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ScottishPower Foundation 2020 Social Initiatives

Social Initiatives

Bendrigg Trust 

Adventure for All – Not every disability is visible

Bendrigg Trust is a residential outdoor education centre working specifically with disabled and disadvantaged people. It aims to promote inclusion, encourage independence, build self-confidence and improve physical and mental health and well-being through the provision of adventurous activities and residential experiences.

‘Adventure for All – Not every disability is visible’ seeks to tackle the barriers associated with hidden disabilities through discrete areas including:

  1. Sponsorship – making visits to the centre affordable, and
  2. Training - equipping staff with more awareness, knowledge and expertise to support a wide range of people with hidden disabilities.

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The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz)

Wheeling for Independence

Wheeling for Independence’ will provide vital wheelchair skills training to disabled children and young people in England, ensuring they have the confidence and skills to get the most out of life and move towards a higher level of independence. Each young person that takes part in training, regardless of school or community schemes, will learn vital skills needed to get the most from their wheelchairs.

These skills could include: manoeuvring forward, backwards, around obstacles and in crowds, indoors and outdoors; picking up and carrying items, or asking for help; awareness of personal safety; negotiating different surfaces and sports skills.

This project will build on Whizz-Kidz existing Wheelchair Skills Training service, by running sessions in additional schools and community spaces, as well as trialling a new sustainable “train the trainer” approach.

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Acorns (North Tyneside)

Provision of an outreach counselling service in Northumberland for children and young people affected by domestic abuse 

This project will provide 1-1 counselling to children and young people aged 4-18 who have been affected by their experiences of domestic abuse. A child-centred approach is adopted, providing a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space where children can process their experiences.

Depending on the developmental age and preference of the child, this could be through talking and/or through play such as art, board games, sand tray, and imaginative play. 

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Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland

Sporting Memories Plus

‘Sporting Memories Plus’ aims to engage older people to increase physical well-being and prolong independent living. The project will specifically improve strength and balance of individuals to support falls prevention.

Each participant will be provided with a tailored personal plan in booklet form which will detail the type and frequency of physical activity that would be beneficial for them to integrate into their daily living, in order to work towards agreed goals. Regular exercise at home can help individuals to achieve their own physical activity goals and help them become more confident and physically resilient in the short, medium and long-term. 

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Kidscape Campaign for Children’s Safety

Help with Bullying Programme

The Kidscape Help with Bullying programme will build communities of support that will help schools, children and families stop bullying. The programme will: recruit and train community volunteers to deliver bullying awareness and response workshops for children aged 9-12; recruit and train community volunteers to deliver online safety and cyberbullying awareness workshops for parents and carers in primary and secondary schools; deliver day workshops to empower and protect children and families experiencing bullying; train community leaders to be on hand to provide advice and support with bullying issues to children and families that access their services.

The programme will be delivered in Westminster and Lambeth in London, as well as Newport and Blaenau Gwent in South Wales, and will build on Kidscape's long history of evidence based practical strategies to prevent and respond to bullying, helping all children to reach their full potential. 

Visit the Kidscape Campaign for Children's Safety website

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Changing Faces

Pledge to be Seen – Changing Attitudes to Visible Differences in Scotland

‘Pledge to be Seen – Changing Attitudes to Visible Differences in Scotland’ aims to develop and deliver two key campaigns across social media and traditional media in Scotland:

  1. Pledge to Be Seen: will develop and deliver a campaign to engage key companies across Scotland to sign a pledge to represent more people with a visible difference in their business.
  2. Tackling Hate Crime: a campaigning activity asking for schools, employers and police to work to reduce the stigma surrounding people who look different and tackle discrimination where it exists. Working closely with public bodies such as Police Scotland, NHS Scotland and Scottish Government as well as media partners, resources will be developed to help people report when they are victim of a hate crime. 

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South Tyneside Churches KEY Project

KEY Youth hubs

The ‘KEY Youth hubs’ project will develop drop-in ‘hubs’ for socially excluded and disadvantaged young people aged 16-24 in South Tyneside. The development of the hub includes a designated set of quiet rooms specifically for mediation and counselling for young people and their families to visit for "no-nonsense advice."

They will be able to drop in and meet with local advisers and get specialist advice on a range of matters including: family mediation and landlord liaison; applying for a range of housing options; health; training and employment and specialist support services including drugs and alcohol misuse support and mental health services.

Visit the South Tyneside Churches KEY Project website

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Inter Madrassah Organisation

Expansion to Junior Citizen Award 

The ‘Expansion to Junior Citizen Award’ involves workshops, activity and classroom-based group work, 1-2-1 engagement and whole community events to promote integration, shared values and a sense of belonging whilst countering extremism and raising aspirations.

A new e-safety section will be incorporated, allowing the young people to record key considerations when online and report anything they are worried about. As tasks are completed the young people will record their achievements in a Log Book and a completion certificate and award will be given at the awards ceremony at the end of this project.

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