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Great websites in the UK and great websites in Spain
You'll find some great websites below, all based either in the UK or Spain. This page is viewed by just over 6,000 people a week, so hopefully the entries on this page will help the websites below to gain more prominence to a wider audience. If you would like your website to also appear here, details are near the bottom of this page.
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5 A Day - click on the link below for some of the best advice on healthy eating:
Action For Children - Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential.
A proud heritage - Action For Children have been working with the UK's most vulnerable children since 1869. Action For Children were originally called the National Children's Home, or NCH, until September 2008 when they changed their name to one that better describes what they do and what they value - Action for Children.
Passionate about potential - Action For Children believe all children and young people have unique potential and that they should have the support and opportunities they need to reach it.
Action for Children helps nearly 170,000 children, young people and their
families through nearly 450 projects across the UK. They also promote social
justice by lobbying and campaigning for change.
Armed Forces Day - Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for the nation to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to service families, and from veterans to cadets.
Across the country people are getting involved: communities are holding local events and businesses are showing their support for the UK's armed forces.
Armed forces day in the UK is usually held at various locations in the UK on the last Saturday in June every year and to find out how to get involved, what's going on in your area, plus find out how you can celebrate Armed Forces Day in support of our nation, just click on the link below. The website for the Armed Forces Day, is www.ArmedForcesDay.org.uk
Army Benevolent Fund - The Soldiers' Charity - since being founded in 1944 as the Army Benevolent Fund, they have provided a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families.
Although they changed their name in 2010 to ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity, their vision
remains exactly the same: "That all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families
should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and
In return, the charity provides financial assistance for serving soldiers and ex-soldiers when they are in real need. That's what they've been doing since 1944.
They have seen a 30% rise over the recent past in applications from soldiers who have taken part in previous and current conflicts and currently raise £7 million a year to meet this need.
As a result of current operations, it is anticipated that the requests for assistance will rise significantly in the coming years. It is the aim of The Soldiers' Charity to be sure that we can help each and every soldier that needs our help. We depend entirely on your donations and goodwill to do this. The website for the Army Benevolent Fund, is www.SoldiersCharity.org
British Cycling - one of the best organisations for cycling in the UK.
- British Cycling is the national governing body for cycle sport in the UK
As the governing body of cycling, British Cycling has a range of responsibilities, which, for operational purposes, the organisation groups under two main headings:
Excellence - British Cycling runs the lottery-funded GB Cycling Teams in road, track, mountain bike, cross-country and paralympic cycling and is offering an increasing amount of support to the GB team in non-Olympic disciplines. More details of Excellence can be found in the GB Team section of the website.
Participation - British Cycling members have access to an extensive events programme, racing licences and a range of benefits. British Cycling underpins cycling with programmes focusing on Facilities, Major Events, Coaching, Volunteers, Club Development and Grass-Roots participation. The British Cycling website is at: www.britishcycling.org.uk
British Forces community in the UK, with friends and families overseas, from Afghanistan to Iraq, Germany to the Falklands, Cyprus to Canada - not to mention our FM stations in Northern Ireland. Many of our programmes are heard simultaneously in the UK and across the Forces' world, some will come from our studios in operational areas or Germany and all of them will feature our brilliant mix of music from the 60s to the present day. www.bfbs.com
Just click once on the following link for some of the best advice on helping yourself to have a healthy heart: www.bhf.org.uk
The majority of the population, both older and younger people, are able to lead healthy, active lives. However, for many people there comes a time when, either for themselves or for someone close to them, there is a critical need to know what is available in the way of care or living support and how it can be accessed - for short or long term needs.
In this situation, people are often faced with very little
choice. Often, they are told that a care home is the only option. A home may be
an excellent choice for some people but, as this site will show, there are lots
of other possibilities and options to think about.
Change 4 Life - these days, 'modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Which means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease - so it's really important that we do something about it.
We all know it can be hard these days to live a happy, healthy life but Change4Life can help. After all, none of us are perfect. The way we live in modern society means a lot of us, especially our kids, have fallen into unhealthy habits. Even the best of us can make small changes.
Would you like loads of ideas and help to give your family a happier, healthier future? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life. As part of Change4Life, you will receive tons of helpful information, games, tools, tips and a free welcome pack. You can also search for what is happening in your local community. We'll update the site all the time so don't miss out - come back and see us regularly.
Where will I find Change4Life?
In a word - everywhere! Making a Change4Life is really important, so we're going
to be talking to you through your telly, your radio, your parks, your local
halls, your supermarkets, in your children's schools and, with any luck, in your
home too. And that's just for starters!
Childline Children's Charity - ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK. Children and young people can call us on 0800 11 11 to talk about any problem - our counsellors are always here to help you sort it out.
Since it was launched in 1986, ChildLine has saved children's lives, found refuges for children in danger on the streets, and given hope to thousands of children who believed no one else cared for them. ChildLine has now counselled well over one million children and young people.
ChildLine is the UK's free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advise and protect children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn.
Almost 1,400 volunteers provide a counselling service, supervised by a team of professional supervisors and managers. Every day around 4,500 children call ChildLine, but lack of funds means that only 2,500 of them will get through to our counsellors for comfort, advice and protection. www.childline.org.uk
Childrens Hospices UK - Childrens Hospices UK is the national charity that gives voice and support to all childrens hospice services. Childrens Hospices UK's vision is for every child and young person who is not expected to reach adulthood and their family to have access to the highest standards of children's hospice care and support close to home.
Its work includes:
CTC - The National Cycling Charity - CTC’s vision is of a healthier, happier and cleaner world, because more people cycle. We want people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to be able to cycle safely, easily and enjoyably.
CTC, the national cycling charity has championed the cause of cycling for well over a century. We promote all forms of cycling, protect the interests of existing and would-be cyclists, and inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover the joys of cycling.
As an independent, democratic and expert organisation, our activities reflect
the commitment of our members, volunteers and partners to make cycling
mainstream, making a lasting difference to the lives of individuals and communities.
DogsTrust - founded in 1891, the Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the
largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Our mission is to bring about the day
when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary
Here's what we do in a nutshell.
Each year we care for around 16,000 dogs at our nationwide network of 17 Rehoming Centres. No healthy dog is ever destroyed.
We run subsidised neutering campaigns in areas of the UK with the most acute stray dog problems.
Our Education Officers give thousands of classroom presentations every year. Free teaching resources are made available to all schools in the UK.
Our freedom project helps pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence by fostering their animals while they start a new life.
The hope Project gives preventative veterinary care to dogs belonging to homeless people.
We advise government on any matters concerning dog ownership.
The dogs trust is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK and the website for The DogsTrust is www.dogstrust.org.uk
European Cyclists' Federation - (ECF) - The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) is pledged to ensure that bicycle use
achieves its fullest potential so as to bring about sustainable mobility and
public well-being. To achieve these aims, the ECF seeks to change attitudes,
policies and budget allocations at the European level. The ECF will stimulate
and organise the exchange of information and expertise on bicycle related
transport policies and strategies as well as the work of the cyclists movement.
The Aims and Objectives of the European Cyclists Federation:
The website for the European Cyclists' Federation is www.ecf.com
Forces Pension Society - the Forces Pension Society exists to ensure that serving and retired members of the Armed Forces, their widows, widowers, surviving partners, civil partners and dependants receive the pension to which they are entitled and which they deserve.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we value our independence, which gives us the freedom to campaign objectively on behalf of our members and of members of the Armed Forces generally.
We campaign on behalf of all ranks of all Services and their dependants
to improve the benefits of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme. Unless you are a
fully qualified Pensions expert, the complex and constantly changing nature of
the Armed Forces Pension Scheme needs explanation and guidance.
If you have any niggling doubts concerning your understanding of the full implications of your pension situation, now is the time to join us and ensure you get the best pension to which you are entitled. It could save you (or your dependants) a lot of needless hassle, or money, or both. The website for The Forces Pension Society is www.forpen.org
Great Ormond Street Hospital - Great Ormond Street Hospital treats more than 90,000 patients each year - children who are suffering from the rarest, most complex and often life-threatening conditions. They receive the best medical care that money can buy, but the NHS funding cannot meet these ever-rising costs, and that's where the hospital's charity, GOSHCC, steps in.
GOSH - the Hospital - GOSH offers the widest range of paediatric specialties under one roof in Britain, and pioneers new treatments and drugs through its research body, the Institute of Child Health. Come on our hospital tour, or find out more about the Hospital's inspiring work at www.gosh.nhs.uk
Great Ormond Street Hospital is the largest paediatric research and training centre in Britain. All areas of the hospital take part in research, including a particular focus on research by nurses and professionals allied to medicine.
Among their many achievements, our researchers have devised mini-bone marrow transplants for children too sick to have a full-blown BMT (bone marrow transplant), the development of a hepatitis C vaccine and ground-breaking gene therapy trials. New drugs have also been pioneered for the treatment of epilepsy, arthritis and HIV, while new techniques for cardiac surgery have made it safer and more effective.
Family accommodation - Great Ormond Street Hospital houses 1,000 parents each week on site. It aims to give a bed for the night to one parent of every inpatient, and both parents of intensive care patients. Number 3, Powis Place, was recently purchased for £350,000 to house parents of children in the Intensive Care Unit.
The website for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, is www.gosh.org
Help For Heroes - Help for Heroes has become, in the words of the Prime Minister, a 'National Institution' and it is hard to believe that the Help for Heroes charity was only started in October 2007. Since then they have raised millions of pounds to help support our servicemen and women injured in the current conflicts.
This is not about politics, there's no need to criticise or complain, why moan about it being dark when you can light a candle? This is about ordinary decent people wanting to to do their bit to help, to raise money by joining in and so creating something that has become rather wonderful.
Over the last few weeks we have seen this support building into a a huge, unstoppable wave. The RFU hosted the Rugby Challenge Match at Twickenham and 52,000 of you cheered on the Rugby Legends and raised over £1.3m. A business man decided to do his bit and paid £1.5m to fly with the RAF's Red Arrows. The finalists of Simon Cowell's X Factor joined in and sung Hero which has become the fastest selling record of the decade. Even James Bond has signed up with over £500,000 raised for H4H and the Poppy appeal at the Royal Premier of Quantum of Solace.
There are thousands of events happening all over the country as people decide to show their support, people who are prepared to get on and do something, to light a candle in the dark. All of us at Help for Heroes are staggered by the support and would like to say thank you to all of you who have made this work..... Now keep going!
The website for Help For Heroes is www.HelpForHeroes.org.uk
Horsham Information - giving information for Horsham, in West Sussex. The website for Horsham Information is www.HorshamInformation.com
International Animal Rescue - countless animals suffer in silence. The International Animal Rescue are here to free them from pain and make their lives worth living. Without us, their misery will never end.
At International Animal Rescue we do exactly what our name says - we save animals from suffering around the world. We cut free dancing bears in India, rescue primates from animal traffickers in Indonesia and treat stray dogs and cats around the world. And so much more... Whenever we can, we release rescued animals back into the wild. and if that's not possible, we give them a safe haven for life.
The website for International Animal Rescue is at: www.InternationalAnimalRescue.org
Liberty GB - Liberty GB are standing up for the British Patriots - to find out more, just go to their website: www.LibertyGB.org.uk
NCPCC - Childrens charity in the UK - The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. That's why we aim to end
cruelty to children in the UK. Even if it takes many generations to realise it,
we achieve much more for children by having this inspirational vision.
* Focus on areas in which we can make the biggest difference.
* Prioritise the children who are most at risk.
* Learn what works best for them.
* Create leverage for change.
When we have an idea we think will reduce harm to children, we test it. We
measure it carefully to ensure that it works. If it does we tell others, in
order to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up by them to
help other children.
* Those who experience neglect.
* Physical abuse in high-risk families (those families with violent adults, alcohol and drug abuse and mental health issues
* Those who experience sexual abuse.
* Children under the age of one.
* Disabled children.
Putting it into practice
When we have an idea to reduce harm to children, we will test it. We'll measure it to ensure it works. If it does, we'll do everything we can to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up to help other children.
To help end cruelty to children in the UK we:
* Create and deliver the services that are most effective at protecting children.
* Provide advice and support for adults and professionals worried about a child.
* Work with organisations to ensure they effectively protect children - and challenge those who do not.
* Campaign for changes to legislation, policy and practice in order to keep children safe.
The website for the NCPCC is at www.nspcc.org.uk
PDSA - our mission - to care for the pets of people in need by providing free veterinary services to their sick and injured animals and promoting responsible pet ownership.
Our Priorities -
The fundamental long-term priorities for PDSA are:
Property rentals on the Costa Blanca, the sunny east coast of Spain - there's a little known Spanish beach resort on the Costa Blanca, called La Mata, (some call it LaMata, TorreLaMata or Torre La Mata), in this part of Spain, you are guaranteed, wall-to-wall sunshine 300 days of the year. La Mata is in between Torrevieja and Guardamar (many people find Torrevieja and Guardamar too noisy), and half-way between Alicante airport and Murcia airport, about 30 minutes drive from either one. La Mata is a laid back small, typical Spanish village, so seems to be one of the most perfect holiday destinations in Spain. In La Mata, you'll find a wealth of bars, shops, beaches, supermarkets, restaurants and street markets within just a few minutes walk from the apartment.
The apartment has two bedrooms; a main double bedroom and the 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds, with hot and cold air-conditioning, free 24/7 Wi-Fi and 24/7 English television channels. The area of La Mata is very flat, making it ideal for the elderly, disabled etc. The property also has a balcony and a swimming pool. For a great holiday rental in Spain, on the Costa Blanca, just click on the following link: www.CostaBlancaPropertyRentals.com
Royal British Legion - about the Legion - The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces. We are one of the UK's largest membership organisations and recognised as custodians of Remembrance. We also run the annual Poppy Appeal.
Who we help - The Royal British Legion help serving and ex-service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today.
What we do - We provide welfare services, campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people, are custodians of Remembrance, raise funds through the annual Poppy Appeal and we are a membership organisation.
The website for The Royal British Legion - UK, is www.britishlegion.org.uk
RSPCA - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is the
leading animal welfare charity. That's because we have the experience and
knowledge to make a real difference to the lives of animals. From rescuing a
single baby fox cub to successfully changing the law - and with it, the lives of
millions of animals.
We're proud of who we are and what we do. We've come so far, and in this section we hope to answer all of your questions and curiosities about us.
You can learn all about our heritage, and find out about the people who put our mission into action - and what they really do.
Plus you can keep your thirst for knowledge well watered and stay informed with our natty newsletters and magazines.
The website for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.rspca.org.uk
SAT Animal Rescue - 'Sociedad Protectora para Animales de Torrevieja' (or S.A.T) is a registered charity whose aim is to alleviate the local stray and abandoned dog problem. It was formed in 1992 by likeminded people and became registered in Valencia as Charity no: 3463. It is also registered with Torrevieja Town hall.
S.A.T was founded in 1992 by a group of people of all nationalities who saw the need for a sanctuary for the abandoned dogs that roamed the streets of Torrevieja. Today, with its kennels at Dolores which can home up to 70 dogs, it is still a multi-national organisation and a registered charity with the Valencian Community. Our aim is to prevent unnecessary suffering and rehome the many abandoned dogs within the Costa Blanca area. No longer do we only cover Torrevieja, we have cries for help from as far as Murcia and as far inland as Pinoso and Sax. Luckily for us, there are now more places like ours that take in abandoned animals and we can deal with the immediate problems in the Vega Baja area more readily.
We have a huge amount of volunteers who do just about anything to make the stay of our 'guests' at Dolores a happy one. Dog walkers, shop workers, fundraisers and general all round helpers all help to ensure that the SAT Animal Rescue runs smoothly. The SAT animal rescue can always do with more help though and volunteers are always needed, but especially to help in our SAT shop at Guardamar, at the Sunday sales at San Luis and San Miguel, and to fundraise, as these are our only sources of income, this side of SAT is all important. If you can help in any way please contact the kennels on (0034) 966 710 047 and they will put you in touch with the right person. Remember though, there is an answer machine so please follow the instructions on the message should the kennel staff be elsewhere working and not answering the phone at that time.
The SAT animal
rescue centre at Dolores only caters for dogs but SAT also helps other animals when
necessary. We work closely with other charities and individuals dealing with
many different types of animals so although we cannot house them we can advise
Sleeping Problems - how often do you hear that someone didn't sleep very well? About 35% of the population suffer from some form of sleep problems, with more and more people turning away from swallowing chemicals in the form of sleeping pills, and using natural products, like essential oils sprayed on their pillows. The relaxing pillow mist is well recommended and is great value, each bottle of 100ml costs only £17.99 and lasts for about 3 months per person. The website for the Sleeping Solutions, is www.SleepBetterPillowMist.com.com
SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity - what we do - we've been serving the Armed Forces community for over 130 years and our experience has helped us understand the unique demands of service life. We are continually updating what we do to ensure we meet the changing needs of servicemen and women, veterans and their families.
SSAFA works in partnership with other military charities and specialist organisations to ensure that those who turn to us for help get the support they need.
We put Armed Forces families at the heart of everything we do.
Welfare advice and support - we help serving personnel, veterans and their families across the UK. Our network of around 7,000 committed volunteers worldwide offer welfare support for people from throughout the military community, from World War Two veterans to the families of young service personnel wounded in Afghanistan. Our network of branches provide help for veterans and their families in the community. Our service volunteers work on military bases to help families meet the challenges of service life.
Health and Social Care services - our professional staff give direct support to serving personnel and their families in the UK and overseas through contracts to the NHS and Ministry of Defence. Our doctors, nurses, midwives and social workers deliver health and community care for British Forces in Germany and worldwide.
We also provide Personal Support and Social Work Services at RAF bases throughout the UK and social work support across the world.
Specialist services - Armed Forces families face unique challenges and so it is important that we
provide services that address their specific needs. These services address a
variety of unique welfare needs and issues experienced by military families:
Torrevieja Forums, the forums for Torrevieja and the whole of the Costa Blanca south - the very popular Torrevieja forums, with almost 4,000 members and over 370,000 posts covering over 50,000 different conversations! Covering all of the Costa Blanca south, from Alicante to Murcia.
For more details on the Torrevieja Forums, just go to their website www.TorreviejaForums.com
UK Sport - leading the UK to sporting excellence.
Established by Royal Charter in 1996, UK Sport works in partnership with the home country sports councils and other agencies to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.
UK Sport is responsible for managing and distributing public investment and is a statutory distributor of funds raised by the National Lottery.
Accountable to Parliament through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, UK Sport's work is directed by the board, which meets every two months.
UK Sport will work in partnership to lead sport in the UK to world-class success.
For more details on this
excellent cause, just go to UK Sports website :
Veterans' lifeline - because not all wounds are visible!
A little bit more about the man behind veterans lifeline.
Nick Perry, a former Army Warrant Officer and Liverpool Lad who returned home. The plight of the local Veterans (with no diagnosed medical issues so not on the radar of other military charities) led him to take action in line with his experience as a Personal Recovery Officer (dealing with Wounded Injured and Sick service personnel) and the knowledge of his 25 year military career as well as experiences gained from operating in hostile environments like Afghanistan, Iraq etc. Nick was also the House Sergeant Major of Tedworth House towards the end of his military career (H4H HQ and recovery centre in Wiltshire), so he understands how the charity's operate and He has also worked with our hardest hit serving personnel, indeed he was personally in charge of the recovery pathway of the worse case of PTSD the British Army had ever seen.
For Nick it's very simple, He hates to see people struggle in general but the truth is we live in a very hard world that can if you are not carful and probably when you least expect it, chew you up and spit you out (this world has no boundaries on who it can creep up on and spin their world upside down, you may have left service as a private or a Colonel in the SAS, everyone at times needs a little support some more than others), and trust us if this world turns on you and brings you to your knees then I guarantee you would want someone like Nick by your side. Nick absolutely hates on a very personal level to see a veteran brought to his or her knees because of lots of different reasons and the thought of a struggling veteran committing suicide when We know he or she really doesn't need to is an absolute killer for us (this is not a romantic notion for us, this is real life) and believe it or not We always try our best not to get overly involved emotionally.
Veterans’ Lifeline takes a different approach, quite holistic. They don't stand by the fast-flowing stream, fishing struggling veterans out then helping them (like many other charities). Instead, where possible, they move upstream to see why they are falling in and try to prevent it.
The HARDFACTS model is used to identify the underlying problems and we try not to get to focused on the symptoms of the underlying problem (we won't just fix the symptom and then walk away, of course the symptom will be dealt with but concurrently we look to fix the cause): Health, Accommodation, Relocation, Drugs/Alcohol, Finances, Attitude, Children/Family, Training/Employment, Supporting Agencies. Each is tackled and if there’s an issue solutions are sought with the Veteran. Complex issues, broken down one by one to achieve an achievable and lasting solution for the struggling veteran.
Veterans' lifeline is a fully registered charity. The Veterans’ Lifeline working day starts at 06:00hrs, and usually finishes somewhere around 0130hrs. We support tri-service veterans; it doesn’t matter which Regiment/Corps/Service the individual served in: If you are a Veteran who needs help, Veterans’ Lifeline will do its best to support in any way it can.
Veterans’ Lifeline is a Registered Charity to ensure accountability to the
Charity Commission. Unlike other ways of organising large-scale monetary
donations (Non-profit organisations for example) it’s impossible to use the
money given for anything other than the uses agreed in the constitution (and
approved by the Charity Commission). If anyone tried to take money out of the
charity for anything not agreed the charitable status could be lost (and they’d
have Nick to deal with!). In short, you won’t see any trustees suddenly going on
mass spending sprees using the money you’ve given and raised for the Charity!
There are some necessary and unavoidable costs of running a charity, but once
those have been dealt with, the money will go to the Veterans.
Registered Charity Number 1167271
Now! Please spread the word. Please choose Veterans’ Lifeline as your charity when you’re fundraising!!
Helping struggling Veterans NOW! Please help us to help them!
This is not a reality TV show. This is real life.
To DONATE or FUNDRAISE - click on this link:
For more details on this
excellent cause, just go to the Veterans Lifeline website :
We Are The English - for anything to do with being English, whether for merchandise, clothing, history, culture, news and views, just click once on the image below.
We Are The English website www.WeAreTheEnglish.com
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