Amazing Gifts Campaign

by Nicky Bagilhole in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th December 2021 we successfully raised £2,310 ( + est. £417.50 Gift Aid ) with 37 supporters in 28 days

The Amazing Gifts Campaign will help fund our Amazing Futures service, which supports young people like us, with additional needs in Sussex.

by Nicky Bagilhole in Brighton, Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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This December we urgently need to raise £20,000 to support more young people with additional needs who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Please give an Amazing Gift and donate now. 

Message from disabled young people

This December, please give the Amazing Gift of a donation so that we can go on to have Amazing Futures.

In exchange, we will share an ‘Amazing Gift’ for 24 days, which we hope will lift your spirits at this festive time. Our gifts will be a selection of videos, photos and artwork that we have created ourselves during our involvement with Amaze. We hope you like them! You can enjoy the gallery here: Video collection

The Amazing Futures project has changed our lives by:

  • Helping us feel part of something, and less alone
  • Giving us the skills and confidence to make friends 
  • Offering opportunities to learn new things – like how to stay safe online and have healthy relationships
  • Providing a welcoming and safe space, where no one judges us, where we can be ourselves 
  • Building our life skills – like how to cook and travel independently 
  • Giving us tips and strategies for improving our mental health and wellbeing  
  • Helping us think what job we would like and how to go about getting relevant qualifications and work experience

Thank you for your support 

Corporate supporters 

Can you go one step further with an Amazing Gift please?

At the time of giving, companies often have a staff party, a collection in lieu of cards or give before the end of the tax year. We urgently need your help to reach our target please. Any company donating £250 or more will receive thanks on our website, in our Amaze Newsletter (distribution reach ~ over15,000) and in our Amazing Gifts social media coverage. We will send you a digital festive card to use in lieu of cards, designed by Yamin Hassan aged 22 a young person with additional needs. Or we can send actual printed cards for you to send to your staff or clients. Please share this Crowdfunder page with other companies. To discuss further corporate opportunities please contact: Nicky B [email protected] or call 01273 234014

Order Festive Cards 

Another way to support the Amazing Futures service is to purchase a pack of festive greetings cards designed by us - young people with additional needs. Cards are £7 for a pack of 8 and can be ordered online here: order cards or by contacting Nicky B [email protected] or call 01273 234014.

More about Amazing Futures 

Amazing Futures is a peer-to-peer support project for young people aged 14-25 with special educational needs and disabilities in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. Trained teams of young people, with and without additional needs, act as volunteer peer supporters. They provide one-to-one peer support and help run a range of activity sessions. The project also offers leadership experience, training, volunteering opportunities and paid internships, helping us to develop our self-confidence and prepare for the future.

Amazing Futures belongs to young people – we co-produce the project and, at regular engagement sessions, we discuss what we want. Collectively we also shape other organisations’ services, feeding into consultations and sharing our views. More about Amazing Futures  

It is one of the services provided by Amaze, a charity working across Sussex to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, like us, and our families. More about Amaze 

This service has been particularly valued during Covid as many of us faced more feelings of anxiety and loneliness during the pandemic, with fewer places to go where we felt safe.

We are asking the general public to support this campaign as our service is not fully funded. We want to fundraise for it so we can continue to meet and do great things to ensure we have Amazing Futures.

Thank you!

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