We are lucky to have the support of celebrities who give voice and visibility to the work that we do.
An impressive array of celebrities support of our work, including:
- Robert Plant, Damon Albarn, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Melanie C and more musicians
- . . . including Misha B, who backed our work in Greater Manchester
- Jo Joyner backed our summer fundraising campaign
- . . . and so did Bill Bailey, Alain de Botton and Rankin
- Lurine Cato supported Christingle
- Linda Nolan, Shannon Ledbetter and Rev Kate Bottley supported our Revs on a Rollercoaster fundraising project
And many more celebrities have generously supported our work.
Star words: Jamie Oliver, Dame Helen Mirren and more
Celebrities we've worked with include Jamie Oliver, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Brooke Kinsella, Ashley Margolis - please read their endorsements below.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver made a special appearance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2010 to open The Children's Society Garden.
He used a craftsman-built oven as the centrepiece of on atmospheric urban retreat offering young people somewhere safe and stylish to relax and spend time with their friends and family.
'It was my honour to help support The Children’s Society Garden this year. I love the designer, Mark Gregory, and the brief was great, to build the ultimate environment for teenagers. One of my pizza ovens went into the garden and the whole garden looks brilliant. It was an absolute pleasure to do it.'
Queens Park Rangers and England footballer Shaun Wright-Phillips is supporting our Intergenerational Community Cohesion Project in Greenwich. The project is running a competition on Facebook to highlight the positive experiences older and young people have of living together in the community.
Shaun said: 'This is a great project which highlights how young and old can inspire each other. It also demonstrates the valuable work of The Children’s Society to help young people shine and it gives them the chance to improve their own communities.'
The intergenerational project works throughout Greenwich to address perceptions of young and older people. By understanding their worries and concerns, the project helps to ease some of the tensions that exist across the generations.
For more information visit the Intergenerational Community Cohesion Project in Greenwich website.
Former EastEnders actress and Home Office youth adviser on knife crime, Brooke Kinsella, visited The Tees Valley Children's Society project to talk to project workers and young people, and see first-hand the impact that restorative justice approaches are having on the community.
Brooke said 'It is great to see how these people have got some closure by using these measures. Visiting schemes and talking to people who have both committed crime and been victims of crime has really opened my mind'. You can support Brooke's work to stop knife crime by joining her Facebook group.
In June 2010 members of the Young Carers scheme were treated to a special visit to the set of Hollyoaks to meet actor Ashley Margolis who plays Ricky Campbell, a young carer of his father Martin in the show.
Ashley said, 'I was delighted when I was approached to show a group from The Children's Society around the set of Hollyoaks and give them a behind the scenes insight of how it all happens here. Young Carers is an issue we've supported through a recent storyline and I'm pleased to support the campaign.'
Writer, broadcaster and psychotherapist Lucy Beresford supported the launch of The Good Childhood Report 2013 that shows the happiness of this country’s children is in decline, with teenagers experiencing particularly low well-being.
So far, 42,000 children and young people have taken part in our ground-breaking research programme into the quality of children's lives - as rated by children themselves.
Lucy said 'This report challenges the stereotype of the "grumpy teenager" which can often mask underlying and serious issues that young people struggle with and are afraid to share. The report shows that teenagers are currently having a particularly hard time with concerns over school, autonomy and choice and their appearance.
This is a wake-up call and provides us with a reminder that it is incredibly important that we listen to and take seriously what teenagers and all children tell us about their lives and well-being'.