The story so far

The Peter Cruddas Foundation was first registered in December 2006 and during that time in excess of £16 million has already been donated to nearly 250 charities.

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198 Contemporary Arts 1st Clanfield Scout Group 69 Brook Street Trust Alzheimer's Society Ambitious About Autism Animal Health Trust Ann Maguire Arts Educational Trust Anne Frank Trust Aqualung Trust ARK Arts for All Association of Colleges ATC 233 Squadron Back on Track Beat Birmingham Boys and Girls Union Body and Soul Bootstrap Company Bounce Back Brandwood Community Centre Bristol Aero Collection Trust British Cardiac Research Trust British Ort Camden Spear Trust Camp Sincha Cancerkin Cardboard Citizens Caudwell Children Centrpoint Chai Cancer Care Chichester Cathedral Chickenshed Theatre Children's Adventure Farm Trust Children's Safety Education Trust Circle Community Combat Stress Community Security Trust Connection at St Martins in the Fields Copenhagen Youth Project Coram Crimestoppers CRISIS CRUK Deans and Canons of Winsdor Doirset Youth Association Duke of Edinburgh Awards UK Eastside Young Leaders Academy Edinburgh Area Scout Council Endeavour English National Opera Felix Project Fight for Peace Fight for Sight Flying Scholarships for The Disabled for Dementia For Jimmy Friendship Works Funding Force Future Regeneration of Grangetown Future Skills Training Futurevesity Global Leadership Foundation Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital Charity Greatwood Charity Greenhouse Grit Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside Guy's and St Thomas' Charity Hackney Quest Half Moon Theatre Heart Cells Foundation Helena Kennedy Foundation Helken Arkell Dyslexia Charity Help for Heroes Hemi Help Horizons Children's Sailing Trust Ignite Trust Inspire Sufflok Irish Cancer Charity Jewish Care Jo Jo The Rhino Juvenis Launch 22 Leaside Eduvation Trust Lighthouse London Community Trust Llamau Lodge Hill Centre London Narrow Boat Project Loughborough University Maggies Centres Magic Breakfast Making The Leap Marie Curie Cancer Care Marine Society & Sea Cadets Mayor's Fund for London Mentor UK MIND Minstead Training Trust Much Hadham Recreation Trust Mustard Tree National Citizen Service National Osteoporosis Society National Star College New Horizon Youth Centre New Schools Network Nightingale House Nikki's Wish Noah's Ark Children's Hospice Norfolk Museums Development Foundation Norwood NSPCC Oarsome Chance Oldham Athletic Community Trust One Church Brighton ORT UK Ovarian Cancer Action Oxford Community Foundation Parallel Youth Enterprise Place2b Policy Exchange Politics & Economics Research Trust Prince's Trust Priority Trust Prisoners Abroad Pro Action Hertfordshire Quintessentially Foundation Reading Force Reeds School Renaissance Foundation Research Autism RNIB Royal Aero Club Trust Royal Ballet School Royal Marsden Cancer Charity Royal Opera House RSPB SBSA Charity Scout Association Second Chance Seve Ballesterous Foundation Shaare Zedek UK Shed @ The Park Sheffield Institute for MND Shelterbox SKILL Skill Force Snowdon Trust Soho Theatre Southwark Playhouse SPARKS Spitalfields Music St Andrews Youth Club St John Ambulance Starlight Children's Foundation Start Up Online Street League Stroke Association Sussex Community Foundation Tall Ships Youth Trust Tate Arts The Albany Theatre The Amber Foundation The Arts Room The Big Society Network The British Institute of International Comparative Law The Brokerage CityLink The Camden Society The Cayo Foundation The Challenge Network The Change Foundation The Chichester Festival Theatre The Childhood Trust The Cirdon Sailing Trust The Council of Christian and Jews The Cure Parkinson's Trust The Forward Trust The Global Fund for Children UK Trust The Guildhall School of Music and Dance The Horse Course The Institute for Policy Research The Jeish Museum The Key The Leaside Trust The Legacy List The Legatum Institute The Mayor's Fund for London The Outward Bound Trust The People Matter Charity The Princess Royal Trust The Roundhouse Trust The Royal Ballet The Salvation Army The Springboard Charity The Unicorn Theatre The White Ensign Association The Winchester Project Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership Travelling Light Theatre Trinity Sailing Trust Trust Links Twenty Twenty UCL UJIA UK Sepsis Trust Unicorn Theatre Vallance Community Sports Association Water Aid Weizmann UK Westminster Befriend a Family Wicked Weather Watch Willow Foundation Wiltshire Scout Council Wings South West Woolf Institute Yes Futures YMCA Exeter YMCA North Tyneside You London Young Adult Trust Young Enterprise Young Vic Theatre Youth United Youthscape

Prince's Trust

Following the donation of £1,000,000 from the Peter Cruddas Foundation to support The Prince's Trust Business Programme in Wales, the launch took place at the Llanhilleth Miners' Institute in Blaenau Gwent, on 23rd October 2008 by the President of The Prince's Trust, HRH The Prince
of Wales.

Peter Cruddas is a Platinum Patron and leading individual supporter of The Prince's Trust. He is a Member of The Prince's Trust Council, Ambassador of Team Programme, Founding Fellow, The Prince's Trust Enterprise Fellowship and Chair of Youth United.

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Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Peter Cruddas believes passionately in the International Award Association and has become Global Benefactor for a further 3 years. He is also a founder member of the International Special Projects Group and has sponsored the Peter Cruddas Social Innovation Initiative.

Peter Cruddas Social Innovation Initiative Peter has been an enthusiastic supporter of the International Award since 2005, when he became our first Global Benefactor, and is underlining his continuing commitment through this exciting project.

The initiative
The Peter Cruddas Social Innovation Initiative aims to recognise Gold Award participants who demonstrate enterprising attitudes, and who have used their Award Programme to benefit a specific section of society. The initiative has been set up to recognise these individuals for their commitment to changing the lives of others.

What qualifies as social innovation?
Social innovation projects often form part of the Award Programme's Service Section or Residential Project. However, we know how creative participants can be when developing their Programme, and so the social innovation project might fulfil any of the five Sections of the Award. In order for projects to be considered good examples of social innovation they need to demonstrate the following:
Explicit social aims
Engagement with the local community
Environmental impact
Ethical values
Award involvement


If you think Scouting’s just about knots, woggles and big shorts, then be prepared to be surprised. It’s how Richard Branson, Barack Obama, David Beckham and Peter Cruddas got their start in life.

Every year The Scout Association helps transform the lives of 400,000 young people in the UK. We help them enjoy new adventures; to experience the outdoors, be active citizens, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

And it's not just young people who can get in on the action. Working alongside our youth members are 100,000 adult volunteers, with a huge variety of roles and opportunities available.

Scouting encourages young people from all backgrounds, male and female, to have self-belief and a voice and to gain life skills. It helps them develop physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually. We call this ‘everyday adventure’. And from a young person’s perspective, it’s also “fun”.

The Royal Opera House

The Foundation is a major funder of The Royal Opera House Foundation Covent Garden.

The Chance to Dance education project for young people and the sponsorship of 3 ballet students to join The Cuba Tour 2009 are examples of the work the Royal Opera House and the Peter Cruddas Foundation are jointly involved in.

Willow Foundation

The Willow Foundation is a national charity that provides quality of life and quality of time for seriously ill 16 - 40 year olds by funding and organising special days.

The Trustees of The Peter Cruddas Foundation have joined in the Willow Foundation's 10th year celebration by committing to a two year funding initiative helping to provide more special days in this special year.

The Willow Foundation defines seriously ill as any condition that is life threatening. To date more than 4,750 special days have been organised for young adults living with, amongst others: cancer, motor neurone disease, cystic fibrosis, organ failure and the later stages of multiple sclerosis. All applications must meet the Foundation's medical criteria and be endorsed by a medical professional involved in the individual's care.

The Challenge

The Foundation was delighted to be approached to underwrite this pilot scheme where young people were taken out of their "comfort zones" and challenged to devise viable and workable community projects for their community.

The Challenge aims to put teams of diverse 16 year olds through a one year training and community service scheme starting with a three-week summer camp and then 50 hours of social action to tackle local civic and youth-related issues.

Great Ormond Street Hospital

The Peter Cruddas Foundation has supported Great Ormond Street Hospital for over three years, first by being a member of The Tick Tock Club and at Christmas 2008 funding 3 Christmas Parties for the children and young people making Great Ormond Street Hospital their home for Christmas because of their illness.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a specialist children's hospital and a world leader in paediatric medicine, treating children from across the UK and beyond, suffering from complex, life threatening and life shortening conditions.

Each year, the Trust has over 200,000 patient visits from children ranging in age from premature babies to late teens; of these, over 42 per cent of the children are under three years old and 63 per cent require 24-hour intensive care.

The Trinity Sailing Trust

The Trinity Sailing Trust is an innovative organisation who seeks to make a difference and change young people's lives and their outlook on not only their capabilities and how they view others, but how others see them. We encourage the personal development of young people, particularly those at risk of failing to make an effective transition to adult life. Our aim is to be a catalyst; to help change attitudes and expectations. We use the medium of offshore sail training on traditional vessels as a means of engaging with 600 disadvantaged young people, enabling them to discover the extent of their own capabilities, teaching them a range of life skills thereby motivating them to take positive steps to improve their future prospects.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation was delighted to commit to a three year sponsorship in support of the charity's work.


Coram was one of the first donations made by The Foundation and this was part of a three year commitment.

The Thomas Coram Foundation was the first children's charity in the UK, established by Royal Charter in 1739. For nearly three centuries, it has pioneered the creation of a "home from home" for abandoned children, and the integrated provision of education and employment support to enable thousands of young people to find their way in the world.

Today, Coram remains a pioneering, developmental organisation committed to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable, and develops new ways of working that can be reproduced nationally to ensure future generations feel the benefit . Coram works with over 10,000 children and young people and their families per year, helping children born into the worst circumstances who risk suffering terrible loss, giving them the chance of love in a family, a childhood and a future. Our driving aim is to create better chances for children.

National Osteoporosis Society

Through a donation made by The Peter Cruddas Foundation the National Osteoporosis Society has been able to develop a new UK Helpline and Information Centre to build much needed capacity. The new 'Peter Cruddas Suite' now houses a team of specialist Helpline Nurses who answer over 14,000 calls a year from those living with osteoporosis, their carers and health professionals. The development of an information centre is enabling the charity to transform, improve and add to its range of existing services in order to meet the escalating needs of millions of sufferers.

The Peter Cruddas Suite was officially opened by the President of the National Osteoporosis Society, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, on 5th February 2009.

The Foundation has also sponsored the production of information leaflets and The Bone Factor Tour.

The Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School enjoys worldwide recognition as a renowned institution for classical ballet training. The founding of the school came in 1926, when Dame Ninette de Valois opened her Academy of Choreographic Art.

Eighty five years later, The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s greatest centres of excellence in ballet training and sets the standard internationally. Our mission is to nurture exceptionally talented young dancers and the School's unique system of training combines dance training with academic education, underpinned by a strong pastoral programme. The School offers an eight-year carefully structured dance course, aligned with an extensive academic programme, giving the students the best possible education to equip them for a career in the world of dance.

The Royal Ballet School produces focussed, well-rounded, well-mannered and intelligent artists of the highest standard.


Greenhouse puts inspirational sports and performing arts coaches into schools and community clubs. They work with 8-18-year olds across 11 areas; football, basketball, volleyball, judo, swimming, dance and drama, multisports (for young people with special educational needs), tennis and athletics.

The coaches, many of whom are former or current Olympians and national champions, run full-time programmes working with the young people before, during and after school and in
the holidays.

This means they can intensely engage the young people over long periods of time and for a number of years as they move through the school.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation is helping one of the UK’s largest sport development charities bring social change within London’s most disadvantaged communities through its financial support.

The Children's Adventure Farm

The aim of The Adventure Farm Trust is to re-build the self-confidence and improve the life prospects of disabled, terminally ill and disadvantaged children. By involving these children in activities they may have never before attempted, we show them just how capable, talented and worthwhile they are, and how they have as much right to success and happiness as any of their peers. We also aim to give these children memories of childhood that most of us will have taken for granted. Memories of fun, laughter and friendship which they can treasure in their darkest times.

Magic Breakfast

Magic Breakfast is currently the only children's charity physically delivering free food to primary schools, as well as parent education and Headteacher food coaching.

During May 2009 The Peter Cruddas Foundation supported Magic Breakfast in providing nearly 7000 bananas to 40 schools in London for the year 6 pupils taking their SATs exams

The Connection at St Martin's in the Field

The Connection's Workspace service has provided The Foundation with matched mutual aims of each organisation to help young people achieve more and is proud to have pump primed the initial funding of this service.

The Connection is the largest and busiest day centre for homeless people in London, open every day and night, all year round.

5000 homeless people use its services each year. 30% of their clients are young people aged 16-30. The vast majority have come through the Care system. Since the fall of Lehman Brothers, the number of people using the centre has increased by 20%.

As well as providing basic services including food, showers and shelter, the charity's aim is to get to the root cause of homeless people's problems and help them move into accommodation, training, employment and education.


Established as a charity in 1993, Leaside Educational Trust delivers inspiring and engaging outdoor education activities to disadvantaged young people in Hackney and the surrounding London Boroughs. Using fun, outdoor activities as the hook, Leaside encourages young people to become positive role models in their community, stay in education, develop their confidence, leadership skills and ambition.

Our activities include canoeing, mountain biking, orienteering and raft-building, all delivered within an educational framework. We also take inner-city children on outdoor activity trips all over the UK - for many this is their first time out of London.

Last year Leaside had over 11,000 user visits. 40% of our users have special needs, including physical and/or mental disabilities. Over 60% of our young users are from Black and Ethnic Minorities. 40% of the young people who come to Leaside are on Free School Meals.

We work with over 30 local schools and youth groups and we deliver 176 recreational sessions per year for local children after-school, at weekends and during holiday times. Most of these children live on nearby housing estates and come from low income, single parent families.

We deliver free, fully accredited outdoor education courses to young people, equipping them with the skills and qualifications to secure employment in the leisure industry or to become national governing body level volunteer coaches. 50 young people achieve certificates and qualifications in outdoor activities each year.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation support has helped Leaside to deliver these much needed activities to disadvantaged young people.


M13 aims to foster long-term enjoyment, learning, action and change, making for well-being, within local young people, workers and our local Ardwick communities, in inner-urban Manchester.

Established in 1995 by our current manager, the M13 team comprises long-term, committed, passionate and diverse (male, female, black, white and Latino) workers, who are qualified and experienced - including three local young adults who were previous participants in the project’s work and are now in training as youth workers – who work alongside local young adult and young people volunteers, committed to working for the benefit of their communities with us.

We contact young people through street-based ‘detached work’, building consistent relationships of trust and then creating further activities together, which are fun and which develop and challenge young people and help them learn about life and living wisely. These activities may be trips out, residentials, projects, such as football or dance, issue-based workshops, community action, training as youth workers, etc.., but they are all developed in partnership with young people, based around activities, issues or concerns that are relevant, current and of interest to them, and delivered primarily in settings which young people access naturally.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation has acknowledged the importance of and has supported our night street work carried out by Youth Workers and Peer Mentors.

Place 2b

“The Place2Be is for children who are hurt, to come and tell grown ups about their feelings so they don't have to keep it inside them and get upset even more.” Suzie aged 9

The Peter Cruddas Foundation is supporting the continuation of The Place2Be’s award-winning work with vulnerable and at-risk children in some of the UK’s most challenging and disadvantaged areas. The Place2Be’s vision is of a world where children have the opportunity to grow up with prospects rather than problems. The charity works in partnership with over 170 schools and local communities to improve the mental health of children, young people and their families.

Many of the 58,000 children attending The Place2Be schools are growing up in homes where poverty, violence and neglect challenge expectations from the very start. It is not surprising that children in these areas find it difficult to concentrate and learn and fail to reach their potential, entering a cycle of low aspiration, attainment and achievement. Poor behaviour, truancy, drug/alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and involvement in crime are further consequences of leaving children’s problems unaddressed.

St Mungo's

St Mungo's is London's largest charity for homeless people. Last year we supported over 10,000 people through three related strands.

Emergency services - Emergency includes street outreach teams, emergency shelters for rough sleepers and hostels.

Prevention - Prevention is meeting clients support needs in home, providing support teams to work with people at risk of homelessness.

Recovery - Recovery, is the provision of safe housing, drug and alcohol support and physical and mental health care. Providing help for homeless people in gaining life skills including job training and independent living skills.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation has provided a grant at Christmas 2008 and has recently funded the purchase of equipment at the Harrow Road Woodwork Facility.


The Peter Cruddas Foundation was highly delighted to join in the Summer '09 activities for young people organised by both Tate's Teams in Liverpool and London's Modern. In total almost 20,000 young people took part in the activities.


The Foundation has supported the work of SkillForce and below in the words of SkillForce are the reason why.

SkillForce are currently working with 180 schools in England, Scotland and Wales. SkillForce works closely with our students to build mutual respect and the platform for personal development, motivation and leadership. We understand that some students need a tailored approach and the empathy and skills of our instructors engage young people and, working with the school, lift aspirations and levels of achievement.

We have the tools and programmes to deliver three outcomes:

  • Help bring the hardest-to-reach young people back into the fold;
  • Engage those who need a more tailored approach, helping find next steps in education/work/training;
  • Prepare for the transition from primary school.

In February 2011 we asked the Peter Cruddas Foundation for support for the UCL Horizons programme

UCL Horizons

The UCL Horizons Programme is a two year programme which pilots long-term engagement for an annually recruited cohort of 100 GCSE students and also provides short-term activities for 11–19 year olds. UCL Horizons is based on the UCL campus and uses UCL facilities including teaching and study space, as well as libraries, museums and galleries. The programme has been running and developing for over two years so far, since summer 2009. We are evaluating each stage to measure our impact and to ensure we are as effective as possible.

The aims of the UCL Horizons Programme are:

  • Raising academic attainment of gifted 14 to 18 year olds
  • Raising student’s aspirations academically and for future career ambitions
  • Enriching children and young people’s social and cultural capital
  • Supporting commitment at higher levels of study
  • Creating a community of, and dialogue with, all those reached through the programme

UCL Horizons participants are recruited from inner London non-selective state schools with a higher than average proportion of students from low income backgrounds. They complete an application form which gauges motivation and socio-economic background. A reference from their class teacher provides further detail on academic attainment and commitment.

Back on Track

Back on Track is a Manchester charity that enables disadvantaged adults to make lasting, positive changes in their lives. They work with people who are going through recovery or rehabilitation, having been through problems with homelessness, mental health, drugs and alcohol or offending.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation are supporting Back on Track to improve employability for 18 – 30 year olds. Recruitment will take place with partners across the city, and a range of training courses, one to one guidance and work experience opportunities are provided at Back on Track in central Manchester.

This year, the project will help around 200 young people to put the past behind them, and build the skills that will help them to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity

The Peter Cruddas Foundation is supporting Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity’s project providing specialist help to disadvantaged young people aged 16-30, from lower income backgrounds, with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

Toung adults with unsupported dyslexia are more likely to suffer low self-esteem, low confidence, to have negative associations with education, achieve fewer qualifications, to become unemployed when leaving school and to make negative life-choices (people with dyslexia are twice as likely to end up in prison).

However, if correctly supported, people with dyslexia can thrive in life, particularly life after school, where their ability to see the world differently can be a positive asset.

New Horizon

Based in King’s Cross London, New Horizon Youth Centre supports over 1,000 young people experiencing homelessness each year to improve their wellbeing, change their economic circumstances and find somewhere that they can call home.

If housing is the hook for people to come to New Horizon then it is the holistic offer available in the Drop-in centre seven days a week that keeps them coming back, offering the stability and safety young people need to start getting their lives back on track.

Inevitably young people experiencing homelessness struggle to find the opportunities and support they need to get a foot on the career ladder but increasingly, especially given the lack of housing, finding work is one of the best ways to also get somewhere to live. 70% of the young people that come to New Horizon are not in work and so the Education, Employment and Training Team offer, with the support of funding from the Peter Cruddas Foundation, a package of support alongside opportunities to obtain accreditations throughout the week with workshops on essential numeracy, literacy, ESOL and life-skills.

Oarsome Chance

Oarsome Chance brings about change for young people, aged from 9 – 19 years in the Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant areas who are disengaged from mainstream education and at risk of exclusion and suffering disadvantage. The Oarsome Chance educational programmes offer a combination of vocational skills training (boat building, canvas skills and bike recycling) along with dry and on water rowing activities and provide educational and employability benefits to help them connect to a brighter future.

Snowdon Trust

Snowdon Trust, supports people living with disabilities as they enter further or higher education or vocational training.

We provide grants to students with physical and sensory disabilities to help them to pursue academic or practical goals towards employment that would otherwise be beyond their physical and financial means. Founded in 1981 by the First Earl of Snowdon, we have given grants, help and encouragement to more than 2,700 talented and highly motivated students across the UK.

Students with complex needs and multiple disabilities often incur considerable additional costs. We only make grants for costs NOT covered by statutory funding — including sign language interpreters or other individual support, specialised software, wheelchairs and mobility equipment, extra accommodation costs at university for a 24-hour carer or other disability-related expenses.

The Childhood Trust

The Childhood Trust is London’s child poverty charity, leveraging significant impact on disadvantaged young lives in the capital to alleviate the disadvantages associated with child poverty.

The Peter Cruddas Foundation grant will fund a group of effective London projects that excel in youth work. Young people supported by the projects face a range of challenges relating to poverty including accommodation problems, food insecurity, risk of exposure to violence and drug taking. The young people live in areas where the rise in youth crime and poor career prospects have increased their vulnerability and their struggle to hold onto positive plans and hopes. The projects funded by Peter Cruddas Foundation provide well designed and proven support to improve engagement in education, skills, knowledge, confidence, hope and ambition as the young people handle their transition to adult life.