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Only Cowards Carry Weapons Awareness was founded in November 2012 by Caroline Shearer in memory of her 17 year old son Jay Whiston, who was fatally stabbed in September 2012. Continually driven by the devastating loss of Jay, Caroline and her team has worked tirelessly to promote Only Cowards Carry Weapons Awareness in the hope that young people understand the stark facts and devastating, life changing, true reality of knife crime. Caroline began to investigate education given to children at school, and discovered that although children were being taught internet safety, road safety and even sex education from as young as 7 years old, there was no provision for weapons awareness education.

Buttle UK Logo Buttle UK runs the BBC Children In Need’s Emergency Essentials Programme, which works seamlessly with our own Small Grants Programme. The needs of the individual child are paramount to both programmes and reflected in our united mission to make a positive change to the lives of children and young people in need throughout the UK.

+44(0)20 7828 7311

Provides grants to residents of Colchester Borough who are six or more months pregnant or have a baby/babies up to six months of age. Financial restrictions apply. Grants are given by trustees for equipment to benefit baby or mother or to provide a service or facility to improve health of baby or mother. The charity was established in 1796. 

BECERA is a new independent organisation for those early childhood practitioners, researchers and practitioner researchers working in the British Isles who want a space to meet, enquire and discuss issues relevant to their work with young children and families.

BECERA aims to stimulate, support, create and disseminate rigorous, grounded and conceptual knowledge and its applications to our early childhood services. It does this through an annual conference where research is presented and subjected to peer-review. The knowledge generated from each conference will be made available in an on-line, searchable database.

+44 (0)121 464 0020

The National Association for Primary Education (NAPE) brings together everyone who has a concern for the learning of children from birth to 13 years. Members and affiliated schools work to improve education through the Early, Primary and Middle Years.

+44 (0) 1604 647 646

Welcome to Potential Plus. We are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential and their families. Many will remember us as the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

Life can be difficult for a child with high learning potential. School work may not stretch them and yet other aspects of life may appear quite daunting. This can set them apart from their classmates and make it difficult for them to feel one of the crowd.

We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So, we help 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives.

Established in 1956, PTA UK is the UK’s leading PTA membership organisation.

As a charity, PTA UK’s main objective is: To advance education by encouraging the fullest cooperation between home and school, education authorities, central government and all other interested parties and bodies.

+44 (0) 300 123 5460

Open Road is a registered charity that provides support for individuals affected by drugs and alcohol across Essex and Suffolk. We also work with the Norfolk & Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company.Open Road was established in 1990 by Richard Ashrowan and Bridie McElroy at their home in Colchester. Open Road subsequently moved to the Trinity Centre in Colchester.

Baby Lifeline is a unique national charity supporting the care of pregnant women and new born babies all over the UK and worldwide.

It raises funds to purchase much needed maternity equipment and is one of the leading providers of training to the medical and legal professions.

Recognised as one of the UK's leading mother and newborn baby charities, it has attracted the support of leading figures from the health service who sit on the charity's board and A-list celebrities who fulfil the roles of Patrons that strive to draw attention to this hugely important charity. 

Pregnancy Matters™ because Life Matters®.

Life is unique in the UK. We combine prolife advocacy and education work with nationwide services providing positive alternatives to abortion. We support anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy, pregnancy loss or after abortion. We also strive to inspire and inform the next generation to value all human life from beginning to end.

We do this through Life Matters® covering our education, media, PR and campaigns and through Pregnancy Matters™ spanning our emotional and practical support services.


Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years.

At Maternity Action, we offer information to parents about their rights and advise employers about managing pregnant women and new parents.

“If you think you can, you can!”

Established in 1999, the Jack Petchey Foundation makes grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. The Foundation exists to raise the aspirations of young people, to help them take advantage of opportunities and play a full part in society. 

Best Beginnings supports parents in giving their children the best start in life. We are a small charity with a large impact and value, and to date we have reached over 2 million families across the UK.

Baby Buddy is our free AXA PPP and RCM Midwifery award-winning mobile phone app for parents-to-be and new parents.

Whizz-Kidz is the working name of The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz). We're working hard to transform the lives of disabled children across the UK, supporting them to become confident and independent young adults.

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