This Christmas, to celebrate the season of giving, we donated £5450 to local charities.
Thank you to everybody who voted, we gave £25 on your behalf to your chosen charity and managed to improve the lives of hundreds of people in our communities.
Some of the ways that the charities have told us they are spending your donations;
- Annual internet costs for 30 refugees so that they can participate in digital training
- Tea, breakfast and shower services for over 67 rough sleepers
- Research into how to rewild habitats in Britain
- Training costs for a rescue dog handler in Norway
- A supported cultural experience for a group of blind people
Providence Row tackles the root causes of homelessness to help people get off and stay off the streets. They offer an integrated service of crisis support, advice, recovery and learning and training programmes.
This charity works to encourage rewilding in Britain – to reverse ecological decline and help tackle climate breakdown. Rewilding is the large-scale restoration of ecosystems where nature can take care of itself. It seeks to reinstate natural processes and, where appropriate, missing species – allowing them to shape the landscape and the habitats within.
Code your Future
Code your Future is a coding school for refugees and disadvantaged groups. Through their eight-month programme, they teach students the technical and soft skills they need to become entry-level developers. They combine in-class training, led by experienced developers, alongside remote-learning assignments to provide the most comprehensive program possible.
Stine Sofies Foundation
Thousands of children and young people in Norway are subjected to violence and abuse every day. That is why the Stine Sofies Foundation works to both prevent and detect abuse of children – and to safeguard the children of violence. They provide education, research, lobbying services and refuge at the Stine Sofie Cente, the world’s first training and mastering center for abused children.
Norwegian rescue dogs work to find and rescue missing people. In 2015, Norwegian rescue dogs participated in nearly 500 rescue operations. The charity invests in training dogs to help in the instance of missing persons, avalanches or disasters including collapsed buildings. By supporting Norwegian Rescue Dogs you can help dog handlers to be trained and find missing people. It is expensive to train each rescue dog, but in return, the dog is a crucial resource to be used in rescue operations.
Fattighuset is a voluntary organization that aims to help people in difficult situations by distributing food and clothing and other support. They work to make the everyday life of underprivileged people a little brighter. Their daily operations take place over three floors in Greenland camp 39, which consists of, among other things, a food and clothing distribution room with a cold room, newly renovated storage for donated clothes and things, separate rooms for hairdresser and physiotherapy and a canteen for volunteers which is open to all members twice a week.
The Synergia Foundation
The Synergia Foundation was established in early 2015. As a public benefit NGO, its mission is to improve the well-being of visually impaired people by implementing successful social entrepreneurship practices and fostering dialogue and interaction between citizens, businesses, state, and the NGO sector.
Wild Animals preserves biodiversity, aiding the survival of wild animal species in Bulgaria and increasing the ecological literacy of Bulgarian citizens. The organization’s main objective is rescuing, providing foster care for injured and orphaned animals, and returning native animals to the wild. Alongside this, they support the authorities responsible for environment protection on cases of vulnerable and endangered species threatened by human activities and natural hazards.
Podari Vreme is a charity that improves the lives of children in Bulgarian orphanages who are devoid of parental care. The charity has facilitated over 41,000 hours of volunteer time through it’s friendship and educational programmes.