A charity aimed at supporting vulnerable adults and children, who have learning or physical disabilities, or have experienced the care system, in the North of England.
The North of England for these purposes refers to the geographical area from the counties of Lancashire and Cheshire in the west, across Greater Manchester, and covering Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire in the east.
The charity has the aims of supplying those individuals with funds and support to enable them to advance themselves, through education such as the funding of courses or work placements, or other means including funds for equipment or assistive technology.
This is in order to help them to improve their life outcomes, and their interactions with the care system where appropriate.
We will fundraise through the efforts of our membership, sporting and other events, and charitable donations.
The membership will suggest named charities that meet our objectives of helping individuals with experience of the care system, or who have learning disabilities and a need for local authority support.
At regular intervals during the year, those charities will be invited to nominate an individual that would benefit from a donation from the Foundation, for purposes connected to their education or training, or to assist with other specific life goals for them.
The board will consider the nominations and make the appropriate donation.
Here at Spire Barristers we are very aware that the court proceedings that we deal with as lawyers are just one aspect of our clients’ lives. After the case ends, they have to move forward to build lives as care experienced adults, or as adults with either learning or physical disabilities, and continue to negotiate the often difficult steps to obtain support and assistance that they need to reach their full potential in their day to day lives.
It is with that in mind that we have established the Spire Foundation. It will to enable our members and those who want to join us to fundraise for children and adults with additional needs, or who have gone through the care system, as either a child or parent.
It is intended that our funds will go some way to improving their quality of life and can be applied to help with: