Who We've Helped
Recent Grant Awards
Subsidised Transport For Lowestoft Thursday Club Members
The Club provides activities for members with learning difficulties in the Lowestoft and surrounding areas. They meet every Thursday in school term times at Denes High School, members being collected and returned safely from and to their homes. They applied for a grant to subsidise the increased transport costs they were facing to assist those members who will not be able to afford it.
Communication For An Eight Year Old Profoundly Deaf Boy
This little boy has very limited communication due to his severe learning difficulties and has been placed in a residential school for deaf children with additional needs. To be able to keep in touch while he is away at school his mother looked at various options and applied for a grant to buy her son an ipad2 which would allow him to communicate via 'face time' and, with a touch screen, making it easier for him to operate with his limited ability.
Toys For Pakefield Church Creche
Pakefield Church has recently been renovated and now includes a creche room. The fundraising required over the years to complete the building and decorating renovation meant that there were very limited funds available to equip the room. A grant was awarded to buy new toys and bean bags.
Shine Youth Activities
The YMCA in Lowestoft have set up a new youth project called 'Shine' which supports young people - all under the age of 16 - suffering from mental health related problems. The Youth Committee is made up of young people who are involved in all the decisions and they applied for a grant to put on some activities during the summer holidays for young people to attend to improve their emotional and mental well being.
Help For A Gymnast
A 15 year old local girl recently achieved 6th Place in Junior Pairs and 14th Place as an individual free stylist in the Baton Twirling European Championships held in Turin. All of her travel, training costs and expenses to attend the Championships were self funded and she and her family needed to fundraise again for her to attend the International Cup Competition in Jacksonville, Florida, in the Summer. They applied for a grant to cover the shortfall.
Secure Mobility For Autistic Boy
A severely autistic six year old boy who becomes agitated and stressed, reacting violently at the smallest thing which can be potentially life threatening as he has no concept of danger, has out grown his buggy. The buggy allows him to go out in a secure environment - around town and on days out with his family. Because he is mobile - not physically disabled - he doesn't qualify for wheelchair funded assistance so the family successfully applied for a grant towards the cost of a new buggy to help with their fundraising efforts.
Sports Equipment For Children With Severe Disabilities
Shine is a small charity in Gorleston that supports over 230 families who have a child or children with additional needs or disabilities. They applied for a grant to purchase Boccia equipment. Boccia is a Paralympic sport for athletes with severe disabilities affecting motor skills (a target ball sport belonging to the same family as petanque and bowls) allowing everyone, no matter how severe their disabilities, to participate.