Recent Case Studies
This page features a selection of case studies focusing on charities that we’ve worked with recently. Additional articles are available in our case studies library.
As a result of the coal mine closures in the 1980s, the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales is an area of acute deprivation. Arts Factory was founded in 1990 by a group of local people who wanted to do something positive to improve their quality of life.
Baillieston Community Care has been providing two dementia support services in Glasgow for over 20 years. Funded by Glasgow City Council, the home support service and day care centre, Bealach House, are a lifeline to people with dementia and their families.
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The Dunfermline Advocacy Initiative (DAI) was set up in 1992 when residents with learning disabilities at a long-stay hospital in West Fife were being moved into the community. There was concern that they might not be given the chance to voice their feelings or build connections in the communities that would become their new home.
New Choices for Youth (NCY) has over 25 years’ experience working with children and young people in crisis. Based in Plaistow, east London, it has a 10-bed residential centre for children leaving local authority care. It runs youth clubs, workshops for teenage parents and provides volunteering opportunities for young people not in education, employment or training.
The Outside Edge Theatre Company aims to help those affected by addiction to achieve and maintain recovery through drama. It was set up by former addict Phil Fox in 1999 after he realised that theatre school saved his life because it gave him something to focus on.
Over 10,000 people in Scotland have multiple sclerosis, the highest prevalence of any country in the world, so it is easy to see why there is demand for the services provided by Revive MS Support from those with MS, their carers and family members.
Welsh charity Rowan Tree Cancer Care was set up in 2002 to provide practical and emotional support to people within Rhondda Cynon Taff whose lives have been affected by cancer. The charity’s core service uses volunteer drivers – who have all been touched by cancer themselves – to provide free transport to hospital appointments.
Safe and Sound Derby helps to protect young people from sexual exploitation. Set up in 2002, the charity provides support on a one-to-one or small group basis to young people who have been sexually exploited or are at risk. To raise awareness of the issue, an education package is delivered to young people in schools and community settings. Parents and carers are also offered support.
Lenie had a turbulent childhood after arriving in Britain from the Philippines with her family. By the time she was 15 she was homeless, had dropped out of college and was pregnant. But after hearing about a programme run by Swansea YMCA Lenie started to get the support she desperately needed. Three years on, she is now an avid volunteer and peer mentor for other young people on YMCA youth projects. She has more confidence and believes the experience has been life-changing.
Theodora Children’s Trust aims to bring fun and laughter to 60,000 children in hospital or residential care in England and Wales by using specially trained entertainers called Giggle Doctors. Theodora Children’s Trust is part of the Theodora Foundation founded by Swiss brothers André and Jan Poulie in 1993.
UNLOCK was founded in 1999 by former prisoners who wanted to create opportunities for others who had been through the criminal justice system. By 2000 it was established as a charity to improve things for ‘ex-offenders’.