This year we’ve been delighted to receive over 200 entries into the Broker Community Fund competition supporting charities, clubs and projects important to you. Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry and sharing the stories of the fantastic work you’re doing in your community.
Congratulations to our winners of the 2014 Community Fund competition this year. After months of very difficult judging we were delighted to have you join us at the Finale event and share a very special day.
As well as the 16 £500 prizes awarded as part of our early entry draw there were 24 deserving winners over the four categories who won one of the following:
- One prize of £10,000 in each category
- One prize of £5,000 in each category
- And four prizes of £2,000 in each category
Here are the highlights from this years finale event showcasing our 24 grand prize winners and the incredible work they do in their communities.
- Community Support
The Wilson Organisation
Emmanuel House Support Centre - £10,000
Like every major city, Nottingham has many socially excluded people as they struggle in a society from which they are completely marginalized. This may be due to extreme poverty, mental health issues and learning difficulties, breakdown of families, and lack of education and work opportunities. These people often become homeless and victims of violence, Emmanuel House are always there to help and Wilsons would like to do more to help them.
Emmanuel House Support Centre is now the only full-time day centre in the city and has a vital part to play in Nottingham’s aims to tackle homelessness and deliver a range of services to its most marginalized people. The services provided by the dedicated staff team, volunteers and partners include community health and mental health support, tenancy and benefits advice, outreach and social care. They create a sense of belonging and involvement providing visitors with an experience of community.
Powell Commercial Limited
The Petty Pool Trust - £5,000
The Petty Pool Trust deliver courses to young people with learning difficulties. The successful MORE (meaningful opportunities for realistic employment) project would like to start a 'not for profit' enterprise which will allow qualified students with learning disabilities to obtain valuable work experience.
The primary objective of the latest project, dubbed as 'MORE Maintenance', is to offer a quality and affordable gardening service (mowing, strimming, planting, weeding) to the disadvantaged residential areas surrounding the Petty Pool College. The project will primarily be aimed at local disabled and elderly residents who may not have the resources or finances to maintain their own gardens.
'MORE Maintenance' will be overseen by job coaches from Petty Pool College and staffed by their trainees.
Be Wiser Insurance
Andover Young Carers - £2,000
Andover Young Carers provide support to those children and young people who undertake a caring role for a family member suffering from long term illness, disability, alcohol and drug abuse, or domestic violence. These youngsters sacrifice their childhood to care for parents or siblings to the detriment of their social lives and do so willingly, out of love for their family. AYC ensures these youngsters are safe and reduce their social isolation by arranging outings and events. They offer advice and guidance to enable carers to make decisions and also help them to articulate their own needs. They work with schools to raise awareness of the problems carers face and provide drop in centres where carers can meet others in similar situations. The responsibilities shouldered by these special youngsters enable their family units to function and AYC provide respite, encouragement and opportunities for them to develop emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Bennett Christmas Insurance Brokers Ltd
St Peters & St James Hospice - £2,000
St Peter & St James Hospice cares and supports over 600 patients and their families each year, serving a population of 200,000 in Mid Sussex. Patients referred to the Hospice are able to draw on an extensive range of services within the Hospice and offered by the Hospice in the community. These include high quality clinical care, respite care, pre-and-post bereavement counselling, welfare advice, spiritual support and accompaniment and complementary therapies, all of which can be provided at the hospice or in patients’ homes.
Patients are not charged for services and the Hospice receives less than 14% funding from the government each year. As a result, the Hospice has to raise £2.6 million each year to deliver its services. The Hospice plays a key part in the community and is well known and highly regarded.
Carole Nash Insurance
North West Blood Bikers Manchester - £2,000
North West Blood Bikes Manchester (NWBBM) provides a free out-of-hours emergency delivery service to NHS hospitals, surgeries and hospices across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire. The charity offers swift and potentially life-saving delivery of blood and blood products, breast milk, medical records, x-rays and controlled drugs. This service uses five specially equipped motorcycles, 10 volunteer riders and a back-up support vehicle, supported by a control centre operation, again staffed solely by volunteers. It not only provides an invaluable and particularly responsive service to medical professionals but saves the NHS vital funds which might otherwise be spent on couriers or taxis
To give an indication of the frequency and value of its service during a 45 day period (26/05-09/07/2014) NWBBM made 157 deliveries to NHS establishments and charities such as the North West Human Milk Bank and St Ann's Hospice.
NWBBM saves the NHS and charities an estimated £45,000 pa.
Jelf Employee Benefits
New Life Trust Milnrow - £2,000
We stage a vibrant ‘Kidz Klub’ on Friday evenings for children aged 5-11 in a deprived area within Rochdale. This action-packed interactive programme attracts 60-70 children each week and includes games, drama, role play, teaching, music, dancing and a weekly theme regarding behaviours, attitudes and values (honesty, respect, kindness, dangers of criminal and anti-social behaviour etc.). Whilst causing much fun and laughter, the activities are designed to use various teaching means (art, drama and music) to maximise learning. Children are encouraged to develop self-discipline, confidence, respect and teamwork through active participation in the club. Alongside Kidz Klub we run a weekly home visiting programme, a gateway to offering family support where needed. We visit over 130 children each week. We also provide young people aged 12-18 the opportunity to become helpers at Kidz Klub. They receive training and support to learn new skills (stage management, public speaking, sound technicians etc.).
- Helping with Health and Disability Needs for All Ages
Oval Insurance Broking Ltd
Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation - £10,000
The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation is a charity that exists to provide activities, wellbeing services, friendship and advice to those that need them most as well as giving schools access to learning facilities with a difference. Its vision is to provide opportunities for anyone with an illness or disability, the elderly and young people to enable them to get the most out of their lives.
Through a range of innovative services the charity gives its visitors something to look forward to, provides them with a sense of purpose and enables them to look ahead with an appetite for life.
Activities provided by the Foundation include:
- Grow with Us allotment gardening project for adults with disabilities
- Yew Trail Outdoor Classroom for mainstream and special schools and disadvantaged young people
- Grange Community Wellbeing Centre
- Manor day retreat for the elderly and adults with disabilities
- Support and befriending services
- Wheelchair friendly walks
Douglas Insurance Services
Lighthouse Belfast - £5,000
Lighthouse was initially established in 2003 as a community response to a community problem – the exceptionally high incidence of suicide in North Belfast.
Lighthouse aims to:
- Increase the community’s awareness around issues about suicide and self harm with a view to reducing the stigma of suicide and encouraging people to seek help.
- Inform people about places that offer help in their area.
- Provide information and training.
- Bereaved family support
- Crisis intervention for those who are attempting to and/or have previously attempted to take their own lives.
- Provision of counselling , support, complementary and other therapies, groupwork, family support and personal development for all service users of Lighthouse.
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland - £2,000
Cancer Focus Northern Ireland is a local charity that has worked for over 40 years to reduce the impact of cancer in Northern Ireland. Around 12,700 people are diagnosed each year with 4,047 deaths annually, making cancer the leading cause of death in Northern Ireland.
Cancer Focus NI provide care and support services for anyone affected by cancer, delivering cancer prevention programmes, campaigning for effective health policies and funding local ground breaking research. They have made a real impact in communities– influencing media, opinion formers and policy makers to improve cancer services and public health policy.
Cancer Focus NI brings their services into the heart of communities throughout Northern Ireland and all of the money raised is spent here, helping local people. For more information visit www.cancerfocusni.org or you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Bright Red - £2,000
Bright Red is a regional blood cancer charity based in the north east of England. It’s main goal is to make the north east the safest place to be for blood cancer patients.
Whilst ultimately the cure will be found via research, patients still need to receive the best treatment possible, in a comfortable setting, from well educated, caring staff. This is why Bright Red focuses on the bigger picture and fund projects which improve patient care & treatment, staff development and also fund blood cancer research within the region.
Exeter Leukaemia Fund - £2,000
Established in 1987, Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) has helped support thousands of sufferers of leukaemia, lymphoma and other blood conditions who have been referred to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E) from across the Devon. ELF launched their Community Programme almost a year ago, and aims to make things easier during what is often a difficult and challenging time. Their flats near the hospital are available to stay in whether patients are a day-case patient or need to be close-by to support an in-patient. They can arrange transport for hospital appointments so that patients don't have to worry about driving or parking. ELF also partner with Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau, who can offer help with benefits and welfare advice. The charity also fundraise to provide, within the hospital, a counselling service, complimentary therapy, fund specialist equipment, and much more through their incredible efforts.
Rees Astley Ltd
Derwen College - £2,000
Derwen College is a residential specialist college providing further education for more than 230 young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and is committed to minimise the disadvantage for young people for whom mainstream education is not an option. The College offers an extended curriculum providing students with the opportunity to develop vocational, independence, personal and social skills – training designed to support students in their transition towards independence.
In March 2012 became the first specialist college ever in the whole of the UK to retain an existing “Grade 1 – Outstanding” Ofsted assessment.
Derwen specialises in teaching through vocational programmes and social enterprises that promote employability through direct experiences in work, rather than merely training for work in the classroom. The whole learning experience prepares the students to live as independently as possible in the wider community, minimising the risk of future poverty and being labelled ‘disadvantaged’ by society.
- Helping with Health and Disability Needs for Children
Follow Your Dreams - £10,000
Follow Your Dreams are a UK charity based in Pontyclun, South Wales, established to support children with learning disabilities. The charity focuses on their ability, identifying opportunities for growth and development through delivering interactive events and ‘dream workshops’.
The objective is to inspire young people to see beyond immediate challenges whilst encouraging them to follow their dreams. By developing their talents and skills, Follow Your Dreams empower young people with the knowledge, hope and tools to understand that their possibilities in life are endless.
All activities are designed to encourage the young people to be positive, ambitious and consider their ultimate goals. Helping children to achieve their dreams has a valuable impact on the individuals, their families and the local community.
The Charity’s last Annual Report (2013/14) stated that during the year 962 children attended workshops and 214 children were given the support required to follow their dream of choice.
Wrightsure Insurance Services Ltd
Holding On Letting Go - £5,000
Holding On Letting Go (HOLG) aim to provide bereavement support to children and their families across Kent. The children are aged between 6 and 16. They are invited to attend a therapeutic grief weekend. The weekend aims to support that child by discussing their loss and working with them to develop resilience and find strategies to move forward in their grief.
These children have suffered a significant bereavement such as the loss of a parent or sibling. The death may have occurred as a result of a terminal illness but, more often, HOLG are receiving referrals from families who have experienced a traumatic death such as suicide.
Kent has some areas of significant deprivation such as Thanet and Medway and a large number of referrals to the charity come from these areas bringing with them additional challenges such as severe financial hardship, poor literacy and families in crisis.
Henderson Insurance Brokers Ltd
Daisy Chain - £2,000
Daisy Chain Project directly supports 120 children with autism and aspergers syndrome from across the Tees valley. It supports a total of 839 families and seeks to improve the life chances of children and young people with autism. This is achieved in a number of ways. The charity provides education, alternative education provision and activities, including volunteering for children and young people.
The charity provides support groups for parents, young people, and children (age appropriate). Daisy chain runs a number of school holiday activities and evening/weekend activities that allow respite in the form of short breaks to occur. These are important as it may be the only time, mum or the other primary carer get to do the shopping, spend time with siblings or have a little me time.
The charity does not get any statutory or government subsides. The charity only undertake fundraising from within the local community to deliver these essential services.
Daisy chain has been an integral and much loved charity within the community of Stockton on Tees for 11 years now.
J Hatty Co
The Christopher McCollum Fund - £2,000
It was set up in 2008 in memory of Christopher McCollum who had Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and died in September 2001 aged 16. Chris experienced major delays in wheelchair provision which had a profound effect on his quality of life. As a testimony to his courage and determination the charity aims to promote public awareness on how delays can impact the quality of life of young disabled people. The charity primarily provides assistance in the purchase of wheelchairs and other specialist mobility equipment to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. It aims to advance education within government, the health service and the general public by raising awareness as to why delays in the provision of equipment can have an impact on health and quality of life and to ensure proper standards of medical care and support are available in Northern Ireland.
Oval Insurance Broking Ltd
Cash for Kids - £2,000
Northsound Cash for Kids supports disabled and disadvantaged children ages 0-18years across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Their mission is to respond to the needs of children in our communities. They aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and to achieve their individual potential. Last year they supported 11,500 children throughout their many appeals. All money raised on behalf of Cash for Kids stays in the area and is provided where it is needed most.
Their Mission Christmas appeal raised £174,050 worth of toys and which was then distributed to 3481 children living in poverty who would not normally receive a gift from Santa Claus.
Cash for Kids strives hard to support children in the North East in need of support but they need the support of individuals and businesses who share their vision to improve the lives of young people.
The Burley Group
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice - £2,000
The Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy who are not expected to reach adulthood, both in their homes and at the hospice. They currently care for around 200 children from South Yorkshire and the North Midlands. The highly specialised team look after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and support the whole family on their life journey offering short respite breaks, day care provision, community support, crisis intervention, end of life treatment and care, parents, grandparents and siblings groups and bereavement counselling.
Their objective is to offer a high level of care and to support the whole family through the worst time of their life. This is a bespoke service and there is no other equivalent care in the area.
- Supporting Local Sport
Battersea Summer Scheme - £10,000
Battersea Summer Scheme organises activities for underprivileged young people who come from areas suffering severe deprivation with poor statistics for health, educational achievement, crime (particularly relating to drug use and abuse) and ‘at risk’ children in Wandsworth. The activities take young people away from their home environment to gain new and different experiences where they learn to interact with their peers AND leaders. They work closely with the local council, metropolitan police, youth clubs and groups to introduce the young people to opportunities and to help them gain confidence. Most of these disengaged young people have no other distractions and there is little interaction between young from different estates and cultures so these trips and activities help them to integrate with each other and their local community to help expand their horizons and give them better opportunities.
MacLeod Insurance Services
Uist & Barra Junior Football Club - £5,000
We are a Voluntary Group who meet every Saturday at the local School to develop and promote Football in an area of the country which is very remote. We never get the chance to receive proper coaching from mainland sources, due to the remoteness and the expense required to travel to the islands.
We have around 50-70 children ages 11-17 who have nothing else to do but play Football and the lack of proper facilities and coaching makes it very difficult for the Volunteers who give so much time to assist the children.
Coversure Insurance Services
Pirates Canoe Club - £2,000
Pirates Canoe Club is a warm and friendly club with a safe, relaxed atmosphere. We have around 80 members of all ages, sexes and backgrounds so whether you are a white water junkie or have never been in a kayak before there will be something for you.
Being based in Kent the majority of our paddling is done on the sea and on the various rivers around the South East. We have members whose interests include a range of paddle sport disciplines. We run an active calendar throughout the year ranging from evenings at the Kingswood Activity Centre Swimming Pool (Ashford), to week long white water trips in the Alps.
J W Burley and Partners (U) Ltd
Hallam Cricket - £2,000
Hallam Cricket club is a community club run entirely by volunteers. Over recent years it has taken on a second ground, and increased its team numbers to 6 senior teams, 14 junior teams and 2 senior midweek. Last season they started a 5th Saturday senior team to further help their junior development programme. The club has grown to over 300 members and is focused very much around opportunities for all. they firmly believe that everymember egardless of ability deserves the opportunity to learn and play cricket. The club is very active in developing Womens and girls cricket and is involved with blind cricketers.
Jelf Insurance Brokers - Herne Bay
Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club - £2,000
The club has been established as a coastal amateur rowing club since 1887 where is has been part of the local community and serving the town of Herne Bay.
The club provides the facility of coastal rowing, including some river events, open to the local community as both an opportunity to participate in rowing and also a social meeting / facility available to the community.
Rowing involves youngsters from the age of 10 up-wards up to some veteran rowers of aged 70+ who still compete. There is all-year round training, fitness and rowing activities on the water. The club-house holds a number of rowing machines for all to use when conditions are poor.
The club also helps to support others such as the local high-school for an indoor rowing event the school organized and Pilgrims Hospice where club members helped marshal an event and provided club facilities for use.
Trust Insurance Group Services
Grantham Cricket Club - £2,000
Grantham Cricket Club supports the development of Cricket for juniors aged 7-17 and adults, and offers significant opportunities for coaching, and playing matches for all age groups. The club has grown rapidly over the last two years and has 80 junior members (including 15 girls) and 40 seniors.
The Club has an inclusive pricing policy; a flat fee of £10 per annum for juniors, full-time students and seniors who are out of work, and a monthly senior fee of £10 with no match or training fees. The pricing structure ensures that cost is not a barrier to playing cricket.
The Club supports the wider community by working with schools to support coaching, with the assistance of club coaches, and by allowing local schools to use the club’s facilities at no cost for hosting matches and tournaments, some of which allow local schoolchildren to access cricket for the first time.
- Early Entry Prize Draw Winners
Broker Charity JLT Lady McAdden Breast Screening unit (BUST) CJN Insurance Services Ltd Bluestone CIC BJIC Ltd Land & City Families Trust Waterfront Insurance Brokers Golcar United Juniors Tony McDonagh & Co Ltd Julian Campbell Foundation (JCF) Gallagher Heath Ins. Services Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice A J Insurances Cystic Fibrosis Trust Premier Insurance Newcastle United Foundation Martinez & Partners Childrens Heart Federation Todd & Cue Ltd Disability North Morrison Insurance Solutions Maypole FC Focus Oxford LLP Helen & Douglas House Johnston Park McAndrew Alzheimer's Society Aon Limited Houston FC Fowler Penfold Wessex Cardiac Trust ltd Marlow Gardner & Cooke Ltd Froglife Trust