Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire & Essex Bursary

Charities or local groups in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or Essex, applied for a share of the 2018 CALA Community Bursary

We are pleased to announce the following worthwhile causes have been selected to receive funding from our 2018 Community Bursary:

Bishops Stortford Judokwai
CHIPS (Children's Integrated Playschemes) for kids with special needs
GEMMS Stevenage
Jubilee House Care Trust Ltd
Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastial Parish of Saint Andrews
Living It Up
New Voices of Potton
Goodman Ream Dementia Enterprise C.I.C
Potton Bowls Club
Potton Federation
Isabella's Wish to Walk
Newport Toddler Group
Run Ronnie Run
The Friends of Colchester Volunteer Police Cadets

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to apply and congratulate them all on the significant contribution they are making to their local community.

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Ivel Valley Special School, Biggleswade, Beds.CALA representative Joseph Quashie ( suit, glasses) with children at Autism Bedfordshire:Joseph (red Christmas jumper)Marlie ( blue converse top) and his brother Dylan ( grey top) and their parents.Autism Bedfordshire as founded in 1991 when a few parents got together to find help for their autistic children, share experience and provide mutual support. The charity gradually grew into a suite of services to give other families support over the years to come, including social activities and skills groups where people with autism are supported by specialist trained staff and volunteers, a helpline service for when they're struggling to cope, training for parents to help them better support their autistic children, and training for professionals to increase acceptance and support in the community. 

The donation from CALA will go towards supporting its Biggleswade L.O.A.F. Group (Loads Of Autisric Fun), a local family support and activity group for children with autism, their sibling, parents and carers.

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38066 CALA Homes’ Community Bursary scheme. Saffron Walden, Support 4 Sight . (Back, L to R) Mary Jackson, Freda Clarke, Graham Routledge and 'Caesar', Graham Hawks, Geraldine Robins, Pamela Bugden, Nicola Smith (Volunteer), Margaret Hills and Joy Chipperfield.(Front, L to R) Janice Arkinstall (Volunteer), Charlene Walker, Elizabeth Cowell (Support Worker), Jane Myers and Eileen Gladman (Volunteer.)Saffron Walden based charity, Support 4 Sight, helps approximately 4,000 blind or partially sighted people throughout Mid and West Essex. They provide emotional support and counselling, as well as offering practical advice for those affected by site less on how to live safely and independently at home.

The donation from CALA Homes will be used to find the charity's home visit programme - its most popular service -, which offers local residents one-on-one support.

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