We are delighted to announce that from a shortlist of exceptional organisations, SBH Scotland has been awarded the Scottish Power Foundation's 'Education Award' as part of their annual awards. Winners in each category receive an additional £5,000 funding boost, with runners-up receiving £2,500.
Scottish Power said, "The judges recognised its [SBH Scotland] brilliant work to help children with spina bifida to be fully included in the learning experience! 👏👏🙌"
"The judges recognised the charity’s work to support each child individually and to tailor its support to their bespoke needs. For example, it worked with partner organisations to ensure one child who required crutches to get around was able to fully participate in sporting activities at his school".
SBH Scotland was also praised for our work celebrating what makes our children unique and ensuring they all have the best possible start in life.
In addition, our member and fundraiser Lucy Abbeels received the Runner Up award for 'Charity Champion of the Year' for her consistent commitment to raising funds and awareness for our charity. Congratulations Lucy and thank you for your support.
On International Day of Older Persons delighted to share the International Federation of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus new report on 'Ageing with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus'.
SBH Scotland continues to offer care and support to all those affected by spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Scotland. Please call us on 03455 211300 if you require information or support or email us
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) is calling on talented Scots to help save the organisation with a virtual fundraising event. To help raise vital funds, SBH Scotland will host its first virtual event ‘Sunday Night Social - Live’ on Sunday 07 June and is now looking for the people of Scotland to take part in a featured talent show.
The event will be hosted by renowned entertainer and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Edward Reid via video link and London west end star, John Mclarnon, will also be on hand to entertain on the evening.
Those aged 16 and above (or under 16s if performing with a larger group which includes over 16s) are being encouraged to send in films of themselves performing their talents, whether its singing, dancing, acrobatics, stand-up or more. Those chosen to feature in the show will have an excerpt of their audition shown at the start of the show. Then it's up to the public to vote via a text message that will donate £1 to the charity! The winning audition will receive a Prize Voucher, their audition will be shown in full at the end of the show and they will go on to win the chance of performing at one of SBH Scotland's big social events when they start again in 2021!
To send your audition to us...
- Auditions should be no longer than 4 minutes.
- Please film your audition in landscape format (ie with your phone on it's side. Normal way up if using a standard camera)
- Please use the highest resolution your phone or camera has.
- Email us your full name(s), ages and town you're from. Please make sure you have permission from everyone involved to send the content in to us.
- Please state your name at the start of the audition film.
- Please don't attach the file directly into an email as it will be too big. Instead you can either store files you want to share on a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive then share the link with us via email. Alternatively use a large file sending service such as WeTransfer and make sure to email to email@example.com. Please send all links to your downloads to our email.
- You agree to abide by SBH Scotland's terms and conditions
Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland said: “The cancellation of fundraising events across the country has had a devastating impact on the third sector. At SBH Scotland we receive little statutory support and the challenge ahead of us is incredibly difficult.
“Life in lockdown can be unsettling for everyone, especially for those who require extra support in their day-to-day lives. Our Sunday Night Social is about getting together – albeit virtually – and having a good time, whilst also helping our staff and volunteers continue to provide support to those who need it most.
“This event is the first in what we hope can be a series of monthly get-togethers. We've taken the excitement, entertainment and production values of our large scale events and taken them online for the ultimate Sunday night in. We know that there are some exceptionally talented people in Scotland who will be looking to show off their skills and this event will be the perfect forum for that. So, please join us by sending in videos of your talents, no matter how silly or funny they are!”
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) has welcomed Scottish radio presenter and television personality, James Smith, as a charity ambassador.
Also known by his alter-ego, Mr Fabulous, James presents a number of shows on Paisley FM, Scene Radio and Camglen Radio and regularly works with STV, will be raising the profile of SBH Scotland, which works with young people and their families who have been affected by the life-long conditions of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
James, from the West of Glasgow, has been involved with SBH Scotland for a number of years, giving support to our fundraising efforts and acting as a judge at our annual ‘Strictly Come Prancing’ event, which was inspired by the hit BBC show.
As ambassador, James’ main role will be to work with the charity to raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus, along with making people aware of the services the charity can offer, including support and social groups, financial advice and health clinics.
James will be joining SBH Scotland’s team of existing ambassadors and patrons, including Gordon Ramsay, Duncan Bannatyne, Nicola Cassells and Meggan Dawson-Farrell.
James said: “I am so excited to have joined SBH Scotland as an ambassador. I work with many charities, and I’ve been blown away by the incredible work SBH Scotland carries out to help those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
“I want to make sure that everyone who has been affected by these conditions knows that they are not alone; SBH Scotland has helped to create a community of people who can help and support you through whatever life throws at you, from me, other volunteers and their staff, to those attending the support groups.”
SBH Scotland are required to raise over £1 million in funding to continue to support over 3,500 children, young people and adults with our support services. With the unprecedented outbreak of Coronavirus we face further financial challenges as we work to ensure all members know they are not alone at the most isolating of times. To reach our targets we are now almost solely reliant on the generosity of the public and trust and grant making bodies after many fundraising initiatives have been postponed or cancelled.
Deborah Roe, fundraising director at SBH Scotland, said: “James has been a huge advocate for our charity for a number of years, and his appointment as charity ambassador now makes it official. It’s also an incredibly positive bit of news for us to share at such an uncertain time for so many.
“James is an incredibly compassionate person with a real desire to help others, just as we do at SBH Scotland. We’re looking forward to working with him for years to come, helping those who need our support.”
The team at SBH Scotland have risen to all the challenges the current virus pandemic has thrown at it and are doing all they can to keep connected with SBH Scotland members at a time when feeling socially isolated is at its height.
At Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland) our members and staff are our utmost priority and in a time of constant change that sentiment remains stronger than ever.
Although the Coronavirus has brought with it many restrictions and uncertainty, SBH Scotland members are not alone in coping with the challenges it may bring them.
SBH Scotland have worked to continue a vital support service albeit in slightly different formats than normal.
Until further notice the Dan Young Building, our Head Office in Cumbernauld, is closed to members and following government guidelines we have made the decision to stop home visits temporarily. We have also postponed our support and social groups in their traditional formats. However, our Family Support Team remain dedicated to supporting members and are there therefore offering a:
Helpline: 03455 211 300. Call us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and we will be there to talk with you or just be a listening ear for your concerns.
Check-In Service: Regular contact through a weekly phone service to check in and make sure members are doing ok.
Coronavirus Hub and Information: We have a dedicated page for information relating to the Coronavirus. If members have any concerns of how they could be affected they can also click on our link and have a video chat with one of our clinical team.
Online Groups and workshops: Our team are looking at a range of technology so we can continue social interactions between members online as well as launch online workshops.
YouTube: Our YouTube channel is home to many useful resources during times such as these including Have A Go films to encourage children's play and development and our support worker Kerry has also been filming 'dancercise' videos for thos with limited mobility. Visit our channel now to subscribe.
Facebook private groups: We continue to have dedicated private spina bifida and hydrocephalus groups for SBH Scotland members on Facebook.
No one knows the long term effect that the Coronavirus will have in Scotland but whatever happens the SBH Scotland team are doing all they can to stay connected to their comunity. Contact us if you need support.