Guest Post: Will You Give a Life Changing Gift? #DontWasteXmas

#DontWasteXmas

The UK are set to waste a whopping 60 million presents this Christmas. International development charity Send a Cow are encouraging shoppers to buy life-changing, meaningful gifts instead of pointless ones.

A new survey from YouGov* has found that over half (57%) of Brits who celebrate Christmas receive at least one unwanted gift on average at this time of year, with 37% claiming they would be happy to receive a charitable donation as a present.

#DontWasteXmasIf the money spent on the 60 million unwanted gifts received each year* was redirected to charities like Send a Cow, it could support millions of families living in the poorest parts of Africa.

The survey revealed that at least £380 million is spent on unwanted Christmas presents for friends, which could support 11 million African families by providing them each with a goat*. Priced at £33 each, a dairy goat provides families with nutritious milk to drink and sell – providing a vital income – and manure to improve crop yields. Nearly half (48%) of those surveyed admitted they struggle to find good presents for family and friends, and bath products topped the given list of the nation’s least loved presents.

Top unwanted Christmas gifts

1. Bath products (38%)
2. Film / box set (18%)
3. Candles (16%)
4. Chocolate (16%)
5. Socks (14%)

Send a Cow ambassador, actor and star of ‘Our Girl’, Ben Aldridge said:

“I was lucky enough to visit a Send a Cow project earlier this year and was amazed by the life-changing work they are doing in rural Africa. This Christmas, we are calling on people everywhere to donate to charities like Send a Cow instead of spending their money on unwanted Christmas presents. My family is abolishing present giving between the adults in favour of redirecting that money towards causes that really need it. I don’t need any more novelty socks or cheap stocking fillers! The money wasted on those things could actually make a huge impact elsewhere.”

#DontWasteXmasInstead of resorting to festive bath bombs or Christmas candles, shoppers can purchase life-changing virtual gifts ranging from goats and tools to allotments and beehives on the Send a Cow online shop where prices start from just £5.

You simply select your chosen gift, such as a chicken or a goat, and your loved one will receive a Christmas gift pack telling them all about the item you’ve bought in their name and the impact it will have on families in Africa.

Send a Cow, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, gives African farming families the tools, training and livestock to thrive. The charity has worked with over two million people and wants to keep on growing so more African families can lift themselves out of poverty for good.

CEO of Send a Cow, Paul Stuart, commented:

“Buying a Send a Cow virtual gift for a loved one has a double impact and goes far beyond your typical gift of socks or smellies which often end up in the bin. The person receiving the gift feels good knowing that a donation has been made with them in mind and a struggling family in Africa receives vital support to help them transform their lives. It’s a gift which feels good and does good; what could be better than that?’’

The average person spends between £10 – £20 on unwanted Christmas presents for friends and loved ones. Instead they could buy:

  • Two chickens that can provide malnourished families with eggs to eat and sell (£16)
  • Garden tools for two families so they can grow their own vegetables (£14)
  • Fruit trees to help people establish their own orchards (£20)

#DontWasteXmasWith nearly half of shoppers admitting they struggle to find good presents for loved ones, charity gifts could be the way forward for a less wasteful and more meaningful Christmas this year.

Spread the word and visit #DontWasteXmas on the Send a Cow website.

*1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,182 adults, of which 1,965 celebrate Christmas. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1 st – 2 nd November 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
2. Based on findings of YouGov survey when extrapolated to the GB population of 50,644,094 million people, 90% of which celebrate Christmas and 94% of whom gave an opinion. The survey found that, on average, Brits who celebrate Christmas received 1.4 unwanted presents in an average Christmas – 59,982,864 overall.
3. Based on findings of YouGov survey when extrapolated to the GB population of 50,644,094 million people, 90% of which celebrate Christmas and 97% of whom gave an opinion. The survey found that, on average, Brits who celebrate Christmas and give Christmas presents to friends spent £18.31 – £380,477,739 on a Christmas present for a friend. Calculations by Greenhouse PR.

**Disclaimer: this is a guest post from Greenhouse PR, I have not been incentivised.

A-Z Guide of Socially Conscious Businesses & Grass Roots Charities (UK)

socially conscious**Here is my A-Z guide of socially conscious businesses and grass roots UK charities. Hopefully it’ll come in handy for you at some point – click on the bolded text for more details. This is not a sponsored post.

A is for Action on Addiction. This national charity offers high quality, effective residential rehab and community based addiction treatment. Action on Addiction have been providing life-saving treatment for sufferers of addiction for 35 years. They have residential and day treatment programmes for addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling and other behaviours. Action on Addiction brings help, hope and freedom to addiction sufferers, and their families.

B is for Best Beginnings. Founded in 2006, Best Beginnings wasted no time in establishing themselves. Within four weeks, they formed and led a coalition to lobby for the implementation of the Breastfeeding Manifesto. Since then, Best Beginnings have worked tirelessly to reduce inequalities in child health to give every child in the UK the best start. Working closely with parents, leading healthcare professionals and other charities, they have created innovative evidence-based resources which are changing lives every day.

C is for Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). Did you know that suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45? CALM uses young men’s peers, voices and interests to reach them in times of crisis. CALM believe that there is a cultural barrier preventing men from seeking help, and it’s seen as weakness and a loss of masculinity. They believe if men felt able to ask for and find help when they need it, hundreds of male suicides could be prevented.

D is for The Dock Cafe, Belfast. Run by teams of volunteers, The Dock Cafe serves award-winning locally sourced Sukí teas, freshly ground Dock blend and guest coffees, tasty soups, scones and bakes. They have plenty of space to relax, comfy sofas and free wi-fi. The Dock Cafe is unique, because there is no price list. Instead, they have an honesty box and allow their customers to pay what they choose.

E is for Ethical Superstore. By striving to protect our planet, Ethical Superstore find eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items – including food, cosmetics and cleaners – which do as little harm to the environment as possible. They are helping farmers and small businesses by guaranteeing fair prices at every stage of the supply chain. No-one gets exploited in the production process, and fair prices help to alleviate poverty. They also provide a platform to UK based brands, which means selling products that have been made right here in Britain, utilising local resources and cutting carbon emissions by not importing.

F is for Figtree Clothing. Ethical fashion and natural non-toxic toiletries do not get better than this! Founded by mum of three Rebecca, through desperately trying to lessen her own environmental impact on the world, she shares her journey to zero waste in real time. In her own words: “I wanted to create a trusted brand that others could buy from guilt free. I do the research so you don’t have to.”

G is for Goodness Gracious Gift. Founder Kat aims to put the good back into goodness. Working with brands that are spiritual, vegan, cruelty-free and ethical, she has sourced perfect products to create her Goodness Gracious Gift Boxes. There is a page on the website for each item to make it easy to read ingredients labels, and be safe in the knowledge that the items haven’t been tested on animals.

H is for The Hygiene Bank. Did you know that long before people turn to food banks, they stop using hygiene products? Think about that for one second. “Clean teeth, hair and body shouldn’t be a privilege. These things impact our self-esteem, our self-confidence and our dignity.” Says Lizzy Hall, founder of The Hygiene Bank. Will you support their #itsinthebag campaign this Christmas?

I is for Inspirational Youth. Their vision is to create a community where young people and adults unlock their infinite potential through self awareness, evolution and empathy. Inspirational Youth’s mission is to empower individuals to make meaningful decisions, which create a safe and respectful environment for maximum growth. Through delivering NEET (not in education, employment or training) prevention programmes in schools, Inspirational Youth have a proven track record. They improve behaviour, attitude to learning, attendance and academic attainment. Their proprietary method uses unique game based scenarios which engage young people. These games raise self-awareness and resilience, and lead to a more successful school environment – for both teachers and students.

J is for (The Real) Junk Food Project. Food waste is a big deal to me. Partly through experiencing poverty as a child, partly through seeing extreme poverty while travelling and living in Asia. With hunger being as real as it is, here in the UK, food wastage is absolutely abhorrent. There is no need for it, especially when it can be so easily avoided. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food which would have gone to landfill, and redistributes it through a network of Pay As You Feel Sharehouses, cafes and school partnerships.

K is for Keep Britain Tidy and Keep Wales Tidy. In 1954 The National Federation of Women’s Institutes passed a resolution to “Keep Britain Tidy”, and this charity have been working hard to do so ever since. Over 374,000 people took part in The Great British Spring Clean 2018, during 13,500 country wide events. Why not get involved in their current #LitterHeroes campaign?

L is for Little Princess Trust. This hair donation service provides wigs free of charge to children and young adults (up to 24) who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. If you have good condition hair, and are willing to chop 17-30cm off, you can donate your ponytail to this wonderful cause. Take a look at this video for more details.

M is for Mind. One in four of us experience mental health problems, yet hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling. Mind believe that no-one should have to face their mental health issues alone. They listen and offer support and advice, to empower those struggling with their mental health. Mind campaign tirelessly to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

N is for The National Autistic Society (NAS). Founded in 1962, The NAS is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Their goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. They currently help over 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

O is for Oasis Wandsworth. Founded in 1989, Wandsworth Oasis provides support to those living with HIV. They also challenge the stigma surrounding the illness. Their nine south London charity shops generate revenue, along with fundraising events. In the last ten years alone they have given over £350,000 in grants, to HIV-related projects.

P is for Prevent Suicide. This Brighton based charity has a simple powerful goal: for no-one to contemplate suicide alone. Working locally and nationally with communities, organisations and individuals, they support people at risk of suicide. Their training and consultancy helps save lives by enabling conversations which make a difference.

Q is for Queen Alexandra Hospital Home for Veterans. (I’ve cheated here, as they recently changed their name to Care for Veterans.) The facility in Worthing, West Sussex was established in 1919, in order to care for soldiers who were returning from World War I with life-changing disabilities. They provide long term nursing care, rehabilitation, respite and end of life care to ex-Service(wo)men from the RAF, Army, Royal Navy and auxiliary services. They accept residents aged 18 and over and have sixty beds. Anyone who has served in HM Forces at any time or in any capacity, and also immediate family members of someone who has served in HM Forces, is eligible for admission. Their multi-disciplinary approach towards care and rehabilitation includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and neuropsychology, as well as social and recreational activities and a chaplaincy service.

R is for Refuge. Since opening the world’s first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence in 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence. They have grown to become the UK’s largest provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services. Refuge support over 6,000 women and children on any given day.

S is for St. Raphael’s Hospice. Charity shops dotted around the London boroughs of Sutton and Merton raise vital funds for St. Raphael’s hospices. Although their philosophy and values are based on the Christian ethos of respect for human life, they welcome, respect and support patients and staff of any or no faith. Aiming to meet the needs – physical, emotional, spiritual and social – of patients, as well as their families and friends. Bereavement support is also offered for those who might find it helpful.

T is for Trussell Trust. Did you know that over 14 million people live in poverty here in the UK? Absolutely shocking numbers, ones our government should be truly ashamed of. The Trussell Trust was Founded in 1997 by Carol and Paddy Henderson, based on Carol’s mother Betty Trussell’s legacy. They now support over 420 foodbanks, working out of more than 1,200 foodbank centres. Trussell Trust provide emergency food and support to hundreds of thousands of people in crisis in the UK.

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U is for UK Youth. UK Youth are committed to providing access to high quality services in every community. To ensure that young people are empowered to build bright futures, regardless of their background or circumstances.

V is for Vale Wildlife Hospital. With our wildlife facing more problems than ever before, this Gloucestershire based wildlife hospital are determined to treat all casualties. They help animals who have sustained injuries through an endless list of possibilities including road accidents; being attacked by other animals; fence injuries; mower and strimmer incidents; habitat loss and building work.

W is for Warehouse Cafe, Birmingham. This is a vegetarian restaurant with a difference. Completely committed to sustainability Warehouse Cafe recycles everything they use. Their menus are inspired by seasonal British fruit and veg, using local food as much as possible. Including using allotment produce gifted by friends and supporters, providing direct control and transparency over the supply chain. They are often able use ingredients within an hour of them being harvested.

X is for XLP. The eXceL Project has been changing lives since 1996, after a school stabbing in a London playground. Everyone who works at XLP share a common passion: to serve the community by meeting the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people. Which encourages them to make wise lifestyle choices and realise their potential. XLP has grown from working in a single school to operating in over 75 schools and communities across Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Newham, Islington, Camden, Hackney and Lambeth.

Y is for Young Minds. The crisis in the UK of children and young people’s mental health is real and urgent. Even for those brave enough to take the vital first step, help is often far too hard for them to find. Young Minds are leading the way for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. Through mental health support, they are fighting for young people to have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

Z is for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice. Through their hospices in Coventry, Liverpool and Middlesborough, Zoë’s Place provide palliative, respite and end of life care to babies and infants. It’s a free service available for children aged from 0-5, who are suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. With compassionate care at the heart of their philosophy, everyone is welcome to access their facilities irrespective of religious beliefs, colour, race, culture or gender.

Good Deeds that Can Make a Huge Difference to Someone’s Day

With Giving Tuesday just around the corner, here’s some inspiration for good deeds that you can do to pay it forward.

Be charitable

I’m going to run with the assumption that because you are reading this here blog you are in a fairly privileged position (compared to those with nothing). Being kind and charitable should actually go without saying. It can be tricky choosing just one charity to get behind, so here are some ideas that shouldn’t cause you too much of a headache.

good deedsFundraising. Hold an event that inspires others around you to give. We have done sponsored walks, bake offs and pancake day parties in the past. Check out the Eventbrite Charities page for more info.

Charity shops. Whether you are donating to or buying from, all high streets have an array of charity shops these days. Utilise them. Not only will it top up your good deeds bank, you are also likely to grab yourself some huge bargains. Check out this post I wrote a while back about some finds I found in my local Oxfam.

Food banks. I abhor the fact that so many people are relying on food banks just to exist. It makes me too sad, but it is happening, so don’t pretend it’s not. Put something in the food bank box next time you’re in the vicinity of one, and not a value tin of baked beans!

Volunteer. If you have more time than spare cash, then lend a hand. Consider (wo)manning the phones for a help line, working in a charity shop or for a small grass roots organisation. The Samaritans have a great section on their website to help you get started.

Create a gift box for a child who won’t be getting any presents this Xmas. A local lady to me collects shoe boxes full of small gifts for orphaned children in the Ukraine. The Met Police run Operation Christmas Tree for local kids in the care system. Your generosity could make all the difference to that child.

Be nice to the homeless

We never, ever, know a persons story unless it’s our own, or one that is very close to us. I’ve seen too many people shrug off the homeless, and concocting stories about them “all being drug addicts”. The fact is no-one actively chooses homelessness, and numbers here in the UK are rising every year, with no sign of slowing down. My personal opinion is that how a government treats it’s most vulnerable is a huge reflection on them, but this is not a political post. Here are a few good deeds you could do for the homeless.

good deedsBuy the Big Issue. It only costs £2.50 which is roughly the same as a coffee. It’s always well written, entertaining and has fabulous articles. Check out their shop, where you can buy some awesome merchandise. If you’re active on social media, please support their thunderclap.

Reserve a place at a Crisis shelter this Christmas. It costs £26.08, and will likely make that persons year. Check out all the details on the Crisis website

Take food to a homeless person. Whenever my family eats out in central London, which admittedly isn’t very often these days, I get our leftovers packaged up in take away containers and give them to the first person I see sleeping rough. It is always hugely appreciated.   

Talk to the homeless. Say hello, look them in the eye, give them a smile. Whatever you do don’t just ignore them and pretend they don’t exist. They are human beings.

Get behind worthy causes from the comfort of your sofa

Sign petitions. Whether they are online, or in person when you’re out and about, it’s just a signature. All these signatures add up though! Check out 38 Degrees, Petition UK Parliament and Change.org for petitions to sign, or details for how you could start your own. 

Share worthy causes on social media. If you see that someone has posted something charitable or worthy, then show your appreciation by hitting the share button. Re-tweets, pins and shares of this article most welcome 😉   

Tick the charity box. Next time you’re buying something from eBay, when they ask if you want to donate £1 to a nice charity, tick the box. You could also give to UK charities for free when you’re purchasing online through the website Give as You Live.    

Good deeds closer to home

good deedsListen. If you know that a friend is going through a tough time then tell them you are there for them. It’s very simple, just be there. But really be there. When they’re talking listen. Don’t just wait for your turn to speak.     

Care packages. I love creating little parcels of love for friends. Admittedly I usually send these on birthdays and at Christmas, but I’m vowing to send more from now on just because.  

Teach your kids to be kind. We did a kindness challenge advent calendar last December, which was a fabulous experience. Each day the children had a little challenge, centred around kindness, to get them in the mood for giving. Privileged children like mine (and I’m assuming yours) get far too many presents at Christmas time. The last thing they need is counting down the days with a chocolate or sweetie.

What good deeds would you add?

Guest Post: She Has a Name #SheHasAName

This article has been brought to you by Daniel, who writes the brilliant blog Vent Spleen. It’s not for the feint hearted, but it is utterly vital reading as far as I’m concerned.

#SheHasAName   

A Water Tanker, left abandoned. Inside the bodies of 50 dead girls. A conspiracy of silence that has to be broken because it hides the global network of the most horrific evil known to mankind. The sex trafficking industry. ‘She Has A Name’ will be shown in selected cinemas from next week and you can book tickets or request your own screening here.

You might be wondering why you should care. This kind of thing only happens in other countries to other people, right?

#SheHasANameBefore I watched ‘She Has A Name’ I thought the same as you, but these statistics tell a whole different story. These are the official reported cases, but we know many more girls (and boys) are still missing. This isn’t just a global problem, it is a localised one too. Human trafficking is going on, right now, in your town.

As a father of two young boys I feel I have a responsibility to prepare them as best I can for their lives in this world. I know it is a dangerous place and that heartbreak and pain is as much a part of life as the pleasure of finding true love or the excitement of chasing after your ambitions. I try to teach them to respect others; to see the good in people; and to help and support those who are hurting. But there are some things that I cannot shield them from and that scares me, it terrifies me to be honest with you.

My eldest son has got to the age where I allow him to go out and play with his friends, football in the park and perhaps a sweet run to the local shop. What if one day he is late coming back home? What if the minutes turn to hours? Then to days? What if he goes missing and I never ever see him again? Just typing these words and I have a chill that strikes at my very soul. It’s every parents nightmare, but what do we do? We can’t wrap them in cotton wool. Independence and learnt responsibility are essential life skills.

You see that’s why ‘She Has A Name’ is such an important film to support and watch, not least because some of the profits are going to support anti human trafficking movements

#SheHasANameIt is an engaging and well made film (you can read my review here), but it manages to show the reality of human trafficking without being preachy. As a father I needed to know that human trafficking is on the increase in the UK, but as a loving human being I have to care about this. How can it still be a problem, in this day and age?

Our government, and every other government, have pledged to wipe this atrocity from the face of the earth, so why are we seeing the figures go up? This is a crime that is committed by organised gangs that work under the cover of darkness and steal life from innocent children. Yes children! Some of the girls and boys who have been rescued have been as young as 12 years old. The same age as my son, your daughter? your son?

The purpose of me writing this is not to scare you, but empower you. We need to open our eyes to the fact that this is happening. Until we face up to that reality the figures will continue to rise. We must do all we can to support and promote the agencies and groups that seek to rescue those who are sold into slavery.

As parents we must be aware that our children are not always as safe as we would like them to be. Answers? I don’t have any I am afraid, but it starts with awareness and by remembering that these girls, these people, are real not just statistics.

They have families and siblings and a life which was ripped away from them.

She Has A Name.

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Introducing Give it a Try! and an Interview with Founder Ian ‘Spike’ Kenny

introducing-give-it-a-try-and-an-interview-with-founder-ian-spike-kennyAt the start of August we were out with friends, and happened completely by chance on a free children’s rugby training session, being run by the fantastic social enterprise Give it a Try!

They use rugby to develop character, resilience and confidence in young people in state schools in South London’s Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

Everyone and anyone was welcome at the session, and the two coaches running it had an incredible way with the kids, who instantly warmed to them. Neither my girls, nor my friends girls, had ever played rugby before, but they got straight into it, and couldn’t wait to go back afterwards. We managed to squeeze another session in at the end of August, and we all had another brilliant afternoon.

Rugby came at a good time for us. It was wonderful watching Polly and Clara working together as a team, something I’d not seen them do in a while. Huge thanks to Rory and Jacques, for making such a lasting impression on them. These ‘rugby days’ ended up being two of our favourites from the entire summer. Plenty of happy memories were made, and it’s put rugby on our radar, which would never have happened otherwise.

I’m thrilled to bring you an interview with Give it a Try! founder, Ian ‘Spike’ Kenny today.

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How long did it take from conception of idea to launching?

Action shot: rugby session with Give it a Try! I had the idea in April 2014, when I was made redundant. I was up and running with eight schools for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, so it took me four months to scope out the programme, however it is evolving almost on a daily basis.

Not only are we now delivering rugby coaching and mentoring in schools, we are also providing personal development for teachers wanting to coach rugby, offering placements to students at The London South Bank University, delivering structured rugby camps and about to deliver confidence building residential adventure activity/rugby camps to further build character, resilience, teamwork and confidence.

Can you share a particularly inspiring story for us?

I have one student, who we engaged with at one of our secondary school after school clubs in early 2015. He was extremely keen on rugby from the start, but was approximately 20kg over weight and had never played the game before. He came regularly, started to attend our summer touch rugby sessions and took advice on exercise and nutrition, working really hard over the summer. In September 2015 he signed up to our U18s Academy squad and worked really hard at pre-season, becoming a valued member of the squad and playing in all our league fixtures. By Easter 2016 he was also playing for one of our senior, adult sides and has since played regularly at adult level until he went up to university this September. He is still playing rugby now.

However the inspirational element of the story is not that we got him fit, he lost his 20kg and more, and became extremely fit. It’s not that he went from a complete beginner to a technically strong rugby player, with a real understanding of the game, in a year. It’s not because he has found a sport that has engaged him and will give him experiences and friendships that he will never lose.

Give it a Try! Rugby session August 2016It’s that while he was playing for the Academy, his parents eventually turned up to watch him play. His mum was wearing a headscarf, I thought nothing of it as he is half Egyptian. Then one day he told me that his mother had recently recovered from cancer. At the end of season Academy awards, the U18s gave me a book which they’d all written in. This young man wrote this:

“Dear Spike, I don’t think I could ever truly explain on one page what the Academy means to me. But to attempt to explain, I think I could say it was the best escape from the real world ever imaginable.”

It was then that I realised that the rugby, the training, the fitness and the camaraderie he had experienced, and the family he was now part of at the rugby club, had got him through one of the most difficult periods of his life.

Give it a Try! Rugby session August 2016What’s your proudest achievement for Give it a Try! to date?

My proudest achievement happens every day. Every time I see one child in one session, do something right, realise themselves that they have mastered a skill and realise they have developed as an individual. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Tell us your top three daddy hacks

I only really had three pieces of guidance that underpinned my daughter’s growing up:

1) Don’t let me down (which morphed in to don’t let yourself down when they were old enough to understand and take full responsibility for themselves).

2) Don’t lie to me.

3) Do what you have to do, before you do what you want to do. 

Not very 21st century I’m afraid, but I suppose I’m a bit old school. 

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rugby1I think that’s sound advice most parents could use! Thanks so much for sharing your inspirational story with us.

Please check out the awesome work Give it a Try! do for yourself, and give them a follow on social media. 

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About Give it a Try!

“We are a social enterprise that uses rugby to develop character, resilience and confidence in young people in state schools in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham.

We use rugby as a tool to develop individual and collective responsibility, promote health, wellbeing and positive nutritional choices, provide opportunities for young people to improve their attainment and attendance at school, whilst also mentoring and supporting them to be the best that they can be.

We work closely with local community rugby clubs to provide pathways for further rugby development, linking clubs, schools and the local community together to forge links that strengthen connections and foster community cohesion. Where appropriate we also provide additional support to disadvantaged children to maintain the inclusive nature of our programme.”

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