MK50 FREE CHARITY WEBSITE VOTING STAGE

Following on from our city-wide competition to create a free website for a local charity, a gift from the company as part of the MK50 celebrations, we now have our final 5.  We have had a great response from the public during the nomination period, with a total of 30 local charities put forward.

After counting up all of the nominations we are able to announce the final five charities below, you will find a small introduction to each charity, what they do and a brief overview of what winning this competition would mean to them.

Once you have read this please do not forget to follow the link to our facebook page and vote for the charity you would like to win www.facebook.com/wsaasuk.

 

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Charity Name:
Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) Ltd is our ‘proper name’ but we’re known to most as Hazard Alley

Charity Incorporation Date:
1993

Core Purpose of the Charity:
To teach children & adults how to keep themselves safe.

What it would mean to win this competition and how you would like to use the service:
Our small charity is nearly at its silver jubilee. In that quarter of a century, we have taken nearly half a million young people through an amazing journey that leaves them better able to spot the dangers all around us and keep themselves safe. But, while the dangers facing young people have grown,  a great deal has changed in our world and we need to appeal to a whole new generation of schools and potential funders. We believe that the tremendous skills that WSaaS brings could present us in a fresh way through new channels and tell our life-saving story to a much wider audience.

 

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Charity name:
Ride High
Charity Incorporation Date:
1st November 2008

Core purpose of the charity:
Ride High is a registered charity that works with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Milton Keynes, and aims to transform them into happy and confident young people. The children are referred by childcare professionals and may be in foster care, suicidal or self-harming or victims of abuse or neglect. Our aim is to effect lasting change in their attitude, self-confidence and in their future prospects.

Over 80 children attend Ride High every week for up to a year. They learn to ride horses and they take part in associated clubroom activities and educational trips and visits during the school holidays. The time they spend with the horses promotes confidence, reponsible behaviour, respect and trust. It provides the children with a challenge, the opportunity to do something special and to develop a sense of pride as they overcome challenges in their daily lives. Our clubroom provides children with a safe and secure environment where they can build their confidence and self-esteem, develop their social and literacy skills, learn how to work together and build important friendships.

“Without Ride High I would have been lonely and uninspired, it changed my life”. Ride High leaver.

What would it mean to win this competition and how would you like to use the service:
Since Ride High was founded in 2008 we have helped to change the lives of over 700 children and young people in Milton Keynes. A new website will help us support many more vulnerable children in the future by increasing awareness of our unique offering; providing essential information in a clear way and encouraging people to engage with us.

Our current website does not rank highly in search engines such as Google. This could mean that GP’s, teachers and social workers who have children that urgently need our help, don’t even know Ride High exists. WSaaS could help us build a website that appears high-up relevant search results pages so these key people can call on us to support their children.

When people arrive at our website it’s not always clear where they should go next. WSaaS could help us build a website where everyone can easily find the information they are looking for; from a busy GP who urgently needs to find support for a nine year old girl who is struggling to come to terms with the loss of her mum, to a company Director who’d like to investigate the ways in which her employees could volunteer their time to help a local charity.

At Ride High we closely monitor the progress that our children make and we are very proud of the fact that over 94% are thriving and in a positive destination after leaving the charity. Very often our children like to share their stories when they leave us; these stories are especially important for reassuring new children that are often nervous about joining Ride High, and for encouraging individuals and companies to get involved and support us. It would be fantastic to have a new website that enables us to effectively share our children’s stories through words, images and videos.

Ride High is proud to be a Milton Keynes charity. We are a small team with limited resource but big ambitions. Please help give us the opportunity to create a website that we can all be proud of; a website that tells our amazing story and helps us to change the lives of many more children and young people in the future.
Please vote Ride High!

 

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Charity Name:
The Harry’s Rainbow Charitable Trust

Charity Incorporation Date:
Charity registration date – 18th September 2012

Core Purpose of the Charity:
Harry’s Rainbow support children and young people in Milton Keynes and surrounding areas who have been bereaved of a family member. This is done in many ways including:- providing memory boxes with books and information relevant to their circumstances. We hold a Rainbow group once a month which provides the children the opportunity to spend time with others going through similar circumstances thus helping them feel less isolated and lonely. We also include activities that can help build self-esteem and confidence as well as instilling that its okay to have fun and smile. The families are also able to have holidays in our Rainbow home based in Camber Sands free of charge and we also organise adhoc trips in the school holidays, all trips that we provide are free to both the children and families.

What it would mean to win this competition and how you would like to use the service:
It would mean a lot to Harry’s Rainbow to win this competition, to have a new fresh website with someone to completely host our website and look after changes would help us out immensely.  To have the website optimised on search engines would also help bereaved families that we are supporting find us a lot easier.  The analytics package would also help us.

 

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Charity Name:
The Henry Allen Trust

Charity Incorporation Date:
15th April 2014

Core Purpose of the Charity:
Founded in memory of Henry Allen who lost his brave battle against neuroblastoma, The Henry Allen Trust provides support and respite to children and families battling childhood cancer. This includes raising awareness of childhood cancer, providing treats and wishes, regular support networks to enable families to meet and share experiences, and providing consultancy and guidance to hospitals and shared health services to improve childhood oncology services.
What it would mean to win this competition and how you would like to use the service:
Winning this competition would be amazing. The Henry Allen Trust continues to grow and our reach is slowly expanding.

We know that for every family we are supporting there are ten more that could benefit from our services.

WaaS has the expertise to understand that the ongoing success of The Henry Allen Trust involves a promoting the work we do, but ultimately, we need to raise funds to support this.

Through a mix of SEO, powerful imagery, social media marketing and the ability to analyse and respond to marketing efforts we believe that winning this competition would allow The Henry Allen Trust to further raise awareness of childhood cancer, improve systems and processes with childhood cancer services and support many more families during the horrific childhood cancer journey.

 

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Charity Name:
Levi’s Project ( charity no – 1165417 )

Charity Incorporation Date:
3rd February 2016

Core Purpose Of The Charity:
The objects of the CIO are to promote and protect the physical and mental health of sufferers of Retinoblastoma and Osteosarcoma, their families and carers in the uk, through the provision of free holiday accommodation, grants to individuals, information, advice and practical support.

What it would mean to win this competition and how you would like to use the service:
If Levi’s Project won this competition it would help us tremendously. We have a basic website that a close friend helped put together however we are looking to update it, make it look more lively and interesting. We would also like to include a donate button and a shop button so we can sell our merchandise.
Our charity is run by a few family and friends that give up their spare time to help set up fundraising events but we do not currently have someone free to go over the basic workings of web design etc, I think this would be where you guy’s can come in!!!

Thank you for taking time to read through the nominated charities, please remember to vote for your chosen charity.

Voting is now open at: www.facebook.com/wsaasuk, please follow this link and write your charity of choice in the post at the top of our facebook page, only votes here will count.

 



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