The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation
Leicester is known for being a young city, 27% of the population are between the ages of 0 and 19, but one in three live within the official definition of child poverty.
Businesses are playing a key role in tackling the problem and Bobby Dhanjal Wealth Management is one of these. In 2012, company director and founder Bobby Dhanjal started up the Bobby Dhanjal Foundation for Children, under the Community Foundation umbrella. Bobby, who grew up in Leicester, was eager to give something back to his city and invest in its future.
The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation is made up of funds from personal donations and staff fundraising activity and has been set up to support disadvantaged city children between 5 and 12 years old. By setting up the fund with the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation, The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation is also benefiting from the government’s match of £1 for every £2 donated for long term support.
Bobby Dhanjal explained,–“The Community Foundation has worked with us to identify where we want to give and how we can reach people to make a difference. By creating an endowment fund we are increasing our giving by 50% and working to create a legacy for the children of Leicester”.
Bobby’s foundation believes that all children, from any background, race or religion, should have the experience of playing and making new friends in a safe environment and so they select different children’s groups to help each year.
In 2014, The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation is supporting four local children’s charitable and voluntary groups. The first is Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre, Mablethorpe which takes city children away on a traditional seaside holiday, when their families are struggling to afford a break. The others are Goldhill Play Association, one of the six city adventure playgrounds offering local city children free adventure play in a safe, supervised space, close to home where children can thrive and enjoy the simple pleasures of a playground. Forward Thinking Movement & Dance is the most recent charity we have chosen to support. Forward Thinking Movement & Dance is a special needs performing arts project offering dance, drama and music sessions for children, young people and adults with special needs and disabilities, siblings are also welcome. Our classes provide students with the opportunity to learn transformable life skills such as co-ordination, communication and creativity. We are one of the only performing arts projects in the midlands to provide these services.
For more information or to find out how you can help support this fantastic cause and give local children a holiday that they deserve and will cherish, please contact Lisa Dhanjal on 07896 142501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bobby Dhanjal Foundation News
A grant of £700 from the Bobby Dhanjal Foundation helped fund a residential break to Dukes Barn in Derbyshire, organised by SNIPS (Special Needs Integration Projects). SNIPS works with young people between the ages of three and seventeen with a range of learning and physical disabilities, offering play schemes across three age groups, at two venues for up to 8 days.
By offering children the chance to socialise and enjoy new experiences, the residential play schemes also ease the pressure on their parents and siblings. Youngsters with disabilities are all very individual but common themes are short concentration spans, behavioural problems and a dislike of the disruption from term-time routines. This can result in boredom and social isolation which causes stress and frustration for parents and siblings as they try to cope with everyday life.
Raising Health – The Evington Centre
What the project achieved with your grant
The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation contributed to the Evington Centre’s Dementia Garden to promote well being and reduce anxiety and aggresion in dementia patients. The Evington Centre is creating a garden space that provides opportunities for “purposeful pottering” – short activities which enable social interactions and reminiscence. Everything in the garden is suitable for dementia patients, who may have physical difficulties with mobility and eyesight, as well as their dementia. There are safe walking surfaces, handrails and seating at the correct height. Ideas from the “Men in Sheds” movement have been borrowed for an “activity shed” which safely features items you might expect to find in a garden shed – historically the safe haven for the man of the house!
About Raising Health
Raising Health is the refistered charity of Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT). They raise funds to support equipment and innovations which go avobe and beyond core NHS provision to enhance the experience of patients and service users and staff across Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities; Families, Young People and Children; and Community Health Services.