Project information

Building For The Future

We run a community centre for disabled children and their families. We offer play, therapy, support, a home from home environment where families are truly accepted and valued. We support families with children with any kind of disability, whether from birth, acquired or through health issues.

August 2014 - August 2015

Charity information: Building For The Future (wokingham)

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  • Need

    Need

    To give disabled children in Wokingham Borough and surrounding areas a place they can call their own. Until now, there has been nowhere in the area that is specially adapted for disabled children. Our building gives them a place where they are truly accepted and valued and where parents and other family members can get support and information about their child's condition and surrounding issues.

    Solution

    We have the building ready to go but need funds to run it and to put on the various activities. By offering this provision, our aim is to lighten the load on service providers such as the Local Authority and the Health Service. We believe that by giving families this support, it will go some way towards easing the pressures that raising a disabled child can bring. We will also be raising the profile of disabled children in our community and giving them a greater presence there.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise the profile of disabled children in our community.

    Activities

    » We will sustain our community centre.

    By monitoring local press coverage and gauging response from families.


    Aim 2

    To offer support to families with disabled children.

    Activities

    » Support meetings, coffee mornings, etc

    By asking for feedback from families.


    Aim 3

    To offer a truly inclusive play environment for disabled children

    Activities

    » Offering a special, purpose designed play centre for disabled children.

    Our centre is already open and children are using it.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We hope to ease pressure on families. We can only demonstrate this by gaining feedback from families on how the service will have helped them.

    Risk

    We rely entirely on donations to run our project. Obviously we have outgoing expenses as well as needing funds to run additional services. Our risk is always going to be financial, but we have worked hard on fundraising and have managed to stay well ahead of ourselves in terms of income and outgoings.

    Reporting

    We offer regular updates to all our donors via newsletter and email bulletin. We often invite donors to come to our centre to meet families and see first hand the benefits it has for the disabled children who use it.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Rent £15,000 a year
      £3,000 Rates £3,000 a year
      £3,000 Utilities Fuel, repairs, phone, internet
      £4,000 Activities Physio, youth club, sensory integration

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Berkshire Community Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    We are located in Wokingham. We are near to the town of Wokingham, in Emmbrook. We serve families from Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading. We are open to any family with a disabled child in Wokingham Borough and surrounding areas.

    Beneficiaries

    Disabled children and their families. In Wokingham Borough alone there are approximately 550, obviously more in surrounding areas. There is no similar provision in our region, so we expect to be very heavily subscribed.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are a parent-run charity (the people running it have disabled children themselves). Therefore we truly understand the pressures on families and what works best to support them. We are also completely independent from any of the main service providers which we believe empowers families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jane Holmes

    Mother of a disabled daughter of 12 years old. Chief Executive of the charity with ten years of charity/fundraising experience.

    Karen Woolford

    Mother of a disabled son of 10 years old. Trustee of the charity from a project managerial background.