Create awarded £480,000 grant from The Queen’s Trust

Young carer from Merton creates bird sculpture
Young carer from Merton creates bird sculpture

I am delighted to announce some very exciting news.   The Queen’s Trust, which exists to enable and encourage young people to help others, has awarded us a transformational grant of £480,000 over three years, the largest we have ever received.

The news follows the amazing experience I had in May.  I went with our Chairman, Carers Support Merton’s Youth Coordinator and a 16 year old young carer to Buckingham Palace, where we had 30 minutes to pitch to The Queen’s Trust’s Board of Trustees.  They were particularly keen to hear from one of the young people who has benefited from our work and Kojo spoke movingly about caring for his Mum and the impact that our project has had on his life.  As the end of my presentation, I told the Trustees: “This grant will enable us to make a step-change in the way Create works and give us an opportunity to impact many, many more lives sustainably over the next three years and beyond.”

In commenting on the grant, The Queen’s Trust’s Director, Nicola Brentnall said: “We want to help charities that help young people help others to do more and to achieve their strategic aims faster. We have made this grant to help Create double its reach by 2016.  We have seen the charity’s work in action and participants have told us of the value of its programme on their lives.  This grant will provide additional resources to help boost Create’s fundraising and profile as well as provide workshops that will support a thousand more young people.”

We will be using this grant over the next three years to extend our work with three groups of participants aged 13-25: young carers, young people with disabilities and young offenders.  We are also appointing a Finance & Resources Director, who will release a chunk of my time to focus more on artistic and strategic planning, high level fundraising and PR – alongside the most important part of my role, which is meeting our participants and assessing the impact of our work.

This fantastic grant means that we are looking for new partner organisations with which to develop the new programmes and new funding partners to provide match funding of £180,000 per annum in years two and three.  If you would be interested in working with us, I would love to hear from you.

Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive