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Airbus and The Leader Community Awards 2018

The 2018 awards will see £20,000 shared between 10 deserving causes.

The Ten Causes: Who gets your vote for the 2018 Airbus Community Awards?

Based in Belmont House in Wrexham, ABF aim to get people suffering with mental health problems back on their feet by expanding their social circles and helping them gain the confidence to go to new places and find employment.

The funding would go a long way towards securing future ABF projects.

The H.A.C.K Horse Sanctuary has dedicated itself to rescuing and treating abandoned horses and ponies since it was founded by Pamela Bluck in 1992.

The sanctuary runs an outreach educational programme to teach primary school children the basics of horse care, as well as a Saturday Club which focuses on animal welfare.

Brynteg CP School and the Brymbo Heritage Orchard Project are working on an outside classroom project, on land above the school playing field.

The donation would be spent on supporting the site on storage and tooling, gates and fencing, notice boards and safety equipment for the pupils.

The aim is to give the pupils an understanding of their environment by visiting the area regularly and noting the seasonal changes taking place, giving them a good understanding of the biodiversity of their environment.

Action for Children, in Mold, is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. Their Flintshire Family project hopes to win a share of £20,000 to continue helping families who have suffered in traumatic situations.

If Action for Children were to win the award, their money would go towards their therapeutic rooms, which they say helps people recover from traumatic situation.

Based in Flint, the River Dee Centre helps groups across Flintshire, including vulnerable adults and children. Working alongside a housing charity, they also help homeless people by providing them accommodation across 24 properties.

If they were to win the award, Ben and his team hope to open a café in the town with a suspended scheme, which would be run by volunteers.

Food With Friends was set up “as a consequence of the world we’re in” and helps those around Shotton access a hot meal if they weren’t already able to do so. The project launched in November 2016 out of Rivertown Church, on Chester Road West, after initial discussions about developing a soup kitchen.

The group currently has a budget to run for about 10 months and would be able to increase that if successful.

NEWCIS, which is based in New Street, Mold, is a charity which provides a lifeline to carers and will mark its 25th year in November. The organisation, which gained charity status three years ago, was originally a project set up by the Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council as the North East Wales Carers Information Service.

Tthe funds would be used to enhance the charity’s newly established lasting power of attorney (LPA) project which is aimed at carers and those who are cared for. An LPA is a legal document that lets a person appoint one or more people to help them make decisions or to make decisions on their behalf.

Now in its 25th year, the volunteers at Chester-based charity Miles of Smiles are hoping to celebrate their silver anniversary in style. The organisation takes terminally ill, sick and disabled children away on holidays organisers describe as a “trip of a lifetime”.

But, of course, this does not come cheap, with the charity trying to cover the costs of about 18 children, plus parents and carers, coach pick-up from both Deeside and Chester, flights from Manchester airport to Charles de Gaulle in Paris and onwards to Disneyland Paris.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up.

It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence, while many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring, which can cause pressure and stress.

With an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK looking after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol, the issue is perhaps more widespread than many realise, which is where a charity like Cheshire Young Carers steps in.

From helping young children to read to relieving the intense stress faced by university students, dogs are becoming an increasingly familiar part of school programs across the country.

Dave is convinced of the benefits a therapy dog will bring to his pupils, particularly those with behavioural problems or special educational needs and is grateful for the chance to win a share of £20,000.

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