How your money is being put to good use

The first tranche of grants from money raised in 2017 went out in Jan this year. The second set of payments went out at the start of July and we asked our charities to send us a quick update on how the first half had been used.

Here's a selection of the updates we received:


Each year we take away 100 children who live with HIV for a 5 day residential over the summer.

Camp can be a life changing experience. A young person on 2017 camp said it “made me feel free. I used to be worried about my future. I used to think I am the only one with HIV. Thanks for proving me wrong.”
Children’s understanding and acceptance of their HIV can be turned around in that week. And crucially, they develop a peer support network of friendships which continue beyond camp.
Planning takes up much of our small team’s time as we process applications, advertise through clinics across the UK, book volunteer staff, secure a venue, plan our programme and workshop and activity facilitator team.
Our grant from Raise Your Hands has been used to support this work, in particular our activity and workshop programme at camp. We are hugely grateful for the support. It is our 9th year and the work remains as critical as ever. 

This year we look forward to welcoming Football Beyond Boarders, another Raise Your Hands charity, who are coming for a day to run football sessions with our camp participants.


The RYH grant from January has supported our work with 750 vulnerable children and young people over the past six months!

We’ve delivered more than 335 creative arts workshops, helping our participants form relationships, develop skills and build confidence from Cumbria to Essex.

Highlights included:

  • A Wealth of Stages gave 56 primary school children the chance to visit the Bank of England Museum and devise a play exploring the world of finance, which they performed for Diane Abbott MP
  • painting and jewellery design with in-patients at an adolescent mental healthcare unit in South London
  • creative:connection brings children with and without disabilities together to create art and break down barriers.

Over the next six months, we will continue to bring the power of the creative arts to the children and young people who need it most. We’re particularly excited that we’ll be enabling some of our young carers to take part in the Lord Mayor’s Show in November – stay tuned!


From January to April 2018:

  • 1,060 students from 42 mainstream state secondary schools attended a Mousetrap theatre trip
  • 303 students with special needs took part in a theatre trip or Explore workshop
  • We held one Envision day for visually impaired young people for which 14 families attended with 19 young people (including siblings)
  • 52 young people from mainstream state secondary schools took part in an educational workshop
  • We arranged 34 trips for our membership clubs and more than 800 members attended these
  • 78 young people aged 18-24 attended our Youth Leadership in the Arts Conference

Specifically the RYH grant to Mousetrap Theatre Projects was used towards our Explore programme for special needs schools in London, which include a theatre visit and a number of in-school drama workshops. You can read more about the project here.

You can check out all the impact reports here: Charity Updates ->