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Westonbirt Charities Fair is non-profit making and run by Home-Start Stroud District. All profits go to Home-Start Stroud District and the other Charities listed below.

Homestart Stroud District

Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.

Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.

To find out more visit: www.homestartsd.org

To donate to Home-Start Stroud District (Charity no. 1107019) please click here

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

One of the few air ambulances in the country to work to the Gold Standard Critical Care Model. Put simply it means we are a flying accident and emergency department transporting a specialist paramedic (Critical Care Paramedic) and senior doctor to the scene of an incident.

The GWAAC Critical Care Team cover Bristol, BANES, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire. A population of 2.1 million people.

The result - one patient in five – a patient otherwise expected to die – survives.

The team fly seven days a week, 365 days a year and attend over 100 incidents per month. We provide one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK.

We receive no government or national lottery funding so completely rely on the communities we serve to help us raise the £2.6 million we need each year.

To find out more visit: www.greatwesternairambulance.com

Toucan for Children

Toucan for Children is a small Gloucestershire based charity that offers a play therapy service for children aged 4-13 years who are suffering with a range of emotional and mental health difficulties.

Toucan’s team of specially trained therapists use play and creative means to communicate with children and help them work through the feelings and behaviours that are causing upset and difficulties in their lives. Play therapy is to children what counselling is to adults.

Toucan aims to provide a child-centred, affordable and friendly service so children can get the help they often desperately need but that is not available from mainstream services. Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood and at Toucan for Children our aim is to provide therapeutic help that intervenes early before problems get too entrenched.

Toucan for Children have been providing an invaluable service for children across Gloucestershire since 2010 and have worked with nearly 300 children and young people in this time.

To find out more visit: www.toucanforchildren.co.uk