We are so pleased to announce that we have selected our first three charities who will benefit from Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund!
FACES Bedford (Family and Children's Early-help Services) exists to support children and their parents when times are tough. Established since 1986, we are one of a kind, independent and rooted in our local diverse communities.
We provide a range of services such as Domestic Abuse support, Poverty relief, Practical and Emotional support including Money Management. We also provide free meals during the summer holidays to combat holiday hunger. We have a large team of volunteers who support parents in providing a home where their children can be happier, healthier and safer
Our LunchBox@FACES project. We have started the project earlier this year due to many children not being at school.
This year we are doing a takeaway service, usually the children would come into our community centre 'cafe'. We are located in one of the top 10% areas of deprivation in the Country but our town has 5 more areas like this where we would like to offer this service.
We are an award winning charity supporting children who cannot be cared for by their own parents to live safely and securely within their own families and communities.
Services for children and their carers are delivered via 4 Kinship Care Centres – located in L’Derry, Strabane, Magherafelt and Newtowncunnigham. Services include a specialist Kinship Care Support Service for children and young people and a Children’s Support Service for youngsters aged 3-8 years who have experienced considerable trauma, including abuse and neglect.
We also run a Caring for Kin Project for grandparents bringing up their grandchildren – providing grandparents and great grandparents with befriending support, training and social opportunities. In addition, we run a Together Forever Project for young sibling carers and their children, including support group activities, one to one support and parenting programmes.
We support the most incredible, most wonderful carers and children in the world. Our oldest carer is 77 years old bringing up her great grandson, aged 8 and our youngest carer is 18 raising her 3 younger siblings, aged 3, 11 and 14.
The children who come through our services have been through a lot. Some children have experienced the death of a parent and other children have come through considerable trauma, including abuse and neglect. The majority of children we support have little to no confidence.
We have children who have been told time and time again by people who should know better that they are ugly, that they are useless and that they will amount to nothing. Our job is to reverse all of this and to allow children to see for themselves that they are the most beautiful, most incredible and the most deserving children in the world. We do this through one to one support sessions, confidence building programmes and activities and instilling in children that there is no such word as ‘can’t’.
Frugi will be funding activity packs for children attending their centres and funding ‘School of Confidence’ Health and Wellbeing Workshops for young people.
The Springhead Trust owns and manages an environmental education and arts centre located in Fontmell Magna, North Dorset. Our main charitable activity is hosting day and residential visits for groups of school children from Dorset and the wider area. Our young visitors include a significant number of disadvantaged children from urban areas, and children with special needs and disabilities. Last year we set up a scheme to enable more children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend residential trips by offering subsidised places for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding
With Frugi’s funding we will be able to develop an orchard in a field owned by the Trust, as part of our Productive Gardens Project, and involve school groups and local families in growing and harvesting organic produce.
Children will learn where food comes from, through activities such as planting and looking after trees, apple picking and juicing. Like other areas of Springhead, the orchard will also be managed for the benefit of wildlife as well as people, so children will also have the chance to enjoy and observe birds, wildflowers and insects. Health and well-being will be improved through physical exercise and most importantly, the orchard will provide a place where children will be able to simply enjoy being outside with their peers in a safe setting.