Idea #1:  The Lokki Foundation. Supporting local people with complex needs to enjoy the right to family life. – WINNER! 

Describe your Good Idea: Supporting local people with complex needs to enjoy the right to family life. Providing voluntary qualified, experienced therapeutic support so that parents can spend supported time with their children.

Why is this Idea important? Due to funding Southend is losing a contact centre that provided a safe supported place for parents to see their children. Some families have been able to manage a move to different contact centres, but due to a number of factors including cost, location, complex needs some families have not at the present time.

How would funding help with your Idea? The funding would allow us to rent an appropriate space immediately, on a fortnightly basis, where volunteers could continue supporting the families to see their children, whilst The Lokki Foundation secures further funding.

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? We will have provided some continuity of support for families from volunteer professionals. Some may be progressing to the point where supported contact is no longer needed. We will have secured further funding that allows more families with complex needs to benefit from supported therapeutic time with their children.

Idea #2:  Organising costs for a community sponsored walk to support the set up of Growing Together Thundersley

Independent local charity, Trust Links, runs the Growing Together projects in Westcliff, Shoeburyness and later this year will be opening Growing Together Thundersley. Growing Together supports adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities as well as vulnerable children and young people through therapeutic gardening and a range of positive activities.

We are organising ‘Walking Together’, a 12 mile sponsored walk from Growing Together Thundersley to Shoeburyness, via Westcliff. This will be along the Prittle Brook and then the seafront on Sat 26 Sept. This will launch the Thundersley site by planting a tree there and end up joining the Vintage Tea Party at Shoeburyness.

Why is this Idea important? The Walking Together sponsored walk will serve three functions. Firstly, it will show support for Growing Together in the local area as a fantastic project and resource for the whole community, especially adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities and vulnerable young people. Secondly, the sponsored walk will provide much needed funds for the charity that runs Growing Together – we get no core funding for our work and do not any money at all from the NHS, even though it saves the NHS thousands of pounds per year. And thirdly, Walking Together will be a fun and inclusive day for walkers, supporters and the community. We plan to have a pitstop at Westcliff, eating bacon rolls (and veggie alternative) and those that are unable to do the whole 12 miles can join us there. We will keep a steady pace so that people can join in whatever their ability.

How would funding help with your Idea? The funding will pump-prime Walking Together paying for publicity, printing costs, items for walkers, eg walking boots if they do not have them and cannot afford them, as well as Trust Links baseball caps for all walkers. It will also pay for refreshments for all walkers – water and food. This will give a great boost and mean all sponsorship money can be used to support Growing Together!

Your Idea takes off; what’s happening 6 months from now? If Walking Together is successful, we will probably do it again next year – bigger and better!

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