The Mayor's Charities
The Chair of Council/Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Councillor Michael Hill has chosen the following organisations/groups as his Mayor's Charities for 2021/22, Dogs for Good and St Peter's Hospice. All money raised during Town Council community events that take place in the town during the year are donated to the Mayor's Charity.
Dogs For Good
For over thirty years, Dogs for Good has been using its knowledge and experience to bring people with disabilities and dogs together, enabling life-changing differences. Through the power of expertly trained dogs, we support people with autism, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and dementia, empowering them to live more independent lives.
We match the needs and lifestyle of an individual or a family with the skills, temperament and abilities of the right dog. Our range of services provides:
- Expertly trained assistance dogs
- Dogs and handlers working alongside health and educational professionals to support individuals and families develop independence and improved wellbeing.
- Advice to help people develop a relationship and strong bond with a pet dog, to ease specific challenges.
- Good advice to enable dog lovers to better understand their dog and enjoy the benefits of a special bond.
Whichever service we provide our philosophy remains the same; a better understanding of dogs leads to the development of a strong bond and relationship.
Our approach is unique. We are pioneering new ways of working to enable us to use our resources to help as many people as possible. The help our dogs provide goes beyond practical support; time spent with a dog helps reduce loneliness, improve confidence and enables the children and adults we support to fulfil their potential. All this is underpinned by a passion to promote high standards of wellbeing for every dog.
St Peter's Hospice
St Peter's Hospice is the only adult hospice providing care for patients with life-limiting illnesses across Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and parts of Bath and North East Somerset, an area covering almost 1 million people. We have been established for over 40 years and have expanded from a starting point of just two nurses working in the community to our current position caring for thousands of patients a year.
Our key services include:
- An Inpatient Unit with 15 spacious rooms, all with large sliding doors opening out onto the tranquil gardens.
- A Day Services programme supporting out-patients and family members to feel more confident and empowered.
- Community Nurse Specialists who visit and care for patients in their own homes.
- Hospice at Home, providing expert care for patients in their own homes in the last days of life.
- Patient and Family Support which provides social work, spiritual, bereavement and therapy support to patients, families and carers.
- A 24/7 Advice Line open to all callers, which has been a great comfort and support to patients and family members throughout the pandemic.
All our services are completely free of charge to patients, but only 21% of our funding comes from the NHS. For the rest we rely on fundraising events, charity shops and our supporters.
St Peter's Hospice aims to provide people nearing the end of their life with the very best end of life care, delivered to the highest professional standards within an environment of support, comfort, compassion and respect.