7 Charities We Support – Stonehouse

STONEHOUSE

Charities we support

What we did

During the month of March our MD raised a massive £670 by smashing his goal of achieving 6000 speed rope jumps per week for Dreams Come True. In times such as these, it is so easy to forget others, especially when we are all fighting our own personal challenges.

Dreams Come True are a national charity whose mission is to enrich the lives of children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions, by fulfilling their dreams. .

For some, a dream could be to meet their heroes or to spend a couple of days away to forget their troubles. For others, it could be something simpler like having a room to call their own or an accessible bike that allows them to ride with their family and friends. No matter the dream, if it is fulfilled it can improve the quality of life, spreading excitement and happiness through the family, and we are honoured to be involved with such a special charity.

What we did

2020 was a difficult year to say the least, and we all know someone who struggled during the harsh reality of the pandemic. We decided to support Samaritans so that they can offer as much support as possible at such a crucial time. Every 7 seconds they respond to a call for help, and in a country where suicide rates are increasing rapidly, they need as many donations as possible to ensure this essential service can continue.

We had a great support from our sub-contractors who donated some amazing prizes for our Christmas raffle, and together from staff contributions and raffle tickets sold we raised £320.

What we did

When we approach the festive season, we think of those that aren’t fortunate enough to receive gifts, who won’t be having a Christmas dinner, and won’t have anywhere safe and warm to sleep, so we support Vulnerable Citizens Leeds, so they are able to continue their brilliant work and provide the essentials for those in need by giving clothes, gloves, hats, food, toiletries, and sanitary products.

We raised £225 which was spent on necessary items and personally delivered by our MD to those who need it. He was then honoured to be asked to speak on behalf of the Vulnerable Citizens in Leeds to share his own personal story and demonstrate that there are options and ways to turn things around.

What we did

We at Stonehouse not only value the sacrifices that our veterans have made for the benefits that we all take for granted, but also know first-hand how our four-legged friends can positively impact our mental health. That’s why we had no hesitation in choosing to support this wonderful charity for the coming year.

Veterans With Dogs trains and provides assistance dogs exclusively for current and former members of the British Armed Forces diagnosed with a mental health condition. Veterans With Dogs was founded for the purpose of training fully accredited assistance dogs to help mitigate the symptoms of mental health difficulties for our Veterans and active-duty service members.

They produce exceptional assistance dog partnerships for mental health through their comprehensive training programme PALS. Veterans who qualify through their programme have partnerships that they can depend on to help them recognise earlier the increasing symptoms of their difficulties. The dogs are trained to intervene with interruptive behaviours to help their Veteran with emotional regulation, grounding, and to remain safe.

The PALS Programme to train and provide assistance dogs for mental health is just one adjunct to treatment that is having a profound effect on helping Veterans to increase their quality of life and regain independence.