Swansea Charities

Surfability - January 2020

Surfability is an organisation that receives a Local Charity recurring donation. We were pleased to learn Ben Clifford, their founder, was awarded a Pride of Britain award for his work with children with disabilities. https://www.prideofbritain.com/component/k2/ben-clifford

Coeden Fach Community Tree Nursery - November 2019

Quote from Rachel Barker, Occupational Therapist at Cefn Coed Hospital:-

"When patients come back to the ward after attending the tree nursery they are full of smiles and the feedback is always positive saying how much they have enjoyed themselves and how helpful Kate is."

These pictures are from a recent apple juicing day at our nursery attended by local college students and Cefn Coed patients and staff. Everyone worked together to wash apples, then pulp and juice them. We filled bottles of delicious fresh juice which went back to the hospital and college to be shared with students, patients and staff.

Despite some very wet weather, patients from Cefn Coed really mucked in washing apples in the rain and keeping the scratter and juicer fed so that the juice kept flowing to be collected and bottled. This was an enjoyable and highly sociable day as well as learning new skills and consuming lots healthy fresh juice.

YMCA Swansea - September 2018

Without the support from Austin Bailey foundation, YMCA Swansea wouldn’t have been able to develop and deliver its first Pride Prom. The event was planned, organised and developed by young people who voluntarily gave their time to arrange all the logistics with support from Youth Workers to put together an exciting and fun event. The young people learnt new skills in organisation, team work, event planning, working in partnership and fundraising.

Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians (AFYM) - August 2018

Over the years, the Austin Bailey Foundation has been an enormous support to the Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians. Their valued help has enabled us to provide this Festival for the many children (approx 950) who take part each year. Our aim is to improve and widen music education for youngsters of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities and to offer support and encouragement to all. In a perfect world the capacity to learn a musical instrument should not depend on the ability of a parent to purchase one, it should be open to every youngster with a love of music who wishes to learn. So many youngsters have benefited from their involvement with the AFYM and we do all we can to help and advise them. Not all of them go on to make music their career but they do go forward with the lovely memories of taking part.

Swansea Mind - May 2018

Thanks to this funding we were able to reach out to young people in a secondary school who have been experiencing issues with their mental health.  In partnership with the School Wellbeing Officer we devised and delivered a course that helped these pupils learn more about their innate resilience and state of mind.  The participant evaluations were very positive and cited that the course should be longer and offered to all pupils.

Swansea Asylum Seekers Support - May 2018

The Austin Bailey Foundation grant has enabled us to help asylum-seeking families attend our Friday drop-in evenings by refunding family bus tickets for one session per month.  Asylum seekers normally receive c.£36 per week per person to spend.  Some receive their allowance on a card, which cannot be used on buses.  They are accommodated (except for those unlucky enough to be destitute and homeless) all over the local urban area, up to 5 miles away from our drop-ins.  Transport costs are a major barrier to attendance, as they are to almost any participation in local life.  Fit younger people will walk miles to attend our sessions for language learning as well as social interaction.  Statistics are hard to come by, but probably 25% of asylum-seekers here are family units: a child or children with parents or (much more often) 1 parent.  Mothers frequently beg us to refund bus tickets, so their children can participate in the play project at drop-ins, and they can reap the other benefits.  Until we were awarded a grant from the Austin Bailey Foundation, we were only able to offer ticket refunds on special occasions (eg Christmas parties, or first session at a new venue, as at St James in January 2017).  Thanks to the Austin Bailey Foundation, the bus fares scheme has been hugely successful, with sums between £40 and £80 being paid in bus fares on the first Friday of each month, enabling many more women to participate in drop-ins and more children to attend the play project, just as we hoped.  Thank you.

Changing Tunes - May 2018

With thanks to The Austin Bailey Foundation Changing Tunes have been able to help men at HMP Swansea find hope, meaning and community through music.  We continue to see how our music and mentoring programmes with prisoners brings about positive change for individuals at a personal and social level, helping people commit to crime free lives of meaning and purpose.

“I could talk about Changing Tunes’ excellent musicians and their ability to teach and put on concerts, but for me Changing Tunes isn’t just about the music.  Changing Tunes is family.  I’ve been out in the community for over a year now, and I don’t have any family.  I genuinely don’t know what I would have done without them.” - Changing Tunes participant

Ty Croesco, Clydach - March 2018

A word in grateful recognition of the recent Grant awarded to Ty Croeso, Clydach.  We assure you that the money will be put to good use improving the lives of local citizens via the food bank, personal counselling, bereavement support, exercise group, wellbeing group, prayer group, etc.

Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby - March 2018

Thank you for your very generous donation. . .which will help to give local disabled people the chance to become involved with our wheelchair rugby team.  We are a small, constantly developing charity, but lack the funds to achieve our goals and dream.  Your donation is extremely welcome and will make a huge difference, allowing us to offer more disabled people the opportunity to take part in this exciting sport.

Action on Hearing Loss Cymru  - February 2018

A big thank you to the Austin Bailey Foundation for your grant.  Such support is crucial to ensuring that we gain awareness of the charity to support our vital work with people that are deaf and hard of hearing.  The grant will enable us to provide free information and support to people in Wales and expand our bank of volunteers.

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales  - February 2018

Your generous donation has enabled us to provide specialist Bobath therapy to a child in the Swansea area who has cerebral palsy and supported us in our aim to improve the quality of life of children in Wales who have cerebral palsy.  One mum describes how much our service means to her, ‘The intensity, duration and expertise of Bobath therapy have produced astounding results.  We feel privileged to have had the help and support from Bobath Wales and are sure that my son’s achievements are due to the skill of the therapists so early on in his life.  We still don't know what the future holds for him but I've a feeling he's going to continue to surprise us We just wish this was available for all children with brain injuries.’ 

Marie Curie Nursing Services in Swansea - February 2018

Your donation will have a real impact in providing medical care as well as emotional and practical support to individuals and their loved ones who face terminal illness.  On the background of an increasingly stretched NHS, it is your trust and commitment that enables us to reach more people living with a terminal illness each year.

Swansea West CAP Debt Centre – Oasis Church Gowerton

January 2018

I am writing to express my thanks for your kind donation to our debt counselling project.  This gift will help us provide a service that is badly needed in our area.

Sailors’ Society - January 2018

Since the demise of the ferry service to Ireland, and the subsequent closure of the Seafarers Centre at Swansea, the need to have a presence in the Port of Swansea has been much greater.  Seafarers come from a number of different nationalities, with diverse cultures, languages and faiths.  They often find themselves away from home and family for extended periods, some as many as nine months.  For Sailors’ Society it is a privilege to be on hand to be a friendly face to seafarers, and to help them in any way we can - contacting home, visiting the town, or even spending time with them in prayer.

Forest School Swansea Neath Port Talbot - November 2017

Austin Bailey Foundation have supported the development of new sessions of our Seedlings parent and toddler groups in Llys Nini, Penllergaer.  These sessions are weekly opportunities for child-initiated play and learning in a natural woodland environment.  We provide a safe space which encourages respect for self, others and the environment and generate an atmosphere of co-operation with Forest School staff, parents and children working together as a team.  There is a careful balance of structural activities alongside time and space for free play and a regular rhythm to each session, creating a space where the children can gain the confidence to make independent discoveries, explore and extend ideas, and develop problem solving skills and creativity.  Parents tell us that this is often a calm, therapeutic part of the week for them as well as their children as they have lives that are busy and demanding.

Penplas Family Centre - November 2017

“I am 12 years old and I actually love Penplas family centre, I’ve grown up here and the girls have helped me so much – when I was little they taught me colours and how to count and now they help me when I am feeling anxious, they help me to see things differently, not believe some of the things my friends tell me and its ok to say ‘NO’ if I don’t think something is right.  My favourite memory is going on a trip – we had such a great day in the woods, it was nice to get away from home and just do something different!”  Kelly aged 12.

Paul Popham Foundation - November 2017

Thank you Austin Bailey Foundation for providing the Paul Popham Fund with much needed funds to support our Befriending Service to help kidney patients in Swansea to lead a better quality of life.

Pennard Parish Hall - November 2017

Pennard Parish Hall embarked in 2015 on a programme of refurbishment.  This included insulation, central heating, new kitchen floor, redecoration throughout, and a new roof over the toilet block.  At the time of the decoration the curtains were mismatched (we suspect things that people had left over), faded and not hanging on suitable rails.  This did not give a welcoming feel to the building.  We now have new curtains throughout with blackout linings.  The colour matches the chairs and the whole building has much more of a welcome.

Swansea Young Single Homeless Regenerate Project - Oct 2017

Thank you.

83.5 hours of support provided to young parents and their children; 17 in-house parent and baby/toddler groups; 3 community facility visits; 6 visits from the council’s Early Language and Play Team; 2 visits from a specialist midwife; 1 session around post-natal nutrition and fitness; 1 family yoga session with a qualified professional; 1 family-friendly cookery session focussing on balanced diet. 

In addition to the provision of young parent specific groups, we have used some of the money we were generously granted to fund some childcare sessions at a local nursery.  This has enabled our young parents to be able to access some of our other skills workshops; three of our mums are now working towards their Agored Cymru food preparation accreditation! 

As you can see, the money you granted us has made a HUGE difference.  So once again, we’d like to say a very heartfelt thank you for your generosity.  From the staff and young people at the Regenerate Project within SYSHP.

Spinal Injuries Association - October 2017

The grant from the Austin Bailey Foundation has enabled SIA’s Peer Support Officer to provide invaluable support to spinal cord injured people and their families throughout Swansea.  Talking to someone who has been through a similar experience and is now living an independent and fulfilling life has a hugely positive impact on newly-injured people and their families as they adjust to this life-changing injury.

Clase Family Centre - September 2017

The trip to Cantref Farm near Brecon took place on Wednesday 30th August 2017 on a cloudy day.  We had two coaches with approximately 85 adults and children excited to see the animals.  We arrived at 10:30am in the beautiful Brecon Beacons Mountains and all quickly dispersed to see what the farm had to offer.  It is a fabulous place with farm animals, tractor rides, water rides, interactive show, pony rides and indoor play area.  One child celebrated his birthday there with us too and it was a great place for the children to be safe and explore and enjoy.  The weather stayed fine despite one small sprinkling and the café was a good hit.  All enjoyed and there were lots of sleeping children on the way back.

According to the feedback from the families: 100% of adults and children enjoyed the trip, 100% of the families would go on another trip and 80% said that they would not have gone there if not for our organised trip.

Thank you so much for the grant from the Austin Bailey Foundation that enabled this trip and allowed us to offer a reduced rate to the families so that they could all enjoy a day out at the farm, learning about the animals and spending quality time together.

Glantawe Lions Club - August 2017

Through the assistance of the Austin Bailey Foundation, Glantawe (Swansea Valley) Lions Club were able to entertain 200 Swansea Valley residents to two tea parties at Morriston Rugby Club, to celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs International throughout the World.  The guests were treated to a sing-a-long by Musical Memories, and a wonderful buffet and cakes.  Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and went home feeling happy.  The Austin Bailey Foundation support helped Glantawe (Swansea Valley) Lions Club launch their 2017-2018 Centennial Year of Lions.

Chernobyl Children Lifeline - May 2017

Thank you so very much to the Austin Bailey Foundation.  The funds you send us make a huge difference.  Without them we would really struggle.  Other fundraising helps to keep us busy and a little bit in the public eye but the grant from the Austin Bailey Foundation helps to make the childrens’ time here a success.  Our children will be arriving on Sunday 23rd July and once again, all our trips will be provided free of cost except a special to Folly Farm.

Circus Starr - May 2017

We are so delighted that The Austin Bailey Foundation is able to support our event by giving these children the chance to create memories and forget their everyday struggles for an afternoon.  As an organisation, we passionately believe that fun matters and should be available to every child and family regardless of their circumstances.

Swansea Churches

I would like to share with you how your generous gift has been spent for the benefit of the children of St. John’s Church, Gowerton.  Godly Play materials have been purchased for use with the Youth Group and Sunday School.  Four children along with two adults were confirmed by the Bishop and it was lovely to use the Godly Play materials to complement their learning.

Sue McLeish, Youth Leader, St. John’s Church, Gowerton

I would once again like to thank you for your most generous support of the outing for the children to Brecon and the trip on the canal.  
Each year the outing on the canal is truly enjoyed by the children.  The peace and quiet on the canal, the fresh air and the views of the Brecon Beacons is one of the highlights of their visit.
Chernobyl Children's Life Line - Apr 2010

Overseas Charities

Renewable World - May 2020

Renewable World helps communities around the world improve their lives bringing a range of renewable energy technologies.  In 2019, ABF supported Solar Energy for Community Resilience (SECuRe) and some of the most remote rural communities in Berichaal Chepang, Surkhet District to strengthen their resilience to natural disasters, economic shocks and health risks through clean and affordable solar energy.  

The newly installed community-owned and managed solar energy system operates an early warning system against floods, earth-quakes and other natural disasters and provides energy-enabled health care for a community of 4,000 people.  The community can now protect itself from loss of life and livelihoods from natural disasters and the health of future generations through the availability of life-saving vaccines and emergency health care.

Community Energy Management Committee in training, Berichaal Chepang

Affordable, clean solar energy to power vital local health services

IMPACT Foundation - March 2018

The health and well-being of the children of Mwingi Primary School in Kitui is vastly improved thanks to The Austin Bailey Foundation. IMPACTs action has included: Establishing a school health club, 25 children and two teachers have been trained in how to check for basic symptoms of ill-health in their fellow pupils. IMPACT’s school nurse has dewormed the entire school ensuring all children are free from intestinal parasites. Handwashing water tanks have been installed next to the toilet block, so that children can keep their hands clean and prevent the spread of disease. IMPACT has provided the school with vegetable seeds and gardening tools for children to grow nutritious vegetables. The school has also been provided with tree saplings for each pupil to grow in the school grounds, combatting environmental degradation. Your grant has helped to protect children from the threat of needless disability and enhanced their ability to learn in school, which will improve their prospects in later life.

Inter Care - March 2018
Inter Care would like thank The Austin Bailey Foundation for their support in 2017-18.  The generous donation has enabled us to continue our activities of collecting, quality sorting and sending vital medical aid from Leicestershire to our partner health units in Sub Saharan Africa.  The beneficiaries of this aid are the most poor and needy indigenous people, who'll receive their treatments and medicines free of charge.
Opening the consignment - checking against dispatch lists
Hospital staff team

St John International - January 2018
With a grant of £500 the ABF supported St John International's Mother and Baby Programme in Zambia.  Joint activities of St John volunteers and local health services are supporting national efforts to tackle high maternal and neonatal mortality rates through community-based health activities, which aim to increase timely and essential care for mothers and their babies.  The grant contributed to the training of volunteers, who will reach households with pregnant women, new mothers and their infants, and husbands/partners through regular door-to-door visits. Families learn how to recognise danger signsduring pregnancy and what to do in an emergency.  Women are supported to prepare for deliveries and encouraged to save money for travelling to the local health facility. Health education sessions in the general community help reach women and girls before their next pregnancy, and promotes wider support among community members for pregnant women and new mothers.

Support and Love Via Education (SALVE) - November 2017
With the help of the Austin Bailey Foundation, we were able to get Uganda’s first specialist Drug Rehabilitation Centre for children who have been living on the streets up and running in March 2017.
So far, 6 young people, all of whom had lived on the streets for more than 2 years have been fully rehabilitated and have been resettled back with a loving family member. A further 6 children are currently undergoing rehabilitation. Without your support, these children would still be living on the streets. Thank you for helping to make this vital new programme possible.

Cecily's Fund - June 2016
Austin Bailey's support has allowed Cecily's Fund to pay for the school fees, shoes, uniforms and equipment of vulnerable children and orphans in Zambia.  Without this support these children would have been unable to attend school and missed out on a valuable education.  More than 1,500 primary school children were provided with uniforms, shoes, books and pens.  Over 1,000 secondary school children had their school fees paid and over 100 Anti-AIDS after school clubs were held, reaching over 2,250 children and teaching them how to avoid HIV/AIDS and stay healthy.