Champions for Children Donation Appeal

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    Donate from noon on Tuesday 08 June until noon on Tuesday 15 June
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We are excited to tell everyone that this year we are taking part in The Childhood Trust’s Champions for Children via the Big Give for our Creative Schools and Colleges and NewYVC Youth Choir programmes to continue doing vital work in our local community. We are aiming to raise £4,800 in a week!

Our appeal will be taking part in The Big Give match funding campaign which means that your donation will be automatically doubled by pledges from our champion sponsor The Childhood Trust.

From noon on Tuesday 08 June until noon on Tuesday 15 June your donation will have twice the impact.

Donate £20 and we’ll receive £40! Remember, only donations made in this time will be eligible for match funding!

Your donation will allow us to raise vital funds that enabled us to support local children and young people.

This year we have adapting our way of working to respond to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has challenged children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing who have been isolated from their peers at a formative time in their life. We have been delivering empowering projects with children and young people at the heart. Participating in creative activities to help increases resilience, self-esteem and supports positive wellbeing.

Your donation will allow us to raise vital funds for NewYVC Choir and our Creative Schools and Colleges Programme.

NewYVC Choir is a non-auditioned choir, completely free to attend and open to any young person in East London aged between 11-18. The choir has been running since 2013, meets weekly and are given opportunities to perform and develop choral and musical direction skills. Former members have gone on to Higher Education, working in the performing arts or leading their own choirs. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme continued online to support the members during an extremely challenging period.

Our Creative Schools and Colleges programme connecting schools and colleges with East London creatives and arts organisation. Stratford Circus consults with teachers and senior leaders and works with each individual schools and colleges to match them with artists from across their networks. Schools and Colleges can open their doors to the wealth of opportunities on their doorstep, working with artists and projects that are tailored to support the curriculum, whist considering the individual needs and embed creativity as a way of learning. Teachers are given professional development to give them the tools to deliver creative projects.

During lockdown, artists worked with schools to support mental health and wellbeing through fun, innovate arts projects and with many schools being forced to immediately move to online teaching, ‘Creative Schools and Colleges ’ was able to step in to support teachers, pupils and patients at this incredibly isolating time.

A report by The Childhood Trust, found that as well as being susceptible to violence and abuse when the structure of school is removed, children and young people also face impacts to mental health and wellbeing and increased risk of becoming involved in anti-social activities due to boredom and lack of fulfilment, as well as potential exploitation by gangs.

Giving children and young people the opportunity to explore and express their emotions through creativity, we believe the arts can give children a creative outlet to express and make sense of their emotions, when they might not always have the words to describe what they’re feeling. The creative process can help to give young people the tools to cope with life’s challenges now and for when they become adults.

We owe it to all children to ensure that they experience an arts-rich education – it will contribute to all aspects of their development and wellbeing, whilst equipping them to be more resilient throughout their lives

We’re aiming to raise £4,800 in a week to help transform the lives of our local children and young people.

Help us towards our £4,800 target by having your donation doubled

Donations to the project are being doubled from midday Tuesday 08th June - Tuesday 15th June, meaning any donation you can give during this time will go twice as far!

“Learning through arts & culture develops skills and behaviour that lead children to do better in school.” (ImagiNation; the value of Cultural Learning, Cultural Learning Alliance, 2017)

Examples of projects
Recently, schools have worked with a variety of arts companies including William Morris Gallery, Autograph ABP, Studio Wayne McGregor and London Film School.

Donate Now to help children and young people thrive - improving wellbeing, fuel young imaginations, creativity and learning.

We welcome support from everyone - individuals, trusts, businesses, large and small, including sponsorship and financial support, volunteering, pro-bono and support in kind.

We’d be delighted to hear from you! Contact Mia, Development Manager via email: mia@stratford-circus.comif you'd like to further support.

We recognise that this is a difficult time for many people and understand that a donation may not be possible. You can also help us by spreading the word about this appeal, by sharing on your social media channels using the hashtags #ChampionsForChildren#TheChildhoodTrust#TheBigGive

Funding will be raised via Champions for Children, a nationwide campaign lasting seven days. The Big Give platform allows all donations to be doubled by participating charities over the allocated period. The Childhood Trust is Stratford Circus’s Champion Supporter.

To find out more head to the The Big Give website

Donate from noon on Tuesday 08 June until noon on Tuesday 15 June - One Donation. Double the Impact

‘I am very glad to be part of Creative Schools – it is helping me to strengthen our commitment across the school as we continue to raise the profile of arts within our curriculum.’

Teacher - 2019