trusts and foundations
Trust and Foundation support is at the very heart of the Institute of Imagination (iOi). On this page you will find testimonials, as well as case studies of successful projects that have been made possible thanks to the vision and generosity of our funders.
“John Lyon’s Charity is delighted to fund the Institute of Imagination’s outreach programme. They have taken their hands-on, cross curricula, multi-disciplinary activities to schools, libraries and youth centres across London, and are becoming a recognised and vital resource amongst teachers and parents. We applaud their inclusive approach to working with children, whatever their needs might be, and share their passion for prioritising the development of children’s creative and imaginative skills – skills that so frequently get overlooked.” John Lyon’s Charity
“Good research tells us that if families are involved in their children’s learning, then those children are much more likely to be successful. We have donated to Institute of Imagination because we like their family approach and because we know that children’s education is an investment that can pay back handsomely to society, over many generations.” Jonathan Drori CBE, Chairman, The H. H. Wingate Foundation
“Occasionally in life we are reminded that the old lessons need re-learning in the modern world. The Trust has supported the Institute of Imagination precisely because it affords children the priceless and wonderful opportunity of using their imagination and of just enjoying being children.” The Charles Skey Charitable Trust
In September 2017 we launched the Lambeth Community Programme, a series of free workshops and events for residents of the borough of Lambeth. This two-year community programme is generously supported by the Rangoonwala Foundation. Since the launch of the programme, 1,928 children and adults have participated in the Lambeth Community Programme. We are incredibly pleased to have received resoundingly positive feedback from children, teachers and parents alike, and are proud of the community’s positive engagement with the iOi and the Imagination Lab. Our Lambeth-specific events are building momentum and we hope to continue fulfilling our mission of creating a community around the Imagination Lab, something that we will continue to do as we work toward the iOi Campus. Read more about the programme here
International Charitable Foundation
The International Charitable Foundation has kindly supported the Institute of Imagination’s first Cultural Residency based at the Imagination Lab. Super City, a concept proposed by artists Jim Bond, Helaina Sharpley and Samantha Bryan, ran a series of workshops in which a city of buildings populated by people, buses, bicycles and trees is created and evolved. Read more about Super City
John Lyon’s Charity
John Lyon’s Charity supports our work across nine northwest London boroughs. With the charity’s support we help deliver workshops that focus on robotics, coding, crafting, circuit building and prototyping. Marlborough Primary School, who we’ve been working with for several years, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea wanted the Institute of Imagination’s help in creating a dedicated space for making. With John Lyon’s support we co-created a programme to help Marlborough create a MakerSpace, a multi-use space for tinkering and experimenting across year groups, in the school. Recently we visited Marlborough and Alex Gingell, Deputy Head Teacher, shared with us how working with the iOi helped him to set up and run the MakerSpace. We loved hearing from the pupils about skills they’ve learnt in the space and why they think imagination is really important.