Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who sponsored and attended the inaugural golf event at Stanmore Golf Cub last September. We are delighted that over £30,000 net was raised. Here is an overview of how some of that money has been spent.
Salvatorian College. Over £12,000 was provided to provide up to date gym equipment and weights. Both have been very well received by the pupils and the weights activity sessions are full twice a week after school. In addition, the provision of indoor cricket mats encouraged a local cricket club to pay for an additional two cricket nets and hire the gym, providing much needed additional income to the school, which is reinvested in pupil education.
DDF has also provided funding to the school for Paul Canoville, the ex-Chelsea footballer, to share his experiences and strategies for dealing wth the problems he has faced– including racism from his own fans! All year groups were able to take part.
We have also supported a business game day via our network of past pupils, agreed in principle to fund a workplace preparation event where young adults are supported in preparing a CV and interviewed for a fictional job, with feedback provided by business volunteers. Finally, we have also agreed to fund the purchase of tents and equipment to be used by 50 pupils, including a number with special needs, in completing their Duke of Edinburgh award – this equipment can be used again in the years to come supporting more young people in their development.
iGNITE Youth – DDF has agreed to fund this Harrow-based charity in providing a workshop programme for up to three schools to improve knowledge and strategies re dealing with gangs and youth violence; coping with peer pressure and developing resilience; understanding trauma and awareness of mental well-being, and the importance of having positive aspirations for the future.
We have agreed to support this established Harrow-based charity’s “Build Back Better” initiative alongside Harrow School. Under this scheme, schools, charities and youth organisations can apply for funding to support help for and development of young adults with a DDF Trustee being part of the decision making panel in May. The focus of the funding will be to address the key issues identified by young people themselves as being their greatest cause for concern, including poverty, safety and physical and mental health.
There are other potential applications from a social enterprise business and Shaftesbury High School, which provides education for young people with mental or physical disabilities.
We are very proud of what we’ve achieved so far, yet know that pressures on young people, directly and indirectly, have increased over the past six months or so. We’d like to do more!!
We would welcome any feedback and hope you will consider supporting us again in the future. The second golf event, also at Stanmore Golf Club, will be on Friday, 2nd September. Please save the date and we’ll be in touch shortly with further details.
Thank you for your support.