Focus Magazines The local magazines for Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Brecon & Talgarth – Events, News and Advertising
The Abergavenny Focus The Crick & Usk Valley Focus

Charity


Latest Story

The Building Bridges Project

August 16th, 2017

The Building Bridges Project brings together young people with additional needs from across Monmouthshire. It is searching for a new source of money as its current funding is set to finish in December this year.

The Project was set up in November 2013 to run for four years with a grant from the Big Lottery; its aim to get young people with additional needs involved in the community. So far the project has been a resounding success, but if it is to continue it will need help.

Over the last four years the project has been able to make ‘life changing’ differences for young people aged 14-25 with additional needs in the county.
There are no specialist schools in Monmouthshire, so these young people make friends in other schools, and when they come home they don’t have anyone.

The project helps people engage in the community and make friendships, reduce social isolation, build social skills, confidence and build skills they rely on in the future.

The focus is on sustainability and supporting our young people to make connections with individuals and groups that outlive the life of our project. This is done through one-to-one and group work encompassing social, leisure and work related activities.

We have done canoeing, camping, drama and more; we give people a taste of things they haven’t done before.

Beneficiaries have not only formed friendships but relationships, people have learnt to drive, done their bronze Duke of Edinburgh and are volunteering in the community.

Without the Building Bridges Project a lot of these opportunities will be lost and it is not just the young people who are involved in the project who will suffer, but everyone connected.

Anyone that could offer anything help would be appreciated. To get in contact or find out more, visit the group’s website: www.buildingbridgesproject.org.uk
Or to donate to help prolong the life of this project visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/thebuildingbridgesproject

Gemma Martin

 

More Stories

Midwives@Ethiopia

August 11th, 2017

Report by Hannah Merret A few months ago, two of our local midwives asked whether I would be able to accompany them on a trip to Ethiopia to photograph the work of their charity Midwives@Ethiopia. In May of this year, what started off as a light-hearted conversation over coffee became a reality, as I joined […]

Youth point to the future for ‘Love Zimbabwe’

August 31st, 2016

It has been a year since we heard from Dave & Martha Holman who run the charity – Love Zimbabwe. The couple live in Gilwern and visit Zimbabwe on a regular basis and continue to insitute new projects in the village of Domboshawa, 45 minutes north east of the capital – Harare. David and Martha […]

Close Knit Community

August 9th, 2016

Zimele UK would like to thank all the amazing people who’ve helped to make this year’s Close-Knit Community such a success.  Colourful knitted decorations are on 3 sites around town this year: Linda Vista Gardens, the Castle and on the Castle meadows. They all look stunning! For a third year local people and women from […]

Friends of Brecon and District Mind TEA-ON-TOP 2016

July 8th, 2016

A walk up Pen-y-Crug, Brecon, for mental health and well-being/Sunday 31st July. The Friends of Brecon and District Mind are holding the annual Tea-on-Top walk. Organised to raise awareness of mental health issues, it revives a tradition which was popular in the region until the 1950s of holding a picnic tea at the top of […]

Charity bike Ride in support of The Hospice Angels

June 8th, 2016

Since their conception in 2003, The Hospice Angels have visited 19 countries, enjoying amazing experiences and raising considerable funds for St Michael’s Hospice. On 18th June, 15 bikers who will include Nigel – one of the Coach House Interiors team –  are setting out on a challenge to ride from Lands End to John O’Groats […]

Fairtrade goes from strength to strength in Abergavenny

March 21st, 2016

Fairtrade is not just about tea and coffee. As part of this year’s UK-wide Fairtrade Fortnight, Abergavenny Fairtrade Group is holding a buffet breakfast featuring the wide range of Fairtrade ingredients now available to buy in the town’s shops. The mayor of Abergavenny, Councillor Maureen Powell, is hosting the Big Breakfast in the Town Hall […]

Craft Market for Crohn’s Disease returns for a second year

March 21st, 2016

2nd April 2016 10am to 4pm. A craft market is being held at the Clarence Hall Crickhowell, on April 2nd 2016, from 10am to 4pm with all proceeds going towards research into a potential cure for Crohn’s Disease. This is the second time the event has happened building on the success of the first one […]

Zimele needs you!

February 11th, 2016

For a third year, we’re yarn bombing our beautiful town for the Close-Knit Community. That’s decorating it with wool, for the uninitiated! To make this happen, we need help! If you can knit or crochet, will you contribute some squares? Any stitch works: 20 x 20cm (8”) in synthetic wool. We have a small supply […]

Abergavenny & District Soroptimists

January 19th, 2016

An Indian girl is the most recent benefiary of the Soroptimists’ individual education scheme

Abergavenny & District Soroptimists have local, national and  international projects helping to improve the lives of women and girls with the three objectives of education, empowerment and enablement. Locally we currently support the food bank and Women’s Aid. Last year we asked businesses in Abergavenny & Crickhowell to arrange specially coloured window displays over three […]