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Make your donation to Reach worth double this Christmas

Great news!

Your donation to our ‘Not Lonely this Christmas’ appeal can be doubled between midday on Tuesday 28th November to midday on Tuesday 5th December
So £10 becomes £20, £25 becomes £50 and so on.
This is possible because we are taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge.

More about how the Big Give Christmas Challenge works
The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national matched funding campaign. It was founded by Sir Alec Reed. Read all about it at www.thebiggive.org.uk

Donations are matched by pledges made by Reach supporters and a Big Give Charity Champion. This year, for Reach’s Not Lonely This Christmas Appeal, we are delighted to have secured £7,500 from our pledgers and £5,000 from the Reed Foundation – our Big Give Charity Champion. This means that in total we have £12,500 in our ‘matched funding’ pot. So, to reach our target of £25,000 we must raise £12,500 in on-line donations.

Every pound raised during the on-line donation stage (28th November – 5th December) will matched by a pound from our ‘matched funding’ pot – until it is exhausted. The first £7,500 we raise in online donations will be matched by the £7,500 offered by our own pledgers. The next £5,000 will be matched by funds from the Reed Foundation – our Charity Champion.
Only donations made between midday on Tuesday 28th November to midday on Tuesday 5th December on the Big Give Christmas Challenge website can be doubled.

We are aiming to raise £25,000 in total. Your donation will enable us to help tackle the loneliness and isolation experienced by people with learning disabilities in Newark, Mansfield, Southwell and beyond.


Why is loneliness a big problem?

One in four people with learning disabilities interviewed for research said they didn’t have any friends (‘Loneliness & Cruelty’, Gravell 2012)

This shocking statistic is confirmed by stories that Reach staff hear from clients every week. Stories of people who rarely leave their house, even their bedroom. Stories of ‘mate crime’ where people have been exploited or abused by those they thought of as friends. Stories of people unable to access basic community facilities due to low income, patchy local transport or fear of being misunderstood.

As adults, we build our sense of belonging and self-identity through work, relationships, leisure activities and so on. For many adults with learning disabilities these opportunities are not available or accessible.

Feeling cut off from society affects people’s mental and physical health, stops people enjoying life and worsens feelings of low confidence and self-esteem. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people with learning disabilities to fear harassment and abuse when out in the community. This can further deter people from interacting with others or even doing everyday things like going out to the shops. It is all too easy to get trapped in a cycle of loneliness and social isolation.

By running our courses and social activities, Reach supports people with learning disabilities to make new friends, feel more connected to other people and take part in community life. Activities are led by expert staff with the support of local volunteers who support our clients to practice new skills – including communication skills – and build confidence and self-esteem in a safe, supportive environment. We also work hard to tackle negative perceptions about people with learning disabilities.

What does Reach do?

At any one week at Reach, you will find a whole host of fun learning and social activities going on ad our centres in Southwell, Mansfield and Newark. Our Flower Pod horticultural social enterprise based just outside Southwell is no exception. A typical week at Reach includes:

  • Over 40 courses
  • Evening social groups including Boccia, Bowling, Friday Night Social, Young People’s Group, Men’s Cookery
  • Supported volunteering and opportunity to get involved in local events and activities
  • Day trips and outings
  • Twice yearly holidays
  • Communications skills courses
  • Support to build self-esteem and confidence
  • One-to-one life-skills support led by trained volunteers
  • Regular volunteers providing motivation, encouragement and opportunities to practise new skills – including communication skills – in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Opportunities to take part in local events and work and learn alongside other local people.

How will your donation help?

Your donation to our ‘Not Lonely this Christmas Appeal’ will help fund year-round activities where people with learning disabilities can build confidence and self-esteem, improve communication skills, learn practical skills, make vital friendships and fun.

Activities are based in our welcoming, friendly centres in Southwell, Mansfield, Newark and Flower Pod (Southwell) or out in the community.

Your gift will genuinely make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

Donations raised will be distributed to our centres for the following activities:

  • Courses and activities to build confidence, self-esteem and communications skills and to explore ways to stay safe and well
  • Social evenings
  • Day trips and outings – including subsidised places for those on low incomes
  • Purchase of new resources and equipment including new tablets to facilitate communication and digital learning
  • Training and ‘on-the-job’ support to clients ready to progress into supported volunteering roles
  • Recruitment of new volunteers and offer training and support to volunteers.

Your support will help local people to feel happier, healthier and more connected to their community – all year round.

How your matched donation can make a difference

You can make a difference to the lives of people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire

For more information about the online donation booths at each of our locations, please click here.

“At Reach I see my friends and we all learn about getting on with people.”Helen, Reach client

We are holding ‘Open Days’ at our Southwell, Newark and Mansfield centres during Christmas Challenge week and offering on-line donation booths for supporters without on-line access. Our Southwell centre will also be open during Southwell’s Late Night Shopping on 30th November. Full details on our events calendar or this leaflet.

Big Give information

  • We are aiming to raise £25,000 in one week towards learning and social activities for people with learning disabilities undertaken at Reach centres in Mansfield, Newark and Southwell.
  • On-line donations on our Big Give Christmas Challenge page will be matched pound for pound from our ‘matched funding pot’ until the ‘pot’ is exhausted.So for example£10 from you + £10 from our Big Give matched funding pot = £20
  • Please note donations can only be doubled between midday on 28th November to midday on 5th December and only via the Big Give Christmas Challenge portal – not the Reach website.
  • The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a national matched funding campaign. More info at www.thebiggive.org.uk