Our children's campaigns 2017 - 2019
Enhancement of the
South Mitcham Community Centre April 2019
We are very pleased to be providing support to a vital community centre, located in the heart of Mitcham. The South Mitcham Community Centre provides a variety of classes and support for the families in the Phipps Bridge area of Mitcham.
A member of the Little Lives team visited the centre, and met with some of the staff and volunteers. She was very impressed by their commitment to providing support to the community. After speaking with the staff, we identified that only one location in the building had internet access which impacted massively on the services they are able to provide.
Our target this month is to provide the centre with internet access across the building and computers that will benefit the children who attend.
We are also pleased to be able to assist with the cost of a dance class which is being held over the Easter school holidays. The classes were provided by Fabienne of Bonnaire Arts and Education. Both the children who attended and the families of those children found it extremely beneficial.
Synapptic TV Box for Tyrese March 2019
We were also able to assist an individual this month, through our ongoing work with the RNIB. When we heard about the young man and his situation, we were reminded of how passionate we are about the work we do.
The young man (15) had suffered a cardiac arrest and his sight had been affected severely, he is now adjusting to living his life with very limited vision. This had happened recently and both the young man and his family are adjusting to a devasting diagnosis that will impact across the whole family unit.
We were able to provide a TV and internet device that would allow him to do some of the things he used to do and allow him to interact with friends and family.
Contact Centre Wandsworth February - March 2019
On Friday 5th April we had the pleasure of presenting the Wandsworth Contact Centre with the toys and equipment that we were able to provide due to the support and generosity of the London community. The contact centre provides much needed support for children and their families to be able to develop and sustain positive relationships.
Lella, our Tooting shop manager was given a warm welcome by the staff at the centre who were genuinely delighted with all of the items. They had also provided refreshments which was much appreciated!
The staff had told us that it was more difficult to engage the older children who attended, the centre now has a Playstation 4, an air hockey table and a tennis table, just to mention a few of the items provided.
Nathan’s relaxation and tranquillity January 2019
Our first campaign of 2019 was for a nine year old boy, Nathan. Nathan has Nystagmus and also high degree myopia which severely affects his sight. His condition impacts enormously on both Nathan and his mum, both at home and at school.
Little Lives has previously worked with the Royal Society of Blind Children and we were very pleased to continue our support. Nathan suffers from global development delay and becomes very stressed, one of the only things that helps Nathan calm down is watching cartoons and he also enjoys singing along to music videos. Nathan was using his mum’s phone but really needed his own device. Little Lives were very happy to be able to provide a new IPad and additionally a storage unit for his bedroom.
Little Lives delivered the items to his mother at the beginning of February, unfortunately Nathan was at school, however his mum was overwhelmed and asked that we pass her thanks to all of our customers and donators!
Lambeth Academy - gift drive December 2018
In December 2018, we worked with the pupils of Lambeth Academy, who organised a gift drive for children in their local area who are less fortunate.
We were grateful to Wandsworth Council Social Services who took the collection of gifts to distribute to families within Wandsworth and believe that we made a real difference to our community at Christmas.
Giving kids access to fitness October, November 2018
In October and November of 2018, we supported a boxing club based in Tooting, London. TM Boxing has been running affordable group sessions for children for nearly ten years. The club runs three sessions a week and no child is ever turned away.
Over the past ten years, they have worked with many children who have special needs, developing social skills and building their self-esteem and confidence.
Some of the group’s members were at risk of exclusion from school or have had difficulties at home, but through the work at TM Boxing, a large number of these children have improved and rebuilt relationships both at school and home. The money we raised was spent on new equipment for the group, helping to improve their classes and deliver more high-quality training, development, and nurture to their students.
Balham Children’s Home September 18
In September of 2018, we raised money for a new children’s home opening in Balham. The money raised was spent on items the children needed to start their life in their new home.
Every donation helped and we were able to improve these children’s lives, offering them a happier and brighter future.
Royal Society for Blind Children July, August 2018
In July and August of 2018, we supported the Royal Society for Blind Children. The charity estimates there are 185 families with blind children in Wandsworth, and without support, too many of these children face a future of poverty and loneliness. Currently, nine out of 10 blind children won’t have a long-term job when they grow up, and most will never have someone to share their life with.
With the right support, however, everything can change. That starts with RSBC’s Family Workers. Vicky, RSBC’s local Family Worker for South London is there to offer a listening ear and a comforting hand from the moment parents are told their child is blind. And for as long as a family needs their advice, RSBC is on hand to help support their blind child’s learning and development at home, in school, and through community activities.
It costs £500 for Vicky to give a full year of support to one local blind child and his or her family, thanks to generous donations, Little Lives UK, Vicky and the RSBC helped young blind people build their skills, friendships, and self-belief to achieve their dreams.
St Christopher’s Diamond Fund June 2018
In June 2018, we supported the St Christopher’s Fellowship, a registered charity providing care, accommodation and support to disadvantaged and homeless young people through their children’s homes, supported housing schemes and fostering placements. Many of their projects and services are based in London, but they also support young people in Sandwell, Bedford and on the Isle of Man.
Through the Diamond Fund, their young people can receive small grants to enable them to take up opportunities to access education, training and employment (ETE). This could be things such as a suit for a job interview, a travel card for the first month of employment (until they get paid), enrolment fees for further education college, books, tools, hair-dressing equipment, protective clothing, small grants to help people set up in business, clothing for interviews, sewing machine, cooking utensils, music instruments, and so much more.
Providing a young person with even a very small grant can make a huge difference; many of the young people they work with simply need someone to believe in them. Donations from our incredible supporters helped them to achieve their goal.
Makaton Training Course May 2018
In May 2018, we raised money for Makaton training courses held at the Band Foundation. Makaton is a language programme designed to give individuals who cannot communicate efficiently by speaking a means of communication.
The Makaton language programme is used with individuals affected by autism, down syndrome, and language impairments, including stroke patients.
The money raised helped to fund training programmes at the Band Foundation, with donations contributing to bettering lives of children and individuals suffering from language impairments. Thanks to Little Lives UK and our generous donors, individuals were taught language and literacy skills that will help them to lead normal, functioning lives.
Ronald Mcdonald House: Home away from home 2018
In 2018, we worked with the Ronald McDonald House, on the site of St George’s Hospital. The house provides families of children who are long-term patients with a “home away from home”, which enables them to be close at hand for their children. Little Lives made donations of toys and books to the home throughout the year to support their incredible ongoing work.
To See Lucas Walk December 2017
Lucas’ parents started physical rehabilitation as soon as they could, and he first started to reach out after toys. At three years old, with help, Lucas was able to stand up but needed further rehabilitation to get him on his feet, costing £875. His parents couldn’t afford rehab as they were struggling financially, so Little Lives UK got involved and helped, with others, to bring Lucas to his feet.
Help Lea to sit on her own August 2017
Back in 2017, Lea’s parents announced their ambitions to raise £620 to pay for their daughter’s physical therapy. Lea, who was five at the time, struggled with a debilitating condition but remained a smiley and positive girl, excited about her life and adventures.
Thanks to your support, we helped to raise money for Lea, whose family used it to fund her treatment. Since then, Lea fulfilled her family’s dreams – to be able to sit on her own.