Good Causes

The WPA Benevolent Foundation fulfils WPA´s second constitutional objective and has a clear remit: to promote good health.

The Foundation likes to support three to six year projects, working with communities and special-interest groups who share our hopes and ambitions. Longer-term partnerships - best practice in supporting good causes - ensure that we are able to work from the inception of a ´good idea´ through to maturity.

The Trustees of the WPA Benevolent Foundation direct the work of the Foundation and decide which good causes it will support. At the current time we are actively involved in a number of projects. Examples of our work include: supporting the Cadet Bands in Bristol and Somerset; expanding the reach of the Outward Bound Trust in the South West and the Helford River Children´s Sailing Trust in Cornwall; assisting an important Youth and Children´s Centre in Bristol; helping to expand Scouting membership in Devon and Somerset; replacing and refurbishing sailing equipment at the new Sea Cadet training centre in Cornwall; reducing the waiting list for Girlguiding in Gloucestershire whilst continuing to support the WPA Charitable Foundation.

Unfortunately, The WPA Benevolent Foundation is not able to accept applications unless their submission has been agreed in advance, so if you would like to be considered please send a brief project description by e-mail, including a contact telephone number to andrew.hembury@wpafoundation.org, and he will be able to guide you as to whether your project falls within the priority areas for the Foundation.

The Benevolent Foundation is the Corporate Trustee of the WPA Charitable Foundation, that supports families in financial distress with profoundly ill children and other related projects promoting the good health of children.


WPA Benevolent Foundation



Projects

The Outward Bound Trust

The Outward Bound Trust

Funding bursaries for young people in the South West to attend outward bound courses at one of the Outward Bound Trust´s three UK centres.

www.outwardbound.org.uk


Kingsmoor Primary School

Kingsmoor Primary School

With less than 10% of pupils able to walk to school safely, the Foundation has helped Kingsmoor School increase physical activity through gardening and outdoor adventurous play activities.



Sky College

Sky College

A therapeutic garden, outdoor learning area and labyrinth to support the needs and health of the children.



Supporting the WPA Charitable Foundation

Supporting the WPA Charitable Foundation

2014 - The Foundation is again pleased to support the WPA Charitable foundation that has provided a state-of-the-art children´s operating table for the Bristol Children´s Hospital.

2013 - This project supported the WPA Charitable Foundation´s funding of surgical equipment at Musgrove Park Hospital, part of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

The Chief Executive of Musgrove Park, Jo Cubbon was "absolutely delighted" with the donation while consultant paediatric surgeon, Mr Arthur Dunkley, said, "The support of the WPA Charitable Foundation has given Musgrove´s medical and surgical teams access to the latest pioneering technology for a whole range of conditions in children and adults".



Chewton Mendip School

Chewton Mendip School

With the help of the Foundation, the school has developed its outdoor play and climbing equipment to develop upper body strength, manage risk and develop coordination skills.



St John's Primary School, Wellington

St John´s Primary School, Wellington

Creating outside learning and mixed gardening space for all of the children at St John´s; planned, designed and maintained by the pupils.



Girlguiding, Gloucestershire

Girlguiding in Gloucestershire

The Foundation funded an equipment replacement programme for the Guide´s activity centre at Cowley Park in Gloucestershire and continues to support their expansion plans over the next 3 years.

www.girlguiding.org.uk


Hamp Academy

Hamp Academy

This project has helped develop a garden where children can relax and improve physical fitness as well as providing regular outdoor gardening experiences for the school community.



The Silver Bugles

´The Silver Bugles´ - Somerset Cadet Force Band

The Foundation is pleased to assist the Silver Bugles with their funding project for the replacement and refurbishment of equipment and musical instruments.

www.wessex-rfca.org.uk/cadets/army-cadet-force


Wiveliscombe Primary School

Wiveliscombe Primary School

The Foundation is pleased to support Wiveliscombe Primary School which has purchased a traverse wall providing opportunities for the children to develop coordination, team work, balance, strength and confidence.



Bishop Henderson Primary School

Bishop Henderson Primary School

Bishop Henderson has improved the physical wellbeing of children through the development of a series of outdoor activity areas, which has included the purchase of equipment such as sets of mini football goals and adjustable netball posts.



St Dubricius School

St Dubricius School

The Foundation co-funded the purchase of 15 balance bikes, helmets and road signs which will be used to support the physical development of children at St Dubricius Church of England First School.

"The balance bikes provide us with a unique opportunity to develop the children´s cycling skills, road awareness and to embed safe practices around the use of cycle helmets...[this] enhances the children´s understanding of the road and starts to engender a love of cycling. Without the WPA Benevolent Foundation, we would not have been able to provide this opportunity."

Christopher Blazey, Head Teacher

https://slp5.somerset.org.uk/webs/stdubricius/SitePages/Home.aspx


The Cadet Bands of the Southwest

The Cadet Bands of Bristol

The Foundation is pleased to be supporting the Sea Cadet and Army Cadet bands of Bristol with the refurbishment and replacement of musical instruments.

www.sea-cadets.org/bristoladventure/home.aspx
www.armycadets.com/county/city-and-county-of-bristol-acf/our-locations


Operation Hernia

Operation Hernia

The Foundation was pleased to provide surgical sutures and local anaesthetics for a west country surgical team carrying out specialist care in Ecaudor on adults and children as part of Hernia International. They operated on 29 patients in a part of the world where such surgery costs up to £3000 - the equivalent of an annual salary for most of these patients.

www.herniainternational.org.uk


Scouting in Somerset and Devon

Scouting in Somerset and Devon

The Foundation is assisting the expansion of Scouting in the South West through a shared-funding unit and campsite equipment replacement programme over 6 years.

www.scouts.org.uk


Primary School Children on a Climbing Wall

Somerset Primary Schools

Supporting 43 of Somerset´s primary schools on a shared funding basis to create outdoor activity spaces. One of the many quotes that exemplifies the Foundations support is that of Marcus Capel, the Headteacher of Cutcombe and Timberscombe Schools:

"Before the project, grass play areas had become muddy and we did not have climbing at either school to encourage the children to use their upper body muscles. Early on in the design, it was apparent that an all weather surface and equipment were vital to raising health and broadening opportunities for the children. Since being installed; the climbing wall has been in constant use and the inventive play with the Podley sets has seen some brilliant construction of dens, forts, balance trails and mazes.

It has been a resounding success and we are indebted to the WPA Benevolent Foundation without whom such a project would not have been possible."

Marcus Capel, Headteacher of Cutcombe and Timberscombe Schools



Cutcombe and Timberscombe Primary Schools

Cutcombe and Timberscombe Primary Schools

Co-funding the purchase of playground equipment including climbing walls, balance beams, specialist play surfaces and "Podley" construction sets.

https://slp4.somerset.gov.uk/schools/ct/timberscombe/default.aspx
https://slp4.somerset.gov.uk/schools/ct/cutcombe/default.aspx


Milford Infants' School

Milford Infants' School

The Foundation assisted Milford Infants' School in Yeovil with the purchase of a range of outdoor equipment such as river stones, balancing boards, jump balls, a mini gym, ropes, space hoppers, pedal rollers, messy station (pictured), waterproof clothing, twin walkers, balancing bikes, building equipment, pop-up goals and hoops thereby significantly enhancing outside playtime activities.

www.milford-inf.somerset.sch.uk


Lyngford Park Primary School

Lyngford Park Primary School

This project equipped the multi-sensory nurture base with games, activities and problem solving equipment for children with additional education needs and social and emotional needs.

www.lyngfordparkprimary.co.uk


Somerset Bridge Primary

Somerset Bridge Primary

Creating an outdoor gardening and play area for the school.

www.somersetbridge.co.uk


Stoberry Park School

Stoberry Park School

This project helped the school purchase sports and athletics equipment.

www.stoberryparkschool.com


Nether Stowey

Nether Stowey

Creating a Forest School including site preparation, teacher training and equipment.



Hatch Beauchamp Primary School

Hatch Beauchamp Primary School

With the help from the Foundation, Hatch Beauchamp has been able to develop the school garden including building some raised beds and purchasing gardening tools.



Helford River Children Sailing Trust, Cornwall

Helford River Children´s Sailing Trust, Cornwall

This project is supporting the Helford River Children´s Sailing Trust instructor-training programme over the next 4 years.

www.hrcst.org.uk


The Redcliffe Childrens´ Centre, Bristol

The Redcliffe Children´s Centre, Bristol

An important 5 year project supporting the Redcliffe Children´s Centre in the heart of Bristol.



Sea Cadets, Cornwall

Sea Cadets, Cornwall

Launched in 2013, this is a 4 year project to support the expansion of the Sea Cadets in Cornwall through the purchase of equipment, boats and shared funding training bursaries.

www.ms-sc.org



Past Projects

The Taunton Music Trust, Taunton

The Taunton Music Trust, Taunton

Following a significant reduction of music funding in Somerset state schools, this project focused on singing and music lessons for the young in and around Taunton.

www.singingworx.org


Taunton Athletic Club

Taunton Athletic Club

The Foundation funded new athletics equipment to support Taunton Athletic Club’s strategic objective to attract a younger membership.

www.tauntonac.org


Cheddon Fitzpaine School

Cheddon Fitzpaine School

At Cheddon Fitzpaine School, the Foundation matched the school´s fundraising for children´s outdoor activity equipment.

www.cheddonfitzpaineschool.co.uk


The Sakti Project, Bangalore, India

The Sakti Project, Bangalore, India

This project is supporting Sakti, a school in the slums of Bangalore, which provides daily basic education and nourishment to children.



Heathfield Community School, Somerset

Heathfield Community School, Somerset

At Heathfield Community School, the Foundation funded equipment and polytunnels for their inspiring new Outdoor Centre.

www.heathfieldcommunityschool.com



We are also proud to support


  • Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance
  • The Pride of Somerset Youth Awards
  • Sakti
  • Comic Relief
  • National Blind Childrens Society
  • RNLI
  • Help for Heroes
  • Children's Hospice South West
  • Victim Support
  • CLIC
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Children in Need
  • School in a bag
  • Wallace & Grommit Bristol Childrens Hospital
  • Samaritans
  • Genesis Trust