Helping hands at the ready!

Phone lines open in Swindon on Wednesday 23 May at 9.30am.   Please call 01793 406004 option 4 to book.  

Don't forget to check the size of the challenge indicated by the key at the bottom of the page.

224 Pick our number

Challenge group size:   F

Friends of Twigs 

What's the challenge?

Friends of Twigs charity exist to support two local mental health projects, TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon) and the Olive Tree Café.  TWIGS are one of the leading mental health charities in the town. Their service users are on a journey back to full mental health and TWIGS help them along this path through gardening and art and craft therapies.

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They would like you to organise and run a tombola stall at next year's Spring Open Day at TWIGS on Sunday 14 April 2019. TWIGS supports around 90 people with mental health issues; the cafe has over 50 paid and volunteer staff, many of whom benefit from mental health support. So this challenge will help to raise vital funds. 

225 Mark the card with care

Challenge group size:   F

Carers Support Wiltshire

What's the challenge?

Carers Support Wiltshire is one of your Swindon Charity Partners. They help carers of all ages to access the support they need, to help them continue caring for their loved ones, without sacrificing their own health and putting their own lives on hold.  

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Carers Support Wiltshire are in need of new Christmas cards to sell and would love to give the young carers they support the chance to design them! Your challenge is to plan and run an event for around 12 young carers, where they get to meet and spend time with each other, whilst designing their new festive cards. The day should include fun games and a tasty lunch, in addition to the time spent drawing and painting pictures. At the end of the day, you’ll get to choose which pictures are made into their new Christmas cards. For larger teams, you have the option of running the event twice – perhaps in two different local venues, or it could be booked by two teams.  

226 Box Clever

Challenge group size:   F

Brimble Hill Special School

What's the challenge?

Brimble Hill is a Primary School for Nursery & Primary aged children with a wide variety of special needs (physical, medical, learning, sensory & autism). They strive to offer the 80 + children in our care with a rich and varied curriculum, learning environments (indoor/ outdoor) and plenty of opportunities to explore & play.  

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Your challenge is to refresh and replenish the children's play boxes used during the lunch break to put together some 'Sensory collections' to extend their current offering. These children have a range of physical (wheelchair users), visual, hearing, medical and sensory needs.

It would be great to have some new cause and effect (noisy/ light up) toys (car boot sales & charity shops can be great for these) as well as some collections of random items with a common theme e.g. a red collection, a crinkly collection etc. It will be used daily by approximately 30 children ... but many others too over the coming years!

227 A pleasing prospect

Challenge group size:   F

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Swindon's Prospect Hospice cared for and supported around 6,600 patients in 2017, including their loved ones, completely free of charge. However, without support from the community, they simply would not be able to reach all those who need them at such a difficult time.

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First impressions are everything. Keeping the front of the hospice looking bright and inviting is really important. For many patients it is the first thing they'll see when attending Prospect.
Please raise the £600 required for a local nursery to fill hanging baskets to be displayed around the hospice to brighten things up this summer for all to appreciate. The hospice already has the metal framed baskets to be filled but the option is there for the team to pop out to the Prospect to put them up on the day of delivery by the nursery. 

228 Just the ticket!

Challenge group size:   F

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Swindon's Prospect Hospice cared for and supported around 6,600 patients in 2017, including their loved ones, completely free of charge. However, without support from the community, they simply would not be able to reach all those who need them at such a difficult time.

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Please keep up Zurich's challenge tradition of providing a team to develop and run a Mystery Tombola stand at the Prospects annual garden fete on Saturday 1 September between midday and 4pm. This will raise much-needed funds for the amazing work done by the hospice. 

229 Play time

Challenge group size:   F 

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Swindon's Prospect Hospice cared for and supported around 6,600 patients in 2017, including their loved ones, completely free of charge. Without the support of the community, however, they simply would not be able to reach all those who need them at such a difficult time.

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The hospice challenges a Zurich team to collect 25 bags of good quality items which can be resold in their charity shops throughout Swindon.  Successfully completing this challenge will not only benefit their retail shops, but your donations will also be sold within the local community, supporting those who may not be able to afford to buy new items. Invite your family and friends to take part too (and if you want to do more you could visit the Wroughton warehouse and help sort it!)

230 Challenge meets Skillshare!

Challenge group size:   S 

Jubilee Gardens

What's the challenge?

Jubilee Gardens is a very small registered charity that trains adults with a learning disability in horticulture, literacy, numeracy, art and life skills.

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They would like you to renew/update and produce their three fold leaflet to enable them to promote their work.  It was last updated by Zurich about 10 years ago. They would also like a user friendly website as our current one is not functioning. So any help in either of these challenges would be greatly appreciated.

 

231 A trio of hampers

Challenge group size:   S

Swindon Down's Syndrome Group

What's the challenge?

Swindon Down's Syndrome Group is an independent charity, affiliated to the National Down’s Syndrome Association.

They have been supporting people with Down’s Syndrome, their families and carers and all those with an interest in Down’s Syndrome in Swindon and the surrounding area for over twenty years.  

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They are holding a family disco for all their members and friends and challenge you to provide three amazing hampers so they can sell raffle tickets to raise funds for their summer trip. The hampers are to be in colour themes based on their colours, so one purple, one green, and one white with each one containing items of that colour (eg purple box with purple tissue paper containing purple items like Dairy Milk, shower gel etc).

232  Be a Techy Teacher!

Challenge group size:   S

MHA Swindon Live at Home

What's the challenge?

MHA was founded in 1943 to support the welfare of older people through accommodation and care.  The Live at Home section began 30 years ago nationally and in Swindon around 6 years.  The scheme supports an older person's independence through befriending and offering activities like a lunch club and other activities.

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Here's a chance to bring the world of technology into the lives of older people! Most are fearful of the internet and always look amazed at the manager's mobile. They would love you to bring in gadgets to show how they could use them in their day to day activities.  You could do this as a session or several sessions with tea and cake to draw in the numbers.



233   Stoke the Fire!

Challenge group size:   F

Noah's Ark Children's Venture

What's the challenge?

Noah's Ark Children's Venture provides short-stay residential breaks to groups of children, young people, and sometimes adults, from disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with disabilities and a range of special needs. They stay for a week or weekend.  Each group come with their own members of staff.  They provide some activities on site and in the woodland. Whilst there they learn life skills, social skills and personal hygiene.

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They would like a team to undertake a variety of tasks which include bringing in wood for winter and laying down a woodchip path with other DIY tasks on the list. They have 18 acres of woodland so it's not difficult to find tasks to keep you busy!

 

234  Get crafty

Challenge group size:   M

Carers Support Wiltshire (CSW)

What's the challenge?

Carers Support Wiltshire is one of your Swindon Charity Partners. They help carers of all ages to access the support they need, to help them continue caring for their loved ones, without sacrificing their own health or putting their own lives on hold.

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Carers Support Wiltshire would love a Zurich team to support one of their Friday popular monthly Creative Carers groups, including lunch. It's attended regularly by 20-25 adult carers. They'd like to give these carers a treat by giving them the chance to create something special that they can take home with them. 

You will need to add to the basic craft materials they already have and let your imagination run riot. If you decide to join the group on the day all the better - CSW are on hand to work with you.

 

235  Say 'yay' not neigh!

Challenge group size:   F

Centred Horseplay

What's the challenge?

The Centred Horseplay charity delivers "TheHorseCourse", an innovative, evidence based, horse powered intervention for people with poor thinking and/or emotional skills. They work with young people and also run additional projects for specific adult cohorts, such as Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation. All the participants have been referred due to them being either unable, or unwilling, to participate in conventional 'talk based' therapies.

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They would love your team to spruce up a barn area so that they can continue to teach courses when the weather is poor. The floor is already covered with suitable material. What it needs now is for the walls to be 'creatively' painted and an inside boundary innovatively produced with fencing/kick boards. 

236  A spot of retail therapy

Challenge group size:   M

Swindon & District Samaritans

What's the challenge?

Samaritans offers confidential emotional support to people who are in distress or despair via a 24 hour helpline, text and email. The service is entirely delivered by trained volunteers.

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Your challenge is to run a pop-up shop jumble sale selling goods that have been donated to the charity shop.  They will provide the stock and hanging rails - the items are mainly clothes but some bric-a-brac too. All money raised will be used to cover the service mentioned above. All that's needed is a group of up to 10 people and the hire of a community/church hall in an area which gets a lot of footfall.

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