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Local Charity awarded 3-year grant for services to disabled children
We are Beams, has been awarded a grant of £343,617K from the Big Lottery Fund to support our work with the families of disadvantaged and disabled children in Kent.
The family Advice Team offer telephone advice, parent support groups, father’s club, home visits, crisis support, 1-1 at educational meetings, parenting programmes and help with the statutory assessment process called EHCP. Since the closure of another local charity in the Sevenoaks area, there was a desperate need to expand the service offered to the families in that area to support them through difficult times.
Tracey Sams, Family Advice Manager said “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded a 3-year grant from the National Lottery to fund our Family Advice Service. This service is very much needed and valued locally and following requests from families in the wider areas of Sevenoaks District, needing to expand. This grant will enable us to deliver a consistent holistic approach to families in need across Dartford, Gravesham and the wider Sevenoaks District, providing them with highly specialised advice and support. The work will help to reduce feelings of isolation, support the emotional wellbeing of the whole family and improve educational outcomes for disabled children”.
Caroline Brinkman, Income Generation and Development Lead at the charity said “Thank you to all who support the Big Lottery Fund by buying a weekly ticket. This is an example of where the money goes to on a local level. We support at least 350 families at any one time with a disabled child, and this money will enable us to plan for the future in supporting them in the best way possible”
Local Business leading the way on Charitable Giving
Teaching Support a Maidstone based company wanted to support a charity as a part of their business strategy but were looking for something that would engage their staff and add value to the service that they offer their clients. They chose to work alongside We Are Beams, a local charity working with disabled children and their families in Kent.
Beams were planning to offer a new service to Medway based disabled young people but were unable to find the right sessional staff to work during the school holidays. Teaching Support hosted a recruitment day, encouraged staff to attend and the Medway scheme is now up and running. This project was significant for the charity as it was in partnership with Demelza Hospice who had offered their facilities for the playscheme days. It was an offer that was new to Medway parents who were desperate for such a service in the local area and the whole project was funded by BBC Children in Need. There was a lot riding on the success of the various people working together. Sophie Timms ,Managing Director, is delighted with the partnership and said “We found a local charity that has great synergy with our work and the new skills learnt by our teaching staff will expand their experience and the service that we offer to local special needs schools”
Teaching support has also just donated £1500 towards supporting families during the summer school holidays. The money will pay for additional play schemes and days out for disabled children so that they have something to look forward to and the parents will get a break. Families have told Beams that the long Summer break is the worst time of the year for them.
Caroline Brinkman, Income Generation and Development Lead for Beams said “Teaching Support has been so supportive of our work. They have also helped us to recruit for our play schemes in North Kent as well as Medway as there was a real skills shortage in the area. Without their help, we would have had many families disappointed and without a break during the summer and the poor children with nothing fun to look forward to. The donation was an added bonus and will make a huge difference to families that are in desperate need of our help”
If you are a business looking to support a charity in their work please give Beams a call on 01322 668501 x5.
New Family Advice Service in Sevenoaks
We are Beams, a local charity based in Hextable, has expanded its long-established Family Advice Service into the wider areas of Sevenoaks District. The service will offer free impartial and independent advice to the parents of a disabled child or young person on matters relating to Health, Education, Social Care, Transport, Finance and Emotional Support.
Since the closure of SPACE, another local charity offering this support previously, Beams has noticed an increase in the numbers of desperate parents calling in and requesting help, especially with regards to their child’s education and EHCP.
Tracey Sams Family Advice Manager at We Are Beams said” Our experience shows us there are many families who feel isolated and unsure about how to secure the best opportunities for their children. Additionally, being able to access practical advice and support from someone who understands and has personal experience of the daily challenges they face, can make a positive difference to family life”
Drop in clinics have been arranged in Edenbridge at the Eden Centre, Otford Library, and Wellfield Community hall in Hartley.
If you would like further information T: 01322 668501 x1 E;firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigade Electronics supports We Are Beams
Brigade Electronics staff voted for We Are Beams to receive the huge donation of £10,000 that was awarded from their chairman last week. Chris Hanson-Abbott OBE and Chairman of the company said “As a local business we felt it was important for us to support local charities. We are delighted to give this donation to Beams who were chosen by the staff. It is heartening for us all at Brigade to know that our donation will support the wonderful work at Beams. It is a privilege for us to be able to make this contribution to those youngsters less fortunate than ourselves and help bring some light into their lives”. Caroline Brinkman, Income Generation Lead at the charity who received the cheque said “We can’t thank the company enough. It was great to hear that the staff voted for us and this money will pay towards respite for the disabled children and young people in our care over the summer holidays. This will ensure they have something to look forward to, have some fun, and give their family a break from the constant cycle of caring for a disabled child which can be 24/7″
6th June 2018
We are extending our Family Advice Service into Sevenoaks
We are expanding our long-established Family Advice Service into the wider areas of Sevenoaks District. The service will provide advice and support to parent and carers of disabled children and young people.
The service will be launched on 14th June at the Bridges Centre in Edenbridge and on 18th June at the Eden Centre, Edenbridge. These Drop-In Advice Sessions are free to attend.
Free independent advice will be offered on matters relating to Health, Education, Social Care, Transport, Finance and Emotional Support.
Tracey Sams Family Advice Manager at Beams said ”Our experience and research shows us there are many families in this area who feel isolated and unsure about how to secure the best opportunities for their children. Additionally being able to access practical advice and support from someone who understands and has personal experience of the daily challenges they face, can make a positive difference to family life”
If you would like further information T: 01322 668501 x1
25th April 2018
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20th March 2018
We are Beams scoops Top Award
We are Beams was voted “Best children’s Charity” at the recent Kent Charity Awards hosted at the Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham.
The competition was high for many other very worthy charities but the judges said they were bowled over with the passion, enthusiasm and commitment our staff showed when caring for disabled children and families in Kent.
Katrina Adams, Operations Director said” I am so very proud that we have been given this award. It is a fantastic achievement for the entire staff team who are the people that make it all possible. We are fortunate to have staff that is so committed to their work and care passionately about Disabled children and their families. Feeling proud is an understatement”
The comes at the end of a very eventful financial year where the original charity established for over 20 years ago by parents of disabled children, changed the name to We are Beams to help lift the profile of the charity to help secure future finances, and to reach out to more families than ever before.