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Chosen Charities Focus on: IDAS

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IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) is a Yorkshire based specialist charity supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. They started life as York Women’s Aid over 40 years ago, York Women’s Aid was one of the first refuge providers in the UK and was developed from a 2 bedroom flat donated by a local businessman.


Everyone at IDAS is proud to be part of a specialist organisation committed to delivering high quality support to both victims and survivors.  Their services are always developed in consultation with the people who use them and with partner agencies.

Domestic abuse affects up to 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men at some point in their lives and each year there are over 90,000 reports of domestic violence made to the police in the Yorkshire area alone. IDAS has been providing support to victims and survivors for over 40 years. They now support both men and women and also provide education and safety advice to children and young people.

For children and young people, IDAS have developed one to one and group support. Their young persons’ RYPP (Respect Young Person’s Programme) also works with families where the young person is abusive.

IDAS’ other services include:

  • Refuge accommodation for women and children who need to escape.
  • A helpline available 7 days a week for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.
  • Community based support and safety planning for anyone who has experienced abuse.
  • Support to people going through civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Education and awareness groups in schools and colleges.
  • Group programmes to help survivors overcome the harmful impacts of abuse.
  • Specialist support for children and young people who’ve lived with abuse.
  • Training to professionals and organisations.

Last year IDAS helped over 7,000 families and individuals and they rely on the generosity of donors and supporters to enable them to continue this vital work.

They offer non-judgemental support and through both their individual programmes and group work, empowering people to make their own choices and determine their own future.

As a charity, the work of IDAS is overseen by a board of Trustees which compromises skill and knowledgeable people recruited from a wide range of backgrounds including the law, human resources, marketing and



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Chosen Charities Focus on: Tiny Lives Newcastle

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Born in 1983, ‘Tiny Lives’ was the brain child of Dr Hans Steiner, a paediatrician who with Dr Edmund Hey took care of babies at the neonatal unit in the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital. ‘Tiny Lives’ became the name for the fund relating to babies at the Princess Mary.

The Tiny Lives trust is a registered charity that helps to care for premature and sick new born babies and their families in the Neonatal Unit based in Ward 35 of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. They help support babies and families from across the North East region, from the Scottish border to Cumbria. The RVI Neonatal Unit is the Regional Centre of Excellence for Neonatal Care, so premature and sick babies are transferred there for expert help.

A big part of this support is supply items to the hospitals that improve the lives of parents and babies on the ward, whether this is supply developmental support items, home comforts for parents, new medical equipment or even funding certain staff member positions.

Tiny Lives aims to raise £250,000 a year and funding goes towards a large selection of items, including:

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Parking and travel permits – with families coming from all across the North East, travel costs can be a big concern. Tiny Lives offers funding for car parking and travel passes to families that may be struggling with the cost.


Cuskl ® Miniboos – small, soft comforters that are given to Mother and baby, then swapped at night time. This means that the Mother can smell her baby, and vice versa, to help with bonding and production of the breast milk.


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Freddy Frogs – These frog-shaped bean bags are used as positioning aids, which keeps little limbs in the correct place and help with proper development. Portions of the aid can be adjusted separately for special positioning, meaning it can be adapted for every baby with ease.


Funding also goes towards full time members of staff:

  • Paediatric social worker – Tiny Lives fund a full-time social worker to work exclusively on Ward 35 providing social, emotional and practical support to families of babies on the Unit.
  • Family Integrated Care Nurse – Offering advice, support and to families regarding Family Integrated Care practices, including getting parents involved in Kangaroo Care (skin-on-skin cuddles with their new-born).
  • Paediatric Physiotherapist – They also meet the cost of a full-time physiotherapist to work on the Unit. This ensures premature and unwell full-term babies have direct access to specialist physiotherapy input whenever they need it.


As part of Ellis Bates Chosen Charities referral scheme.

Chosen Charities Focus on: The Sporting Memories Foundation

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Sporting Memories LogoThe Sporting Memories Foundation is the world’s first charity dedicated to Sport’s Reminiscence & Physical Activities.

They support older people living in England and Wales with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into a passion for sport they help people to connect with others and with their past, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise remain hidden away.

Using images of sport and memorabilia, older people are assisted to stay connected to their friends and communities, whilst being cognitively stimulated and physically active. The volunteer led, intergenerational Sporting Memories groups help people over the age of 50 remain as healthy as possible.

The Sporting Memories Foundation raise funds to recruit, train and manage more volunteers to help run groups and to expand the number of groups available across England and Wales.

Most groups take place each week and are a friendly, welcoming environment that is open to all. Many of their members attend to enjoy the company of other older sports fans, some of their members live with dementia or have memory problems, some have experienced depression, they may have had a stroke and live with Parkinson’s, but they all have one thing in common, a love for sport!

Donations towards the Sporting Memories Foundation help to keep the clubs running. The clubs always have volunteers or staff present who have been trained by Sporting Memories to lead the sessions which use a wide range of Sporting Memories reminiscence resources developed specifically to help prompt conversation and discussion.

Where does your money go?

  • £100 trains a volunteer to help at a Sporting Memories Club
  • £50 helps provide more sports equipment to a Sporting Memories Club
  • £30 buys a pack of Replay Sporting Memories reminiscence cards for a club
  • £20 provides a month’s supply of the weekly Sporting Pink newspaper for a club
  • £10 helps recruit more volunteers
  • £5 helps pay a volunteer’s travel to a club

The clubs and projects not only improve the lives of isolated older people living with dementia and other long-term mental and physical conditions but also the lives and prospects of volunteers from across the generations involved in delivering our work.

Sporting Memories have many different world-famous patrons, visit their website at www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com to find out more.


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Ellis Bates Launch ‘Chosen Charities’

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Ellis Bates Chosen Charities

Ellis Bates Financial Advisers are delighted to announce their ‘Chosen Charities’ referral scheme.

At Ellis Bates, we want to make as big and positive impact as possible in our local communities. So, every year we will work together with our customers and colleagues to support causes at the heart of the local community. Every time we receive a referral from one of our clients, we will donate £25 to one of the chosen charities once an Adviser meeting is confirmed. All of our first ten chosen charities were selected for their outstanding work in the local community, they are:

St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate: St Michael’s Hospice aims to help people affected by terminal illness to live as full a life as possible. They also provide end-of-life hospice care to people in the Harrogate District.

Cancer Research: Being one of the biggest charities in the UK, Cancer Research play a huge role in supplying necessary funding to doctors, scientists and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. They also provide valuable cancer information to the public so anyone in need can learn more at any time.

British Heart Foundation: Another well-known charity, the British Heart Foundation work towards researching cures and treatments for heart and circulatory diseases with the ultimate aim of ‘beating heartbreak forever’.

Martin House: The aim of Yorkshire based Martin House is to provide family-led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

Tiny Lives: This Newcastle based charity helps to care for premature and sick new-born babies, along with their mothers and families, in the Special Care Baby Unit of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Harrogate Homeless Project: Aiming to support homeless people in and around Harrogate, this project is formed of a team of committed individuals, helping homeless people with the strategies, support and services that are needed to begin the difficult journey back to independent living.

MIND: With branches across England, MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues.

Sporting Memories: This is the world’s first charity dedicated to Sports Reminiscence & Physical Activities.  It supports older people living in England and Wales with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport.

Hope Pastures: West Yorkshire’s Hope Pastures rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes horses, ponies and donkeys. They also provide the opportunity for people to meet the animals and learn about them and how to look after them.

IDAS: IDAS is the largest specialist charity in Yorkshire supporting anyone experiencing or affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence. Their services include refuge accommodation, community-based support, peer mentoring, group work and access to a free, confidential out of hours helpline.


By asking those you refer to Ellis Bates to choose their charity you help us create a big and positive impact in local communities. Send them the link to: https://www.ellisbates.com/choose-a-charity/