We have a wide range of projects that depend entirely upon voluntary income, and from a donor's point of view, offer an opportunity to support an area of our work which is of particular interest.

See below for the projects we are currently seeking funding for, from trusts and foundations as well as individual donors.

If you are interested in donating to any of our projects, or to find out more please email us at [email protected]

Garden makeovers for care home residents

We have 13 residential care homes situated in a variety of locations across Kent and Sussex. These are homes for people who have learning disabilities, including people with behaviour of concern and physical disabilities. We plan to improve the outdoor space ensuring that this is accessible to all in some of the homes. We need to keep pace with the changing needs of our residents as they age and mobility becomes more problematic, ensuring that all residents can enjoy their garden spaces.

Being outside in the fresh air, surrounded by plants and sensory items has been an enormous help to the people in our care during lockdown periods and we would like to enhance these existing areas. In addition to the hard landscaping that is needed we want to install a variety of new sensory items and fragrant planting.

We strongly believe this project can help in decreasing behaviours that challenge and encourage improved relationships between residents. Both residents and staff will be involved in the design of their improved spaces, ensuring that their wishes are considered and that they are fully committed to the ongoing maintenance of their new spaces.

Funding target: £28,000

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Kent forest school

We provide support in various forms to children and young people living with Autism Spectrum Conditions, including our successful Forest School in East Sussex. We would like to extend our support to include a new Forest School in Kent. This would be located on our Cornford Lane site, run within the school holidays and available to children and young people from both mainstream and special needs education.

Forest School will be a secure environment for individuals to express themselves without the fear of ridicule whilst supporting them to have fun and learn safely.

We will be making excellent use of the natural resources at Cornford Lane, which has over 100 acres of beautiful countryside including a wood.

Kent Forest School – 24 sessions per year/6 children per session.

“Forest school teaches young people valuable life-skills and boosts their self-confidence, personal development and self-esteem. The sessions give young people on the autism spectrum and with learning disabilities the opportunity to build lasting relationships with their peers and experience the reward of regular achievements. Many young people have minimal connection with nature, so forest school gives them a chance to spend time learning how to have fun outdoors.”

Curtis Adamczyk, Manager of Aspens’ East Sussex Young People’s Services, and leader of Sussex forest school sessions.

Funding target: £18,096

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iPads to facilitate our care services package

Our small but industrious IT Team have developed software, using Microsoft Power Apps, for our Care Services Package. This package is consistent across all of our services and available for our support staff and management teams to access in real-time.

It can be accessed using a laptop, tablet and smartphone.

We are seeking funds towards the cost of new iPads to facilitate the use of our Care Services Package.

The iPads will be distributed across our services. Each support worker has a work smart phone but the iPads will be invaluable when they are working with and sharing information with the person in their care and for sharing information at team meetings.

Funding target: £31,500

Make a donation to the project here

Email us at [email protected] to find out more