The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity that works to protect some of the world’s most endangered species and returns them to safe areas in their natural habitat. The charity works with wild animal parks in Kent “who are responsible for the reintroduction and ongoing management in the wild of animals that have been born in Kent.” Their objectives range from: halting the extinction of the rare and endangered species; managing wilderness areas; developing sustainable conservation-minded activities which provide economic benefits on a local and national scale; to increasing public understanding of animals and their welfare and the issues involved in their conservation.
The devastating loss of a loved one to cancer is immense. Coupled with the events leading up to their passing, the grief of those left behind is commonly devastating yet intrinsically personal. Dealing with these situations is undoubtedly difficult but with help from charities such as, ‘The Loss Foundation,’ essential bereavement support is a lifeline when making sense of what has happened. In addition to their invaluable support groups and uplifting respite breaks, The Loss Foundation uncover the scientific understanding behind death – constantly working to reduce the unnecessary taboo surrounding the subject.
A youth centre for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) youths, the Mosaic Centre has been the focal point of a community for a number of years - empowering young people to feel better about themselves and to know more about themselves. They offer a number of difference schemes, with their youth club, mentoring services, advice centre and library being some of the most popular alongside their activities programmes.
Disability Information Scotland aims to provide services that ensure that the public has better knowledge about the options available to the disabled and to arm them with the details that will enable them to make better choices for themselves. Ultimately, they believe that these efforts will lead to greater social involvement and fairer financial situations for the disabled, as well as empowering them to take up more active lifestyles.
Aiming to build communities through a mixture of spare kitchen space, food surplus and volunteers, FoodCycle have been one of the foremost organisations in attempting to combat the problem of food poverty. Running 17 Hubs across the country, their schemes help those who are in need of nutrition and are at risk of being isolated from society, including: older people, mental health service users, homeless people, low-income families, asylum seekers and refugees, and the long-term unemployed. They also run seperate initiatives, such as the #BreadlineChallenge, aimed at raising funds and starting conversations about the problems many people face due to welfare cuts, rising food prices and unemployment.
Set up after one of the organisation's founders brothers passed away on the streets due to mental health issues and substance addictions, Coffee4Craig has quickly grown from strength to strength. As well as feeding hundreds of homeless people each and every week, they have been instrumental in raising awareness of the problems faced by people on the street through talks and lectures - and Coffee4Craig has even helped get people off the streets altogether.
With the stated motto of 'Love Later Life', Age UK is the largest organisation of its kind attempting to make sure that over 60's - the fastest growing demographic in Britain - have the highest quality of life possible. As well as campaigning for awareness about the issues that the elderly can face, they also offer information and advice to those who are over 60 to allow them to deal with the mental and physical issues that may arise due to aging.
One of the most recognisable names in children's health, Alder Hey help care for over a quarter of a million young people and their families each and every year. As well as running a hospital and their own charity, the money donated to Alder Hey goes towards research for children's medicine and the prevention of disease, inflamation and infection among other things.
Formerly known as the Rett Syndrome research Trust UK, Reverse Rett is an organisation that started out small - on the kitchen counter of their now chief executive. Their aim is to fight Rett syndrome through both fundraising for research around the syndrome, as well as raising awareness about it. Their operations have almost tripled in size in recent times, and they are now one of the foremost organisations of their kind in the country.
Set up after both Jack Broadley and Thomas Wilson were diagnosed and successfully battled testicular cancer at an early age, Baggy Trousers UK is a new organisation aimed around raising awareness of the issues around the disease. Their support is mainly aimed at men aged between 14 and 26, and the efforts of their team could potentially save the lives of thousands of vulnerable young men across Britain through encouraging regular checks.