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Projects Seeking Funding

Dogs for Good

Kingwood has been working with Dogs for Good (Formerly Dogs for the Disabled) for 6 Years, during this time Kingwood have embarked on a variety of projects that are both practical and therapeutic for the people we support.

Examples of the project

LS used to be so afraid of dogs that she would not go to areas where they might be, Dogs for Good began a programme with LS to help her overcome her fear of dogs getting to the stage where she was able to walk one of the dogs. LS’s anxieties about dogs are greatly improved and this has enabled her to access more of the community than she used to.

GL worked with Dogs for Good for about 2 years, he had poor hygiene before the project but since working with Dogs for Good especially on the importance of grooming and looking after dogs his hygiene had greatly improved as he was able to transfer the skills he had learnt and apply that knowledge to himself. GL is one of many who has been able to transfer skills they learn with the dogs project, it might be healthy eating, crossing the road safely or just exercising by going out for a walk. Kingwood have partnered with another care provider Style Acre and they are jointly funding the continued work with Dogs for Good. Kingwood would like more people we support to access the project and any donations received will go towards securing extra days with the project. Project details sheet here

Kingwood Activity Projects

For many years Kingwood has been organising and providing activities for the people we support, these have included Ice Skating sessions, Boat Trips, fortnightly clubs (Tuesday Club) and Parties for the people we support to celebrate. In addition to the activities that Kingwood arranged the people we support also accessed activities from other providers, this might be a day centre, sail-ability, horse riding for the disables or just going to the local monthly Mencap disco. These activities are often funded by the peoples we supports disability allowance and some might need extra support at these activities and so will have funding for an extra carer. Unfortunately for the people we support many of these extras have been cut by the local authority. Kingwood would like to create a programme of activities for the people we support. Activities might include yoga and meditation or walking, creating accessible gym sessions, and a series of arts and craft sessions. The activity programme is designed provide socialisation opportunities and they are meaningful to the people we support. The more donations we receive for the project will mean that we can provide more activities for the people we support. Project details sheet here

ASPirations Project

The ASPirations project provides support and signposting for over 16s with Aspergers Syndrome that live within Oxfordshire. Kingwood is looking for funding for Year 4 and onwards as the current funding for the project is due to finish in March 17. The project has been a great success. The project provides social groups, workshops on benefits and housing, and also one-2-one support. The projects objectives were to help reduce the number of mental health crisis’s that often happen to people with Aspergers Syndrome with no formal support network, the project has been very successful in reducing these hospital admissions. Project details sheet here

Horticulture

Kingwood has had a horticulture project since 2011, in 2015 Kingwood moved to the new site at Path Hill in Goring Heath, Kingwood has also recently begun renting an allotment in Henley. The people we support enjoy gardening, the fresh air, sunshine and ability to see how things grow and progress is great. Many have completed gardening ASDANs over the last 5 years. The donations we receive will help fund equipment and plants for the projects as well as our experts time to help manage and plan the sites. Kingwood would like to expand the project to open up more allotments in the North of Oxfordshire, additional funding for a gardening expert would be required for the project to go ahead. Project details sheet here

Year 7 Royal College of Art Collaboration

Kingwood has worked with the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre since 2009 on a wide variety of projects focused on design for autism. The first 5 years of the project were funded by a large grant, however year 6 was funded entirely by Kingwood. We would very much like to continue our work with the Helen Hamlyn Centre, our previous projects have included: Green Spaces, Housing Design, Everyday Activities, and Sensory Preferences. The Year 6 Project is currently focusing on workplace environments and job roles, this is due to be published Summer 2016. The Project has been vital helping to understand how the environment can make a difference to someone with autisms behaviour. Kingwood provide all the research for free to download from our website and we only ask for postage costs for anyone who would like the printed materials. Project details sheet here

If you are interested in funding any of these projects please ring us on 0118 9310143.