Below are a number of charities I am very proud to support. Please take a look at their websites, they all do wonderful work.
The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in, or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work.
Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.
Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at:
Brought here by movie moguls from the USA and inaugurated in the UK in 1949 (as The Variety Club of Great Britain), Variety was one of the UK’s first charities to be founded especially for children and young people.
We believe that all children should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their circumstances.
All our programmes are designed to help less fortunate children to achieve precisely that.
Whom we help and how
We improve those young lives by providing practical help (such as Sunshine Coaches, wheelchairs and specialist equipment) and memorable childhood experiences.
Our practical help makes an immediate difference. It means that children have fewer bad days and more great days. With independence, freedom and dignity they are able to make the most of their childhood.
We play a key role in building the self esteem of children who are disadvantaged and in making them the people who they become.
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One in six adults of working age in the UK find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. The reasons for not reading are varied, but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring.
Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone. Each year we commission big name authors to write short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. They are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The books are then sold through major retailers, online booksellers and are loaned from libraries.
Quick Reads is making real, lasting changes to people’s lives. Since 2006 we have distributed over 4.5 million books, registered 3 million library loans and through the outreach work hundreds of thousands of new readers each year, often in some of the hardest to reach communities, are introduced to the joys and benefits of reading. Quick Reads is a unique collaboration and we are very grateful for the support of everyone involved.
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InterAct Stroke Support
InterAct Stroke Support are an award winning charity that take professional actors into hospitals and deliver a live interactive reading service to stroke survivors. Our aim is to alleviate the depression so often associated with stroke and to stimulate language and memory recall. Founded in 2000 by innovative theatre director Caroline Smith we read in 21 hospitals and 50 stroke clubs.
Stroke is now the second biggest killer in England and Wales and the number one cause of serious disability in the United Kingdom. It costs £10,017 to deliver our service in one hospital for a year. The charity works in conjunction with hospital professionals, particularly occupational and speech therapists.
Professor Anthony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke, NHS England has said of our work:
“The Interact service at St Thomas’ over the last 15 years has had a huge impact on many of my patients. I have seen people who have been severely disabled by their strokes, who have often spent many weeks in hospital, confined to a bed or chair, often with problems communicating looking more cheerful and starting to become much more engaged with their treatment after visits form the Interact actors. The skill they have in communication, their obvious humanity and sensitivity in dealing with the patients is really remarkable. I hope that in due course the benefits of the Interact service become recognised as being an essential component of a stroke service.”
For more information please visit the InterAct Stroke Support website, www.interactstrokesupport.org.