Brelms Trust CIO


Harrogate Homeless Project

The psychotherapy service, Streetlight, has provided psychotherapy to vulnerably housed individuals. Many of these individuals experience chaotic lives and struggle to access support services and build trust. We have worked with individuals for both long term therapy and short-term interventions. The Brelms grant has enabled the development of therapeutic relationships by offering an approach that demonstrates an awareness of trauma.

New Mind Counselling

The three-year grant has paid for the rent of the ground floor counselling room at the base in Birstall. That is the only accessible room for anyone with any physical disability as the premises do not have a lift to the 1st floor where the other room is situated. The client would have to travel to Dewsbury Health Centre or Cleckheaton Group Practice where the project is allowed to use free rooms at specific times – such travel may be difficult for people with a physical disability. This year the grant has enabled a counsellor with limited mobility to volunteer, and over the last 3 years older clients and those with a physical disability have been able to access the service. The grant has provided the security the project needed.

Mind The Gap

Thanks to funding from the Brelms Trust, Mind the Gap has been able to extend their programme of performing arts evening classes for young people aged 11-18 with learning disabilities. The funding has enabled them to add an additional term of dance and drama sessions so that activity can run all year round (35 p/a), providing opportunities for the young people to make new friends, gain confidence and develop skills.

Safe @ Last

The grant contributed towards Safe@Last’s vital family support work in South Yorkshire, contributing to the costs of 2 outreach workers who provide emotional and practical support to parents and carers of young people who have run away from home or are at risk of doing so.
Your support enabled our workers to make 240 family visits and attend 74 multi agency meetings in 2017. Our sessions are unique to each family and we deliver strategies and support to families to help them to improve communication and behaviour, reduce conflict, increase empathy, and ultimately prevent young people from running away from home.
Thank you to The Brelms Trust for helping us to support families in crisis and keep young people safe.


The funding from Brelms Trust has enabled LS29 to continue to offer a wide range of fun and challenging sporting activities to families who were members of LS29 throughout 2017/18. Young people have been given the chance to experience new activities suitable for children and young people with a wide range of additional needs and disabilities, which they otherwise would not have had the opportunity or confidence to try. The feedback has been extremely positive, with families reporting increased well-being, improved confidence, new friendships amongst some of the benefits.

Aspergers Children & Carers Together

As a result of the stability provided by a grant from the Brelms Trust, we were able to deliver a packed programme of support and activities to help autistic young people in Sheffield to build confidence and social communication skills in a safe and supportive environment amongst peers who understand the challenges of autism.

We delivered 50 Activate sessions on Saturday mornings for younger children, and 50 Wednesday evening teenage club sessions, plus weekly ACCT Owls football sessions coached by Sheffield Wednesday FC. We also organised a programme of family day trips and monthly family swimming sessions. And we delivered parents’ meetings and training workshops to provide support to parents of autistic children in Sheffield.

Ryedale Special Families

The grant is essential to the delivery of this vital project to young adults with disabilities and additional needs. The people we support would have no access to social and leisure activities in this area without this group and it makes a huge difference to their quality of life and wellbeing. It gives people the chance to catch up with old friends, make new friends and learn new skills which are important in developing independence.
In particular, the fact that a three year grant was given has really made the difference with this project. All services need time to grow and the multi-year grant has given RSF the ability to think big and plan ahead and the young people we support are benefiting enormously.

Older People`s Action in Locality (OPAL)

Having the security of this funding has meant that both the Men’s Group and the Carer’s Group have been able to run consistently, with a high level of support from the staff member running the group along with the team of volunteers. This has meant that OPAL has been able to plan for the groups longer term; we have been able to develop the groups without fearing for their financial viability and more importantly, the individuals attending each group have been able to access the support and friendship they need to help reduce loneliness and isolation.