Who We Fund
Funding group trips for under 12s is a broad remit so we’ve categorised our grant recipient organisations to (i) help us tailor projects as best we can to suit the communities we’re working with; and (ii) allow our supporters, volunteers and fundraisers an opportunity to focus on areas of particular importance and value to them.
Our core work. As it stands, 11 primary schools receive direct grants from us with another 21 benefiting indirectly from our grants to Community Spaces.
Family support/parental engagement workers typically run the trips on Saturdays and tailor the groups to tackle a wide range of issues including helping migrants settle into the city, encouraging parents to take a more active role in their children’s education, bringing classroom learning to life through practical experience and encouraging communities to get to know one another.
Nurseries and Children’s Centres
A new venture for us! We’ve run 3 successful pilots in Tower Hamlets and Lambeth in 2017/18 and along with building on these, will be looking to add at least 2 more nurseries to our portfolio next year.
These run much like our trips with primary schools other than they typically take place during the week.
Following a successful pilot with Reigate & Banstead Women’s Aid in 2018, we’ll be expanding our women’s refuge project so we can fund at least one trip a quarter at 5 different refuges in 2018/19.
Our grants fund group trips for women and their children at our refuge partners (provision is also made for single women staying at the refuge should they wish to join). Refuge staff run the trips and along with being an enjoyable day out, the trips are also used to introduce both what is likely to be a new area and relevant local services.
We seek out specialist charities and groups who can run trips for hard to reach families or those with specific needs. In 2018, we launched our first ever project for Looked After Children in partnership with Tower Hamlets Virtual School along with funding a programme for children with speech, language and communication needs with Half Moon Theatre. In 2018/19, we’ll be adding to these with our first project for families in temporary housing.
We fund three theatres (Blue Elephant in Southwark, Half Moon in Tower Hamlets and Omnibus in Lambeth) to host and give free tickets to local families so they experience awesome shows like award winning Zeraffa Giraffa. Families from 21 primary schools and 6 community groups benefit from these grants. We’ll be looking to expand to include community sports clubs and cinemas into this category soon.