We have been steadily increasing our grant making capacity over the past five years for the benefit of youth charities in Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire and occasionally some national charities. Read about our grants in our Annual report and accounts 2014-15 and 2015 to 2016.
Here are some of the major research projects and reports we have been involved with:
- Missing children study: In November 2016, with our support ECPAT-UK published new research with Missing People into the extent of the issue of trafficked children going missing from care. Read more here.
- Outdoor learning study: In 2015, the Blagrave Trust brought together partners including the Institute of Outdoor Learning to ask: what do we know about the effectiveness of outdoor learning? What is its scale? What outcomes are organisations working towards? What is known about good practice? Read more here.
- Listening to young people: In 2015, the Blagrave Trust and Keystone Accountability enquired into what youth-oriented charities do to listen and respond to the young people they help. For the Trust, this arises from a desire to ensure that accountability to the young people being helped through our grants is given equal priority to other forms of accountability. Read more here. A core priority for the Blagrave Trust is to listen to young people and contribute to debates about how we, as funders and delivery organisations, can do this well. See our Listening page for more information.
Our partners’ impact
Case Study: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
- Wiltshire Wildlife Trust: Contribution towards Youth Wellbeing programmes: SPLASH Out There! and Ivy Lane Wild Wood projects. Total grant £60,000 over three years.
In 2013 we agreed a three year grant to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for three separate but inter-related strands of work promoting outdoor learning and its benefits for children aged 7 to 16 in Wiltshire.
A programme of holiday activities for disadvantaged children was provided by SPLASH Wiltshire; 12 children from Ivy Lane School primary in Chippenham attended an ongoing programme of Outdoor Learning (Wild Wood days) led by experienced forest school practitioners once a week for 3 years; and the impact of outdoor learning was evaluated by Plymouth University.
The results of the evaluation demonstrated a strong improvement in connection to nature of the children, and an overall impact on their wellbeing including when back in school. All the children gained in terms of academic attainment and the researchers are confident that some of this can be attributed to their outdoor learning involvement.
Ivy Lane School in Chippenham have now adopted outdoor learning for the whole school as a means of reaching more disadvantaged children, and is in a good position to take this project forward – a rare example of sustainability!
The Blagrave Trust is committed to transparency, and we work with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. We believe that with better information, grantmakers can be more effective and strategic decision-makers. 360Giving provides support for grantmakers to publish their grants data openly, to understand their data, and to use the data to create online tools that make grant-making more effective. For more information, visit http://www.threesixtygiving.org.
We have used the 360Giving data standard to create a spreadsheet of all our grants awarded in 2016: 360G-blagravetrust 2016
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