What are YOU doing tomorrow?

Gardening? Making Advent Calendars? Lifeguarding? Playing games? Singing?

No?  Well you could be doing all of this and more by volunteering at The Bevern Trust in Barcombe.

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Founded in 1999 by a group of parents, The Bevern Trust provides residential care for young people who can no longer live at home due to profound disabilities.  Bevern View is a wonderful, light, airy and welcoming home where compassionate care is the norm for every resident.

Like all charities, they rely heavily on donations and volunteers to enable them to offer much more than just basic care.  Their aim is to give each and every resident the opportunity to get more from life, and that’s exactly what they do!  In addition to a beautiful and well equipped home, much thought has been given to all those little extras which make a house a home.  Each bedroom displays ingenious canvas photos which capture the occupant and their personalities beautifully.  For those residents who come in for respite care, the photographs are changed in readiness for their arrival.

Activity Coordinator Tim Lumgair arranges a busy schedule of activities, both indoors and out, to give as much variety and opportunity as possible.  This includes trips in the minibus, horse riding and using the Hydrotherapy Pool.  But this all takes a lot of time, effort and money and the Trust would be very grateful for any help that you can offer.

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They are currently fundraising for several projects, including a much needed, fully equipped mini bus that can safely take residents in their wheelchairs.  Matthew Cornish, Fundraising and Development Manager is keen to work with local businesses and the wider community and has introduced Team Building opportunities, an offer that has been keenly taken on board by the Lloyds Banking Group.  What a fabulous way to motivate and develop your staff! Building skills and a sense of unity whilst supporting a local charity!  Get in touch with Matthew who would be delighted to tell you more!

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Other ways to help include sponsoring, donating, helping with fundraising events and volunteering.  In particular, the Trust would like to hear from qualified lifeguards who could give an hour or two a week.  The Hydrotherapy Pool is a recent, specially built addition which offers much needed respite for many of the residents who experience a lot of pain and discomfort on a daily basis.  For residents to be able to safely access the pool, they need to have a carer with them and a lifeguard on duty which can stretch staffing to its very limit.  A few extra hours a week could make all the difference.

As a charity, The Bevern Trust relies heavily on the board of Trustees who do an amazing job.  However, to continue to develop and grow they need to recruit more volunteer Trustees and would love to hear from professional people who could attend approximately 8 meetings per year.  Applications from those in the financial and legal professions are currently being sought but applications from all interested professionals are very welcome.

To find out more about The Bevern Trust, or to apply as a Volunteer, Trustee or to donate, please visit their website; www.beverntrust.org

Visit their Facebook page; www.facebook.com/thebeverntrust

And follow them on Twitter; twitter.com/beverntrust

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Article by Carol Gordon, Uckfield Volunteer Centre

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