Our patrons

We are very lucky to be supported by some wonderful people. Our charity patrons are:

  • Committed to levelling the playing field for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Genuinely interested in the well-being of all children
  • Strong communicators who truly believe in what they say
  • Willing to learn more about the issues facing children and families in the UK
  • Willing to use their networks and influence to promote our cause
  • Good role models for the children and young people we work with.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, is the first black Briton to be appointed as Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London: the position means that he is the Queen’s personal representative in the city. The Lord-Lieutenant supports the Monarch and the Royal Family in Greater London, and in addition, acts as a bridge-builder, connecting individuals, organisations and social networks, to enhance Londoners’ sense of belonging and therefore, increase social inclusion within the capital. This ties in perfectly with the Lord-Lieutenant’s role as patron of School-Home Support, as does his personal motto – “Do well; do good”.

In 2016, Olisa was named the most influential black Briton by the Powerlist, beating high profile figures such as Sir Lenny Henry, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Lewis Hamilton and Mo Farah to the position. We look forward with working with him to achieve our goal of raising the aspirations of vulnerable children in the capital.

The work of School-Home Support resonates strongly with my strategy as Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London to build bridges for a fairer London. They build a bridge between home and school; supporting disadvantaged children who experience home-based issues such as poverty and poor housing so that they can make the most of their education.

There are parallels between my life and the lives of many of the young people School-Home Support work with. I’m grateful to School-Home Support for thinking of me as patron, and for the work they do to drive social inclusion in the city.”

– Sir Kenneth Olisa

 

Tony Adams MBE

SHS patron, Tony Adams MBE, in 2017

Our charity patron, Tony Adams MBE, is a former football player and captain for Arsenal and England. He was born and raised in Romford and Dagenham; areas where School-Home Support has carried out its work for decades. Showing the world that you didn’t have to come from a privileged background in order to achieve great success, he has been an inspiration to children throughout and beyond his sporting career. 

A few years ago, I attended one of School-Home Support’s open days in Barking. I did so because I was working in Azerbaijan at the time, and I had come home to see worse conditions in the borough I was brought up than in Azerbaijan.

The fantastic work that School-Home Support has been doing for over thirty years helps children in the borough and beyond who are living in these conditions. This is an area which is very close to my heart; I grew up and went to school in Dagenham before being signed to Arsenal Football Club at the young age of 16. I was one of the lucky ones, but many young people in Barking & Dagenham and across the UK are growing up with low aspirations and limited opportunities. These children and young people might play truant, have difficulty concentrating in class or become excluded for bad behaviour or poor attendance. The fact is – the majority of these youngsters are experiencing complex problems at home and school which lie behind their behaviour. A child may be being violent towards other children in school as a result of witnessing domestic violence at home; another can’t concentrate because he hasn’t had breakfast or a good night’s sleep – he’s having to sleep on the floor because his family can’t afford a bed. A young person might not be going to school at all because she’s afraid to leave her alcoholic mother alone at home and wants to try to stop her drinking.

I’m in a unique position. I relate to the children School-Home Support helps, and I also relate to some of the parents – my struggles with alcohol have been widely documented, and I know how hard it can be to cope, Above all, I relate to School-Home Support – because I too want to make a difference.

Every child deserves a decent chance in life. By acting as a patron for School-Home Support, I hope to help more children get the chances they deserve.”

– Tony Adams MBE

 

Lady Sophie Windsor

SHS patron, Lady Sophie Windsor, in 2020

Our newest charity patron is actress and Royal, Lady Sophie Windsor. 

“I’m proud to be the new Patron of the charity, School-Home Support. Social mobility is very close to my heart, but disadvantaged children face tremendous barriers that stop them thriving in education.

I’m very excited to work with School-Home Support to get children in school, ready to learn, whatever it takes.”

When I visited Brunswick Park Primary School (a School-Home Support partner school), I met one lovely mum who is a nurse living in a flat above a multi-storey car park. Her little boy was sleeping on top of her every night. He was not going to school, because she was so anxious she was not going out. School-Home Support helped her get the papers she needed to stay in the UK; they got her financial support so that she could afford the little boy’s school uniform. Now he doing brilliantly.

I’m looking forward to adding what I can to this brilliant charity.

– Lady Sophie Windsor