Three people in front of Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Centre with new accessible bathroomCommunity

Equinox Care

Axis Foundation provides an accessible bathroom for a drug & alcohol detoxification centre in London.

Open 24/7, 365 days a year Equinox at Brook Drive provides medically supervised alcohol and drug detoxification programmes for people aged 18+. Many service users have other needs including mental and physical health needs and challenging life circumstances.

Through Axis’ cyclical decorations contract with L&Q, Catherine Weedon, Client Liaison Manager at Axis, visited Equinox. She explains:

“During my meeting and walk around with Mark Masterson, Equinox Manager, I found out that their bathroom was in need of some TLC: it was not really fit for purpose.

“I realised the magnitude of help the Equinox centre provided. And I saw – by helping – we could give something back and would be exercising all our Axis core values.”

Catherine therefore alerted the Axis Foundation to the needs of the centre: the Foundation provided funds of £5,600 and Axis people volunteered to refurbish the bathroom at Equinox, turning it into a wet room with new tiling and new flooring and also installing a new shower, sink and toilet – all within two weeks!

“We’ve worked with Axis for six years now, and during that time they’ve regularly been involved with the CSR projects in our areas. Their involvement here and over the years has been fantastic.”Carolle Downer, Planned Projects Manager at L&Q Group

“When Cathy magically secured funding I was gobsmacked! Accessibility is very important to us. Now we have an accessible bathroom and toilet for all our residents and service users.” Mark Masterson, Equinox Manager

Axis celebrates it’s 10th Birthday this year, signifying a decade of donations. Feel free to share the good news #10YrsGiving.

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Speak Easy NOW

Axis Foundation donates to a self-advocacy charity, helping to support an information day for people with learning disabilities and their carers.

 

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Speak Easy NOW is a Worcestershire-based self-advocacy charity run by people with learning disabilities.

Two hundred members speak up about things that are important to them, representing the unheard voices of 2,000 people in Worcestershire.

In May 2019 some members with learning disabilities hosted an information day for people with learning disabilities and family carers to help them prepare for growing older and end of life. The day included advice on how to stay happy and healthy in older adulthood, information about wills, property and the law and signposting and practical tips. These are difficult topics and People with Learning Difficulties are often totally excluded from conversations pertaining to their life, and death.

The members of the self-advocacy charity used the donation from the Axis Foundation, alongside other fundraising, to commission some professional filmmakers to create a social media film about the event, about the members own experiences of loss, and the steps they have taken to plan ahead for their own future.

The video will be used as a vital communication tool delivering important information on this topic. Speak Easy NOW hopes that it will inspire other families to have open and honest conversations around growing older and end of life.

“The donation from Axis was very important to us because it helped us make the video. It is very important for people with learning disabilities to understand this information and to feel more secure about the future.”
Pat Roberts, Member of People’s Parliament

“The donation from Axis was vital to making our video. Donations like this make a world of difference to self-advocacy charity like ours, and allow us to put our members’ ideas into action.” Holly Yuille, People’s Parliament Co-ordinator

The Axis Foundation is celebrating its 10th Birthday this year, representing a decade of donations to small, local, impactful causes. Share the good news #10yrsgiving

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Video: A Message from Demelza and Other Friends as we Turn 10

Demelza has been close to the hearts of everyone at Axis since the very beginning of the foundation. In fact, our involvement with Demelza extends even further back than the birth of the Axis Foundation; we’ve continuously supported them for 15 years.

As the foundation celebrates a decade of donations, Demelza looks back on what our support has helped them to achieve:

“You’ve helped our staff support families through the saddest time that I think most people can imagine, through the death of their child. You’ve also helped us create some of the happiest moments that those children and those families have had, helping them to experience adventures, new challenges… and create memories that live on forever.”
Ryan Campbell CBE Demelza Chief Executive

Watch the video to see what Demelza had to say about Axis’ support over the years:

Words from our other Charity Friends

Causes that we have supported over the years had plenty to say for our 10th Birthday. Here are some snippets from the special videos they sent us.

Elevating Success

“The Major benefits of the funding from the Axis Foundation was to support the local residents, especially young people in celebrating their achievements to the community.”
Watch the full video here

Freddie Farmer Foundation

“The Axis Foundation have really helped us to achieve funding for this machine which has been hugely beneficial for the children…”
Watch the full video here

Arts For All

“We were able to take 12 adults with learning disabilities on a holiday to Devon with the donation, an event that they look forward to every year…”
Watch the full video here

Accuro

“Your donation has helped us continue to provide transport that supports people with disabilities maintain their mobility and social connnection.”
Watch the full video here

For Jimmy

“With the funding from Axis we were able to start our young citizens program, to go into school to work with young people, encouraging them to be the change makers and to make our communities safer…”
Watch the full video here

Holly Lodge

“With your donation we were able to bring 10 classes from deprived areas and we also worked with 2 classes of children with disabilities allowing children to get outside and discover nature…”
Watch the full video here

Ragged School Museum

“We are very grateful to the Axis Foundation because they gave us money towards our family learning holidays… We couldn’t do without this help.”
Watch the full video here

 Imber Metz

A massive thank you to the Axis Foundation…Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to do half of what we actually do.”
Watch the video here

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Beyond The Streets

Beyond the Streets is a national charity working to create routes out of prostitution. They believe women involved in prostitution should have access to reliable information and support; that they should be treated fairly, positively and respectfully and there should be genuine alternatives to a life of prostitution.

Working directly with women, and offering a safe space to be heard, and a chance to talk with someone who understands, the charity helps women make a practical plan of achievable steps – a route out.

Beyond the Streets also offer a free and confidential callback service, Beyond Service, and email support as well as groups and online forums, Gathered Voices. They also work with public sector, health and charity practitioners and run awareness raising workshops and projects.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £5000 supports Beyond the Streets’ Door of Hope project offering hope, support and routes out of prostitution for women involved in on-street prostitution in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London.

“Thank you for the generous donation… Your support will enable our Door of Hope team to continue to provide specialist support and genuine routes out for women involved in prostitution on the streets of the East End.

You are ensuring that we can reach more women to offer consistency and a compassionate response to overcome the barriers they face. Thank you for standing with us, we are stronger with your support to tackle sexual exploitation in our community”

Josephine Knowles, Co-Director for Services

The Axis Foundation reaches a Decade of Donations this year. See what we’ve been up to over the past ten years #10YrsGiving

DOOR OF HOPE CASE STUDY kindly provided by Beyond the Streets
N’s story

N has had a relationship with Door of Hope team for a number of years through our outreach team, who met her dozens of times while she was selling sex on the streets of Whitechapel.

Initially she was reluctant to have anything to do with our outreach volunteers, but over time she began to smile and then accept some of the items we give out to women, eventually giving her number to one of the team. One of our Women’s Support Worker’s called her and arranged to meet in a café. Contact was sporadic, dependent on whether N had a phone at the time or if she came to our drop-in session. She began attending the drop in fairly regularly, sometimes for advice, other times to take part in  activities and enjoy some respite.

Our team would help her access services she needed, supporting her to apply for accommodation. One time we started a universal credit claim, sadly, like many women we work with – she wasn’t able to keep up with the follow up appointments and the claim was closed.

She went to prison on several occasions and was visited by one of our Women’s Support Workers there. Prison was a time of rest and reflection – she left with hope for her future and the changes she was going to make.

The first time she was released on her own, she went straight back to drugs.The second time she was released our Women’s Support Worker met her at the gate and we restarted her Universal Credit application together on the train back to London. Amazingly, she kept with her drug treatment for several weeks after release – she received a script and was supported by our team as well as a specialist drugs worker. This was a hopeful time for her and our team, she’d never maintained drug treatment in the community before.

Sadly, she has since relapsed. Although we share her disappointment about this – we know that relapse is a normal part of the recovery journey. She has demonstrated that she can do it and we’ll continue to support her to access drug and alcohol treatment again, as well as supporting her with the root causes of her addiction.

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Sandwell Asian Development Association

Sandwell Asian Development Association’s (SADA) inner-city Boxing Scheme prevents young people engaging in crime and antisocial behaviour.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £1000 purchased computers and boxing equipment so SADA can continue in this vital work of crime prevention which is proving to be very successful in West Bromwich, West Midlands.

Here SADA has opened the Alpine Gymnasium and Community Centre which runs amateur boxing classes, weight training, cardio sessions and boxercise classes as well as a homework support club. They offer an eight-week boxing course for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET). Ten of these young people are given the opportunity to be trained in amateur boxing by professional trainers. At the end of the course the youngsters are given an opportunity to see a boxing show and continue with their fitness training.

Young people are referred to SADA by the West Midlands police and youth and probation services. This crime prevention scheme is supported by West Midlands police, Sandwell Council and ex-world boxing champion Ritchie Woodhall.

“The boxing training has helped me to improve as a person and respect my elders. Thank you” – service user

The Axis Foundation is 10 years old this year. Share the good news #10yrsgiving

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Alan Curbishley Celebrity Charity Golf Day

Charity Golf Day raises largest ever sum in its third year: £34,300!

For the third year running, the Axis Foundation hosted the Celebrity Charity Golf Day, bringing the total raised to almost £80,000 for charitable causes. Our host for the day was Axis Foundation Patron, sports pundit and former football manager Alan Curbishley. Amongst the list of other famous attendees were stars from the sporting world, including former footballers Gus Poyet and Tim Sherwood.

On the day, a cheque of £94,500 was presented to Demelza Hospice Care for Children as part of the occasion.

Group photo at Charity GOlf Day 2019
Thank you to everybody who attended and sponsored this year’s event: DM Jones, DMD, Excel, FFT, Gertsky Management, Howells, Martin Arnold, Russell Trew Ltd, Symphony, Your Image, Crystal Electronics Limited, Bauer Asbestos, Proactive Fire Solutions Ltd, PGM maintenance Ltd, DMD Group, Potter Raper, TW Drainage, Carringtons, Bulgaro.

Previous Golf Days

In 2017, The Axis Foundation held its inaugural Charity Golf Day, raising over £18,000 for Demelza and Sparks Medical Research. Attendees included our patron Alan Curbishley and ex England manager Roy Hodgson, amongst other familiar sporting faces. In 2017, we presented a cheque of £53,724 to Demelza.

The fundraiser’s success created an appetite for the Charity Golf Day to become an annual occasion, to which Alan Curbishley kindly lent his name….

The 2018 Charity Golf Day raised £26,000, an increase of £7,000 on the previous year. Celebrity attendees included famous footballers Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola and England’s hero Sir Trevor Brooking. On this occasion, we presented Demelza with a cheque for £70,000.

The Axis Foundation has plenty to celebrate in 2019; hitting the milestone of a decade of donations to small, impactful and local causes.

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In our Element – 12 Months of Fun Fundraising

Axis people are in our element – snow, ice, water, air, mud – when we are fundraising. Swimming, boxing, flying, running, climbing, walking, dancing, eating (even not eating) – there’s no stopping us!

In the last twelve months (2018/9) we raised nearly £40,000 for Demelza Children’s Hospice and of course our very own Axis Foundation. You’ll have seen us in our office-based Axis Bake Offs and Charity Dress Down Fridays. Plus you may have spotted some of us:

In the Water

Laura Tuck’s Swimming Challenge raised £565

In the Air

Sadie Hack’s Skydive raised £768

In the Ring

Rebecca Lock’s Kickboxing Tournament raised £110

On Terra Firma

22 Axis Tough Mudders got down and dirty and raised £4,500; 20 of our lovely RLOs took a more sedate walk in the park, raising £1,300. Nicola Williams’ South Coast Challenge raised £1,300; Nayim Rahman’s City Runs contributed £447 and our brave runners who completed The Big Half Marathon put £4,000 into the collection tin.

And on Terra not so firm!

Five Men on summit of Arctic Mountain for Demelza Arctic Challenge Fundraiser
Ain’t no mountain high enough! Our brave chilly challengers, Axis Arctic Challenge Team completed a four-day 100km trek up Mt Kebnekaise, the highest mountain in Sweden and raised £10,000. Their hearts were greatly warmed by enthusiastic peer support at the Arctic Challenge Quiz Night (£1,700) and Race Night (£1,200). Their courage scooped them Demelza’s Bespoke Fundraising Event of the Year Award.

On the Dance Floor

Our Axis Disco raised funds to the tune of £2,000.
And finally…

On – and off – a Diet

Selection of cakes at Bake sale fundraising for Demelza
Afternoon Tea Week and Sarah Cooper’s Cake sale put £400 worth of icing on the cake; Michelle Wilson’s Biggest Loser Competition gained an impressive £78. And the seven brave chocoholics who gave up chocolate during Dechox for Demelza added a sweet £745 to the melting pot.

But that’s not all!

Our annual Axis Foundation Charity Ball and Axis Foundation Celebrity Golf Day both took place again this year, adding even more to the fundraising pot for great causes.

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Walsall Wood Colliers U12s Football Team

League winning U12s Football Team receives a generous sum from the Foundation.

Walsall Wood Colliers Under 12s is one of Walsall Wood FC’s many junior youth teams. The Colliers’ Manager and Coach is Julian Worrall who has been in this role for six years. Julian volunteers a large amount of his ‘spare’ time to coach and manage his junior youth team which numbers 18 in all.

“We are very focused on the community at Walsall Wood FC,” Julian says. “Our aim in the Junior Youth League is to encourage and develop children to play sport and to be part of a team. We get them off their computers and outside.”

As Julian’s son used to play for the Colliers too, he is in a good position to know the benefits of playing in a youth squad for young people.

He says: “I like seeing how the children develop over the years. Some of them started in our Academy and have the opportunity to go right on through to the Senior team on their footballing journey. They are like an extended family.”

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £370 will help towards buying the U12s football team a brand new kit in their home colour, red, for next season. Here are the league winners in their away kit of blue and yellow.

There are over 30 teams at Walsall Wood FC which is a registered charity and Chartered FA Club: from the Academy 5-7s to the Under 18s including girls teams and (soon) a team for people with disability. All the coaches/managers are FA licensed and all are volunteers.

I was absolutely delighted to receive the donation from Axis Foundation on behalf of Walsall Wood Colliers. This will help us kit out our team for next season. The coaches put in a lot of hours running a team and every bit of help is welcome as we rely on donations and sponsorship for all our kit and equipment which enable the kids to train and play.”
Julian Worrall, Coach and Manager

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Fluence

Foundation donation helps people to gain literacy skills, leading to prospects of education and employment.

Fluence Foundation helps vulnerable adults and young people, including the homeless and ex-offenders, improve communication skills.

Those without basic communication (reading, writing, talking) skills become vulnerable, dependent and isolated, finding it hard to connect with others, to engage with society. They are often unable to access employment, training or education to improve their lot. West Midlands-based Fluence runs support sessions using a catch-up, one-to-one intervention called Communicate. They report a significant beneficial impact on the confidence and literacy/communication skills of the people they help in a very short time.

Communicate diagnoses areas of weakness, then focuses on teaching high-frequency language and key grammar rules. Its learning structure uses repetition and achievable successes to ensure the learner grows in confidence and masters the language. Training in speaking clearly and making eye contact, answering a phone or being interviewed is also given – all are examples of communication that, when mastered, lead ultimately to independence.

The Fluence Foundation has successfully run three projects: two helped ex-offenders towards employment; the third gave unemployed adults the literacy skills to access training and employment.

The Axis Foundation’s donation of £2,400 will purchase the licence for the Communicate software to help 30 more people gain literacy and communication skills so they can receive formal education and gain employment.

“On behalf of the Fluence Foundation, I would like to thank Axis Foundation for their kind donation to our project. With your help we will be able to help the homeless clients of Birmingham Crisis by diagnosing any literacy difficulties they might have and provide practical support to overcome these difficulties. Doing so will ensure they have the skills needed to access the other services Crisis provide and stand a better chance of being able to improve their situation”
Paul Bruton, Project Co-Ordinator

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TAG

Axis Foundation grant supplies youth club with a new interactive play system for their members.

TAG youth club in Richmond provides a safe, stimulating and engaging environment where young people with disabilities, between 8 and 25 years of age, can meet up with friends and enjoy activities including arts, drama, music and sport.

TAG’s Youth workers help the young people with disabilities here develop their self awareness and self esteem as and learn social and life skills too. This vital work takes place in the well-equipped, safe centre in Richmond and also in the wider community locally.

Our donation of £5,000 helped purchase a Magic Mirror sensory system for TAG. The Magic Mirror is the only interactive projection system that allows users of different ages and abilities to play and learn together. It supports national curriculum SEN learning responding to the slightest movement, supporting multiple access methods such as gesture, eye gaze, mouse and touch, and projects a variable image catering for wheelchair accessibility.

“A massive thank you to the Axis Foundation. This grant is enabling us to purchase a 3D motion censored sensory system which allows young people with disabilities to play interactive games”
Giles Hobart, Lead Youth Worker

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