The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, which was made possible by the kind and generous donations from a number of supporters, led by The Queen’s Trust and the ZVM Rangoonwala Foundation, is dedicated to the promotion of children’s rights and best practice.
It is set to launch at the birthplace of children’s social care as a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of the charity’s founder Thomas Coram.
Sadly, today, still too many children and young people in the UK do not get the help and support they need and his work continues through the charity today. Coram has ambitious plans for the future and with this building is starting to write the next chapter in its history.
Coram is building a national centre of excellence for children – bringing together specialist organisations with complementary expertise on its historic campus to share infrastructure, ideas and expertise for a common vision.
- As home of Coram’s Children’s Rights Centre it will integrate legal advice and information, legal representation, outreach and advocacy across education, immigration, community care and family law, securing access to justice for children and building civil society capacity to use legal means to fight for children.
- Through the Rangoonwala Conference and Learning Centre it will support improved delivery of services seeking to drive systemic change and build capacity for the future through training, development and debate.
- Through the Co-Production Unit, Coram will champion children’s voices in decisions that matter to them and co-produce solutions for the future, putting children at the heart of the debate and development.
On the day, Her Majesty The Queen will be meeting with children who benefit from Coram’s services including adopted children, children helped by Coram’s creative therapies, and children who receive lessons from Coram Life Education.
She will also attend a programme of performances from children and young people, including singing and poetry readings.