- British Heart Foundation
- Children’s Hospice South West
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Cancer Research UK
- Prostate Cancer UK
- CLIC Sargent
- Guide Dogs
- Marie Curie
- Parkinson’s UK
- Send a Cow
- Action Against Child Poverty Campaign
- African Initiatives
- Age UK Bath and North East Somerset
- BabyCheck Bath
- Bath & North East Somerset Carers’ Centre
- Bath Cancer Unit Support Group
- Bath Cats and Dogs Home
- Bath City Farm
- Bath Mind
- Bath Rugby Foundation
- Bloodwise – formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
- Bowel Cancer West
- Breast Cancer Now
- Challenge Ministries Swaziland UK
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Dance Again Foundation
- Diabetes UK
- Dorothy House Hospice Care
- First Steps Bath
- Focus Counselling
- FRANK Water
- Friends of Young Carers
- Genesis Trust
- Great Western Air Ambulance Charity
- Headway Bath & District
- Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary
- Hope and Homes for Children
- Huntingtons Disease Association (Bristol Branch)
- Jamie’s Farm
- Jessie May
- Julian House
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Labour Behind the Label
- Lifeskills – Learning for Living
- Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
- Mentoring Plus
- Mercy in Action
- MHA Stratton House
- Off the Record BANES
- Pancreatic Cancer UK
- Penny Brohn UK
- People against Poverty
- Rainforest Concern
- Rethink Mental Illness
- Ronald McDonald House, Bristol
- Samaritans of Bath & District
- Soundwell Music Therapy Trust
- South Western Ambulance Service Charity
- Sporting Family Change
- St John Ambulance
- St John’s Foundation
- St Mungo’s
- Stroke Association
- The Brain Tumour Charity
- The Forever Friends Appeal
- Time is Precious
- TREE AID
- University of Bath Students’ Union
- Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal
- Wansdyke Play Association
- We Hear You
- Wellbeing of Women
- Wessex MS Therapy Centre
- Wiltshire Air Ambulance
- Wiltshire Music Centre Trust
- Women’s Aid
Action Against Child Poverty Campaign
OFFICIAL LOCAL CHARITY
The Official Local Charity for the 2018 Bath Half Marathon is the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign, a ground-breaking initiative launched in 2015 by St John’s Foundation with a coalition of partner organisations, after local authority statistics revealed that one in five children in Bath and the surrounding area of North East Somerset live below the poverty line, after taking into account housing costs.
With Bath being generally seen as such an affluent city many find it hard to understand or even imagine that poverty exists in the area. But within the local authority area there lie areas of hidden poverty in Twerton/Whiteway, Keynsham and Norton Radstock
100% of funds raised will go directly to the Lifestyle Change Project, a three-year targeted programme to reduce child poverty in Bath and North East Somerset
Donations to the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign
You can donate directly to the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign. These donations should be made to St John’s Foundation (who are co-coordinating the campaign) and will be used to fund the ongoing work of the Lifestyle Change Project. You can donate via BT’s MyDonate or via Just Giving
If you are running the Bath Half and wish to set up a Just Giving page to support the Action Against Child Poverty, please set up you page to support the St John’s Foundation, who are coordinating the Action Against Child Poverty partnership
If you are running the Bath Half Family Fun Run and wish to set up a Just Giving page to support the Action Against Child Poverty, please set up you page to support the St John’s Foundation, who are coordinating the Action Against Child Poverty partnership.
“No child, young person or family in Bath and North East Somerset should face the challenges of poverty that so many currently do, and the impact this has on their development. Our children and young people of today, are our hope for tomorrow and that is why we want your support to help us and our partner organisations to reduce child poverty in Bath and North East Somerset.” Sue Porto CEO St John’s Foundation
Action Against Child Poverty – Lifestyle Change Project
The Lifestyle Change Project is a 3-year initiative funded by the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign, to tackle child poverty in Bath and the surrounding area.
A group of 6 local charities have come together in partnership to deliver a programme of targeted interventions to provide multiple pathways out of child poverty.
Whilst there are often common underlying causes of poverty, the combination of factors and circumstances of family requires an individualised response, starting with engagement and trust building activities in a supportive environment, typically through sport, active lifestyle and healthy eating programmes.
Through listening and support, confidence and self-esteem grows, and as clients’ needs and circumstances are explored, they are referred to specialist support services in areas such as budgeting and debt management, benefit and housing advice, mentoring, employment skills, parenting skills, mental health and domestic violence support.
The project started in February 2017 providing family drop in sessions for 40 weeks of the year, initially at 3 locations in Twerton, Keynsham and Peasedown St John, with a further pilot project running for 18 weeks in Radstock.
“The kids love coming; they have so much fun just being outside with the other kids and get to make new friends. We think it’s great because the sessions get the kids away from their phones and the TV and we can also enjoy family time together. The kids have even tried new foods too. It’s hard on a Friday because the sessions don’t run; we’d be there every day if they did.” Quote from Dad who attends with his whole family (wife and 4 children).
“The Project offers children and their families the opportunity to take part in a range of fun activities, from multi-sports to nutrition and cookery classes. It is also an opportunity to meet other local families and form friendships as well as raise aspirations and make positive healthy lifestyle changes.” Jimmy Deane, Founder of Sporting Family Change.
Sporting Family Change uses sport to empower, inspire and motivate local families into making positive, lifelong changes, and building family resilience. SFC is the lead agency in this collaborative partnership.
Southside offers support to individuals and families with complex difficulties such as poor mental health, substance abuse and domestic abuse.
SWALLOW provides flexible support and training for local teenagers and adults with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives.
Wansdyke Play Association use play to inspire, challenge and empower children, young people and families in their schools, homes and communities.
Off the Record provides confidential counselling and support services to help local young people be emotionally healthy, confident and empowered in themselves. They are also providing the monitoring and evaluation of the project.
Mentoring Plus supports young and vulnerable people who need extra support with family, education, emotional needs and employability by connecting them with inspiring mentors from within the community.
Run the Bath Half for the Action Against Child Poverty Campaign
The Action Against Child Poverty Team is being organised by St John’s Foundation, a Bath-based charity “Building resilience in people, enterprises and communities in Bath and the surrounding area since 1174″.
Click here for details of our reserved charity places in the 2018 Bath Half Marathon or for further information please contact Louise Harvey by email or telephone : 01225 486414