The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews has chosen the following two charities to support in his mayoral year. Any monies raised will be split between the charities at the end of her term of office. Both charities are local and very relevant for Southampton

Rose Road Association

The Rose Road Association provides vital services for over 400 children and young people with severe physical disabilities, learning difficulties and/or autism. It offers overnight short breaks, a community outreach service providing one to one support, as well as after school and holiday activity schemes, Saturday clubs and special educational needs and disability information and advice.

At the heart of its operations is the Bradbury Centre in Southampton which is a nurturing and safe home-from-home for children and young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) and their extended families. The Bradbury Centre offers 24 hour respite care and a range of activities to suit the tastes and abilities of the children and young adults in our care. This respite care gives families the chance to regroup, to relax and to rebalance family life.

Every Rose Road aims to raise £100,000 to provide emergency respite care to those families in particular need including children and adults who may not receive statutory funding, those who are not getting enough support and need more hours to help prevent family breakdown, and sometimes for those families who need an extended break due to bereavement, family stresses and/or illness.

Sunday Lunch Project

The Sunday Lunch Project welcome adult customers from all ‘walks of life’, homeless, people in poor homes and no cooking facilities, some are disadvantaged and suffer ill health, some have fallen on hard times, some are the working and retired poor and many do not have opportunities to socialise.

The fantastic volunteers provide a warm friendly welcome to everyone. They provide a great atmosphere to socialise and over 100 free delicious lunches and takeaways are served to their customers every Sunday.

The Project are very grateful for the food donations they receive as this saves on food purchase. However, raising funds to finance rents, food purchase, etc. is a constant battle for volunteers. Inclusion in The Mayor’s charity will bring much needed help to volunteers through finance and publicity that will also help people in need to know they are there for them.