Case Studies

Case Studies

We provide funding to a number of registered charities each year.
A few case studies of the charities we have helped are featured below…

Combat Stress

Peter was just 17 when he was deployed to Kosovo with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment to face weeks of fierce fighting before dealing with the mass graves of hundreds of massacred families.

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By the age of 21 Peter had trained the Sierra Leone army to prevent the theft of blood diamonds and had risked his life to gather intelligence from behind enemy lines in Iraq before going into battle.

Finally discharged from the army, Peter worked 100 hour weeks and turned to alcohol, to hide the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD) from his worried wife Rachel.

Peter can’t recall the next 10 months. He doesn’t remember sleeping under the dining room table, rocking himself all night on the living room floor, or putting on his uniform and disappearing into the night. Nor can he recollect throwing his medals in the bin, including the military cross, awarded for saving a wounded colleague from a vehicle while under attack.

Fortunately his doctor put him in contact with Combat Stress, a charity that helps Veterans deal with mental health issues and raise awareness about PTSD. “Combat Stress basically saved our lives. Their practical and medical help took the pressure off us so I could get myself together. I can’t thank them enough.”

The Childwick Trust has supported Combat Stress regularly over the past 20 years and has given to date a total of just over £100,000 to support their work in helping War Veterans and their families.

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Jewish Deaf Association

Thanks to The Childwick Trust, older and isolated Jewish Deaf and Deafblind people who communicate through sign language rather than speech, continue to enjoy delicious hot kosher meals at their much-loved Day Centre in north Finchley.

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For these older people, who are otherwise alone at home, their regular Wednesday Day Centre is the highlight of their week. Here they enjoy a range of activities and outings, keeping them physically active, mentally stimulated and young at heart. It gives them something to look forward to, a zest for life.

The Childwick Trust enables the Jewish Deaf Association to maintain excellent catering standards and provide the nutritious meals that the members so enjoy in a warm and happy dining atmosphere.

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The National Stud - (The Wavertree Charitable Trust)

The Childwick Trust funded a scholarship via the Wavertree Charitable Trust covering the costs of Thabani Nzimande to attend the National Stud's flagship Stud Practice and Management Diploma programme. Thabani was the first recipient of a scholarship developed as a new initiative between The Childwick Trust, Summerhill Stud in South Africa and The National Stud in Newmarket.

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Thabani received his award from Kirsten Rausing (Chairman of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association) at the end of his 5 month course and staff at The National Stud were so impressed with Thabani’s performance he also received an award for ‘Best Practical Student’.

On his return to South Africa Thabani has been promoted to an Assistant Sales Manager position at Summerhill Stud and staff have noted his improved confidence and knowledge.

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JustDifferent

JustDifferent is a small but dynamic charity promoting equality and diversity and the advance the education of the public on disability issues; and to promote the qualities, independence and health of people with disabilities.

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The work of JustDifferent promotes greater social inclusion and contributes positively to issues relating to disability and difference, leading to long term social change. JustDifferent carries out this work in schools with the meaningful employment of disabled adults who deliver fun, innovative and thought provoking workshops about their everyday life. The workshops are a real eye opener for the children. The provision and content of the workshop gives children and young people the opportunity to encounter disability and difference in a positive and enlightening way.

It was excellent, I saw the children’s views change markedly during the day

Quote from Deputy Headteacher, Amanda Daines

JustDifferent believes that real change is possible in the way that people view those with disabilities. Free from the preconceived ideas that many adults hold, children and young people engage with our presenters with open- minded enthusiasm. Today’s children and young people are tomorrow’s employers, policy makers and educators. To impress upon them that disabled people can achieve, participate and lead just like them, is the ultimate goal of JustDifferent.

The grant of £10,000 from The Childwick Trust will give over 2,000 children and young people the opportunity to experience Just Different.

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Khululeka

Khululeka is a training and development non-profit organisation providing services to early childhood development in the rural communities of South Africa. Established in 1989 and based in Queenstown they have trained more than 3000 Early Childhood Practitioners and have indirectly impacted on the education and care of 75,000 young children in desperately poor areas.

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I have learnt how to really communicate with people, to involve them in the programme and my attitude towards teaching has been turned upside down by High/Scope. Look, my interest areas are equipped with many kinds of materials – the improvised ones I learnt how to make at Khululeka, ordinary waste, some real items the parents collected, natural material and even bought ones I got from Khululeka. My trainers visit my site and provide support right here in my classroom. Khululeka has made learning accessible to people like me who cannot pay fees. Without that I would not have been where I am today

Quote from teacher and Khululeka student, Buyiswa Zimema

The Childwick Trust’s Jim Joel Fund has been supporting development programmes and services at Khululeka since 1997.

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Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)

Sustaining a spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating things that can happen to an individual resulting in complete or partial paralysis. SIA offers a pathway of support for a newly injured person at the time of injury and onwards, for the rest of a person's life.

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Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to receive specialist support from a spinal cord injury centre when they first sustain their injury. SIA research has found 41% of newly injured people are not admitted to a specialist Centre within one month of injury with 10% never being admitted at all. In order to support SCI people in District General Hospitals or non-specialist centres from the perspective of someone who has rebuilt their own life after paralysis SIA launched the Community Peer Support service in 2008.

Their role includes the provision of information and support and also involves raising awareness of the unique and complex needs of spinal cord injured patients amongst health care professionals. Whilst the Community Peer Support Officers are not qualified to provide medical advice, they are able to provide in-service training from the users perspective and signpost staff to relevant sources of information, such as SIA’s range of publications and medical contacts.

We now have 9 CPS Officers (CPSO) on our team, The Childwick Trust has been providing trust funding since 2005 to SIA.

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