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The Winsley Village Project

The Winsley Village Project

The Village Project has a unique place in Winsley life – combining informal social events open to all local residents with a fundraising focus for the benefit of people in significant need. Founded in 1985, in the wake of the Ethiopian Famine, it has subsequently raised over £180,000 for charities supporting projects in developing nations. It has also provided people from Winsley and nearby villages with opportunities to get together and build a greater sense of community.

Over the last 3 years, Hope & Homes for Children have received £9,000, Just a Drop £10,000 and Children’s Homes in Zimbabwe over £2,000 from the Village Project. Recently, the WVP committee has moved its fundraising focus to a 50:50, global:local split. Just a Drop and Jamie’s Farm are now the two charities adopted for the three-year period of 2019-2022.

Just a Drop is a small charity with a head office in Motcombe near Shaftesbury that is committed to working with local communities and agencies in a range of developing countries on the provision of safe drinking water. It goes some way to securing investment from beneficiaries and encouraging ownership of the new facilities by negotiating the formation of a responsible committee and setting up of relevant training beforehand. Sustainability is also ensured through a course on the importance of clean water, the value of health education and the case for domestic sanitation. Recent projects have included borehole wells in Uganda and Zambia and a water-harvesting tank in Kenya – all exclusively enabled through the generosity of WVP supporters.

Jamie’s Farm is a relatively new but fast growing charity based in Ditterridge near Box that provides a unique residential experience for vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 and deemed to be at risk of social and educational exclusion. A therapeutic formula of Food, Family and Farming over 5 days has been rolled out to over 5,000 young people from across the UK and on 4 different farms – Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and East Sussex. Professional evaluation suggests there is very real impact on the self-esteem, behaviour and life chances of these adolescent beneficiaries and WVP intends to subsidise the placement of young people from the local area.

WVP arranges a programme of events open to all local people:

If you would like to get involved or if you would like to know more about the Village Project, then please contact James Colquhoun – Chair: tel 01225 720038 or email colquhounjames@hotmail.com. Better still, why not turn up at one of our events – you’ll be very welcome.

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Dorothy House Hospice Care

Dorothy House Hospice Care          

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DHHC provides palliative and end of life care across 700 sq miles, serving a population of 550,000 people. From Minety in the North, Evercreech in the South from Keynsham in the West and Devizes in the East, we are a key provider of services for Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES), Wiltshire, and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Specialists in complex palliative and end of life care, DHHC aims to pioneer its delivery of best practice care and support, tailored to the needs of patients with life-limiting illness, their families and carers.

The 80% of our care is delivered in the home and the community including our Nurse Specialist teams working in partnership with GPs, a growing Hospice at Home Service and support through our Centres in Peasedown St John and Trowbridge, and 1,200-strong volunteer network. DHHC also provides inpatient care, pre-and post-bereavement support, rehabilitation programmes, complementary, creative therapies and more.

Our aim is to equip individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills to respond to life-limiting illnesses with dignity, compassion and – above all – humanity.  Education and training are at the forefront of this work:  We run programmes and events for health and social care professionals, and increasingly, the wider community around death and dying.

Providing our services requires significant funds and for every £1 from the NHS, we have to raise £4. We do this through our work in fundraising, our 28 shops and education programmes.

If you would like more information about our services or to get involved, please visit: www.dorothyhouse.org.uk

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The Neem Tree Trust

The Neem Tree Trust aims are:

To advance the education and vocational training of the residents of a disabled boys’ home located near to Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, South India.
To support the work of St Luke’s Leprosarium, Peikulam in the District of Thoothukudi in caring for leprosy patients and their children.
To relieve poverty and sickness in the Tirunelveli district and its surrounding area of Tamil Nadu.

To find out more view The Neem Tree Trust website