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Social Welfare

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

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.


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

The Nehemiah Project

We provide a home and support for men with a history of addiction to change their lives. Our residential programme is abstinence-based and provides structure and a supportive environment in which men can address the root causes for their addiction, learning to make informed choices about their lives and breaking out of the cycle of addiction which has severely affected their lives. Our Residents invariably report multiple hardships, which often include care, homelessness and prison, becoming marginalised as the result of addiction which has severely affected them, their families and the wider community. The Nehemiah Project has been providing this support for over 20 years in South London, but is open to men from anywhere in the country - the most important thing is a man's genuine desire to change.

Our belief that Nehemiah works is borne out by our results. The national average for remaining abstinent for a year is 30%; at Nehemiah 67% of residents remain abstinent after one year. Nearly 50% of released prisoners reoffend within 12 months and for London prisons this figure increases to 60%. At Nehemiah, as far as we know, only 5% of the men we have worked with in the last five years have reoffended. An estimated 70% of rough sleepers suffer from mental ill health. Revolving door clients, who are stuck in a cycle of being housed and losing their tenancy to return to the streets, need the sort of help offered by A New Future to change their behaviour and break the cycle. Anecdotally, no-one has returned to rough sleeping after leaving Nehemiah.

At a recent graduation for men who had completed the first-stage of our programme, A New Future, Mick said: “11 months ago I had nowhere to go. The chances of me going back to prison were high, but I came to Nehemiah and I am still here now. I am going to college. I want to start my own business. It is time to start a new chapter in my life. I am so thankful. This place has given me the space to think and stay safe.

For further information on donating to this charity tel 020 8773 7417 or visit their website at www.tnp.org.uk

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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk.