The team at Concept Financial Planning have chosen two local charities to support, raising money for them through various events and general donations throughout the year. We feel that the charities we are supporting are incredibly worthwhile and are pleased to be associated with them. The charities we are supporting are Us In A Bus and The Lucy Rayner Foundation.
Us in a Bus
Us In A Bus is a charity providing a unique service for people with profound learning disabilities, many of them also have physical or sensory disabilities and complex needs. They visit over 200 people in the Surrey and Greater London area, visiting these people in their homes each week; developing a connection with each individual person, sometimes building connections with others in a small group.
Each person they visit is unique and will have their own specific needs, Us In A Bus works with these individuals in the way most suited to them, building relationships and trust to help them be able to fully express themselves, "The therapeutic impact of this can be seen in people's increased confidence and willingness to engage with others".
For many young people transitioning out of their teenage years into young adulthood, their support network dramatically drops which often results in these young people losing regular social contact. As a result of this, Us In A Bus have created The Bus Stop, a weekly opportunity for young people to meet and communicate with others in the community in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. The Bus Stop is currently running a program for 5 young people in the Redhill area.
For more information, please visit www.usinabus.org.uk
The Lucy Rayner Foundation
The Lucy Rayner Foundation is a charity that are trying to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression in young adults. The signs and symptoms of depression are not always identified and can be missed, which could result in young adults feeling lost or hopeless, not knowing the reasons why. The foundation was set up in 2012 by Lucy Rayner's family after her death, as they saw a need to raise the issue of mental health in teens and young adults. During 2014 they raised £23,000.
The Lucy Rayner Foundation would like to create access for young adults to get the help that they may desperately need but are unable to receive. By working alongside the YMCA, they want to create a place for those in need to go to, further creating a programme to go into schools and help raise awareness for young teenagers. The trustees of the foundation have been doing an amazing job in raising awareness so far by creating campaigns (Kiss Off Depression) and events (Novice Strongman Event).
For more information, please visit www.thelucyraynerfoundation.com