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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.

Home-Start 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

Longfield Hospice

Longfield supports adults with life-limiting illness from diagnosis onwards. We help them to understand their illness, to cope better with its impact on their lives, and to live well. We support their family and carers too, both during the illness and at the end of life.

Our services also include help for families to deal effectively with their grief, and education for those professionals who are looking after people at the end of life.

We sum up the benefits of what we offer as ‘Living well: Dying well: Caring well’

To find out more visit: www.longfield.org.uk

Gloucestershire Royal Intensive Care Unit Charity

The Gloucestershire Royal Intensive Care Unit was established in the mid 1970’s. It was originally opened with 6 beds and, having undergone several expansion programmes over the years, now accommodates up to 14 patients. The unit, now named ‘The Department of Critical Care’ provides care for patients of all ages who require the more advanced therapies and support that is not possible on the general wards.

There are currently eight Intensive Care Consultants, one Matron and four Senior Sisters who manage the Department and they are supported by a dedicated team of Sisters, Staff Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Junior Doctors, Physiotherapists and Pharmacists, together with other health care professionals, as required, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Dieticians and Occupational Therapists. It inevitably requires a very large team of professionals to provide care and assist with recovery during and following an episode of critical illness.

Over the past 10 years, the people of Gloucestershire have raised over £286,000 for the GRHICU Charity. These much needed funds have been used to provide new equipment, essential training for nurses and consultants and new facilities for relatives to ensure they are able to support their critically ill loved ones in a safe and welcoming environment.

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

The Door

The Door's mission is to bring hope into the lives of young people and their families, through unlocking potential and opening opportunity so their past does not define their future.

Motivated by the Christian values of hope, forgiveness and prayer The Door delivers its services at the heart of local communities, seeking to engage stakeholders from the bottom up. We have in-depth knowledge of the local area and its people, we tackle the root causes leading to enduring results and are prepared to deal with complex issues that other agencies shy away from.

The Door runs youth clubs and youth centres across the Stroud District, provides specific support for young adults in transition, works with secondary schools to provide workshops for students, has a large volunteer mentoring team who provide a listening ear to 11-25 year olds, and has a range of services which help parents of adolescents deal with the practical and emotional rollercoaster of living with a teenager!

The Door travels with people for the long term – walking alongside them, carrying the burden and never giving up. We work collaboratively with statutory and voluntary agencies to ensure that every young person and their families achieve their potential.

To find out more visit: www.thedoor.org.uk

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust is the largest membership organisation in the county dedicated to local wildlife.

We own and manage more than 60 nature reserves across the county, all of which offer free access to visitors. 28,000 members in Gloucestershire support our work, with hundreds regularly volunteering time and commitment.

We have a vision where each year there is more wildlife, more wild places and more people with a connection to the natural world.

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

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity supports Westonbirt, the National Arboretum with its 18,000 trees and 600 acres of woodland. Our vision is of a long and sustainable future of the site, for the good of the environment and people, with the mission to raise funds to support the arboretum, working alongside the Forestry Commission. Our membership scheme and fundraising projects fund ongoing maintenance and new developments, helping the arboretum to thrive.

Westonbirt Arboretum not only benefits local residents environmentally and as an educational resource, but also performs both national and international benefits such as training expert arborists and dendrologists who will help care for forests and woodlands across the UK, as we embark in climate change research for a broader environmental understanding.

To find out more visit: www.fowa.org.uk

Marie Curie

Marie Curie provide emotional & practical support and guidance to anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness. We do this in a number of ways. We have our at home Nursing Service, where our nurses go into people’s homes from 10pm-7am to care for them and provide support for their families. We have our Hospices- 9 around the UK, all which provide hands on care 24hours a day/365 days a year.

Our hospices encompass our day hospices, support groups, counselling services and volunteer opportunities and so much more. We also have our Information and Support Line which provides practical and emotional support to anyone affected by a terminal Illness.

We also campaign for changes in terminal illness care and are the UK’s leading Charity in End of Life research.

To find out more visit: www.mariecurie.org.uk