What We Do
Pillars of Support
All of the activities and programmes we deliver are underpinned by our Pillars of Support. We believe that these three pillars combined, provide the necessary support children need to build and improve their skills, attitudes and behaviours.
Experiential / practical activities designed to allow beneficiaries to practise and build their skills.
Theory and learning-based activities designed to illicit a deeper understanding of the programme skills and how to cultivate and refine them.
Support for parents in the form of workshops and courses, designed to provide parents and carers with the skills the support and encourage the programme skills. This could include parents learning alongside their children and parent-only parenting programmes.
Vision & Strategy
Through the work we do with children and families, we seek to redress the inequality of access to experiences, that shape and build important life and learning skills.
We believe all children should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and grow into the person they want to be, with the necessary support and encouragement along the way, positively contributing as members of society.
We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-based programmes that develop children’s life and learning skills and build parents’ skills and confidence to support their children.
We support disadvantaged children and young people (aged 8-16) living in the Bristol area.
Our programmes support the development of the following skills, essential for success in life and learning:
We measure and evaluate the impact of our programmes to help us plan for the future. We capture both qualitative and quantitative data from children, parents and professionals at several stages throughout our programmes. This includes observational data, records of achievement during activities and participant reflections.
We want to build and grow our programmes to support a greater number of beneficiaries over the next 5+ years.
Our Logo and The Albatross
Our logo symbolises an albatross circumnavigating the world.
Many children don’t get the opportunity to truly explore the world outside of their city or town, or indeed the breadth of opportunity within their community. One of the first steps to redressing this is to visit and explore new places, new ideas and new experiences, meeting people from all walks of life, sparking curiosity and raising aspirations.
We believe there are many parallels between the albatross and the skills, attributes and attitudes we seek to build through our programmes.
Determination, Tenacity and Resilience
An albatross can circumnavigate the world in 46 days and fly 10,000 miles in one go! It can stay aloft for long periods of time without flapping its enormous wings, which can reach up to 3.5 metres across.
The albatross is perhaps best known for its part in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798). In the poem, an albatross starts to follow a ship, which was generally considered a sign of good luck. However, the mariner shoots the albatross with a crossbow, which brought bad luck upon the ship and its crew. The poor Albatross has long since been associated with a weight around one’s shoulder or a heavy burden, but we prefer to remember the original maritime belief that if you’re followed by an albatross, luck will be on your side. Just don’t shoot it with a crossbow! Perhaps the message here could be, ‘take whatever luck throws your way, and don’t waste it’.
Fleetwood Mac released a single in 1968 called Albatross, their first UK number one.
In 2005 Q Magazine placed it at number 37 in a list of 100 greatest guitar tracks.