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The Association for the Rehabilitation for Communication and Oral Skills By The Association for the Rehabilitation for Communication and Oral Skills

Improving life for children and adults who have communication, and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties through remote support therapy, information and advice.

Holt Heath Idea stage

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Face to face therapy and advice at our centre in Malvern has almost ceased due to Covid-19. Our clients are some of the most vulnerable in the local community, struggling with complex life threatening conditions arising from Cerebral Palsy, Autism, MS, MND, stroke, Parkinson’s and Down Syndrome. They are further isolated without access to therapy and advice which keeps them connected and communicating with others. They are at significant risk of mental health challenges and feelings of isolation and loneliness as restrictions and social distancing continues. Remote support through tele-therapy, helplines and digital media training will enable beneficiaries to access therapy and support at home, enabling improvement of their physical conditions and their mental health. Our actions will encourage some of the most vulnerable people to stay at home, reducing infection rates and preventing illness, potential hospitalisation and the significant risk of early death.

What we'll deliver:

  • Provide telephone conferencing therapy
  • • Video and phone information, advice and guidance. Remote support for carers

Why it's a great idea:

Tele-therapy will enable our clients to continue their vital life changing treatment, helping improve communication and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. The effects of clients symptoms are often pervasive, extending beyond the health and happiness of the individual, require long term treatment and affect the lives of everyone around them. Many of our existing beneficiaries and families are exhausted by the constant demand of caring for a person with complex medical needs and are desperate to speak to someone who understands their circumstances. We have set up a video/phone information, advice and guidance network, allowing carers, family members and beneficiaries to phone in for ad hoc or regular support. We are trialing video conferencing in small networking groups to help combat the increased isolation people are experiencing, now they are unable to meet.

Steps to get it done:

  • Support at least 15 people a week via our advice and information phone line
  • Deliver at least 20 tele-therapy sessions a week

Location Holt Heath

About the space

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Worcestershire County Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £46,386

Staffing costs - £18,900 (41%)
Expansion of Tele-Therapy Network - £16,200 (35%)
Volunteer Costs - £3,852 (8%)
Costs of calls, conferencing, website, virtual networking - £3,102 (7%)
Devices 5 @£300 - £1,500 (3%)
Other - £2,832 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

Staffing costs
Expansion of Tele-Therapy Network
Volunteer Costs
Costs of calls, conferencing, website, virtual networking
Devices 5 @£300
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Online training videos

Total £46,386

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