We are delighted to be working with our charity partners Maggie’s and Inspired Directions School. Below we describe what our charity partners do and how we are working with them.
Maggie’s provides free practical, social and emotional support to people with cancer and their family and friends and is renowned for its design and architecture including its gardens by leading landscape designers such as Dan Pearson, Piet Olduf and Christopher Bradley-Hole. As part of Maggie’s commitment to the overall benefits the centres offer visitors, Maggie’s carefully considers the outdoor spaces, gardens and views at their centres.
The gardens at Maggie’s Centres contribute to the overall healing environment. Each garden is carefully created to be a welcoming extension of the inside space, offering uplifting views out from each centre and a connection to the changing seasons and, in warmer weather, a pleasant place to sit and relax.
Maggie’s also runs gardening groups in selected centres across the UK as part of its unique, evidence-based programme of support. As well as keeping the gardens at the centres looking beautiful, the groups provide centre visitors with a chance to relax, socialise and exercise outdoors.
Research into Maggie’s Centre gardens has revealed that centre visitors value the sensory richness and evidence of wildlife offered by some of the gardens and feel that garden spaces provide a particular type of sanctuary.
There are currently 19 Maggie’s Centres in the UK and abroad as well as an online centre. Built in the grounds of NHS hospitals, Maggie’s Centres are warm, welcoming places with professional staff on hand to offer the support people need to find their way through cancer. Great design and architecture are vital to the care that Maggie’s offers so it works with great architects such as Richard Rogers, the late Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster as well as great landscape and interior designers.
Linklaters is delighted to sponsor Darren Hawkes who designed the gardens at the new Maggie’s Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. The Chelsea Flower Show garden will also provide a legacy at the new centre.
Inspire! – The Education Business Partnership
The Inspired Directions School (IDS) offers alternative provision for high needs learners struggling to access mainstream education. Established by the charity Inspire!, an Education Business Partnership, it has been an alternative provider for young people in Hackney since 2008 and recently achieved independent school status. Fundamental to its ethos are the values of individuality, collectivism and progression.
The personality, interests and needs of each individual young person are at the core of its approach. The school is committed to the ongoing and future progress of all its learners and has developed a broad and flexible curriculum which enables it to meet a great range of learning needs in developing a personalised timetable for each of its learners.
As members of a small and supportive community, young people are provided with a place of safety and belonging where they can build positive relationships with peers and adults, regain educational and personal confidence, and achieve along their chosen pathways.
The school ensures that all its graduates have a meaningful destination to move on to. It continues to support its graduates through transition, and offers opportunities for ongoing engagement with the Inspire! community through its enrichment activities.
IDS is located near Dalston Junction in Hackney.
IDS’s intake is predominantly vulnerable learners with multi-agency involvement and highly complex educational needs. These include learners who have been excluded from mainstream school or other PRU provision, statemented pupils and school refusers.
Referrals are accepted at any point during the academic year if places are available.
Linklaters has been working with Inspire! for 10 years and has provided advice and guidance on the more recent establishment of the school. A number of the IDS students have been working with Linklaters on the Chelsea project gaining valuable experience in project management and team working “among other skills”. The students will also be helping out at the Show.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) is a leading, internationally renowned teaching hospital based in the City of London.
It offers a full range of local and specialist services, which includes centres for the treatment of cancer and heart conditions.
The new Maggie’s Centre being built with Barts Health NHS Trust at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is due to open in late 2017 and will be the biggest of its kind in the UK with an expected 20,000 visits a year from people across the seven boroughs of London who are referred to Barts for treatment. Around 80 people a day hear the words “You have cancer” in London and Maggie’s Barts will be a great asset to the cancer support system available to the residents of the City and East London as well as helping to support the work of the iconic hospital. Maggie’s is currently working hard to fundraise to ensure the success of this centre and cover running costs for the first two years. Maggie’s does not receive any Government funding so it is reliant upon the help and generosity of the public and companies across London to provide free support to anyone affected by cancer.
Linklaters is delighted to be supporting Maggie’s Barts centre. If you are interested in finding out more about the new centre or helping to fundraise and raise awareness for Maggie’s, please contact Ali Orr, Centre Fundraising Manager, at email@example.com