Beyond Autism (in association with Wooden Spoon)
Beyond Autism’s Rainbow School in Wandsworth looks after pupils aged 4-19 years who are suffering from autism. The Story of Christmas is helping the school convert a basement classroom into a soft play and sensory interaction suite. One side of the room will become a “soft play and occupational therapy room” where children with physical disabilities can perform mobility exercises, encouraging movement and expression. The other side of the room will become a “sensory room,” complete with bubble tubes, fibre optics and a projector. Pupils will be able to change the colours, sounds and ‘mood’ of the room. Staff will use both rooms to help teach pupils to communicate.
The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust’s School in Tadworth in Surrey supports children with a brain injury. After 27 years of continuous use, the main school building is in desperate need of modernisation. It is severely limited in its capacity to provide for the advanced treatment and equipment methods appropriate to the medical complexities experienced by children at the school. The Story of Christmas is helping the school to modernise by refurbishing the building to provide state-of-the art facilities to the children.
Kairos Community Trust: The Eugenia Road Project (in association with CRASH)
Kairos offers detoxification, rehabilitation and supported ‘move-on’ accommodation to homeless people with addiction related problems. In London, there is a severe shortage of specialist accommodation for people needing the high level of support required for successful detoxification to be completed and maintained. Kairos’s hostel in Eugenia Road provides these facilities and The Story of Christmas is enabling the hostel to build an extension to accommodate much-needed additional bedrooms.
St Mungo’s Broadway: Hilldrop Road Hostel
St Mungo’s Broadway’s Hilldrop Road hostel in Islington provides accommodation, care and support to men aged 55+ who have a history of long-term homelessness, poor mental and physical health and/or alcohol dependency. Many residents also suffer from dementia or are terminally ill. The hostel aims to respect clients’ dignity, offering a long-term, secure environment for them to call home. Originally a church hall, the hostel is not conducive to its current use, particularly in light of the vulnerability of the client group it supports. A full redevelopment (including 25 flats) will enable the centre to deliver a more flexible, personalised service, so that clients, including those who are terminally ill, will be able to live and die in safety and comfort and with the compassion everyone deserves. The Story of Christmas is providing a shared lounge as part of this essential refurbishment; giving residents a tranquil communal space to be sociable, read and relax in their home.
Transform Housing & Support: Camperdown Project
Transform Housing & Support gives homeless and vulnerable people a second chance in life. The charity is creating new ‘homes for life’ for 12 people with learning disabilities, to reduce the risk of such people having to live in unsuitable accommodation or even becoming homeless. The Story of Christmas is funding a lift at the new property to ensure the new homes are accessible for residents.
XLP: XL-R8 Community Bus Project
XLP works to create positive futures for young people living in inner London and make a serious and sustainable impact on poverty and educational failure. Many disadvantaged young people struggle with one or more of the following: poor home life; educational underachievement and/or exclusion; challenging behavioural characteristics; poor life choices; and involvement in gang-related anti-social behaviour. The XL-R8 Community Bus project helps tackle these issues by providing bases for high-quality, long-term, consistent youth provision. Young people find a safe place, a sympathetic ear, teaching, advice and 1-2-1 mentoring, alongside access to computers, games consoles, a music studio, ‘chill-out spaces’, arts, crafts, sports activities and kitchen facilities for cooking lessons. Experienced youth workers and volunteers encourage the young people to develop positive behaviours and life skills, set realistic goals and work hard to achieve them. The Story of Christmas is funding the purchase and conversion of a new Community Bus to extend the reach of the project to more disadvantaged young people.