The Peter Cruddas Foundation was first registered in December 2006 and during that time in excess of £15m has already been donated and/or committed to numerous charitable causes.
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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.
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 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
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.
198 Contemporary Arts
The Factory is a new project under development by an alliance of 11 Lambeth based Arts and Enterprise organisations led by 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning. Its pragmatic approach to helping young people led to The Factory being named as one of the Department of Local Communities and Local Government’s 20 ground-breaking UK projects.
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.
The Peter Cruddas Foundation has supported the Enterprise Bootcamp programme. This funding helps Bootstrap deliver the programme to young people and connect them with the Bootstrap community. The latest programme culminated in a pitching event at the end of 2016 where 15 young entrepreneurs pitched for funding. Collectively they were awarded more than £23,500 to start their own businesses.
Bootstrap was established in 1978 to support people to set-up their own businesses and improve employability skills. Bootstrap’s work in 2016 still echoes these original aims through our Enterprise Bootcamp programme, tenant networking and training events as well as a diverse programme across our community event spaces.
The Street Football Association (formerly known as the Homeless FA) is England’s national street football body, running programmes that use football as a means of improving the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness and social exclusion. It also manages and selects Street Football Team England and is part of Centrepoint, the leading youth homelessness charity.
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.
With The Peter Cruddas Foundation’s support, the Street Football Association will shortly be launching its latest and most ambitious initiative, a year-round programme of sport/developmental activity, delivered in partnership with England’s top professional football clubs. The project will include engaging street football training and workshops – designed to develop both football and functional life skills – interwoven with the delivery of other training and qualifications. Through a range of progression routes - including volunteering, training and employment – the project will empower participants to positively transform their lives and ultimately, escape social exclusion and homelessness.
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.
At Circle Community, we believe that unemployed young people aged 18-24 years are not out of work through choice. We believe the vast majority of young people do have the drive and potential to engage in meaningful and productive work. The problem is in fact that many lack the opportunities, confidence, work experience, and positive role models necessary to secure work. We recognise the real barriers to getting young people into work, range from family issues, to a lack of basic skills and self-confidence, to the difficulties involved from recently migrating to the UK. At Circle Community we provide a training programme to train and support unemployed young people to get them into work. We help young people identify clear career goals and offer training in non-academic skills key to obtaining and holding a job. As well as offering training courses and workshops, as an integral part of our training, all of our students are given hands on practical work experience in our retail store Circle Collective our on trend fashion store where they are training in customer service with practical work experience of 8 hours per week. At the end of our training programmes a genuine interview will arise either directly or through our corporate supporters or their contractors.
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.
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.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award UK
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is a programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 and 24 years. Our mission is to inspire, guide and support young people – giving them the opportunity to experience new activities, develop skills and enhance their employability whist giving something back to their communities. There are three progressive levels that, once completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. There are four sections – Volunteering, Physical, Skills and Expedition and an extra Residential at Gold. It is designed to be non-competitive, achievable by all, personalised and balance. It demands long-term commitment – it takes 12-18 months to complete the Gold.
Fight for Peace
Based in Newham, Fight for Peace invests in the potential of young people by providing education and personal development to prevent crime and violence . The most ‘need to reach’ young people are actively targeted. These are those most adversely affected by or involved in crime, gangs or violence; ex-offenders; those not in education, training or employment (NEET) or those have been excluded from school.
Global Fund for Children UK Trust
The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in small, locally led organisations that transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Worldwide, millions of children live on the fringes of society – in places like refugee camps, slums, and prisons – where they have to fight to survive, let alone pursue their dreams. Though these children are the most disadvantaged, governments and large aid organisations struggle to reach them with essential services. As a result, children experience poverty, abuse, exploitation, and discrimination, with little or no reprieve.
But thousands of grassroots organisations are filling the gaps, finding innovative ways to reach marginalised children and give them what they need to be safe, healthy, and educated. The Global Fund for Children supports and strengthens these local, lasting solutions that transform children’s lives. We identify and invest in small organisations with visionary leaders – helping them realise their potential, scale their efforts and reach even more children in need.
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.
Greatwood focuses on educating disadvantaged children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) through equine assisted learning. Greatwood’s innovative educational programs are inclusive and are designed for young people aged 5-24 with cognitive, physical, emotional and social challenges or disabilities, with the aim of making a real difference to the future lives and careers of students as well as facilitating their social mobility.
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
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.
Half Moon Theatre
Half Moon’s hands-on, project-management style experience of all aspects of professional theatre at KS3/4 is a multi-disciplinary introduction to theatre making. Careers in Theatre gives participants the opportunity to work alongside theatre specialists culminating in creating a performance piece over just one day. Students are allocated a discipline for the day (acting, stage management, lighting design, set/costume design, composition/sound design) which then become student-led, culminating in role-playing a production meeting, running the technical and dress rehearsals, leading up to the final performance at day’s end. Later sessions offer the students guidance on how to pursue their career ambitions within the arts.
TheHorseCourse has a novel and highly effective way of working with people who cannot cope with talk-based support for their mental health problems.
We proved our programme in prison with hard to reach, disruptive and disengaged violent young offenders: a recent report published by New Philanthropy Capital & CLINKS and peer reviewed by MoJ, found that our ReStart programme reduced reoffending by 27% points. We are now working with a diverse range of populations. At our centre in Dorset we change the lives of over 140 very troubled people each year. We work by referral only, from schools, PRUS, Childrens Services, NHS Mental Health Services, Offending Services and specialist 3rd sector organisations (e.g. domestic violence and drug/alcohol support).
The investment from Peter Cruddas Foundation will help us to continue to deliver services and evaluate robustly; to develop sustainable income streams; and to replicate nationally. We have 11 approved facilitators so far and over a dozen part-trained.
Ignite Trust was established in September 2001 to work with young people in the London borough of Harrow. Ignite exists to see long term transformation in the lives of young people aged 13-24, especially those at risk, marginalised or facing barriers to succeed in life. We do this through:
- Engagement – making meaningful contact; offering activity and education based programmes, which engage young people;
- Empowerment – challenging values and behaviour and equipping young people with the tools, resources and opportunities to make positive choices; building positive relationships and mutual support to empower individuals;
- Transformation – journeying in a holistic way so young people can change the direction of their lives; raising aspirations for the future to see long-term transformation.
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.
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
Making The Leap
We transform the futures of children and young people from social and economically disadvantaged backgrounds aged 11 – 25 from London by raising their aspirations, helping them develop the skills, behaviours and attitudes to succeed and by increasing their access to opportunities. We run bespoke life skills and careers projects for children (aged 11 – 18) in secondary schools and for young people (aged 16 – 25) from our centre in Kensal Green. Our work ranges from character development, soft skills training; employability and career planning; and supporting young people into meaningful employment, further education and training.
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 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.
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.
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:
St Andrew's Club
Established as a charity in 1866, St Andrew’s has been providing services to young people and the community in south Westminster for 150 years. We offer a structured programme of creative, recreational and sporting activities with the emphasis placed on personal, social and educational development for over 700 members from the ages of 5 up to adulthood.
Our planned activities include: arts & craft to cookery and chess, from graffiti art to music production and yoga. Plus we field five football teams every weekend and other sporting activities from boxing to karate. We also run workshops on topical issues that may well affect many of our members, such as drugs, gun crime and bullying, etc.
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 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.
In February 2011 we asked the Peter Cruddas Foundation for support for the UCL Horizons programme
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:
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.
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.