The Children’s Foundation is a North East children's charity, set up in 1990, with the vision of giving children and young people in the North East & North Cumbria the best health and wellbeing services in the UK. Find out here more about who we are, and what we do.
Aim of The Childrens Foundation
The Children’s Foundation was set up as a children’s charity in 1990 in Newcastle upon Tyne. At that period in time the North East region had the worst child health levels in the country, therefore the Children’s Foundation charity was established to improve the health and wellbeing of the children and young people affected. 25 years has passed and we continue to cover the North East and North Cumbria focusing on the relief of distress, disability and disadvantage.
We are a North East Children’s charity focused on making the health and well-being of children and young people in the North East & North Cumbria the best in the country.
*** The promotion and preservation of good health and the relief of associated distress/disability/disadvantage, among children and young persons generally and including both physical and mental health.
*** The promotion and support of research into the causes and effective treatment/alleviation of diseases, medical conditions and disabilities, both physical and mental, affecting children and young people.
We intend to meet these objectives through the following aims:
- Funding Research – We are committed to supporting research into illness, desease and issues which affect children and young people. When funding allows we make a call for applications for research projects in which our Research Advisory Panel will select those studies aligned to the aims of the foundation. Recent studies we have supported include ‘Longitudinal speech and language in children with Cerebral Palsy’, ‘Consumption of energy drinks by young people: Exploratory Survey’ and ‘Preventative mental health outcomes in horticulture’.
- Supporting Child Health Establishments – We currently fund delivery of the Clown Doctors Programme in The Great North Children’s Hospital, are purchasing and placing V-Pod pain distraction units into varying hospitals across the region and fund the puchase of tools such as sensory equipment for children’s wards and departments.
- Delivering Services – Our Therapeutic Horticulture Project encompasses the fusion of the ‘Our Garden’ and ‘Adamson Scholarship’ projects in which we aim to introduce the benefits of gardening and horticulture to disadvantaged young people and enable an annual cohort of students to gain the City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Practical Horticulture. We currently deliver the project in Southlands School in North Shields and are about to extend the project into two further schools across the region
- Building Community Partnerships and Offering Support – Our ‘Regional Small Grants Programme’ began in 1993 and to date we have awarded over £270,000 to 322 community groups in the North East, reaching over 51,000 children. The most recent round saw us award grants to Cerebral Palsy Sport, Newcastle United Foundation, Special Olympics Gateshead, Heel and Toe Children’s Charity and Darlington Harriers. We support the DASLne project which is a database of children with Autism, the project also provides important resources, care, research and support for all those families affected by an autism spectrum disorder in the region.
We help the children that other charities don’t always reach - disadvantaged, disabled and distressed. Donating £5 can help some of the most vulnerable children in our region…
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