Since setting up a six trip pilot for 13 children in 2012, Apples & Pears has enabled over 1,800 children (and around 1,500 of their family members) from Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth and Reigate & Banstead to go on over 170 trips across the city!
We’ve endeavoured to be as proactive as we can in reaching out to excellent community organisations that share our ethos and work with the same age group as us – aiming to ensure that the ability to share space, engage socially and access what London has to offer via our trips programme is available to as many groups as possible.
of donations go to trips
on operational costs (covered privately)
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. 11 primary schools receive direct grants with another 21 benefiting indirectly from our grants to Community Spaces.
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.
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.
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!