On 21 September the Foundation in association with Hilton Cardiff and Nation Radio were delighted to announce the winners of the Cardiff £10K Giveaway. The eight winning charities were invited to attend a reception at Hilton Cardiff where they were treated to a cup of tea, and were presented with their cheques. We are currently running a further £10k giveaway in association with Hilton London Gatwick Airport, so please encourage any charities in the area to apply. We are delighted to announce the eight charities and projects to benefit from the Cardiff £10k Giveaway:
Barnardo’s received £1,550 for their programmes with disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Cardiff and The Vale area. Support is often delivered in a one to one setting but also in group-based activities, and they have in particular identified common care plan goals in relation to gardening and healthy living. With the giveaway funding money they will secure a tenancy for an allotment in Cardiff including the purchase of all necessary equipment, including specialist equipment for children and young people. The project will be to grow fruit and vegetable for consumption by the group, and will link with an existing healthy eating and cooking skills group. Once the project is up and running it will be sustainable, and not time-limited which means that Barnardo’s anticipate at least 100 young people with disabilities and a further 30-50 young people who are affected by homelessness to benefit from the project every year.
Cardiff YMCA housing association received £850 to support their Design For Life (DFL) project. DFL will enable residents to enhance their skills through a programme of accredited and non-accredited training, activities, developing social skills, information and advice. The programme helps young people to build up their self-esteem to improve employability and help sustain self-sufficiency with residents towards independent living. The money will support the programme through the provision of equipment for the centre.
Cardiff City FC Community Foundation (CCFCCF) received £2,000 for a two-day multi-sport camp in the City of Cardiff. Children and young adults aged from 8-18 with learning disabilities or mental health conditions will be able to attend the camp and try a variety of different sports with fully qualified CCFCCF coaches.
Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre received £1,685 to provide five children with cerebral palsy with a specialist therapy session. Cerebral palsy is the most common disability in childhood in the UK. It can affect a child’s movement, communication, perception, understanding and sensation. Bobath physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists all work alongside each other and tailor their therapy to the child’s needs. In 2011 the Foundation were proud to support Bobath in the Cardiff Giveaway, awarding them with £2,300 to fund a new seesaw in their play area (see photo).
Friends of 10th Barry Guide Group were awarded £1,000. The guide group have been in the same Guide Hall since 1968, without major works happening to the building during this time. The Guides will use the grant to convert a small store room into an office and private room, so that Guides have a private space to discuss personal issues with Guide leaders. The group caters for young people aged between five and 21, and the room will be a safe place for those who would like extra support.
Touch Trust was awarded £760 for a shimmering light curtain, LED gloves and music systems for their sensory room. Touch Trust offers a unique sensory activity programme for children and adults with profound and multiple disabilities across Wales. They run a day time activity programme for young adults who are in transition from school to independent living, and want to add to the sensory equipment which is available to these young people when they attend sessions three days a week. The shimmering light curtain is a fibre optic curtain which constantly changes colour, and can be attached to a wall for visual stimulation. The LED gloves have LED lights in the finger tips and can also be used for visual stimulation and for eye-tracking exercises. The Foundation awarded Touch Trust with £10,000 in 2007 to establish a Touch Trust college for young adults with extra needs.
Ty Hafan received £5,000 to develop a memorial garden. Ty Hafan is a children’s hospice catering to families from across Wales, and is a long time charity partner of Hilton Cardiff, receiving over £30,000 in funding from the Foundation. This grant will be used to develop the memorial garden, to provide a place of prominence for each child and a space of healing for families. It would need to be wheelchair accessible, and will encorporate an “elements” theme, using earth, air, fire and water.
Llamau received £798 in support of their Learning 4 life service users. Learning 4 life delivers an education package to 16-24 year olds in 11 local authority areas in Wales, including from areas of severe deprivation. The principal goal of project is the improvement of learner’s employability skills. The Giveaway grant will provide two iPad Air tablets for the centre, which will help with the project’s aim of tackling digital exclusion. Learners work in a small group over a 13 week period during which they undertake a Learning Needs Assessment, progress to City & Guilds qualifications and Agored Cymru accredited awards, receive practical support with ICT, paperwork and interview skills, attend work placements and gain peer support. Digital skills are an integral part of the learning programmes, and an essential pathway into employment. At least 60 young people will benefit from the use of the iPads.