Our Charities - Raise Your Hands | Supporting Small Charities

Our Charities

Small charities are specialists, working in a particular field like HIV or anti-bullying. That means they’re experts in what they do. Because they’re small they can work quickly and responsively to needs without the bureaucracy and politics of larger organisations.

The Literacy Pirates

Improving the literacy of young people

The Literacy Pirates is an education charity which develops the literacy, confidence and perseverance of children who are falling behind in class.

Sessions onboard their Hackney & Haringey ‘Ships’ means young people can make four times the progress they can make at school alone.

Jessie May

Children’s Hospice at Home

Jessie May was set up by the parents of Jessica May Purrington who died from a genetic condition when she was only 4½ months old.

Jessica’s parents were determined that other terminally ill children could get support in their own homes and the choice to die at home when that time comes.


For Children in Care and Care Leavers

Become stand shoulder to shoulder with children in care and young care leavers, helping them to believe in themselves, to heal, grow and unleash their potential.

Empire Fighting Chance

Knocking Down Barriers

Empire Fighting Chance was born on Bristol’s streets in 2006, to fight the impact of deprivation on the lives of young people.

They use a powerful combination of non-contact boxing and intensive personal support to challenge and inspire young people experiencing adversity and disadvantage to realise their unique potential.

Action for Conservation

Inspiring the next generation of conservationists

Action for Conservation inspires and empowers young people from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of nature conservationists, ready to change attitudes to climate change and the ecological crisis.

Dandelion Time

Restoring Hope to Young Lives

Dandelion Time uses the therapeutic potential of the natural world to help vulnerable children to achieve lasting positive change.

They help children who are struggling with the effects of trauma, abuse or neglect. Children spend time on our farm with animals and crafts to overcome emotional difficulties, grow in confidence and begin to love and trust again.

Little Village

A Gift from One Family to Another

Little Village collect donations of high quality clothes, toys and kit for babies and children up to the age of 5. They gift these donations on to local families who are dealing with really challenging circumstances – homelessness, unemployment, low wages and domestic violence.

Their dream is that no child in the capital grows up without essential items of clothing, toys and equipment.


Help With Bullying

Giving young people, parents and professionals the tools and confidence to challenge bullying and abuse in all forms.

Kidscape works directly with children and families experiencing bullying; they are committed to using the power of education to change lives.


Children’s HIV Association

Working to enhance the health and social outcomes for children, young people and families living with HIV.

CHIVA has a youth committee of young people with HIV who give a voice to children and young people.


London-based Prison Rehabilitation Charity

Switchback supports 18-30 year old prison-leavers to make real, lasting change through intensive one-to-one support and real work training.

They stick by their ‘Trainees’ as they move through the prison gate, encouraging and challenging them to take control, enter work and build a more stable life for themselves.

Go Live Theatre Projects

Using the power of the Theatre to transform young lives

Go Live is a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children through theatre.

They use theatre to empower these young people, helping them to reach their potential, broaden their horizons and provide them with new opportunities that would otherwise be off limits.

Create Arts Projects


Sparking Creativity, Igniting Change

Create is the UK’s leading charity empowering lives through the creative arts.

Their focus is on engaging the most marginalised participants in inspiring, sustainable arts programmes in areas where provision is poor and engagement in the arts is therefore low.

The Wave Project

Changing lives through surfing

The Wave Project provide award-winning surf therapy and beach school projects delivered across the UK.

They work with young people, aged 8 to 21, who have been identified as being at risk of or diagnosed with a mental health issue, learning difficulty or physical disability.

Storybook Dads

Helping the Children of Prisoners

Children shouldn’t have to pay the price of a parent being imprisoned.

By sending a story disc to their children, parents can bring comfort to their children and share the joy of storytelling from behind bars.