The Charities Page

I will beg everyone’s pardon for starting the new page with the simple steps to follow but I must encourage you all to write to me. You know the steps.

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Only give if and what you can afford. There have been large donations talked about on this blog but any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. This is a very important step as I collect  these stories of childish ambitions so that everyone can enjoy them on the comments page.

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • I will store all comments on the comments page so that they can easily be read and enjoyed.

So, this new page. I have asked permission from all the charities mentioned on this blog if I may write about them. I want to make it easy for you to see the wonderful work the charities are doing and the difference any donation will make to their work. As I receive permission from the charties I will add them to this page.

The first charity is Action for Children.

Their aim is to support and speak out for the most vunerable and neglected children and young people in the UK. They work in many areas, including:-

Disabled Children – Across the UK, 29 per cent of disabled children live in poverty and the families of disabled children report particularly high levels of stress and isolation.  Their disability services provide disabled children and their families with residential and short break care, help families deal with challenging behaviour, provide specialist education and leisure opportunities, and offer innovative programmes such as the Access to IT project, which uses information technology to enhance disabled children’s confidence and their educational and social inclusion.

Family Support – Families under stress are often trapped in a difficult situation – on their own with little money and no confidence. This can put children at risk. Action for Children’s long-term approach – supporting and challenging families – gives families opportunities to turn things around together. They help:

  • children who are neglected or abused
  • children whose parents are separating
  • children having difficulties at school
  • children returning to live at home
  • young people with caring responsibilites
  • families whose tenancy is at risk because of anti-social behaviour
  • families at risk of breakdown

Another thing I really admire about Action for Children is their focus on young people and their work to aid them towards a healthy adulthood. Too many of us expect those in their teenage years to be fully formed whereas this is one of the most difficult periods of development mentally and emotionally. Action for Children work with young people struggling with mental health, drug or alcohol problems as well as teenage parents. Manyin this situation fall behind at school or are excluded. They are all on low incomes. Action for Children’s projects help them to overcome these difficulties, often by working with specialist local agencies to provide total support.   They also provide independent visitors for young people in the care system and, for care leavers, provide emotional support and practical assistance with education, training, and finding and keeping accommodation. They also run community-based programmes for young people who have committed crimes, encouraging young people to take responsibility for their actions and diverting them from high-risk behaviour.

I hope these little snippets about the work that Action for Children do will encourage you to, at least, check out their webite on http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/. Please note the words of Emily, who was helped by Action for Children ‘It was the emotional neglect that affects you more, I’ve never felt wanted but Action for Children have never given up on me’. I don’t need to add to this, I think it tells you all you need to know.

Please have a look and check it out for yourself. There are many ways you can help Action for Children carry on their work. You can run an event, donate, volunteer. If you do, please write and share it with me so that others can see your good deeds and perhaps get the urge too:-)

My next charity is Plan UK

When Plan UK state ‘children are at the heart of everything we do’, you don’t have to take it at face value. They are a child-centred community development organisation with no religious and political affiliations, enabling families and communities in the poorest countries to make lasting improvements to the lives of their children.

What shines through with Plan UK is their commitment to helping the whole community at the same time as assisting the children. They understand the need to take a holisitic approach to the communities they work with, that helping one child is good but helping a community will have long-reaching benefits for all. In the countries where they work, one out of five children die before the age of five, and the ones who survive often go hungry and have no chance of learning to read and write.

Plan works with children, their parents, and their community, to plan practical ways to provide many of the things we take for granted in the UK, so that together they can build schools, drill wells, get nurses trained and help families to better support themselves. Plan also seeks to ensure that children are actively involved in the decision-making process, working with adults who have learnt to value their contribution. Isn’t that the best way to ensure that children learn to feel valued for their thoughts and opinions?

Please remember that Plan’s work is made possible because more than a million people across the world support them through sponsoring children. In doing so they benefit many other children, and entire communities. Plan is also supported by the UK Government’s Department of International Development, the European Union and partners and governments worldwide.

Through long-term partnership with a community, often 10-15 years, they aim to ensure it has achieved lasting improvements; giving its children a better start in life, knowledge of their rights, and the confidence to claim them for the next generation. Their energy can provide the impetus to change their world.

Please read for yourself about this wonderful organisation on http://www.plan-uk.org/. You will see the amazing work they do and perhaps feel that you would like to join in?

I will complete this piece on Plan UK with the words of Wilfran Blanco, aged 10, from Colombia –  ‘I wish for peace, love, happiness and friendship.’  That really says it all for me.

I will now write a little about The Future Sense Foundation.

The FutureSense Foundation is a UK charity supporting community development in some of the poorest regions of the world.  They partner and work with over 100 non-profit organisations to support volunteer work across four contintents. Their charity work targets education, child welfare and livelihoods as a means to address a range of development issues.

The FutureSense Foundation is a charity fundraising organisation, which provides financial support for community development projects overseas. Through its collaboration with other FutureSense brands, the Foundation also provides human resources in the form of career break and gap year volunteers. With an emphasis on meaningful and responsible volunteering abroad, the FutureSense Foundation supports marginalised individuals and communities.

I am also very interested in The FutureSense Foundation as a very good friend is volunteering in Tanzania for the foundation for 3 months from September 2010. Karen is heading to Tanzania to help locals set up small businesses using her own business background to help. Karen will be blogging about the experience and I hope that you all take some time to have a look at http://karensleat.wordpress.com/. Karen and her husband also contributed to this blog by adding a large donation to Mondo outside of the monies they raised for Karen’s volunteering. My thoughts will be with her and I will be checking her blog:-)

The next charity that has given me permission to blog is Children 1st


Their vision is a happy, healthy, safe and secure childhood for every child and young person in Scotland. They have 125 years experience of working with children and families, previously as the Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (RSSPCC). Today, we support families under stress, protect children from harm and neglect, help them to recover from abuse and promote children’s rights and interests.

Children 1st work with children and families to help them change their lives for the better.  Their work includes three big things. The three areas fit together to make sure they reach as many children as much as they can.

Children 1st deliver services around the country in homes and communities that help children and families every day; they speak out for children’s rights by influencing legislation and campaigning to change attitudes towards children and share their expertise with others, both professionals and volunteers who work with children and families through training and consultancy services. This includes befriending vunerable children, working for children’s rights using advocacy and mediation, national helplines and family group conferences.

I hope that these small snippets about some of the charities appearing on this blog will make you think about which children’s organisation you would like to support. Lastly, remember that if you have a favourite children’s charity then write to me about any donation you made so that we can include other excellent organisations on this blog.

Thank you for reading, please take care of you and yours.

Lesley

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice. It is easy to do – online, collection boxes, Give as You Earn. Only give if and what you can afford. There have been large donations talked about on this blog but any amount is important and I am delighted for one pound, dollar, euro, yen to reach a charity.
  • Visit this blog and comment anywhere with the charity, amount including currency and please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I love the stories of childish ambitions:-)

I will then:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, currently at £1160:-)
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • All comments will be stored on the comments page so that you can see what charities people are interested in and also what a variety of 8 year old ambitions we have already. Some choices have been mum, detective, clown, writer and my personal favourite, a trawler deckhand. Also added to my faves is the most recent choice from Ellis who wanted to be a Roman soldier. I am looking forward to way more surprises from you all.
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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Autumn | Focus on Scotland  |  April 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    […] you can remember, visit the blog WhenIwas8 (opens in new window) and tell its owner and creator, Lesley. She isn’t raising money […]

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  • 2. James Trent  |  December 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    This is a great idea, I like to donate to a Christian charity for children if possible, especially at Christmas (and due to my faith) it seems like the least I can do.

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  • 3. Christopher Wirkkala  |  November 7, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Please include the SphereUs Foundation (http://www.SphereUs.org) on your list of children’s charities. We are committed to providing supplemental education services to children through scholarships to families with both a financial need and an educational support need. Thanks very much, Christopher Wirkkala (Executive Director).

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    • 4. when i was 8 i wanted to be....  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

      Christopher,

      I would love to add you to my list but there is one small thing you have to do for me first:)

      The point of this blog is to get people to tell me about their donations to a childrens charity. I then write about the charity and add the donation to my blogtotals. Would it be possible for one of your sponsors/donators to write to me? Then I will happily add it in!

      Thank you

      Lesley x

      Reply
  • 5. noyo | digital  |  April 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    […] you can remember, visit the blog WhenIwas8 (opens in new window) and tell its owner and creator, Lesley. She isn’t raising money […]

    Reply

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