Guardian Ballers Bridge Project

by Guardian Ballers in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Total raised £21,836

raised so far



Help us to 'bridge' the gap between youth mental health challenges and the education and support they receive!

by Guardian Ballers in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 29th November 2023 we'd raised £21,725 with 140 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Funds raised beyond our targets will contribute towards a Celebration event at some point after our "3 Year GB Birthday" where young people's stories can be shared and championed with people from across the GB community all invited!

If we 'blow off the roof' on our targets, we'd love to get a special Showcase Film produced to capture the journey of Guardian Ballers and the amazing young people and their communities!

Have you or someone you know or love ever journeyed through a mental health challenge?

1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year (NHS England, 2016)- it’s normal!

However, mental health support when you’re not in crisis, or wellbeing education delivered in a fun way- is not so normal. 

That’s why we exist for young people and their communities!
Through fun and engaging sporting activities, to provide a mental and emotional ‘bridge’ for themselves or to teach them how to build a bridge for those they know and love.


Who are we?

Guardian Ballers is a mental and emotional wellbeing charitable service in Coventry that is empowering young people (aged 10-25) through Basketball and Educational sessions to BALL, BE and practical volunteering so they can make their community BETTER! 

Founded in partnership with Coventry and Warwickshire Mind in 2021, we deliver sessions in Community settings and Schools, developing leaders and providing the ‘first touch point’ of mental and emotional wellbeing education for many young people. We have reached on average over 1400 young people each year!

We want to see generations of mentally healthy ‘Guardian Ballers’ who grow to choose to serve their community and the world around them!

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Why are we crowdfunding?

This Bridge Project funding will enable us to offer our services to Community Organisations and Schools to bridge the gap in their service/curriculum offers. We will deliver to young people who have been identified as having acute or long-standing low level mental-and-emotional challenges (e.g. dealing with grief, anxiety, depression, low confidence).

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a decline in young people's mental health and also resulted in more people than normal processing grief. More-over, patterns of social/physical isolation and reduced physical activity became more of a 'norm'. We are determined to help young people and their communities to bounce-back to greater mental and emotional wellbeing!

At this point in our organisational journey, we have hit a financial challenge and ‘gap’ in our grant funding so this campaign is a critical boost to help us ‘bridge’ into our next phase of sustainable funding through this new special 'bridge project'. These funds will help us fund our staffing and operations in this new project as well as equipping us to fulfil the requests for support that we have already received.

We are passionate about providing our community programmes to those in need at low or no cost so there are no barriers.  

Can you help us to continue to impact lives as we tackle the 'silent mental health pandemic'? 

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How is money donated “investing in impact”?

We will be able to deliver our programmes to targeted young people who have been identified as having mental and emotional challenges (e.g. low level anxiety, depression, grief).

We will be able to develop our programmes that grow young and adult leaders.

We will be able to take young people to support charities and other community organisations through volunteering ‘BETTER Experiences’. These 'BETTER experiences' boost the young people’s self-esteem, mood and aspirations as well as helping the local charities’ workforce with extra people-power!

More-over, we are extending the Legacy of the Commonwealth Games as we see the reach of Basketball reach wider in an inclusive way across diverse communities!

If we can raise £10,000 from a minimum of 100 supporters, we hope to secure up to an additional £10,000 from Sport England or other Match-Funding, to propel us forwards in our work!

Overcoming Barriers

We are tackling the disproportions in mental health, sporting, and socio-economic statistics by focusing delivery (not exclusively, but intentionally) on certain communities: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities, those from Lower Socio-Economic backgrounds, and Females.
Whether it’s going to certain geographical locations or providing a programme for a community that is being missed..
We want everyone to live a happy and healthy life!


Sow one seed; lasting impact

  • £10 could enable us to hand a young person a Wellbeing card and Basketball to keep to boost their mental health or sponsor three young people for one week at a Community Hub.
  • £100 could sponsor a child through a BALL-BE-BETTER journey.
  • £200 could pay for a volunteer to be DBS-checked, trained, equipped and to join us to be actively assisting ‘on the ground’ with young people.
  • £2,500 could fund a whole community outreach event in a deprived community, in partnership with other local charities.
    [Contact us to receive our ‘Invest in impact’ list of how different levels of donations can fund specific projects and purposes]

Whichever financial-seed you choose to sow, trust us that we’ll try our best to ensure that it grows into a lasting impact on a young people or a community!



Be part of something special

We have seen the powerful impact of our programmes over the last 2 and a half years and we want to reach more young people and their communities!

Can you practically-empower us to reach wider and deepen our impact?

Here are four ways to help us reach our target, and make this work a reality...

1. Make a pledge! Don’t delay if you’re going to support us because momentum is key to our campaign success! No pledge is too small and definitely not too big!

2. Spread the word! Share our project on your social media platforms, send on the link via phone messages and tell the world to get behind us! The more people we reach, the more support we will get!

3. Offer rewards! Get involved if you are a local business/person by donating products or services we can offer to our supporters. Use the 'Contact Project' button at the top of our page to let us know your offer!
Offering professional food hampers, Car servicing, Music lessons, Free stays in a holiday home and any offers are welcome! Share your heart for good causes!

4. Fundraise for us! If you want to run your own fundraiser – maybe a sponsored activity or similar – use the 'Contact Project' button at the top of our page to let us know. Setting up your own page only takes a few minutes and you won’t need any bank details. Just a fun idea!
We’ll cheer you on or support you however we can!



This project offered rewards

£25 or more

Day Guest Pass at David Lloyds Coventry

Enjoy use of the David Lloyd Coventry facilities on any day of your choice: Gym Swimming Pool Spa Facilities (Indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, Steam room, Sauna) Certain pre-booked racquet sports (Various surface tennis, badminton, squash, table tennis, paddle ball) This can be enjoyed by adults and supervised children.

£5 or more

Handwritten encouragement Card

One of our Guardian Ballers staff members will send you a Handwritten encouragement that you can keep on your desk in your room, desk or someone special to make you smile even on the tough days!

£10 or more

Kids Blaze or Cyclone Taster Experiences

Children (aged 8-14) can come to David Lloyds Coventry and choose to have a taster with one of the fun interactive group fitness classes! *You can watch promotional videos of the classes on youtube* All children must be supervised by an adult in the class. 1 donation towards this reward will enable the child AND supervising adult to attend ONE chosen class.

£15 or more

Cardiff Archers Basketball Club T-Shirts

Upgrade your sports stash with a Cardiff Archers Basketball T-Shirt (S - XXL). T-shirt can be collected from the Archers Arena or posted UK wide. We will contact with you to find out your size and collection/postage preferences.

£15 or more

GCSE tuition in Maths/Science (1 hour)

Delivered by one of our volunteers (achieved A's / Level 7+ in GCSEs) and hosted at a Guardian Ballers venue, help a young person step up a level in their GCSE education with a booster tuition/revision session! Sessions will occur outside of school hours. (RRP £30)

£15 or more

£15 'Coffee and Cake' Voucher at Myrtles Coffee

Courtesy of Myrtles Coffee in Earlsdon (Coventry), enjoy a 'coffee and cake' with a £15 voucher!

£15 or more

Cafe Bravo £15 Voucher for Food and Drinks

Courtesy of Cafe Bravo Earlsdon (Coventry), enjoy £15 off your food bill!

£15 or more

Voucher from Matt, Pro Barber at Poco Diablo

Matt, Professional Barber at Poco Diablo offers classic, on trend hairstyles & creative cuts along with exclusive shaves. ( Poco Diablo is located (inside Salon 925) at 23 Parkhill Dr, Coventry. Voucher provided once the campaign is complete.

£20 or more

Level 2 Referee for U18 Basketball Game

Zewe (qualified Level 2 referee, Basketball player and one of GB volunteers) will come and referee at your School, Local league or social-friends game to take your U18s game to another level! Location: Coventry, flexible hours (day or evening) according to availability and booked in advance. Recommended expected referee services duration of maximum of 1.5 hours.

£20 or more

Framed photo of 'Highfield Road' CCFC Stadium

Re-live memories or own a piece of Coventry City Football Club history with a Framed Photo of the famous 'Highfield Road' Stadium! Deliverable to ~15 miles of Coventry City Centre

£20 or more

Voucher from Sonia at Rose & Moon Therapies

Sonia provides various therapies including, Aroma & Hot Stone Massage and Indian Head & Hopi Ear Candles. ( Treatment room is located (inside Salon 925) at 23 Parkhill Dr, Coventry. Voucher provided once the campaign is complete.

£20 or more

Haircut from Kayleigh, Stylist at Salon 925

Haircut from Kayleigh an experienced Stylist at Salon 925 located at 23 Parkhill Dr, Coventry. ( Voucher or contact provided once the campaign is complete.

£20 or more

Voucher from Lisa, Owner/Stylist at Salon 925

Salon 925 offers unisex hairstyling and colouring. Salon located at 23 Parkhill Dr, Coventry. ( Voucher provided once the campaign is complete.

£30 or more

Cardiff Archers Season Ticket to WBBL & WPL games

Watch the Best of British Basketball Talent as the Cardiff Archers Basketball Club Women compete in both the Women's British Basketball League and the Wheelchair Women's Premier League for the remainder of the 2023-24 season at the Cardiff Met Archer's Arena! Watch current and future members of Team GB's Wheelchair Basketball team that may feature in the Paralympics in Paris 2024! Tickets will give you access to BOTH team's Home fixtures.

£30 or more

Private Basketball Coach (incl. SEND) | Cardiff

Delivered by Cardiff Archers Basketball Club Coach in Cardiff | 1 hour Private Basketball Coaching session (RRP £50). Any level (beginner to elite), wheelchair, SEN and any needs/abilities welcome! Session to be booked at the end of the campaign.

£30 or more

Planet Ice (Coventry) Group/Family Skating Voucher

Courtesy of Planet Ice (Coventry), take your family or group to a public ice skating session or during the school holidays for some fun times! YOUR GIFT VOUCHER INCLUDES: Family of 4 Public Skate Including a Skate Package Minimum one adult, 4 people, any age combination RRP £58.80

£35 or more

Guardian Ballers Purple with White Print Sports T

Upgrade your sportwear with our original GB Purple and White Sport's Dri-fit T (Size range XS-XXXL). You can support us then have a comfortable T to work-out in too! Bargain! At the end of our campaign, a member of our team will contact you to arrange a pick-up (Coventry) or to acquire your postal delivery address for us to send (UK / International- please consider larger donation to support P&P fees).

£35 or more

Professional or Graduation Images/Headshots

Capture a special moment or take your brand to a higher level with help from a professional photographer with 5+ years experience across diverse ethnic groups. 7 edited images per reward (RRP£60) This reward can redeemed anytime until the end of July 2024, if you want it to collide with a special occasion. (Locations ~20 miles Coventry) If you want more images (e.g. 14, instead of 7), please donate towards duplicates of this reward.

£40 or more

Photography of Professional Products

Showcase your product or service with 15 professional images. Launching a new business? Wanting to showcase your existing stock with more of a shine? Do you want to showcase an item of special value? This reward is for you! (Locations ~20 miles Coventry)

£40 or more

£50 Facial Treatment Voucher at Allure Clinic

Courtesy of Allure (non-surgical) Laser Clinic in Earlsdon, Coventry. A facial treatment of the value of £50. See details of the facial at Valid until 31st Jan 2024

£50 or more

Signed Football by all of Coventry City FC Players

Signed Football by various First Team Players of Coventry City FC from 2023-24 and 2022-23 season. Signatures include Gus Hamer, Kasey Palmer, Callum O'Hare, Viktor Gyokeres and others!

£50 or more

Private Basketball Coaching Session in Coventry

Delivered by Scott Neely (ex-professional Basketball player and Guardian Ballers Leader)- in Coventry | 1 hour Private Basketball Coaching session. Any level (beginner to elite) and SEN and any needs/abilities welcome! Session to be booked at the end of the campaign.

£80 or more

Cardiff School/Workplace Visit from Archers Bball

Book a 1-1.5 hour School/Workplace Visit from Archers Basketball Club for a Basketball and Health-Fitness session and/or an Inspirational boost for your students/staff! Cardiff locations only. Visits can be shaped through conversation of donors with Archers Basketball staff and the end of this campaign.

£100 or more

Photography of venues, property and real estate

Receive photos that make your venue, property or real estate stand-out from the crowd in your marketing campaigns. Promoting a venue? Are you an estate agent selling or renting your property? Time to update your real-estate image archive? The photographer will liaise with you in order to capture the style of images that you desire to fulfil your individual or organisational aims. (Locations ~20 miles Coventry)

£950 or more

David Lloyds 12-month PLATINUM Membership

Courtesy of David Lloyds Coventry in support of our campaign, the 12-month Complimentary Membership enables you to enjoy the luxuries of the Clubs: Access to multiple clubs across the UK Gym Swimming Pool and Spa Facilities Fitness Classes Racquets Blaze classes Monthly guest pass Fresh towel on every visit 10% discount in Bar & Restaurant and on DL Kids courses GB to connect donors to DL Membership team at end of campaign duration

£3 or more

Laser quest single game pass

Courtesy and hosted at Laser Quest Coventry ( ), enjoy the ultimate laser action adventure! You can buy multiple passes so you can play with friends or family! RRP £6.95 each

£10 or more

Mini Basketball and GB Wellbeing Card

We will post you a mini Basketball and a Wallet-sized Wellbeing Card so that you can continue to boost your wellbeing!

£15 or more

Love2Shop £10 Gift Voucher

Receive a Love2Shop e-Voucher to gift to someone or enjoy yourself in over 50 brands/shops!

£25 or more

Mow a lawn (1 hour equivalent)

Two GB Leader/Volunteers will come and help you or someone else in need by mowing the lawn! Locations in or ~10 miles from Coventry For large or unusual configured lawns, a larger donation would be appreciated!

£60 or more

30 Minutes Deep Tissue or Sports Massage

Courtesy of Combined Therapy in Coventry ( in support of our campaign, enjoy a Deep Tissue or Sports Massage from one of their highly skilled therapists. GB to connect donors to Combined Therapy team at end of campaign duration.

£60 or more

Beauty or Spa Treatment at PureSpa Coventry

Courtesy of Pure Spa UK (based at David Lloyds Coventry), enjoy any treatment (RRP £70+) from their wide variety: massage, waxing, facials, nails, eyes, body, tan and more! See more of their treatments here: We will provide a voucher or email contact once the campaign is complete.

£70 or more

Two Coventry City FC Home Matchday Tickets

A voucher to purchase your matchday tickets at any home game of the 2023-24 season (subject to availability). N.B. Ticket voucher cannot be separated- both tickets come together. We will post or email the tickets voucher at the end of our campaign.

£150 or more

1.5 hour Photoshoot (Any setting ~30miles Coventry

Sporting action shots, natural beauty shots, Linkedin or IG worthy snaps, a coffee shop chilled vibe or any safe location- Photographer (and likely a member of the GB staff/volunteer team) will meet you to take photos. You will receive 40 edited photos from that occasion. 1 hour Photoshoot (Any setting ~30miles Coventry) GB staff member and Photographer will contact you to arrange a date and location.

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