Patron: HRH Princess Royal
Founding President: Ted Hughes OM.
Life President: Clare Morpurgo MBE
Children’s writer Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded farms for city children in 1976 at Nethercott Farm, deep in Devon river country. We now operate three working farms: Treginnis Isaf on the Pembrokeshire coast opened twenty years ago and Wick Court in Gloucestershire opened in 1997. We aim to expand the horizons of children from towns and cities all over the country by offering them a week in the countryside living together on one of our farms.
Over the years the formula has changed very little. Simply, children are involved in everything necessary to keep the farms going. They learn hands-on where their food comes from, the importance of caring for animals and the land, and the value of working co-operatively as a team. The rewards are, unusually, non-material and self-generated: children discover an active enjoyment in life and a sense of achievement, the effects of which remain with them long after they have waved the farms goodbye.
As well as founding his own, Farms for City Children, with his wife Clare, Michael is patron to many other charities.
The Festival is part of the Family Arts Campaign supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with the aim to develop the range of arts events and activities available to families - the quality as well as the overall experience. he Campaign is the initiative of six leading UK arts trade organisations: The Association of British Orchestras, Dance UK, the Independent Theatre Council, The Society of London Theatre, UK Theatre and the Visual Arts & Galleries Association.
Action for Children’s Arts was founded in 1998 by Vicky Ireland MBE with the support of a group of like-minded children’s arts professionals. Action for Children's Arts is the only UK charity supporting all the arts for all children.
Afghan Connection funds and supports schools, teachers and sports opportunities, especially in rural areas. With their partners they have built 39 schools across Afghanistan, which currently educate over 50,000 children. The people of Afghanistan have lived with war for thirty years. Almost half the population are children under 14. Since 2001, the number of school children has risen from 1 million to over 9 million, 40% of whom are girls, but millions of children are still denied an education.
Bag Books is the only organisation in the world publishing multi-sensory books specifically for people with learning disabilities. Each year they reach around 18,000 children and adults throughout the UK with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD), Severe Learning Disabilities (SLD) or severely affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Book Aid International increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They provided 548,018 new books to over 2,000 libraries last year alone and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. They send books to countries where over 50% of primary school pupils learn in classrooms where there isn’t a single book.
Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (the "Oasis of Peace" in Hebrew and Arabic) is the only community in Israel where Jews and Palestinians choose to live, work and raise their children in equality and mutual respect.
Dandelion Time works with children and young people struggling with significant emotional and behavioural difficulties often resulting from traumatic experiences and challenging life circumstances.
English PEN is the founding centre of PEN International, the worldwide fellowship of writers promoting free expression and the literature across frontiers. There are 140 PEN centres in more than one hundred countries, providing an active and supportive community for writers and readers around the world.
Internationally, Future Faces aims to provide funding for training for surgeons and allied professionals so that they may establish first class cleft and craniofacial centres in which multidisciplinary care is provided in the long term by local professionals.
In early October 2010, a group of writers came together to form the Historical Writers' Association - the HWA. This grew from the belief that we as historical writers need to have the same kind of professional body run by professional writers for professional writers (and their agents and publishers and booksellers) to sustain, promote and support each other and our work in the way that the Crime Writers' Association provides professional and social support for its members.
The Human Values Foundation (HVF) is the publisher and promoter of values-based educational programmes. It was formed in 1995 to encourage, promote and develop human values among young people through its educational programmes, publications, exhibitions, conferences and staff exploration sessions.
The CCI approach is to place the people we work with at the centre of the experience, in the role of researchers and experimenters. Artists and creative practitioners work alongside participants as facilitators offering them ideas to engage with, together with stimulating materials, extraordinary spaces and uncluttered time.
Kidzone Finland is a fun, interactive website for British school pupils to explore Finland´s unique landscape, culture and lifestyle through the lives of three Finnish children: Emilia, Ville and Sofia. It provides an accessible vehicle for parents and teachers to support them as they discover another country and learn about a bigger world outside their own.
The Lincoln Book Festival sees writers from across the globe descend upon Lincoln city. The festival attracts local, national and international writers and artists and celebrates both historical and contemporary works of art spanning from Lincolnshire's past with the Magna Carta and Tennyson, to new writing. This richness has ensured the public have access to a wide range of authors and experiences and helps them to engage with reading and writing in many non-traditional ways.
London Children's Museum plans to create a children's museum in the heart of London for children and their families where together they may play, discover, create, make and learn in an open and informal environment where childhood is celebrated and enriched.
Montessori Education (UK), ME(UK), is a registered charity which was founded in 1993 in response to public demand for an independent organisation committed to representing the Montessori community and promoting uniformly high standards across all Montessori schools and training providers in the United Kingdom.
Based on the ethos of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam (NSWaS), our mission is to advance social equity and cohesion in both Israel and the United Kingdom. We fundraise and raise awareness through events, newsletters, presentations, talks, visits of delegates from the Village. We make applications to Trusts, inter-governmental organisations and other bodies to fund particular projects.
Route 39 Academy is a unique school, grown from the passion of the local community in an inspiring location. Students have the very best education that the 21st century can provide and benefit from a rigorous academic education, underpinned by the teaching of effective learning habits, life skills, enterprise and care for the community. Students will leave school with the qualifications and skills necessary to be successful in higher education, training, the work-place and their own lives.
Exeter City Museums and Art Gallery Service exists to enable people to explore their past and present for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. The collections document the natural and cultural history of the city within a regional, national and international context, helping people to develop an appreciation and understanding of their wider as well as immediate environment. The service manages and cares for these collections that are held in trust for the benefit of present and future generations.
Save the Children works in 120 countries helping millions of children through their health and hunger work. They run world-class programmes to save children’s lives and challenge world leaders to keep to their promises to give children a brighter future. "We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential."
The School Library Association is committed to supporting everyone involved with school libraries, promoting high quality reading and learning opportunities for all.
The first Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest took place in May 1999. It was at the time the only exclusively children's literary festival in the country. Since then, Bookfest has grown considerably and established a fine reputation for excellence amongst authors, publishers and keen supporters. It is now firmly established as one of the most highly regarded events of its kind in the UK by the public, publishers, authors and illustrators alike.
The Browning Society was formed in 1969 to provide a focus for contemporary interest in Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The Society arranges an annual programme of lectures, visits, etc., in London and elsewhere, as well as publishing the Journal of Browning Studies. The aims of the Society are to widen the appreciation and understanding of the poetry of the Brownings, and other Victorian writers and poets, and to collect items of literary and biographical interest.
The Children's University is a national organisation that provides 7 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning activities and experiences outside normal school hours. We celebrate achievement and reward participation through our certificates. Raising children's aspirations is important to us and we aim to develop the understanding that learning can be the satellite navigation to better places in life!
Down Syndrome Education International is a leading international charity dedicated to raising levels of educational achievement among children with Down syndrome. We have been at the forefront of developmental and educational research and evidence-based services improving outcomes for children with Down syndrome for over 30 years.
Edward Lear was described by one of his contemporaries as ‘a man of versatile and original genius’. With the recent 200th anniversary exhibition celebrations of his birth in 1812 both in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and in Corfu, the aim of the Society is to widen the public knowledge, to advance education and to recognise the many interests in connection with Lear, be it music, song writing, poetry, travel, his painting skills, both in watercolour and oils.
The Dartmoor Society is an independent, lively group dedicated to sharing well-researched information and promoting the well-being of Dartmoor and its communities.
The Jemima Layzell Trust primarily supports brain injured children both in their physical rehabilitation and their mental well being. They also encourage organ donation from young people so that more young lives can be saved, and help educate people about brain aneurysms so they can spot the warning signs and prevent mis-diagnosis. To spread awareness of our work and to continue Jemima’s love of writing (she was one of Michael’s biggest fans), we run writing competitions.
The PLOUGH ARTS CENTRE, is, rightly, very proud of the work it carries out for and with, the local community and region. Since its inception as an independent arts centre in 2002, the PLOUGH has continued to build a reputation as the most vibrant and inclusive of cultural bases within North Devon. Without government, or major Council funding, the PLOUGH has to survive through box office receipts, the generosity of supporters, benefactors, and local gifts and grants.
Thousands of children leave school having never set foot in an art gallery, watched a performance in a theatre, or listened to an orchestra play. We know that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young people: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. We champion the power of the arts to transform lives and strive towards a future where all children in the UK gain access to the arts.
Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. Comprising three auditoria, the Main House, Ustinov Studio and the egg theatre for children and young people, a wonderfully varied programme of top quality entertainment is on offer all year round.
Unicorn Theatre is a charity and relies on the support of organisations and individuals to raise the £500,000 needed each year to continue its world class work making theatre for and with children and young people.
Villages in Action (VIA) is a rural touring scheme based in Crediton, Devon that covers five of the rural Districts of Devon. We help to bring top quality professional performances and workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local volunteer promoters.
What About The Children? was established as a national charity in 1994 to raise awareness about the emotional needs of children under three years old. We provide information from research for parents, professionals and policy makers, about the critical importance of secure primary attachment for healthy emotional development.