20 Certitude Annual Review 2017 Fundraising at Certitude has continued to flourish throughout 2016-17. We have worked tirelessly, forging new relationships with businesses and schools throughout London, while strengthening our existing partnerships to support our work and enhance the lives of people we support throughout the capital. Fundraising Highlights include an exciting partnership with Bromley solicitors, Thackray Williams and a new partnership with Harrow School. These offer not only financial support to significant strategic projects, but also give people we support the opportunity to explore their skills through experience, collaborative art projects, IT workshops and volunteer opportunities. This year we received funding from the Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust to pilot Food for Thought, an innovative approach to provide emotional support to people with learning disabilities who have experienced bereavement, supporting them to identify effective coping strategies. Richard said: “I enjoyed Food for Thought. Talking about death and funerals was helpful. I found it useful to learn how to deal with problems when someone dies, like accepting that it will happen.” In May we celebrated the arrival of our new Magic Carpet at the Dominion Centre in Southall, an interactive projection system that people engage with simply by moving on or over the projected images. It is helping to forge friendships through team work and friendly competition and ultimately supports developing skills that can be transferred to other areas of life. We’ve also worked closely with architects Scott Brownrigg and Barton Willmore. Through site visits, volunteer days and meetings with people we support, they’re helping us to redesign the garden of the ARC in Ealing, consulting, designing and volunteering their time to install it, using their skills to transformative effect. This is a terrific example of the way partnerships can underpin what we do: enhancing the quality of our work hand in hand with people we support. We are looking forward to 2017/18 with excitement,thrilled with our foundations,galvanised by the support of our communities and looking upwards under bright blue London skies.