Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas to you all

    Number 6: December 2017
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    Welcome to our 2017 Christmas Newsletter!
    Well, what a year it’s been at Enable Ability! There have been lots of exciting things happening this year, and we can’t wait to share these with you!

    All the hard work and efforts put in by our staff; volunteers; Trustees; supporters and parents haven’t gone unnoticed, and we wish to thank you ALL for everything you have achieved for us this year, and will continue to do throughout the forthcoming year. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to continue our vital work in providing valuable services to our children and young people living in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire.

    Before we continue, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

    With best wishes from everyone at Enable Ability xxx

    Introducing Drew Ramsay, an Enable Ability Trustee

    In the last Newsletter, we introduced Jon Muller, our Chairman. This time we would like to introduce Drew……Following a 32 year career with IBM, Drew Ramsay has been a trustee for over 3 years. Working behind the scenes, Drew uses his IT knowledge to assist with developing our computer services and maintaining the charity’s current pcs, laptops and network equipment. Currently his focus is on the installation of a new database system to streamline the back-office processes that support the front-line service team.  Drew comments on his work at the charity here ……

    “Immediately after I retired I spent most of my time on golf, gardening, DIY and grandchildren ! Fun as that was – I felt I should be doing more with my time and a chance remark made during a golf game with the chairman of Trustees Jon Muller led to me volunteering to join the enable ability team.

    The work of the charity was totally outside my sphere of experience in industry. Early on, a visit to one of the Saturday clubs was a huge eye opener, showing the challenges faced by the youngsters, parents and carers that the charity supports, as well as the commitment and hard work carried out by the staff and volunteers to provide an enriching time for the youngsters and hopefully some relief for parents and carers.

    I know I’m not able to bring any skills to help directly but I really enjoy trying to ease the job of the staff that do the real work by helping fix technical issues as they arise. While I was quite happy to retire when I did, it’s no exaggeration to say that getting involved with the charity has given me a renewed sense of purpose and fulfilment.

    I still manage to enjoy time with my family, play a lot of golf, go to the the gym and occasionally do some gardening – but I really value being part of the enable ability team and making a contribution to the work of the charity – even if in a small way.”

    Drew Ramsay, Trustee

    Julie “Has been recognised by WellChild as being truly inspirational!!”
    A big WELL DONE goes to Julie Hougton-Thomas (Children’s Services Manager) for being nominated and shortlisted for the WellChild Awards this year!

    WellChild recognises the UK’s most inspirational children and young people living with exceptional health needs, as well as the many carers and professionals who work so hard to support those children, young people and their families.

    All the fun at Playscheme!
    Now it seems an age ago that the October Playscheme took place. Michelle Morgan highlights the fun they had…..

    “The October Playscheme ran smoothly once again. We had some visitors from ASDA and the University- one coming to do some fundraising for us, and the other to do a video for us. We also had a lovely Harvest theme going on. The Children really enjoyed the sensory scarecrow story. We also took a group of young people on the hovercraft, which the young people loved!

    This is Megan who got very excited by the trip.”

    Michelle Morgan, Deputy Children’s Services Manager

    Something new from Hampshire Teenage Project (HTP)…….
    In October, sixteen young people of the Hampshire Youth Project started their work placements in five different locations. Our young people are really keen to progress after education in the world of work, so as from November to February, once a month, they will be helping businesses ranging from visitor attractions, shops, public and open spaces. Jordan (pictured), aged 17, found the experience extremely valuable, learning a lot whilst working in a retail environment, a setting he had never worked in before. Others found working the till a little challenging but overall, they enjoyed the experience and are looking forward to their next work setting full of new challenges this month. Some of the same young people who had signed up to work experience are also working in Asda doing intergenerational charity work, helping to pack bags and supporting families with their shopping. This is a fantastic partnership with Asda and we would love the opportunity to work with other similar organisations, supporting our young people to progress, whilst helping others at the same time. We would like to thank the European Social Fund for financially supporting this area of our work with young people.

    James Donougher, HYP Project Leader

    PALS’ Young People win Awards!
    Some photos from PALS John Muir award

    Katie (PALS Project Leader) commented “I think this is the project’s and young people’s best achievement from this year!

    We worked at Staunton Country Park, involving ourselves in conservation and animal care within Leigh Park Gardens and the Farm.

    13 of our young people got the full award (the equivalent to the physical / outdoor side of Bronze Duke of Edinbrough) and another 17 got certification for them to continue on the award until completion in 2018.”

    Katie Munday, PALS Project Leader


    This year we have been fortunate enough to be supported again by local business, Basepoint Business Centre, based in Havant. They have been match-funding our fundraising efforts, up to the value of £10,000! We are very pleased to have hit the total this year (and even exceeded it!).

    Keep scrolling to take a look at some of the fabulous fundraising events that have taken place this year…….

    The Southsea Alternative Choir
    The Southsea Alternative Choir have been raising funds for us this year. One of the first events was a Football match between the Choir and the guys from Victorious Festival.
    They raised a fabulous £173.79, ending the day with a small Gig at Aplsey House pub in Southsea.
    The most recent event that The Southsea Choir has held on our behalf was a Gig at the Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday 16th December. From entry ticket, raffle ticket, merchandise sales, and general donations from the public, they managed to raise in excess of a staggering £5,0000!! We cannot thank the Choir enough for supporting us this year. Well done guys!

    If you haven’t seen them in action, they really are one to go and enjoy! Check out their facebook page

    We are very pleased to announce that ASDA, Fratton have become one of the newest supporters of Enable Ability! The connection came via Children in Need, who have supported us in many ways over the last few years. Natalie, ASDA’S Community Connector has already shown great enthusiasm with helping the charity in more ways than one- through volunteering her time and also her expertise in arranging events.

    The first event held in the Fratton Store was last weekend, on Sunday 17th December. With a Star Wars theme to tie in with the release of the new film, we arranged for some of our Young People to help bag pack for customers. There was also a surprise in store for the customers- in the form of Darth Vader and a Sandtrooper (courtesy of the UK Garrisons)! It was wonderful to watch the varied reactions from customers as they walked around the store.

    There were a few stalls including facepainting, and games including the ‘Pick a Turkey with an Egg’  with Thorntons eggs as prizes which were donated by Community Action Fareham (via Eaton Aerospace). In total, we raised a fabulous £266.36! Well done and thank you to all!

    From Top Left to Bottom Right (or from Top to Bottom on smartphones): Some of the young people’s team, EA staff and the UK Garrison Stormtroopers. Nikki, Harley and Hollie enjoying the facepainting. Harley in action, helping to raise money doing some bag packing. Natalie, the ASDA Community Champion, and Darth Vader

    Our other new supporter this year is Starbucks Drive-thru in Burrfields Road. They have chosen us as their charity to support for the foreseeable future.

    They intend on helping provide refreshments at events (they attended our Zumba event in October), and to host events in-store too.

    On Saturday 9th December they held their first Fun Day, with a raffle, 2 tombola’s, a sponsored wax for the men, games, cycling machines and a colouring competition for young people.

    A fabulous £179.87 was raised, not including monies from the sponsored waxing. A big thank you to Charlotte and her team for putting on the event, and for obtaining some wonderful prizes from other local businesses in the area!

    Southern CO-OP

    Another of our supporters this year has been the Southern Co-op, raising funds for us through carrier bag purchases and from customers choosing to give 1% of what they spent on Co-op branded products and services from April-October, to our charity. They raised £1315.25 for Hampshire Teenage Project!

    Do watch the Co-op clip below….

    Co-op Supporting Enable Ability- Video clip
    Other Fundraisers

    We do of course, have some big thank you’s to go to the following people who have raised some fabulous funds individually for Enable Ability as well this year (apologies if we miss anyone!!)

    David Dean- £597.50 abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower
    Nikki Hayler- £222.50 plus gift aid for abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower
    Nikki Hayler- £80 for running the Great South Run
    Tracy Fisher- £153.75 for running the Great South Run (donated to our PALS project)
    Alison Bowie- TBC, for producing knitted brooches for us
    Copnor Methodist Church- in excess of £200, for their Nativity Walk

    We cannot also go without thanking our other supporters- Hewetts (G T Hewett and Son Ltd), Semmens of Southsea and Citywide Taxi’s for continuing to display our collections pots and pens in their stores, and supporting us with events too!

    Alison’s Knitted Brooches

    Alison, who is a Parent to one of our children who attends Playscheme, has been coming along our Fundraising group for quite a long time. A keen knitter, she has recently bowled us over by offering to hand knit 100 brooches for us to sell to raise more money for the charity. There are some in the office- so during opening hours, you are more than welcome to pop along to grab yourself one (or more). At just £5 each, these are a really unique- and perfect presents! Well done Alison!

    Some pictures taken during the Walking Nativity organised by Copnor Methodist Church
    Words of Thanks

    We have also had Grants, Donations or Funds from the following:

    MAX Foundation- £2,500, supporting Portsmouth Youth Project
    Wave 105’s CashForKids, supporting Hampshire Teenage Project
    Waitrose, Waterlooville Community Matters- £250 supporting PALS
    My Cause UK- £50
    The Rotary of Southsea Castle- £500

    PALS Project Leader, Katie Munday, collecting the cheque from Waitrose Waterlooville Community Matters scheme. Katie said “This money shall help our young people carry on with conservation at Staunton Country Park next year and achieve their John Muir Outdoor Awards.”
    Support us when you do your Online Shopping-
    It won’t cost you a penny!!

    Don’t forget …if you are ordering any last minute Christmas presents or goodies online to do it through the “Easy fundraising” site or app. When you do it this way a small % of the purchase price goes to a charity of your choice, and EnableAbility is there on the

    drop down list of approved charities. Every little helps, so they say!

    Support Enable Ability through ‘Easy Fundraising’
    We have now gone into our second year with Portsmouth Lottery! Supporters already involved are helping to raise an additional £156.00 a year. Please do let your friends and family know about it- if you choose Enable Ability as a chosen charity of your choice, we receive a whopping 50% from each ticket sold! Click on the link below to find out more……
    Portsmouth Lottery
    Save The Date- Next Years Events!!

    As always, we are in the planning process to bring lots of exciting fundraising events each year. Watch this space for details on a Charity Car Wash to be held in early 2018.
    Details TBC.

    We are recruiting for rowers for next year’s Dragonboat Race which will be held at Lakeside North Harbour on 13th May 2018. You must be able to swim. Entry fee applies, and hopefully sponsorship as an addition. To register your interest, please contact Hollie on 02392 671846 or email

    Click on the link below to see how much fun is had on the day!

    Dragonboats- Watch now
    Keep up to date with all our events on our website

    If you have ever wanted to do a Skydive, an abseil (or maybe something we haven’t even thought of!), whilst raising money for Enable Ability, then please do get in touch with us! Maybe your business would like to hold a dress down day or a purple day in our corporate colours? We are always grateful to individuals, groups and businesses who are able to support us in any way.

    Please do contact Hollie, our Social Media and Partnerships Officer on 02392 671846 or email

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