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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Our special projects are proposed by Social Services, other support organisations, local charities or individuals. They may take the form of work, such as, for example, gardening for senior citizens or the handicapped, and decorating buildings, such as Sevenoaks Hospital, or those owned by local charities.

They may also take the form of financial support for hard-pressed families or worthwhile projects managed by other local charities. If you have a suggestion that you would like us to consider, please visit our Contact Us page.

Only a flavour of our work can be presented here with some representative examples:

 

Hospice in the Weald

Sevenoaks Lions Club has provided financial support for the Hospice in the Weald since its inception. Indeed, we made a contribution to its building costs.

We purchased a lymphodema machine which helps treat women who have had breast cancer and a movement therapy machine which helps strengthen patient’s degenerating muscles and enables them to cope longer for themselves.

We donated awnings under which day patients can sit outside in the sun.

We provided a sophisticated reclining chair for the day room so that patients can sit comfortably.

We also provided computers with relevant software to assist in the management of the organisation.

 

Scouts Minibus

The Edenbridge Scouts Group uses its minibus for transporting scouts to and from many of its activities. The Lions Club has contributed half the running costs of the bus this year. It keeps the scouts on the road and enables them to manage wider ranging projects.

 

 

 

Gardening/Painting

We help the elderly and handicapped maintain their gardens by clearing and tidying difficult areas.

 

We also create special gardens for disabled people and for organisations like Sevenoaks hospital.

 

 

 

 

 

We assist local charities and public organisations by decorating parts of their premises.

 

 

 

 

Ryder House

The Lions Club of Sevenoaks has made a significant contribution to refurnishing Ryder House in Tunbridge Wells which is operated by the YMCA and provides accommodation for 34 homeless youngsters. On average there are between 8-10 people from the Sevenoaks area (normally referred by Sevenoaks District Council) in residence.

The YMCA runs numerous courses and workshops to help these young people with basic cooking, management of money, self-esteem and job interview techniques. On average they stay at Ryder House for 13 months after which they are ready to cope with the outside world.

 

Relate

We have donated £5,000 to Relate to enable it to provide a counsellor for Edenbridge. Many couples continue in an unhappy marriage or partnership for years, keeping things very private rather than seeking help. Relate counsellors can assist couples to overcome their differences and resume a happy relationship. Financial help is available for those who cannot afford Relate’s fees.

 

The Kenward Trust

The Kenward Trust provides help for those with an addiction be it alcohol or drugs. The Lions are financing the Trust to visit every senior school in Sevenoaks for one day to provide advice to students on how to avoid addiction. It takes to schools people who have had an addiction, or who have been to prison for drugs offences, to explain to the children the dangers of dependence and how to avoid it.

 

Sevenoaks District Council

We have agreed with Sevenoaks District Council advice unit that, in case where the council has no suitable budget, we shall help people in urgent need. This might include, for example, people who need an urgent boiler repair, those who may need a new refrigerator, a new school uniform or shoes. It is essential in these cases that the client must not have the resource to manage the issue themselves.

 

Children's Respite Trust

We financed the Children’s Respite Trust to train and equip a volunteer in Sevenoaks. She is able to provide respite for parents with disabled children so that they can go shopping or go out for an evening sure that their child is in safe hands.

 

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