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AWS Charity Slate 2016-2017

Let's Read

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Imagine a world were you can not read! Let's Read, new to the AWS charity slate for 2016, is the pioneering Woking-based charity that promotes and develops literacy skills amongst young people to bring about positive change to their literacy abilities and life chances. Poor literacy skills seriously disadvantage young people, greatly increasing their risk of under achievement at school, truancy and social exclusion. The Let’s Read volunteer tutors work one on one with children who can't read or who are struggling to learn to read. They partner with 4 local schools and tutor 50+ children each academic year and to date more than 1000 young people have benefited. Let’s Read has a wonderful success rate in helping children who can't read to be able to read to their chronological age, usually within two and a half terms. In addition, they run a free book-gifting program, which provides books for children who often have no books at home. Currently, the charity gives books to nearly 1,000 children each term in 14 schools in Woking and the surrounding area. To find out more about Let's Read, please visit their Website.

Sebastian's Action Trust

Sebastian's Action Trust, new to the AWS charity slate for 2016, provides emotional and practical support to families of seriously ill and life limited children, from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The charity began after the death of Sebastian Gates, a very brave nine year old boy who tragically died of cancer in December 2003. It was his wish to create a holiday home where seriously ill children such as him could take a break together with their families. In 2011, they were able to fulfill his wish by opening The Bluebells, the UK's only respite holiday home designed exclusively for families with seriously ill children. Here, families are able to take a break from the grueling hospital routines, to spend time as a family; making precious memories to help them through what may be difficult times ahead.
The charity has since opened two drop-in centres, in Slough and Bagshot. For more information, visit their Website

Brigitte Trust

The Brigitte Trust was added to our charity slate in 2015, when it celebrated its 30th anniversary. The charity supports people in their homes at the end of life. They offer a free volunteer service of emotional support and practical help at home when a life-threatening illness has been diagnosed. Volunteers visit weekly, offering respite to carers and the chance to share the emotional burden, as well as practical tasks like transport and shopping. The Brigitte Trust has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. For more information, visit their Website


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AWS also partners with FAWCO - the Federation of American Women's Club Overseas group with 64 member clubs in 34 countries. This allows our club to participate not only locally, but on an international philanthropic level. FAWCO's Foundation's mission is to put into action the interests of FAWCO in the global community by specifically aiding charitable, scientific and educational programs and by supporting the rights of women and children throughout the world. Every year, we contribute to the Development Grant Fund which financially assists projects that are passionately supported by FAWCO Member Clubs. For more information on FAWCO and the FAWCO Foundation Development Grants, click here, look at their website or contact the AWS FAWCO representative
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