This year marks the 25th anniversary of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths funding of School-Home Support. Together, we have transformed lives and improved educational chances for disadvantaged children, young people and their families. With the partnership starting in 1991, this makes the Goldsmiths’ Company our longest-standing supporter, and their donations have totalled over £200,000. In the last 10 years alone, Goldsmiths’ funding has helped us to support 120,000 children and their families – an outstanding feat.
The Goldsmiths’ Company is one of The Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London, and their origin can be traced back to the twelfth century when they were founded to regulate the craft of goldsmithery and silversmithery. As with many livery companies, the Goldsmiths’ Company has a long tradition of supporting charitable causes funded through the generosity of its members, dating back a number of centuries.Today, the Goldsmiths’ Company supports a range of causes related to social welfare, medical welfare, youth and culture, as well as funding a number of educational initiatives. The Goldsmiths’ Company has continuously supported charitable work in education since the 16th century.
Having the Goldsmiths’ as a reliable funder is hugely valuable. For 25 years we have been able to depend on their support every year, and this consistency has been key to our ability to provide ongoing support to some of London’s most disadvantaged families and to plan ahead. The value of our partnership with the Goldsmiths’ Company goes beyond just their monetary support. The Goldsmiths’ have also introduced SHS to some of the other livery companies of London, including The Worshipful Company of Drapers.
We have just learned that the Goldsmiths’ Company have decided to increase their support, with a fantastic grant award of £90,000 (£30,000 per year for three more years). Goldsmiths’ have suggested that this year’s grant be used for the SHS Welfare Fund, which provides essential items to families living in extreme poverty. The grant for the following two years will go towards our core management costs, helping us to provide direct support and supervision to our practitioners. Supporting our practitioners in the complex and often emotionally draining family situations they can find themselves working in on a daily basis is essential. Thanks to Goldsmiths’ generous commitment we will be able to provide this vital support.
Nick Harland, Deputy Clerk of the Goldsmiths’ Company, said, “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with School-Home Support in a bigger way this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of our partnership. The work they do is essential – reaching families most in need of support, helping children attend school against all the odds and bridging the gap between school and home life.”
Jan Tallis, Chief Executive of School-Home Support, said, “The ongoing and consistent support of the Goldsmiths’ Company is crucial to our work. Their recent commitment to fund us for a further three years and to support our core work will allow us to reach many more children, young people and families. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Goldsmiths’ on behalf of all SHS staff and the thousands of children whose lives have been changed by Goldsmiths’ funding, for the wonderful support they have given us over the last 25 years. We are looking forward to continuing our fantastic partnership.”
Thank you to the Goldsmiths’ Company for 25 years of support.