Monthly Archives: September 2015

Charity of the Week – The Maypole Project

Maypole_Logo_Colour_CMYK_Hi-Res_copy2The Maypole Project was established in 2003 to provide a lifeline of for children with complex medical needs and the families of those children. It became a registered charity in 2007 and continues to support many children with life-threatening, life-limiting illnesses and of course, their families, every year.

Between 12 to 17 of every 10,000 children are diagnosed with an illness and/or disability that threatens or shortens life and a diagnosis such as this is life- shattering. 65% of these families will need to seek professional support.

“We felt completely overwhelmed by A’s situation and found ourselves in the medical world of which we had no previous experience. We were daunted, confused and desperate to find a way to best support our little boy.”

Each family is supported by a key worker who is specifically trained and supervised to offer unique emotional support that is ongoing, flexible, responsive, professional and confidential. Support ranges from befriending to counselling or therapy which can be offered to whole families, one to one, couples or groups. The support also extends into provision of information, advice and advocacy.

“They have been a constant source of support through the worst point in our lives.”

Maypole aims to help preserve the mental and physical well-being of children and young people with complex medical needs and to support their families (and others) who are affected by the suffering of the child.

“We have two sons with autism but the younger one had a traumatic rare regressive condition which very little is known about. As a family, we have been through some extremely difficult times, at times not know who and where to turn to for support and understanding.”

As well as supporting families the Maypole Project educates and supports professionals working with such families. They also educate the general public about the emotional support available and how it can be provided to families.

“The Maypole Project is a gem of an organisation giving high quality and much needed support.”

Activity days for the children they support are popular, fun and friendships are often forged during them!

“My daughter really loved it!”

Maypole is a charity and they rely on the generosity of their supporters to enable them to continue the provision of vital support and services to the families of children with complex and life threatening illnesses. If you’d like to help then you can find out how by clicking how by checking out their page on how to donate.

If you’re on Twitter and would like to give them a follow then they are @MaypoleProject or if you’re on Facebook then why not like their page?

There are lots of ways you can get involved for example, joining in community fundraising, become a friend or volunteering with them!

It’s thrilling for Maypole to be a finalist in the Commitment to Community section of the Bromley Business Awards and we’ll be finding out if they’ve won on the 15th October!

Charity of the Week – Bromley Mencap

Bromley mencapBromley Mencap is proud to be a self-funded, award-winning, user-led independent registered charity working with and on behalf of disabled people and, as it prepares to celebrate its 65th birthday next year, it’s hard to imagine what life was like for some disabled people and their families before it came into being.

“Bromley Mencap is our Lifeline. When we need information, advice or even just a friend to talk to they are there for us.”

The staff and volunteers are there not just for disabled people but also their parents and carers. Their work is based on the principle that disabled people have both a need and a right to live like others in the community and with a reasonable quality of life. They help people of all ages from the very young to older and elderly people by providing services and activities for them.

“Their summer pilot day opportunities for young adults was brilliant; they listened to our needs and in an amazingly short space of time set something up for our young people to access. “

Set up in 1951 by a group of parents with children who had learning disabilities, Bromley Mencap started campaigning at local level and later began to provide services. In 2010 the organisation joined up with Bromley Scope and became a disability organisation providing services for people with learning and/or physical disabilities.

“They instinctively know what our young people need and in providing this they relieve so much of the pressure on us as parents/carers and the young people had great fun and learnt essential life skills in a way that they could comprehend.”

Now running a wide range of services for disabled people their carers and families Bromley Mencap campaign and provide support to ensure the views of disabled people are heard and taken on board.

The member-led organisation, with a membership count that exceeds 1,800, aims to provide or assist in the provision of services, support and information to people with disabilities, their families, dependants and carers leading to independent living opportunities and improved life chances, to challenge discrimination through campaigning and lobbying and user representation and to be a member and user led organisation.

Regular collections in supermarkets, funded by a range of organisations and you can see where the collections will by clicking here!

The Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 5.00. The number, should you need it or can pass it on to someone in need is 020 8466 0790.

Family support workers are ready and willing to help by providing information and support for disabled people, their families and carers around any matter, for example –

  • welfare benefits
  • education
  • health
  • housing
  • leisure
  • support planning

They can also offer support at meetings with schools and social services, help complete forms and grant applications and have access to both local and national disability databases.

It goes without saying that Bromley Mencap is a wonderful organisation and that it both deserves and needs the help and support of the community so that it can continue to help and support those living within the community. If you can give your time then please enquire about becoming a volunteer, make a donation at a supermarket collection (give a smile of encouragement if you can’t!) or text a donation to 70070. If half our followers send a text saying BRME22 £2 to 70070 then that would give them a lovely boost! However you support them then let’s make sure that this local treasure keeps on going for another 65 years!

If you like to follow them on Twitter then they are @BromleyMencap and if you fancy going the whole hog then like their Facebook page too!

Find Bromley Mencap at bromleymencap.org.uk/
Bromley Mencap is funded by the National Lottery

What is Charity of the Week?

The idea behind Life in Bromley was to showcase the community as a whole and one of the most important parts of any community are the wonderful charities and good works.

We have decided to feature a charity that is based in or do most of their work in the BR postcode each week and the obvious day of the week is, as it is known on Twitter, #CharityTuesday.

We have have a couple of charities in mind to feature already and are working on articles for them – the first post will appear next week!

We’ll share the piece that we’ve written about them and, throughout the week that they’re the featured charity, we will retweet their tweets (if they are on Twitter) and ask the wonderful Bromley community to support them!

If you’d like to nominate a charity for Charity of the Week then please tweet us. If you’re a charity and you’d like to be featured then tweet us! If someone is doing something really good within the community and it benefits other people then we want to hear about it so you don’t have to be a registered charity to be featured!

We never charge a charity, community group or person whose good works are being highlighted – that would be mean and not community minded!

Every Tuesday is #CharityTuesday for Life in Bromley so spread the word please!!