Category Archives: Charity Spotlight

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Only Connect is a charity intended to create a positive community for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and at-risk young people to help them find their value. They do this through six different programs across London that provide training, support, and creative opportunities. These programs not only help the people involved but are intended to provide contributions to London as a whole. Each program is specific and unique. OC Central is the Kings’ Cross members’ club for prisoners. OC Impact is the crime prevention project for London schools and youth centers. OC Create is the arts program  that produces work created by ex-prisoners and at-risk youth. OC Inspire is the employment program for serving prisoners. Finally, My Gen is their youth and ex-offender program in North Kensington. Only Connect has “many missions but one vision” which is to help prisoners and ex-prisoners become assets to their community rather than liabilities. Only Connect wants to help them “create social value through their participation in positive projects and activities.”

via onlyconnect.co.uk

via onlyconnect.co.uk

Only Connect is a relatively new charity, founded in 2006, that is already making a huge impact on the London community. On November 7, they hosted an annual dinner in which London mayor Boris Johnson spoke. They are quickly gaining national support and funding. On November 19, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Only Connect offices and learn more about the projects and charities of the organization. Their visit will serve as a way to further elevate this up-and-coming charity and encourage the London community to get involved.

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an organization that raises and manages charitable funds for the five hospitals in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. These hospitals are Charting Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St. Mary’s, and Western Eye. Their aim in raising funds for these hospitals is to improve the experience of their patientsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an organization aimed at bridging gaps and bringing children together in communities in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel, and Cyprus. They do this through a “peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum” that teaches them various tactics for improving their individual communities. Their mission is “to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities”Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

Charity Spotlight: BeatBullying

BeatBullying is an organization that seeks to create an online support forum for young people experiencing bullying, either on the Internet or in school. What makes BeatBullying unique is that they use highly-trained young people as their mentors. That means that if a student or other young person seeks help by registering on the site,Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

Charity Spotlight: Together For Short Lives

The Association for Children’s Palliative Care, now called Together For Short Lives, is a charity for children with life-threatening conditions and the people who support them. They work closely with hospitals and children’s hospices by raising funds to support and sustain their work with the children. Their primary goals are for every child and theirContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

Charity Spotlight: The Royal Foundation

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry was established in 2009 by William and Harry and became fully operational in 2011 when Kate joined as an official patron. The purpose of The Royal Foundation is to act as a vehicle for their individual philanthropic endeavors. The foundation has aContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

Charity Spotlight: The Tusk Trust

The Tusk Trust began in 1990 as the African elephant population was approaching extinction due to excessive poaching for ivory found in their tusks. What began as an organization committed to ending this poaching quickly grew into an organization that pledged to invest in the future of Africa. Tusk does this by raising money toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

Charity Spotlight: The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 to promote British history through portraits. The museum has an extensive collection of portraits they display in their London gallery and a number of other locations around the United Kingdom. They are supported by both the government and donors. The Gallery states that their goal is toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Charity Spotlight: Naomi House

Naomi House is an organization that provides hospices to young children with life-threatening conditions. They have locations around England and provide respite care, end-of-life care, emergency support, and bereavement support to the children and their families. These hospices are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and they only receive ten percent ofContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Centrepoint

Centrepoint is an organization that strives to end youth homelessness in the greater London area. Centrepoint estimates that every year, about 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK due to reasons such as family breakdowns, gangs, and mental health problems. The effects of this homelessness on young people is that they do not haveContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: 100 Women in Hedge Funds

100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) is a non-profit that was founded in 2001 in New York City as an industry association for women working in hedge funds. With over 10,000 active members in 17 countries, their mission is to provide women an equal opportunity in the hedge fund industry. They do this through holdingContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum in London has numerous exhibits that focus on the beauty of the natural world. With exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to insects, there is no aspect of our planet this museum leaves untouched. In addition to their museum, they also thrive on school visits. The museum takes pride in educating young studentsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: SportsAid

Charity Spotlight: SportsAid

SportsAid provides financial support to young athletes between the ages of 12 and 18 who show promise for Olympic or Paralympic success for Britain. These young athletes can qualify to receive aid if they train more than 15 hours a week, travel more than 650 miles a month to compete, and spend more than 6,400Continue Reading