For 2018, This year’s KACCL beneficiaries are:-
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports around 500 local children with life-shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire.
However in the area they cover there are more than 1,300 children who may need their support, so there is much more to do.
The charity supports children and families in their purpose-built hospice in Huddersfield as well as in their homes through their acclaimed Hospice at Home service.
Forget Me Not supports children and families in many different ways to make their lives just a little bit easier. From offering respite to hydrotherapy, music therapy, neonatal care, counselling or bereavement support; their care team supports the whole family.
The charity is rated as “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission putting them in the top 2% of Health and Social Care providers in the UK.
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice need to raise £4million each year and with just 3% of this coming from government sources, community support across the region is vital.
To find out more about the charity please visit www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk or call 01484 411040
Orange Box Young People’s Centre (Square Chapel Arts Centre)
Funding raised this Year will support projects that use The Arts as a tool to bring about improvements in the lives of young people with a variety of needs, including reducing social isolation, improving community cohesion and increasing the skills, knowledge and quality of life for people in Calderdale.
This includes the Orange Box Rock School. This fun music project is for young people aged 11-16yrs, aiming to increase opportunities for young people to gain skills, collaborate, increase confidence and meet like-minded people. As part of this project Square Chapel also deliver an annual music festival called Routes, in the summer at Orange Box – this family-friendly event provides a platform for young musicians to perform on two stages (acoustic and bands). In addition, we deliver Rock School Outreach Sessions at local youth centres, in partnership with Calderdale Youth Service.
Another project you are supporting by attending today’s event is the Orange Box Choir who will also be performing for you.
The Choir is made up of children, young people, volunteers and support workers from Orange Box, Youth Works, Project Challenge, Next Step Trust, Young Foundations, Calderdale College, Ravenscliffe High School and other local services and schools.
Young people with varying abilities are in the Choir; some have never sung before, some have disabilities / additional needs and may come from difficult circumstances but all are passionate about singing. The Choir is a huge confidence boost for them and creates a positive experience in an environment in which they feel safe. We give them the opportunity to go out into the community and perform, boosting community cohesion and supporting other local causes.
It is so important for young people to have something in their lives they can focus their energy on. It provides them with the necessary support and resources to build confidence, develop relationships and skill sets. The progress we have seen in the young people we have already worked with is clear and rewarding for them and their communities.
We are so grateful of the support from KACCL to inspire the talents and change the lives of the young people of Calderdale and through performances and events, benefiting and inspiring the surrounding communities.
Seeing young people lacking in confidence being able to perform to their local community makes us all proud. Some of the barriers the choir members have had to overcome in their lives is a testament to their resilience and determination and a positive example of what young people can achieve.
We like to extend our gratitude to all attending today for their support and generosity.