The Morris Charitable Trust made a substantial donation to Thornhill Primary School in Islington. The funds contributed to the complete refurbishment of their early years teaching space. This included a complete transformation of the entire area into a bright, airy and well thought-out, zoned learning environment . The toilet area was also totally transformed. “It was a joy to see both the children’s & parents faces when they saw the transformation” Linda Morris, Morris Charitable Trust.
The Morris Charitable Trust donated towards their All Weather 7-a-side Football Pitch which is for use not only by the school but also the local community. The conversion of the tarmac area next to the school enabled many of the children attending, many of whom have no access to outside space at home, to have a new facility which provides greatly improved opportunities for physical play in breaks as well as providing a hub for local primary schools to share for practice and competition.
The Morris Art and Community Building: The Morris Charitable Trust decided to select a ‘landmark’ local project for a special major donation to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Business Design Centre. The special project was the Drayton Park School’s Art and Community building. As well as providing a vital new art facility for pupils and parents, the centre also provides local groups and individual artists with a space that they can hire outside of school hours.
The Morris Charitable Trust donated towards the education floor project, known as “The Morris Space". The dedicated floor enables the theatre to be a major catalyst for change, providing a space that the community can use fully, freely and safely. It focuses on engaging groups that are often excluded from theatre, giving opportunities not just to young people but also to single parents, to the elderly and to people who have never experienced theatre before.
The Sam Morris Nursery was founded in 1995 and named in memory of Sam Morris, founder of the Business Design Centre. The Nursery, located in Isledon Road, Finsbury Park, North Islington, provides facilities for under fives with high quality, individual care in a stimulating environment, aiming to develop a child’s independence, self discipline and confidence. The building was made possible through support from a number of organisations, including The Morris Charitable Trust. The Centre’s children come from a wide range of social and ethnic backgrounds within the local community.
The Morris Garden at Islington Outlook (formerly St. John’s Day Care Centre) is used by people with physical disabilities and has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The Morris Charitable Trust’s donation helped towards the redevelopment of the new garden making it accessible to anyone whatever their ability. The garden was designed, and is now maintained, by its disabled users.
The Morris Building for Art & Technology: The Morris Charitable Trust donated a major sum towards the cost of a new Art and Technology Studio at the William Tyndale School. The building also incorporates an after-school Kids Club. The school is for children aged 3 to 11 years, providing primary education for approximately 460 pupils. This project reflected a range of criteria that the Trust wished to support. First, children and education which together represent the future of the local community. Second, art and technology which develops their creative and technical skills and, third, the establishment of a facility to enable parents to work in the knowledge that their children are in a safe environment.
The Anne Frank Trust UK is an educational charity which draws on the power of Anne Frank's diary to inspire and educate people, especially the young, about mutual respect, social justice and appreciating each other's differences towards creating a society free of prejudice. The Trust promotes positive attitudes towards diversity, particularly in ethnicity and religion, and empowers people to reject all forms of bigotry and intolerance, all of which are strongly supported by the Morris Charitable Trust.
The Kings Head Theatre was London’s first pub/theatre and is an Islington institution. The theatre has a history of showing ground-breaking and innovative productions with famous names regularly performing. Many of its productions have gone on to London’s West End theatres. The Morris Charitable Trust sponsored a Gala Charity Ball to raise some much needed funds for the theatre’s ongoing refurbishment programme.
The Olive Tree Programme enables talented young Israelis and Palestinians to study at City University London for undergraduate degrees in a range of disciplines offered by the university. The candidates are awarded scholarships on the basis of merit, including ability to successfully complete their chosen degrees, experience of community work and leadership potential. The goal of the programme is to help these young people to become skilled, confident and effective leaders, professionals and ‘change agents’ in their communities to assist in promoting better mutual understanding and a peaceful Middle East. The Morris Charitable Trust has supported this innovative project in its important work.
Culpeper Community Garden is a beautiful public open space in the heart of Islington, London, which serves both as a city park and as an environmental community project. Managed by and for local people, it is a unique project where people from all walks of life come together to appreciate and enhance their environment. As well as its tradition of working with children and young people, Culpeper has always worked hard to include disabled people in its garden. Some of the most valuable work has been with groups from the Elfrida Society for people with learning difficulties, and the Stuart Low Trust for people experiencing social isolation or mental distress. Gardeners are supported to look after their plots with a focus on growing and feasting on the produce. The Morris Charitable Trust contributed to the funding of a new permanent pavilion created for the local community.
Raleigh is a leading youth and education charity and since 1984 its expeditions have inspired over 30,000 people from all walks of life, nationalities and ages to be all they can be, helping them develop new skills, friendships and volunteer to make a genuine difference to communities and environments across the world. The Morris Charitable Trust contributed to the funding to enable a group of students from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds, studying at City & Islington College, to take part in one of their expeditions.
The Morris Artspace: The Morris Charitable Trust helped Canonbury School to offer better facilities for art activities, to tackle more ambitious and creative projects and to explore the use of different media. The Artspace lends itself to drama activities, a subject the school wanted to develop to encourage self-confidence and creative expression in the children. It is also an ideal location for lunchtime and after-school clubs as well as a space to be used by the local community in the evenings or during the holidays.
The nursery playground is at the back of the school, it is narrow and was un-stimulating. To improve this environment, the School created several different zones; The Creative Garden Zone, A Physical Development Area, A place for Communication, Language and Literacy and finally, A Water Play Station. This project was part funded by the Morris Charitable Trust.
The Morris Wildlife Garden: The Morris Charitable Trust were the major contributors to this new wildlife garden, located in the school’s playground, which brings great pleasure to its many primary age pupils. The project brings a little more of nature into the school’s inner city environment and a novel play and learning space for its children.
The Morris Charitable Trust is a sponsor of this local community event which is a week of free fun, food and activities for the whole Islington area hosted by the churches of Islington and many local partner organisations. The aim of the festival is to have fun and to meet and make friends with neighbours.
After Ben Kinsella was tragically murdered in June 2008, his family set up this Trust in his name. Ben was only sixteen when he was stabbed to death in an unnecessary act of horrific violence that shocked the nation. The main aims of the charity are to pass on the legacy of Ben, promote knife crime awareness and to educate children of the consequences of knife crime, mainly via an educational touring exhibition. The Morris Charitable Trust, working with the Business Design Centre, help the Ben Kinsella Trust to create and launch the exhibition.
Since 2008 Islington Community Theatre has worked with thousands of young people across Islington, providing them with opportunities that would otherwise simply not exist. Their work is diverse: they have commissioned and performed new plays for young people, devised new work from scratch, created intergenerational dance pieces, interactive theatre games, obscure theatre happenings and site-specific installations. It has a massive impact on the young people they work with: building confidence and self-esteem and helping them develop relationships that transcend their normal cultural groups and postcodes. They help their young people gain places in College, University and Drama School as well as jobs and apprenticeships. The Morris Charitable Trust has supported them in this work.
The Parent House offers a range of learning and support for parents and carers from the local community. They offer a free registered crèche for their learners' children and each course is supported by a Project Worker to provide 1:1 support and help. They aim to encourage and enable parents to develop confidence, skills and abilities so that they and their children can reach their full potential. The Morris Charitable Trust has supported them in this work.