The latest projects we have helped fund so far in 2022...
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.