Baby Basics has been able to carry on their work with a grant from The John Salmon Fund which funded the Team Leader post.
Baby Basics support disadvantaged parents with new babies and their siblings, reducing stress and anxiety for parents, and supporting the wellbeing of the children. They provide essential items such as Moses baskets and cots, buggies and pushchairs, and can also provide clothes, toys, nappies, toiletries, high chairs, bouncy chairs and play mats where needed. The items are delivered by health professionals, which helps build up bonds of trust. Baby Basics’ Team Leader role is vital in making sure operations run smoothly and so they can help as many families as possible.
Stoney Stanton Foodbank
Thanks to a grant from the Louisa Fund, Stoney Stanton Foodbank has been able to provide 12 months of fuel and rental costs for food storage to be able to deliver and provide food to local residents who are struggling economically and may be vulnerable due disabilities.
Food parcels are delivered by a volunteer and providing fuel for the van is vital in insuring that the foodbank can help the wider community who may be vulnerable and/or cannot leave their homes. Without the foodbank container, they wouldn’t be able to store the food at appropriate temperatures and be able to give a variety of produce at their food bank to ensure that members of the community can attain a healthy, balanced diet.
Proton Foundation have been able to train a school in Barwell to be a hub for their Flourish Project, which builds the ability to better understand and promote health and wellbeing. The two-day training event for school staff enabled them to run sessions in their own setting.
This grant has made a difference to the lives of 40+ young people so far, Proton Foundation has seen an average increase of 25% across all areas of mental wellbeing, self esteem and happiness of the young people participating. All of the young people involved found the sessions enjoyable; the school reported that the students, including the boys, supported each other in sharing difficult feelings and helped each other to look at the positives within themselves.
Measham Youth Club
A grant to Measham Youth Club from the Sir Timothy Brooks fund is providing a salary for two Youth Leaders and a cleaner so the club can continue to run their weekly youth club sessions.
The club provides a safe, reliable place where the young people can play, make social contacts and try new things. Some of these young people have never had the opportunity to take part in the some of the activities run and the club can be a refuge from homes that can be chaotic or non supportive. The club runs a variety of wellbeing activities such as: sports, cooking, arts and crafts, DIY skills, a trip out to an inflatable activity centre, as well as “chill out” sessions where young people are available to talk to Youth Leaders about anything that may be bothering them.
Thanks to a grant from the Oaktree Fund, Twenty Twenty have been able to help three struggling families by providing each of them with a working fridge at no cost, to store their perishables. These families were identified through talking to young people receiving support from Twenty Twenty about their home lives.
These funds have been vital in removing the financial burden from families struggling to afford the basics in the cost-of-living crisis, and they have been incredibly grateful. The fridges will help ensure that the families have a varied diet and can store food for a longer period of time. It is also helpful for the self-esteem of the young girls whom Twenty Twenty support to feel as if they live in a household similar to their peers.