training, we depend on volunteers, so that, with careful monetary control, it costs us about £15,000 to train each dog and owner, about a third of what would otherwise be expected.

Our clients are currently usually trained in their home environment, although our target is to have a dedicated training centre. When residential training has been required, we have used hotels. Puppies remain with the puppy rearers till they are 12-14 months old, during which time they are familiarised with all the circumstances they are likely to encounter as Seeing Dogs - crowded streets, heavy traffic, buses, trains, cars, cafés, restaurants, stairs (although not escalators), lifts, swing doors, etc. An allowance is available to cover the expenses of this very important pre-training work. We like our puppy rearers to take their charges to puppy training classes, however, which help with obedience training and socialisation with other dogs. We provide them with a reference manual, and visit them from time to time to check on the puppies’ progress. We are also always at the other end of a phone to give advice or to obtain it for them.

Currently, waiting lists for trained dogs are such that some clients wait months or longer to be trained with a dog. This is particularly serious for elderly people waiting for replacements. If they are without a dog for a period, they can lose the mobility needed to complete training when a dog becomes available. We urgently need funds to change this situation. With twenty owner and dog partnerships qualified, we have proved we produce trained dogs to the very high standard required, at a price well below the norm. Please help us.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01483 765556, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit their website at www.seeingdogs.org.uk

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss, formerly RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf People), is the only charity in the UK that is dedicated to funding research to find cures for hearing loss and supporting people who desperately need our help today. Hearing loss affects over 11 million people in the UK - one in six of the population. Untreated hearing loss can gradually rob people of their lives, struggling to communicate can affect confidence, opportunities and relationships, and leave people feeling terribly isolated.

Gifts in Wills account for around two thirds of our voluntary income. Without the kindness of people who remember us in their wills we would not be able to continue our search for cures, and provide support to the millions of people who are living with this devastating and isolating condition every day of their lives.

For further information about leaving a gift in your will for this charity, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 0333 320 6995.

dDeaflinks Staffordshire

dDeaflinks is a non-statutory Registered Charity (charity number 1063573) offering services to dDeaf people throughout Staffordshire.

dDeaflinks offers a range of services, information and advice on a variety of issues. We also provide training courses including British Sign Language ranging from taster, Introduction, Level 1, Level 2 to Introduction to Level 3 (some are free), social groups including a church group.

The charity is committed to actively supporting the equal opportunities of all dDeaf people in health, employment, training, services, information and education.

We have been in existence as a charity since 1868 and at the centre in Wellesley Street, Shelton,ST1 4NF since 1937 when it was purpose built. We work exclusively to support local hearing impaired people. It costs over £25,000 per year to keep the centre open and maintained.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01782 219161 or visit their website at www.deaflinksstaffordshire.com

Camphill Foundation UK

Camphill Foundation provides much-needed financial support to projects which greatly enhance the quality of life of adults, children and young people with learning disabilities. Camphill communities throughout the UK and Ireland offer safe and supportive environments in a variety of semi-rural and urban settings where individuals can feel at home and develop their personal abilities and interests. There is also a strong sense of belonging to a diverse but cohesive intentional community and supported living network. Work opportunities abound, giving a real sense of meaning, purpose and achievement, which is essential for a person’s well-being.

Camphill Foundation supports development projects such as the building of new accommodation, establishing new workshops and facilities, developing agricultural and horticultural activities, providing new equipment, and various educational, training, cultural and social initiatives. Support is often in the form of grants to help projects get started and loans at a low rate of interest, usually over several years.

Supporting Camphill Foundation means also fostering a new understanding and recognition of people with disabilities and enabling them to develop and make use of their astonishing talents and skills as fully engaged, talented and co-responsible members of the community carrying out important and meaningful work which is both fulfilling for them and of great value to others.

PLEASE HELP US TO ACHIEVE THESE AIMS

Click here to view our advert.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01454 601995 or visit their website at www.camphillfoundation.net

Sense

Sense is a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs, including deafblindness, to be understood, connected and valued.

Our expertise in supporting individuals with communication needs benefits people of all ages, as well as their families and carers. We provide information and advice, offer a wide range of flexible services and campaign passionately for the rights of people we serve.

Founded in 1955 by a group of families affected by rubella, Sense developed specialist skills and knowledge in supporting people to communicate, express themselves and grow in independence. This experience now enables Sense to help people with a much wider range of disabilities.

Our specialist services are built around the wishes and needs of the individual, supporting people to be as independent as possible. Our services include a range of housing options, resource centres, educational support, short breaks and arts, sport and wellbeing programmes.

Gifts in Wills are vital to Sense. Currently they account for around a quarter of our fundraised income and help us to secure the future of our work.

However big or small, a gift in your Will can leave a lasting legacy of helping children and adults who are deafblind or who have complex communication needs to be all that they can be.

For further information about leaving a gift in your Will to Sense please call 0300 330 9257 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Deafness Resource Centre

The Deafness Resource Centre is a Registered Charity (charity number 1128148) offering specialist services to D/deaf people throughout St Helens, Halton and the wider region.

Our mission is to challenge inequalities, advocate best practise and enable greater participation, by creating an environment in which D/deaf people have access to services and opportunities that facilitate informed choices and decisions, increased independence, and respect.

We currently offer:

  • Advocacy Service
  • Equipment Service
  • Communications Service
  • Family Support
  • After-School and Youth Club
  • Befriending Scheme
  • Sign Language Training
  • Deaf Awareness Training
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Tinnitus Support Group
  • Hard of Hearing Club
  • Deaf Club
  • Social groups including a church group
  • Room Hire for community groups and meetings

We invest in our staff and volunteers and have been awarded Investor In People three consecutive times.

Our funding is from a number of different streams including service level agreements, grants, donations, legacies, sponsored events, gift aid, regular donors and supporters, rental from room hire, spare change boxes and chargeable services (such as Deaf Awareness Training). However, our constant battle is to raise enough money to cover our core costs such as cleaning, water rates, gas, electric, insurance etc. …without which, there would be no services to run.

We appreciate every penny which is donated to the charity and are registered to claim for Gift Aid for eligible money.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 01744 238870 or visit their website at www.deafnessresourcecentre.org/fundraising/legacy-donations

FitzRoy

FitzRoy is a national charity supporting over 560 people with learning and physical disabilities through registered care homes, supported living services, support at home as well as day and community centres.

Our aim is to help each individual lead an independent life by listening to them, and giving them real choice and opportunities.

Our vision is a society where people are treated as equals, regardless of their disability and we follow our values today in the same way as when the charity was established over 50 years ago.

Every legacy or donation that FitzRoy receives helps us to transform the lives of the people we support. Gifts have helped us to build new care homes, refurbish current accommodation and day centres, and also supported individuals to have a voice through service user forums.

If you would like further information on FitzRoy, or if you are considering supporting us with a donation or legacy, please telephone Jan Deane on 01730 711107 or visit our website at www.fitzroy.org