We have today received the first payment of a very important new three-year grant from The Rank Foundation. Working as we do with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society, this was awarded under its “supporting disadvantaged people and those isolated in the community through ill-health, advancing age or disability” priority.
The annual £28,000 grant is specifically towards my salary. What difference will this make? Where do I start! Securing funding to pay salaries and office costs is a key challenge for every charity and The Rank Foundation recognised the key strategic role that the Chief Executive plays in enabling the charity to meet its charitable objectives.
Create was born from the vision I had in December 2002 of a charity that would use the power of the arts to transform lives and I am motivated by my longing for a fair, caring, inclusive society in which every individual can fulfil their potential. I feel privileged to lead a charity that helps to transform lives; and I feel privileged that The Rank Foundation has recognised the role that Create is playing in achieving this important goal. Caroline Broadhurst, Director of Community Care Projects’ said:
“The Rank Foundation is delighted to support Create in its continued work with the most vulnerable groups in society. We hope the grant will enable Create to play a key role in helping to turn around the lives of many disadvantaged people, through lively and inclusive creative activities.”
Last week I took part in a photography workshop that we ran for young carers from Merton. 27% of young carers aged 11–15 miss school or experience educational difficulties. 68% are bullied and feel isolated at school. Over the last year, we have run projects with eight young carer services across London and the South.
Last week’s workshop gave eight young people time away from their caring responsibilities to take part in a fun activity; it gave them a chance to build friendships with people in a similar situation to their own; and it enabled them work collaboratively to learn new photography techniques. I was working with two boys, aged 11 and 18, finding reflections, using different tools on the camera and capturing the world around us in an unusual way. I am deeply grateful to The Rank Foundation for supporting us to reach out to thousands more disadvantaged children and adults over the next three years.
Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive