With the Foundation’s support, our delivery partners are able to influence sustainable change in special needs education, supported employment, healthcare and conservation. Our partnership model is business led and outcome driven. This enables us to obtain transformational results with very clear deliverables. Whether it is helping more young people with special needs through education and into full-time employment, advancing Myeloma research or supporting butterfly conservation. In any case, we at the Foundation are passionately committed to making our society a more environmentally conscious and inclusive place for all.
We have invested £7.5million in establishing the Stepping Stones School at Undershaw, which is providing world-class special needs facilities, supporting pupils to reach their full potential in life. We are the commissioner of one of the UK’s largest Social Impact Bonds; together with ThinkForward we have created the DFN MoveForward programme. This is an innovative education-based employability skills strategy that supports students with special needs by providing individualised coaching, creating ready for work opportunities whilst promoting greater employer awareness and engagement.
We are transforming the lives of young people with learning disabilities through our collaboration with DFN Project SEARCH. This transition to work programme is making a huge impact, running over 60 schemes throughout the UK and supporting more than 1000 young people into full-time paid work.
We are making a significant contribution in healthcare by funding a five year myeloma research programme at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. Under the leadership of Dr Martin Kaiser, we hope to understand the genetic factors that are responsible for the progression of myeloma cancer and then with this knowledge, work towards optimum treatment plans.
We are helping to save the British Butterfly and have been announced as the official sponsor of the Big Butterfly Count 2020 – 2023, the worlds largest butterfly survey. This data will support conservationists to protect butterflies from extinction and also understand the effect of climate change on wildlife.