Making Waves - Registered Charity No: 1163912

What do we do?

Making Waves is a registered charity whose principal aim is to raise funds and provide support to people in West Yorkshire with learning difficulties who use the Waves Day Care Centre in Slaithwaite

Where does our money come from?

Our money comes from:

  • Donations from individuals and businesses.
  • Fund raising activities organised by the staff and volunteers at Waves, and by others.

How to donate?

The best way to donate is by using our JustGiving page at

If you are a UK taxpayer the government will add an extra 25% to your donation. If you are unable to make a donation using the JustGiving page you can donate cash or cheques to Christine Fensom at the Waves Day Care Centre, or Michael Blake who has an office in the Front Office Upper Mills

What are the donations used for?

The money we raise is used to help people with learning difficulties lead full lives by helping them to meet the costs of:

  • Holidays, short breaks and social activities
  • Day care placements and therapy
  • Respite care and overnight breaks at short notice when their families are in crisis

We also have a longer term aim to build and staff bespoke accommodation in Slaithwaite to help people with learning difficulties live independently.

Who are we?

We are run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Our trustees who are also unpaid are:

  • Andrew Hirst
  • Angela Skelton
  • Michael Nolan
  • Vincent Wadworth

We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation regulated by the Charity Commission and send an annual report of our activities and finances to the Charity Commission.

Our annual reports and accounts are available for inspection.

Want to Help?

As well as being happy to accept funds we occasionally need help in others ways. We are currently looking for people with the following skills:

  • Someone with legal training and knowledge of charity law who we could call on if we ever need help or advice with legal issues
  • Website maintenance

If you have a funding idea or are organising a collection we have branded buckets, tea shirts and publicity boards all bearing our logo that you can borrow - if you promise to return them to us for others to use after you.

"Waves has been a life saver for Lewis, the fact that they are proactive in finding work placements for the individual is fantastic."

Andrew says:
"If it wasn’t for Waves I would be stuck at home. I love it!"

Tom Hall says:
"They take us to some nice places, I enjoy coming to Waves!"

"Waves is fantastic! Ryan had fish for the first time at Waves, so we can go to the chippy now for fish and chips."

Ashton says:
"I like having my nails done with my tokens"

Liam says:
"Coming to Waves has made me less lazy and I’m encouraged to try new things."

James says:
"I like to help clean the animals and I like going out."

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