Wren Music, Okehampton
Awarded a one off grant for monthly music sessions for 20 young people aged 8 – 25 who live with special educational needs and or complex disabilities.
Gaia Giving, Paignton
Awarded a one off grant for their project Bothered, a peer-to-peer support group for young men to talk about their mental health. 40 young people from 16-25 years will benefit.
Live Music Now (South West)
Awarded a 2nd year of funding as part of a three year programme developing music in Devon special schools. Young people from 3 – 25 years will benefit.
BOUNCE! Brighter Futures Foundation, Tiverton
Awarded a contribution towards providing one day of psychotherapy counselling throughout the school year to two schools in the community. 30 children between 5 to 18 years will benefit.
Action East Devon, Ottery St Mary
Granted funds towards helping young people in East Devon with mental health issues through their Headlight project. 30 children from 13-25 years will benefit.
Lampard Community School, Barnstaple
Awarded a contribution towards the conversion of a basement storage area into a fully furnished life skills suite. 150 children aged from 5-16 years will benefit.
St Peter’s Church of England School Exeter
Funding towards a second residential course for 11 SEND status children 13-15 years. These courses are run at On the Hill.
Action for Children, South Hams Children’s Centre, Daisy Play Centre, Totnes
Funding towards creating a Thrive garden which will offer a much needed sensory space for SEND children and those with disabilities. The aim is to help 163 0-8 years old.
Community Equality Disability Action CEDA, Exeter
Granted funding for the benefit of the CEDA youth service working with 132 disabled and disadvantaged young people between 5-24 years in Exeter and surrounding areas.
Families in Grief Bideford
Funding towards two of their group programmes helping children and young people understand grief. 18-24 children between the ages of 5-18 will benefit.
Life Education Wessex
Funding towards their Life Education Devon early intervention programmes, inspiring and empowering children to make healthy lifestyle choices for life. They estimate that 6,000 children between the ages of 3-11 will benefit from their interactive workshops.
Baby Bank Network Exeter
Granted funding for their service reducing mental health issues and providing a positive impact on family life. They support vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Exeter area, and in 2022 supported just over 1,000 children from 0-11 years. The aim this year is 1,500 children.
Circlewise, Newton Abbot
Funding for a project working with 25 young men aged 18-25 at risk of suicide. This project will deliver a four day “rites of passage” camp at an outdoor venue on Dartmoor.
On the Hill, Lower Ashton
Funding towards creating an inclusive and safe learning environment on Hill Tribe camps for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grant will enable 6 young people between the ages of 12-16 to have fully funded places at the Hill Tribe camp.
St Peter’s Church of England School, Exeter
Funding for the design, build and use of a Listening Circle Space for Department for Enrichment of Literacy and Learning (D.E.L.L.). 60-70 young people between the ages of 11-16 will benefit.
SisterWood CIO, Higher Ashton
Funding towards running programmes in a woodland setting supporting young people who identify as female with their mental wellbeing and blending practical skills with mindfulness-based activities. With this funding they aim to support 24 young people between the ages of 12-16.
Esteem Team CIC Exmouth (previously supported 2021)
Run free 1:1 sessions for young people with mental health problems. Approximately 150 young people aged 5-25 years will benefit.
Visions Inclusive Badminton Coaching Exmouth (previously supported 2019)
Badminton coaching for children with a disability or from a financially deprived background. Approximately 12 children are currently being coached and it is hoped that 25 will eventually benefit. Ages 5-16 years.
Daisi (Devon Arts in School Initiatives) Exeter
Running a 4 months Art and Wellbeing course for young carers. It is anticipated that 50 young people between the ages of 5-17 years will benefit.
King Edward VI Community College Totnes (previously supported 02.2022)
Developing a Peace Garden project in collaboration with the Tribe programme at On the Hill CIC. 150-200 young people from 11-16 years old will benefit.
BOUNCE! Brighter Futures Foundation Tiverton (previously supported in 2020 and 2021)
For continuation of child therapists working in schools. 50 plus children between the ages of 5 – 16 years should benefit.
Julian House Trainer Tenancies Exeter
They support 12 vulnerable and homeless young people aged 18-24.
Live Music Now South West Newton St Cyres (previously supported in 2018 and 2021)
Continuation of Music Week projects in ten special schools. Children aged between 4-19 years. They estimate that 3,000 overall will attend the concerts, 200 children will be involved in creative projects and 100 in residency projects.
Youth Mental Health Foundation Ashburton
Due to mental health problems with a young family member and the lack of mental health practitioners and facilities therof this foundation was set up in order talk to school assemblies and running workshops for specific groups. They aim to reach 1,000 young people aged 5-14 yrs. youthmentalhealthfoundation.org
Okehampton Community Dance Project (previously supported)
This will be used to provide affordable and inclusive weekly dance sessions for children from 3-18 years. www.facebook.com/Okedanceproject
Canada Hill Primary School Newton Abbot
Using animal husbandry to help children feel safe and good about themselves. These children have suffered significant trauma or neglect and the school has a high level of need. 15 children from 8-11 years will benefit.
Street Factory, Stonehouse Plymouth
Running weekly music sessions and workshops for 100 children aged 10-25 years in a very deprived area of Plymouth.
Stop Abuse for Everyone (SAFE) Foundation Exeter (previously supported in 2020)
For the continuation of support for young men and boys who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. 50 young men and boys from 8-18 years will benefit.
On the Hill Lower Ashton
Due to the difficulties of running courses for children during the pandemic, they built a barn having applied first for change of use of funds. 100 children from 12-16 will benefit.
YMCA South Devon (previously supported)
For the continuation of their project Nightstop. Nightstop prevents young people in crisis sleeping rough. 50 young people aged from 16-25 years will be supported.
YMCA Exeter Community Projects (previously supported)
The grant will go towards their Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for children and young people who are struggling with physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms. About 100 children aged 5-18 will benefit over a 12 month period.
Go Beyond Buckfastleigh (previously supported)
To support 16 Devon children from 8-15 years living in seriously challenging circumstances to have a much needed break at an outdoor centre.
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Go Beyond (formerly CHICKS)
Supporting 14 very disadvantaged Devon children between 8 and 15 years, to have a week’s break away from home where their circumstances are less than good. Evidence suggests that these breaks help children cope with their life circumstances.
Open to anyone supporting children and young people in education, play and creative activities. NCT helped with a contribution towards the failing roof covering.
Sir Francis Chichester
Final of a three year grant towards enabling 25 young people from Devon to attend a Skills for Life personal development course run by Outward Bound.
Marine Academy Primary School
Running extra-curricular activities which are no longer available in school budgets for up to 60 disadvantaged children.
We have supported Island Trust running Ocean Discoverability sailing voyages for young people with a range of difficulties. These young people come from special schools in Plymouth and within Devon. 165 young people ranging in age from 10-17 years.
Our support goes towards this charity developing a Skills Hub for 80-160 young people from 16-25 years. The Hub will offer students many opportunities to try out activities and skills based learning.
Action East Devon Headlight project
We are helping AED in their Headlight project which supports children and young people in East Devon through peer support, mentoring and guidance. Headlight will run weekly support groups in Axminster for 25 young people between the ages of 13-24 years.
King Edward V1 Community College
KEVICC work with approximately 90-100 SEND disadvantaged and CIC students. They will be in collaboration with the Tribe programme run by On the Hill redeveloping the peace garden as a safe space for their students.
"Here at Lampard Community School, we are so excited to get started on building our outdoor classroom! With funding from The Northbrook Community trust our amazing young people, all of whom have communication and interaction difficulties and complex learning needs, will have a space where they can feel safe and supported outside, keep their emotions regulated through contact with nature, and have the opportunity to improve their social communication skills in a calming, natural environment. Thank you so much for your generosity!"
Live Music Now
Many pupils have been adversely affected by the pandemic, whether through missing school or their usual routine or through changes in personal or family circumstances. The school was keen to explore how music could support pupils with their confidence, helping them to work together effectively and to find a creative outlet for their feelings. They wanted to link this with their existing Thrive intervention programme, and to support Thrive practitioners amongst the staff to use more music. With funding through the Northbrook Community Trust, Live Music Now was able to set up a term-long music project with these aims.
On the Hill
The Northbrook Community Trust helped fund the erection of a barn.
Double Elephant Print Workshop run workshops for marginalised groups of children at Wynstream Primary School, Exeter. They intend to work with all 368 pupils aged 5-11 years.
Exeter Community Initiatives
True North is a pilot mentoring and diversionary activity project for young males aged 10-14 in and around Exeter who have been witness to, victims of, or perpetrators of abuse within the family home. In this case the number of young males supported will be 25.
Cygnet Training Theatre
Run performing arts workshops in the most deprived areas of Exeter. They work with Wellbeing Exeter and community enablers to identify need, to ensure that their workshops target those groups who would benefit most from the workshops. The aim is to help 400 young people between 11-18 years.
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We are very aware that there are many children in Devon with mental health issues. As a grant making organisation it has given us great pleasure to be able to help out with those organisations who have applied for funding to help the children in question. Our latest funded projects were:
The latest projects we have helped with:
Providing Play Therapy support through First Light South West in Plymouth, to children and young people with learning difficulties who have been victims of sexual violence. This project run over three years will help 90 children rebuild their lives.
In Exeter we have given funding to two organisations, The Northcott Theatre for a project working with 20 children from Whipton Barton Primary school who are defined as in Need or at risk or becoming so. Double Elephant Print Workshop in partnership with East Devon AONB towards their project helping children with disabilities develop new creative skills through nature.
In Ashprington, we have given funding to The Sharpham Trust in partnership with King Edward VI Community College Totnes towards developing a Mindful in Nature project. The aim is to help 36 young people over the course of a year from key stage 3, 4 and 5. Many of the young people have been experiencing mental health concerns.
Funding has been granted to Tiverton based BOUNCE! Brighter Futures Foundation towards child therapists working with creative arts helping circa 250 children directly and 600 indirectly with mental health issues.
Enabling Ivybridge based Moorvision who support visually impaired children and young people, to take a group of these children on an adventure activity weekend at Skern Lodge in Appledore.
Shebbear School Support Group, Beaworthy to develop an outside area to provide physical and sensory stimulation for 30 children aged 4 – 6 who have lost out on many days of schooling during the pandemic.
Amongst the most recent grants were funding to provide weekly extra-curricular sessions for children with special needs at the Marine Academy in Plymouth and towards providing music therapy for 500 children at Ernesettle Primary School, also in the city. Okehampton Community Dance Project have been given funding for dance sessions for 84 children to help with mental and physical wellbeing.
New accessible kitchen for young residents
WESC Foundation has recently opened a new adapted kitchen for students with vision impairment and complex needs, thanks to a generous donation from the Northbrook Community Trust.
The grant has meant that young people at the Exeter charity are now able to access height adjustable worktops, cooker-tops and kitchen sinks in their shared accommodation. The new facilities mean that more of the young residents – who all attend the charity’s specialist College – can now develop essential independent living skills that will stand them in good stead for later life. It’s also a practical space used for socialising and preparing and eating food in a busy home from home.
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Devon-based organisation Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship have recently celebrated receiving grants to help support their work with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.
Hannah Burgon, co-director, said: “We are hugely grateful for these grants which will enable us to provide more courses and horsemanship sessions to young people this coming year.” Now in their third year, Sirona help over 150 participants a year from their centre based in the grounds of the charity Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, near Newton Abbot. Last year they introduced the Level 1 Horse Care course in partnership with Duchy College which the new grants will help to support.
Di Gammage, psychotherapist and co-director, explained:
“Many of the young people who attend Sirona struggle in school for one reason or another, some are fostered or adopted and have had a difficult start in life meaning that they find it difficult to make friends and settle at school. By learning to look after horses and building friendships with them they are then able to start to transfer some of these new found skills and benefits back into their lives.”
Sirona is offering several new courses this year for people interested in finding out more about equine-assisted learning and therapy at Sirona. These include ‘Mindfulness and Horses’ which incorporates some of the mindfulness techniques they use at Sirona as well as a week long ‘Equidramatherapy’ summer course where art and drama activities are included alongside learning with the horses and proved highly popular with young people last year.
Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship hold open days from time to time where members of the horse and human team will be on hand to meet the public and answer any questions. For more information please visit their website.