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Grants awarded by the Adnams Community Trust in April 2018

By Rebecca Abrahall, also posted in News on

Adnams Community TrustOn the 27 April 2018 the trustees of the Adnams Community Trust (ACT) awarded grants to the following worthy causes within 25 miles of Southwold. Little Monkeys Baby and Toddler Group is a drop-in group in Framingham Earl for parents and young children. The Group helps to reduce social isolation and provides support. The trustees awarded a grant of £227.97 to pay for hall hire for seven weeks and one year’s insurance. Asperger East Anglia (AEA) offers personal support and assistance for those with or suspected of having Asperger syndrome. One of AEA’s services is the ‘Moving on Project’ in Beccles. This project helps young people with Asperger syndrome, or suspected of having High-Functioning Autism, to develop independent living skills whilst being supported by a personal support worker. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,785.44 to pay for a fire detection system in a flat above one of AEA’s shops in Beccles which is being fitted out for the project. Sensing Change is an independent social-work practice owned by Suffolk County Council. It provides social work, rehabilitation and support to people with sight and hearing loss, delivered by a team of qualified professionals. The trustees awarded a grant of £119.50 to purchase two lights for an individual with sight problems to enable him to carry out small tasks which he currently can’t see to do. Catalyst Counselling provides high-quality, affordable counselling and training to people in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Open-ended or time-limited counselling sessions are offered through an open referral system. Clients are assessed by trained counsellors and they are then able to see a counsellor for as long as necessary and, if needed, a psychiatrist. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,000 to subsidise 100 counselling sessions for clients who have very limited financial resources and who would not otherwise be able to access counselling. Eye Opportunity Group (EOG) is a support group for families who have children up to the aged of five with disabilities. EOG runs six sessions a week for up to ten children at a time offering specialised play activities with a high staff ratio. Approximately 40 children attend each year. The trustees awarded a grant of £1,736 towards the cost of an automatic fire detection system and emergency lighting system. Suffolk County Council Adult Social Care Services provide support for a family from the ACT catchment area; two parents and four children. Both parents have learning disabilities and the family is struggling financially. Two of the four children have incontinence issues. The trustees awarded a grant of £215 to purchase two new mattresses and two waterproof mattress protectors. Suffolk County Council cares for a lady from Lowestoft who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis in her hands and feet, osteoporosis in her spine and arthritis in most joints. Her mobility is poor meaning she is unable to get in or out of the bath without help. The trustees awarded a grant of £200 to purchase a bath lift to enable her to bathe independently. Suffolk County Council cares for a lady from Lowestoft who suffers from fibromyalgia, sciatica and arthritis in all joints. Taking a bath helps to relieve pain but she is unable to get in or out of the bath without help. The trustees awarded a grant of £200 to purchase a bath lift so that she can bathe independently. Suffolk County Council Adult Social Care Services provide care for a gentleman from the Waveney area with multiple health issues which have left him with very limited mobility and a poor quality of life. The trustees awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the cost of a dual-motor riser-recliner armchair which will allow him to change position. This will reduce the risk of pressure sores, improve his digestion and posture and will enable him to participate more in family life. 1st Rendlesham Scout Group has 66 members. The Scouts have fun outdoors, learn lots of new skills and make new friends. The trustees awarded a grant of £500 towards the cost of a mess tent which will enable the Group to take more young people on camp together. Leiston Football Club Youth Section was formed in 2017 and already has over 80 members (boys and girls). The Club aims to give children of all ages and abilities the chance to participate in youth football. The trustees awarded a grant of £700 towards a set of goals for the under 13s team. Lowestoft & Oulton Broad Swimming Club is a community swimming club run by a team of volunteer coaches and committee members. Fees are kept low so that membership is accessible to all children in this deprived area. The trustees awarded a grant of £573.60 to purchase a new shallow-end block, necessary for completion of the Amateur Swimming Association’s Competitive Start Certificate. Broadland Cricket Club was established in 2017 and currently has 11 members aged between 17 and 60. The Club aims to increase provision of cricket in the Great Yarmouth area to improve the health and well-being of the community. The Club is affiliated to the Norfolk Cricket Board and has been accepted into the Norfolk Cricket League. The Club has signed up to the ECB All Stars Programme which involves fun training sessions for 5 to 8-year-olds on Saturday mornings. The trustees awarded a grant of £739 to purchase training equipment for indoor and outdoor sessions. 1st Fressingfield Scout Group (FSG) has over 100 members. The Scouts undertake a varied programme of activities including camping, hiking, arts and crafts, sports, dance, community engagement and environmental projects. FSG currently operates from a rented hut but has been gifted just under an acre of land for the development of a new HQ and activity centre. The trustees awarded a grant of £450 to purchase fencing and gates for a wildlife area at the new HQ. Kelsale cum Carlton Parish Council is trying to encourage more people to use the recreation ground by developing a woodland area as a place for wildlife, for people to sit and for children to explore. The Council is extending the area to include a meadow with mown pathways leading to four chainsaw sculptures. The trustees awarded a grant of £263.20 to purchase wooden stakes to define the new meadow boundary and dry-mix concrete for the footings for the wooden sculptures. Darsham Parish Council, through the work of the village tree warden, has established a community orchard on council-owned land next to the village allotments. So far 42 donated fruit trees have been planted and more will be planted later in the year. A team of 10 to 15 people meet weekly to water and maintain the site and to socialise. The trustees awarded a grant of £463.40 towards the cost of picnic tables and chairs to encourage more residents to make use of the orchard.