Trust Newsletter – April 2018

 

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

Ironman ChrisFoxholes AED 1

  • Latest News

1432 Trained…..and Counting

In 2016 GBCT gave a grant to the Great Western Air Ambulance (GWAA) to enable the purchase of the training equipment for its Great Western Heartstart initiative. Between February and December 2017, 1432 people have been trained in CPR, approximately 2/3rd from schools / colleges. All this delivered by over 100 volunteers that GWAA have trained. In 2018, GWAA aim to build on  their success and reach 2000 people trained by year-end.
The GBCT is delighted to hear what a successful initiative GWAA have launched. We know George would have been immensely proud and supportive, having himself delivered Heartstart courses to hundreds of Durham students with Durham LINKS. hundreds of.

Ironman Chris

GBCT Trustee Chris Monk has conquered the gruelling Taupo Ironman Triathlon in New Zealand in aid of GBCT.

Chris completed the 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and the marathon run in an impressive 11 hours and 22 minutes. At the time of publishing Chris had raised £1000 and his donation page remains open if you’d like to support him. https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/chrismonkironman

From everyone at GBCT we’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to Chris for his efforts, also to his wife Nicola for the support she’s  given him during endless hours of training. Enjoy a well earnt rest!

 

  • Updates from Grant Recipients

In our last newsletter we announced grants to support two new AEDS. The first, in Wintringham (North Yorkshire) was commissioned in February, with the residents organising  first aid training to ensure familiarity with basic life support techniques and the new device. The AED is located on the Village Hall with a plaque acknowledging the funding from GBCT and other supporters. An ’opening’ ceremony for the second AED in Holyport (Berkshire) is due to take place in May and GBCT Trustees hope to attend.

We have also received an update from the communities of Foxholes and Butterwick in North Yorkshire, following the grant they received towards two AEDs in 2017. Both AEDs have now been commissioned and the Parish Council arranged for training to be given to a number of local volunteers.
GBCT has now supported nine community access AEDs available to communities 24/7:  seven in North Yorkshire, one in Berkshire and one in Englefield Green, Surrey. A question we commonly hear is how does a community access AED work in practice, such that the AED is kept secure whilst also being available for use by the public in an emergency?’. In the locations GBCT has supported, where there is no venue open 24/7, the AED is usually housed in a secure weatherproof cabinet on an external wall e.g. of a Village Hall or indeed in a disused phone box, as in Brompton. The cabinet is then secured with a combination code lock and the information panel advises potential users to firstly call 999 for an ambulance. The ambulance service hold a database of AED locations and access codes, they will then provide the access code to the caller.

We have also received an update from the Families United Network, following the £1000 grant reported in our previous newsletter to support young people with additional needs or disabilities to learn new cookery skills. Each week the young people have been taking turns to devise a simple menu, go shopping for ingredients and prepare a meal for the group. This has proven a huge success and is one of the initiatives supporting the participants to transition to independent living. Participants have also been taking part in ‘bake off’ style competitions and have baked cakes for fundraising events.

 

Recently Awarded Grants

GBCT is supporting the provision of emergency aid to multiple communities and seriously ill people with  a significant grant to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA). The GBCT’s grant of over £5500 will enable the YAA to purchase three heated patient rescue blankets for use on their two helicopters, which undertook 1414 rescue missions last year alone. The advanced technology in these reusable blankets provides an effective form of mobile hypothermia prevention in the pre-hospital emergency care environment. Advanced medical equipment is rarely cheap, but the Trustees are reassured by expert opinion from a paramedic friend of George’s who has worked on an air ambulance that the equipment represents good value for money and delivers notable patient benefit, given that air ambulance helicopters are inherently cool places and they usually attend the most critically ill patients.
Supporting both the provision of emergency aid and development of skills among young people, the GBCT is providing a grant of over £1000 to the Church Lads and Girls Brigade (CLCGB) towards the cost of an AED and a training AED. The CLCGB is The Anglican Church’s own uniformed youth organisation which over a typical 12 month programme would enable participants to cover a range of activities including camps, youth leadership training weekends and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DoE). The AED will primarily be available to DoE leaders for improved emergency aid provision as part of a wider project to improve equipment provision e.g. GPS trackers, to support safe participation, but it will also be available at other CLCGB events. In considering the application, GBCT encouraged and offered grant support for the additional purchase of a training AED so that the young people will also be able to familiarise with an AED as part of their existing first aid skills training.
A GBCT grant supporting the development of skills among young people has been made to Cambridge House, which is a Southwark based charity that assists vulnerable adults and children in crisis. The grant of £1600 will support their ‘Stand-up’ programme, which is an intervention project for highly vulnerable 16-25 year olds who are at risk / are involved in criminality and / or gang activity. The programme aims to return them to employment, education or training via: 1:1 mentoring support; social cognitive skills sessions, to enable better management of emotions and behaviour in challenging situations; role model ’inspire’ sessions led by previous participants; and sixteen specialist workshops. The workshops cover a wide range of topics, including: health and wellbeing; housing rights; sexual health; budgeting and money management; and employability skills. Since 2014 the organisation has worked with 40 young people and 78% are now in work, education or training, versus 17% at the beginning of the programme. GBCT’s grant will support the sixteen specialist workshops in the current programme.

A GBCT grant of £1600 has been made to Resources for Autism, supporting  both the provision of skills and volunteering among young people. Resources for Autism supports families who are struggling to care for a child with autism. They train and support volunteers to visit these families, to pass on knowledge of autism, coping strategies and communication techniques that will help the families look after their child. They will engage in activities designed to support the development of the individual with autism, improving communication and life skills and the time the volunteer visits the family also provides valuable respite to parents and siblings who are acting as carers. GBCT’s grant will cover the cost of training fifteen young people to be volunteer supporters for families with an autistic child. The volunteers, who are typically students, provide three or more hours per week to the family they support. The training covers six core areas, including: autism awareness; first aid; safeguarding; play and communication; working with families; and active support. Resources for Autism supports the volunteers with expert staff and regular supervision, the volunteers also have access to a resource base for activities.

 

Thanks to our Supporters

GBCT relies upon the generous donations of its supporters and the Trustees would, once again, like to thank all of GBCT’s donors.

We’d like to make a special mention and thank you to ‘Books that Benefit’ for their £300 donation to GBCT. Run by Annabella Villers, one of George’s relatives, ‘Books that Benefit’ is a second hand bookseller that donates its takings to charity. The GBCT are very grateful to everyone who has purchased books via ‘Books that Benefit’ and made this donation possible. If you’d like to explore their stock visit www.abebooks.co.uk and look under ‘Booksellers’ in the red coloured bar at the top of the page and then search for ‘Books that Benefit’.

….and please don’t forget that in May, Kit McCrystal will be running the Edinburgh Marathon  in aid of GBCT. To date, Kit has raised £1100 and is over 50% of the way to meeting his £2000 fundraising target. We wish Kit every success and if you’d like to support him, you can find his sponsorship page on BT My Donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kitmccrystal1#donationSummary. Good luck with the training Kit!

If you’re raising funds for GBCT please let us know. We’d love to be able to say thank you and support you via our social media pages.

 

About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue. George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of:

  • The provision of emergency aid
  • Volunteering among young people
  • The enhancement of skills among  young people

 

Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2018 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).

Trust Newsletter – December 2017

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

EG Fair 2017 (2)Sussex Wildlife AED

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AEDs Go Wild in Sussex

The Sussex Wildlife Trust have taken delivery of their GBCT supported AED, one of two which will accompany their volunteer work parties. The volunteers are often carrying out nature conservation work in remote areas where, in the event of an emergency, help can be some time coming.

Pictured above are a group of the Wildlife Trust’s volunteers taking delivery of the AED (thank you to ©Sam Roberts/Sussex Wildlife Trust).

Winner! Best Charity Stall

GBCT can now call itself award winning, having won the prize for the Best Charity Stall at the Englefield Green Village Fair in June 2017. Maria and Vivian Bairstow were delighted to collect the award from the Mayor of Runnymede and the Fair Committee. GBCT have attended the fair for the last two years to raise awareness of the Trust’s work, including the nearby GBCT supported Community AED, and to support this by offering first aid and AED demonstrations. The team even managed to give the Mayor and his family a quick demonstration as they judged the show! Thanks go to Katie Bairstow, Kat Stoner, Faye Wilson-Cressey and Ian Cressey who supported Maria and Vivian on the day.

  • Updates from Grant Recipients

In July some of our Trustees were able to visit the St John’s School Leatherhead Community Holiday, to see the great work that the team from the school were doing. Visiting on the ‘painting evening’ it was clear that the young people on the holiday were having a very enjoyable and enriching time, but what pleased the Trustees most, given GBCT’s aims, was to hear from the young volunteers and their parents just how much they had learnt and developed as a result of their experience. Under the guidance of Neil Whitmore, History Teacher and Director of Community Partnership at St John’s, it was clear that the programme delivered very   positive outcomes for the children attending the holiday, their parents and the volunteers themselves. As a reminder, GBCT’s grant covered the cost of a theatre visit and volunteers t-shirts, which featured Aladdin and a GBCT logo!

It has been full steam ahead for the Helston Railway Preservation Society’s Juniors Day. Thanks to GBCT’s support, up to 20 young people have been actively involved in work on the railway and they are currently working on a Lamp Hut for the railway, which involves refurbishing a surplus hut from St Erth station that has been acquired from National Rail. The Society has also been able to improve links with local colleges and is hosting a student from Cornwall College for 9 months’ work experience, whilst students from Helston Community College are able to volunteer via their Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Ahoy Shipmates! Our six GBCT supported shipmates at   Deptford are making tremendous progress on their courses. The last update we received was that all six had completed their bronze award and were working hard towards their silver and gold awards, covering a variety of sailing and powerboat   qualifications. We hear that the young people are actively involved with the charity and are volunteering their time to support it, which is both supporting other participants and   enabling them to developing a range of new skills as they get involved in fundraising, administration and maintenance.

  • Recently Awarded Grants

The network of GBCT supported Community AEDs continues to expand and support the provision of emergency aid.

Residents in the village of Wintringham in North Yorkshire have been awarded a grant to match community fundraising towards the cost of their new AED, which increases the number of GBCT supported AEDs in the Brompton-by-Sawdon area to seven.

The second grant, which is for £500 is being made to the Berkshire community of Holyport. The village is a place George knew well and he was regular visitor, often with Trustee Chris Monk, to The Jolly Gardner pub. George’s friend, who now runs the pub, is one of the community members leading the Community AED initiative.

Five young people from Country Durham will be able to enhance their skills and volunteering via Street Games, thanks to a GBCT grant of £1250. Street Games aims to make sport more widely available for disadvantaged young people and to maximize the power of sport to change young lives and to change disadvantaged communities. GBCT’s grant will enable the five young volunteers to attend a three day residential, during which they’ll learn the leadership and teamwork skills needed to be sports and fitness volunteers in their own community.

Young people in Bedforshire will be able to learn new cookery skills for a year, thanks to a GBCT grant of £1000 to the Families United Network (FUN). FUN aims to provide children and young adults with additional needs or disabilities with the support and leisure  oportunities needed to reach their full potential. GBCT’s grant will support the delivery of cookery skills over the course of a year, covering the costs of the ingredients and hard-copy instructions for the participants. George was a keen baker so the GBCT is pleased to be able to support others develop their skills in this area and we look forward to sharing news of how the participants progress.

Skills is also the theme of GBCT’s grant to Peaceful Hearts, Peaceful Minds. The community based group in Daventry has been inspired by the personal experience of its founder and will teach yoga as a new skill to young people from disadvantaged and / or vulnerable backgrounds, including those who have suffered traumas and mental health problems. GBCT’s grant of £130 is providing the equipment for a pilot with seven young women living in looked-after care. The programme will be based on a modernised version of the ‘Eight Limbs’ yoga model, which will include topical issues affecting young people such as drug / alcohol abuse, nutrition and mental health. GBCT wishes the group’s pilot every success.

  • Meet Our Volunteers: Nick Paterson

Nick joined GBCT as a Trustee in 2015 and has known the Bairstows for many years, having been George’s Headmaster at Woodcote House. Nick brings to the Trust a wealth of education experience, which is particularly useful to the Trustees when considering grant applications that focus upon the development of skills of young people. Nick continues to teach at Woodcote House and facilitates the annual GBCT presentations, which explain what the GBCT is and why it is significant to Woodcote House; they also include first aid   demonstrations. Trustees Matthew and Ian were very grateful to Nick for imparting his teaching experience to help them channel the enthusiasm of the children participating in the talk they gave!

  • Thanks to our Supporters

GBCT relies upon the generous donations of its supporters and the Trustees would, once again, like to thank all of GBCT’s donors.

One our supporters is already preparing for a marathon fundraising event in 2018. Kit McCrystal will be running the Edinburgh Marathon in May 2018 in aid of GBCT. We wish Kit every success and if you’d like to support him, you can find his sponsorship page on BT My Donate at: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/kitmccrystal1#donationSummary. Good luck with the training Kit!

If you’re raising funds for GBCT please let us know. We’d love to be able to say thank you and support you via our social media pages.

  • About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of:

  • The provision of emergency aid
  • Volunteering among young people
  • The enhancement of skills among young people

 

  •  Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2017 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trust Newsletter – June 2017

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

Herts RescueMake It

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UK Youth’s ‘GBCT Day’

UK Youth held their GBCT supported day on 2 June at their New Forest outdoor activity centre, following the grant announced in our May newsletter. The young people participating enjoyed a variety of activities over the course of the day, including raft building!

We’ve received fantastic feedback about the day from the team at UK Youth and the positive impact it has had upon the disadvantaged young people who attended. UK Youth’s event leaders said that they could really see the difference in the participant’s confidence, skills and ability to recognise, and also to believe in, their talents.

First Aid on the Water

GBCT has awarded a £2500 grant to Herts Boat Rescue, to fund their first aid equipment for 2017. Based in Hertfordshire, the charity is primarily a volunteer flood rescue team, part of the UK’s national flood response capability, but also uses its expertise and equipment to provide safety consultation and event cover for planned activities such as triathlons and other events in / around the water.

GBCT’s grant will ensure that the team have the first aid supplies they need to deliver life saving care. Specifically, it will cover: the provision of medical oxygen supplies, which is a vital resource for first responders treating seriously ill patients; replacement of defibrillator pads and batteries that are no longer serviceable, keeping these life saving machines operational; and replacement of general first aid supplies and kits.

We’ll keep you up to date with the team’s activities in future newsletters, but you can also follow them and hear their latest news via their Facebook page @hertfordshireboatrescue.

  •  Updates from Grant Recipients

In December GBCT made a grant of £3400 to Tonybee Hall’s Make It! Youth programme in London’s East End, enabling the involvement of Made in Hackney, a community kitchen, to teach the young people how to cook healthy food. Vivian and Maria Bairstow visited the participants during their community project in May and were delighted to see how successful the cookery had been. Split into small groups, cookery projects took place across all three days of the event. We hear that cooking ‘damper bread’ on the fire pit was the highlight for the participants!

  •  Recently Awarded Grants

The network of GBCT supported Community AEDs, supporting the provision of emergency aid, has been further expanded with two new grants.

Residents in the village of Ebberston in North Yorkshire have been given a £1000 grant towards the cost of their new AED, taking the number of GBCT supported AEDs in the Brompton-by-Sawdon area to six. The Defibrillator Group in the village is planning first aid training for the community when the AED enters service.

The second new grant is to the Sussex Wildlife Trust for £600. The grant will purchase one of the five new AEDs the Wildlife Trust is planning to buy for its ranger vehicles. Managing 30 nature reserves, often in remote areas, the programme is intended to ensure that AEDs are available to its conservation volunteer work parties and the public in these areas where medical help maybe quite some time away. The Wildlife Trust will be training all of their leaders in the use of AEDs as part of the roll-out and will be marking their vehicles to ensure members of the public know that an AED is available. To find out more about the Wildlife Trust visit www.sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk.

To support volunteering among young people and the enhancement of skills among young people a grant of £1000 has been made in support of the St John’s School Community Holiday. Located in Leatherhead, Surrey, the school runs an annual holiday week for 20 children and young people with special needs, also giving their parents a respite break. For the children and young people, the holiday is designed to ensure they have an enjoyable time by participating in a range of activities, that are both fun and challenging to them. To enable the holiday to take place, about 30 Sixth Form students from the school, both past and present, volunteer under the leadership of a volunteer senior team and a member of staff who is a child expert, ensuring the children can be managed and cared for appropriately. This is a great opportunity to encourage young people into volunteering, and indeed some of them return to volunteer in subsequent summers.

GBCT’s grant will fund the cost of the volunteers accompanying the children on a West End Theatre visit during the holiday. The Trustees selected this aspect of the holiday because George worked at the Theatre Royal in Windsor before starting at Durham, where he then continued his involvement with student theatre at St Aidan’s College. The holiday takes place in August and an update on the visit will follow in our autumn newsletter.

  •  Meet our Volunteers: Chris & Nicola Monk

Wedding bells have been ringing and we’re delighted to congratulate GBCT Trustee Chris Monk and fellow GBCT supporter Nicola Monk (née Helme) on their wedding in May.

Chris knew George from a young age and they later became reacquainted through St John Ambulance’s Medical Response Team in London. Chris works in IT and is one of our founding Trustees.

Nicola met George via St John Ambulance LINKS, volunteering with Hull LINKS whilst George was volunteering with Durham LINKS. Nicola has extensive professional experience in the charitable sector and has been supporting the Trust’s working committee on fundraising, communications and outreach.

Chris and Nicola also met (you guessed it) via St John Ambulance. Whilst currently living in Australia, they married on Saturday 20 May at Wokingham Town Hall. During the day they also found the opportunity to raise over £350 for GBCT by donating the proceeds of the sweepstake on the wedding speeches to GBCT. Nicola’s university friend Rob McDowall guessed the closest time and won a bottle of champagne.

  •  Meet our Volunteers: Englefield Green Fair – 24 June

Following the success of our stand last year, GBCT will again have a stand at the Englefield Green Fair on Saturday 24 June. Alongside the Coopers Hill Trust, where we’ve recently supported a new Community AED, our volunteers will be on hand to both talk about the work of the Trust and to demonstrate first aid skills. If you’d like to know how an AED works come and talk to us and practice on our AED trainer and resuscitation manikin.

  •  Thanks to our Supporters

GBCT relies upon the generous donations of its supporters and the Trustees would, once again, like to thank all of GBCT’s donors.

In May the GBCT Chocolate Brownie Chat took place. We saw pictures of many tasty bakes and heard about some great conversations. We were most tempted by Jenny Martin’s Chocolate Brownie Chat that featured four types of chocolate brownie! Thanks to the efforts and generosity of Jenny and her colleagues GBCT also gratefully received a donation of over £140.

The Trustees also took the opportunity to enjoy some brownies at their May meeting.

We’d also like to congratulate George’s cousin Jemima on completing the Hamburg       Marathon. Setting an impressive time of 3:43:58, Jemima has raised over £1700 for GBCT. A fantastic achievement. Thank you to everyone who has supported Jemima and GBCT.

If you’d like to make a donation you can do so via our website www.gbct.org.uk and if you’re raising funds for GBCT please let us know. We’d love to be able to say thank you and support you via our social media pages.

  •  About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of:

  • The provision of emergency aid
  • Volunteering among young people
  • The enhancement of skills among young people

 

  •  Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2017 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).

 

The GBCT Chocolate Brownie Chat

 

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During the week of 15 May we’re inviting all our supporters to join our new event, the GBCT Chocolate Brownie Chat.

Chocolate brownies were a favourite of George’s and he even had his own special recipe, so it seems appropriate that a chat over a brownie is how we spread the word about GBCT further. Our aim is to continue to support the increase in volume and variety of grant applications we’re receiving, so we can continue to expand the support we provide to communities. It would also be great if we could raise some money for GBCT too.

Is it easy to do? Yes, it’s simple. Bake, or buy, some chocolate brownies and share them with your friends and / or colleagues. Either give them out or leave them in a communal area. Whilst they’re being enjoyed have a chat about GBCT and spread the word.

What will I say about GBCT? We all have our own stories about why GBCT is important, but we’ve also got a handy information leaflet you can use too. From the links below you can download our GBCT leaflet, event poster / template and a copy of our latest newsletter. We’d recommended printing a copy of each and leaving them next to your brownies.

Would you like to hear about my event? Yes please! We’d love to see some pictures, either via our Facebook, Twitter (#GBCTBrownieChat) or via email to info@gbct.org.uk.

Trust Newsletter – May 2017

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

Choc BrownieBemerton

  • Latest News

The GBCT Chocolate Brownie Chat

During the week of 15 May we’re inviting all our supporters to join our new event, the GBCT Chocolate Brownie Chat.

Our previous Cake Bakes have been successful in spreading the word about GBCT and have most likely contributed to the increase in volume and variety of the grant applications we’ve received. This year we’re focusing on one special cake, a favourite of George’s, and one specific aim, which is to have a chat about GBCT over a brownie and to help spread the word further.

It’s easy to get involved and is a great excuse to enjoy some delicious cake! Find out more on our News page at www.gbct.org.uk/news.

Getting To The Hub Of It

One of GBCT’s latest grants is to Rise:61, a youth and community development charity set up by local residents to serve the residents of Bemerton Heath in Wiltshire. Rise:61 applied for support for their new Bemerton Heath Bike Hub project, which aims to provide vocational training and volunteering opportunities for the most vulnerable teenagers in their community, which is in the top 5% most deprived wards in the country.

GBCT is pleased to be able to support Rise:61 with a £6000 grant to enable the purchase of the cabin, which is needed to accommodate the teaching sessions. Teaching up to six young people at a time, the Bike Hub Manager, supported by adult and youth volunteers, will guide them in gaining qualifications in bike maintenance and cycle leading.

The project follows a similar model to established projects in London and is intended to help the young people develop workplace and business skills that will support them in finding employment in cycle shops, or elsewhere. Rrise:61 intends to have 20 to 30 young people engaged in year 1.

To date the site has been prepared and the cabin will be delivered soon. GBCT wishes them every success and looks forward to sharing updates on how the project progresses.

 

  •  Updates from Grant Recipients

 In our previous newsletters we’ve been sharing updates about the great work taking place at All Saints Church in Weston, Surrey, following a GBCT grant. Since our last update, GBCT have been asked to provide support for further AED familiarisation sessions in the autumn, owing to the success of the three already delivered in partnership with the Church. We’ve also been sent a few pictures of our GBCT team in action. Well done again to Matthew Leopold and Iain Bennett for their great work.

  •  Recently Awarded Grants

To support volunteering among young people, GBCT has provided a £1460 grant to Revitalise, who run the largest residential volunteering programme of any UK charity. Providing inspirational volunteering opportunities is one of Revitalise’s charitable objectives, which in turn supports its core objective of providing respite care in a holiday setting for disabled people.

GBCT’s grant will enable 20 young people to volunteer with Revitalise over a week long period at their Jubilee Lodge site in Chigwell, Essex. The grant covers the costs involved in hosting the volunteers, for example training, expenses and costs at the host centre. Typically Revitalise find that their volunteers report an improvement in attitude and understanding towards disabled people; improved job prospects; and increased community participation. We look forward to letting you know how the GBCT supported volunteers get on.

The enhancement of skills among young people is the aim of UK Youth. A charity that has been transforming the lives of young people across the UK for over a 100 years, their mission is to build a bright future for every young person. GBCT has provided a £1000 grant to provide up to 30 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with an educational break at their outdoor activity centre in the New Forest.

Typically the participants are not in education, employment or training. The staff work with them outside the classroom, beyond their normal environment, combining a tailored educational programme with extensive portfolio of adventurous outdoor activities e.g. zip wiring, to have a lasting effect on their personal and social development. The GBCT day is likely to take place in May and we plan to share an update in our next newsletter.

Our fourth new grant is to a previous GBCT grant   recipient who we provided an update on in our last newsletter. GBCT awarded a grant to Criminon in 2016 to support the enhancement of skills among young people, by providing distance learning courses for young offenders. The Trustees were impressed by what Criminon achieved and are pleased to continue GBCT’s support in 2017, providing a further grant of £1620 to support another ten young offenders.

 

  •  Meet Our Volunteers – Faye Wilson-Cressey

In our last newsletter we introduced a new feature, to recognise the work of our volunteers. In this edition, we’re also going to share a secret and name the lady who is the inspiration behind our fantastic social media pages.

Faye met George whilst he was at Durham, through her now husband Ian, also a GBCT Trustee, who was at St Aidan’s College with George. Faye trained as a petroleum geoscientist and, having worked in the oil industry, is currently completing her teacher training to teach secondary geography in Surrey. Faye’s creativity and engaging style are clear in our social media posts (you might be able to spot when Ian is standing in!) and in the past two years GBCT has gone from zero to 400 followers across its social media pages.

Keeping the pages up to date is quite a challenge and Faye’s always on the look out for good stories to share, so do please share your news via our Facebook page or contact Faye via info@gbct.org.uk.

 

  • Thanks to our Supporters

 

GBCT relies upon the generous donations of its supporters and the Trustees would, once again, like to thank all of GBCT’s donors.

The Trustees would like to convey a special thanks and also their condolences to the family of Mark Pini, a family friend of the Bairstows. Mark sadly died recently at a young age and the family kindly asked that donations in his memory were given to GBCT.

In other fundraising news, GBCT has been a winner! GBCT collected 50% of the proceeds from the Grand National sweepstake at Brompton’s Old Post Office Tavern. Collecting the ‘winnings’ from Neil Sands, who runs the Tavern, are Maria (George’s mother), Lucy (George’s aunt) and Honey.

If you’d like to make a donation you can do so via our website www.gbct.org.uk and if you’re raising funds for GBCT please let us know. We’d love to be able to say thank you and support you via our social media pages.

 

  • About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of:

  • The provision of emergency aid
  • Volunteering among young people
  • The enhancement of skills among young people

 

  •  Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2017 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).

 

Trust Newsletter – March 2017

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

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  • Latest News

GBCT’s 3rd Anniversary – March 2017

In March GBCT reaches its third anniversary. We’ve set many milestones during our first three years, not least that we have now awarded over £43,000 in grants.

The GBCT has, and continues to, support communities across the UK in the provision of emergency aid, volunteering and the development of skills in young people. Our latest round of grants total in excess of £6000 and you can read all about them both below.

Thank you to all our supporters who have made our achievements possible.

 

Search, Rescue & First Aid in Surrey

GBCT’s latest grant is to Surrey Search and Rescue, a charity which exists to support the       emergency services in the search for missing children and vulnerable adults. The team of 75 volunteers is trained in rapid searching techniques and navigation to cover Surrey’s extensive rural land effectively. A member of the UK’s Lowland Rescue Service, the team have already been called upon over 400 times in their 6 year history.

GBCT has awarded a grant of £800, which will enable the purchase of first aid kits to be provided to every team member. Often working in difficult to access areas, the kits will support the team, who are all trained in first aid, in providing potentially life saving first aid safely and effectively whilst awaiting the arrival of further assistance.

You can follow the work of Surrey Search and Rescue by visiting their website www.sursar.org.uk or following their Facebook page.

 

  • Updates from Grant Recipients

In our last newsletter, we reported that All Saints Church in Weston, Surrey, was soon to be running community first aid sessions with help from GBCT. All Saints installed a British Heart Foundation supported AED last year and GBCT provided a grant for a member of the Parish team to be first aid and AED trained.

Volunteers Iain Bennett and Matthew Leopold have now delivered a series of AED awareness sessions to over 30 members of the church and local community. After a busy day, Iain commented that “an AED is simple to use, yet it can save a life in the event of a cardiac arrest. It was a pleasure to visit Weston and give the community the confidence to use this brilliant piece of equipment”.

 

In 2016 GBCT awarded a grant of £1600 to Criminon, which provides distance learning   opportunities to serving prisoners and ex-offenders. In our September newsletter we reported that 56 young offenders were taking GBCT supported courses. The Trustees have now received testimonials from some of the young offenders GBCT has supported and their feedback is very pleasing. Below are some of the examples:

  • JW took a parenting skills course and described how he now knew ‘how to raise a   responsible, polite, healthy child who will become a responsible member of society and will give so much to a community’.
  • SG took a learning to learn course and wrote that ‘I now know if I reach an impasse when studying due to myself not comprehending specific components, I can apply the skills I’ve learnt to overcome and study effectively’.

 

The volunteers at Ulverston Inshore Rescue have been making good use of their GBCT supported 4×4 response vehicle. The team have posted a few pictures on their Facebook page of recent rescue and training operations, including the new vehicle with the team’s rescue hovercraft. In this case, the team supported Furness Coastguard in searching for a crashed paraglider, which they were thankfully able to confirm as a false alarm.

  •  Recently Awarded Grants

Supporting both the enhancement of skills and volunteering among young people, the Helston Railway Preservation Society has been awarded a £3400 grant towards its Juniors Day Project. Set up 12 years ago, the Society aims to re-open a section of the Helston branch line and, by this,        re-introduce engineering skills to Cornwall with a particular focus on young people, so they consider engineering when making further education and career choices.

The Juniors Day Project builds on the work the Society has done with Duke of Edinburgh Scheme participants, the Prince’s Trust and Cornwall College. It will be an ongoing project that will provide a monthly opportunity for up to 20 young people at any session to gain work experience in an engineering environment. GBCT’s grant funds the majority of the Project’s start up costs, including safety equipment, tools, materials and travel costs. George himself was an engineer, studying engineering at Durham, so the GBCT is particularly pleased to be supporting the Helston Project. You can find out more about the Society and their work with young people at www.helstonrailway.org.

The enhancement of skills among young people is the aim of Armonico Consort’s           educational outreach programme, AC Academy. Armonico Consort is a critically acclaimed choir, orchestra and opera company, whose Academy provides free music education to young people across the UK. The aim of the programme is to nurture and harness the talent and prospects of young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, inspiring a passion for music and performing arts, driving ambition, and providing life-changing training and performance opportunities.

GBCT has awarded a grant of £2200 to support a Choir Creation Programme at the Grace Academy in Coventry, which is based in a deprived area of the city and rated by Ofsted as in need of improvement. The Programme will deliver five workshops to up to 120 young people at the school (15% of the total number of pupils) and five mentoring sessions to teaching staff to equip them with the skills to lead a choir in the school over the long-term. The school will then be invited to participate in forthcoming performance platforms,   providing great opportunities for the students. You can find out more about AC Academy on Armonico’s website, www.armonico.org.uk/ac-academy

 

  • Meet Our Volunteers – Matthew Leopold

GBCT is run entirely by volunteers, so to recognise their work, and hopefully inspire others to get involved with GBCT, we’re launching a new feature in our newsletter. In this edition, meet Matthew Leopold, who is one of our founding Trustees and was reappointed at January’s Trustee meeting for a further 3 year term.

Matthew met George at Durham University through St John  Ambulance (SJA) and continued to work with him in SJA’s Medical Response Team in London after university. Matthew is currently the Trust Secretary and, amongst other duties, keeps the minutes of the Trustee Meetings under Vivian’s watchful eye for grammatical correctness! Matthew’s SJA experience means he is also a key part of our first aid outreach work. Day-to-day Matthew works in marketing in Surrey and regularly shares his expertise for the benefit of the Trust.

In our next newsletter, meet Faye, the inspiration behind GBCT’s social media pages.

 

  • Thanks to our Supporters

Once again we’d like to say a big thank you to all of our supporters. Over the Christmas period approximately £1000 was received in donations of various amounts from GBCT supporters.

GBCT also received a donation of £100 from the Christmas raffle at Brompton-by-Sawdon’s Old Post Office Tavern in December, followed in January by a donation of £200 from the Scarborough Dine and Dance Club. Neil Sands runs both the Tavern and the Club and is pictured below in the Tavern presenting the cheque to Vivian, George’s father.

GBCT relies upon the generous donations of its supporters and the Trustees would like to thank all of GBCT’s donors.

If you’d like to make a donation you can do so via our website www.gbct.org.uk and if you’re raising funds for GBCT please let us know. We’d love to be able to say thank you and support you via our social media pages.

  • About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of:

  • The provision of emergency aid
  • Volunteering among young people
  • The enhancement of skills among young people

 

  •  Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2017 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).

 

 

 

 

 

Trust Newsletter – December 2016

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

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  • Latest News

Learning the CPR and AED drills

The Surrey Army Cadet Force, Prince of Wales Royal Regiment Battalion, received a £1400 grant from GBCT earlier in 2016 to purchase four AED (Automated External Defibrillator) trainers to support delivery of full AED training.

Vivian and Maria Bairstow were delighted to visit the Battalion to present the GBCT cheque and see the first cadets, of 650 in the Battalion, learning new first aid skills.

 

Great Western Heartstarters

GBCT Trustee Ian Cressey attended the launch of the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s (GWAAC) new community training initiative, Great Western Heartstarters, on 12 October to see the GBCT supported training kit being put through its paces by Dr Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt, chairman of GWAAC’s Heartstarters Committee.

Presenting the GBCT cheque, Ian commended GWAAC on their work and explained how pleased GBCT were to be supporting GWAAC, because George himself had championed the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart course whilst at Durham University. George was a key member of the Durham University LINKS Society that trained many hundreds of students.

  •  Updates from Grant Recipients

The Parish of All Saints in Weston, Surrey, has now received its AED from the British Heart Foundation. GBCT have  previously awarded a grant that will enable a member of the parish team to attend a full first aid and AED training course.

The parish will run monthly CPR sessions for members of the local community to familiarise them with the AED and relevant first aid skills. Experienced GBCT volunteers will also be on hand at some of these sessions to support the newly trained first aider in delivering the sessions.

The chain of survival following a  cardiac arrest depends upon CPR being started early and the quick arrival of an AED. The growing network of GBCT supported AED’s in England is a key part of this chain, as is the outreach work that GBCT volunteers complete. In the Brompton area of North Yorkshire alone, GBCT has now supported five AEDs (see new grants). In an area where the nearest hospital is 10s of minutes away, these AEDs could become a key link in the chain of survival.

GBCT’s outreach work, which aims to familiarise communities who receive GBCT grants with first aid skills and / or their new AED has recently received a boost thanks to a grant from Exxon Mobil.

GBCT has received a £1000 grant through their Employee Volunteer Programme, in recognition of Ian Cressey’s role as trustee of GBCT. The grant has been used to purchase an AED trainer and CPR training manikins. Trustees Matthew Leopold and Ian Cressey used the new equipment for the first time during a talk about GBCT and first aid skills at George’s old school, Woodcote House. Nick Paterson, GBCT trustee and a teacher at Woodcote, describes how the boys really enjoyed an instructive and entertaining evening, even if they did get a bit loud practising the ‘Shout for Help’ part of DR ABC!

  • Recently Awarded Grants

The enhancement of skills among young people is the aim of Toynbee Hall’s Make It! youth programme in London’s East End. Toynbee Hall works ‘on the frontline in the struggle against poverty’ and its Make It! programme is designed to break the cycle of poverty by empowering young people (aged 12-13) to make positive life choices. The core aims are to: increase confidence, social awareness and wellbeing; cultivate the ability to think critically; develop teamwork skills; and improve engagement with school. The aims are achieved via a mentoring programme and end of year residential trip. GBCT is providing a grant of £3400 that will enable Toynbee Hall to work with a community kitchen, Made in Hackney, during the residential trips to teach the 70 young people how to cook heathy food.

To encourage youth volunteering, GBCT is supporting the Cumbria Youth Alliance with a £1000 grant to fund five places on a residential volunteer training course, that will equip five young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be highly effective volunteers at community youth groups in the region. The Alliance’s research shows that 75% of Cumbria’s 200 groups are concerned about their ability to maintain services due to a lack of trained volunteers. The new volunteers will be given an introduction to youth work, as well as training in first aid, health and safety and safeguarding. GBCT is specifically supporting the residential training programme, as this is the most accessible for young people and a key enabler to youth volunteering. We forward look to sharing updates from the GBCT supported volunteers, as they complete their training and begin volunteering.

The provision of emergency aid continues to be supported by the expanding network of GBCT supported AEDs. The two latest AEDs will soon be operational in the North Yorkshire villages of Foxholes and Butterwick. GBCT have made a grant of £1000 to match funding already secured by the community, who will work with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to commission the AEDs and arrange first aid training for local residents.

  •  Thanks to our Supporters

October marked ten years since George arrived at St Aidan’s College, Durham, as a new                 undergraduate. In gathering to celebrate ten years of friendship, George’s friends from St Aidan’s College in Durham, ran a sponsored 10K in Bangor on Saturday 1 October in memory of George and his friend Peter Lent. Fundraising in aid of GBCT and the British Heart Foundation the team raised a total of £677. Our thanks to the team and their supporters, who are Emily and Will Webster, Natalie Dos Remedios, Chris Heath, Natalie Cornish, Kinga Roszkowska, Tim Sanders and Michael Hutchinson.

GBCT would also like to say a huge thank you to the students at South Hampstead High School who have raised £1000 for GBCT. In making the donation, Sandrine Paillasse, Acting   Headmistress and St John Ambulance MRT volunteer, described how the school’s Year 10 pupils were keen to enable other young people to learn first aid skills, after GBCT volunteers visited and ran a skills session for them earlier this year. Thank you!

GBCT would like thank all of our supporters, and we look forward to sharing news on the new grants, that you’ve enabled, in future newsletters.

  •  About the Trust

The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of: the provision of emergency aid; volunteering among young people; and the enhancement of skills among young people.

  • Applying for a GBCT Grant

We are always keen to hear from communities who may benefit from a GBCT grant.

If you believe your community may benefit from a GBCT grant, or know of one who might, please visit our website where you’ll find our Grant Application Form.

Applications are considered by the Trustees every 2 to 3 months. Successful grant applications must meet one, or more, of GBCT’s three aims. If you have any questions, please get in contact with us via info@gbct.org.uk.

  •  Keeping in contact with GBCT

Visit our website at www.gbct.org.uk or email us at info@gbct.org.uk

Find us on Facebook at georgebairstowct for all the latest news and pictures and, don’t forget, we’re on Twitter too at gbct_uk.

Copyright © 2016 George Bairstow Charitable Trust. All rights reserved. The George Bairstow Charitable Trust (GBCT), a charity registered in England and Wales (1155769).