AESSEAL is a proud supporter of the Duke or York’s Business End Fund - and three months after it's launch eight community projects across Yorkshire are already benefiting from funding.
The Next Step Trust
Based in Halifax, The Next Step Trust is an established day care facility specifically designed to meet the needs and enhance the lives of young adults with severe and complex needs. Their grant enables the fitting of a specialist hoist into the group’s new sensory room - enabling individuals who are unable to walk, access to a ball pool. Sensory sessions form a regular part of the organisation’s busy timetable as they are proven to provide wheelchair users with a degree of physical participation that is otherwise difficult to provide.
FDM – For Disability Mobility
FDM received a grant to help with the cost of running the organisation’s coach on their twice monthly outings. The organization provides a specially adapted minibus that allows the elderly and people with mobility issues to attend community meetings, clubs and day trips. They also organize social club trips for their members as an effort to reduce the loneliness and isolation of those with mobility difficulties.
The Aspergers Youth Club, Doncaster
The Aspergers Youth Club were awarded a grant to enable members, together with a parent or carer to spend a VIP day out at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The organisation’s founder/treasurer Karena Collins describes the club as: “somewhere which provides a safe and non-judgmental environment, somewhere where members can be them self”
Concord Youth Music
Sheffield based Concord Youth Music were awarded a Business End grant in order to part-fund an ambitious plan to move its annual showpiece production from a make-shift venue into “a real theatre.” Established as a marching band in 1984 the group now has the flexibility and versatility to perform in a wide range of situations – be it on stage, in arena venues, ballrooms, at corporate events or in many other situations.
Rydale Carers Support.
This voluntary organisation provides practical help and emotional support for carers, the people they care for and older people living on their own. Since April 2013 RCS has worked in partnership with Live Music Now (LMN) to provide a monthly social event for up to eighty isolated and vulnerable older people from across Ryedale. However, in the spring of 2015 ongoing funding became an issue, and it was at this point that an approach was made to The Business End.
Peregrin Way Tenents and Residents Association
With a growing membership the Sheffield based group was finding that they were using their funding not for social trips but increasingly to assist in getting people to and from essential hospital and/or doctors’ appointments. A Business End grant is now helping this organisation to continue its work and provide: “a lifeline to some of Sheffield’s most vulnerable and elderly people”.
Orb Community Enterprise
Having established a reputation for supporting people with severe mental illness through creativity, DOYCI award holder Orb is now reaching out to those in the general public who are struggling with the stress of the early stages of depression, anxiety or related problems.
With a number of projects already in place the group now wants to to add the ‘Duke of York’s Gardening Initiative’. This will be run by a gardening leader cum mental health facilitator who will lead service users and volunteers in making a garden, which will become a centre of mental wellbeing and an asset to the community.
Wilberfoss in Bloom
Wilberfoss in bloom is a voluntary group that maintains planters and flowerbeds as well as ensuring a litter free environment. However, far from being a group with a sole purpose Wilberfoss in Bloom is an active partner in numerous community projects. These range from supporting an annual duck race to working alongside a Hull-based voluntary group that provides employment skills to people with intellectual disabilities.
Edlington Community Organisation
This community organization applied for funding to run a Winter Wellbeing project for the elderly and vulnerable within Edlington, Warmsworth, Braithwell & other areas within Doncaster. The funding would be used to:
Purchase personal and household safety items: 50 Personal safety alarms, 50 window or door alarms, 55 carbon monoxide detectors.
Purchase items to make up 100 winter fuel poverty emergency packs (torches, socks, blankets, soup & powder milk).