We are thrilled to have received £250,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support inclusive programmes in 2019, focussing on developing the imagination.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that we have received £250,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to support inclusive programmes in 2019, focussing on developing the imagination. The funding will support a range of accessibility schemes and is a commitment to inclusivity across our learning programmes.

Crucially, the funding enables us to ensure that up to 50% of visits to our programmes are supported and reach those who will benefit most from access to tools, approaches and technologies that may not be accessible at home or in the classroom.

We currently support 20,000 visits annually to the Imagination Lab, our temporary home and experimental space at The Workshop in Lambeth and through outreach and partnership activities across London.

The funding will support a range of projects including; sponsored places for economically disadvantaged families at holiday skills camps, workshops and family events; community access and outreach in Lambeth and Southwark to build lasting relationships with residents closest to the Imagination Lab; supporting the development of integrated programmes for SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) children; supporting outreach activities to civic spaces and hospital schools; continuing to provide free schools programmes to Primary school classes across the capital, to name a few of the planned initiatives in 2019.

Additionally, the support will allow us to deepen understanding of the impacts and developments a focus on imagination can have on those we work with. 

“At Paul Hamlyn Foundation we believe that imagination and creativity are powerful and potentially life changing tools for many young people experiencing disadvantage. This is even more important in a world where the future is full of possibilities and challenges that many of us haven’t yet dreamed of. Increasing access to opportunity for young people and their families to explore and learn together, we hope, will not only be enjoyable but important in developing new skills that can help every young person to realise their potential.”

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

“Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s support puts rocket boosters under our programme development and helps us to deliver our fundamental goal – to spark imaginations everywhere. We are delighted that Paul Hamlyn Foundation shares our belief that imagination is the cornerstone of creativity and a 21st Century survival skill. With this support, we can develop innovative and inclusive programmes to reach those most at need of creative learning experiences, whether that be in the classroom, developing skills to learn as a family at home, or accessing an innovative environment like the Imagination Lab. It supports us to continue to deliver to those most at need whilst we work towards our mission – a permanent home for the Institute of Imagination.”

Gareth Binns, Chief Executive, Institute of Imagination

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