Introduction

We provide financial support to a number of Charity Partners who, through their day to day operations, strive to bring about lasting change that enhances the quality of life for society’s most disadvantaged, turning our founder, Ted Gostling’s, dream and our ‘charitable vision’ into reality.

We like our grants to have a significant impact across one or more of our “4 life themes” and priority is given to organisations that clearly demonstrate this within their application for grant funding. Our themes are deliberately broad ranging and we support a number of activities within each theme. In your application we ask you to select the theme you believe best fits your grant application and to provide us with a brief summary of the outputs and change you hope to bring about with our financial support. 

We provide a brief description of each theme below and some examples of the outputs/services that you will be able to deliver with our support:

Health & Wellbeing

Improving people's physical/mental health and general welfare.

With this theme we are looking to support Charity Partners to provide access to community facilities offering support services that maintain, improve and advance the health and general welfare of people living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses.

Grants will support:

  • information providing, guidance, advice, training and moral and emotional support to individuals and their families and carers
  • centres that provide clinical services including therapies and medical provision (e.g. physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, Pilates, etc. access to counselling and early intervention services
  • independent hospices and care home

Thames Hospice

We are proud to be a Founding Lifetime Patron of Thames Hospice. The building overlooking the beautiful Bray Lake was completed in October 2020 and will mean patients across Berkshire and South Bucks receive the best end of life care possible. The Education and Learning Centre we funded will be a base for exciting collaborative work allowing healthcare professionals around the world to share knowledge and experience.

Independent Living

Helping people to live independently.

People living with disabilities and/or long-term illnesses prefer to live independently at home. It creates less stress and anxiety and generally aids their overall health and well-being.  With this theme we are looking for Charity Partners that need funding to support people who wish to remain living in their own home for as long as is practically possible. 

Grants will support:

  • safe and independent access around the home
  • equipment to aid getting in and out of chairs, beds and bathrooms easily and independently
  • communication and access to the external community
  • people to go outside, use community facilities and generally enjoy and feel part of family life

Enrych

Enrych support 200 disabled adults across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Oxfordshire via their member/volunteer partnerships and ‘Enrych Assist’, a Personal Assistant service. The charity’s ethos is to look beyond disability and encourage people to live independently and they empower their members to make their own choices as to how they wish to live their life. Members enjoy group events and day trips/holidays and the charity provides support and a platform to meet others who share the same interests which reduces feelings of isolation and impacts on their overall fitness and emotional health and well-being. Our recent grant was for operating costs to help keep these vital services going.

Respite

Recognising family carers for the fantastic and vital work they do.

Through this theme we wish to recognise the fantastic and hugely important work undertaken by the family care giver. These people really are the backbone of our society and the physical, emotional and financial consequences for them can be overwhelming without some support.  We are looking for Charity Partners providing facilities in the UK where either the person living with a disability and/or long-term illnesses or the individual care giver or, indeed, the whole family involved in caring can go to access sports and leisure activities or simply enjoy fun, friendship and the opportunity to socialise and share with others who may be in a similar situation.

Taking a short break from the responsibility of caring for a loved one or, being afforded a break with the knowledge that the person they care for is being well looked after at a safe and caring specialist respite provider, will have a positive and immediate impact on everyone involved but, ultimately, will improve the well-being and health of the family caregiver and allow them time to recharge.

Play area in garden

Sebastian’s Action Trust

Sebastian’s Action Trust is a charity which provides both planned and crisis respite family breaks at their flagship facility, The Bluebells, for seriously ill children and their families. These families and the huge sacrifices they often have to make to their own needs are often overlooked.

At the Trust they passionately believe that all families of children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions should be able to have quality time together to relax, recharge and rebuild, never having to face life alone and ensuring that lives, however short, are lived to the full.

Transition

Helping people into employment, housing or supported living.

Transition helps people with disabilities develop the skills necessary to obtain meaningful employment or secure a home for life. Our funding under this theme will help our Charity Partners work with individuals who aspire to achieve a greater degree of independence.

Grants will support:

  • training, coaching and personal development to promote independent living and/or support to help people into paid work, vocational services or volunteering
  • affordable housing and/or supported living in the local community
  • day services supporting people with general life skills e.g. computing, cooking, arts and crafts

The Stable Family Home Trust

The Stable Family Home Trust (SFHT) and EGF have been partners in Transition for 5 years providing adults with learning disabilities a unique way to gain skills and develop the independence which will allow them to live life to the full. SFHT's unique personal development programme "Aspire" offers a range of training opportunities across hospitality, horticulture, computing and much more and the housing EGF provides in two properties in the Bournemouth area enables 10 individuals the opportunity to live independently, with some day-to-day support from SFHT's care team. You know it is working when a resident says "I feel so alive, it's a really good place to live!"