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The Scholars In The Community

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We are keen to ensure that the learning and insight shared by the experts and organisations within the Academy has a lasting impact upon not only our Scholars, but the wider community beyond. Our Donate28 initiative, a component part of the Scholarship programme, guarantees that The Marketing Academy and all involved within it will leave a legacy.

In return for the free Scholarship, we ask our Scholars one thing. They are required to contribute a minimum of one day of their personal time to Donate28 .

Through our partnerships with the Foundation of Social Improvement & the Media Trust the Scholar's are paired up and matched with a small charity or non-profit organisation. Throughout the year they share their knowledge and experience with their charity partner 'paying forward' some of the learning given by Mentors, Coaches and Faculty Partners.

Please see below the charities we are helping for 2016.

  • Community Media Association


    Community Media Association (CMA) believes that community media changes lives.  Community media empowers individuals and communities: it has the power to increase volunteering, education and employment opportunities; improve local accountability and democracy; break down inter-cultural and inter-generational barriers and improve community cohesion, safety and understanding.

    CMA exists to identify, facilitate and enable organisations, informal groups and individuals to deliver community media, and enable community media to flourish.  We offer sector leadership with key stakeholders and advocate and lobby on behalf of community media organisations, enabling them to face challenges in the future.  We affirm the Community Media Charter as the standard of best practice, enshrining the core values of community media, and inspire the community media sector to uphold its principles.

    CMA has recently undertaken a strategic review and will be launching their 2016-2020 strategy and business plan in September so would value working with a scholar to develop a communications plan for key stakeholders around this.   The charity would also value the skills and expertise of scholars to improve their marketing and communications activity more generally.

  • ecoACTIVE


    ecoACTIVE is an innovative environmental education charity with a reputation for using hands-on, practical approaches to explore complex issues of sustainability. EcoActive envisions a world where young people and communities are agents of change for creating a better planet. We design and deliver interactive workshops to empower people to take meaningful action on sustainability.

    We create eye-opening experiences for children and adults alike, running workshops in schools, projects in parks, community gardens, and projects with community groups and housing associations.EcoACTIVE are embarking on a project to develop a range of new environmental products for three sectors: schools, housing associations and environmental heritage organisations (e.g. parks). These sectors offer opportunities for growth, but they are not currently able to exploit these opportunities.  Although they have a good track record and product ideas in all three sectors, they need to test and develop new products that meet customers needs.  Support from the Marketing Academy scholars would be beneficial as the charity moves to launching new products and services in September 2016.

  • First Step


    First Step began in October 1988 in response to a plea from some parents of young children with special needs and/or disabilities. They felt they, and others in similar situations, could benefit from a group where they would be able to talk, share experiences, and provide support for each other in a non judgmental environment.

    Since that time, the charity has evolved to provide a range of sessions and services. First Step currently works with over 100  pre-school children, and their families, offering education services, support, information and encouragement.

    First Step’s mission is to provide the best possible environment to support each family and to enable their very young children with special needs and/or disabilities to maximise their individual potential.

  • HighGround


    HighGround is a charity started by Anna Baker Cresswell in 2013 which helps Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector. Outdoor stuff for outdoor people.

    We do this by providing advice and where needed ongoing support from our base in Westminster and we work with people of all ranks and ages from all 3 services, UK-wide.We are not a recruitment agency, and totally get that not everyone is ready to jump into a job. Our role is to help them work out what they really want to do, how their military skills and experience will map into the land-based sector (currently the average age of the UK’s rural workforce is 59!!), what training, qualifications and work experience they will need and how to get there.

    As a charity, we rely entirely on grant-making trusts and public donation to support and develop our work and our ambitions are curbed solely by the scale of our fundraising activity. Our vision is to become the leading organisation for the provision of land-based opportunities for all ex military personnel and Reservists in the UK.

    HighGround has a small Board of Trustees,  and a Development Board of subject matter experts who serve a 2 year term and help to guide the organisation as it develops its services.

    For more information about how to support HighGround and get involved, please contact Anna Baker Cresswell anna@highground-uk.org or 07951 495 272. www.highground-uk.org

  • Into Film


    Into Film is a cultural arts education charity which seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning. Our UK-wide programme gives every child and young person aged 5-19 in the UK, the chance to experience film creatively and supports educators to achieve a wide range of effective learning outcomes in their use of film. Our offer includes a network of extra-curricular film clubs including access to over 3000 films within our library of DVDs, teaching and club resources, training opportunities and the annual national Into Film Festival; all completely free for state funded schools and colleges.

    Find out more about Into Film

  • OPEN Ealing


    We aim to promote arts and culture in the community through a diverse platform for creative engagement and enterprise and strive to make our arts programme cater for local need and be inclusive. Given our vision to enhance people’s lives and wellbeing by promoting integrated educational and artistic excellence, we look to offer Ealing residents a basis for personal development, learning and reduced barriers to employment within the creative industry.

  • Population Matters



    Population Matters is raising awareness of the cost to humanity and other species of unsustainable human numbers and consumption. We call for women's empowerment, particularly in education and employment, and for universal access to family planning services. We urge individuals to take into consideration the well-being of members of future generations when making lifestyle choices and we support environmental conservation because it is essential for the well-being of all species, including our own.


  • Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau


    Richmond Citizens Advice Bureau (RCABS) is a registered charity (no. 1085878) and limited company (no. 4140012). We are a member of the national Citizens Advice network and hold the Advice Quality Standard. RCABS provides information, advice and specialist casework to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough of Richmond. Information and advice is available in person, by appointment, by phone and email. Our drop-in service is available at two main bureaux (Twickenham and Sheen), two smaller bureaux (Hampton and Barnes) and at three outreach locations in the borough.

    Our service is always free, confidential and impartial. We provide specialist advice and casework in welfare benefits and debt and a second tier specialist legal advice service, provided pro bono by solicitors or accredited specialist advisers. We have a long standing programme of financial capability activities that aim to help people better manage their money, have more confidence dealing with financial products and to avoid getting into debt. We also use our experience in providing advice to campaign for policy changes, both locally and nationally.


  • River Thames Boat Project


    River Thames Boat Project has a community boat moored at Kingston and travels on the River Thames offering cruises to elderly, disabled people of all ages, ex-servicement, children with cancer.  Its wheelchair accessible with lift and toilets.  Also offering eco-school on the river sessions for children and young people. We are expecting the delivery of a second boat early 2017,  we have a one room office in Richmond and the boat is in Kingston.

  • Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability


    The vision of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is that people with severe disability due to neurological impairment achieve their full life potential and enjoy the highest possible quality of life.
    We believe that all people have the right to achieve their full human potential and enjoy the optimum possible quality of life, whatever their level of ability.  Our mission is to help people with severe disability due to neurological impairment achieve this goal, wherever they are in the UK. 
    As a charity, we will direct every effort and apply all our resources to bring maximum benefit to those who have complex disability due to acquired brain injury, neurodegenerative disease, or other major central nervous system impairment – in particular those with severe cognitive impairment and high physical dependency.

  • Skills Route


    Skills Route helps young people to select the courses and institutions that are best matched to their interests, ambitions and academic ability. By bringing together a wealth of data, the website helps a learner to:

    •    Reflect on their academic performance, interests and goals
    •    Explore and learn about the courses and subjects that are available to them
    •    Identify the best location and institution at which to study
    •    Test different combinations of subjects and courses to find the best match for them

    Email: info@skillsroute.com
    Phone: 0208 099 4240

  • The Reconnect Project


    ReCONNECT is a youth awareness project that addresses the balance between online and offline life. It’s about promoting the safe and happy use of social media and gaming, so that people can enjoy the benefits while not missing out on all the other stuff. 

  • Tiny Tickers


    Tiny Tickers is a small charity with big ambitions. We’ve got a proud track record of helping improve the detection, care and treatment of babies with serious heart conditions, and we have exciting plans to do even more to help in the future.
    We exist to help babies with serious heart conditions – giving them a better start in life and the best possible chance for their future.

    We want to help drive improvements in survival rates and quality of life for these babies; and we want to help their families cope with what is a very difficult time.

    We want to increase early detection rates of cardiac defects – since we started our work in 1999 the national prenatal detection rates in the UK have doubled from 23% to 46%, but we want them to be much, much higher.
    We want every baby to be detected as soon as medically possible. For the majority, this means problems being spotted during pregnancy. We don’t want any newborns leaving hospital with an undetected condition that could have been spotted.

    We want every baby and their family to receive the same high quality, consistent and compassionate care wherever they are based in the UK. And we want their families to receive the best possible information and support.
    Everyone who works and volunteers for Tiny Tickers is dedicated to make this happen. Our passion for our cause is at the heart of everything we do.

  • Wac Arts


    Wac Arts is a centre of excellence for young people who need it most; a place where diverse talent, often from challenging backgrounds, can be safely nurtured through the highest quality arts education.We believe that the arts should be a right and not a privilege and that learning the arts can give young people invaluable tools for life; it can build confidence, improve self-esteem and help overcome great difficulties.

    We support young people from 5-25 through outstanding levels of arts training, with a focus on innovation and a drive for excellence. We believe every individual has a talent and it’s our job to help them find it and go on to achieve their potential in life.Wac Arts has been developing some of the UK’s leading diverse talent for 35 years: Courtney Pine, Miss Dynamite, Marianne Jean Baptiste and Sophie Okenedo are amongst our alumni, brilliant creatives who originally paid £1 a lesson to be taught by industry experts passionate about the power of the arts and giving opportunities to young talent who couldn’t otherwise afford it. There are countless more currently working both on and behind the screen, in front and back of stage, producing music, touring the country and pursuing wonderful careers in the arts; and many others who have built on skills developed at Wac Arts to build successful careers in other fields.

    Today, Wac Arts supports over 1000 young people each year, of whom 78% are BAME and 20% have special educational needs and disabilities. Our programmes are either free or very low cost to our students and are available through weekend and evening programmes, holiday and respite packages, an accredited full time Diploma course and our new free school which teaches an arts curriculum to young people aged 14-19 and is the first of its kind in the country. Quite simply, Wac Arts is the leading the way in producing the future generation of diverse talent in this country and in doing so empowering young people to change their world.

  • York Road Project



    York Road Project is a small charity working with those experiencing homelessness in Woking and the surrounding boroughs.  We provide an 11 bed direct access night shelter, a further 18 beds in four separate ‘move on’ properties, an outreach team and a day centre which is dedicated to providing skills training, advice and activities which boost self-esteem and confidence.

    We work with over 350 clients each year and are supported by our community including borough and county councils, local and national companies, faith based groups and many individuals. We are the only organisation working with homeless people in Woking and we are committed to supporting our clients to re-integrate back into society.



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  • The Sick Children’s Trust

    The Sick Children’s Trust The Sick Children's Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas. They believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child's recovery. Rainbow House, our first Home from Home, opened its doors to families with children undergoing treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1984. Today we have seven Homes from Home at major hospitals around the country, each providing clean comfortable accommodation for families with seriously ill children.

  • Children in Need India

    Children in Need India Child In Need India (CINI) works at the grassroots with local community groups and government bodies to bring about sustainable improvements in nutrition, health, education and protection. Programmes are implemented by local staff and volunteers, making full use of skills available locally and keeping costs low. CINI shares successful approaches it has developed with other organisations. It is widely recognised as a leading authority on mother and child nutrition and healthcare in India, and has provided training on related issues to staff from major charities such as UNICEF, CARE and CRY, as well as many smaller local NGOs.

  • Walk in Space – matched with Mark Paterson

    Walk in Space – matched with Mark Paterson Walk in Space is a youth-led project launched in October 2010 which aims to provide a ‘space’ for young people in the Crofton Park Ward to engage and interact with each other and their community, and to take part in a range of Positive Activities including sports and creative workshops. Activities will vary from session to session decided by young people, with recent activities including T shirt design, music and film making, dance, drama and pizza making. Our key aim is to make this a sustainable youth-led project, that is run and organised by young people and involves a range of youth-focussed organisations within the local community.
  • Uganda Development

    Uganda Development Uganda Development Services provides information and skills training for rural families in Uganda. Working in Kamuli district, UDS empowers people, young and old, to escape poverty. We provide access to a world of information through our Development Centre in Kamuli which houses a library, study area, internet café and computer training suite.  We also train communities to improve their livelihoods through improved agricultural techniques, water harvesting and smokeless ovens. 

  • Tommys

    Tommys At Tommy’s we believe every pregnancy should have a happy ending. We want to give every baby the best chance of being born healthy, so we work to fund medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy.

    Our information service is informed by our medical research and includes a telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets promoting health in pregnancy.

    By 2030 we want to halve the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth.  www.tommys.org  

  • Tiny Tickers

    Tiny Tickers Tiny Tickers is concerned with improving the care of babies with congenital heart disease, before birth. We are an independent, national charity, based in the UK. Our Trustees are concerned parents, supported by medical experts in the UK and Europe. Tiny Tickers is working to improve the way that congenital heart disease is detected, diagnosed and managed. We are also working to improve our understanding of the prenatal blood circulation and how heart disease can affect developing babies. Our Goals are that women should be offered the opportunity to have their baby screened for heart problems during pregnancy, this screening examination should detect most forms of congenital heart disease. There should be sufficient resources and trained specialists to care for babies with heart conditions and support families. If these goals are met, more babies with heart conditions would have a prenatal diagnosis, allowing families and doctors to be involved at an earlier stage and give these babies the chance of a better start in life.

  • The Soldiers Charity

    The Soldiers Charity We are The Soldiers’ Charity. We give lifetime support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. They risk so much for us, but for them, it’s just doing their job. In return, we provide financial assistance when they are in real need. That’s what we’ve been here to offer for 66 years. We have seen a 30% rise over the past two years in applications from soldiers who have taken part in previous and current conflicts and we currently raise £7 million a year to meet this need. As a result of Current Operations it is anticipated that the requests for assistance will rise significantly in the coming years. It is the aim of The Soldiers’ Charity to increase fundraising to £14 million a year by 2015 to be sure that we can help each and every soldier that needs our help.

  • The Great Football Giveaway

    The Great Football Giveaway Put simply, we buy footballs with donations from you, our supporters, and give them direct to children living in poor rural areas of Africa. In the last few years our volunteers have hand delivered over 15,000 footballs and netballs direct to kids in some of the poorest rural areas of Malawi, Uganda, Angola, Zambia and Rwanda. Over time, with the support of football fans and players, we want to go to more countries across Africa and Asia suffering poverty, more refugee camps, and where appropriate more areas of civil conflict - wherever kids are denied the chance to kick a ball about and enjoy their childhood, we'll go.

  • The Grassland Trust

    The Grassland Trust The Grasslands Trust was established in 2002 to address the crisis facing the UK’s wildlife rich grasslands, which have suffered devastating losses in the last 70 years. Victims of intensive agriculture, high demand for development and neglect and mismanagement, this amazing habitat is home to a vast array of plants, animals and insects, and is an integral part of our native landscape. From Ox-eye daisies on an inner city roundabout, to a broad expanse of haymeadow on a rural farm, grasslands are an integral part of our daily lives – did you know, for example, that one in every three mouthfuls of food you eat is dependent on pollination by bumblebees and insects, creatures which rely on wildlife grasslands for their continued survival? Our mission is to halt and reverse the current decline, and to reinstate grasslands as a significant part of our natural heritage for the benefit of people and wildlife – we do this by: carrying out practical conservation, including saving threatened sites; campaigning for better protection for grasslands; researching the losses and building the bigger picture; and delivering community grassland projects which help local people connect with their natural heritage.

  • Tech Maids (Project TMS)

    Tech Maids (Project TMS) Welcome to TechMaidsTM, established in 2011, we are a dynamic professional team providing quality IT Computer technical support and repair services for women in Business. TMS is a hub for making I.T accessible to women wanting to expand and grow their business. Our aim for setting up is that we recognise that business has a strong emphasis on community and the power of connections through Enterprise. We share common goal that allows for success in business by breaking down barriers faced  by women using computers. Ultimately we are looking to build confidence and inspire women to achieve more through the use of  I.T. TechMaids is an the ideal  platform for women to utilise and become successful at whatever venture they choose without being limited by the challenges faced in growing their business. We create rapour by relationship building in the Women Business Community to understand your business a lot better, whilst making it easier for us to present solutions for you and for you to understand what TechMaids are about. We are looking to connect with you, share knowledge with you, support you with easy to follow practical tips and best practise guidelines.
  • Solidarity Sports

    Solidarity Sports Solidarity Sports was borne from the desire to provide affordable sports provision and health initiatives in deprived areas of London for marginalised communities that would ordinarily be unable to access and benefit from such opportunities. The management committee came together through a shared understanding that children bond, learn and integrate through playing sports. This principal is fundamental in inspiring everything we do as a charity. Solidarity Sports is run by a group of committed volunteers who are passionate about making a positive difference in young people's lives. We believe that physical fitness is just one of the many benefits that sports can provide a child. Our goal is to give children enjoyment through sport and teach them valuable life skills that will aid them in any life path they may choose; enhancing their health, self-confidence, people skills and ability to work as a team. By empowering children through sport, we promote social cohesion, sportsmanship and healthy lifestyles. With participant led, innovative training methods, children develop mutual respect, collective thinking and have fun. Our healthy eating initiatives are aimed at encouraging young people to think about what they eat. We educate children about the importance of having a balanced diet and aim to instil a passion for good, wholesome healthy food as well as a passion for life.

  • Furtherfield

    Furtherfield Furtherfield was founded by artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett in 1997 and sustained by the work of its community as the Internet took shape as a new public space for internationally connected cultural production. Furtherfield is now a dynamic, creative and social nerve centre where upwards of 26,000 contributors worldwide have built a visionary culture around co-creation – swapping and sharing code, music, images, video and ideas. A Not-for-Profit Private Limited Company since 2009, Furtherfield has received regular funding from Arts Council England since 2005 which supports artistic programmes with a local, national and international reach as well as innovative outreach projects and the development of new forms of infrastructure and digitally enabled participation and engagement in the arts.

  • RAMFEL (Refugee & Migrant Forum of East London) – matched with Selina Sykes

    RAMFEL (Refugee & Migrant Forum of East London) – matched with Selina Sykes RAMFEL is the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London. Originally established in 1992 as Redbridge Refugee Forum, in 2007 we changed our name to better reflect our work across London, and also to develop new services for migrants. We are a not for profit organisation working towards eliminating discrimination and disadvantage. RAMFEL would like to see a society rid of discrimination and disadvantage, and with a positive attitude to the inclusion of asylum seekers, migrants, refugees and BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) individuals and communities. To provide high quality and effective advice, support and advocacy services to asylum seekers, migrants , refugees and BAME communities to enable them to make a positive contribution to their local community.

  • Platform 51 – matched with Alina Eagle

    Platform 51 – matched with Alina Eagle Platform 51 is the operating name of YWCA. Platform 51 wants a world where women are in control of their own lives. Girls and women are at the heart of all we do. Our activities, services and campaigns are about things women need and want. We give them a platform to have their say and challenge discrimination.

  • Our Sansar

    Our Sansar 'Our Sansar is a UK-based non-governmental organisation working to provide education, healthcare, shelter and other amenities to the most disadvantaged people in the world’s poorest countries for whom little or no help is forthcoming. At the moment we are working on two major interlinked projects in Nepal: schools and teacher-training programme and opening a children's home for street children in Chitwan. For more information about the organisation, projects, events or ways to get involved please see our website www.oursansar.org or contact Julia on 01273 773976 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '
  • One2Go – matched with Phil Mitchelson

    One2Go – matched with Phil Mitchelson One2Go is the latest instalment in the 2Go series. Since 2007 Sporting Bunnies have been celebrating the countdown to the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games by organising annual sporting events and training projects, utilising existing and new ODA funded facilities, to aid with the creation of the Olympic sporting legacy in East London. When London successfully bid for the Olympic Games, they wanted it to be remembered, not only as a summer of fantastic sport, but as the catalyst for long-term benefits across the UK providing for healthy lifestyles after the Games and increased sports participation. By locating the majority of our events in Hackney Marsh and the newly opened Hub - just across from the Olympic Park, we aim to establish our sporting programme and play a part in the Legacy. We interpret sports participation in its widest sense and are committed to ensuring that old and young, fit and unfit, and those limited by ill health or disability have opportunities to participate in a wide range of events, as well as providing opportunities for intergenerational participation which will encourage young people and their parents and grandparents to discover how much fun sport can be!

  • One 25 Ltd

    One 25 Ltd One25 reaches out to women trapped in street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction. Night Outreach. The women often make first contact with One25 through meeting us during outreach. Our van goes out 5 nights per week and provides nutritious food, hot drinks and a chance to talk and get advice in a safe space. Drop In. There are often opportunities for more in-depth conversation and practical support at our drop-in centre. The women can speak to a caseworker without appointment and gain expert advice and help from visiting professionals including doctors, addiction workers, basic skills tutors, etc. We are open 4 afternoons and 1 morning per week and provide a women-only space where they can eat a hot lunch, learn a new skill, take part in therapeutic sessions or chat to staff or visitors. Casework. We offer one-to-one casework, supporting each woman in taking steps to improve her quality of life and acting as personal advocate when necessary. Often their lives have been filled with exploitation and coercion and it’s important to see them taking responsibility and making changes for themselves. Our caseworkers help the women establish themselves in the basic aspects of life such as accommodation, health, benefits, family support, education and so on. Naomi House. A unique mother and baby home offering intensive support to women who want to break free from addiction and sex-work and give their babies a better start in life.

  • My Life, My Choice

    My Life, My Choice My Life My Choice is an award winning self-advocacy charity run by and for people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire. We speak up for our rights and empower people with confidence to have fulfilling lives, through many innovative projects. My Life My Choice has its own training team, Champions team who speak up, lobby and campaign, 7 local groups across Oxfordshire, a nightclub called Stingray Club, travel buddy scheme supporting people travel independently and a community cafe.

  • The Little Princess Trust


    The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment.

    They supply and fully fund the best wigs available from all over the world, especially designed for children.  They also provide personal fitting and styling to ensure the wig is as close as possible to the original hair.

    For any parent, discovering your child has a serious illness like cancer or leukaemia is devastating. The trauma for both parent and child can be increased by worrying about the side effects of the treatment, particularly hair loss.


  • Headway Devon

    Headway Devon Headway Devon is a local charity dedicated to improving life after brain injury. Brain injury has many causes but some of the most common are head injury, stroke, brain tumour, and illnesses, such as meningitis. The effects of brain injury are far-reaching, but can include physical disabilities, thinking and learning difficulties, and changes in behaviour and personality.

    Headway Devon exists to ensure that when someone’s life is turned upside down by brain injury they get the help and support they deserve. We support adults and children with brain injuries to come to terms with what has happened and overcome their disabilities, as well as providing support and advice to their families and carers.

    If you would like to find out more about what we do, please visit our website at www.headwaydevon.org.uk, call us on 01392 211822 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

  • FSI (Foundation of Social Improvement)

     theFSI-circleEveryday small charitable organisations support individuals, families and communities and positively touch the lives of millions. On a daily basis thousands of these organisations struggle to keep their doors open and reach everyone that needs their help. In April 2007, philanthropist Emma Harrison, made the decision to start a charity that would allow her donations, and those of others, to give small charities the strategic support they need to stay open and be there for everyone who needed their help. Instead of criticising small charities, it was a vision of strengthening them. This vision has become The FSI’s mission. http://www.thefsi.org
  • Friend of Edusport

    Friend of Edusport Unlocking the potential of young people through education and sport. We provide education and resources for young people, teachers and volunteers to achieve their potential in education. Empowering Communties to advocate for female empowerment towards more equal, active and equitable societies. Dare 2 Dream is a platform for youth reaching potential through sponsorship, small loans and grant initiatives. Our objectives are to support high quality teaching learning and practice, support community schools with resources and professional development, to involve and empower young people with development opportunities, to advocate for girl empowerment towards more equal, equitable and active societies, promote the use of sport as a development tool and to advocate importance of education in pathway to creating responsible citizens.

  • Dreams Come True

    Dreams Come True “Dreams Come True is a UK wide charity with a mission to bring joy to terminally and seriously ill children and young people by making their treasured dreams come true. Over the last twenty two years, with the help of our generous donors and supporters, we have done that for more than five thousand children as well as their friends, families and carers.

    Our children’s dreams are many and varied: playing in the garden with brothers and sisters for which a specialised trike, wheel chair or other equipment is necessary; a special family holiday; meeting favourite Disney characters either in Florida or Paris; meeting an idolised celebrity; having a book published; experiencing zero gravity; swimming with dolphins; going dog sledding in the snow. The list is endless, and each one brings joy to the child and their family.

    But we also know that the power of a dream goes way beyond that. A dream fulfilled creates enduring memories and an experience that can empower families with new hope and strength to deal with the ongoing day-to-day struggles of illness, gruelling hospital treatments and sometimes sad loss. For those children nearing the end of life, the anticipation and planning for a dream can bring new meaning to that life and give families the comfort of a shared journey and a sense of having done their very best for their child. It is a legacy of hope, empowerment and wellbeing that is poignantly expressed in the many hundreds of testimonies that we receive from dream children and their families.”

  • Cool Tan Arts

    Cool Tan Arts CoolTan Arts believes that well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity. It is an innovative mental health arts charity run by and for people with disabilities and exists to inspire the well-being and creative participation of a diverse range of people through the production of quality art.

    CoolTan Arts operates a vibrant arts centre with public gallery and a varied programme of creative workshops near Elephant and Castle. They use the power of creativity to support recovery, rehabilitate and de-stigmatise people’s perceptions of themselves and others. They achieve this through quality arts education with professional outcomes such as public exhibitions, fashion shows, festivals. Other activities include monthly Largactyl Shuffle walks every third Saturday of the month, websites and films which help break down the stigma of mental distress. CoolTan Arts adopts social enterprise principles and underpins their work with volunteering opportunities and advocacy, offering meaningful engagement and the opportunity to learn useful skills.

    CoolTan Arts works in partnership with other organisations and service providers, takes commissions, service level agreements and referrals. CoolTan Arts hires and sells high quality pieces of artwork to other organisations, hires their workshops and professional tutors to run multi-disciplinary art workshops and advocacy / self-advocacy sessions.

    For more information, check www.cooltanarts.org.uk, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call us on 020 7701 2696, or come and visit our Independent Gallery in Unit B, 237 Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL. Registered charity no. 1064231.

  • Carfree Kids

    Carfree Kids Carefree Kids is a children’s charity based in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Since 2004 we have been providing emotional support to children, teenagers, adults including parents and carers. We use non-directive therapeutic play, art therapy and dramatherapy to help release troubling emotions that may be difficult to communicate verbally or in other ways. For those who have the personal qualities we offer training in our approach to help those in need of emotional support. Our aim is to offer the highest standards in our work and relationships with our schools, children, parents and other adults. The main focus of our service is going into schools in Waltham Forest and also Redbridge and Newham, helping those children who have been identified as needing extra support. Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds. We have community volunteers as well as counselling and psychotherapy students on placement.

  • Burrswood

    Burrswood Burrswood is a Christian hospital and place of healing where medical expertise is combined with care for mind, body and spirit.  The hospital is not far from Tunbridge Wells, Kent and is housed in a Grade 1 listed building surrounded by 100 acres of gardens, woodlands and fields.  As a non-surgical hospital, patients receive care from doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, counsellors and chaplains (as required).  As a charity, the bursary fund provides care for patients of limited financial means and over the long term, the aim is to minimise the cost to all patients.  Burrswood has 40 hospital rooms and offers:

    • post operative care for those leaving hospital following surgery

    • respite care – for those who need nursing and/or medical care

    • rehabilitation for those who have suffered a stroke

    • end of life care

    • physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and counselling are available on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. 

    People of any faith or none are warmly welcomed. 

    In addition to the hospital building (built by local architect Decimus Burton in 1832) there is a chapel, hydrotherapy pool and a new hospital wing has been recently added.  Burrswood does not receive any Government funding and relies on income from fees, donations, profits from its trading activities and fundraising.  Alongside the hospital there is a guest house, gift shop, book shop and Bocky’s tea room as well as a charity shop in Crowborough.

    Burrswood, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9TE 01892 863637

  • Blackfriars Settlement

    Blackfriars Settlement Blackfriars Settlement is a charity that has been working for 124 years with local people in the North Southwark and North Lambeth area, particularly those who are disadvantaged, in an inner city area where multiple deprivation sits alongside a booming business and cultural sector. To address needs we work to enable individuals to fulfill their economic and social potential and to overcome the effect of any disadvantage. Blackfriars Settlement is able to provide a wide variety of activities and services to address these needs.   Apart from direct services for older people, for people with mental health illness, for basic skills students, for children and young people of all ages, we seek to provide support through a community development programme, outreach services, a free legal advice clinic and access to affordable space.  The organization has worked with 1,700 individuals in the last year.

  • Bag Books

    Bag Books Rubber chickens, grunting pigs, candy floss and a string of sausages! Just some of the weird and wonderful items that go into making a Bag Book. A far cry from traditional books, Bag Books are multi-sensory stories for people with severe and profound & multiple learning disabilities. Each page comprises an A3 board with a multi-sensory item attached – all designed to engage the senses of sight, sound, touch, smell and motion.

    Bag Books are aimed at those who cannot benefit from mainstream books. They are told interactively through voice and emotion rather than through words and pictures. Profound learning disabilities can put up incredible barriers up for those with learning disabilities and while these barriers may never be fully removed, the stories at least allow them to reach through the barriers to touch the world beyond. Bag Books enrich the lives of those with learning disabilities, opening up a new world of sensory delights and engaging them in the learning journey.

    Bag Books is the only organisation in the UK publishing multi-sensory books and each book is handmade in a workshop by a team of skilled craft artists and volunteers. In addition to producing books, Bag Books tours the UK hosting multi-sensory storytelling sessions and training others in the multi-sensory storytelling technique.

  • Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre

    Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre serves the needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women and their families in London and the UK. Our aim is to provide support in all matters concerning the health, welfare, education and cultural needs of Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women and their families. We seek to encourage and help clients access mainstream services and to promote positive citizenship and greater understanding amongst communities. With over 25 years of experience, Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre is here to help.

  • Action for Brazil’s Children

    Action for Brazil’s Children Action for Brazil’s Children Trust (ABC) is dedicated to helping the street children and most vulnerable young people of Brazil. By raising awareness and funding, we support the work of local, community-led organisations who give children the education, support and inspiration they need to transform their lives.

    Every day, children are forced to face the violence, hunger and isolation of life on the streets of Brazil. Recent figures estimate that over 7 million children live a life on the streets in some way. For many, this means occasional school, petty trading, begging and prostitution, only returning to their homes in the evening. Others have no home at all and must face the dangers of sleeping on the streets; they find themselves increasingly excluded from their own communities with no way back.

    Over the last ten years, ABC has focused its funding in three key areas of social projects: the provision of basic needs, supporting educational opportunities, and personal and community development through cultural activities and the arts. We have built up strong partnerships with community-led organisations which provide vital training, education and support for young people, and fire their imaginations and creativity through dance, film, drama and music. Over the past 10 years, ABC has reached over 22,000 and with further support we can continue to reach out.

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