New philanthropists

Our new philanthropy programme is simple: look through the available projects below and contact us telling us which one you would like to support. We will then send you further details and funding terms (either a one-off donation or monthly instalments, whatever suits you best). If there is an area you are interested in funding (kids’ education, respite care, emergency medical aid, bore-hole water projects etc.). Please contact us and we will do our best to match you with some options that are personally known to us and which we have investigated and found to be both genuine and good value.

We will arrange for the support to start and provide you with regular up-dates and progress reports. In some cases it may be possible to visit those you are supporting, or to have your (or your organisation’s) name attached to the venture, eg The Earle Family community water well, Kenya.

Projects

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

The children who learn the guitar with CCT often cannot afford one of their own, so we want to grow a stock of ¾ sized guitars that can give children living in poverty the chance to discover their hidden talents.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

Help the voices of children in challenging circumstances to be heard at our live performances, through the purchase of key equipment that is needed to support our Arts Academy PA equipment set up.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

The Christmas Community Concert is the biggest event on the Arts Academy Calendar and we want to keep it in the diary for many years to come. Giving all of our young performers from across the project areas the chance to come together and play, sing and dance to an audience of 200 family, friends and community members, it’s a fantastic opportunity for them all to be affirmed and applauded.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

CCT’s SingJam summer club was piloted in 2012 and has become a firm favourite amongst the local community. SingJam offers 40 children the opportunity to receive junior voice and performance sessions led by experienced dancers and musicians, to explore their creative potential and keep them active and engaged during the summer holidays. The week culminates in a performance from those who have taken part to showcase their achievements to the local community.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

Music 101 offers heavily subsidised group instrument tuition to children who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to access it. However, some children that we work with come from families in desperate circumstances and simply cannot access the sessions. The Music 101 bursary enables 20 children living in poverty to access group instrument tuition each year.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

This innovative music mentoring programme has grown out of the existing Arts Academy work in local primary schools and has been designed as an early intervention tool for children aged 5-11 years who are already at risk of exclusion. Music Mentoring offers weekly one to one sessions with key children, to support positive social and emotional outcomes as well as the development of new musical skills. The children involved work towards a ‘Discover’ Arts Award with their Mentor and have the opportunity to take part in musical performances.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

Amplify offers music workshops to young people aged 11-16yrs, with free tuition available on Drums, Guitars and Vocals. It also gives them the chance to take part in live-playing workshops and performance opportunities as a band and the opportunity to work towards a recognised Bronze Arts Award. Amplify has been running now for 3 years and the group supports 30 young people in challenging circumstances each year. The working project model is also ready to be replicated in more Gorton locations to extend our reach.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

The Management of the Arts Academy work underpins our continued commitment to best practice and professional development across the project areas. As part of our strategic development, the Management time supports training opportunities for the Arts Academy Team, explores new avenues of potential for the project progression and oversees the financial aspects of the work.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

Gorton, Greater Manchester, suffers from widespread long term unemployment: unemployment levels in the area are over twice the national average. Due to low standards in the local schools (in 2009, 30% of students in Gorton North achieved 5 GCSEs compared to 64% nationally), Choices Community Trust (CCT) fear that this is becoming a cycle that is on-going in the area and are determined to find ways to help make a change within the community. Through music tuition and group lessons CCT have found a creative way to motivate young people, boosting their self-esteem and broadening the range of hobbies and interests available to them.

This is an opportunity to invest in a key position on their dedicated staff team – so that they can invest in others. Working across the Gorton area our Arts Academy Team Leader is a talented musician and community worker. Directly involved in the delivery of our Arts Academy projects, the Team Leader also supports our Arts Academy staff and volunteers, enabling 100 children and young people living in one of the most deprived areas of England, free access to creative opportunities each year.

Read more about Choices Community Trust and their Arts Academy here.

The Canaan Project offers support to young women and girls through clubs and drop in sessions, small groups and mentoring in schools and community centres in the Globe Town area of Tower Hamlets, East London. Tower Hamlets has the highest level of child poverty in the country with 42% of under 16’s living in income deprived families. They provide these young women with a safe space to try new activities, discuss issues, work out identity related topics, go on cultural visits, have visiting speakers and go on outdoor pursuits trips. For many of the girls, due to cultural and financial reasons they would not otherwise have access to this.

They are seeking £300 for some self-care kits that they would like to develop for the girls in their small groups. These groups are for young women facing particularly difficult situations and aim to give them a supportive space to share their experiences and also to develop coping strategies and ways to look after themselves. The self-care kits include a number of items that will remind them of the things discussed in the group that will help them to continue to look after themselves after the group has finished. This money would enable us to create self-care kits for 30 young women.

These kits will include:

Handkerchief
Sometimes things get on top of us and we get upset. It is ok for us to cry.

USB stick of positive tracks
Music can help us express how we’re feeling, calm us when we’re angry or encourage us when we feel low.

Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Body Wash
It is important for us to take care of our bodies for our health and it can also help us feel good about ourselves.

Scented Candle
We need to remember that our bodies need to rest. Light your candle, relax and enjoy the fragrance.

Balloons
Sometimes other people’s words or actions affect us and upset us. Blow out all those negative words into the balloon, tie it up and then burst it.

Stress Ball
On a daily basis things frustrate us. Squeeze all our frustration, anger and stress in to the ball, safely expressing these feelings.

Cereal Bar
It is extremely important for our physical and mental health that we eat regularly and healthily.

Mask
Sometimes we hide ourselves from others because we don’t know how to be ourselves. Remember to find someone we can trust and be ourselves with.

Teddy Bear
Sometimes we have days when we need comfort and soothing because we feel upset, vulnerable or afraid. Get a hug from someone who cares about us.

Mug 
Sharing our thoughts with someone we trust can be really helpful. Grab a good friend and have a chat over a nice hot chocolate.

Notebook and Pen
Using these it gives us the opportunity to write down or draw how we are feeling and it is also healthy to use the creative part of our brain

For more information on the works of the Canaan Project click here.

Click here to contact us for more details.