The Helen Hamlyn Trust is an independent grant-making Trust. Its focus is on the initiation of medium- and long-term projects linked to the shared interests of Lady Hamlyn and her late husband Lord Hamlyn. The Trust's core ethos is to develop innovative projects, which aim to effect lasting change, improve quality of life and create opportunity for the benefit of the public.
The Trust's activities fall within the aim and broad objectives of Paul Hamlyn Foundation.
The Trust's grant-making is in the fields of medicine, arts and culture, education and welfare, healthy ageing, international humanitarian affairs and heritage and conservation in India. Small grants are made to local and regional charities up to £10,000. The Trust develops lasting relationships with leading organisations and individuals to enable new areas of work by creating connections between organisations, and introducing new ideas. Among other partners, the Trust was recently worked with Imperial College London, the Royal College of Art, Moorfields Eye Hospital, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, Merhangarh Museum Trust and the Getty Foundation, INTACH, Fordham University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York.
Open Futures is the Trust's flagship education programme. It is an effective skills and enquirybased learning programme for primary schools, and is having a significant effect in schools currently participating in the North and South of England. Launched in 2005, the Trust is continuing to work in partnership with SAPERE (Society for the Advancement of Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education) the UK charity for Philosophy for Children, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Focus on Food Campaign, and Andy Cameron, Executive Director of fabrica, and Benetton online.
Open Futures helps children acquire practical skills, discover and explore personal interests and develop values, which enable them to be confident, interested and creative learners throughout their lives. Bringing together skills and enquiry, children are better equipped to ask questions, discuss options and make decisions together as a team. Enquiry helps pupils understand the value of the skills they are learning. Open Futures has been piloted and evaluated by The Research Centre for Learning and Teaching at Newcastle University during the past four years. It is currently working in 64 pilot schools in the north and south of England, which are embedding the programme into their core curriculum.
In 2008/09 the programme expanded to include 33 new schools in Wakefield, through a partnership with the Local Authority. filmit and askit also expanded in India with schools in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, which are facilitating the sharing of cultural heritage through joint participatory film projects and enquiries between schools in both countries.
The evaluation and independent market research by the National Education Trust have provided evidence to support the dissemination of this programme to a much larger number of schools from September 2010. A significant amount of this year's work is directed towards preparing for this expansion over the next three years.
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The Helen Hamlyn Trust
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