Big Give Christmas Challenge 2020

Our Big Give Christmas Challenge has now closed, however you can still donate as usual via our website.

"We really can't do much due to covid, so it's a real great thing that we can actually get together" - Joe, Fallibroome Academy, Macclesfield

After a tough 2020, we want to be there for young people in 2021, helping them catch up and develop the life skills they need, the confidence they deserve and, crucially, have a little bit of fun along the way.

To support our work with young people in 2021, Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation is again taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. We want to raise £60,000 towards our Festival. Every online donation we receive during the campaign week will be doubled by generous match funding from the Reed Foundation and a small group of individual donors. With match funding, every donation will go twice as far in supporting young people with the greatest need and the most to gain to take part in Coram Shakespeare Schools Festival.

“This year, our students have been motivated and engaged by participating in something they are passionate about. 2020 has been a hard year for everybody and doing CSSF has never been more important for the school, our students and myself as a teacher.”

Emma, teacher at Redmoor Academy, Hinckley

Many young people have acknowledged their mental health as one of the greatest challenges of lockdown and social distancing restrictions. We know that improving mental health and wellbeing is one of the major outcomes of CSSF’s programmes - it’s why our work is so important. The Festival gives young people the chance to work in a team towards a common goal, stay resilient in the face of complex language, conquer their stage fright under bright stage lights, and importantly, to get enjoyment out of learning.

Our innovative 2020 Festival, One Night of Shakespeare, would never have been possible without the generous support of Big Give donors last year. This campaign means so much to us and young people right across the country. Please support us during the Big Give Christmas Challenge week from midday on 1 December until midday on 8 December and support young people like Joe and teachers like Emma.  We couldn’t do it without you.

96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
96%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
98%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
98%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
86%
of teachers say their students improve academically

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
300,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

Our flagship project is the Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

Coram SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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