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Funky Tots Sessions for the Freedom Foundation Jun 2022

Funky Tots Sessions

Freedom Foundation CIC in Nottingham aims to improve children’s physical and mental wellbeing through music, dance and mentoring. Founded in 2018, they have been providing arts and education projects within schools, alternative provisions and within their community.

Using dance and music, children can be taught how to make songs and create dance routines whilst FFCIC help the children with the tools that will improve their wellbeing, understand the impact that social media has on their health and embrace their identity.

We are very proud to announce that we have donated £2,195 to Freedom Foundation CIC to ensure that 12 week’s worth of sessions for 25 children can be held. The sessions are an hour long and give an opportunity for parents, carers and grandparents to participate in the sessions with the children.

By the end of the 12 weeks, children will have learnt new ways to stay healthy and active, new ways to talk and communicate and be more confident and understanding in their emotions.

Our donation to Designability Charity Jun 2022

Wizzybug - Children's powered wheelchair

Designability are a charity organisation who since 1968 have been designing and creating products to enable those living with disabilities to live a more independent life and to overcome the challenges they face.

The products that are designed are designed in collaboration with those who will be using them, meaning that they are fit for use.

Designability have been running their Wizzybug Loan Scheme which allows families with children living with disabilities to have a free loan of one of their Wizzybug powered mobility wheelchair. The Wizzybug is a small, powered wheelchair that not only looks great but gives children with disabilities the opportunity to explore independently instead of being pushed around. Currently 150 children are being supported through this scheme.

This is why we are proud to announce a £2,220 donation to help towards the refurbishment of a Wizzybug wheelchair. This will ensure that another child will be able to benefit from the scheme and gain greater independence than before.

Voyages for the Tall Ships Youth Trust Jun 2022

Voyages for the Tall Ships Youth Trust

The Tall Ships Youth Trust based in Portsmouth, Hampshire are the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sailing charity. They offer life life-changing voyages for disadvantaged young people. The voyages offered to the young people help to develop life skills, social skills, confidence and self-esteem of the children to realise their true potential and make positive life choices. The voyages will also help to encourage a healthy lifestyle and get them involved in volunteering and for many helps them lead into a career in the maritime industry.

From the trust’s experience, children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds don’t have the same opportunities as other children, they can feel that they are defined only by their background and this has a knock-on effect on their self-esteem.

The project’s aim is to enable 8 children to take part in a 4-night residential voyage.

This is why we are delighted to announce a donation of £2,000 to the TSYT to help towards costs of the voyage. The young people will learn how to work as a team and will learn how to learn a respect and tolerate others in the small community which is a ship.

Our Donation to Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ May 2022

Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ

Tunbridge Wells Youth for Christ aims to provide young people of the community a place to access mentoring and chaplaincy in a reflective space. The TWYFC seeks to support the children’s spiritual, moral, mental health and social development through the projects they run.

A lot of children that use the youth centre also come in to complete their homework and socialise with their friends and have time away from disruptive home lives.

Through our Children’s Community Support programme, we have donated a total of £1,594 to the TWYFC to purchase 12 Android tablets. These tablets will ensure that children that use the drop in café have the chance to complete their homework in a safe and controlled environment.

The tablets can also be used to teach the children how to safely use the internet responsibly and safely carry out their own research when they need it for their homework and schoolwork.

We are pleased to be supporting such a great organisation who are doing so much good work to help children in their local community.

Our Donation to Beyond Autism for iPads May 2022

Beyond Autism

Beyond Autism (Early Years) in Bromley, is a charity that aims to support everyone with autism by helping to provide the right sort of education fit for their needs. They aim to empower a life full of choice, opportunity and independence. The support they offer is free for parents and carers to attend with their children aged 15 months to 5 years old.

Some children may not be reaching ‘typical milestones’ in education because a difference in their speech, language or behaviour, BA (EY) help parents who are concerned and provide the best support available to aid their children.

Children within Bromley are facing over a two year waiting list to access autism diagnostic services and support which means a majority of the children and their parents, are left unsupported through a difficult time. BA (EY) ensures that everyone in the community who is concerned about their child’s development, can access support.

This is why we are delighted to announce that we have donated £1,750 to help fund the purchase of four iPads and resources for speech and language sessions. With this equipment, BA (EY) can provide fast and efficient support to those who need it.

Gymnastics Play Sessions at Waveney Gymnastics Club May 2022

The Waveney Gymnastics Club

The Waveney Gymnastics Club in Lowestoft works with the local community to support children who are living in disadvantaged backgrounds or are living with disabilities. They help them by giving them access to play sessions and equipment that can help improve their confidence, self-esteem, physical and mental wellness.

The WGC offers children on the community a chance to join in with tumbling classes, trampoline classes, parkour, squad gymnastics and holiday camps.

We are delighted to announce that we are going to be donating £1,500 to the WGC to help to run their summer camps which will be free for children. The classes are open to children of the area regardless of their background, ethnicity, ability or education.

The WGB makes these inclusive classes fun for everyone who wants to join in with them and wants to aim to support children with whatever issues they may be facing through the use of gymnastics. We are pleased to be support the WGC and all the hard work they are doing.

Our donation to help free holiday camps for the Champions Community Support Health CIC April 2022

Champions Community Support Health CIC

The Champions Community Support Health CIC in Leeds help children and young people to increase activity, social cohesion and provides activities to discourage and stop children becoming involved in gangs and anti-social behaviour by providing free turn up and play football sessions. Their aim is to provide free sports sessions for children who are living in a deprived area of South Leeds irrespective of their ability or background. During the summer holidays, the CCSH CIC will be running a free summer holiday camp, running four days a week for four weeks, for children to have something constructive and fun to do in a safe and controlled environment.

Little Lives UK is providing £1,500 of funding to the CCSH CIC to provide free and healthy packed lunches for all of the children who attend the camp.

This makes the camps totally free for the children and means that parents who may not be able to afford other summer time clubs can be safe in the knowledge that their children will have a free, constructive, fun, safe and healthy activity to do whilst not at school at the same time as receiving a free healthy lunch.

Donation for playschemes for the Family Information Group CIC April 2022

Family Information Group

The Family Information Group in Romford in Essex provides support and services for disabled children and their carers. Working with the community, the FIG provide access to services that best help and encourage them to be successful, giving particular attention to ensuring that the children enjoy learning and can grow to become resilient and healthy adults.

During the summer the FIG run daytrips for children to help alleviate any stress caused to children who are out of their daily routines. A lot of families and carers with disabled children have said that when schools are closed for the summer, the lack of routine is difficult on the children and finding something to do to fill their time and keep them occupied is a struggle.

This is why we are so pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to the FIG to help run day trips for a totally of 90 children to visit local amusements like Diggerland, Willow Farm Village and other educational activity centres.
This will give both the children and their carers are respite during the holidays.

Specialist Surf Sessions for Wild and Free CIC April 2022

Specialist Surf Sessions for Wild and Free CIC

Wild and Free CIC are a change in the community company in Christchurch in Dorset who provide sessions for children with physical and mental health troubles. The therapeutic benefits of being in and by the sea, are well-evidenced. Wild and Free Therapy harness these aspects and we also utilise the key element of psychoeducation.

WIFCIC identified that some therapy that is not offered in the mainstream have become vital in helping children in the community. Research with local families has told us that despite the majority of children with disabilities loving the beach and the sea, families find it difficult or impossible to find sea-based activities for their child to take part in, due to accessibility issues, and also the lack of an inclusive approach from mainstream providers.

We are proud to announce a donation of £1,500 that will help to fund a programme of weekly sessions, lasting 8 weeks, that accommodate 6-8 participants. The group of participants may be a group of children with disabilities or a group of children with mental health needs.

The funding will help to provide surf coaches and physiotherapists and equipment hire which includes a specially adapted surfboard that children with physical disabilities can use safely.

Our £1,500 donation to the Children’s Art School April 2022

Children’s Art School

We are very pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to The Children’s Art School in Holmfirth. Since being founded in 2015, the CAS have made it their aim and commitment to teach children creative and fun ways of learning.

Their main activities provide art classes and workshops for children and young people through a Saturday Art School, after school clubs, creative experience days for schools and creating art works with children and young people for public exhibition, arts festivals and community events.

Since 2021 the CAS has been developing Maker World in Huddersfield’s Piazza Centre to create a hub which uses imagination, creativity and play to build friendships, develop a positive sense of place, support well-being and promote tolerance between Huddersfield’s diverse communities. Maker World aims to engage with families who wouldn’t usually access arts opportunities. Activities are free and it’s ‘high street’ location and visibility is key allowing us to engage with children from nearby deprived areas.

The project that we have donated funding towards, targets early years children over six drop in sessions and will encourage children and families from deprived areas of Huddersfield, who wouldn’t usually participate in the arts and will welcome children into a creative community, developing skills in creativity and offering play, socialisation, positivity and laughter.

Funding for the Footsteps Foundation ‘Spider Therapy’ April 2022

Footsteps Foundation ‘Spider Therapy’

The Footsteps Foundation are a charity based in Wallingford that aims to improve the life of children with neurological conditions, providing them with intensive physiotherapy that will help live with their conditions.

Each year the Footsteps Foundation funds a bespoke therapy for around a hundred children, who come for three-week blocks of therapy, multiple times per year. They support children with neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy, who are offered just one or two hours of physiotherapy per month on the NHS. Footsteps Foundation is therefore filing a serious gap in provision of intensive physiotherapy for disabled children.

Little Lives UK are proud to announce a donation of £1,300 to provide a specialist physiotherapy called Footsteps Spider Physiotherapy. The ‘Spider’ is a simple piece of equipment that enables therapists to support children with low muscle tone whilst doing strength and coordination-building exercises. Therapists then attach elastic ropes to harnesses, forming a ‘spider’s web’ supporting the child’s body. This can be used to assist them in holding kneeling, sitting or standing positions, depending on the therapy goals.

With the gaps in provisions that are available, Footsteps Foundation are providing an excellent service for children who really are in need of this specialist care.

Glenview Farm Equine Learning Centre March 2022

Glenview Farm Equine Learning Centre

We are pleased to announce a £900 donation towards the Glenview Farm Equine Learning Centre’s afterschool pony club, Pony Pals. The funding will go towards the running if the sessions and towards the upkeep of the stables and ponies.

Based in Northern Ireland, GFELC has been providing an innovative and proven learning experience, facilitated by certified professionals to accelerate transformational change in children who have a range of concerns such as being absent from school, have mental and physical health difficulties, are from isolated families or are ‘looked after children’ who are part of the social services system.

The sessions aim to provide exercise, give the opportunity to learn to care for horses which will teach many life skills including; perseverance, responsibility, patience, communication, trust and the value of working towards goals. Unlink in many other sports, these sessions will also give an opportunity to enhance emotional bonds, giving the opportunity for the children to make a bond with their pony partner as well as the other children who participate.

The children will have access to 9 weekly sessions that will teach them how to properly groom a pony, muck out stables, work in teams, feed and care for their ponies. By the end of the project the children will have learnt self awareness, self regulation, internal motivation, empathy and social skills.

Funding for the Sheiling School’s Sensory Room March 2022

Sheiling School’s Sensory Room

Sheiling School is a specialist school and children’s home for children and young people aged 6-19 with special educational needs, it provides pupils with a safe, secure and nurturing home environment. They also offer a wide variety of therapies, including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, art therapy, drama therapy and massage therapy.

When some of the children become overwhelmed, they need to time for themselves to escape what is making them stressed or anxious. The Sheiling School are starting a project to build a sensory room. Sensory rooms have been proven to help children with motor troubles and certain mental health issues.

We are pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 towards the building of a sensory room at the school for the children. The funding will help to cover the cost of glow in the Dark Floor cushions, giant beanbags, a portable bubble tube, a sensory fibre optic curtain, an aura projector, mark making sequin long boards, a layabout snug mat and a sit on peanut balance ball. The use of this equipment helps to reduce anxiety and stress with its array of lights, sounds and feels that help to stimulate the children.

Our continuing support for the Feltham Police Boxing Club March 2022

Feltham Police Boxing Club

For the past two years we have been supporting the Feltham Police Boxing Club with running sessions for children of the area who need an activity to occupy their time instead of being led into anti-social behaviour, which has been identified as a problem in the area.

We are very happy to announce that we will be supporting the club again with a donation of £2,016 to help run 48 sessions between April 2022 and March 2023.

The sessions are heavily subsidised and only cost the children who attend £2 a session. There has been growing interest and attendance to the sessions. It is run by volunteers and the donation from ourselves and the nominal fee, helps to contribute towards the rent for the club, equipment and training courses for the volunteers so that they can safely teach boxing.

Boxing in a small amateur club like this one helps children in the area make new friends, work on their socialising skills, maintain and improve their fitness, escape from the ‘real-world’ for a while, learn a new skill and occupy their time so there is less of a chance in being involved in anti-social behaviour.

Our donation towards a summer residential for the Sylvia Beaufoy Centre March 2022

Sylvia Beaufoy Centre

The Sylvia Beaufoy Centre in Petworth is a youth centre that gives the opportunity for children of the area to have a place to learn new skills, socialise and escape the sense of isolation that can often be felt by young people who live in the countryside.
Even though Petworth has been described as one of the most desirable places to live, the transport links for young people are sporadic, which means it is hard for them to visit the bigger towns nearby.

This summer, the SBC want to give the opportunity for 35 young people and the required staff to stay at Brathay in the Lake District where they can learn new skills, try new activities and socialise with their friends from the youth club in a different environment to what they are used to.

We are pleased to announce a £1,500 donation to this project to help fund this residential.

As a lot of children of the families in the area don’t have the disposable income for a holiday, this summer residential offers them a chance to meet new people, try new things and spend time with their current friends.

Free Crafting Workshops for Making Space for Craft March 2022

Making Space for Craft

Based in Leigh Park in Havant, Making Space for Craft, will be running summer workshops that give the opportunity for children of the area, who are in some of the highest deprived areas in the country, to use their creative side in a friendly and comfortable environment whilst making friends and improving their confidence and ability to socialise with others.

The area which this project is based in is in the top 10% of deprived areas in the UK and the number of low-income families and the rates of unemployment are much higher than the national average.

Little Lives UK is pleased to announce a donation of £1,424 through our Children’s Community Support programme to support the free for children activities with a prospected 288 participants over the summer.

The workshops are designed and run by skilled makers and artists in air dry clay, weaving, beading, painting and fabric painting. The workshops have been designed to increase the confidence of the children, inspire them to be more creative, help make friends in the area and gain new experiences in an area which relies heavily on a single community centre for children’s activities.

We are proud to be supporting Making Space for Craft and the work they do in inspiring children and enhancing their creative side.

Our Donation to the Caedmon Company for Drama Workshops March 2022

Caedmon Company

The Caedmon Company are a company of professional artists and healthcare workers that use performance art to help improve the well-being of socially disadvantaged children and young people in educational settings. Their goal is to develop a lasting partnership with Darlinghurst Primary School, Essex and the wider community of Southend-on-Sea whilst delivering life-changing projects for young people.

The company will be running a six-week project called ‘The Hero’s Journey’ for pupil premium children that have been signposted to the company by the school leadership team.

We are pleased to announce a donation of £1,242.30 to help support this amazing project.

The children will have the opportunity to travel to the West End in London and take part in sessions, in inspirational settings, that are arts, creative writing and acting based with the hope to improve their confidence, enhance their creative side and give them skills to reintegrate with community.
We are so pleased to be supporting this project with funding as it is a service that is so desperately needed and helps so many children in a creative and fun way.

Sensory Room Equipment for The Disability Union March 2022

Disability Union

The Disability Union are based near Southampton and help to support those living with disabilities live an independent life. The union was created for disabled people and their carers by disabled people.

They have recently been running a sensory group for children who are disabled to help them with their confidence and communication skills. With recent cuts to council services, the Disability Union is doing everything they can to ensure that children of the area receive the services that are so desperately needed.

We have gladly donated £1,500 towards the running of these sensory sessions and the equipment needed to run them.

The sessions help children living with disabilities by using colour, dance, song, bubbles, stories, music making, arts and crafts and games. ‘Little One’s Sensory Play’ runs three times a week, one hour online and two hours in person.
Those who need help readjusting after long periods of isolation and families that need advice on how to support their disabled children can access the help they need at the sessions with the Disability Union.

This a hugely needed service in the area and the Disability Union is doing some amazing work to ensure those who are marginalised in our society get the support they need.

Donation to MahaDevi Yoga Centre for Sessions February 2022

Donation to MahaDevi Yoga Centre for Sessions

We are pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to the MahaDevi Yoga Centre to help fund 60 one-to-one sessions that will be free for children. The sessions will be for children with disabilities, special needs or mental health concerns such anxiety, insomnia and depressions who are from low-income families.

The techniques used in the special kind of yoga helps to relieve tension and helps to build their physical and mental wellbeing. The aim is to ensure that the children being supported will become empowered, confident individuals who are more resilient and outgoing.

Their therapeutic work has a track record of wide-ranging benefits: it improves strength, flexibility, posture and balance, increases body control, helps to regulate the body’s internal systems, increases focus, sleep and promotes calm mental states for the children.

Another aim of the sessions is to help reduce the possibility of isolation and loneliness experienced by the children by improving their confidence and self-esteem. We are so pleased to be working with such a great organisation who are using these techniques to make such a difference in so many children’s lives within the community.

Christchurch Amateur Boxing Club’s Exercise Bikes and Funding for Free Children’s Sessions February 2022

ABC Christchurch Amateur Boxing Club

We have recently partnered with the Christchurch Amateur Boxing Club who run sessions for children in the community. The sessions not only help to improve children’s physical health but also their mental health through boxing training sessions.

We are delighted to have donated £1,080 to ensure that three children of the local area can access these training sessions for six months for free. Without the donation the three children wouldn’t be able to access the sessions because of their family situation who wouldn’t be able to afford it.

The boxing club is also in need of two new static exercise bikes for use in the sessions for children. We have also donated £1,398 to the Christchurch ABC to fund the purchase of these bikes.

The club runs sessions most nights a week and children of the area get the chance to train and play in a close-knit community and improve their mental and physical health by learning new skills from a dedicated team of coaches. The children who attend the club can also make new friends whilst keeping them occupied in the evenings and weekends instead of staying out on the street and possibly getting into trouble.

Our Continuing support to Strength and Learning Through Horses February 2022

Our Continuing support to Strength and Learning Through Horses

Through our Children’s Community Support campaign, in May 2021, we supported the fantastic project that Strength and Learning Through Horses have been running that teaches young people who are struggling with their mental health how to care and look after horses. The ultimate aim is to help to improve their mental health over a six-week programme by working as a team to look after the horses.

We are excited to announce that we have now donated a further £4,000 towards this project so it can continue for another group of children who need their help.

SALTH is an organisation with a difference, they give the opportunity to children who live in the city the experience of working towards transferrable, real-life skills in a rural setting. Whilst caring for the horses, the young people will learn how to work as a team, communicate effectively with each other, learn new skills and gain the opportunity to discuss and work on their mental health concerns with like-minded people and the professionals who work at the stables.

Under 5s Nursery with the Laughter Specialists Charitable Trust February 2022

Laughter Specialists Charitable Trust

The Laughter Specialists Charitable Trust aims to bring happiness and joy to children who are living with disabilities in and around Essex. They help children who are in need of support and help them by teaching them communication through laughter and joy and by offering a bespoke service that truly helps.

We are proud to announce that we are supporting the Laughter Specialists Charitable Trust with funding for three month’s worth of bi-monthly sessions with children up to the age of 5 years old with learning disabilities.
The sessions will encourage the children to learn various ways of communicating with each other, not just through play and laughter but through techniques that they can use in everyday life and when they are at school.

The aim of the sessions is to encourage the children to be more confident, find their own voice and ways of interacting with other children. The LSCT use trained specialists who are not only skilled in entertainment skills including comedy, improvisation, magic and music but we are also have an understanding of child psychology and development.

The use of their techniques has proved previously successful, they support a mute child aged 8 who has now said his first words after participating and learning from their sessions.

Intervention Acting Group with Drama in Mind February 2022

Intervention Acting Group with Drama in Mind

Drama in Mind is a workshop that uses drama as a way for children to express their bottled-up feelings after traumatic events such as caring for family members, bereavement or challenging times at school, in a creative and fun way. We are excited to announce that we have donated £1,500 towards the running of a six-week project in a local school in Grays that will give the chance for children to explore their feelings through acting and sketches in front of their peers.

The workshops will not only help to boost the children’s confidence but also encourages relationship building and socialising skills. Drama techniques are incorporated with public speaking practise, which a lot of the children are nervous about. The public speaking element is used for the older children within the group sessions but all children benefit from it as a way of learning how to interact others in all social situations.

The group sessions will also act as an intervention group that children can look forward to and talk about their week’s experiences in, whilst performing their devised pieces in front of their friends.

Gardening Equipment for the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation February 2022

Gardening Equipment for the Lincolnshire Wolds Federation

The Lincolnshire Wolds Federation provides education for children with profound learning difficulties and complex needs. Though the students they look after have a wide variety of needs, a large majority are on the autistic spectrum.

Attached to the St Lawrence School is their Outdoor Learning Centre School Farm, where the children have a great opportunity to get hands on experience with animals, nature and gardening which in turn can help to improve their mental and physical wellbeing whilst learning new skills.

We are pleased to announce a donation of £1,350 a project called Gardening Opportunities for Children with Additional Needs. The money donated will help to buy suitably sixed gardening equipment for the younger students and to buy a lawnmower and strimmer that can be safely used by children with disabilities.

By having the appropriate tools for activities such as mowing, weeding, strimming, digging and planting; the children will learn practical, hands-on skills that will encourage them to engage with nature and with their peers. The children will also learn about the importance of horticulture and agriculture in a safe and fun way whilst helping to boost their confidence.

Giggle Doctor Visits for the Children of The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Sussex February 2022

Giggle Doctor Visits

The Theodora Children’s Charity have been working hard with their Giggle Doctors, travelling and visiting 21 hospitals, 3 hospices and 2 specialist care centres across England, to bring some joy and laughter to children.

The Giggle Doctors are comprised of professional performers who have been trained to work in a medical environment as fun loving, funny doctors whilst combing storytelling, music, dancing and play to the brave children in care.

We are so pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to fund the fees of eight Giggle Doctors to visit the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Sussex to visit around 104 children within their 4-hour slot.
The Giggle Doctors area so important to the children who are in medical care as they help to reduce stress and anxiety, improve the experience of a hospital stay, and providing the children with some needed company after the isolation of COVID-19.

The play they provide is always child-led and with each interaction being suited to the child’s individual needs, making each experience unique for the children. The Theodora Children’s Charity and their Giggle Doctors are doing some amazing work to help some of the country’s sickest children and bringing them some joy and happiness in a sad situation.

Family Support Coordinator for Home-Start Elmbridge January 2022

Home-Start Elmbridge

Home-Start Elmbridge have been working in Elmbridge since April 2019 and have helped and supported over 100 families, over 230 children and over 40 volunteers to create happier and healthier futures.

This is done by supporting families and children in their homes with practical and emotional support and by the use of Family Support Coordinators that regularly go to family homes to offer their support and to provide advice to the volunteers who carry out such great work with children of the area.

We are pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to Home-Start Elmbridge to help to fund a Family Support Coordinator to visit the families in the community who are most in need. The FSC will go to homes in the community to encourage parents to engage with their children in a more effective manner and to help families and the children in the families with their confidence and self-esteem. They also teach the families new ways of engagement and ways to support each other. The FSCs will visit the families at least every six weeks but more often than not, communication is much more regular. This service is a much needed one all over the UK and we are proud to be supporting Home-Start Elmbridge.

Basildon Parents4Parents January 2022

Basildon Parents4Parents

Basildon Parents4Parents are a charity that aim to enhance the development and education of children in the Basildon area by providing accessible support to both the parents and children. The aim of the charity is to help parents engage with their children in an effective manner.

Little Lives UK are delighted to be supporting Basildon Parents4Parents with their latest project, Conn-x. We have donated £1,328 towards the project that hopes to further self-esteem of children who are diagnosed with ADHD/ASD, have a social communication disorder or who may be socially anxious. The children who will be benefitting from this project also struggle with mainstream school setting, so the safe environment provided give the children a chance to explore social interactions that they may not always get within their schools.

The aim for the project is to naturally help children try new things at their own pace whilst inspiring them and helping them with techniques to deal with their anxiety.

We are so proud to be supporting such a great charity carry out such vital work for children in Basildon who are in need. The techniques taught by Basildon Parents4Parents are vital for helping children with ADHD in the area.

Toys and Donation to Ashley’s Birthday Bank December 2021

Donation to Ashley’s Birthday Bank

Ashley’s Birthday Bank was set up in 2014 to ensure that all children will receive a birthday and Christmas present each year up to the age of 16 if their family cannot afford one or if the child is living in a situation where they won’t receive one. They also help provide vital services to children who are the victim of exploitation, abuse, human-trafficking, neglect and domestic violence in and around the BCP area (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole).

This Christmas, ABB has been selected by the Christchurch Rotary Club to be honoured at a local charity ’Living Advent’ service on Christmas Eve and to be the recipient of a £500 donation. Each charity selected are honoured with a live performance ranging from musicians, dance groups and comedians.

Little Lives UK are pleased to have donated the £500 to Ashley’s Birthday Bank and passed along a box of toys that were very kindly donated from a company in London.

ABB carry out vital work in ensuring that the children who need help get it, they also do an amazing job in making all children feel special and wanted at the time of year that is enjoyed by so many around the UK.

Sport Facility for BLISS=Ability December 2021

Sport Facility for BLISS=Ability

Bliss Ability based in South Tyneside have been working hard within their community to provide support, attention and activities to children of the local area. The area they are based in is categorised in the top 15 most deprived wards of South Tyneside.

The urban area has a lot of families who have disabled children or children with learning difficulties and they struggle to find activities nearby that cater for their children, so BLISS=Ability are going to be hiring a facility where the children can go to play, integrate with others their age and be part of the community again.

Little Lives UK is delighted to have donated £1,098 to this cause so that children can attend the sports facility for an hour a week for a whole year where they can participate in sports such as cricket, football, beanbag throwing, badminton and hockey. The facility will act as a community hub, where the children of the area and their families can come together to play and integrate.

BLISS=Ability do some amazing work in South Tyneside and Little Lives UK is proud to be supporting them and trying to make a difference in some of the areas most deprived areas.

Building a Sensory Room at Branksome Community Centre December 2021

Building a Sensory Room at Branksome Community Centre

Christmas is the busiest time of year for children’s charities and is the time of year where their hard work can really be seen clearer and see the impact the year-round dedication has on children in need. From present donations to building help, art movements to fundraising events, the Christmas period is always frenzied for which we are glad for.

Recently we have started working with Dorset Children’s Foundation, on a local project at the Branksome Community Centre to build a sensory room for local children to use. Little Lives UK have donated money towards buying a new Sensory Pod for use at the centre. The pod will provide a safe space within the sensory room for children with complex behavioural and mental needs to relax and unwind. Sensory rooms are such an important and vital tool for any community centre to have when it comes to looking after children with challenging behaviour, it not only provides a safe space for the children but also offers the parents a much-needed respite.

Both Little Lives UK and the Dorset Children’s Foundation have also announced their continuing support in helping to source other materials for the Branksome Community Centre sensory room. This includes soft play equipment, a parachute to produce different coloured lighting in the whole room, different light bulbs to change the atmosphere and even the possibility of getting some volunteers to help paint the room.

Acting sessions at the Polka Children’s Theatre November 2021

The Polka Children’s Theatre

Little Lives UK are pleased to announce a donation of £1,500 to the Polka Children’s Theatre in Wimbledon so they can start to run a series of after-school, half term and summer weeks sessions where participants can produce and perform their own play whilst working with the amazing team at the theatre.

The Polka Children’s theatre has been running has been running for several decades to provide theatre to young people in London and provide an area for your people to relax and escape into the world of acting.

The sessions being funded by Little Lives UK will help to pay for practitioners and specialist staff to provide sessions that are suited for the children who are referred to the theatre by schools. The sessions are for children who are at risk of social exclusion because of their home circumstances, behavioural issues at school or having cultural barriers if they have just arrived in the country.

The sessions will be provided for fifteen children and will enable them to develop communication skills, socialise with others, work on their team skills, realise their potential and learn dramatic skills in a safe and fun environment. The children will also feel a sense of achievement after completing their performance at the same time as improving their self-confidence, self-esteem, conflict resolution and verbal communication.Amazing work being carried out by the Polka Children’s Theatre that Little Lives UK is so proud to support.

Aidexcel - Supporting parents, to support children September 2021

Aidexcel - Supporting parents, to support children

Based in Barnet in North London, Aidexcel have been working to support services to their local community. Their focus is supporting parents and carers with children ages 0-25 who have mental, physical or sensory disabilities. Young people living with difficulties face a huge number of challenges, such as processing sensory information and can make seemingly ordinary situations feel overwhelming

Little Lives UK is proud to have supported Aidexcel with funding for 10–16-year-olds Fencing Lessons. The project will support seven disadvantaged young people with challenging behaviours. The aim from the sessions, delivered by Fighting Fit Fencing, will be to help to improve the participant’s physical fitness and body awareness through fun. All of the skills learned through this project can be transferred into everyday skills.

Loneliness from the lockdowns, resulting in a lack of confidence, have been reported by Aidexcel, this has a knock effect on to young people’s self-esteem and idea of self-worth. With projects like this, young people can build their self-confidence again.

Along with the fencing classes, Aidexcel have been vital in supporting parents through the lockdowns who have struggled with the ever-changing situation for their children and the lack of other much needed social services.

Holborn Community Association – Under 5’s Activities September 2021

Holborn Community Association

Little Lives UK are pleased to announce a donation to the Holborn Community Association which helped to fund Under 5’s activity days. 

The HCA support individuals from within Holborn and aim to create a strong, varied and vibrant community. This is done by giving individuals the opportunities to learn new skills, bringing people together to have fun and to build relationships. Four main areas are covered; Arts, Movement, Care and Play. 

The under 5’s Play sessions have been vital in bringing families and young people together, whilst running holiday activities for children at outdoor venues, the HCA have given the opportunity to explore local environments through play and art. Their projects Arts for Children and Young People, Arts Outreach and Arts for Well-Being, have an emphasis on improving the mental wellbeing of children.

In August, the HCA ran 10 days of Under 5’s Activities. The aim is to improve the confidence and motor skills of children. Hoping they will be more interested in trying new activities. Through the activities put on, the children can build social skills and develop friendships, or make new friends within their community, this will lead to better networks and the confidence to attend further projects.

London Basketball Association August 2021

Established in 2012, the London Basketball Association strives to benefit young people through their ethos of engagement and prevention and addressing specific issues young people face that can result in compounded difficulties in their adult lives if not addressed.

The donation from Little Lives UK has helped to contribute towards a twelve-month long project called BOOST (Basketball for Outstanding Opportunities, Skills and Training). This project has a multi-dimensional approach which concentrates on mentoring, development and a training programme which incorporates Basketball into improving mental wellbeing, engaging with peers and staying active.

The London Basketball Association helps young people mainly from the areas of Lambeth, Brent and Westminster but also cover the whole of London. A lot of the participants are from the BAME (Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) and young NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training).

Schemes like this are so important as research conducted by the London Basketball Association found that 78% of the young people that they support are on the margins of crime and gangs, at risk of engaging in crime and anti-social behaviour. The project provides an outlet that helps occupy young people instead of them bowing to the peer pressure to join gangs and gain the so-called respect from what is perceived to come from it.

Therapy 4 Healing August 2021

Therapy 4 Healing

Therapy 4 Healing are a project who help young disabled people who have a physical or cognitive difference, they help to improve physical and mental health with therapy through 1-2-1 and group sessions.

Those who often live isolated lives and are suffering from long-term or chronic physical or mental health difficulties are helped through sessions that include relaxation, managing anxiety, pain management and therapeutic techniques. And, with help from partnerships with food projects, T4H have been able to support those who have become further isolated by COVID 19.

Because of the COVID Lockdown, T4H haven’t been able to see their regular beneficiaries or accept any new ones, but with help from Little Lives UK, twenty-four 1-2-1 therapy sessions for young disabled people could take place at T4H’s inviting centre in Lewisham. The non-exclusive therapy sessions within the project include massage, stretching, pain management and anxiety management with the goal of reducing stress, physical pain, anxiety and giving the beneficiary the relief from isolation that they may have been feeling throughout the pandemic.

T4H offer a safe and non-exploitive touch for the beneficiaries through their therapy sessions that can help to alleviate the stresses and feeling of isolation that has occurred during the lockdown period.

Magpie Dance August 2021

Magpie Dance

Little Lives UK are pleased to announce a donation to Magpie Dance in Bromley. Here, young people with learning difficulties, who are often excluded from some aspects of society can learn about being themselves fully and discover their social and artistic potential through dance.
For 36 years Magpie Dance has helped the young people of Bromley improve their confidence, social skills, independence and physical and mental health.

40% of people living with learning disabilities experience mental health problems at any point (compared to 17% of general UK population), made worst by some living in challenging family environments, experiencing discrimination and having fewer friends. There is a chance those with difficulties will live a more sedentary lifestyle, with over 80% participating in levels of physical activity below the Department of Health recommended level.

With help from the donation which has been used towards a lead and assistant dance assistant and musician, the Magpie Dance Summer School has given young people with learning difficulties the first opportunity since the March 2020 COVID Lockdown a chance to dance together in person and participate in much needed physical activity. Because those with learning and physical difficulties have been deemed the most ‘at risk’ during the pandemic, classes had been moved online, but with some participants wary and unable to participate at home, the summer school has given these individuals a great opportunity to once again dance and have fun with others.

Lewisham Youth Theatre July 2021

The Lewisham Youth Theatre, since opening in 1987 have provided the opportunity for you people from Lewisham aged between 3 and 24 to build skills, their ambition and resilience to achieve their potential through free of charge drama, performance and technical theatre activities.

Little Lives UK are pleased to announce that through their donation, an age 8-11 drama workshop called ‘Stories from the Playground’ could take place and offer the young people of Lewisham an opportunity to shine instead of being the background of society. The majority of the participants came from the South Lewisham area which has been described historically as lacking in artistic activities. Along with this, 76% of the last years participants where part of groups that suffered from mental health problems, poverty and family disruption.

‘Stories from the Playground’ are a set of dramatic scenarios which had been devised by the participants about returning to school during COVID and about mental health issues, the loss of friendships, bullying and the resilience to bullying and day to day challenges, and family breakdowns. Through the activities, the participants gained valuable skills such as positive decision making, social skills and the ability to form positive relationships within their peer group.

The Triangle Adventure Playground July 2021

The Triangle Adventure Playground

Little Lives UK are delighted to have donated to The Triangle Adventure Playground and towards their Summer Holiday Playscheme. Opening in 1957, the work that The Triangle Playground do in the Lambeth borough throughout the year is inspiring and vital in helping to improve young people’s physical, mental and emotional health. This is achieved using sports, board games, construction projects, fantasy play, a multitude of objects for den building, group games, arts & crafts, Nature Club, cookery, and family activity sessions.

The donation made by Little Lives UK helped towards sports equipment, two group leaders and 156 Hours of play over 26 days during the summer holiday which helped to provide an outlet for young people in the area and has given the children a chance to do things that they often can’t do at home.
A range of sports, including volleyball, rugby, football, boules and cricket which is offered at the scheme, has given the children an opportunity to engage in the scheme’s child led ethos and explore things that they may never have the opportunity to do at home.

The children that are benefitting from the scheme are part of the eighth most deprived borough in London and part of the 36% of the areas children that live in low-income households.

Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre Jun 2021

Tiny Tim’s Children’s Centre

As a charity, we know how much the pandemic has affected many tremendous organisations with the work they do helping young children. After getting in touch with Little Lives UK, we were in no doubt that it would be worthwhile for us to offer some support to Tiny Tim’s Children Centre, with a donation of £2,000, which will fund 40 therapy sessions for their children. Tiny Tim’s Children Centre offer free complementary therapy treatments to children with disabilities. They predominantly focus on providing treatments that are not available to the children from the NHS or affordable to low-income families. As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, they were unable to provide as many therapy sessions as they ideally would have, but still managed to provide 1,400 therapy sessions and 330 free therapeutic play sessions. However, the costs for providing each session has almost doubled during the last year, highlighting how important it has become that they receive support. They are more dependant than ever on the kindness of others and are relying on charities such as ourselves to support them. Little Lives UK would like to wish them all the success for the future and hope they can continue the fantastic work they do.

Barking & Dagenham Youth Dance Jun 2021

Little Lives UK were delighted to make a donation to Barking & Dagenham Youth Dance towards their Street Dance Fitness Project. We were inspired by the work they have done in their community, benefitting over 40,000 young people since they established in 2003. They are a grassroots charity who make positive changes to the Barking community by offering young people the opportunity to access high quality sports and fitness-based projects. The purpose of their organisation is to improve cohesion in their community, encouraging young people to take up activities that will keep them away from crime and drug involvement.

The sessions that we made the donation towards enable the young people to build their confidence and self-esteem. The sessions grant them the opportunity to have a positive routine to their weekend in being involved in a worthwhile programme that they can consistently attend. The ultimate aim is to prevent the young people from getting bored and becoming involved in criminal activity. 29% of the children in B&D are from low-income families, so the project will mainly cater for them. These children are most at risk from social exclusion and developing mental health problems, so to have this opportunity is so important for their well-being.

Sonshine Club Jun 2021

Sonshine Club supports disadvantaged children, aged 8-13, who have a range of difficulties including ASD, ADHD, Downs syndrome, cerebral palsy and other invisible disabilities. Many of the children come from large families, living in small apartments and are on a low income. They regularly support over 40 children through a range of innovative after-school programmes they organise, which are designed to encourage physical activity and healthy living, whilst additionally building self-esteem. The work Sonshine Club does, hugely helps the children in their community develop both physically and emotionally, enabling them to reach their full potential.

Sonshine club organise popular football sessions as part of their programme. Every week, they have two groups of roughly 15 children each who come and take part in the sessions, under the adjudication of two experienced coaches. Over time, the coaches have certainly noticed increased independence and resilience amongst the children, whilst establishing new friendships. Not only that, but the children too have made great progress in their playing skills, health and wellbeing. The donation from Little Lives UK is vital in guaranteeing that throughout the summer months the children can continue to meet every Friday and play safely, have fun and achieve new goals, while learning from the experienced coaches.

Strength and Learning Through Horses May 2021

Strength and Learning Through Horses offer a short six-week programme, with the ultimate goal being to help improve the mental health of many youngsters who have been affected by lockdown.

They provide equine therapy and equine assisted learning to vulnerable youngsters from all across London, who work in small groups with the horses, learning how to take care of them. The sessions hugely help the young people learn valuable life skills such as teamwork and leadership skills whilst benefitting from increased confidence, resilience and new friendships.

Our funding to Strength and Learning Through Horses is going towards the costs of managing the stable. The horses are central to their work, so it is vitally important to ensure that they are well looked after, making our donation all the more vital.

CASPA May 2021

CASPA

Little Lives UK are proud to be supporting ‘Children on the Autistic Spectrum Parents Association’ with their project, ‘CASPA Inters’. CASPA established themselves as they felt there has traditionally been a lack of specialist provision for this group of disabled children. However, CASPA are well placed to meet the needs of these children & families due to their experience and understanding of what they require. Their vision is to enable children with Autism and social & communication disabilities to be inspired, become more independent, and to be properly integrated into society.

Through the sessions they provide, CASPA is allowing the children and young people in their community to access high quality opportunities, permitting them to have fun whilst also developing their skills and self-confidence, as any other child should.  The project is focusing on children aged 9-13 and will be once a week for 2 hours during term time. The children take part in activities that facilitate their development in different ways, whether this be through board games or physical games, they learn important social and communication skills. Other activities that the children enjoy includes drama, music, table tennis, Lego, puzzles and trampolining, all of which are very beneficial for the children in making friends and learning new skills.

Music Marvels April 2021

Music Marvels

We’re delighted to announce our donation to The London Reading Centre’s project ‘Music Marvels’ as part of our April campaign.

Their project, ‘Music Marvels’ is part of their after-school sessions where young people in their community are taught how to play a variety of instruments in a safe environment. The sessions offer them the opportunity to interact with positive role models they can relate to, providing them with a fresh perspective outside of their home life. They will have experienced staff running the sessions, to whom they can confide and develop a mentor relationship. The money donated by Little Lives UK is being used to purchase new musical equipment, whilst also allowing the young people to be continuously trained by an experienced and professional music instructor.

Taking part in recreational activities are an effective way for young people to overcome their mental health issues. Learning new skills, such as a musical instrument, and interacting with positive role models will certainly help these young people.

Donation of 497 electronic devices January - March 2021

Donation of 497 electronic devices

It has been a challenging start to 2021 so far for Little Lives UK. Being in lockdown for just over three months has resulted in our stores being shut, and our projects being put on hold. Along with many other organisations, we have not been able to operate in the manner we would like. However, as a charity, we were determined to help many children through the struggles of lockdown, whilst also planning ahead towards the rest of the year. 

As schools were forced to close, children and young people began to study at home. For many children though, this would not be possible, due to a lack of resources available to them. Little Lives UK was overwhelmed with the amount of donations we received, enabling us to pass on nearly 500 devices over this time period. Our donations to schools, councils and other charities, meant that hundreds of children and families benefitted. Through the electronic items we donated, they were able to access much needed information online, hugely helping with their education, guaranteeing that it was not negatively impacted because of lockdown.

Tree Tops resurfacing works December 2020

Tree tops resurfacing works

For our December campaign, Little Lives UK decided to fund resurfacing works in the outdoor area of Tree Tops Short Break Unit, which is our biggest donation to date. Tree Tops provides children with disabilities, aged 5-18, with a welcoming and friendly environment that they can treat as home. After visiting their exceptional facility and hearing about the inspiring work they do for disabled and disadvantaged children in the Dartford community, the charity was in no doubt that we wanted to help, through our funding for work to be completed.

The outdoor area of Tree Tops, that the children frequently use and enjoy, needed maintenance work to be done, in order to make it more suitable for the children, who would then be able to play much more freely. They have roughly 50 children that use their facility and want to provide a positive experience for all these children, to make sure they always have fun and have a better-quality life as they grow up. Little Lives UK shares their beliefs in wanting to help young children with learning difficulties, so the decision to fund their new outdoor area was an easy decision.

Feltham Community Boxing Club November 2020

Feltham Community Boxing Club

In November last year, Little Lives UK agreed to help Feltham Community Boxing Club, by offering a donation that would see us pay a year’s rent for them. We are pleased to announce that for a second year, we are going to continue supporting the club, particularly given the challenging times many organisations are facing. We want to guarantee that Chris and his amazing team can continue to run weekly sessions for many local young people in the Feltham Community. As a result of Covid-19, the number of attendees had to be reduced, but we hope our funding will help Chris and his team to gain new equipment that will help with social distancing in order for the club to continue operating. 

Little Lives UK initially funded Feltham Community Boxing Club to inspire more children in the community to stay out of trouble and learn more about the sport through Chris and his team. 

Our technology donations to those in need October 2020

School Teacher Teaching Students Learning Concept

As part of our continuous campaign, Little Lives UK has donated over 200 technological items over the last 3 months, to schools, refugee centres and councils across London. We are thrilled that we have managed to donate this many items to those in need, all thanks to your generous donations. We feel very proud to have helped this many children through these donations, which we hope will hugely help with their education in these challenging times. Particularly with the uncertainty surrounding education at the moment, as a charity we felt it was only right that many underprivileged children receive support with their learning. 

These items will definitely assist these children, as they now will be able to access a range of online resources that will boost their learning. In having access to these items, we hope the children can engage with their learning online on a more frequent basis. As a result, the teachers could potentially plan a broader range of more beneficial learning tasks online. This will certainly help the children, as teachers can design new innovative lessons and learning opportunities that they would previously have been unable to do. These items will enable children to engage in exciting new learning methods. 

We hope that the donations to these schools and refugee centres will not solely help with their education, as we additionally want families to also enjoy using these items. From what we understand, one school to which we donated 40 items, will not use them in the classrooms but will, instead, allow them to go to the homes of families who are most in need. There were a number of families who were unable to access any remote learning, as their children did not have a device to use. Presenting these technological items to those in need is something we are so proud to have been able to achieve. 

Working with Queens Park Primary School September 2020

Queens-Park-Primary-School

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to give Queens Park Primary School 20 tablets and iPads. These devices will be set up at the school to aid the children in their studies. This will not only allow teachers to use interactive learning techniques. But also allow the students themselves to use the tablets for homework or further research while gaining essential technology skills.

In a world where the internet is so much a part of our lives, we recognise that giving these children the chance to use technology is imperative to further their learning.

Over the coming months, we will continue to work with Queens Park Primary school. Through this, we will be able to provide them with more resources thereby increasing the number of children and young people we are able to help in the community.

Uptown Youth Group August 2020

Uptown Youth Group Donation Wish List

We have recently started working with Uptown Youth Group, a youth centre based in Colliers Wood that organises and runs activities for young people to take part in. Uptown encourages young members of the community that struggle with learning difficulties to attend these activities as they look to improve their social skills and gain more confidence. We are very proud to be able to assist Uptown Youth Group with a donation of £5,000, which will help go towards the running of the youth centre, along with new resources that will continue to provide the young members with fun and educational experiences at Uptown. 

Through this donation we are able to aid a number of young people in London who need help and support, something we are always very proud to be able to do. Uptown Youth centre is one of many youth centres across London to be affected as a result of covid-19, highlighting how vital it is for extra funding to help support the work they do towards helping young members in the Merton community. 

It is worth mentioning a huge thank you to Uptown Youth Group for the amazing work they do in the Merton community. The Little Lives UK charity feels very privileged to be able to support and hopes our donation will aid in improving the lives of many young members of this community.

Tablets and devices for children Jun - July 2020

Tablets and Devices for Children

During lockdown we have been working on helping many underprivileged children to ensure that their education did not suffer due to Coronavirus. Our aim was to provide as many children as we could with devices so that they could access necessary school resources.

We were able to achieve this through working with of Wandsworth and Richmond Council and we are currently in the process of working with other London councils to continue to distribute these devices. Of course, this will also mean that we are able to help many more children which as a charity we are so pleased to do. Without our hard-working volunteers who carried on during the lockdown to help achieve our mission this would not be possible.

A huge thank you goes out to them as none of our work would be possible without them. Finally, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all the people who have donated and continue to donate devices to us.

Vital donation of PPE to our local care homes May 2020

Vital donation of PPE to our local care homes

Care homes across the country are doing the best they can to stop the spread of covid-19, save loved ones lives and keep people safe. Care home staff are working hard all hours to care for disabled people and residents in insolation. 

 

During this pandemic, it’s vital that carers are equipped with PPE (personal protective equipment). However PPE is limited and many care homes are struggling. Without it, carers put themselves, their loved ones and those they care for at risk.

 

Thanks to you to all our hard working customers, donators, staff and fundraisers we were able to donate to three care homes in Morden, Putney and West Wickham free health and safety equipment, and PPE to ensure the safety of the careers and residents during this difficult time.


We supplied each Care home with masks, hand gels, gloves and aprons.

Spreading creativity, fun and gifts to primary school students May 2020

Spreading creativity, fun and gifts to primary school students

Thanks to you! We were able to spread a bit of love, sunshine and crafts to our neighbours, Broadwater Primary School in Tooting Broadway.

We delivered brand new arts and crafts kits, education games, board games and puzzles to the students at  Broadwater Primary School Tooting broadway. These activities are sure to add some creativity and fun to their homeschooling and family life!

Thanks to you, we were able to spread some joy to the children in our local community.

Laptop donations to aid children with home schooling March - May 2020

Campaign - Laptop donations to aid children with home schooling

The covid-19 pandemic has affected our educational systems worldwide, leading to closures of schools, colleges and universities. The closure of schools have put a strain on our educational system and has limited learning and fun resources.

Many children in our local community are struggling. Due to finical circumstances, Families cannot afford to access online learning platforms for their children.

Thanks to you, our generous donators. Who provide us with their second hand laptops. With a bit of magic, we transformed the laptops and gave them to referred children in the council of Wandsworth and Richmond.

Thanks to you, We were able to provide laptops as online learning platforms that students can reach schools and teachers remotely and limit the disruption of education during the covid-19.

This eco friendly way of recycling is beneficial for not only the planet, but for the children who need it the most in our local community.

Funding essential Holistic services to Richards House Hospice, Beckton January 2020

Richards House Hospice

This January we visited Richards House Hospice. Who provide 24-hour specialist cares for babies, children and young adults who have life-shortening, life limiting or complex health conditions. As well as offering support and accommodation for the whole family. Alongside their key services of respite, palliative and end of life care, they also provide essential holistic services such as music, dance, movement and art therapy, multi-sensory play, family activities, trips, outings and bereavement support.

Currently, government grants are ONLY given for essential medical costs. However, Lucy was keen to point out how essential the other half of hospice care is. Music therapy sessions have proven to reduce anxiety, depression, psychological disorders, physical effects of stress, improves healing, self-expression and communication. Without funding for toys, games and books, Richards House Hospice had to rely on the generosity of the public. This is why hospice care is so valuable for the majority of Richards House patients who come from the most deprived areas in London.

With no funding for the government to cover these costs, Little Lives UK came to the rescue. We brought two boxes of toys and donated £850 to pay for music therapy and new playtime supplies.

With our hands and heart heavy and full, we were thrilled how valued the children, families and staff were for our donations of brand new educational toys, books, science kits! We are so excited to see the renovation in the playground. As well as being able to help support  Richards House hospice to continue their incredible specialist services and make a real difference to children lives.

 

Children’s intensive care unit
St George’s Hospital, Tooting
December 2019

St Georges Main

We’re thrilled to announce the birthday of our Tooting Broadway Charity shop. We are so humbled and grateful for all the hard work and support of our staff, fundraisers, donors, customers and volunteers for all these years! 

For our birthday celebration, we instantly knew we wanted to help lift the spirits at the children’s intensive care unit and Neonatal department at St George’s Hospital, Tooting. 

For every child being in hospital can extremely hard, especially during this festive season. Every child deserves to be able to have fun! But most importantly to feel special and loved during this difficult time. We decided our local children need to remember the joys of being a kid again and have a smile put back on their face! 

So we decorated and hand packed gift bags full of brand new clothing, games, puzzles, toys, fluffy teddies, educational and classic books! To our local children’s intensive care unit. For the babies in the Neonatal department, we created more gift bags full of brand new luxury bedding, pillows, blankets, storage boxes, baby grows, sleepsuits, mittens, hats, socks, bibs, bed dresses, accessories and fairy tale books.  

We’re so pleased that St Georges Hospital loved our gifts! We are so proud to say our gifts made a real difference to our local children and families.

Police and Community Boxing Club, Feltham November 2019

In our second November campaign we went down to Feltham Police and Community Boxing Club where we had agreed to pay at least a years rent. This was to make sure Chris and his coaches could continue to run the classes at a subsidised rate, and keep it open to local children. Since 2015 the rate of public incidents in Feltham town centre had reduced, with some praise being given to the introduction of the boxing club. The whole idea was to get kids into the sport and out of trouble and it had worked. Keeping this positive movement going was a no brainer for our campaigns team. 
 
On the night we were able to talk to Barry Jones, former WBO World Champion, who came down to talk to the kids and coaches, also lending out his WBO belt for selfies. Barry talked about his own career and the hard work he had to put in. He was especially candid about how he dealt with his first and only defeat, and the lessons it taught him outside of boxing. 
 
The value of sport in helping shape young adults became especially clear when we talked to Zac, who at 12 years old, took up boxing to help with issues he had at school. He told us that being able to manage his anger inside the ring, has allowed him to become calmer outside. Both Barry and Zac are testament to the power of sport to teach people lessons that extend beyond the sport itself.

St Quintin’s Children’s Centre, Labroke Grove September - November 2019

Our first November campaign took us to the St Quintin’s Children’s Centre in Ladbroke Grove. The centre provides care for disabled children and respite to parents who are working full time jobs. After visiting the centre and talking to Karla, one of the managers, it was obvious that the work they are doing is extremely important to local families. The joy that the centre brings to the children was infectious every time we visited. 
 
On the day of our donation we got to see their evening disco and have a full tour of the sensory room, where, Karla informed us, the kids like to press every single button at once, releasing a somewhat confusing mix of smells, designed to engage the kids. Combine this with an assembly of lights and textures and it was quite the experience. The good humour from all the staff and children was a common theme, with one young boy, Elias, introducing himself as Tony, much to the amusement of everyone that knew him. 
 
This was exactly the right place to lend a hand to. We agreed to donate £5000, our biggest donation to date, specifically allowing the centre to purchase a new disability wheelchair bike and tricycles. Karla made it clear that every child deserves an equal opportunity, which is why she wanted to give kids that couldn’t use the other outdoor equipment a chance to experience riding a bike for themselves. My London News attended the donation evening, which you can read about here.

A Transformation Within the Family Home, Wandsworth August 2019

Transformations Within the Family Home

Our August campaign set out to improve the living situation of a family that has been struggling under the pressures of debt. Sadly, the three children and their mother recently suffered a loss in their family, which has taken a huge toll on their home. When Wandsworth social services referred the Little Lives team to the house, it was in desperate need of refurnishing and the garden had become so overgrown that the children could no longer use it.

The transformation within the home has been described best by the family’s social worker, Sarah Gill: “Thank you to everyone at Little Lives for the huge changes that were carried out for the family. Not only did they turn the garden into a space that the children could play outdoors in, they provided the family with a homely living room where they can sit together and eat, and relax on a brand-new sofa.”

“The little girl will finally have her own bedroom so she can enjoy playing with her toys in the comfort of her own space – something that she has not had for a very long time. The transformations will change the family’s life, and without the support of Little Lives this would not have been possible. I am hugely grateful to the whole team for their dedication, hard work and commitment to ensuring that children have a space to call home!”

The Dream Bedroom Campaign Jun - July 2019

The Dream Bedroom Campaign

Our June campaign raised the money to transform Youma and Naima’s bedrooms into their own personalised spaces. With the help of volunteers from Blue Performing Arts and, after eight hours of intensive decorating, the children now have two beautiful bedrooms that they love.

Youma’s room was kept to a white colour-scheme and Naima’s has been coloured pink with hand-painted butterflies. Their bedrooms were fitted with new curtains, beds, rugs and furniture, as well as book shelves so that the girls can add to their book collections!

We are so pleased that we were able to support the family and assist in creating a more comfortable home life for Youma, Naima and their father, who told Little Lives: “I am so grateful and happy about all the work and effort that has been put into completely transforming my daughters bedrooms. They were absolutely delighted to see their new rooms and words cannot describe how grateful I am.”

Little Lives Collaborates with Blue Performing Arts May 2019

MPA Academy on Kids’ Dance Workshop

During the May half-term, Little Lives and Blue Performing Arts led a dance programme which offered local children the chance to experience a week-long performing arts camp. 

The end-of-week show allowed the students to showcase 3 different styles of dance, spoken word pieces, and other performances created and choreographed by the children themselves. Ben Hutchings – Mitchell, who is the Founder and Managing Director of the academy, commented on the growth he saw in the students, and the impact this had on their parents who attended the performance: “They saw that their children were in a safe place, part of a team, proud of themselves and extremely talented performers.”

The dance workshop allowed us to provide an opportunity to give kids the chance to grow in confidence, self-belief and team spirit. Above all, the children enjoyed a week full of laughter, celebration and dance. We were so pleased to see how much the kids achieved in such a short period of time – the Little Lives team cannot wait for future collaborations with Blue Performing Arts!

Family Strength May 2019

Family is strength

Through our links with the Social Services team at Wandsworth Council, we were informed about J, aged 2, and his grandmother. 

Due to domestic abuse and the use of drugs in the family home, a decision was made for J to reside permanently with his grandmother, who relocated to London to be able to provide the stability that he was missing. 

After speaking with the case worker, we were determined to make a difference in the life of J and to support his grandmother as she took on the role as his primary carer. Whilst accommodation had been provided, there was no furniture or fittings within the residence.

We are delighted to have been able to supply living room and bedroom furniture, which we could not of done without the help of Mad Max Furniture. 

After hearing about J, they donated a double bed and mattress, which is a prime example of the generosity of the London Community.  We wish J and his grandmother every happiness in their new home.

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
St George’s Hospital
April 2019

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit St Georges Hospital

Little Lives was contacted by a staff member of the Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit in St George’s Hospital, who asked if were able to help them by providing equipment for the unit. This request was made with the view to hold a weekly tea / coffee morning for the families of the children who were being treated there. 

This was a more than deserving project, so we happily agreed to provide all of the items that St George’s Hospital had requested. A member of our team met with hospital staff to deliver the items, and we would like to thank those staff who took the time out of their busy schedules to give us further insight into the work that they do. 

South Mitcham Community Centre
Easter holidays dance class
April 2019

Easter holidays dance class

Thanks to the support of the London community, Little Lives UK was able to provide funding to the South Mitcham Community Centre for a dance class that was held over the Easter school holidays. 

The class, held for two days over the Easter holidays, was a resounding success!  The sessions were provided by Fabienne of Bonnaire Arts and Education; attendance was extremely high with 30 children present at the first session and 40 in the second. 

The children and their families commented on how the opportunity gave them the chance to grow in confidence – the Little Lives team was so pleased to hear their feedback, and to see how beneficial the classes were. 

Synapptic TV Box for Tyrese March 2019

Synapptic TV Box

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. 

Building Bridges
Contact Centre Wandsworth
February - March 2019

Building Bridges - Contact Centre Wandsworth

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

Nathan’s relaxation and tranquillity

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

Lambeth Academy - gift drive

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

Giving kids access to fitness

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

Childrens Home Balham d

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

Children’s Community Support Programmes

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

diamond fund 2

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

Makaton training

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

ronald mcdonald house tooting s

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

Help Lucas Walk

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

lea

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.