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Jenni Thomas talks Child Bereavement
A new series of podcasts supported by the ALMT

The ALMT are extremely proud to support Jenni Thomas with the launch of her podcast series.

The podcast 'Jenni Thomas Talks About Child Bereavement' features Jenni, an NHS lifetime achievement award winner, sharing her life's work supporting children facing the death of a mum or dad and parents who have experienced the death of their baby or child.

Christmas and the New Year is a painful time of year for parents when their baby or child has died. When everyone else is celebrating it can be hard and sad for them - and for children whose mum or dad has died. This podcast series is intended to help and guide anyone who is faced with a situation whether they are bereaved, or in a supportive role to someone who is grieving, a family member, friend or in a professional capacity.

Across nine episodes, Jenni shares what children and parents have told her was most important to them at this difficult time.

Listen to Episode One


What a fantastic year so far with some brilliant partnerships helping children across the world from Chesham and London to Tanzania and Burkina Fasso. A selection of the most recently funded projects can be seen below:

Burkina Health Foundation
Delivering Sustainable Health Care (Burkina Faso)

The ALMT are supporting Burkina Health Foundation to deliver a one-year pilot project in Burkina Faso, a country where quality health care is almost impossible to access. One in ten school children in the country have vision problems and this can severely impact their chance of completing education.

This innovative project will establish and train a screening team that can deliver regular and sustainable vision screening for 3000 children in government secondary schools in Bobo Dioulasso as well as developing systems that will allow BHF to scale up the screening in the future.

The Theatre Shed
Inclusive Christmas Production (UK)

The aim of The Theatre Shed is to inspire, innovate & include through the medium of Performing Arts. Workshops are professionally led and allow young people to explore performance skills such as acting, singing, dancing, physical theatre and more in a supportive environment.

The ALMT are working with The Theatre Shed and its existing community group to produce a fully inclusive piece of immersive cinema, based on The Muppet Christmas Carol, for and with the Chesham Community. The project will be performed at the The Beacon Theatre in Chesham on 14th December.

Eastside Young Leaders Academy
Tackling serious youth violence (UK)

Since 2002, EYLA has been working with disadvantaged children and young people in London susceptible to participating in anti-social behaviour and violent crime. EYLA specialises in steering these children and young towards a life based on learning and leadership.

The ALMT are supporting EYLA to deliver a project that provides crisis intervention and intensive holistic support to 10 of the most at-risk boys and girls in Newham. The University of Greenwich are gathering qualitative data on the efficacy of this model of intervention, which will be used to inform future development and delivery.

Southwark Community Education Charity
Enriching education for primary children (UK)

For over 20 years Southwark Community Education Charity (SCEC) has operated three schemes of enrichment classes on Saturday mornings in Dulwich for pupils from Southwark primary schools. SCEC works together with the participating primary schools to offer selected children the chance to extend their skills in literacy, mathematics or science in a stimulating and fun environment.

Working with ALMT, SCEC will improve educational achievement and confidence for 50 Year 3 children drawn from a dozen local primary schools. The children will be taught in four classes by experienced primary trained tutors. In addition, every child will have a volunteer Year 10 (14-15 year-old) pupil working alongside them acting as their mentor providing invaluable one-to-one support under the guidance of the tutor.

Chance to Shine and Capital Kids Cricket
Cricket in Hospital Schools (UK)

We continue to support Chance to Shine and Capital Kids Cricket to deliver their programme of cricket based activities in Hospital Schools. This year the project will continue to work in Great Ormond Street Hospital, Evelina London Children's Hospital and Royal Marsden Teenage Cancer Unit but will also launch a programme at Lavender Walk Mental Health Unit in Chelsea.

The project aims to give children respite from their treatment, reduce periods of isolation in the four hospital schools and improve physical and emotional wellbeing. By enjoying physical activity children are able to interact with others in an informal way and bring some normality to their lives.

ACE Africa
Improving Early Years Education and Children's Rights (Tanzania)

RenaissanceRe and the ALMT are supporting Ace Africa Tanzania to improve education, nutrition and access to child rights in the Arusha District. This project will also increase protection and support for children under 5 so that they can play, learn and start school in good health.

By developing community-led support systems and training teachers and community members the rights of children will continue to be protected in the future. The project will reach 2400 children and 2400 community members by performing their Children's Rights drama. 1000 children and their families will receive early years development sessions and a further 1000 children will be supported through Child to Child clubs.

Village Water
Providing Safe water, hygiene and sanitation (Zambia)

Since 2004 Village Water has supported safe water, hygiene and sanitation promotion in more than 1066 villages and schools in rural Africa, improving health and opportunity for hundreds of thousands of people.

The ALMT are supporting Village Water to work with a large school, hopefully Lubosi School (515 pupils), in Nalolo Western Province, Zambia, through their Solar-Electric Schools and Health project (SESH). The project aims to provide safe water and decent toilets and therefore improve children's health, school attendance and completion rates, particularly for girls.

Project update - Soft Power Education (Uganda)

Services enabling children with disabilities have an improved quality of life

In 2018 the ALMT supported the Soft Power Education Special Educational Needs (SEN) Programme in Uganda.

The programme aims to ensure that children with disabilities and their families have an improved quality of life through outreach education, therapy and community sensitisation for free. The team consists of a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Specialist Teacher, and two live-in matrons, providing valuable help for these children.

Watch some of the highlights of the project here.

RenaissanceRe Kilimanjaro climb 2019
8th November 2019

ALMT corporate partner RenaissanceRe have been raising money by challenging themselves to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Michelle Li talks about the climb:

"It was an exhilirating experience. The mountain challenged our physical and mental limits and created life-long memories for all 21 of us hikers. The highlight of the trip was the site visit to the Ace Africa project in Moshi. In Swahili, 'pole-pole' means slowly. This was not only the key to successfully climbing Kilimanjaro but also the motto for our fundraising efforts. We are humbled by everyone's generosity as they supported us through our various bake sales, stair-challenges, bike rides, dress-down Fridays, etc. Once again, thank-you!'

A massive WELL DONE to the whole team at Renaissance Re.

View a slide show of their trip here

Co-Funding with the ALMT
Supporting projects close to your heart

More and more people are joining the ALMT with Co-Funding but what exactly is it?

The ALMT is sharing its partnerships with small organisations and giving its donors the opportunity to know exactly where and who their money has been directed to.

What's the process? The ALMT receive applications for funding from registered charities and conduct stringent due diligence and research into the organsation and project proposal before deciding whether to award a grant or not. If the ALMT Board of Trustees decide to fund a project, it becomes available to Co-Fund.

Co-Funders can view the full application and budget and make an informed decision about whether they would like to donate their funds in support of a particular project. The ALMT split the grant amounts into percentages dependent on the amount of Co-Funders interested in supporting it. It might be as simple as a 50/50 split between the ALMT and a Co-Funder or, could include any number of Co-Funders donating smaller amounts to the ALMT to make up the full grant request.

Contact for more information and to begin your Co-Funding journey

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