Since setting up a six trip pilot for 13 children in 2012, Apples & Pears has enabled over 6,000 Londoners from Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, Camden, Slough and Reigate & Banstead to go on over 200 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. 21 primary schools received direct grants this year with another 44 benefiting indirectly from our grants to Community Spaces.
Nurseries and Children’s Centres
Having previously run successful pilots in Tower Hamlets and Lambeth we’ve funded 4 nurseries to run our trips in 2018/19.
Following a well-received pilot carried out in partnership Reigate & Banstead Women’s Aid in 2018, we expanded our women’s refuge project to fund trips across 14 different refuges and modern slavery centres.
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 added to these with our first project for families in temporary housing via a partnership CARIS Camden.
We’ve funded three theatres (Blue Elephant in Southwark, Half Moon in Tower Hamlets and Omnibus in Lambeth) and Rich Mix Cinema to host and give free tickets to local families so they experience awesome workshops and shows like award winning Zeraffa Giraffa. Families from 38 primary schools and 6 community groups benefit from these grants.