Each of our main sites support a local charity that shares The AO Smile Foundation’s* vision. That way, we get to give something back to our local communities and create better tomorrows for children and young people across the country.
Bolton – Derian House
Derian House Children’s Hospice helps children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care. The charity offers respite, end-of-life care, and family support for more than 350 families from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
AO Smile has a long history with Derian House, donating its wonderful inclusive Smile Park playground at the hospice where children with life-limiting conditions can play side-by-side with their siblings on specially adapted equipment.
Learn more about Derian House
Manchester – NSPCC’s Childline Service
For some, the pressures of being a kid can be a real struggle. NSPCC’S Childline Service provides a free, private and confidential service where children and young people get a chance to talk through any problems they’re going through. Big or small, they can get expert advice from trained counsellors any time of the day.
Learn more Childline
Crewe – Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme
CCBS offers children and young people with disabilities new experiences and skills through activities like swimming sessions, movie nights and holiday clubs. They also provide a safe place to help kids make friends and develop their relationships.
Learn more about Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme
Telford – Saint Mary’s Youth Project
Developing self-esteem and self-worth in young people and their families by building positive relationships through fun experiences. SMYP provides specialist interventions through engaging activities for all ages, toddlers through to adults. They also support students in full-time education with confidence building, mentoring and life skills coaching. The activities provided not only reduce mental stress, whether it’s through climbing, dancing, bushcraft or socialising, but support young and old, to become the best version of themselves, creating active citizens within their communities.
Learn more about Saint Mary’s Youth Project