Wolves in the Woods

Wolves in the Woods, Boundary Way Project: April to July 2021

With grateful thanks to James Beattie Charitable Trust the very popular and successful Wolves in the Woods outdoor stay and play sessions were delivered during Spring and early summer 2021 in Boundary Way Community Garden, Warstones.

Keeping in mind the restrictions and impact of Covid-19, we continued to follow guidance and procedures to limit the spread of the virus and ensure our audiences felt safe in the sessions.

Our overarching aims were:

  • to support development of under 7s and their parents and caregivers through play
  • help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness of caregivers of young children by creating a space to share stories
  • to support physical and mental wellbeing of young children and their caregivers in this area of the city through outdoor play opportunities

This project aimed to enable Wolves Play Café to engage with at least 60 under 7s and their caregivers in Warstones/Merryhill area of Wolverhampton, which is in the top 10% most deprived areas in the UK, through Wolves in the Woods forest play sessions led by an Early Years Specialist. The sessions were free to access with a range of forest play, STEM related play opportunities, all within Covid-19 guidelines.

Wolves Play Café staff delivered fortnightly sessions as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allowed from April 13th to July 7th 2021. Our participants, children and adults, had opportunities to socialise with others and help to build peer support networks between caregivers in the community. Little ones gained new skills, had opportunities to learn from first-hand experiences and caregivers shared and took part in simple play ideas to support their children’s learning, fun and development in and outside of sessions.

Happy Stories and impact measurement

During the sessions we use accessible feedback methods such as pictorial surveys and reviews to gain views, opinions and ideas from both children and adults.

We asked participants what they enjoyed most about the sessions:

Playing in the mud kitchen, singing and listening to stories, discovering things outdoors (bear/ball hunt, magnifying glass), having a cup of tea and doing mud paintings”.

“The children enjoy it and always learn something new and meet new friends :-)”

“I also like the fact that wolves in the woods has given us the opportunity to be involved more with our community, especially for us the Boundary way allotments”.

Asthma Relief Charity

Thank you James Beattie Charitable Trust

We at Asthma Relief Charity are so grateful for your continued support of our work in Wolverhampton.  Thanks to your generous donationswe have been able to place several nebulisers in New Cross Hospital and in the Wolverhampton area.

Over the last 5years we have seen a significant increase in demand for our nebuliser care and services and we are now experiencing a further dramatic increase due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are just a couple of the many thank you messages that we have received:-

“I am witing to thank you for the very kind donation of Pari nebuliser compressors which we have received recently for the use of our Asthma patients. We very much appreciate this donation as I am certain do our Asthma patients. Once again, thank you for your generosity”.

(From Respiratory Department at New Cross Hospital)

“Can I say a big thank you for the donations we receive of nebulisers.

Your donations have resulted in us supporting patients to remain at home and receive the treatment they require at home and not be admitted to hospital.

Without the donations we have received from Asthma Relief we would not be able to support so many patients”

(From: A Community Respiratory Nurse)

We are only able to provide this vitally important service to those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory illnesses thanks to the generosity of organisations such as the James Beattie Charitable Trust.  Once again, on behalf of everyone at Asthma Relief Charity and our service users, thank you so much.

Kind regards

Dave Penman

Founder & Honorary Manager


Asthma Relief Charity (Registered Charity No. 1063965)

The Shaftesbury Centre

Percy Street

Swindon, Wiltshire


Tel: 01793 524004

Fax: 01793 529005

Click here for our  Website

E mail;  info@asthmarelief.org.uk

Circus Starr

We are Circus Starr, a community interest company that is passionate about sharing the magical art of circus with those who are disabled, vulnerable, and disadvantaged. We started making a positive impact on young lives over 30 years ago and never stopped. A circus displays various beautiful art forms, as well as providing comical entertainment. We know how life changing the arts can be, and that’s why we strive to make it available for everybody no matter what obstacles they may face.   Put simply – we bring fun to those who need it most.

For vulnerable and disabled children, the last 18 months has been especially hard with very little outside help available to families. The support of the James Beattie Trust will mean that isolated children in Wolverhampton are able to come together to explore live performance, overcome fears and try new adventures.

“Laughing is good for our mental health. A real boost that helps you cope with what life with a disabled child can throw at you.”

Starr in the Community CIC, Dane Mill, Broadhurst Lane, Congleton, Cheshire CW12 1LA
Tel: 01260 288 690
Email: info@circus-starr.org.uk
Twitter: @CircusStarr
Facebook: /circusstarr



The Pioneer Centre

The Trustees have been kind enough to support our work with a very generous donation earlier this year and the photos show the pleasure and excitement the children get from the outdoor activities.  It enhances team building skills, self-esteem and confidence and provides the young people with life-long memories.

Kind regards

Isabel  Whittaker

Isabel Whittaker



01604 499699
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1st Albrighton Scout Group

The James Beattie Trust kindly agreed a generous donation towards us replacing old flooring in

our Scout Hut with a new damp proof membrane, base and carpet tiles. This will greatly improve and enhance our building and make it a much better and safer place for the young people of Albrighton to enjoy their activities.  We are actively encouraging wider use by community Groups in our village to enjoy our wonderful facility during the day, in addition to the 100 + young people in Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides.

The work is scheduled for the end of September. Photographs of the new flooring will be posted as soon as the work is completed.
I send my heartfelt thanks to the trustees.
Kind regards

Jon Gill
District Commissioner
Rest of the World District
British Scouting Overseas

Dream Makers Children’s Charity

I would like to take this opportunity to say an enormous thank you on behalf of the children and their carers for your very kind donation.

This money will help support children in and around Wolverhampton area with assistance to much needed respite holidays in one of our mobile homes in Torquay, Devon.

Our homes are for full disabled use with ramp and walk in shower and hoist for easy access to the bedroom, they are fully wheelchair friendly too 😊and many a happy child has left feeling refreshed and ready to face whatever life throws at them again…..with the hope of something nice to look forward too.


This donation will provide hope for the continuation of the future of our work and for dream makers to move into 2021 and beyond with being able to say yes and help realise their wish for a respite holiday.

This last 18 months have been somewhat challenging  and at times worrying for the future of Dream Makers however here we are once more holding on and moving forward, so here is to a brighter future for us all and many more happy faces. 😊😊

It is only with the help of trusts such as yours we are able to continue, so would you kindly reach out and say thank you too for all the support to those that have enabled you to make this huge donation…… 😊

My kindest wishes

Juney Walsh Cooper


Dream Makers Children’s Charity


Charity Reg No 1045148

Tel :        01675 442 555

Mobile : 07816 124 889

Wildside Activity Centre

May I first of all thank you and your fellow members of the James Beattie Trust for the generous gift you have given to Wildside Activity Centre.

Your donation will help us to continue providing much needed services to the communities of Wolverhampton. In particular it will enable us to continue funding our Little Explorers group which works with pre-school children, engaging them in play and providing educational experiences based around the principles of Forest School learning.


Wildside Activity Centre: All ages, all abilities –reconnecting people with nature.

Situated in the Whitmore Reans area of Wolverhampton, Wildside Activity Centre enables enjoyment of the outdoors by providing adventurous and environmental activities, promoting wellbeing and an underlying appreciation of the natural world. Offering opportunities for learning, challenge, health improvement and personal development it seeks to foster respect for the environment, helping safeguard our planet for future generations.

As an Outdoor and Environmental Education Centre, Wildside provides the basis of an informal approach to learning in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Qualified and experienced staff supply the expertise to ensure that any visit is a learning, rewarding and memorable experience to individuals and groups alike and the centre strives to ensure its activities are fully accessible to people with additional needs so that it is a resource that is available to all the people and communities of Wolverhampton.

 Mark Hand                                                                                                                  Business Development Manager

Wildside Activity Centre

01902 754612



Spinal Injuries Association

Thank you to The James Beattie Charitable Trust for your donation of £1,000 in October 2020 towards our Support Network for the spinal cord injured (SCI) community in the West Midlands.

As a valued supporter of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), whose donation has saved and changed the lives of many people affected by spinal cord injury, I’d like to share with you the below video:


It’s thanks to support from The James Beattie Charitable Trust that we’ve been able to continue helping spinal cord injured people, their families and the healthcare professionals that care for them during the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support of our work during what’s been such a challenging time for everyone. You have made it possible for us to keep offering life-changing support and life-saving interventions.

Best wishes,


Hannah Midson-Baker
Fundraising Officer
Tel: 01908 208543 | Off: 01908 604191 (ext: 176)

To visit our website- pleaseCLICK HERE


Thank you from the Giggle Doctors

Thank You to the James Beattie Charitable Trust

We are so grateful to the James Beattie Charitable Trust for their continued and generous support for over and amazing ten years! This has supported our Giggle Doctor Programme at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and has meant that our Giggle Doctors have been able to visit hundreds of children in that time.

What we do at

At the Theodora Children’s Charity, we believe that all children have the right to play and have fun. The mission at the heart of our work is to contribute to the wellbeing of all children, and in particular those that are sick, or have special educational needs or disabilities. We do this by providing visits from professional performers, trained to work in a medical environment and with children with complex needs.

Our Giggle Doctors visit children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres across England, as well as digitally through our virtual visit programme. By combining music, play, magic and storytelling, they bring magical moments to children in challenging times. We believe that all children receiving medical care should experience the joy that only a Giggle Doctor can bring.

A Giggle Doctor visit isn’t just about one magical moment. It can have a significant and lasting impact on a child’s well-being and perception of the hospital environment.

“Because of the Giggle Doctors my daughter actually looks forward to coming to hospital for chemotherapy.”

“The Giggle Doctor visits have helped my son to interact as he has developed a phobia of medical staff and the Giggle Doctors have helped him be less scared of people on the ward.”

Marianne Louca
Giggle Doctor Fundraising Manager

T      +44 (0)20 7713 0044
M      +44 (0)7507 729 633

The Theodora Children’s Charity

40 Pentonville Road, N1 9HF London
T      +44 (0)20 7713 0044
Registered charity: 1094532

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Edward’s Trust

Edward’s Trust has been providing vital services to families for over 32 years. The James Beattie Trust has kindly funded us to support children in Wolverhampton who are bereaved of a parent, sibling, grandparent or friend. 2020 has been an especially difficult year for grieving families, and especially for grieving children. Feelings of isolation are common in grief, with the Covid pandemic isolating people even further, and the usual comforting rituals around death – funerals and wakes, hugs from extended family and friends – are restricted. Our support helps children talk about how they are feeling and helps them remember  their loved one in a way that acknowledges the long-term nature of their grief but allows them to live their lives to the fullest.

Emma Wright

Fundraising and Evaluation Manager


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