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We choose charities for the work that they do locally and for the wide range of people they support in and around St Albans. We’re delighted to announce that this year our charities are (in alphabetical order)
Rather than write this ourselves, we asked Debbie Woods, CEO of ADD-Vance to!
“ADD-vance began 25 years ago at a kitchen table in St Albans, where our Founder, Anne Ross, began supporting parents of neurodiverse children in the area. She offered support and care via a helpline to families who, like her, had started to navigate the world of ADHD and Autism.
Since those early days, the charity has grown and developed into a leading support service in Hertfordshire for neurodiverse individuals and their families. We remain true to our roots and continue to offer a helpline, but have added to this specialist family coaching, support groups, workshops and training courses which are offered to families and professionals who are involved in the care of neurodiverse children.
We are passionate about Understanding, Embracing and Celebrating Neurodiversity. We believe that there are unique strengths that come from thinking differently and want to create opportunities for neurodiverse individuals to thrive.
Last year we were in touch with over 5,500 families through our facebook group and frontline services. Demand is continually increasing and during the pandemic despite moving many of our services online, waiting lists for our support still grew. We were therefore thrilled to be selected by St Albans Post Box Toppers as one of their charities this year. “
ADD-Vance will receive one half of the donations we receive this year.
Youth Talk provide free, confidential counselling to 13-25 year olds who live in the City and District of St Albans. Demand has risen phenomenally during the pandemic and is showing no signs of easing. Youth Talk desperately need funds to provide more counselling sessions for those who need them
Youth Talk will receive one half of the donations we receive this year