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Through our community work, we aim to give children and young people a better start in life through the medium of water.

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Supporting communities

The heart of our work, though, is done within our communities where we will deliver activities that directly impact children’s health and wellbeing. We commit to free swimming lessons and swim nappies for children who need them, online learning to teach valuable life skills for parents and children, and envisage water splash areas to encourage play as well as water confidence and safety.

How we’ve helped so far

With our first round of grants, we’ve supported numerous initiatives to ensure we provide children and young people to experience the benefits being in water can have.

This includes:

  • Leigh Trust – Providing swimwear for five inner city schools in Birmingham for Muslim children.
  • Dame Vera Lynn Charity – Providing ongoing hydrotherapy sessions for severely disabled children.
  • The Wave Project – Using surf therapy to support 50 children in North Yorkshire with their mental health.
  • Access Sport – Provide over 400 swimming sessions for disabled children.
  • We Are Beams – Provide swimming lessons for children with AS or ADHD, aged between 7 to 11, and water-based messy play session for babies and toddlers.

Dame Vera Lunn Children’s Charity

Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity is delighted to be working with Children’s Alliance to support families with provision of our Swimming Together Project.

At Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity our early intervention services support young and vulnerable children with Cerebral Palsy, from birth to five years, giving them the best possible encouragement in a welcoming, friendly setting that helps each individual child on their unique learning pathway. Following the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the broad range of services we provide to motor impaired children are now more crucial than ever as many children became isolated during the lockdowns.

Read more about how the Children’s Alliance and the Dame Vera Lynn children’s charity are working together here.

The Wave Project

The Wave Project is a children’s mental health charity that provide surf therapy to over 2000 young people every single year who are facing various challenges in their lives.

We do this by utilising surfing and the community around it to improve the confidence, resilience and self-esteem in young people, giving them the tools they need to face whatever challenges they are facing.

Click here to see a video on the work that the team do.

Apply For Grant Funding

To apply for grant funding, please complete the grant form below and submit it to Applications can be made twice per year in September and March.