Annual Charity Nominations
Every year, choir members submit their charity nominations for good causes that are close to their hearts. Collectively, the choir chooses two that will be supported both financially through our fund raising and where possible through performances for the charities and helping with their fund raising activities.
The charities listed below are the nominations for this year and are in the order received by the committee. To see the currently supported charities, click here. You will also find details of all the charities we have supported over the years.
We leave all the nominations on our website for a year to help promote the good work that these causes do in our community, raise awareness, and as a reminders for our members who may need their help in the future.Annual nominated charities for 2018/19
|Birmingham and Solihull|
|BSWA supports women and their children who have been affected by domestic abuse. I have close friends in emotionally manipulative relationships who do not feel empowered enough to walk out. BSWA works to raise awareness, to identify abuse, to feel supported - so that no woman (or man) feels intimidated to take that first step. Please support this charity - its work is fundamental in trying to remove deep seated societal inequalities between women and men, which continues to plague the world, even today.|
|Get A-Head||Small locally based charity with research bases in QE and Birmingham University and working with Solihull hospital since March. The charity researches cures for patients with diseases of head and neck e.g. Louisa. They supply equipment to help those who cannot speak or communicate, and provide access to therapy to manage and relieve symptoms i.e. to improve the quality of life.|
|St. Phillips Church||St. Phillips have big plans for a new church and hall to replace the existing complex in Dorridge. Money is still needed to cover the cost of this rebuild work but when the new building is completed, it will potentially offer Sing! Bentley Heath a fantastic rehearsal space and concert venue.|
|Family Equip||Supporting families of children with emotional and behavioural difficulties such as Aspergers. The charity runs therapeutic clubs and helps to advance education of families with mental health problems and development disorders.|
|Parkinson's UK||Parkinson's UK is a national charity, but with a local focus. There are over 12,000 people in the West Midlands alone, who have Parkinson's. The Solihull branch of Parkinson's UK run a variety of activities including a support group with an exercise class, seated yoga and singing therapy and advisors offer visits or phone calls. There are also specialised Parkinson's nurses in all of the West Midlands hospitals and clinics. The charity also funds ground-breaking research to find a cure for this condition. I have several friends with Parkinson’s including the husband of one of our choir members.|
|FASTAID – Community Fast Responders||A group of volunteers that donate their time to provide training for members of the public to enable them to be able to: use the defibrillators that are positioned round Knowle & Dorridge, provide general first aid if someone is having heart attack/collapse/choking for adults and babies, provide first response when emergency teams (999) are delayed. I did the free course a couple of weeks ago and they were very professional.|
|Entraide||Entraide is a small charity based in the north of Solihull. It supports refugees, asylum seekers & migrant workers and aims to support their integration as well as offering advice, one to one support and advocacy to enable them to access housing, medical, education and social support.
My involvement has been with their homework club which offers a sanctuary to many young people and supports them in acquiring the skills to succeed in school. It also offers a safe place for young people to mix and to learn about the UK as well as to make new friends and have a nourishing snack of sandwiches and fruit juice.
|Admiral Nurses & Dementia UK||Admiral Nurses are Mental Health Nurses who focus on Carers/Families of those affected by dementia: they are continually trained, developed and supported by Dementia UK. “My husband has been diagnosed this summer with DLB, Dementia with Lewy Bodies. I have telephoned the Admiral Nurses for advice, which was followed by information sent from their service in Small Heath. I will soon be attending one of their courses for carers in Solihull.”
“I lost my Dad recently and he suffered from Dementia in the last 10 years of his life so Dementia UK is close to my heart.”
|Cameron Grant Memorial Trust||Cameron's family live locally and sadly lost their son to suicide 4 years ago. They had no idea of the mental struggles he had been dealing with and his death was a terrible shock. In his memory they have set up this trust to promote mental health awareness, and most importantly, that there is no shame in seeking help. They hope that by spreading the message openly and honestly about their own experiences they can help others. They have designed "Cameron's Coasters", simple drinks mats with the message "there's always someone to talk to" on one side and contact details of people who can help on the other. These are being distributed through universities, colleges and schools. This charity has a personal feel for me as I lost my Aunt to suicide around 10 years ago so am all too aware of the impact mental health issues have on the family left behind.|
|Solihull SOLO||SoLO provides over 1000 children and adults with learning disabilities with a quality leisure service, helping them increase their independence and self-esteem in a safe and secure environment enabling them to be stretched and challenged. They also help provide employment, supported volunteering and meaningful day time activities for people with learning disability.|
|This Way Up||TWU are a team of trained & supervised Pastoral Mentors who are dedicated to supporting young people who are struggling to cope with feelings of loss experienced as a result of family breakdown or bereavement. TWU also deliver training to school staff and churches/community groups, and lessons about loss to secondary school students.|