Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on Charity finalists Pt 4

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on Charity finalists Pt 4

AS we count down towards the Leamington Business Awards ceremony tomorrow (Friday 15th), here we spotlight the last of four local charities that have been selected as finalists in the Warwick & District Charity of the Year category. . .

Leamington Business Awards Warwick District Charity of the Year finalist 4 –

The Ups of Downs

NEARLY 14 years ago one Leamington mum reached out to fellow parents of children with Down Syndrome in a bid to increase support and awareness locally.

Today, Nicola Enoch is the proud founder of a charity that works with more than 70 local families in and around Warwickshire and is the recipient of several awards.

The Ups of Downs was inspired by her son Tom, now 15, who attends North Leamington School. Nicola was determined that Downs children should not only be supported to achieve their potential, but celebrated in society.

Tom Enoch, Leamington Business Awards, The Ups of Downs
Tom Enoch

The charity runs weekly groups for members aged birth to teenage, providing sing, sign and phonics sessions as well as Early Development Groups for pre-schoolers and sports, drama, yoga and music clubs on Saturdays and regular specialist speech and language therapy. It also recently launched a new Youth Club for older members.

Training is offered to parents and teaching professionals addressing subjects such as sensory issues, behaviour, communication and puberty.

Nicola said: “I started The Ups of Downs as I appreciated the value in meeting with others in the same situation, to be able to share concerns, ask advice, share experiences and offer peer support.

“Our driving ethos is to empower parents to give their child with Down Syndrome every opportunity to develop, flourish and achieve, by providing each parent with the knowledge, confidence, ability and resources.

“The impact has been enormous for parents, the professionals who work with our children and young people and the children and young people themselves.”

The Ups of Downs, Leamington Business Awards

The Ups of Downs is one of four finalists in what is, this year, a new category for the Leamington Business Awards.

It is up against Leam Trash Friends (https://www.facebook.com/leamtrashfriends); Young People First (www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk)and P3 (www.p3charity.org/services/warwickshire-floating-support) – charities which will also benefit from proceeds from the awards ceremony. It is being held on November 15th, at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

The Ups of Downs, Leamington Business Awards
Nicola Enoch

Reacting to her charity becoming a finalist, Nicola said: “As a Leamington based charity we are really thrilled to have been selected as finalists in the Leamington Business Awards. It is wonderful recognition of all that we have been doing for the past 13 years promoting inclusion, empowering parents and professionals and ensuring our members are given every chance to thrive!”

For more information about the charity, visit: https://upsofdowns.co.uk To donate to the charity visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1003679

Look out for all the news from the 2019 Leamington Business Awards next week!

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the Charity finalists Pt 2

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the Charity finalists Pt 2

AS we count down towards the Leamington Business Awards ceremony on November 15th, here we spotlight the second of four local charities that have been selected as finalists in the Warwick & District Charity of the Year category. . .

P3

AGAINST the backdrop of the rising epidemic in homelessness, there is a team of dedicated people working hard to offer a vital lifeline.

The P3 Warwickshire team forms part of a national charity, offering a diverse range of housing-related support for adults over 25.

Operating out of hubs in Leamington, Stratford, Rugby and Nuneaton, street outreach workers identify, and offer support to, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by engaging them with the relevant services.

P3, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

Nicholas Russell, Service Coordinator for Street Outreach in Warwickshire, said: “Every week we go out on a Friday at 5am and do welfare checks among the homeless community, seeing how they are and seeing what their support needs are and start that process of engaging them with that support.

“They often come with complex backgrounds such as mental health or substance abuse issues and it can at times be very challenging and we are faced with some difficult circumstances.”

P3 is named after the charity’s three core values – People, Potential and Possibilities, delivering services to improve the lives of socially excluded and vulnerable people. Launched three years ago, the Warwickshire branch of the charity is funded by the County Council.

P3, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum, Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell

Nicholas added: “Our model of support offers a person-led approach to assist people who do not find it easy to engage with services to overcome significant personal challenges and lead more fulfilling lives. We build trust and rapport with people over time.

“Our model of support helps us identify people who are the most vulnerable and reach out to them; our mission is to demonstrate we do care about their welfare and our belief is that everyone should have somewhere safe to live.”

The charity is one of four finalists in what is, this year, a new category for the Leamington Business Awards.

It is up against Leam Trash Friends (https://www.facebook.com/leamtrashfriends); Young People First (www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk) and The Ups of Downs (https://upsofdowns.co.uk) – charities which will also benefit from proceeds from the awards ceremony. It is being held on November 15th, at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

Reacting to being named as a finalist, Nicholas said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised. The team work tirelessly to break the cycle of homelessness, delivering significant, positive change.”

Details of how to volunteer or make financial and clothing donations, can be found at: www.p3charity.org/support-us/support-us or at any of their hubs across the county.

A winner will also go on to be selected from across all the awards categories for the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Nominations for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, are still invited until November 1st. Visit: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business

Read all about Leam Trash Friends here

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the charity finalists: Pt 1

Leamington Business Awards 2019: Spotlight on the charity finalists: Pt 1

AS we count down towards the Leamington Business Awards ceremony on November 15th, here we spotlight the first of four local charities that have been selected as finalists in the Warwick & District Charity of the Year category. . .

Leam Trash Friends

It has been just under a year since Leam Trash Friends was established by 27-year-old Matt Langsford.

In that time the Leamington-based charity, which works to remove litter, excess overgrowth and tackle fly-tipping in the community, has seen its volunteer ranks grow to more than 100 people, aged between seven and 83 years old.

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

The team runs fortnightly street clearance activities and has also won praise for its weekly ‘needle patrol,’ ridding the streets of more than 700 discarded drugs needles every month.

Matt said: “I started Leam Trash Friends after realising that the problem of street litter across the area is widespread and the response from the authorities was somewhat disappointing.

“It became obvious early on that the only way to change the situation was to go out and do the job myself. Quickly, through our social media channels more and more people and organisations have come forward to join our collections or support us with The Co-op on Clemens Street being one of our most significant continuing corporate supporters to date. I am simply overwhelmed – and continue to be – by the generosity from the local community in supporting our cause and works.

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum
Founder, Matt Langsford.

He added: “Knowing how many people have been protected by the thousands of used drug needles we have removed and the copious tonnes of street litter collected protecting wildlife makes all the challenges we face, such as grime and rather disgusting smells, worthwhile.

The charity is now planning to expand its patch to the Radford Semele, Cubbington and Stoneleigh areas, and is one of four finalists in what is, this year, a new category for the Leamington Business Awards.

It is up against P3 (www.p3charity.org/services/warwickshire-floating-support); Young People First (www.youngpeoplefirst.org.uk) and The Ups of Downs (https://upsofdowns.co.uk) – charities which will also benefit from proceeds from the awards ceremony. It is being held on November 15th, at the newly renovated Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington and presided over by Master of Ceremonies Dave Sharpe.

Reacting to being named as a finalist, Matt said: “Learning that we have been shortlisted as a finalist is truly amazing but we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the wonderful help and support of my volunteers, who deal with human faeces and other challenging situations regularly. But thanks also to the wider community who have donated or supported us along our journey so far – and we invite you to join us on our journey for 2020.”

Leam Trash Friends always welcomes donations which can be made, via Paypal, to: leamrubbishfriends@gmail.com or via: www.gofundme.com/f/street-clearance

Leam Trash Friends, Leamington Business Awards, Leamington Business Forum

A winner from all the awards categories will also go on to be selected for the prestigious Judge’s Choice Award – Business of the Year.

Nominations for The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by The Leamington Courier, are still invited until November 1st. Visit: www.leamingtonbusinessawards.co.uk/enter-a-business

The main media partner of the awards is Business & Innovation Magazine.