Through our partnership programme, we actively engage with local community organisations as well as schools. Engagement ranges from providing much needed physical resources through to volunteers. You can support these initiatives here.
Regenerate-RISE’s Wandsworth centre is walking distance from Emanuel School. They provide a programme of support and care that aims to encourage older people to realise their dreams and enjoy life. They provide activities that improve the health and wellbeing of individuals through physical activity, emotional and psychological support and consider that the “feel good” factor is very important in the day to day lives of older people. Our Sixth Form volunteers visit weekly, engaging members in conversation, playing bingo and organising other popular activities. Over the past year, our Sixth Form volunteers were unable to visit due to Covid-19 restrictions. In lieu of face-to-face interaction, our volunteers telephoned members weekly.
Fulham Football Cub Foundation
Fulham FC Foundation is the award-winning charity of Fulham Football Club. Their aim is to build better lives through sport in the community. They have a thriving pan-disability football programme for young adults and children and we are pleased to host their skills-focused sessions on Monday and Friday evenings on our mini-astro. Fulham FC Foundation is involved in delivering our Battersea Rise Trust football tournaments. We are exploring ways to extend our partnership.
London Wayfarers Flyerz hockey programme
Flyerz Hockey is the name for disability inclusive hockey across the UK. It concentrates on having fun, learning new skills and making friends while promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. We are thrilled to be partnering with London Wayfarers hockey club and will host sessions for children and young pan-disability hockey players on Thursday evenings throughout the year. Weekly sessions will be supported by Emanuel volunteers. We are actively exploring ways to extend our support.
Children’s Book Project
One in four disadvantaged children across the UK has fewer than ten books of their own at home and one in eight has none. The Children’s Book Project seeks to tackle book poverty and to give every child the opportunity to own their own book. Book ownership has been directly linked with improved mental health amongst children and a greater propensity to read for pleasure, whilst reading fluency itself has a significant impact on children’s successful progression through education. By age 11, there is a 12-month language development gap between children from book-rich homes and those with fewer than ten books. The Children’s Book Project aims to tackle the attainment gap arising from low book ownership.
Given our shared aim to support disadvantaged pupils in our local community, we are launching a multi-faceted relationship including shared book drives, partner school-focused book fairs, Sixth Form and DofE volunteers, book repository and much more.