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Coram's partnership with the Pears Foundation is exceptionally important to us. They were the lead funder on the development of our new centre for creative therapy and adoption support - the Pears Pavilion - but they have also taken the time to get to know other areas of our work with vulnerable children and families. In doing so, they have generously chosen to support several pieces of Coram's on-going work, including direct therapeutic services, programme examination, and legal advice and representation for marginalised young people. We can't thank Trevor, Amy, Kari and their team enough for their transformational support to Coram and their wider philanthropic leadership.Dr Carol Homden CBE, Chief Executive, Coram
We believe that everyone has a right to a fulfilling life, whatever their circumstances. Coram’s unique approach to providing holistic, family-centred support helps some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK to find loving homes, overcome traumatic pasts and achieve their potential.Sir Trevor Pears CMG
Pears Foundation is committed to improving and sustaining wellbeing, especially for young people in difficult circumstances. We fund partners who provide support to families experiencing challenges from mental health to special educational needs to extreme poverty and social disadvantage.
Coram is the UK’s longest-serving children’s charity. It was established in 1739 by Thomas Coram as the Foundling Hospital and today, as Coram, continues his legacy by supporting families and creating better life chances for thousands of children.
Coram works across a wide range of children’s social care services, from adoption and fostering to legal support and from advocacy to life education.
The charity is in the middle of a major redevelopment of its central London site and Pears Foundation has provided both capital and revenue funding to create the Pears Pavilion - a purpose-built centre that houses Coram’s creative therapies and adoption support services.
Creative Therapy: Coram's ground-breaking art and music therapy helps over 170 children and young people a year to overcome complex and traumatic backgrounds. Children who have witnessed violence or experienced neglect, or who have physical or psychological conditions that leave them socially isolated, are often unable to understand or explain their feelings. Creative therapy through art and music has a positive impact on their concentration skills, social and family relationships, communication and speech skills and overall confidence. In a recent impact evaluation 100% of parents of children receiving Coram’s creative therapy services reported a decrease in their child’s behavioural and emotional difficulties.
Adoption Support: Coram has a unique approach to adoption support that aims to provide adopters with the skills and assistance they will need for positive parenting of children who have suffered abuse, neglect or other adversity. Its team of specialist social workers provides life-long support to all its families, responding to challenges in both the short and long-term and providing training and skills development for parents at different life stages as well as therapeutic interventions when necessary.
In establishing the Pears Pavilion, which opened in 2015, Pears Foundation has helped to create a space for service delivery, training and best practice. The Foundation also provides revenue funding towards the activities that go on inside the Pavilion, enabling Coram to support hundreds of families every year.
Pears Foundation also supports Coram’s Migrant Children’s Project.