Give a littlelovemagichappinessfestive cheerthis Christmas
The Giving Tree fulfils the wishes of children from vulnerable local families.
Select a tag of your choice from the Giving Tree.
Purchase the gift the child has wished for this Christmas.
Bring the unwrapped gift to Reception and it will be delivered to the child over the festive period.
Home start is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five.
Home start supports almost 73,000 vulnerable children across the UK. Last year, 16,000 volunteers gave a million hours of support to their families. They help them cope with issues such as divorce, isolation, bereavement, disability, domestic violence and much more.
Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centre
Dingley work in partnership with families of children from birth to five years of age with special social, health and educational needs and physical disabilities. They provide support to the children through Therapeutic Play and encourage parental participation in order to maximise their child’s learning and development potential.
Transform Housing and Support
Transform help thousands of people transform their lives every year across Surrey, Sutton and Wokingham. They work to prevent homelessness by providing housing for people who would otherwise have nowhere to live. They support people at risk of losing their home. They help clients with problems such as mental health issues, addictions and debts. Transform give them confidence and skills to live independently.
Barnardo’s transforms the lives of vulnerable children across the UK. Barnardo’s works directly with over 294,000 children, young people and their families every year. They run over 800 vital projects across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused and suffering from sexual exploitation, fostering and adoption services, domestic violence, education, homelessness and children in care.
Every Barnardo’s project is different but each believes in the potential in every child, no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through.
Wokingham Crossroads Young Cares Project
Young Cares are children or young people usually between the age of five and eighteen who are caring for a family member who has an illness, a disability or a mental health issue. This project offers a flexible child focused and oriented approach, working with the family to reduce a young carer’s role. They give information, advice, and emotional support. They provide opportunities for young carer’s to take a break from their responsibilities.
Berkshire Womens Aid
They provide confidential support, information, outreach services and refuge accommodation for women, their children and also men who are the victims of domestic abuse and violence across the Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell area.
The refuge provides a breathing space where decisions can be made free from pressure and fear.
First Days works to help support the children of families living in poverty across Berkshire. To help provide families with the everyday essentials their children need they take donated toys, clothes, equipment and school uniform and redistribute them to those in need. The charity was set up in 2013 and now helps an average of 200 children every month.
Building for the Future
Building for the Future is a Wokingham based, parent led charity providing activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities and/or special needs. They offer support to parents, carers and their siblings at ‘Our House’ where all children are celebrated and can relax, have fun and be truly valued and accepted for who they are. They have a range of facilities, including a soft play area, a sensory room, teen chill-out zone, P.C.’s and a free play area.
Sebastian’s Action Trust
Sebastian’s Action Trust supports families of seriously-ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond by listening and responding to their unmet needs.
The Trust provides holidays in their purpose-built holiday home, allowing families of seriously-ill children to have quality time together to relax, recharge and build memories for the future. The Trust also offers emotional, social, and practical support to the family; understanding that every situation is unique.
The Cowshed is a charity which provides support to people of all backgrounds in a time of personal crisis. They provide clothing and other items including Christmas presents for individual families in Berkshire.
Berkshire Vision supports the visually impaired. Sight loss can take away independence and confidence and leave those affected isolated. They support hundreds of blind and partially sighted children and adults, helping them to live their lives to the full.
Kaleidoscopic support children and adults who have been exposed to domestic abuse through survivor led, threshold free support services. They provide prevention programmes for services/individuals and enable people to reach out for help without fear or embarrassment as early as possible with support available for the family throughout. Children are often forgotten survivors and currently little to no support exists for these children, but Kaleidoscopic gives the correct intervention and help needed for them to survive. Kaleidoscopic UK currently holds two support groups in Wokingham and they will be facilitating the Freedom Programme for adults and children from February 2020.
Look Ahead – Care and Support
Look Ahead supports around 8,000 people across London and the South East each year. People who for a variety of reasons may need some extra support to achieve their goals, realise their dreams and live independently.
They provide specialist support and care services that help their customers to achieve positive change and move forward with their lives. They work with their clients to design and deliver innovative, flexible and personalised services that put them firmly in control.
Running sixteen young people’s services, including two in this area. They support young people with a variety of needs including teenage parents, care leavers and individuals with mental health issues. They support young people to gain independent living skills, to get into and stay in education, training or work, form positive relationships and make an active contribution to their local communities.