5 October 2020. Bracknell, UK.
Science-based technology company 3M has donated £10,000 to Blooming Blossoms Trust to help the Hackney-based charity extend its vital work supporting children with mild-to-moderate learning disabilities and their families.
Blooming Blossoms Trust provides triple-pronged support to around 130 children in North London, helping them integrate into mainstream settings; building social networks; and offering supplementary education and therapy.
The grant has enabled the charity to provide additional support during the COVID-19 pandemic, including daily meal deliveries feeding 120 children as well as 400 hours of volunteer mentoring and tutoring.
Blooming Blossoms’ learning officer, Chana Singer, is a former recipient of the charity’s services.
She said: “I struggled at school but had no diagnosis. I joined the Blooming Blossoms literacy programme to get help with my reading and the customised learning support really helped me and has had a real impact on my life.
“Many children with learning disabilities don’t have friends and can become isolated. Our programme of tutoring and mentoring tackles both their learning and emotional needs and helps them build self-esteem and realise their full potential.”
During the pandemic, Blooming Blossoms has provided food deliveries so that vulnerable children don’t lose out on vital nutrition. They have also moved some tutoring and mentoring services online.
Chana added: “Providing online services has had the added bonus of encouraging harder-to-reach children worried about the stigma of seeking additional support to take part. Many have said that this has given them the confidence to join our face-to-face sessions.
“At Blooming Blossoms miracles happen every day. One of our learners, who is now a youth leader, said: ‘Life used to be an endless nightmare and I had no passions and interests. The respect and compassion I received from Blooming Blossoms and the volunteer who really understood me turned this around.’”
The grant from 3M was enabled through a partnership with not-for-profit organisation United Way UK through its Give Local COVID-19 Response Programme. This is helping small charities working on the frontline to provide relief services to support vulnerable people in areas most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Said 3M’s Reputation Communications manager, Ros Smith: “Lots of people in the UK are facing hardship as well as personal and emotional challenges and the need for financial and practical support has never been more acute.
“We are grateful to United Way for making the connections and identifying the charities, like Blooming Blossoms, that are most in need of our support and working tirelessly to help those who are less fortunate to improve their quality of life.”
Jane Hudson Jones, CEO at United Way UK added: “This pandemic means inequalities are increasing, financially, educationally and in health too. We are grateful to everyone in this partnership and especially to 3M for its leadership. The 3M grant will allow United Way UK and its local partner charities to support those that are most at risk from COVID-19 and its wider consequences, addressing global problems at a community level.
These local organisations are doing excellent work assisting many of the most vulnerable groups in their communities. They have significant local intelligence and expertise and their services provide a lifeline for people who are struggling. Their work is invaluable, though often invisible, meaning that they do not attract donations easily, putting the sustainability of their critical services at risk.
We are deeply thankful to 3M for its commitment to local communities, through these grants you are taking a holistic response to the COVID-19 crisis and really making a difference.”
The donation to Blooming Blossoms Trust is part of a £112,000 grant pledged by 3M to support relief projects in the UK. Around two thirds of the grant is being allocated to community projects through the 3M-United Way UK Give Local COVID-19 Response Programme. More than 200 charities applied to receive a grant and the programme team chose three to each receive grants of £10,000 based on rigorous assessments and prioritising those with the greatest field expertise, impact capacity and efficiency. A further 11 charities will receive grants of between £3,000 and £5,000.
This, in turn, is part of a $1.875 million commitment made by 3M at a corporate level, working with The United Way Worldwide to identify local projects supporting those most in need.
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world.
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About United Way
United Way Worldwide is a privately-funded not-for-profit organisation based in the US with a network spanning more than 40 countries and territories across six continents. It serves 61 million people across the globe, supported by 2.9 million volunteers and 8.3 million donors.
In the UK, United Way UK was established in 2014 as a national charity with the aim of providing support to local communities to ensure every family and every individual can reach their full potential through good education, financial stability, and healthy lives. As part of United Way Worldwide, United Way UK encourages people and organisations to support the local communities in which they live, work, and raise their children, through recognising each community's specific needs, resources and expertise.
Learn more about United Way UK at unitedway.org.uk or follow @UnitedWayUK on Twitter.
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