Helping hands at the ready!

Phone lines open in Swindon on Wednesday 17 May at the slightly later time of 9.15am.   Please call 07799 476519 to book.  

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

 

235  Where there's a wool......

Challenge group size:  F

Phoenix Enterprises

What's the challenge?

Phoenix Enterprises support adults with physical disabilities or mental health problems by providing training and employment opportunities working in a direct mail service environment. Service users gain work based skills in a controlled and safe environment.

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They would like a collection of wool as the service users like to knit scarves, hats and blankets for the homeless. It's an additional activity that brings the service users together and helps them feel that they are giving back to society in a meaningful way by helping the homeless stay warm. 

 

 

236 Knock, knock, who's there?

Challenge group size:  F

Mechanics' Institution Trust

What's the challenge?

The Trust blends "people" with "place" especially in the Railway Village Conservation Area where they manage a number of heritage assets on behalf of the local community, including the Central Community Centre and the soon to be reopened Railway Village Museum.  They have recently introduced several activities aimed at tackling social isolation. 

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The Challenge is to test out an idea of how employee volunteers can be used to help tackle social isolation in Swindon neighbourhoods through greater communication.  They want a team, working in pairs and armed with info, to undertake a session of door knocking in the Railway Village, letting residents know about local activities and leaving something with them to read (a leaflet or newsletter). They hope this will result in those who are lonely and isolated starting to engage in local activity.   

 

 

 

237  Book this

Challenge group size:    F

Phoenix Enterprises

What's the challenge?

Phoenix Enterprises support adults with physical disabilities or mental health problems by providing training and employment opportunities working in a direct mail service environment.  Service users gain work based skills in a controlled and safe environment.

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Please collect and donate new or good quality second hand, basic educational books and games to help service users to improve their reading, writing and maths skills. Some are unable to read and write much at all so this additional resource will be invaluable to their development.

 

 

 

238  Box Clever

Challenge group size:  F

Marlborough House

What's the challenge?

Marlborough House is a 12 bedded inpatient unit caring for adolescents experiencing a range of different mental health difficulties including depression, anorexia or bipolar.

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Please make up 10 Distraction Boxes to be used by young people  experiencing intense distress.  These will contain items like stress balls, tangles and things they can focus on to take their mind away from their stress. Marlborough House will be able to give a more comprehensive list of items on request.

239  You're Welcome!

Challenge group size:  S

Mountford Manor Primary School

What's the challenge?

Mountford Manor Primary School is located in Walcot, a deemed area of deprivation.  As such, their children come from various backgrounds and often require additional educational and emotional support.

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It's time to get creative! They would like to make the main entrance for children and families more inviting. To do this they'd like a team to prepare the word "welcome" in various languages, laminate these and attach them to the fence.  They'd also like to include photos of some of their happy, smiling children.   

 

 

 

 

240  For the record

Challenge group size:  M

Coram Voice

What's the challenge?

Coram Voice work with children in care and those on the child protection register.

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This is a fundraising challenge to raise enough to purchase a video recorder and equipment for their participation groups to enable them to experience film making and editing.  This will build on the drama project experience the Prime Theatre gave them last year, producing a video of what it's like to be in care.

100% Matching

 

241  Lights, camera, action!

Challenge group size:  F

Willows Counselling Service

What's the challenge?

Willows Counselling Service provide counselling for adults on a wide range of issues, and in-house counsellor training programmes.

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A challenge for the creatives! Willows would love a team to develop a storyboard, script and produce a short video showcasing the centre for those who maybe a little nervous about visiting the building for counselling for the first time. They'd also like to have a board displaying photos of their staff and training teams.

 

242 Play time

Challenge group size:   F

Butterflies Family Centre

What's the challenge?

Butterflies Family Centre provides 1-2-1 support to vulnerable families by delivering evidence-based parenting programmes as well as psycho-educational courses based on identified need.  Swindon Play Together attempts to plug the gap left by the closure of Swindon's children's centres by providing support to isolated families in a playgroup style setting in 6 locations in the Town. 

 

 

 

Play Together is carried out in a number of church halls and community centres around Swindon. As such the walls are bare and the rooms they use are in need of being made more welcoming to young children and families.  They would like a team to make bright, fun and colourful laminated/plastic signage/posters/animations/cartoon images, to include: 4 x 'Welcome to Play Together 'signs, 12 x A1 size colourful butterflies, 8  x cartoons of animals  4 x  sets of numbers 1-10, 2 x Baby Time signs, 6 x colourful rattles, 8 x colourful cartoons of baby toys. At least 100 families would currently benefit from this. 

 

 

243  Jump to it

Challenge group size:  M

Mountford Manor Primary School

What's the challenge?

Mountford Manor Primary School is located in Walcot, a deemed area of deprivation.  As such, their children come from various backgrounds and often require additional educational and emotional support.

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A fundraising challenge . Their gymnastics teacher, Mrs Trussell, has noticed that some of their younger children are unable to jump correctly and so she would like some small circular trampolines and a floor balance beam to correct this. In a generation where gadgets and modern technology is prevalent, good old fashioned gymnastics is loved and fully embraced by every child in the school, so both current and future pupils would benefit.     

 

 

244 Don't hang around

Challenge group size:   F

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Prospect Hospice gives compassionate end of life care and expert support to those who are facing a life limiting illness and their families.

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A fundraising challenge and one that will need to be done quickly! Please raise the £550 required for a local nursery to fill 22 Hanging Baskets to be displayed around the Hospice to brighten things up throughout the last Spring/Summer months for all patients, visitors and staff. The hospice already has the metal framed baskets to be filled and the option is there for the team to pop out to the Prospect to put up the baskets on the day of delivery by the nursery.    

100% Matching

245  Bag this

Challenge group size:   F

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Prospect Hospice gives compassionate end of life care and expert support to those who are facing a life limiting illness and their families.

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The Hospice are always looking for good quality items to help stock their 17 charity shops throughout Swindon and North Wiltshire. Please provide 25 black bags of good quality, second hand clothes.  Invite your family and friends to take part.  If you want to do more, you could visit their Wroughton warehouse to help the team there sort through incoming donations and see what happens to the items that get donated. 

  

 

246   Hope you've got the bottle?

Challenge group size:   F

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Prospect Hospice gives compassionate end of life care and expert support to those who are facing a life limiting illness and their families.

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Please keep up the Challenge tradition of providing a team to develop and run the bottle tombola stand at their Garden Fete on Saturday 9th September between midday and 4pm, raising much needed funds for the amazing work done by the Hospice.     

 

 

247  Add a bit of colour!?

Challenge group size:   M

Prospect Hospice

What's the challenge?

Prospect Hospice gives compassionate end of life care and expert support to those who are facing a life limiting illness and their families.

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The words "unbelievable" or "why" spring to mind!  Run the Rainbow is one of Prospect’s biggest fundraising events. Participants of all ages start wearing all white and then run, jog or walk 5km while coloured powder paint is thrown at them so they finish rainbow coloured. There are 5 colour stations along the route which are manned by approximately 20 people at each station, whose job is just to throw the paint at the participants.    Prospect are looking for a team to cover one of our paint stations at the 2017 event on Saturday 16th September at Lydiard Park. Maybe one for a large Division or two Divisions combining?  

248   Stepping forward

Challenge group size:   M

Swindon 10 to 18 Project (STEP)

What's the challenge?

Swindon Ten to Eighteen Project (STEP) provide a safe and supportive environment for considerably vulnerable young people aged 7 to 18 years living in the Swindon area.

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STEP run 14 week programmes for the young people the support.  During the final week, they have leavers events (four evenings: Mon, Tues, Wed and Friday, 6pm-8pm), like a graduation, and they would like a team to provide a ‘well done’ gift for each of young people (up to 50). STEP will give ideas of what the gift can be.  As an added bonus, it would be nice if a member(s) of the challenge team could attend each night and present the gifts and certificates to the young people.    

  

249   Making the news

Challenge group size:   S

Coram Voice

What's the challenge?

Coram Voice work with children in care and those on the child protection register. 

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They would like a small team to show some of their young people how to use Apple Mac software.  Tasks include how to produce/ edit a storyboard/newsletter/ magazine. This will teach the young people a new skill and increase their confidence. This would need to be on a weekday in the school holidays (or after school) or an evening.

 

250   Tunnel of love

Challenge group size:   M

Crowdys Hill School

What's the challenge?

Crowdys Hill School supports students with complex needs through both secondary and further education.  On site they have an educational farm unit with ponies, goats, alpacas and pigs. 

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The School farm and gardens are currently going through a massive makeover. One of the activities that needs to be carried out is moving their poly tunnel from one part of the site to another. The challenge is to take down the poly tunnel and then reconstruct it in the new position on the site. This challenge will require a good deal of teamwork. The plastic covering may also need replacing if it tears when dismantling.  The size of the tunnel is 7m x 10m x 3m high and this challenge would benefit all the students who use the farm.

 

 

251   Mind games

Challenge group size:   L

Swindon MIND

What's the challenge?

MIND are Swindon's leading mental health charity providing support to local adults suffering from poor mental health and general wellbeing. They do this on both a 1-2-1 and group basis in areas as diverse as employment services and self-harm counselling.

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Please develop 20 Therapeutic Toolkits for young people and 20 of an adult version to reduce anxiety and stress levels experienced by service users with conditions such as depression, ADHD, ADD, self harmers and those with autism.  MIND will give advice on items such as stress balls and worry dolls that can be included in the toolkits and links to items that can be purchased online. 

 

 

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