A recent request to all Town and Parish Councils in Cornwall is attracting a number of grants which will be used specifically to pay for service user leisure needs, such as outings, holidays and leisure equipment. We are extremely grateful to the following Councils for their support with this project :
|Breage PC||£ 500 pledge|
|Camborne TC||£ 300|
|Constantine PC||£ 50|
|Crowan PC||£ 25|
|Feock PC||£ 100|
|Looe TC||£ 100|
|Ludgvan PC||£ 25|
|Marazion TC||£ 50|
|Menheniot PC||£ 50|
|Penzance TC||£ 100|
|Portreath PC||£ 50|
|St. Day PC||£ 50|
|St. Martin-by-Looe PC||£ 50|
|Total to date||£1,450|
A holiday home for service users and families living with autistic disorders
Non-essential service user needs (clothing, days out, recreational activities, garden play equipment etc.)
One-Stop Information Shop to support families living with autistic disorders
The Cell Barnes Trust
BT Community Champions
The Percy Bilton Charity
The ACT Foundation
The West Cornwall Youth Trust
The Devon & Cornwall Autistic Society
The Albert Hunt Trust
The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
The Albert Van Den Bergh Trust
The Helston Downsland Charity
The Norman Family Charitable Trust
The Cornwall Community Foundation (The Lord and Lady St. Levan Trust)
The Rosemary Kendal Charitable Foundation
The Clare Milne Trust
The Piet Mendels Foundation
Chaffin & Co.
Cornwall Heating Supplies
Philip Chapman Construction
Watson Marlow Pumps
Jirehouse Capital Trusts
VU Chem Ltd.
Acorn Property Group
1st Call Vista
Windcon Energy Services
St. Piran Homes
Four Burrows Hotel
The Blue Lotus Therapy Centre
The Portman Building Society
Direct Health 2000
Cornwall Paper Co. Consols Oils
Follett Stock Solicitors
St. Austell Printing Co.
Cornwall Inner Wheel Clubs
Cornwall Rotary Clubs
Cornwall Lions Clubs
Cornwall Masonic Lodges
Cornwall Town and Parish Councils
The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra
Falmouth Marine School
Polwhele House Society
Ponsanooth Tuesday Club
Truro College Student Association
The Liz Nolan Theatre & Dance School
Carnon Downs Methodist Church Choir
Kenwyn Flower & Garden Club
820 Squadron, RNAS Culdrose
Perranwell Methodist Church Group
Meneague Street Surgery
Cornwall Community Carrier
Tintagel Methodist Church
Stithians Methodist Church
Cornwall Morris Minor 1000 Club
Falmouth Marine Band
Plus many private donations from individuals
Following a number of diagnoses of cancer amongst staff and families over the past year, staff decided to support Cancer Research UK with a barbecue and hog roast held in the grounds of one of the homes at St. Agnes.
A raffle was organised, generously supported by many local businesses with prizes, and a cake-off attracted entries from the staff with a number of classes including best decorated cake, which was won by Rosie Brown, daughter of a member of staff. Live music was provided by Beachfield and Hedluv & Passman.
The donation was presented to Demelza Stevenson of Cancer Research UK by members of Spectrum staff.
The West Cornwall Youth Trust has supported the autistic trust Spectrum with a second donation of £3,000 to enable a group of young service users to attend sessions at BF Adventure, Halvasso.
Presenting the cheque to Spectrum’s Charity Development Manager Deborah Moore, WCYT Trustee Richard Rickard said, ‘We are pleased to be supporting a very deserving charity in this way. Spectrum does excellent work in caring for people with autism, and we are glad to be able to help with the funding for outdoor activity sessions at BF Adventure.’
For the past year the young people from Spectrum have thrived on their attendance at the activity centre, mastering new skills in archery, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and tackling the obstacle course. They have got wet, dirty and tired – and they love it.
‘These sessions are really valuable to our service users,’ said Deborah Moore. ‘They promote concentration, problem-solving abilities, self confidence and a feeling of achievement, and it’s great for our young people to make a commitment towards gaining awards.
‘It’s a tremendous opportunity for them to work with our own staff, and the very experienced staff at BF Adventure, to overcome anxieties about being in a new environment and trying something they’ve never done before. We are really grateful to the West Cornwall Youth Trust for their continued support.’
Two grants amounting to £6,000 have been awarded to the autistic trust Spectrum by the Percy Bilton Charity and the ACT Foundation, towards the cost of renewing double glazing units at one of the charity’s children’s homes near Blackwater, Truro.
‘We were really delighted to have the news that the Percy Bilton Charity and the ACT Foundation had both agreed to support this renovation project,’ said Deborah Moore, Spectrum’s Charity Development Manager. ‘Obtaining grant funding under the current financial circumstances isn’t easy, and it was really good news to hear that these two trusts were generously contributing towards replacing the old doors and windows. The new units have made such a difference to the house, which is looking really smart now.’
Spectrum, whose head office is based at Penryn, runs 24 residential homes for approximately 100 children and adults with autistic spectrum disorders. ‘Everyone knows what it costs to keep their own home in good order,’ said Robin Gunson, Spectrum’s Head of Developments. ‘Not only do we have 24 to maintain, but we do all we can to ensure that the standard of upkeep is as high as possible, and this is always a challenge.’
In the past twelve months Spectrum has opened two new homes for adults at Carnon Downs and Breage, and in addition to its residential service, is offering domiciliary care for people with autistic spectrum disorders and learning disabilities.