The Outlook Fund

 

Grants Made



GRANTS MADE ON 4.4.12

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation convened the third meeting of its Outlook Fund Advisory Panel on April 4th 2012. The Panel, which meets twice a year, is chaired by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation trustee Anne Ridgeon; the other members are Pamela Raspe, Stuart Evans, Aidan O'Reilly, and Alex Reid.

The following grants, totally 10,206, were approved:

Just Us Groups Fun Day 2012, 4194. The Fun Day, which will be held on 26th July 2012, is an annual sports and social event with up to 200 people attending including children and young people who are looked after or who have a child protection plan, foster carers, parents, and social workers. As well as being a fun day out it is a good opportunity for looked after children to find out, in a relaxed and informal setting, about the various services and recreational activities which are available to them throughout the year. The feedback from last year's Fun Day, which was also supported by the Outlook Fund, was extremely positive.

Grafham Water Centre Event, 2512. This event is part of a programme to help young people who are at risk of 'dropping out' during the transition from secondary school to post-16 options. It is an intensive residential experience at Grafham Water Centre, designed to help young people develop and build upon life skills. It follows Team Days where the young people meet others from different schools to develop team skills and break down barriers within the group. After the residential event there is support to help guide the young people into their next steps. Each young person will complete an action plan, which is reviewed on an annual basis.

Cambridge Student Community Action, 1500. Cambridge Student Action recruits between 100 and 300 student volunteers each year who provide educational, sports and welfare support to disadvantaged children and the elderly. This funding is for projects run for children from the Woman's Aid Centre in Cambridge. This offers safe accommodation to women and children who are experiencing domestic violence. Student volunteers from Cambridge Student Community Action run arts and craft sessions, and also take the children to a park on Sunday afternoons to play games, feed the ducks, and generally run around and get some fresh air.

5th Newmarket (SPICE) Guides and Rangers, 1500. SPICE is an inclusive Girl Guide and Ranger Unit, based in Newmarket, which enables girls with moderate to severe disabilities to participate in Girl Guiding activities with their able bodied peers. It was founded and is run by two young people. Activities include earning badges and having experiences within a Girl Guiding environment. The money from the Outlook Fund will be used to enable six Guides with special needs who are also from disadvantaged families to have a very special adventure by taking part in an international Guiding event at Disneyland, Paris.

Note: The budgets above include in some cases the cost of transport by coach, minibus or taxi. Because looked-after children are widely scattered throughout Cambridgeshire, these transport costs can be substantial.

GRANTS MADE ON 7.9.11

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation convened the second meeting of its Outlook Fund Advisory Panel on September 7th 2011. The Panel, which meets twice a year, is chaired by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation trustee Anne Ridgeon; the other members are Pamela Raspe, Stuart Evans, Sarah Gawne, and Alex Reid.

The following grants, totalling 10,728, were approved:

Ellesmere Opportunity Group 2,000. The Ellesmere Opportunity Group is a playgroup for children with a wide range of disabilities including autism, speech and language delay, physical disabilities, sight and hearing problems and global delay. Families can feel isolated and the group gives them a chance to share their problems with other families in the same situation. The grant will keep the group running for a year. The group is run entirely by volunteers and is self funding. The number of families attending the group increases regularly and it is a lifeline for many.

Just Us Groups: Talk and Change, Christmas Theatre Outing 1,450. Members of the Talk and Change Group are children and young people on a child protection plan, of which a large proportion of will come into care. The Christmas outing for members of the Talk and Change group will be a theatre trip in London, which the members would not normally be able to experience due to family circumstances and limited opportunities. The trip will also enable siblings in the group to spend quality time together.

Just Us Groups: Activity Day 920. Just Us Groups bring together children on a child protection plan with other young people in similar circumstances to discuss relevant issues, receive support and have some fun that they would not normally get. The activity day will give the young people an opportunity to try out a new activity whilst increasing self esteem and confidence in a safe and relaxed environment.  The young people were taken to Forest Laser.

Just Us Groups: Awards Evening 4,958. The awards evening  is an annual event which has been running for several years with up to 200 people attending including, children and young people who are looked after, foster carers and their families, social workers and other professionals. Before the evening nomination forms are given to workers and teams asking them to nominate a young person they work with. The categories for nominations include, sporting achievements, education, creativity in the arts, personal and independence skills. It is also an opportunity for young people to showcase their talents as part of the evening. The aim of the evening is to give young people in care a real feeling of self worth.

Just Us Groups: Christmas Party 1,400. The Christmas Party is for both the senior and junior groups. It enables them to celebrate Christmas which they otherwise may not have been able to do. It is an opportunity for them to get dressed up, enjoy themselves and socialise with other young people in similar situations. There will be a visit from Father Christmas for the juniors along with music, karaoke and food.

Note: The budgets above include the cost of transport by coach, minibus or taxi. Because the looked-after children are widely scattered throughout Cambridgeshire, these transport costs can be substantial.

GRANTS MADE ON 23.3.11

The Cambridgeshire Community Foundation convened the first meeting of its Outlook Fund Advisory Panel on March 23rd 2011. The Panel, which will meet twice a year, is chaired by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation trustee Anne Ridgeon; the other members are Pamela Raspe, Stuart Evans, Sarah Gawne, and Alex Reid.

The following grants, totalling 9,917, were approved:

Just Us Groups: Workshop/Theatre/Activity Day, 4088. The day, which will cover the themes of alcohol and sexual awareness, will enable 60 looked-after children to participate - half of whom will be existing participants in the Just Us Groups, and half of whom will be children who have not previously taken part in Just Us Groups activities. In addition to the direct benefit, in terms of improved alcohol and sexual awareness, the day will provide the children with a fun and educational experience, and the opportunity to improve leadership and team work skills. The activity will be provided by the well-established Jackpot Training organisation.

Just Us Groups: 2011 Fun Day, 2944. The Fun Day is an annual event for looked-after children, foster carers, and families. It has been operating for several years, and typically about 200 people attend. In addition to being a great day out for the looked-after children, it is an excellent opportunity for the children and their foster carers to learn about the Just Us Groups and the other ways in which looked-after children can be helped to develop friendship networks and develop self-confidence. The Fun Day is particularly effective in drawing into the Just Us Groups those looked-after children who are difficult to reach.

Just Us Groups: Alconbury Driving Centre experience, 885. This special event will provide 12 teenage children (either looked-after or with a Child Protection Plan) with 1 hour in the training room covering theory, controls, and Highway Code, and 1.5 hours in dual-control cars on the driving circuit with four DSA approved instructors who are all CRB checked at enhanced level. The Alconbury circuit has traffic lights, junctions, pedestrian crossings, and a roundabout. The children can learn parking, reversing, hill starts, and emergency stops. In view of the likely popularity of this event, it is envisaged that the 12 children will be drawn by lot from those who apply.

Cambridge Joint Playschemes: CJP Saturday Clubs, 2,000. The Saturday Leisure Clubs are for children and young people with severe learning difficulties. The grant will fund a Cinema Club, using mainstream cinemas once a fortnight. Also an Activity Club accessing a range of mainstream facilities by minibus, including ten pin bowling, trampolining, visiting museums, visiting local animal farms, tobogganing on dry ski slope, swimming, cooking, and music. The Activity Club will take place on alternate Saturdays. About 35 children will participate.

Just Us Groups: Water sports day at Grafham Water. This event, providing a canoe and sailing day for up to 70 looked-after children, will take place at no cost, as a local company has very kindly donated the 768 project budget to the Outlook Fund. It will take place at the Grafham Water Centre, which is operated by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Note: The budgets above include the cost of transport by coach, minibus or taxi. Because the looked-after children are widely scattered throughout Cambridgeshire, these transport costs can be substantial. 

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The Outlook Fund works to improve the lives of Cambridgeshire children facing difficulty and disadvantage, with a focus on the more than 400 looked after children.
The Outlook Fund is administered by the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.



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