Supporting Charities in the Local Community

Newship Ltd and Gowrings Mobility Group Ltd have a long history of supporting charitable works and good causes. We are delighted to announce the selection of two deserving local charities as our official partners, Swings & Smiles and Daisy’s Dream.

Both charities have received a donation of £6,000 and will also share any funds raised throughout the year from our various fund raising events.

Read on to learn more about the fantastic work both organisations do and if you feel you would like to contribute in anyway, visit their website.

Swings & Smiles

Swings & Smiles are a West Berkshire based charity providing recreational facilities and services for families with special needs. It offers a unique environment where the whole family feels supported and where they can spend quality time together.

They provide activities for children and young people aged 0-19 years old with a wide range of disabilities and special needs to be able to enjoy playing together without the pressures often experienced in wider community settings.

Swings & Smiles also welcome adults with disabilities who may benefit from this type of environment and also visits from community groups and respite providers.

  

Laura Lewis, Charity Director said:

“We are thrilled that Gowrings Mobility have chosen to support Swings & Smiles.  As a small charity, support from businesses within the local community means so much to us and the families that use our services. We support children and young people with a wide range of disabilities and their families to have fun and play in an environment that welcomes them, reducing isolation and increasing social opportunities.  This additional funding will enable us to continue this vital support and meet the needs of an ever growing number of families. Thank you.”

Facilities

Their building has been designed to ensure it meets the needs of a wide range of children. They provide many opportunities for play, cooking, art, sport and much more. There is a personal care room and space to eat if visitors wish to bring a picnic. The garden is totally secure and the building is on one level. There is also a totally separate and fully equipped area for siblings to be able to enjoy some time for themselves.

Indoors

Included are the following facilities:
• Sensory room
• Soft play area
• Activity room

Outdoors

• Open space for play
• Sensory garden, including vegetable garden and mud kitchen
• Fully accessible swings – including wheelchair swing
• In-ground trampoline
• Mini golf
• Large slide and climbing frame
• Interactive sensory area

To learn more visit – swingsandsmiles.co.uk

Daisy’s Dream

Daisy’s Dream is a local charity which provides professional support to families facing, or following, the death of someone close to them. All of their services are provided on an outreach basis and are completely free of charge.

Their team of professionally qualified Therapeutic Practitioners support children and young people directly through face to face, 1:1 sessions, with their work being tailored to each family’s unique circumstances. They also offer help and guidance over the phone to the wider family, and other professionals (such as teachers) that may be working with the child.

In addition to this support, families are encouraged to participate in specialist group events, where they can meet with others facing similar circumstances. This therapeutic group work helps to break down the isolation so commonly felt by those affected by serious illness and bereavement, and also provides an important opportunity for the children and young people to have fun.

Daisy’s Dream currently support around 700 children each year, and have helped over 9,000 since they began their work 23 years ago. Their work has been shown to help reduce the risk of future mental health, social, and educational difficulties by allowing children the time they need to explore and express their grief. They help them to understand what has happened and move forwards in a positive way.

Vicky Maunder, Fundraiser, commented “I want to say a huge thank for such a generous donation, it is enough to allow us to provide four Therapeutic Group Events.  These are sessions which allow bereaved children and young people to meet with others in a similar situation, and help remove the sense of isolation often felt after bereavement.  What an amazing difference your donation is going to make!”

If you would like to get involved with supporting Daisy’s Dream, or are concerned about a child impacted by bereavement or serious illness, you can visit www.daisysdream.org.uk for more information about how to get in touch.’