The 2015 London Value Investor Conference will be supporting Child Bereavement UK:
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
Every day we deal with something that many people find too unbearable to contemplate – the untimely deaths of parents and children. Deaths that can shatter lives and leave sheer devastation in their wake. It’s human nature for us to want to distance ourselves from this as something that happens to other people, but every year child bereavement is experienced by thousands of families in the UK; over 9000 babies and children die each year, and every 22 minutes a parent dies leaving dependent children.
Child Bereavement UK is here to guide families through the long and difficult journey of grief. We are here to help them find the support they need, wherever they are in their journey and for as long as they need it.
2015 marks our 21st year of supporting bereaved children, young people and families and training the professionals who come into contact with bereaved families during the course of their work. The demand for our services is increasing. Last year we supported 907 children and adults within 395 families; and trained 5,795 professionals nationwide. Our web site received 500,000 visits and our national support and information helpline received nearly 2,000 calls.
In recent years, we have begun to plug the gaps that exist in bereavement services across the country by establishing a number of regional bereavement services; we now offer face-to-face support for families in Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes, East and West London, Cheshire and Cumbria.
Our ambition is to significantly increase the bereavement support we offer across the UK to reach many more children, young people and families. We will focus on areas where no bereavement services exist, and in particular, areas of economic deprivation. We also aim to expand our training to reach many more professionals in schools, healthcare and other sectors,so that they can better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
To find out more information about Child Bereavement UK visit www.childbereavementuk.org
2014 charitable support: School Aid
The organisers of the 2014 Value Investor Conference are pleased that the Conference raised a total of £35,150 for School Aid.
Established in 1998 School Aid improves the quality of education in Africa by redistributing teaching and learning materials to African schools in disadvantaged communities.
Our priority countries are Tanzania, South Africa, Lesotho, and Malawi. We work where we have local volunteers and partners on the ground to ensure the resources requested reach their destination. In total 80 volunteers, 1363 schools and partners in the UK and Africa help to identify and supply each school’s needs for teaching and learning resources.
Each year we distribute more than 79,000 books to around 100 African schools, improving the literacy skills, educational opportunities and employment prospects of 50,000+ children. Our aim is to increase our reach and impact year on year.
Our vision is an Africa where all schools are self- sustaining and the teaching and learning environment enables students to fulfil their potential, preparing young African to meet the developmental, social and economic needs of their country.
School Aid is a registered charity in South Africa and the UK. Please visit our website for further details.
2013 charitable support: The Place2be
The organisers of the 2013 Value Investor Conference are pleased that the Conference raised a total of £34,292.04 for Place2Be.
Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based emotional and mental health services. Founded in 1994, Place2Be works in over 170 schools reaching 64,000 children and their families, mostly in areas of high deprivation. The award-winning charity seeks to improve the prospects of children aged 4-14 years, by tackling the complex social issues that result in educational disadvantage.
Research has shown that 80% of children showing behavioural problems at the age of five go on to develop more serious forms of anti-social behaviour. Early intervention within a school environment with very young children offers the best and most cost-effective method of improving their lives by helping them develop the resilience to cope with distress.
Place2Be’s accessible, non-stigmatising support effectively removes the emotional barriers to learning and prevents the downward spiral that can lead to low aspirations, poor educational achievement, truancy and exclusion from school. It helps improve children’s classroom learning and academic progress, providing them with brighter prospects and hopeful futures.
Because it is an integrated school-based service supporting children, parents, teachers and school staff, Place2Be becomes a trusted part of the school and the wider community. Its core services are delivered by its clinical staff and highly skilled Volunteer Counsellors. It measures and evaluates the outcomes of its work, demonstrating the positive impact of its interventions. It delivers value for money: an assessment of the economic impact of Place2Be’s services indicated that for every £1 spent on early intervention support, there is a return on investment of £6 in terms of savings to society.
Benita Refson, OBE is Chief Executive and Founding Trustee at Place2be and addressed delegates to talk about the important work the charity does.
2012 charitable support: The SMA Trust
The organisers of the 2012 London Value Investors Conference were pleased to support the children’s charity the SMA Trust with a donation of £10,582, which represented the entire profit made by the Conference.
Andrew Knight, a Founder Trustee, spoke to the Conference and explained the work that the charity is doing to raise awareness and do research into Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This little known illness is caused by a gene that is carried by 1 in 40 people and affects 1 in 6,000 births. SMA affects motor neurons in the spinal cord. This degenerative condition results in muscular wastage, leading to severe disability and often to premature death.