The Foundling Museum was delighted to be chosen as one of the 2019 charities for ICAP Charity Day. Dame Prue Leith supporter of the Museum was busy on the phones from 8:30 this morning, making deals to benefit the Museum.
Funds raised today on ICAP Charity Day will support the Museum’s pioneering training programme for care-experienced young adults. The support from ICAP will ensure the Museum’s unique training and mentorship programme ‘Tracing Our Tales’, for care-experienced young adults can continue. The programme aims to provide the art skills, social skills and communication skills to enable these young people to become artist assistants at the Foundling Museum. This year, five ‘Tracing Our Tales’ graduates from 2018 worked as Artist Assistants in the Museum and helped to run creative workshops for families visiting the Museum during the school holidays.
In addition the training programme provides the support needed to improve the trainees’ mental health and emotional wellbeing; and gives them the confidence to find employment and return to education. Last year, three students returned to education.
The Foundling Museum transforms the lives of disadvantaged children through the arts and inspires people to make the world a better place. The Museum’s pioneering programmes focus on inner-London nursery children; children in care and care-experienced young adults; and children on acute care hospital wards. By working over long periods, we achieve significant improvements to these children’s wellbeing and life chances.
Sophia recent graduate said ‘The traineeship has enabled me to discover myself again and it has given me confidence for the next step. I was in mum zone. The Foundling Museum has helped me figure out what I would like to do with the next steps. I am back in education and looking to the future.’
Rohima 2018 graduate, became one of the Artist Assistants for the 2019 programme, she said: ‘I’m very grateful and excited for the Artist Assistant role next year, I can’t explain how much of an opportunity this is for me getting a place like this in a museum. The six month traineeship was great; I enjoyed going on museum trips, learning different techniques in sculpting, and analysing an artist’s work and being able to do a workshop on it’.
Behzad 2018 graduate said ‘The museums training programme helped me connect with other care leavers, it improved my mental health and social anxieties and opened endless possibilities for me for the future. Growing my confidence and fighting my mental health were two of the biggest improvements for me, during this traineeship.’
ICAP Charity Day was founded in 1993 to grow its charitable giving programme through an innovative fundraising initiative that would make a significant difference to charities. Made possible through its unique position in the financial markets, the Company and its brokers committed to donating all revenues and commissions on one day a year, to a select group of charities around the world to guarantee that they would receive a sizeable contribution to fund much needed projects and initiatives. Now in its 27th year, ICAP, its customers and partners have collectively raised almost £145 million to date and supported more than 2,400 projects worldwide.
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