Trinity Mirror West teamed up with Great Western Railway (GWR) to find our 100 Great Westerners. The 100 Great Westerners is an exciting way to celebrate some of the most inspiring individuals from the South West region. Readers from ten newspapers had the chance to nominate figures from past and present. The top 50 will have one of GWR’s new fleet of locomotive named in their honour. The Foundation is pleased to announce that John James has been named in the top 50 Great Westerners.
Lifeskills is a safety education centre, built as a realistic 'village', based in the CREATE Centre, Bristol. It is designed to help children, adults with learning difficulties and older people learn about safety in a fun and interactive way. Participants make their way through the scenarios learning and demonstrating safety skills and experiencing emergency situations, including practicing emergency 999 calls, discovering and reacting to a house fire, carrying out first aid and experiencing the consequences of trespassing on a railway line – all made very realistic. Lifeskills currently run five different programmes which are specifically designed to educate Year 6 Primary school children (10-11 years), adults with learning difficulties, children with special educational needs, parents with young children and older people. The Foundation recently awarded £7,300 towards training and visits for people with learning difficulties and/or special needs.
Deafblind UK is a national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. Empowerment is at Deafblind UK's heart; through their range of free services they help people to build their confidence and independence; continuing their lives beyond sight and hearing loss. Losing your sight and hearing can be frightening. Deafblind UK's team of experts are there every step of the way to reassure, advise or just to be someone to turn to if there is no one else. There are estimated to be almost 2,200 people with dual sensory loss in Bristol. The Foundation recently awarded £5,000 towards work with elderly deafblind people in the City of Bristol.
Missing People are an independent charity funded by donations. Missing people search for missing people on behalf of the friends and family left behind and provide specialised support to ease their heartache and confusion. On average, around 10,000 children and adults are reported missing to Avon and Somerset police each year. Missing people offer a lifeline to the missing and for those left behind, with a free, confidential helpline available 24 hours a day by phone, text and email. The Foundation recently awarded £3,000 towards cost of supporting vulnerable children, adults and families within the City of Bristol
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Windmill Hill City Farm Chief Executive Steve Sayers and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the John James commemorative board. The John James Commemorative boards have been created by the Foundation as a snapshot into the life of John James and the legacy that is continued by the Foundation. In 1976 John James gave £2,000 for Windmill Hill City Farm to be built on the site of his old home and the Foundation has continued to support the farm over the years. The board has been hung in the new café at the farm.
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.