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Wesleyan announces Partnership for Children as its new chosen charity

Wesleyan announces Partnership for Children as its new chosen charity

Wesleyan, the specialist financial mutual, has selected Partnership for Children to be its latest chosen charity.

The Surrey-based national charity promotes the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in schools across the UK, teaching them techniques to help youngsters cope with difficult situations such as bereavement, bullying or divorce, providing skills they can take into adulthood.

Partnership for Children, which currently helps 5,000 Year 1 and Year 2 children in 200 schools across the UK, was suggested to Wesleyan as a cause to support by one of its customers.

It's main programme, 'Zippy's Friends', is about giving children the skills, at a young age, to cope with difficult situations that could impact their mental health as adolescents and adults. 'Zippy's Friends' gives children skills for life through games, role playing and story based activities.

After raising £1 million over four years for Birmingham Children's Hospital, thanks in part to the publication of the children's book, 'The Unstoppable Maggie McGee', Wesleyan chose to take a new direction with its corporate responsibility strategy, by working directly with a smaller charity, but also allowing staff to do take volunteering days to help a greater number of good causes in Birmingham and around the country.

Vicki Wentworth, Wesleyan's Chief Customer and Strategy Officer and chair of its Charity Advisory Committee, said: "Partnership for Children is a fantastic organisation and I know everyone across the Society will find the energy and enthusiasm to support it with the same passion they showed to our previous good causes.

"It's a much smaller charity than we have worked with in recent years, and as a result, the impact we can have on it, and, in turn, the help it can provide to children across the country is huge."

She added: "While the fundraising we have done over the past few years has been incredible, it's important we help as many people as we can, in as many ways as we possibly can.

"Giving staff time off to volunteer with charities is another way we can give much needed help to our communities.  It's something our people have been asking for in our Employee Opinion Survey, and we are looking forward to seeing the difference it will make to so many good causes.

"Wendy Tabuteau, Chief Executive at Partnership for Children, said: "The partnership with Wesleyan is a fantastic opportunity for us. We are only a small charity, but we have a large impact on the lives of the children and parents we work with.

"We are incredibly excited that we will now be able to not only expand our reach across the UK, but also develop some of the new areas we want to work in with children and teachers.

"One of Wesleyan's other new corporate responsibility activities this year is the launch of the Wesleyan Foundation. It will make grants to local community groups and charities nationwide involved in health, education, social development and innovation projects.

Wesleyan is a nationwide mutual financial services provider working with doctors, dentists, teachers and lawyers.


Partnership for Children Partnership for Children is an independent charity which promotes the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children both in the UK and around the world. For more information go to www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk.

For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation go to www.wesleyan.co.uk/foundation.

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