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Wholehearted Childhood, supporting wellbeing through nature – #CommunitiesCan

Helen Nistala

Helen Nistala, August 12, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Founder, Wholehearted Childhood

Wholehearted Childhood is a new organisation with a mission to help children and their communities to flourish, wholeheartedly engaged in the natural world. In March, we were looking forward to a summer of events, bringing groups of looked after children and their foster carers together to enjoy the outdoors, supported by the National Lottery Heritage…

The Door Youth Project – #CommunitiesCan

Barrie Voyce

Barrie Voyce, — #CommunitiesCan

Business Development Director, The Door Youth Project

When lockdown started and many charities were forced to close, directors of Gloucestershire youth charity The Door made the decision to stay open.We already knew that for the vulnerable young people we support anxiety levels were rising. As the threat of the pandemic increased, and the prospect of school, mental health services and other support…

Sunshine & Smiles with Leeds Down Syndrome Network – #CommunitiesCan

Ailith Harley-Roberts

Ailith Harley-Roberts, August 10, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Service Manager, Sunshine and Smiles

On 15th March we took the incredibly difficult decision to close our shop & café, 21 Co. due to the mounting concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic. 21 Co. is part of Sunshine & Smiles – Leeds Down Syndrome Network and offers paid work opportunities for 10 young people who have Down Syndrome. As the week continued we…

Ability Bow – An exercise lifeline #CommunitiesCan

Victoria Kent

Victoria Kent, August 4, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Founder and CEO, Ability Bow

Ability Bow provides an exercise lifeline in east London, supporting people who have disabilities and those living with life-changing health conditions such as diabetes, strokes and cancer. Whilst lockdown restrictions have been eased this is not the case for our community, many of whom are still shielding. The people we normally support in our gym…

Smell the Roses – #CommunitiesCan

Pauline Grant

Pauline Grant, July 28, 2020 — #CommunitiesCan

Founder and Chair, Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses is a small and new charity in the North East of England.  We offer ReTreat Days to mums/female carers who have children of any age with any form of additional need.  The days consist of creative workshops, pampers, a quiet room, a peer support room and our Wellbeing Coordinator Flo Foster’s massage…

Enjoy Summer Safely in Lincolnshire

Charlotte Goy

Charlotte Goy, July 22, 2020 — Enjoy Summer Safely

CEO, Visit Lincoln

Lincolnshire – the best of city, countryside, and coast.Throw in heritage, culture, aviation, exceptional food and it’s easy to see why it is a well-loved destination. An active role in TourismHowever, no-one could have predicted the challenges 2020 would present.  So to hear that Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP, himself a Lincoln lad, was visiting…

Ruby’s Fund – our passion is to support families of children with SEND #CommuntiesCan

Helen Davies

Helen Davies, July 17, 2020 — Civil Society

Thriving Families Manager at Ruby’s Fund

The effects of COVID 19 have had a huge impact on families of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).Disruption to schooling, lack of childcare, cancelled medical and therapy appointments, family and friend support networks unable to help, concerns about children with fragile health becoming ill and changes to valued daily routines have, in…

The benefits of family reading in and out of lockdown

Dr Carina Spaulding

Dr Carina Spaulding, July 16, 2020 — Culture

Research & Evaluation Manager, The Reading Agency

As a charity dedicated to working towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life, we at The Reading Agency have been keenly interested in the ways lockdown has affected our relationship with books and reading. We partnered with Beano Brain Omnibus to survey over 10,000 7-11-year-olds across the UK to…

Wallace Collection: Bringing life back into the galleries

Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer, July 14, 2020 — Culture

Director of Development, The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection reopens this week after almost exactly 17 weeks of closure. Except for the two World Wars, this period has been the first time the Collection has closed to the public since we opened in 1900. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming back staff and visitors to the Collection – bringing life back…

The new normal for Cotswolds tourism

Susie Hunt

Susie Hunt, July 12, 2020 — Tourism

Partnership Manager, Cotswold Tourism

This weekend saw the start of our new ‘post-Covid normal’ as hotels, pubs, restaurants and more retailers were finally able to open their doors again to the public following the March lockdown.I don’t know about you but I quite liked the old ‘normal’, when a night away in a hotel meant time with a loved…