Apples & Pears has just turned five years old! It’s a good time to reflect on how far we’ve come so far.
Here are just a few of the things we’re proudest of…
- A huge impact on London school children: 170+ trips run for over 1500 children and their families
- A growing team: 9 Trustees, 6 Advisory Board members and 8 business support volunteers
- A louder voice: 6 ambassadors including new addition Lettie McKee
- New partnerships: relationships with 9 cultural organisations including theatres and galleries
- An expanded footprint: we now reach children in 4 areas of London – Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Lambeth
To celebrate the past five years, we asked Apples & Pears’ friends what the charity means to them. Here’s what they said…
Beccy, Half Moon Theatre
“Apples & Pears is a really creative and caring funding partner who understands the simplest and most effective ways to support cultural organisations. It has enabled us to provide theatre experiences to some children who wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise.”
Alison, School Community Cohesion Coordinator
“As an organisation, Apples & Pears has become very professional and now has great systems in place. The charity has provided new cultural experiences to families who are experiencing changes in benefits and now have a lot less disposable income.
Crucially, the trips have given parents opportunities to get involved in their children’s learning. In particular more fathers are now getting involved which is very encouraging for the children.”
John, Trip Volunteer
“I’ve been on over 20 trips in the past five years and I’d always recommend volunteering for Apples & Pears. It costs you nothing more than a few hours of your time and you get an amazing sense of self-worth in return, as well as making a difference to the kids.”
“Our children are very lucky to have opportunities through Apples & Pears. It means they go to far more places than most children in Tower Hamlets. The families are now gaining confidence and want to go out even more with their children.”
Iraqi mum of three
“It’s really nice to go to a gathering of people from different religions and cultures as different groups don’t normally mix. I’ve also learnt where I can take the children during the holidays to help them with their learning.”
School child, aged 11
“Power group lets me do new things with other children who understand what it is like to have an autistic sibling.”
Jack, Trip Volunteer & Fundraiser
“Apples & Pears is run by people who want to strengthen social cohesion and being involved helps me integrate with my local community and get to know people who I don’t meet in my working life.
When I ran the London Marathon for them, I knew I was raising money for a charity which really makes a difference in an age of extreme government cuts.”
The team at Apples & Pears would like to say a big “thank you” to everyone who has supported us over the past five years – from volunteers to donors and cultural partners and of course, the very many families who take part in our programmes! If you’d like to find out more about the work you’ve helped us do, please take a look at some of Our Projects.
We’re proud of everything we’ve achieved and with 30+ community partners now benefiting from our grant funding, we’re excited about making our sixth year the biggest one yet!