Who are we and what do we do?
The Chronicle Sunshine Fund is a local North East charity that provides specialist and adapted equipment to children aged 0-19 living with disabilities, additional needs, chronic and terminal illness. The types of equipment we can fund are not available through statutory services like the Local Authority or NHS; yet they are vital to the daily life of our Sunshine kids. These specific pieces of equipment enrich quality of life for not only the children, but their wider families and communities.
We are immensely proud to make a difference to the lives of local disabled children and their families through funding life-changing, specialist and adapted equipment; however, our support and service goes far beyond this..
In 2023, we are committed to:
Championing equity for children with disabilities through the equipment we fund so that they can access the opportunities they are entitled to throughout school and their youth. This is through working with local government, NHS and other organisations to be part of ongoing research, policy development and service provision.
Facilitating social mobility and access to participation amongst our Sunshine Families by offering free, inclusive and accessible events for their children and creating a nurturing and supportive community.
Reducing barriers for marginalised and ethnically minoritised communities to access support from us.
We receive no government funding and so rely solely on the generosity of supporters across the North East to enable us to continue our work.
By making a one-off or monthly donation, you can provide us with guaranteed funding so that we're able to support more disabled children in our region. To discover ways to donate click the button above.
Creating a brighter future for our children by advocating on their behalf but also provide a platform for children and young people with lived experience of disability to share their stories and create change.
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To actively engage in continual improvement of our services for families by seeking feedback and suggestions which is incorporated into project development and service provision.
For recent news story's, visit our landing page with Newcastle ChronicleLive. We regularly share stories of our families, appeals and events.
Our Sunshine Families...
Parents, Carers, and organisations can apply to us via filling in our simple online application form and receive support from our experienced Family Coordinators.
We offer free accessible, inclusive family events throughout the year, where families can get support and advice from our team and siblings can play alongside each other. We believe in a whole family approach to the services we provide so our sessions are designed to offer opportunities for families to explore and play together.
Community and Corporate engagement is also part of our wider offer to the local region. Members of Team Sunshine can offer a variety of options from guest speaking, education across all ages, workshops and outreach support.
ANTI RACISM STATEMENT
The Chronicle Sunshine Fund is fully committed to being an anti racist organisation now, and always, and have taken steps to ensure we are learning about, seeking out, and standing against all aspects of systematic racism. These steps have included staff members receiving both internal and external Equality and Diversity training, rewriting our Equality and Diversity statement and strengthening our existing relationships with intermediary groups from the Black, Asian and Ethnic Communities. Now more than ever, we are committed to providing platforms enabling all marginalized voices to be heard. We ae learning and we are growing.