Touch Trust in 2016

As we enter another year we wanted to let you know about our plans for 2016.  We have recently appointed a new Board of Trustee’s and are in the process of revising our business plan in the light of recent funding cuts.  The business plan is supported by a fundraising plan which will see us diversify our funding to a number of funders.  We are soon to complete a large piece of work which has helped us to clearly identify our outcomes, or the difference we make to people who use our services.  We are hopeful this will be well received by funders and supporters and will lead to more funders committing to supporting our work.

We will maintain our day to day work at our centre, within the iconic Wales Millennium Centre, where we have over 200 disabled guests attending Touch Therapy each week.  Our plans to extend our work with young people in the transition stage (age 19+) has taken a huge step forward and will see us work more closely with Sense to deliver new sessions and opportunities for young people who are deaf blind within the next month.  We will also continue to work with children, young people and adults from Sense at our base in Wales Millennium Centre, as part of the Big Lottery funded ‘Being Me’ project.  In addition our recent funding success from BBC Children in Need will ensure that we can offer 2 after school clubs each week and include more young children in Touch Trust.

Our creative projects will focus on the theme of Seasons and we intend to be fully involved in the Roald Dahl 100 Celebrations programme of events.  We will work with our partners in WMC to ensure that our guests and their carers have every opportunity to take part in this important celebration of Dahl’s work.

We will maintain our outreach provision with older people who are affected by with dementia and are working with Care Homes and older people’s Organisations across Wales to promote our work and the benefits of Touch Therapy.

Our training and Provider Member work continues to expand and in 2016 we will have 2 new Trainers who will be qualified to deliver Touch Trust Session Leader training across Wales. This will enable us to meet the demand for more bespoke training in West and Mid Wales and also include more people in our 4 day Touch Trust training programme. 

We aim to maintain our Provider Membership of 42 organisations across Wales and will work with our Provider Members in Glasgow, Scotland to train 10 new session leaders in March.  Over 600 people access Touch Trust sessions each week through our Provider Membership and we will continue to support and share our skills and learning through regular Provider Member network days.

We have recently refreshed our links with local colleges and schools in the Cardiff area and we will have volunteers, students and school pupils on placement with us throughout the year.  This is an important investment of time and sharing our expertise with the future carers, physiotherapists, music therapists and arts professionals in Wales.  Many of these people will never have worked with disabled people and their families before and Touch Trust can offer a safe, supportive and fun environment for this to blossom.

Whilst there is no doubt that Touch Trust will face some challenges in securing funding, it is clear that our work continues to be central to the lives of many disabled people and their families across Wales.  We as an organisation will continue to meet this demand and work in partnership with organisations, funders and people across Wales to continue our very important work.

Simon Carnell                                                                                                                                                          Adele Gilmour

Chairman                                                                                                                                Chief Executive Officer