Children's Community Support Programme's See how we've supported local organisations in the vital work they do helping children in our community
CASPA May 2021
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
St Quintin’s Children’s Centre, Labroke Grove September - November 2019
A Transformation Within the Family Home, Wandsworth August 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.