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Lent Appeal 2008
This year we're supporting two charities:
The Children's Trust
The Childrenís Trust is a national charity working with children who have multiple disabilities and complex health needs. It's based at a 24 acre site in Tadworth, Surrey, but offers its services to children from across the UK.
From 1927 until 1983, their site at Tadworth Court was the country branch of Great Ormond Street Childrenís Hospital. In 1984, the Department of Health transferred management control to the newly created charity The Childrenís Trust.
The Trust offers a unique combination of skills and experience in meeting the complex needs of children with profound disabilities.
Their services comprise:
The Trust has an unparalleled reputation in its field thanks to its commitment to meeting the diverse needs of these children and their families, coupled with its ability to deliver the best possible combination of nursing, therapy, medical and educational care.
The Trust's great fundraising challenge for 2008 is to raise just over £7 million to build a new national rehabilitation centre for children with acquired brain injuries.
The good news is that they are over half-way with an amazing £3.9 million already raised and construction work has recently started. However, they still have a way to go to reach the £7 million required.
For further details, please visit the Trust's website (opens in new window).
Accommodation & Move-on Project Ltd (LAMP) is a Christian charity
whose principle activity is the provision of accommodation, support and
advice to young people aged 16 to 25, about issues of homelessness and to
develop their skills of independent living.
Since LAMP was conceived
in 1995 they have helped over 3,000 young people with information, advice,
support and most importantly housing.
the last year LAMP has:
works with local Landlords to offer supported housing to young people.
To be considered for accommodation with LAMP involves an initial
assessment to explore a clientís housing needs and options and
discussing the life skills our clients want to develop. To achieve these
goals, one-to-one support and guidance is offered by our trained Personal
the last 13 years LAMP has developed a range of services that include:
works with young people who:
comment from one our clients, who has since moved into his own
accommodation, and is now settled in a secure job and now has started a
family of his own:
is currently the only organisation that runs Homelessness Prevention
Workshops for children and young people in Lutonís schools and sixth
form colleges. The focus of
each session is to present the hard realities of being homeless and to
inform and educate about how young people can leave home successfully and
make a safe transition to independence.
Prevention team have developed an Education Pack, designed to create an
understanding of what homelessness is and an awareness of how to avoid it.
The pack can be presented by its dedicated Homelessness Prevention
Advisors through workshops to any school, college, youth club or community
group in Luton who may request it. The
workshops also link into the national curriculum requirements for
Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PHSCE).
year, LAMP visited 8 schools. Over 700
children and young people experienced a LAMP workshop. Many of the schools
in which LAMP works are in areas such as Biscot, Dallow and Sundon Park,
which are among the 10% most deprived in the country.
believes that the solutions to youth homelessness in Luton lie not just in
providing direct services to those young people who have become homeless
but in also reaching out to those young people most at-risk of becoming
homeless. This will help LAMPís clients to build the knowledge and
skills they need to make a safe transition to independence.
is also a young person centred organisation. The content of its
preventative workshops is shaped by the actual experiences of homeless
young people. One of
its Homeless Prevention Advisors was himself homeless and is able to bring
the realities of his experiences into the classroom.
The Financial Costs
is a small charity and aims to raise as much as it can from the local
community. To expand its work in local schools and to continue to offer
this vital support service, it needs to raise £6,000 pounds a month.
With LAMPís Christian
foundation, its staff operate from a Christian ethos to bring a
non-judgemental approach to its work with young people. LAMP affirms its
commitment to work responsibly in the context of other faiths and those
For further details, please visit Lamp's website (opens in new window).
A total of £1,100 was raised for this year's Lent Appeal. This was split equally between both charities. The CARE Committee would like to thank everyone who supported them.
Building a raft as part of a self-esteem event
A trip to the theatre and a visit to the London Eye