Each year, Wanderers work with one national, one local and three associate charities to assist them in raising both finances and also awareness about their aims and objectives.
During the current campaign, BWFC will be supporting…
Whizz-Kidz is a charity supporting children and young people in local communities. The charity aims to transform the lives of disabled children by providing vital equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them; giving young people the chance to develop their full potential.
The charity supports young wheelchair users in many ways, including providing specialist mobility equipment, providing wheelchair skills training for young people up to the age of 25 to be able to use that equipment effectively and safely.
Ambassador clubs are provided for young wheelchair users aged eight to 25, where young people can meet other young people, learn new skills and have fun. All clubs have medical staff attending to ensure the parents also get a break.
There are also Whizz-Kidz camps, where young wheelchair users get to stay away from home, often for the very first time and work placements for those aged 14 to 25; sourcing work experience which gives real life experiences to young wheelchair users that otherwise wouldn’t be obtainable.
For more information, please visit www.whizz-kidz.org.uk.
CARITAS BOLTON YOUNG PARENTS HOME
In Bolton there are young, pregnant mums-to-be without a place they can call ‘home’, with no stable family history, no caring support and no personal understanding of routine and responsibility.
Caritas Bolton Young Parents Home are working to put a stop to that by providing accommodation-based support for vulnerable young women and their children.
It provides a period of stability at a time when the women’s lives have been chaotic, and they work with the girls to prepare them for independent living.
This service, based on Radcliffe Road in Bolton, houses up to ten young mothers and their children and is accessed by referral by mums or mums-to-be by social services, often due to homelessness.
It is staffed 24/7 by a caring and supportive team and provides a valuable facility, with a level of safeguarding, surveillance, support and guidance much appreciated by the girls.
Caritas Bolton Young Parents Home is one of 21 services provided by Caritas Diocese of Salford in the North West of England.
THE NATIONAL DEAF CHILDREN'S SOCIETY
This organisation have a range of services that their 394 members in Bolton can access. The National Deaf Children’s Society empowers deaf children, young people and their families to determine what happens in their lives and shape the services they receive.
They accomplish this by providing free membership to parents and families, a free phone helpline, publications and a range of online resources on their website, young people’s website, online forums and social media pages.
Family weekend events, information days and local groups meanwhile help families to come together, learn about deafness and share their experiences.
For more details, please visit www.ndcs.org.uk.
THE SYCAMORE PROJECT - ZAC'S YOUTH BAR
Zac’s Youth Bar is based in Farnworth and engages with over 1,200 young people each year. Many of these young people suffer from high levels of exclusion, bullying, emotional/social/family issues, low self-esteem and low aspirations.
Zac’s uses urban arts and a combination of formal and informal educational activities to engage and educate young people aged 8-18 (18-25 SEND), with some working towards nationally recognised qualifications.
All of these youngsters however are being actively engaged in learning and developing new skills, improving literacy, numeracy and language as well as working on key skills such as confidence and self-esteem.
Read more about this project by visiting www.facebook.com/ZacsYouthBars.
THE NEUROMUSCULAR CENTRE
The Neuromuscular Charity is a pioneering charity based in Winsford. It is a centre of excellence that provides specialised services for young people and adults affected by Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive and severe muscle-wasting condition.
They has been providing physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, training and employment opportunities and information for 26 years now and support hundreds of individuals and families affected by Muscular Dystrophy from across the North West.
There is nowhere else for people to access their kind of services so they are something of a lifeline.
Details and more information about the Neuromuscular Centre is available on their website, www.nmcentre.com.
Each of these charities will be designated a specific matchday at Macron Stadium throughout the season to help them raise awareness of their organisation.
For more information on the club’s support of charities, please phone Phil Mason, Head of the Community Trust and Club Chaplain on 01204 673790 or 07885 755 807.