We took delivery of our new shed today. It is a 9×7 ft shed. This means we can get boxes sent out a lot quicker than we currently can with our office being in a different town. I will be glad to get the keys back to the council for the old office as there has been a lot of unsafe behaviour in the area around the office. Behaviour which includes several cars being tipped onto their roofs through the night and people being caught with drugs and weapons. This just is not a safe environment for us. In light of these events we bought the shed. Sadly we still have to pay rent in the office until November but this has been paid off and we will vacate well before that.
We have had a steady amount of requests coming in which is enough for me to cope with. Please remember i do most of this myself. We don’t seem to have a high turn around of people donating though. If you would like to hold a fundraiser for us it would be appreciated. Please get in touch.
If you would like to donate please do so by texting “LBOD17 £(amount)” to 70070
Hi everyone, I first must apologise for the delay in any boxes being sent. They are all currently on our premises which we just havnt had the time to even go near. Things have been so busy and we just havnt had the time to get it all done.
After this weekend i should be pretty free to go ahead and get my head stuck back into the charity. It hasnt helped that our internet has been so tempramental and it hasnt been working for days at a time. I warned them if it does it again i am cancelling. Well seen it has worked since.
So anyway yet again we apologise for the delay in getting boxes to people. We will try and get it organised to start again next week.
Hi everyone. I am writing to let you all know that we have had to switch our survey over from a paid survey site to a free survey site. As all the information was on the paid survey site and it is now inactive we cannot view the box requests people have sent us.
We have to apologise for any inconvenience. I do still have some labels printed off that will be sent out but i have lost all the other ones. If you would still like a box and dont have one yet could you please fill out the new entitlement survey (This will go active on the 1st of May). You can find it on the bar at the top.
Again we apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Hi everyone, i hope you are all well.
Due to a lot of unforseen circumstances we are having to permanantly close our drop in centre in Ayrshire. There are things outwith my control and after our staff meeting this evening our next steps have been decided.
We are going to operate from a garden building which we will purchase and we will go back to being a postal service. We hope to get our boxes and one to one services into schools in the local area and also continue to work with charities and organisations within the UK.
We will continue to run our Text Care Service.
Please continue to tag friends and family and invite them to like our page. we arent going anywhere. The boxes are still being made and sent as this service is in high demand and by having the items at home we can run the charity more efficiently and have a faster turn over.
On Friday 10th of March sadly we lost an amazing Nana. Our charity has been sort of on the back burner for a few weeks so i would like to take this time to apologise to everyone. I have tried to run the charity as efficiently as possible. I have the last load of boxes about ready to send and will be sent on Monday.
I will miss my Nana with all my heart. Her funeral was yesterday and we had a donation tub for The Little Box of Distractions at the door on the way out. We raised a total of £186.40 but someone has donated the extra £13.60 to make it up to £200.
So until we meet again Nana, Rest in Peace xxx
Today, as always on the 1st of March it is Self-Injury Awareness Day. This is a day that is close to my heart and always sees me raise some form of awareness for.
Our box requests have been through the roof and at the moment we cant keep up with them due to funds but our YPI money is in the bank waiting to clear so i am hoping as soon as it clears (possibly tomorrow 2nd of march) i can start getting boxes sent away every day to clear the back log that we have. So we apologise if you havnt received your box yet and to please bare with us. We can only send 8 at a time so it might take a week or so to clear the requests. If you havnt received your box by the end of March please contact us.
This post goes out to 4 amazing S3 pupils at Ardrossan Academy. Nicole Giffney, Megan Henderson, Chantelle Chapman and Nina Mitchell gave a great presentation at the Academies YPI event. We were one of 12 local causes that some of the pupils picked to do a presentation on. This was narrowed down to 6. The 6 local causes were invited to a presentation evening where the pupils had to present to a judging panel their cause and why their cause should win the £3000 prize money.
The girls were very professional and presented themselves in a very professional manner. Their presentation and video were done to a high standard and was the kind of presentation i would be happy to use in future. The girls spoke passionately about who we were and what we do and answered the questions asked with confidence. I am extremely proud of these girls and hope they understand how much we appreciate their work and effort.
The presentations from the other groups were great too but i am biased and think our girls done the best. Well ofcourse they were the best because they actually WON the money for us. i dont think there was a dry eye between the 4 girls, myself, Shelley and Karen (the charities other trustees).
This means we can pay 1 years rent on our drop in premises as well as make and send over 300 more boxes. We hope to go into schools as peer support workers in the future and are looking forward to working alongside the school in any way we can.
I will say it again. Well done Girls.
A week ago i started learning British Sign Language. I help out at a special needs school providing the girls with a Brownie Unit where they can earn badges and do their promise. It started with learning to sign the Brownie Promise. I have a friend who has a deaf child and she has a level 6 BSL qualification and takes an introduction to BSL locally. So i joined. In 5 hours i have been able to learn the alphabet, numbers, colours, basic who, what, when, where, why and how and being able to ask other people their name, age, favourite colour and a colour they didnt like.
The problem many people have the BSL is that once they have learnt it, they dont need it, use it or practice it so they forget very easily. im sure you all learnt a language for years in school and can still only say “hello”, “good bye” and “shut up”.
I have been thinking about starting a BSL practice maybe twice a month at our drop in centre in Bourtreehill Ayrshire. Just where people can come along and practice using their signs so that they dont forget.
If you would be interested in coming please send me an email to:
This month has been full of YPI, “what does this mean i hear you ask?”. i have ABSOLUTELY no idea! As far as i am aware it is something that the local schools do as a subject/project where they go into groups, pick a local charity and enter this charity into some form of presentation. The children (academy aged) then have to present their chosen charity and why they think they are deserving of the £3,000 cash prize (i forgot to tell you that bit). The groups then get narrowed down to the 6 best causes who then have to do ANOTHER presentation but this time infront of the people whos charity they are representing and the other charities too.
Last year a group of lovely girls from Ardrossan Academy sent us an email asking if we would allow us to put forward our charity. ovcourse i jumped at the chance of the prize money and also the chance of getting our name out there more. We provided all the details we needed and left it in the girls capable hands. Months went by and we thought nothing else of it until we got an email about a week a go from the girls stating that they had got into the final part of the project and would we like to attend on the 2nd of February to see the presentations and find out wether we are the lucky winners. I know what charities we are up against and i think it would be a clear run between ourselves and an autistic charity. Either way i am so proud of the girls for getting this far. it really helps get our name out there.
Still on a high from finding out we were going to see the presentations at Ardrossan Academy i sat up in bed this morning when an email came through my phone. it was a lovely email from a group of girls at Greenwood Academy (which is the nearest school to the LBOD drop in centre) who wanted to represent our charity to the Greenwood YPI. We are over the moon and hope to catch up with them soon. So January has been YPI month.