Abbeymead Under 5s
At Abbeymead Under Fives (AU5s) our staff and committee provide the highest quality childcare for children aged between two and four. The charity was created in 1991 to benefit local children to achieve their full potential before starting school. AU5s is an extension to a child’s home; we aim to support the whole family and their needs. As a charity we rely upon fundraising to obtain the resources we need to provide an enabling environment for the
children to flourish.
With the benefit of funding our aims would be to provide a better service to the children through:
• Staff training in special educational needs (SEN) and speech and language support.
• Improvements to the outdoor play area and its resources.
• Provision of agencies to offer the children additional experiences particularly in music,
drama and physical activities.
• Maintain the interior of the building such as flooring and decor.
Abbeymead Under 5s website - www.abbeymeadunder5s.co.uk
Caring for Communities and People (CCP) is a Cheltenham based registered Charity (No. 1043143) that existed to improve the lives of children, young people, families and vulnerable adults by Preventing Homelessness, Strengthening Families and Supporting Independence.
The need to provide specialist debt advice has increased dramatically since the introduction of Universal Credit, online accoutn management, and families needing help with budgeting as they move from weekly benefits to monthly payments. A grant will fund a much-needed Specialist Debt Advisor who will provide 1-2-1 advice to disadvantaged people in Cheltenham, many of whom live in the most income deprived areas, including Hesters Way, St MArk's, St Paul's and Oakley.
The Specialist Debt Advisor will help disadvantaged people improve their prospects of becoming debt free through: education, acting on the client's behalf, checking all benefit entitlements claimed e.g. Universal Credit, providing emergency food supplies, debt relief orders, casework and court representation.
CCP Cheltenham website - www.ccp.org.uk
Cheltenham Animal Shelter
Cheltenham Animal Shelter is a charity that rescues and rehomes unwanted and abandoned dogs, cats and small animals. The charity is not eligible for Government funding and so relies heavily on the support and generosity of the general public to enable us to help as many as 800 animals each year and meet our annual running costs of £650,000.
We work tirelessly as a charity, ensuring the animals are well cared for and housed as comfortably as possible for the duration of their stay. Therefore, any money we would be lucky enough to win would be utilised in much-needed refurbishment of our rehoming kennels, which are currently dark and uninspiring and would greatly benefit from improved lighting, roof repair and updating throughout.
By improving the kennel facilities, we would ultimately be improving the kennel-stay experience for the rescue dogs in residence until they are able to move on to their forever homes.
Cheltenham Animal Shelter website - http://gawa.org.uk/
Cotswold Riding for the Disabled (RDA)
Cotswold RDA is much more than just a riding school!
It is a supportive community of riders, families, carers, schools, colleges, trustees, volunteers, staff and ponies.
We offer riding lessons to over 200 disabled adults and children, supported by 180 volunteers. We measure improvements in our riders’ fitness, horsemanship, enjoyment, confidence, communication and ability to form relationships.
It’s not all about riding – new initiatives include afternoon tea with a pony for people living with dementia.
Volunteering with us brings benefits like physical exercise, new skills and a sense of achievement.
Life for the parents of a disabled child is stressful. They tell us that while their children are riding they enjoy rare moments of relaxation as they meet other parents, with many forging new friendships.
It costs £16 to deliver each 30-minute lesson but we only charge £7 for under 16.
The grant would subsidize the costs of our lessons.
Cotswold RDA website - www.cotswoldrda.org.uk/