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Category: Together for Change

Payroll Giving donations helping dogs with cancer

Payroll Giving donations helping dogs with cancer

Posted On: 08/05/19

New research could help dogs with a common cancer get better treatment and help save lives. This is one of the ways YOUR donations help the lives of animals.  Together for Animals are leading the way in research and care for dogs and other animals.  Read more  

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Blindcare supported with Payroll Giving

Blindcare supported with Payroll Giving

Posted On: 24/04/19

See a different tomorrow with a payrollgiving donation.  From 2019 Blindcare’s primary focus will be centred on education and training for people who are blind or partially sighted at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC). 

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New research could help dogs with a common cancer get better treatment and help save lives.

New research could help dogs with a common cancer get better treatment and help save lives.

Posted On: 19/03/19

Research conducted by a team of scientists and vets at Together for Animals member Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, offers new hope to vets and dog owners.

Cutaneous mast cell tumours are the most common form of skin cancer in dogs. Aggressive forms of these tumours often recur, or spread to local lymph nodes, the liver and/or spleen and can cause death within a year.

Currently vets do not have a test that will accurately predict if a dog’s cutaneous...

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Payroll Giving supporting Carers UK

Payroll Giving supporting Carers UK

Posted On: 07/03/19

Caring for someone coming out of hospital who can no longer care for themselves in the same way as before can be very difficult. Carers UK factsheet provides some advice and information on steps to take: 

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Payroll Giving providing Food and Shelter to animals with Together for Animals

Payroll Giving providing Food and Shelter to animals with Together for Animals

Posted On: 05/12/18

No animal should suffer from injury, disease, abuse or neglect.

This Christmas hundreds of animals will be cared for by Together for Animals’ member charities.  You can help with a Payroll Giving donation: 

·       £5 could provide meals for an animals

·       £10 could provide essential veterinary and nursing care

·       £15 could provide heat pads to help keep out the winter cold.

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Categories: Together for Change

It's Financial Capability Week - use your tax effective Payroll Giving donation wisely to help Carers UK with their amazing services.

It's Financial Capability Week - use your tax effective Payroll Giving donation wisely to help Carers UK with their amazing services.

Posted On: 15/11/18

 Carers UK have some information on our website about financial support. It includes help with benefits, health costs, debt, household finances and pensions.  Could you be missing out on financial support?   Find out more 

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Payroll Giving shows you Care.

Payroll Giving shows you Care.

Posted On: 11/09/18

Half of carers in the @carersuk  'State of Caring' survey said that they or the person they care for has used technology to help with caring. Have you used any helpful apps, equipment or devices? Find out more on our tech pages: carersuk.org/tech

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Child Concern Consortium - The Fostering Network stepping out with Payroll Giving

Child Concern Consortium - The Fostering Network stepping out with Payroll Giving

Posted On: 22/08/18

Who fancies a Wee Wander through Edinburgh for The Fostering Network ? Join #teamTFN @thekiltwalk in Edinburgh 16 September and fundraise to make foster care the very best it can be. Interested? Register here: https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/events/edinburgh-2018/

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The report from Carers Week 2018 reveals some shocking statistics on mental health of carers.

The report from Carers Week 2018 reveals some shocking statistics on mental health of carers.

Posted On: 18/07/18

Carers Week Report 2018

Released for Carers Week 11 – 17 June, the research reveals:

Almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.

Unless more support is provided,national charities are warning that the UK’s carers won’t be healthy enough to care for loved ones in the future.  Read more


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Sign up to support Childlife with Payroll Giving and help end Child Poverty

Sign up to  support Childlife with Payroll Giving and help end Child Poverty

Posted On: 25/04/18

4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty in the UK. Could you do something to help end Child Poverty? A tax free donation to support Childlife can make a difference.

Throughout the UK, thousands of children and young people are facing challenges in their lives as a result of illness, disability or social circumstances. Childlife helps to improve the lives of children and young people by raising funds for the work of its four member charities.

Our partner charities supporting...

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Categories: Together for Change

Help Contact a Family to help more families with disabled children in the UK with a Payroll Giving donation

Help  Contact a Family to help more families with disabled children in the UK with a Payroll Giving donation

Posted On: 20/03/18

Contact a Family  were founded in the 1970s by families of disabled children, who recognised that even if their child's conditions were different, they shared a common experience - of being a family with a disabled child. They understood how important it is to support each other.

A lot has changed since then but some things haven't changed nearly enough. There is a desperate lack of services and support for the 620,000 parents in the UK who care for a disabled child. As a result, families...

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Your Payroll Giving Donation to Child Concern Consortium can help support working families.

Your Payroll Giving Donation to Child Concern Consortium can help support working families.

Posted On: 14/02/18

Payroll Giving donations  to the Child Concern Consortium gives you three opportunities to support three great Child focused charities Action for Sick Children, The Fostering Network & Working families.

It's difficult enough to provide for a growing family today and the number of decisions you have to make can be overwhelming. Sarah Jackson on BBC News at Ten talking  highlighted the challenges facing parents today.

If you would like advice and support the Working...

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Supporting Blind children with Payroll Giving donations

Supporting Blind children with Payroll Giving donations

Posted On: 11/01/18

The Royal Society for Blind Children works with the families of children who have been diagnosed to help them understand and adapt to the condition and build confidence for life.

From the moment a family hears the news; we can be on hand with practical and emotional support to guide them through their journey. Our Family Support Service supports children and young people 0-25 years old who have been diagnosed with a serious eye condition and their family, in their own home, to...

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You'd be surprised what a difference a £10 Payroll Giving donation can make.

You'd be surprised what a difference a £10 Payroll Giving donation can make.

Posted On: 09/11/17

Together For Animals exist to help five animal charities do the fantastic work that they do. Each donation they receive is distributed equally to all five member charities, making it a unique way of supporting a range of charities helping thousands of animals in desperate need of our help in both the UK and across the world.    

As little as £10 buys food for an abandoned pet waiting for a loving new home.   Read more

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Payroll Giving helps Malachi’s happy place

Payroll Giving helps Malachi’s happy place

Posted On: 24/09/17

Malachi is a lively three year old with a cheeky sense of humour and although he’s limited physically, Acorns lets him do some of the things he loves!

At six weeks old, Malachi contracted a severe chest infection and was rushed into intensive care where tests revealed that because his blood pressure had been so low, his brain had been deprived of oxygen.

The family were given the news that would change their lives; that Malachi had permanent brain damage and may not be able...

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Read how Payroll Giving donations support Contact, the charity for families with disabled children

Read how Payroll Giving donations support Contact, the charity for families with disabled children

Posted On: 24/09/17

We are Contact, the charity for families with disabled children

We were founded in the 1970s by families of disabled children, who recognised that even if their child's conditions were different, they shared a common experience - of being a family with a disabled child. They understood how important it is to support each other.

A lot has changed since then but some things haven't changed nearly enough. There is a desperate lack of services and support for the 620,000 parents in...

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Categories: Together for Change

8 in 10 people caring for loved ones “have felt lonely or socially isolated” You can support with Payroll Giving.

8 in 10 people caring for loved ones “have felt lonely or socially isolated” You can support with Payroll Giving.

Posted On: 22/08/17

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness shines a spotlight on unpaid carers 

It’s time to start a conversation about caring, as new research from Carers UK shows more action is needed to support unpaid carers who feel isolated and lonely. Greater understanding from friends, colleagues, and the public, as well as more opportunities for breaks and social activities, are all needed to combat a ‘silent epidemic’ of loneliness affecting those providing support to ill, older or disabled...

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Categories: Together for Change

What can your Payroll Giving donation do for animals?

What can your Payroll Giving donation do for animals?

Posted On: 19/07/17

Together for Animals exists to help five animal charities do the fantastic work that they do. Each donation we receive is distributed equally to all five member charities, making it a unique way of supporting a range of charities helping thousands of animals in desperate need of our help in both the UK and across the world.

Find our how your donations helped ....Victoria

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Categories: Together for Change

Purrrrfect!

Purrrrfect!

Posted On: 15/06/17

Beautiful moggy Mano became a mum at just seven months old. During her young life, she had already had at least two homes, and now needed our help to find a new one because her current owner was moving abroad. She had previously been given up because her owner was not allowed to keep pets in their home.

She arrived at the Blue Cross Southampton rehoming centre on a flexi lead; a type of extendable leash usually reserved for dogs.

Mano was heavily pregnant when she arrived at our centre, and soon...

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Categories: Together for Change

Losing my sight meant that I found myself and can now help others

 Losing my sight meant that I found myself and can now help others

Posted On: 15/06/17

19 year old Ibz was been born fully sighted, he started to experience sight deterioration at the age of 13 and further sight loss last year. He experienced confusion and denial until he came to study at RNC and was able to open up to people who knew what he was going through.

College helped me with stress management and helping me with different methods of relaxing to help get things off my mind. Football was my escape, I got onto the pitch and that was all I thought about.

Last year I started...

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Categories: Together for Change

They made me realise I was not on my own

They made me realise I was not on my own

Posted On: 15/06/17

Thanks to your regular donations, thousands of families with disabled children can achieve their hopes and dreams.

There are many additional challenges that come with having a disabled child – from additional financial pressure to finding the right health, social, and education support. But we know that with a little extra help, families achieve amazing things.

Joyce, mum to Deborah says: “Contact a Family offers holistic support – social, emotional and practical. They made me realise I...

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Categories: Together for Change

Not So Broken

Not So Broken

Posted On: 15/06/17

Child Concern Consortium is a group of three charities which each work in a different way to help vulnerable children.

One of our member charities is The Fostering Network who support foster carers, fostering services and others who help transform children’s lives through foster care.

‘Maybe I’m not as broken as I’ve sometimes felt’ are the heartfelt words of 18-year-old Johnny reflecting on his experiences of foster care. He added: ‘It’s hard to know if my traits are those of a...

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Palwinder Bhamra’s Story

Palwinder Bhamra’s Story

Posted On: 15/06/17

My parents married in the 1940s in India and moved to Maidenhead in 1964. In 1974 mum and dad bought a grocery shop. Mum helped to run it while working at Black & Decker. I wanted to work in the family shop, but dad encouraged me to get an apprenticeship. I became a production engineer.

In the 1980s there was a change. Dad fell ill and had four heart bypasses. Before he passed away in 2004, he said: ‘Look after your mum’.

A few years later, mum started showing signs of depression. I took...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Together for Change

Changing the world for street children

 Changing the world for street children

Posted On: 15/06/17

Toybox is a UK charity with a mission to end the injustice of children living and working on the streets. We work with the most marginalised children in some of the most dangerous cities in the world.

The absolute first step of getting children off the streets is to provide them with a legal identity.  In Guatemala, one of the most violent countries in the world, an estimated 700,000 children do not have birth certificates and are simply known as “the XXX children”. Without this official...

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Categories: Make a Difference , Together for Change

Importance of family time

 Importance of family time

Posted On: 15/06/17

Gifts to Childlife are divided between its four partner charities who support children, one of which is Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Acorns is a place where care and support for the family of life-limited children is key to the service they provide in their West Midlands hospices.

Respite care gives a family confidence that their child is as safe at Acorns as they are at home.  This peace of mind cannot be underestimated.  When parents feel able to leave their child for a short break knowing...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Friends at Work , Make a Difference , Together for Change

See the difference Blindcare charities are making to voters.

See the difference Blindcare charities are making to voters.

Posted On: 19/05/17

Established in 1987 and celebrating 30 years of support, Blindcare is a consortium of charities working for blind and visually impaired people.  See some of the ways in which these charities fight for equal rights.  The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone of our democracy. Yet blind and partially sighted voters continue to face unacceptable barriers to exercising their democratic right to vote in secret.   Read more   

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Pat: “As someone who’s been through it, I understand how parents feel”

Pat: “As someone who’s been through it, I understand how parents feel”

Posted On: 14/01/17

Pat looks back 25 years to when she cared for her daughter, who struggled with an eating disorder in her young adulthood. The isolation she felt at the time has motivated her to run her own support group, so she can be there for other families going through the same situation.

For the first few years I was in completely unknown territory. I can see now that the signs were there, but it wasn’t until Princess Diana spoke on TV about her own struggles with an eating disorder that I really...

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Categories: Together for Change

"I was so relieved to have someone listen"

"I was so relieved to have someone listen"

Posted On: 19/12/16

When Alison was desperately searching for information to help organise her mum’s care, it was the compassion of a Carers UK volunteer that made all the difference.

My mum had faced many challenges in her life: breast cancer, bowel cancer, diabetes, two strokes, the loss of my dad and many more illnesses. When the diagnosis came that confirmed her vascular dementia, I made the decision instantly that she would move in with me so I could be there for her every step of the way.

Seeing mum...

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Don: "We had to think about the future"

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Posted On: 11/12/16

Carers UK Vice President, Don Brereton, and his wife Mary cared for their son Sam, who has Down’s syndrome, at home his whole life. As time went on, they began to consider the future and who would look after Sam when they couldn't.

It’s not easy to let Sam go because we feel like nobody can look after him like we can. But it got to the point where we had to think about supporting him to have more independence and trusting others to care for him.

Sam has a fun, good natured and...

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Don: "We had to think about the future"

Don: "We had to think about the future"

Posted On: 11/12/16

Carers UK Vice President, Don Brereton, and his wife Mary cared for their son Sam, who has Down’s syndrome, at home his whole life. As time went on, they began to consider the future and who would look after Sam when they couldn't.

It’s not easy to let Sam go because we feel like nobody can look after him like we can. But it got to the point where we had to think about supporting him to have more independence and trusting others to care for him.

Sam has a fun, good natured and...

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Use your Power For Good this Anti-Bullying week

Use your Power For Good this Anti-Bullying week

Posted On: 14/11/16

Monday 14th November 2016


14-18 November is Anti-Bullying Week, and Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children are joining the Anti-Bullying Alliance in supporting parents, children and teachers to put an end to bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year.

This year the theme is Power For Good. Here are our resources to help you and your child use your Power For Good...

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Categories: Together for Change

Nominate a Family Champion in the Contact a Family awards

Nominate a Family Champion in the Contact a Family awards

Posted On: 17/10/16

This autumn Contact A Family want your nominations for their first ever Contact a Family Awards to help them shout about and celebrate the countless things UK families do when caring for a disabled child.

Shine a well-deserved spotlight on families with disabled children by nominating friends, family members or yourself in one or more of the six Contact a Family Award categories by 31 October.


Do you know an outstanding professional?

The Family Champion award is for professionals, politicians...

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Top tips for starting school

Top tips for starting school

Posted On: 05/09/16

In this article, Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children education adviser Jill Davies shares her top tips for starting school - whether a new one or for the first time.

This can be a big step for any child. For many children and parents it is an exciting time. However, if your child has additional needs you may have particular worries about how they will cope with the new environment and what kind of support they will get, particularly in the early weeks as they settle in....

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Blindcare - Lloyd tackles a new career

Blindcare - Lloyd tackles a new career

Posted On: 12/07/16

As Wales looked to secure second place at the Six Nations Final, one Welsh rugby fan looking forward to the game was 22 year old Lloyd Davies from Pembroke. Lloyd grew up playing rugby and it was a dream come true for him to complete a work placement at the Scarlets rugby ground in Llanelli, Wales. However, it wasn’t quite the setting Lloyd would have imagined being in when he was a young lad…


Having been fully sighted his whole life, in December 2013, aged 20, Lloyd’s eyesight began...

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Contact a Family - You are transforming the lives of families with disabled children

Contact a Family - You are transforming the lives of families with disabled children

Posted On: 28/06/16

Thanks to you, we can be the first port of call when a family is in crisis. Finding out your child has a disability or medical condition can be difficult and bewildering. Many parents don’t know where to turn and try to cope without any support. But with your generosity, thousands of parents don’t have to face it alone. “When I found Contact a Family, it was a gift from heaven. I was given information, understanding and most importantly hope and the realisation of support. I will never...

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Action for Street Kids - Rescuing Children from the Dump

Action for Street Kids - Rescuing Children from the Dump

Posted On: 24/06/16

15 million people, the majority of them children, work on garbage dumps around the world every day.

Children as young as just 5 or 6 can spend up to 12 hours scouring through rotting food, broken glass, plastic, needles and sewage. Children compete with dogs and with rats, to earn around 15p per day, just enough not to starve. Children often have headaches and nausea from the fumes on the dump and severe stomach illnesses from eating food with dirty hands or eating rotting putrid food they...

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Categories: Make a Difference , Together for Change

Together for Animals - Animal Welfare Officers Help Deaf and Blind Dog and his Family

Together for Animals - Animal Welfare Officers Help Deaf and Blind Dog and his Family

Posted On: 24/06/16

Animal Welfare Officers at Together for Animals charity, The Mayhew were told about a family who were doing everything they could to keep their beloved deaf and blind dog, including sleeping in their car at night with him. The family, who have a young child, had sadly lost their home all of a sudden and had to start living in a local hostel, which did not allow dogs. The family’s dog, named Mayki, means absolutely everything to them but their difficult living circumstances meant that they...

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Carers UK - Breaking carer isolation

Carers UK - Breaking carer isolation

Posted On: 21/06/16

“The day after my twins were born, my husband and I were ushered into a cosy hospital room. Nobody takes you into a room like that to give you good news. I remember the words 'Your son has had a stroke in the womb'. I remember shaking and the blur of the other words: 'Ethan might not walk or talk, we don't know what disability he might have'.

We found ourselves a week later in a similar room with Ethan’s twin, Grace. I braced myself. 'Your daughter has contracted necrotising...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Together for Change

Child Concern Consortium - Play schemes for disabled children

Child Concern Consortium - Play schemes for disabled children

Posted On: 21/06/16

When we first spoke to Jenny, she was on the point of resigning from the job that she loved and which brought in some extra, very welcome income to the family. She explained that although her local authority ran a summer play scheme offering a place for her disabled child during the summer holidays, it only covered two weeks.  Also, the hours were nothing like a full working day, which would mean the loss of that all important extra income she was providing for her family.


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Childlife - Giving support right from the start

Childlife - Giving support right from the start

Posted On: 21/06/16

A gift to Childlife is very special as funds are divided between its four partner charities, one of which is National Deaf Children’s Society. This year marks the 10th anniversary of universal newborn hearing screening being introduced across the UK, following campaigning from the National Deaf Children’s Society.
Prior to this, the infant screening programme, commonly referred to as the ‘distraction’ test, took place at eight months, meaning that many babies went undiagnosed and...

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Friends at Work , Make a Difference , Together for Change

Running a marathon to raise money for charity isn't for everyone

Posted On: 30/05/16

Childlife have been looking for more enjoyable ways for you to support them this summer. How about hosting a Barbecue for a group of friends and asking them to make a donation to them, instead of bringing you wine or flowers? Raise money for charity and enjoy a meal with friends. The new and easy way to raise money for your favourite charity by having friends over for a meal. Find out here >> http://www.dinner4good.com/childlife/

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Categories: Smile a Minute , Friends at Work , Make a Difference , Together for Change