Grant Award to Open Country

The Trustees are pleased to report a grant award to Open Country.

Open Country is a Yorkshire-based charity with over 30 years of experience in enabling people with disabilities to access and enjoy the countryside. They achieve this through a variety of outdoor activities and the provision of information, training and advice.

Fully accessible transport is provided and staff are supported by teams of trained volunteers who are on hand to offer assistance as necessary.

The grant will go towards the entire cost of producing a “Breakfree” pack for York. This pack includes easy access routes that can be enjoyed by children, cyclists and people with disabilities, including wheelchair users. The packs have clear, colour maps for each location, with all the information you need to help plan your day

Grant to Target Ovarian Cancer

The Trustees are pleased to report a grant award to Target Ovarian Cancer.

Over 7,400 people receive a life changing diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the UK each year, and more people die because of the disease than all other gynaecological cancers combined. At Target Ovarian Cancer they cannot accept that for so many people ovarian cancer is fatal and that so many families are left bereft. They are determined to transform what happens before and after diagnosis and ensure that every person receives the support they need.

Their confidential nurse-led Support Line enables anyone affected by ovarian cancer to talk through queries they may have as well as their feelings about their situation. They offer follow-up contact as women and their families go through their cancer journey, helping to reduce their isolation and supporting them to manage their changed situation

The grant will be used towards the costs of a nurse advisor for women across the York area.

Home Start York

The Trustees are pleased to report a grant award to Home Start, York.

Home-Start York was established in 1988 as a voluntary organisation. Committed to supporting parents with at least one child under the age of six, volunteers visit families in their own homes each week, offering support, friendship and practical help. This family-centered support strengthens and empowers families. Positive intervention in early years can prevent issues developing further and enables parents to find their own way forward – to achieve lasting change. They also run structured groups for parents with children 0-2 and a school readiness programme, supporting parents and children on their journey into education.

IT ReUse (Community Furniture Store)

The Trustees are pleased to report a grant award to the York Community Furniture Store.

The York Community Furniture Store is a furniture re-use and skills development organisation, which has been serving the needs of residents in York and the surrounding area since October 1988.

IT ReUse provides computer devices to households who cannot afford them. This allows them to access the internet to manage bills, personal finances, work, do school-work and socialise. Providing devices allows households to do this from their own home, in their own time and privately.

IT ReUse also provide training and volunteer opportunities to individuals who are interested in IT hardware repair. IT ReUse has partnered with York Mind and United Response to provide supported training opportunities to nominated individuals who face barriers to finding work and have a passion for IT

York Carers Centre

The Trustees are pleased to report a grant award to York Carers Centre.

York Carers Centre is an independent charity and a network member of the national Carers Trust. They work in partnership with carers, statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure unpaid carers throughout York have access to confidential information, advice and support. They work with carers to influence positive change in service delivery with local government, employers, schools and health providers.

York Carers Centre supports carers of all ages:

  • Adults
  • Young adults (18 to 25)
  • Young carers (5 to 18)