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Please vote for the charities you would like to see RAG support. There will be two local and two national charities chosen. To read more please scroll down.

Local Charities

North West Cancer Research

We are the leading independent cancer research charity in North Wales, tackling the toughest forms of cancer in the region; such as head and neck, skin and bowel cancers, which can be linked to lifestyle and social factors - particularly prevalent in this area.

At NWCR we are working hard to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, prioritizing the forms which hit our region hardest. We are determined to find cures and stop cancer sooner.
We currently fund students of all levels at Bangor University that are hard at work carrying out life-changing research into cancer. We also help students in all departments gain relevant experience working in schools and outreach projects.

Why support NWCR? One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. This means that sadly, cancer will almost certainly have some impact on staff, students and their families. As a local charity, based in North Wales, we are dedicated to tackling the forms of cancer which have hit the people in our community the hardest.

There are many benefits of working with NWCR. They include:

  • Providing opportunities for the Undeb Students to gain positive and relevant experience.
  • Allowing students to engage with the local community.
  • Helping students to engage and be motivated whilst building a sense of pride.
  • Help and support at all events throughout the year in the region with our Community Fundraiser Ffion.

 What to expect from us... Throughout the year we will be on hand to support you with all of your fundraising. We can offer opportunities to your staff and students such as inviting you for a laboratory tour to see exactly how your fundraising will help. We also have lots of events coming up for everyone to get involved in! By choosing NWCR, Undeb Bangor will be supporting a great local charity. Our team will work with you to maximize this opportunity and can create bespoke fundraising opportunities that will have the biggest impact for you. As the Community Fundraiser for North Wales I am passionate about getting Undeb Bangor involved with NWCR as I am keen to work with the local University that we help fund. We can work together to spread the word about all the work that goes on within the charity.

We are a small local charity and we constantly rely on the generosity of others to keep our research going. We need your support to enable our team of researchers here at NWCR to keep looking into life-changing research that will benefit all of our families in the future.

I think this partnership would be a really fun and engaging way of being able to work together in order raise much needed funds to help our researchers and enable their research to continue. A partnership with Undeb Bangor will raise money to help people living with cancer in our area.

 

NSPCC Cymru Wales

NSPCC Cymru Wales works to protect children from suffering today, prevent abuse from happening tomorrow and make child abuse a thing of the past.

 Our NSPCC North Wales family centre provides therapeutic services to help children across North Wales, helps professionals make the best decisions for young people, and supports communities to help prevent abuse from happening.

£180 could pay for a trained practitioner for one day, helping children to recover following abuse, as well as supporting parents and families in caring for their children. Our North Wales based Childline helpline is there to give young people a voice when no one else is listening. Whatever problems or dangers they’re facing, we’re a place for them to turn for support – any time of day or night.

Every £4 raised could pay for one of our counsellors to answer a child's call for help.
Our Speak Out Stay Safe programme is protecting a generation of children in North Wales against abuse one school at a time.

£570 could cover the cost for this fully bilingual service to visit a local primary school, giving children the knowledge to protect themselves from abuse and the confidence and courage to speak out and seek help if they ever need it.

We receive 90% of our funding from generous voluntary donations. Amazing people like you, who believe in our work – without this we could not run our local services – will Bangor RAG join us and help in our fight for every childhood in North Wales?

 

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Cymru

We are both a local and national charity.  The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the UK’s leading heart charity. We raise money to research cures and treatment to beat heartbreak from conditions like heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and their risk factors like diabetes.

Heart and circulatory diseases stop our blood flowing properly and 1 in 4 of us dies from these conditions. It is the leading cause of death in Wales.  In North Wales there are currently 89,000 people living with cardiovascular disease and each month 180 local families lose a loved one to heart and circulatory disease.

With no Government funding, we rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to fund research into heart diseases, circulatory diseases and the conditions or risk factors that can cause them, including high blood pressure and diabetes.

Local impact: In North Wales, BHF Cymru pioneered genetic testing for Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) in Ysbyty Bangor, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor.  This is a genetic condition that means that people with the gene are genetically predisposed to high levels of cholesterol and therefore much more likely to develop heart and circulatory disease.

Ways in which the Bangor RAG will be locally supporting are;

  • Helping to support the 84 Healthcare professionals in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board who are being supported by the BHF Alliance.  Support recently provided includes fully funded counselling training for Palliative Care Nurses who support patients with Heart Failure in North Wales.
  • Providing funding for CPR kits for secondary schools in Wales.  Nearly 80 have been provided in North Wales to date.
  • Providing health resources in North Wales.  In North Wales, we distributed 41,000 resources last year.
  • Funding for grants for community groups to purchase community defibrillators.  Over 350 have been provided in North Wales to date.

We can provide multiple volunteering opportunities for students from fundraising, to delivering CPR training to fellow students and staff, to helping generate stock for our charity shops.

BHF Cymru is a respected charity that has achieved a great deal in North Wales but there is much more to do.  We would like you to join us to help beat heartbreak forever.


Hope House Children’s Hospices

Hope House Children's Hospices provide specialist nursing care and support to more than 750 children aged 0 to 25 years and their families who live in North Wales, Shropshire, Cheshire and mid Wales. Our dedicated support teams support families from diagnosis, throughout the lifetime of their child and beyond. We are here for very mum, dad, brother and sister. At the end of a child's life we are here to make their own final moments are pain free and that their family says goodbye in their own way and in their own time. We are also here to comfort families and offer bereavement support, whether we've cared for their child during their illness, or they have turned to us after their child's sudden death. Currently three local families a week face the pain of losing their child because of terminal conditions, sudden illness or accident. We believe no one should suffer the death of a child alone and that pain beyond words needs support without limits. We currently raise more than £6.3 million every year and this enables us to help one of the three local families every week whose child dies. It is our mission to raise enough money to help everyone who needs us by 2025. Your fundraising will help us to make sure no family suffers the death of a child alone. www.hopehouse.org.uk

National Charities

Mind

Mind is the leading mental health charity in Wales in England. We believe no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We’ll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

A recent YouGov poll showed that 27% of students report a mental health problem while at university. The NUS has found that 92% of students say they have experienced mental ill health while studying and 13% have had suicidal thoughts during this time. Mind knows how important clear, accessible information about maintaining wellbeing, building resilience and coping with mental health problems is for young people.

Money raised by Bangor's RAG will help Mind fund these vital services:

  1. Providing information and support:
    1. Our Infoline offers callers confidential help.
    2. Our Legal Line provides information on mental health related law to the public, service users, family members/carers, mental health professionals and mental health advocates.
    3. Our award-winning publications and website, now certified by the Information Standard.
  2. Campaigning for change
    1. We campaign on a range of issues that could affect anybody with a mental health problem. This includes health services, housing, legislation, protection of legal rights, and employment.
  3. Local services
    1. Around 20% of Minds funding goes to our Local Mind network of 136 smaller community charities who provide the services most needed in their local area.
  4. Professional Training
    1. Mind offers a range of national and local services including workplace training to develop better workplace wellbeing, applied suicide intervention skills, Mental Health First Aid and bespoke training sessions.

Meningitis Now

Our vision is a future where no-one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. We estimate that there are currently around 8,000 cases of viral and bacterial meningitis in the UK each year. Here at Meningitis Now we offer ongoing support to all those who contract Meningitis as well as their family and friends who have been affected by the disease. We also continue to raise awareness of the disease and its signs and symptoms, throughout the UK.

Working with students and partnering with Bangor RAG is important to us as we feel it’s one of the best ways we can spread our awareness messages to students and help them to protect themselves against meningitis, whilst offering exciting fundraising opportunities to help fund our awareness campaign. One project Bangor RAG could help fund is the Rebuilding Futures Fund. Individuals affected by Meningitis can apply for annual grants of up to £1000 to help with learning materials, counselling and adapted equipment if they have been left with a disability following their battle with the disease. Meningitis strikes quickly and as a result many families who suffer a bereavement are unable to cover funeral expenses. As a result, these grants can be used to help fund this, as well as purchase headstones. While this project only launched in March 2019, 4 awards have already been granted to help with funeral costs, therapy and a deposit on a Motability car.

 

ChildHope UK

ChildHope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. We work with local partners to ensure these children’s voices are heard, their rights are upheld and they are able to access essential services.

We believe every child has potential. There are strengths within children, their families, friendships and communities. Policies and systems can be changed, to protect children and give them a better future. By strengthening the net of support around the child, we aim to ensure these children are protected and can thrive.

As this is the third time we have been invited to apply and given its our 30th anniversary year, we would love to be successful as our ambition this year is to increasing awareness and fundraising income so we can change more children’s lives for the better.

Funding from Bangor RAG would support ChildHope programmes in Africa and Asia in the following ways:

  • £250 - Can provide 17 vulnerable girls in Sierra Leone with a year’s worth of counselling.
  • £500 - Can equip a day centre in Bangladesh with toys and early learning materials essential for a child’s development.
  • £1,000 - Can provide a year’s education including school fees and materials for 30 street children in India.
  • £3,000 - Can provide a year’s educational support to 100 children who have survived early marriage in Ethiopia.

 

Hope for Children

Hope for Children is a UK-based international children’s charity. Our aim is to ensure every child has the happy, healthy and positive childhood they deserve, particularly those who have fallen through the gaps in service provision. To achieve this, we have the following objectives:

  • Improve access to education: paying school fees, building classrooms & toilets and encouraging communities to prioritise education;
  • Improve children’s financial security: supporting parents into sustainable employment or self-employment, meaning they can pay for children’s education, reduce reliance on child labour and ensure they have enough food;
  • Improve understanding of child rights: awareness sessions on e.g. child labour and child marriage; providing reproductive/sexual health advice for girls and encouraging schools to use child-focused approaches which respect children’s views.

We currently work in Ghana, India, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda. Because we are small, even a little money makes a big difference. Money from Bangor RAG would enable us to provide support such as:   

  • £3,400 can provide care for 70 HIV+ children or children with HIV+ parents including a drop-in centre, counselling, nutrition, home visits, medical support & travel expenses.
  • £2,200 can provide training & materials for 125 girls to make their own reusable sanitary pads to improve their health and enable them to attend school regularly.
  • £1,200 can provide pre-school places for 30 children, giving them the opportunity to progress to mainstream school.
  •  £459 can pay for 3 handwashing facilities to be installed in a school which benefits children’s health & sanitation habits.

 

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Since 1962 we have been campaigning for autistic people’s rights and providing support and advice to autistic people and their families. Our aim is to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. 

Autism is a lifelong disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. There are 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, that’s on average one in a hundred people. Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on education, struggle to find work and become extremely isolated. The statistics back this up, 77% of autistic people told us they feel isolated, and only 16% of autistic adults are in full time employment.

 One example of our work is our Transition Support Service. Moving between different stages of life can be difficult and stressful for anyone, but especially if you find change difficult, as many autistic people do. This can make the transitions from school or college to university difficult. Think of the all the factors you must consider when moving to university, moving to a new city, managing your own money, meeting new people, making friends, and dealing with the demands of your course. For autistic people this can be very overwhelming, even more so when you consider they may have extra sensory needs, difficulty with social situations and relationships, and the need for an Education, Health and Care Plan. Our transition support service is a free service that provides confidential information, guidance and support to young people preparing to leave school and helps to make the transition more manageable. 

Any funding from Bangor RAG would be unrestricted fundraising, meaning it could pool into lots of different areas, such as our helpline, services or schools. We have an extensive list of services that your fundraising could go towards:

  • £5 could help over 20 people access vital information from our website.
  • £35 could help us support one person annually through our education rights service.
  • £60 could help us to support one parents through our Parent-to-Parents service.
  • £200 could fund our Parent-to-Parent service for one day, allowing us to support three parents.
  • £1000 could fund the annual training for one of our Parent-to-Parent volunteers, who would support 86 people over 2 years.
  • £1000 could provide annual training to our Helpline volunteers, last year our autism helpline received over 16,000 calls and emails!
  • £2,200 could train a new educations right volunteer, who will support 91 people annually.
  • £4,400 could support 21 Scottish families through our tribunal support service annually.

 

Meningitis Research Foundation

Meningitis is largely preventable yet it kills more children under 5 globally than AIDS, Malaria, Measles and Tetanus combined, with students being 2nd most at risk. We believe no one should suffer the loss of limbs, life or loved ones because of this disease. That is why our main aim is to defeat meningitis and septicaemia – wherever it exists.

On a national and global scale, you will help us:

  • Prevent people from getting meningitis.
  • See those that do get it receive effective diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ensure people affected get the support and information they need.


As a small organisation, every fundraiser makes a huge contribution to providing life-saving treatment and support. As students, you make up 10% of our entire income. Because of your support, countless lives have been saved in the UK but sadly, this horrific disease is far from defeated, especially globally. In 2020, we aim to ratify the world’s first Global Roadmap at the World Health Assembly to defeat meningitis. Similar plans saw HIV infections in children decline by nearly half in only a few years. With your help, we can finally make meningitis a global health priority and put in place plans to defeat this horrific disease by 2030 – wherever it exists.

Never before have students had the opportunity to impact a world-changing movement on this scale. With your help, your support and your efforts, we will make our vision of a world free from meningitis a reality. We simply cannot do this without you.

The Lullaby Trust

500 seemingly healthy babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK each year. Over half of these tragic deaths are eventually explained but for the remaining no cause is found; this is what’s called Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), commonly known as cot death. The Lullaby Trust is the only charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland working specifically to reduce the rate of SIDS. Our aims are:

  1. To reduce the numbers of babies who die from SIDS to below 150 across the UK by 2020 by promoting our Safer Sleep message.
  2. To fund research into both the causes and prevention of unexpected infant death, including SIDS.
  3. To provide support to bereaved families affected by the unexpected death of a baby or toddler.
  4. To work across the infant and child health community to reduce infant mortality in the UK.


We know that greater awareness of our safer sleep advice leads to a decrease in the numbers of babies dying. Sadly around 5 babies a week still die from SIDS but if all parents were aware of our safer sleep advice many lives could be saved. Funds raised by Bangor RAG could go towards our prevention work, ensuring that as many parents, grandparents, carers and health professionals know how to keep their baby or toddler as safe as possible to prevent SIDS. This could include providing more training sessions, developing our range of advice publications, funding our information phone line and extending the reach of our annual Safer Sleep Week campaign.

We are entirely reliant on donations from the public so are incredibly grateful for support from groups such as Bangor RAG; we were delighted to support Bangor Midwives Society last year in raising nearly £1,000 for our work. For it's size, The Lullaby Trust punches well above it's weight - our work has played an integral part in achieving an 81% reduction in the rate of SIDS since we formed. Hopefully this highlights that any money raised for our work would have real impact and would not just be a drop in the ocean.

It's incredibly important that students feel like they’re getting as much out of their efforts fundraising for us as they put in and we would love to work closely with Bangor RAG to help you reach your potential.  Ultimately we want Bangor students to be working with us, not for us, to help save lives.

Crisis Wales

The visible increase in people sleeping rough on streets throughout Wales has been hard to miss.  In addition to those we see, there are also people stuck and struggling in inadequate temporary accommodation that can lack basic facilities - in hostels and night shelters, and sleeping on the sofas of friends and family or in cars, tents and sheds.  But it doesn’t need to be like this?

Crisis is committed to ending homelessness and knows the solutions that are needed to end it by making sure that homelessness is much rarer and a one-off and brief experience.   Our service in Wales help people directly out of homelessness, and campaigns for the social and policy changes needed to solve it altogether.  We work throughout the year to support people to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind.

Support from Bangor RAG would be invaluable in supporting people in Wales experiencing homeless ness to learn new skills, gain qualifications and improve their health and wellbeing in order to move in to work and accommodation.  For example:

  • £59 could pay for: Kitchen basics for a new home including kettle, toaster and microwave.
  • £130: Term of Literacy Classes. An accredited literacy classes for 1 term helping develop skills and build confidence.
  • £321: 3 Job Ready Kits including new clothing, equipment and all certificates (for our clients working in the construction industry).

 

CLIC Sargent – Young Lives VS Cancer

CLIC Sargent is the UKs leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. When cancer strikes young lives we do all we can to limit the damage it causes beyond their health.

Today, 12 more young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. CLIC Sargent ensures young cancer patients are provided with the support not just to survive cancer, but to thrive – both when they are on treatment and once it has ended, to help them get their lives back on track. Our CLIC Sargent care teams support young cancer patients emotionally and practically, building resilience so they can continue to learn, regain their confidence and self-belief and be inspired to think of a life beyond cancer.

CLIC Sargent:

  • Provides support from the moment the doctor says cancer.
  • Helps young people maintain their education and employment.
  • Provides and arranges financial support.
  • Provides free accommodation near hospitals to cut down on travel and allow families to stay together.

Here is what your support could mean for us:

  • £4 could pay for a CLIC Sargent story book which explains childhood cancer in a simple way.
  • £350 could pay for a family to stay 10 nights at a CLIC Sargent ‘Home from Home’ – keeping families together during treatment.
  • £3,557 could pay for a CLIC Sargent Social Worker for a month. Our Social Workers meet young people soon after diagnosis – helping them understand and cope with the emotional, financial and practical effects of cancer – through treatment and beyond.

 

The Children’s Society

A million children and young people in England are living with seven or more serious problems in their lives. Without the right help, this can be overwhelming and a lonely place to be. This has to change. 
We work with 10-18 year olds in England to break the cycle of disadvantage that they face. Through campaigning and policy lobbying, and over 90 services around the country we target the issues of criminal/sexual exploitation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol misuse, poverty, abuse and we support runaways, young carers and refugees. It is our vision to have a country where children are free from disadvantage.

 Our student fundraising has a wonderful positive impact on the work The Children’s Society does, and we would love Bangor RAG to be a part of that. Just £40 can pay for a one-to-one session for a child to talk about their painful experiences and £50 could help us work with a class of school children to raise awareness of sexual exploitation and prevent it happening. Through the events we want to support you with, you could be raising amounts that would help us reach whole schools full of children! Our campaign work is just as important as the frontline work that we do and to work with another Welsh university would allow us to have a greater impact in raising awareness to Welsh councils. E.g. our campaign to make care leavers exempt from paying council tax until they’re 25 is now in place across Wales.

Headway – The brain injury association

Headway aims to improve life after brain injury for survivors, their carers, family and friends. NHS statistics show that 28% of people admitted to hospital with a head injury are under 25, similar age to a large amount of University students. The effects of brain injury can impact all aspects of life, from walking and talking, to being able to complete education, drive, and socialise with friends, things that young people take for granted.  Headway ensures that anyone affected by brain injury is supported every step of the way, for as long as needed through our range of services.

Headway’s services include a nurse-led free phone Helpline, acute trauma support nurses, brain injury ID cards and an emergency fund to offer grants to help ease financial burden after brain injury. We also have over 125 groups and branches around the UK, offering local support and information factsheets and booklets available online. Headway's services help support thousands of people each year. However, none of this work would be possible without the support of our fundraisers, who fund our vital work. Money from Bangor RAG would help support these services and the work by all the Headway team. Not only would the Unions fundraising help support Headway in providing these services, but it would also help raise awareness within the student body for brain injury, which is one of the leading causes of disability in the UK, yet one of the most hidden and least understood.

Anthony Nolan

Anthony Nolan recruits people on to the stem cell register to give the chance of lifesaving stem cell transplants to people with blood cancer and other blood disorders around the globe. Anthony Nolan also raises awareness of blood cancers/disorders as well as conducting vital research to improve the success of stem cell transplants for people who desperately need them. Over 1.4 million people are on UK stem cell registers and it costs Anthony Nolan £50 to sign up 1 person, Anthony Nolan relies on donations to do this alongside their lifesaving research and campaigns. This year Bangor RAG raised enough money to sign over 200 people to the stem cell register and next year we're sure Bangor RAG will do even better!

Beat

As the UK’s eating disorder charity, Beat is a champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by these serious mental illnesses. It's estimated that 1.25 million people are currently suffering in the UK. Eating disorders disrupt work and education, destroy relationships, and devastate lives – we exist to end the pain and suffering they cause. We provide support to those suffering and the people around them, campaign on the issues people face when seeking recognition and treatment, and provide training in universities, schools, and for healthcare professionals. Our free, confidential support includes dedicated services for students and is available 365 days a year, with telephone, email, and webchat helplines, online support groups, and information at beateatingdisorders.org.uk.


Money raised for Beat goes towards our ultimate aim which is to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders. This is achieved through our support services, campaigns for better treatment and awareness-raising work. More specifically:

  • £100 could provide a batch of posters to raise awareness of the early signs and symptoms.
  • £250 could help 50 sufferers reach our helplines by phone or email.
  • £1,250 could run the Beat Helpline for a day, helping an average of 68 people.
  • £1,500 could help to recruit, train and support six new Young Ambassadors.
  • £5,000 could help 2,000 at risk children by training school staff to spot the early signs of eating disorders.
  • £8,000 could ensure that thousands more sufferers receive treatment at the earliest opportunity through a powerful campaign to raise awareness among health workers.

 

Tiny Tickers

Tiny Tickers is a small national charity that works to improve the chances of babies born with a serious heart condition.

When Congenital Heart Disease is detected during pregnancy, babies get treatment from the first possible moment. Early detection is shown to improve their chance of survival and long-term quality of life, reducing the side effects of heart failure including brain damage.    Prenatal detection also means that parents get the support they need to prepare them for the future.

 Any funds raised by Bangor University Rag would go towards all aspects of our work.
Funding vital life-saving equipment. By placing pulse oximetry machines in maternity wards we can provide another method of detection. These machines ensure any heart defects are picked up early, and that the baby and family, have access to the life-saving treatment they need before that baby experiences heart failure.

Educating and supporting health professionals - we are the sole provider of hands-on, hospital-based cardiac screening training for sonographers throughout the UK. The specialist fetal cardiac training enhances the confidence and skills sonographers need to detect heart defects during routine pregnancy scans.

As many as one in every 125 babies born in the UK has a congenital heart defect. Yet only one third of major heart defects are spotted during pregnancy, with another third spotted during standard new-born hospital tests.  Terrifyingly this means around 1,000 new-borns will be sent home from hospital this year with no-one realising they are suffering from a life threatening heart condition.

Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity

Rays of Sunshine brighten the lives of children and young people who are living with serious or life-limiting illness between the ages of three to 18 across the UK.  Our work creates positive distraction, reduces isolation, improves self-esteem and creates precious memories and smiles. We achieve this by granting magical wishes and providing ongoing support in hospitals and within the community. We have granted more than 6,500 wishes and touched the lives of more than 60,000 children and young people, not to mention their siblings/parents.

Throughout the year, we host exciting events and offer tailor made ‘treats’ for children of all ages. These include annual concerts, cookery workshops, music sessions, photoshoots, theme park outings, career workshops and festive parties.

We work in 216 hospitals across the UK bringing sunshine to the wards through ward wishes and activity days such as providing entertainers and arts & crafts, ward makeovers such as new play areas and sensory rooms, and a play specialist who uses play as a therapeutic tool to help children and their siblings understand their illness and treatment, both in hospital and at home.

We've seen a 100% increase in demand for our services since 2011 and rely purely on donations to continue our work so money from Bangor RAG would support all this. We can ring fence funds, so you know exactly what your money is going towards (you can sponsor local wishes and we can send updates, so your RAG knows the difference they will be making).

Eden Project

The Eden Project connects us with each other and the living world, exploring how we can work towards a better future. Money raised helps us continue to deliver transformational projects and learning programmes which make a real difference to people's lives and to the planet.

We provide unforgettable learning experiences to inspire future generations. Our community work ranges from a weekly lunch club tackling isolation amongst the elderly to The Big Lunch, connecting millions across the Commonwealth. And we're involved in multiple conservation projects, reaching from our own doorstep in Cornwall to continents around the world.

A gift from Bangor RAG would help support our work on public and formal education, research, conservation, sustainable futures, and social connection.

Mencap Cymru

Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity. Our vision is a world where people with a learning disability are valued equally, listened to and included. Our mission is to work tirelessly in transforming society’s attitudes to learning disability and improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their families. Mencap want to ensure that people with a learning disability access opportunities to live a fulfilling life and gain positive experiences.

There is no cure for a learning disability. It is a life-long condition and the battle is fought every single day. The services we provide at Mencap range from round-the-clock care to helping someone join in with sport and leisure activities, providing advice and information on things like employment and education, helping someone to live independently for the first time, and even things like reporting a crime to the police. In a nutshell, we try to help in any area of a person’s life where they need support.

Our objectives:

  • We want to have made a significant and measurable improvement to people's attitudes towards people with a learning disability.
  • We want to have contributed to improving the quality of life for people with a learning disability.
  • We want more people with a learning disability to have stronger friendships and relationships, and be better connected to their communities.
  • We want to see an increase in the skills and understanding of healthcare professionals, so that health outcomes for people with a learning disability improve.
  • We want more children aged 0-5 with a learning disability and their families to receive the right early support.

 The money from Bangor RAG would support our brand new project in Wales called Trust Buddies. Trust Buddies is a brand new and unique partnership between Mencap Cymru and National Trust Wales.  This ground breaking project will support adults with a learning disability to access volunteering opportunities at National Trust sites throughout North and Mid Wales.

The pilot scheme will help the two organisations better understand how to integrate volunteers with a learning disability into National Trust volunteering teams – making sure that National Trust staff and volunteers feel equipped to support volunteers with additional needs while providing vital help for the National Trust in Wales.

Trust Buddies will help increase the visibility of people with a learning disability – which in turn will help reduce stigma and discrimination amongst the public. It will also improve the well-being of volunteers with a learning disability – by reducing social isolation, improving confidence and providing access to community.

Save the Children

Save the Children is based in over 60 different countries world wide but we also work within schools across Wales, with our Families Connect and Building Blocks programmes. Currently most of our projects in Wales are based in the South, but we are currently trying to set up projects in the North focusing on Wrexham and Rhyl areas.

The main aims of Save The Children are to protect children, give them a healthy start & the chance to learn. We focus on Child poverty, Child protection and Children's rights and Education. Internationally, we respond to emergencies in areas of conflict or natural disasters mobilising teams on the ground to deliver aid, medical care, create safe spaces & places to learn in war zones. We run projects in remote villages in some of the poorest communities in the world providing access to health care professionals and education.

We recently held a lecture at Storri in Bangor where we discussed the work we are providing in war torn Yemen. Yemen is at the brink of the worst famine in over 100 years, but the most shocking news is that it is manmade.

As you can imagine, as a fundraiser for Save The Children I read stories like the above all the time but it reassures me that throughout the world we are providing safe spaces for children to grow and in 2017 our health & nutrition programmes reached 10.6 million children internationally and In 2017 our education programmes helped 841,000 children in the world’s poorest, most dangerous places.

In the UK and within Wales we fund early learning programmes; focusing on every child having the right to be school ready as currently this is not the case for children living in Poverty. Through our building blocks projects we provide basic equipment for children whose families cannot afford such items, such as books, toys and even cots. Through our Families Connect project we provide an 8 week programme within schools where both the parents and children are supported to explore ways of interacting and playing in a developmental way. Both building blocks and Families Connect provide children with greater opportunities educationally.

By supporting save the Children you will be supporting children all over the world and also, right here in Wales, on your doorstep. 91p in every £1 is spent on saving children. £48 could provide a family of 7 in Yemen with food for an entire month. Extreme hunger & disease may have already claimed the lives of up to 85,000 young children.  In Wales 1 in 3 children live in poverty. We work in homes, nurseries, schools & communities to narrow the gap between children living in poverty and their better off classmates. £60 could provide early learning packs to low income families to support a child’s development.