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Sharing funding success

Blue Cabin Director, Jenny Young, explains the work the Blue Cabin team has undertaken to secure funding for vital projects with care-experienced children and young people.

Over the past 12 months a lot of work has taken place to ensure the survival and sustainability of Blue Cabin and the work we do. We are over the moon to share the recent successes we have had from 8 funders:

Adoption Support Fund

We were thrilled to receive £12,500 in partnership with South Tyneside Council to develop a brand new Feel Creative resource for children and young people under Special Guardianship Orders. The project supported children and young people to explore, discuss and manage their feelings, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 emergency.

The National Lottery COVID-19 Emergency Funding

Our Cool Things project received substantial funding from The National Lottery. £36,000 enabled us to work in partnership with four virtual schools (Darlington, County Durham, Gateshead and South Tyneside) to create and deliver over 350 activity packs to care-experienced children and young people across the North East. The Cool Things project aimed to enhance family relationships, improve connections between families and virtual schools through the pandemic, and support children and young people to feel proud. In addition, The National Lottery also supported us with £19,000 towards our core costs.

The Baring Foundation

Funding of £8,000 from the Baring Foundation is supporting us to build upon our existing provision and establish Blue Cabin as an organisation underpinned by a therapeutic supervisory model. Funding is helping us to facilitate monthly group therapeutic supervision for our Associate Artists, fund therapeutic 1:1 support for Artists (if the need arises) and work towards becoming a trauma-informed organisation.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

£19,000 from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation supported our core costs, enabling our Directors to focus on company sustainability and fundraising.

The Rayne Foundation

£15,000 of funding from The Rayne Foundation is supporting our core costs enabling us to achieve positive outcomes for our beneficiaries.

Department of Education through South Tyneside Council

We are delighted to have been commissioned by South Tyneside Council as part of the Department for Education’s Partner Improvement Practice work, to undertake two important projects, Compass (focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on Children in Care Councils) and Time Together (focusing on the impact of COVID-19 on Supervised Contact). A team of skilled academics, researchers, artists and producers are delivering these projects.

What Works Centre for Social Care (WWCSC)

Funding of £320,000 from the WWCSC is enabling us to roll out Creative Life Story Work to care-experienced children and young people across three local authorities: South Tyneside, Gateshead and Darlington. This funding builds upon earlier work developed with funding from South Tyneside Council and devised together with Professor Richard Rose and a team of Associate Artists (Elena Miller, Pady O’Connor, Michelle Wood and Nicola Golightly).

School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Fellows Future Fund

Our Director, Jenny, founded Blue Cabin following completion of her SSE course back in 2015-2016. Funding of £5,000 has been granted as part of the Fellows Future Fund to enable Blue Cabin to raise the profile of the Creative Life Story Work programme, and secure new local authority partners from 2022 onwards.

We would like to share thanks with our funders and partners for their ongoing support.