Brainwave principally supports children between the ages of six months to twelve years. Families often come to Brainwave when they have exhausted other options.
Brainwave’s response is always to see what they can achieve, focusing on what a child can do, not what they can’t.
The family will come along to the Brainwave centre in Birchwood, where their qualified therapist will asses their child in a relaxed friendly and caring environment. This initial assessment usually lasts two days, giving them time to understand the child, their current abilities and goals. The therapy teams then design an exercise programme to meet each child’s particular needs. The team have the skills to design the programme, but it is the parents who have the love and commitment that no other career can match. Brainwave show them how to carry out the programme enabling it to be completed at home so that their child can reach their full potential.
Brainwave invite the families back for a reassessment every four to six months, this enables them to review the programme and see how the child is progressing.
The goal may be to help with walking, improving sight, to recognising numbers – supporting a child on programme makes such a difference to a child’s life and the family. The funds raised from ‘Ride for Change’ will change the life of three young children on the Brainwave programme.
To find out more about Brainwave visit http://www.brainwave.org.uk
Hand on Heart is a children’s charity who’s aim is to help prevent the deaths of the 12 young people who die due to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) each week in the UK.
The aims of Hand on Heart:-
- Raise awareness of cardiac arrest in the young
- Fund defibrillators for schools
- Educate children how to perform basic life support and save lives
By training members of staff and children in CPR and providing the school with a defibrillator – Hand on Heart are giving people in local communities the opportunity to bring chances of survival from 6% to 74% when CPR and a defibrillator is used. Schools are so important to everyday life and having a defibrillator on the premises may not just save the lives of the students and staff, but also the parents, volunteers and residents within local community.
Through ‘Ride for Change’, Hand on Heart will be able to support 7 schools within the Runcorn area to each receive a defibrillator. A total of 56 school staff will learn how to use the devise whilst 210 children sessions will take part in basic life skills, that one day may help to save a life!
To find out more about Hand on Heart visit http://www.handonheart.org
Warrington Youth Club work with over 9000 young people within the community to support young people’s development, helping them to acquire new friends and skills, and ultimately to inspire them to achieve their dreams. In addition to their open-access youth club, they also offer a range of personal and social development programmes.
Currently they are asking supporters to raise money for one of their personal development programmes, Buddy Up. Buddy Up works with young disabled people from 7-25 with a range of disabilities across the borough. Because of a range of disabilities, many of the young people find it difficult to go out and have the same experiences as their peers, often finding it harder to socialise and meet new friends. This can lead to a lack of confidence, self-esteem and independence.
Buddy works to build up young people’s friendship groups, confidence and independence to give them a new lease of life. Once they are on board, Buddy Up matches a young person to a volunteer buddy, with whom they can talk to and be encouraged by. Together, they go and experience a range of activities such as trips to the cinema, residential get-a-ways, the youth club and their gym. They even have 2 yearly residential trips. Currently any funds raised would contribute to a concentrated disability fitness programme, which would provide the opportunity for young disabled people in the community to get fit while having fun; doing activities like non-contact boxing and cardio workouts with their friends.
To find out more about Warrington Youth Club and the Buddy Up scheme visit http://www.warringtonyouthclub.co.uk