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OWF launched on 14th February 2014 and is a not-for-profit organisation offering comfort and support to parents, family, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a precious baby. The launch was showcased in memory of little baby Oscar Jensen. Friends and family gathered to remember his precious life and the lives of many babies by releasing balloons and messages written on sky lanterns into the sky.

We have a range of resources, information and a support program to help the many parents, families and siblings who have been on a journey whereby they have experienced the loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth. We hope that our resources will help guide you through this devastating time.

Please find out more HERE

 

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Kangaroos’ mission is to enrich the lives of disabled young people, and support their families by providing appropriate services with the aid of trained staff and volunteers to increase their independence, self-confidence, social competence and inclusion within the community.

Kangaroos run a range of recreational and leisure activities in Mid Sussex for children and young people from 6 to 30. All our members have learning disabilities and many have additional behavioural, physical or sensory problems, as well as a number with Autism and ADHD

Please find out more HERE.

Community Action Nepal (CAN) is a UK based charity whose aim is to help the mountain people of Nepal. Founded by Doug Scott CBE, who in 1975 made the first British ascent of Everest, CAN is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe. CAN’s Kathmandu office and Nepali staff make our projects happen on the ground. Funds are raised from donations, fundraising events, sales of Nepali goods, grants and Doug Scott’s lecture tours.

Please find out more HERE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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4Sight are a charity supporting people with sight loss and a membership organisation, based in West Sussex.  They provide services to improve health and wellbeing, promote independence and prevent social isolation.  They also provide information, advice and practical support to anyone with sight impairment, carers, families and other organisations.

4SIGHT operates with a small staff team and several hundred volunteers who are essential in the delivery of our services.  They rely on fundraising, events, donations, legacies and other activities to the meet the annual costs involved in running 4SIGHT.  They work closely with other local organisations, councils and health services to provide comprehensive sustainable support to everyone affected by sight loss.

Please find out more HERE.

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CHEC was opened in 1995 to provide a professional working environment for young, physically disabled people who had left formal education and experienced problems accessing open employment because of their disability.

Today CHEC’s objectives remain the same, to help people develop a meaningful career who would otherwise have difficulty obtaining employment. The Centre offers disabled people the opportunity to work as a team, designing, manufacturing and marketing a range of gifts and promotional items.

They use a variety of printing processes and also have an embroidery machine. All work is done on site and our office is split between the design area and the production area. Products are mainly sold to local customers including individuals, businesses, clubs and societies, but are also available for national distribution.

People who attend the centre contribute to the business in many different ways including computer design, computer controlled embroidery, press operation, producing marketing material and general office duties such as word processing and filing.

Please find out more HERE.

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Hope House Haiti

What is Hope House?

On January 12, 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake, with a death toll estimated at 220,000. The capital city, Port-au-Prince, was effectively levelled.  Around 1.5 million Haitians were left homeless, Cholera and other diseases thrived and many people lived in make shift camps, struggling to find enough food and clean water.

Moving on

Five years on and things are improving but progress is still slow. Through the work of the Haitian government, Charities and NGOs there has been investment in rebuilding homes and businesses, and attempts to build a better infrastructure for the country. However international donations have been reducing over the last 3 years as Haiti fades form the public eye and the perceived urgency declines. However Haiti is still one of the poorest countries in the world, with around 60 % of the population living below the national (US) poverty line and half of them below the extreme poverty line. Although many of those living in shelters in the capital have been rehomed, many still live in extreme circumstances, particularly in the rural areas, and in desperate poverty.

Please find out more here HERE

Established in 2001 by Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces Sweetheart, we have supported more than 500 families with children who have cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties.

Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability that affects movement, balance and posture as well as cognitive, social and communication skills and is often caused by an injury to the brain. Early intervention is important to enable children to learn and develop physically, socially and emotionally, forming the bedrock of the independence that they can achieve later in life.

Our story began in late 2000 with the announcement by the national charity Scope, that it would no longer be able to fund its network of School for Parents, facilities providing early intervention services based on the principles of Conductive Education to support parents in raising a pre-school aged child with cerebral palsy or other neurological condition.

Understanding the importance of early intervention, and determined not to see the School For Parents at Ingfield Manor, West Sussex, close, Dame Vera together with her friends launched the ‘Bluebird Appeal’ and raised enough awareness and considerable funds to save the school. If it were not for her efforts, so many children would have lost out on an amazing start.

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity continued to provide for the early intervention service at Ingfield Manor in collaboration with Scope, until late 2016, when the Charity took a number of decisions to ensure a more sustainable future.  This included formally terminating its collaboration with Scope at Ingfield Manor.

In 2017, we embarked on an exciting new chapter in our history when we moved to a new home in Cuckfield, West Sussex, where we are able to continue offering our early intervention services as well as providing more services, activities and help to our families.

The Charity receives no statutory funding and is entirely reliant upon the donations it receives from individuals, community groups, companies and charitable trusts.

Please find out more here HERE