The George Oliver Foundation
2013/14 projects

 


In 2013/14 we funded these five projects -


A new “Speak Out” youth project with The Blue Elephant Theatre in Camberwell. The project was so well received it then went on to gain further funding from Comic Relief to continue it's great impacts. Blue Elephant Theatre works in many areas of youth support and development and their highly acclaimed "Speak Out" projects are part of this. A group of young people ceated a "forum theatre" performance around issues about mental health among young people. The performance then toured to 14 local schools, engaging young people in discussion of these important issues. Forum theatre encourages interaction from the audience to come up with alternative solutions to the situations in the piece and both staff and children gave feedback about the important impacts of this performance and their experience of it.
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Part of the new Sick Children’s Trust “home from home” facility for families of critically ill children at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The facility is now complete and supporting many families in great need who would otherwise not be able to be near their child.  Sick Children’s Trust provide free accommodation and support for families of critically ill children around the country, enabling them to stay close to their child where this may otherwise be impossible. We supported their new development in White Chapel in 2011 and we have seen at first hand the high quality of their work and the excellent support they provide.
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A new wheelchair accessible minibus for the day care centre in Prizren in Kosovo, with One to One Children’s Fund. One to One Children’s Fund set up this day care centre in Kosovo to improve the care services available to vulnerable children and their families. This new wheelchair accessible minibus was essential for some of the most vulnerable children to continue to access this important support. The minibus transports about 130 children with disabilities every week safely to and from the day care centre enabling them to access vital services and support.
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Places at BISO community school in Lusaka, Zambia for 100 orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV, with Cecily’s Fund. BISO community school provides vital education to orphaned Zambian children who have no other access to learning. Many of these children have lost both parents to HIV and may be caring for other relatives in the same situation. The school provides education as well as nutritional and health support, and many children go on to further education or train as teachers themselves.
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Part of the music workshop project for refugee children run by Soundmix in Croydon. Soundmix provides structured music and arts activities for young refugees and asylum seekers. These children have often arrived in the UK alone and escaped traumatic experiences in their country of origin. Working with the Refugee Council, Soundmix offers these young people structured support and education in a secure and positive environment.
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