The Black Heart Foundation's supported institutions and programmes provide a variety of educational environments for children and young people whose challenges arise for diverse reasons, such as socio-economic disadvantage and physical or cognitive disability.
The description below, of a subset of our beneficiaries, also indicates some of the initiatives and endeavours that have inspired the Foundation’s support.
EYLA exists to nurture and develop the leadership potential of young African and Caribbean males, empowering them to become the next generation of successful leaders.
We provide educational and emotional support for boys aged 8-18 particularly those identified as being at risk of social exclusion. Our goal is to instil the tenets of success in our students from an early age. We want our young leaders to become positive role models in their communities and go on to be men of influence in their chosen field.
“Over the last year EYLA has worked with >400 children and young people across our programmes which include after school tuition, study support, leadership training, in-school workshops and alternative provision, respite for excluded pupils. Specifically, funding from the Black Heart Foundation has enabled us, through our Scholars Programme, to prepare 30 pupils for bursary places at boarding schools in September 2015. EYLA offers masterclasses to access new subjects, boost confidence and communication skills and to make the necessary cultural and emotional adjustments.
The funding has also contributed towards ‘throughcare’ for a further 30 pupils currently in boarding schools. This includes school visits, academic coaching, advocacy and parent support. The Foundation has also funded one of our alumni through his Masters Degree at UCL”. Anne Collard, Prokect Manager EYLA.
Imagination is the cornerstone of creativity, problem solving and innovation. It’s an essential skill for life. In an era of rapid global change, being able to imagine a world that doesn’t yet exist has never been more vital. But this crucial skill is being overlooked.
We have set up the Institute of Imagination to help understand the power of imagination and realise its potential.
We’re creating a new world-class cultural destination in the capital that will put children at its heart. A much-needed public space that prioritises the imagination.
It will be one of a kind — a hybrid between a museum, gallery, community centre, science centre, and laboratory. A dedicated space for people to explore, experiment, make, play and create together. To follow their own interests and trigger new ideas. It will be for everyone, whatever their background, wherever they are from, whatever their age.
We know that it will work because we’ve already been testing out our ideas. We’ve sparked the imaginations of over 1,000 children and their families through our Imagination Lab and reached hundreds more in schools with our mobile Imagination Pods.
We believe imagination matters. Imagine what could be possible if we create space for children to re-imagine the world.
"We are delighted that The Black Heart Foundation shares our vision to create a space where children and their families can let their imaginations run free. The generosity of The Foundation through their support of our outreach programme has enabled us to involve children directly with the development of the Institute of Imagination and to deliver impact to children who might not otherwise have access to high quality cultural engagement." Michelle Dorion, Founding Chair, Institute of Imagination
Working in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in partnerships across the world, Grassroot Soccer uses the power and popularity of soccer to educate and inspire at-risk students.
We mobilise communities, break stigmas, dramatically increase awareness and change behaviours to combat the spread of HIV. We train role-models - soccer players, coaches, teachers, and peers - to deliver our HIV-prevention curriculum, because kids learn best from people they respect.
"Through the Black Heart Foundation's generosity, Grassroot Soccer has been able to extend its reach in Zimbabwe to empower young people to stop the spread of HIV and become leaders in their communities. While young people in this region face many challenges to success, they are also the greatest force for change. With the help of The Foundation, we've been able to provide life-saving HIV prevention education and voluntary HIV counselling and testing to a greater number of children, while giving them the tools to live healthy, productive lives." Methembe Ndlovu, Co-Founder and Country Director GRS
Music of Life is a charity that provides individual musical tuition, performing opportunities and group workshops for children and young people aged 8 to 25 with a wide range of physical disabilities, hearing and visual impairments and autism. We use music to support personal development and raise self-esteem in disabled young people who are interested in music-making, but struggle to afford and/or access it.
Black Heart Foundation’s support enabled Music of Life to significantly enhance its Monitoring & Evaluation process. Part of the grant was used to develop and test a full set of bespoke evaluation tools that are now used in all our projects. Another part contributes to the cost of one of our most successful school projects – partnership with Round Oak School, Warwick, where all pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Nearly a quarter have autistic spectrum disorders and many have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. One in ten is looked after by the local authority. Music of Life’s team of musicians has been delivering weekly 90-minute workshops since September 2014 when a choir of over 50 students was started, leading them to being regarded as one of the top school choirs in the county. In addition, through the workshops we have identified 5 pupils with a particular interest and talent for music who are now receiving one-to-one weekly lessons with a Music of Life teacher, funded jointly by the school and ourselves.
“The workshops are going from strength to strength this term and there has been interest from other students wishing to join. Participation in the workshop choir and opportunities for performances outside of school are helping to raise the profile of the school itself and of the abilities of disabled children within the local community. At these events, the students have the opportunity to meet and work alongside non-disabled students from other schools in England and Wales.” Gerarda Berger-Byrne, CAF Coordinator and Literacy Intervention, Round Oak School.
“The head mistress said the other day that Music of Life had actually changed their school. Instead of fighting or having behavioural problems, the children sing. Some sixth formers apparently went to an open day at a college last week and stood up in front of everyone and performed one of the songs from the project. One of the boys who was so nervous for the Christmas project he was physically sick and had to miss it, stood up on Tuesday and conducted the choir (alongside Suzie) singing Something Inside So Strong in front of an audience of school friends, parents and staff.” Suzzie Vango, the Music of Life workshop leader 2015.
Portobello Dance is a community initiative on the international stage. Our vision is to provide access to excellence - more than 150 budding dancers as young as 3 years old pass through for classes each week thanks to our open doors policy, primarly to children who have not otherwise had the opportunity to engage in and learn from dance.
Annual school performances allow families, the local community, sponsors and patrons to experience our work, whilst a variety of local and national events showcase the school through its Student Performance Group. The school Outreach programme takes our training and mission to schools around the Boroughs of London.
"The Black Heart Foundation's financial contribution to Classically British over the years has been invaluable, allowing us to provide a platform for black British classically trained dancers and choreographers, to come together and express themselves. It was a truly inspiring evening for both children and adults alike. Funding allowed us to invite children from local primary schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to experience and appreciate dance and to ask questions of the performers - a rare opportunity to dance with members of the CB company. The positive response enabled us to engage with more children, motivating them to participate in dance and perhaps follow the footsteps of legendary Director, Arthur Mitchell of Dance Theatre of Harlem. The event is a feature of Black History Season considering the past and present, a celebration of the contribution of dancers, particularly of ethnic minority in the UK." Mark Elie, Artistic Director, Portobello Dance School.
Eating disorders are a range of conditions that can affect someone physically, psychologically and socially. They are serious mental illnesses and include anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Over 725,000 men and women in the UK are affected by eating disorders.
Beat provides a range of support and information for all people affected by eating disorders, their families and carers. Adults and young people can call, email or text our Helpline service to find information and get support. They can also use our online services including our message boards and join an online support group, all of which are facilitated by trained Beat support staff.
“The donation from The Black Heart Foundation, has helped Beat to support people affected by eating disorders through its range of Helpline support. Our trained team of support workers have responded to calls, emails and texts to the Helpline from adults and young people, many of who are feeling alone and isolated and just need someone to talk to. Other callers may be encouraged to make the first step to getting the right help and treatment they need by giving them confidence to speak to their GP. The donation to the Helpline has also helped us to make a difference to those who are in recovery from an eating disorder and need some extra support to maintain this through our online support groups.” Nina Dufeu, Director of Services.
Camden Arts Centre is a place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education. With artists at the core of the programme, Camden Arts Centre strives to involve members of the public in the ideas and processes of today's artists, and the artists who inspire them. In addition to gallery spaces, the building comprises of studios which schools can use free of charge and in which people of all ages and abilities can learn skills in ceramics, painting, drawing and writing as part of the courses programme.
The exhibition and education programmes are developed with equal significance and are continually intertwined. The year-round programme includes exhibitions, artist residencies, talks and events, school and artists’ projects, courses and off-site activities, ensuring Camden Arts Centre remains a dynamic place for seeing, making and talking about art.
“Without the support of generous funders like The Black Heart Foundation, the breadth, ambition and quality of our education programme would be extremely restricted. Funds have been instrumental in supporting Camden Arts Centre’s 2014-15 education programme including free drop-in sessions for families with children of all ages every Sunday alongside our exhibitions, and work with local primary, secondary and SEN schools. We welcomed 50% of participants from less advantaged backgrounds, and were able to offer bursary places for disabled young people to join our projects. Thanks to support like yours, we are poised for great things in our 50th anniversary year.” Neil Debnam, Head of Development, Camden Arts Centre.
‘The Black Heart Foundation supports the South Hampstead High School’s Futures Fund in two critical ways. It provides funds for Bursaries, so that children from primary schools across London who might not otherwise be able to can benefit from the exceptional education the school offers. The foundation also supports our Waterlow Hall project, which will transform an existing performance space into a first-choice venue for music and drama. This will enhance the creative experience both for our pupils and for those in our partner state schools; it will also enhance the school’s position as a hub for music and arts in North London. We are grateful for the Foundation’s generosity in making a difference at South Hampstead.’ Ms Helen Pike, Headmistress, South Hampstead High School.
Since it opened in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital has always been a beacon of hope for children and families. Today the hospital sees over 240,000 patient visits a year and treats young patients from around the UK and the world who are suffering from complex life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
The hospital is currently undergoing the largest redevelopment in its history, with over two thirds of the whole site being rebuilt to provide our young patients with the modern, state-of-the-art facilities they deserve, which will match the world-class care they receive from our doctors and nurses.
The Premier Inn Clinical Building is the second of two new buildings that, when completed in 2017, will comprise the Mittal Children's Medical Centre. The building will deliver the hospital's vision of providing modern facilities for all our acute inpatients, and will include a new surgery centre with individual bedrooms and child-friendly facilities. It will also allow enough space for a parent or carer to stay comfortably by their child’s bedside, which research has shown reduces a child’s stress and speeds their recovery.
The generous gift received from The Black Heart Foundation will help us to provide furniture and equipment for one of these bedrooms and we cannot thank the Foundation enough for this wonderfully generous support, helping to provide a home from home for the child and their family and offering them the privacy, comfort and dignity that they deserve.
The Haverhill YMCA's Youth Basketball Travel League provides young men with an opportunity to play competitive basketball, regardless of their ability to pay. Boys are able to not only gain basketball skills, but also develop teamwork and a positive work ethic. The Haverhill YMCA provides youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility opportunities to youth across Haverhill, with a strategic focus on Childhood Obesity, and Teen programming.
"The Black Heart Foundation's grant to the Haverhill YMCA was essential to the program. It enabled the Y to reach out into the community to young basketball players who as disadvantaged youth would not have been able to pay for the program. We are grateful that the Y's impact on youth in the community was recognized and supported so that no one is turned away. We will be expanding the program next year to include a tutoring component so that all players will have both athletic and academic successes". Tracy Fuller, Haverhill YMCA Executive Director.
Shakespeare Live! ... Entertaining, accessible and interactive, Traffic of the Stage's wide-ranging introduction to Shakespeare is aimed at Secondary School students in the 11- 16 age group.
The company's Spring 2015 tour was our most successful one to date. Thanks to the assistance from THE BLACK HEART FOUNDATION, we were able to take this pacy, witty production to a wider range of the more `challenged` state schools . Shakespeare Live! is popular with the independents and grammars, but this show can appeal to all intellects ... . as one teacher remarked . . . `plenty of information but delivered (disguised?) as entertainment ... cleverly done ... they learned a lot, but it didn't feel like it, if you know what I mean.`
Thanks to funding Traffic of the Stage was able to reach over 6000 students on the tour. eg. Axe Valley Community School in rural Devon received a big discount enabling the Head of English to book the Axminster Guildhall as the impressive venue for two performances to 700+ school students. practically the whole school! Another state school getting terrific value was Thomas Tallis School in South London, where the company staged two performances to a boisterous but enthusiastic lower school audience of over 600.
John Cooper, Director, Traffic of the Stage
International Inspiration (IN) is a unique charity that aims to inspire a world of unity, equity and opportunity for all through sport. IN was set-up to manage the hugely successful London 2012 International Inspiration Programme, which reached over 25 million children across 20 countries. Building on this success, IN works with skilled and reputable local grassroots organisations at the heart of community activity to deliver and develop innovative, replicable and scalable sport for development programmes. IN’s model focuses on optimising the impact of sport within sustainable development programmes at local, national and international levels, seeking to positively impact people, partners and policy.
Through a collaborative network of partnerships and programmes, IN uses sport to promote a measureable positive impact in the lives of disenfranchised children and young people by increasing access to opportunities, improving quality of life and empowering young people to make informed decisions. IN's work focuses in health, education and peace and conflict.
"The donation to International Inspiration from The Black Heart Foundation has provided the means for the charity to recruit its first dedicated Business Development Manager. Dynamic professional fundraising capacity is crucial to the success of the charity, and having funds secured for this in the first year of the newly merged charity is hugely important. The charity will now be able to fundraise independently for the first time raising much needed income for increasing the opportunities for children and young people in low and middle income countries to access, enjoy and learn from physical education, sport and play."
Tom Burstow Head of Sports Programmes and Commonwealth Games Project Director, UNICEF UK - Former partner of the International Inspiration Programme.
Respect, excellence, achievement, collaboration and hard work are at the core of everything children, staff and parents do. Our goal is to provide all pupils with the choice at 18 years of age to go on to university and begin a successful career.
Our Academy has the highest academic aspirations and, at the same time, maintains a caring, family orientated culture. To realise our hopes and dreams we ask more of ourselves and more of our parents and pupils.
"The contribution from The Black Heart Foundation has been instrumental in creating a transformational university programme for the pupils of King Solomon Academy. By providing long term academically focused personal tutors to our pupils, the programme will give them opportunity to attain the grades that allow access to universities that would otherwise be out of their reach. This, coupled with academically enriching workshops and university visits means that the programme represents a life changing educational experience for our pupils." Max Haimendorf, Principal, King Solomon Academy.