Contact the Elderly is the only national charity dedicated solely to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face-to-face contact.
Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone.
Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same, which means that over months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. The tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for the elderly guests, many of whom have little or no contact with family or friends.
elderly people helped monthly
first tea party held
In conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, in March 2017, we arranged for a group of 20 older people to attend a tea party at Kensington Palace. As well as learning more about the Palace, HRP organised an object handling session for the guests to interact more fully with the exhibits.
Community Links is an east London charity, running a wide range of community projects.
Based in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, Community Links has 40 years of experience working with local people to support children, young people, adults and families.
Last year, Community Links provided advice sessions across debt, housing and employment matters to over 2,900 clients. In addition, the charity focused its work at its flagship Asta community hub on improving the capabilities of parents and providing activities with an emphasis on children and young people. The hub supported 131 children and young people who took part in educationally beneficial activities and 33 parents who attended tailored parenting activities.
The charity’s Building Better Opportunities programme is now up and running and is showing excellent results in helping Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority women develop personally and secure sustained employment.
Through our partnership with Historic Royal Palaces, we arranged for a group of 20 Community Links elderly clients to visit the Tower of London for a day in June 2017 to learn more about its history. Despite living not far from the Tower of London, many of the pensioners had never visited it and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
In addition to our regular contribution to this charity, 3i’s London-based employees have been contributing to the Community Links Christmas Toy Appeal for a number of years and donated in excess of 100 presents to the charity’s 2017 appeal, which resulted in the collection of 18,000 presents in total for local children.
Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.
3i helps fund HRP’s Learning and Engagement Programme, which aims to take adults, families, young people and children on a learning journey of discovery. The programme consists of a number of elements including the Explorer Families Programme, the Explorer Schools programme and the Uncover Programmes for Adults.
During 2017, HRP ran a number of events including the Family Festival, which took inspiration from the “Enlightened Princesses” exhibition held in Kensington Palace. The Festival involved a number of initiatives, including an adapted ballet performance by the English National Ballet for children aged three and upwards, the Science Museum delivering some science experiments and the Comedy Club 4 Kids providing a compere bringing all the elements together. The event attracted in excess of 3,350 visitors.
Every last Saturday of the month, HRP runs its Funtastic Saturdays with a variety of activities on offer including Make History workshops, Storytime and the Time Explorer Station. Over 14,600 participants took part in these family activities between September 2016 and August 2017.
The Time Explorers Challenge, run in conjunction with primary schools across London, saw 1,780 children taking part in a project inspired by Queen Victoria’s childhood at Kensington.
The Curious Stories Literacy Project is aimed at young children in school with the aim of improving their organisation of stories and their written language. Over the past year, the team worked with three schools over two terms, reaching 350 participants over 82 sessions. In addition, a further 6,000 children and adults received a specially designed card game to play at home.
Last year, HRP hosted a total of almost 180,000 schoolchildren on trips, tours and educational visits across its sites.
participants in Funtastic Saturdays
For almost 70 years, the vision of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (“NYO”) has been to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK.
It provides its 164 young musicians from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to discover the benefits of collaborating with a vast group of likeminded people, in the process gaining skills and friendships that last a lifetime. Being a member of the NYO enables the young musicians to develop as confident and imaginative leaders who take responsibility and inspire other young people through performances and creative workshops.
3i supports the percussion section of the orchestra, which comprises seven musicians. The average age of the musicians in this section is 16, they play 50 instruments between them and they come from seven counties across the UK. All of them took part in NYO Inspire before joining the NYO, which demonstrates the power of the Inspire programme of reaching out to state educated musicians from around the country.
Last year, NYO’s Inspire programme provided an exceptional opportunity to 610 state-educated musicians who lack opportunities to advance their playing. At the heart of the programme is the power of peer inspiration and learning. Through in-depth workshops, rehearsals and public performances, these events offer state-educated musicians the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills, meet enthusiastic musicians from across the country and work closely with NYO musicians and tutors in a friendly and creative environment.
In addition to 3i’s financial contribution to the NYO, 3i employees and their families have been showing their support by attending a number of concerts and rehearsals.
The Passage, which is based very near to our London office, has a high impact on the local community.
The Passage’s Employment, Training and Welfare Rights (“ETWR”) team, which provides homeless and insecurely housed people with support to find a way back into employment and explore training and educational options.
During the year, the charity’s ETWR team was very busy supporting 332 homeless or insecurely housed men and women who visited the department on 1,624 occasions. The team’s key successes include:
people found jobs
clients helped off the streets
During the year, The Passage launched two new initiatives:
A number of our employees attended The Passage’s annual fundraising concert, A Night Under The Stars, at the Royal Festival Hall, in October 2017.
The Snowdon Trust provides grants to physically disabled and sensory impaired students studying in the UK, in further or higher education, or those training towards employment.
These grants help to cover the additional costs that students incur as a result of their disability and which available statutory funding does not cover. Costs include vital support such as sign language interpreters, note takers and library assistants, computer equipment with adaptive software, powered wheelchairs and mobility equipment, and adapted or additional accommodation costs. Statutory funding is not always available for this essential help and, where it is, the amount may be insufficient.
2016/17 was a record year for the charity’s grants programme, supporting 108 students with grants, ranging from £250 to £3,000, totalling over £280,000. In addition to giving financial grants, the trust also takes an active interest in individuals, offering encouragement to students during their studies and beyond. The charity also aims to keep disability issues on the agenda of the Government and institutions.About 100 grants are awarded each year, ranging from £250 to £3,000. In addition to giving financial grants, the trust also takes an active interest in individuals, offering encouragement to students during their studies and beyond. The charity also aims to keep disability issues on the agenda of the Government and institutions.
3i is proud to be a founding investor in Bridges Fund Management (previously Bridges Ventures), a privately-owned UK venture capital company with a social mission.
Its strategy is to focus exclusively on opportunities where investments can generate attractive investor returns through helping to meet pressing social or environmental challenges, for example, backing businesses that generate jobs in underserved areas or building environmentally friendly care homes for the elderly to sustain an ageing population.
Bridges currently manages over £800 million across three fund types: Sustainable Growth Funds, Property Funds and Social Sector Funds.