Who are we?
Big Leaf Foundation is a small charity working with displaced young people living in Surrey. Our vision is of a community where these young people are valued, supported, and given the ability to create better outcomes for themselves.
What’s our goal?
Our aim is to provide a nurturing programme of activities, projects and events that focus on combating social isolation and improving wellbeing for the young people we support. We want the young people we work with to be excited about the opportunities available to them, and value their unique talents and abilities so that they can rediscover their potential and move forwards with renewed optimism.
What is this Crowdfunder all about?
Away from family, friends, and everything familiar the young people we support are susceptible to loneliness and anxiety. This can often be exacerbated during the Christmas period, with young people feeling homesick and more isolated as others around them celebrate with family and friends. Although many of the young people we support don’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, we want to share in the festive spirit and help them feel part of their community.
2021 has been a very tumultuous year, especially for the young people we support. Last year, due to COVID restrictions, we couldn’t host our Christmas celebration as we had hoped. This year, as we adjust to life out of lockdown, we are excited to have an in-person Christmas gathering.
We need your help to host a festive party bringing together young people with our key partners and wider network of supporters and friends. We’ll play games, eat food together, chat and share stories and open cards and gifts. This will be a day of community, friendship and connection, and we’re really looking forward to it.
The number of displaced young people that we support has doubled in the past year, and we are hosting two separate events so that everyone can attend. One will be a day with our wonderful partners at Surrey Outdoor Learning and Development Centre for our East Surrey beneficiaries. The second, for those closer to west Surrey, will be held at The Electric Theatre in Guildford, and this will also be when our latest Music Connects track is launched.
How is the money being spent?
Any donations received will go to hosting our festive gathering; buying games, food and gifts. If we hit our target, any additional funding will go towards expanding the provision we can offer local displaced young people.
To support us in this project, please make a donation directly through this Crowdfunder page. Any donation, small or large, will help and is greatly appreciated
What else can I do?
We understand that not everyone can afford to make a donation at this time of year. But you can still help us make this festive season a welcoming one by sending a message of friendship to our young people. Write your message in the ‘comments’ section or email it to [email protected] and we’ll pop it in a card.
Thank you for your support,
Big Leaf Foundation