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Blind Veterans UK supports nearly 5,000 ex-Service men and women who suffer from sight loss. We help these veterans to learn vital life skills, as well as supplying free rehabilitation, training and the support they need to live independent lives. It doesn’t matter when a veteran lost their sight – we can help.
Many of our veterans feel isolated within their own communities. We help them by organising activities and events such as lunches, reunions and clubs, which gives them the opportunity to make new friends and be part of a community with a shared experience.
We know there are 45,000 veterans out there who still need and deserve our help. Your Payroll Giving donation can ensure that no one who has served our country should face blindness alone.
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.
Hope for Children is an international charity that passionately believes every child has the right to a happy, healthy and positive childhood.
Almost half of the world's children are vulnerable and living in poverty. We are changing this by making a safe and fulfilling childhood a reality for more of the world's children.
We are improving their access to education and healthcare, empowering their families to support themselves whilst developing their confidence and self-esteem. Most importantly we are giving them hope.
Listening Books is a small UK charity with a history of some sixty years. We provide an online and postal audiobook library service for people in the UK who struggle to read the printed word due to illness, physical or learning disabilities, visual impairment or mental health conditions. We offer thousands of excellent audiobook titles to individual members in their own homes, as well as through schools, hospitals, nursing homes and hospices.
We reach more than 55,000 people and our service helps foster a love of stories in children with dyslexia for example, and it is also often a lifeline for older people to help them continue a lifelong passion for books after the impact of arthritis or macular degeneration. We receive no support from central government.
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The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families, promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death. Working with the NHS we run a national health-visitor led service for bereaved parents, Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, which supports families before and after the birth of their new baby.
The Prison Service Trust continues to provide Prison Officers, ex-Officers and other members of the Prison Service family, including widows/widowers, spouses, children and other dependants, with a range of services that are designed to help them to cope better with the challenges of life. The Trust continues to deliver the following three main types of services:
1.Health care, encouraging physical and emotional well-being
2.Life planning, incorporating education, education, career and financial planning
3.Support services, promoting welfare, family and social contact
Examples of the services that the PST provides include the following:
Confidential counselling service through Carecall
Flower arranging classes
Tai Chi classes
Education bursaries for serving officers who donate to the PST
Fun and social activities for all
Quarriers is one of Scotland's largest social care charities. We provide practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances. We challenge poverty and inequality of opportunity to bring about positive changes in people's lives.
Refuge is the largest specialist provider of gender-based violence services in the country supporting over 6,500 women and children on any given day. Refuge opened the world’s first refuge in 1971 in Chiswick, West London and 47 years later, provides: a national network of 46 refuges, community outreach programmes, child support services, and acts as independent advocates for those experiencing domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. We also run specialist services for survivors of modern slavery, ‘honour’-based violence, and female genital mutilation. In partnership with Women’s Aid, Refuge provides the National Domestic Violence Helpline which receives hundreds of calls a day.
retailTRUST is the only charity that looks after all 4.5 million people working in retail, plus those retired from the sector and its associated businesses.
We provide help and support to people whatever challenges they face. While retail offers unparalleled opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, it has many people on or near the minimum wage, which currently stands at £6.50 for workers aged 21 and over. When something goes wrong, these people can be very vulnerable. retailTRUST has services in place to make sure that we can be there for those who need the support and assistance.
Our range of services includes:
• Free and confidential Helpline 0808 801 0808
• Free Counselling Services
• Free Legal Advice
• Free Debt Advice
• Free hardship grants
• Redundancy programme
• Course Funding
• Retirement Housing
Every six seconds, somebody contacts us. Ten times a minute, we can help someone turn their life around. That's a privilege, and a huge responsibility.
Shelter is the UK's leading housing and homelessness charity. Since 1966, we've fought tirelessly to give people a voice, and we help people in need with our expert advice and support.
Last year, we gave information, support and advice to millions of people facing homelessness or experiencing housing issues. And we won't stop until there's a safe, secure and affordable home for everyone.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.
St John Ambulance is the nations leading first aid charity.
Every year, more than 400,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.
Our volunteers provide first aid in their communities, keeping people safe at events, and working alongside the NHS in response to 999 calls. We are also always campaigning to raise awareness of first aid and directly educate the public.
Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK, with individuals going hungry every day for a range of reasons, from benefit delays to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income.
The Trussell Trust partners with local communities to help stop UK hunger. Our 400-strong network of foodbanks provides a minimum of three days' emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
We recognise that stopping hunger is about more than providing food, which is why we're working with foodbanks to provide a range of new services like money advice and Fuel Banks, helping people to break the cycle of poverty.
Having started our work in Bulgaria, we also work with our international partner, FSCI, to tackle poverty in Eastern Europe.
We believe that people with disabilities are equal participants in society and should have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This is the vision we work towards and the reason we exist.
We support people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities to take live as independently as possible. Founded in 1973 with just one service in West Sussex, we now support around 2000 people in over 300 locations across England and Wales.
We provide everything from 24 hour care, to a few hours of support a week. We support some of the most vulnerable people in society to live happy and productive lives in their community. The key is that we work with each person to do the things they want to do, supporting them to communicate what they want and tell us how we are doing.
As well as providing support, we run campaigns on the latest social care issues, organise fundraising schemes and events, and provide guidance and information on a range of topics.
Victim Support is the independent charity for victims of crime in England and Wales. We were set up over 40 years ago and have grown to become the oldest and largest victims' organisation in the world.
Everyone should feel comfortable getting the support they need for issues with drugs, alcohol or mental health.
We work with people on their own goals, whether that’s staying safe and healthy, making small changes or stopping an unwanted habit altogether. We give people support in a way that’s right for them either face to face in their local service, community or online.
We provide a free and confidential service without judgement to more than 100,000 people a year.
We use our expertise to improve the help available and raise awareness around drugs, alcohol and mental health so that more people can get support.