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Good mental health for children - for life

Annual Review

2011 - 2012


Introduction Board of Trustees Randi Talseth Chair Simon Armson Vice Chair Prof Margaret Barry Prof Rachel Jenkins Sandra Mak Tony Skrzypecki Marianne Ubbe

Staff Chris Bale Director Caroline Egar Programme Director Caroline Lifford Projects Coordinator Helen Danby Print and Web Designer Coral de la Zerda Hoffmann Programme Coordinator (until September 2011)

Richard Micallef Accountant Hayley Maurice Consultant

Back row: Caroline Egar, Chris Bale, Tony Skrzypecki, Marianne Ubbe, Rachel Jenkins, Simon Armson. Front row: Sandra Mak, Randi Talseth, Margaret Barry. Prof Rachel Jenkins joined the Board this year. She has been Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at King’s College, London, and has wide international experience of mental health policy development.

Children in Zippy’s Friends, Beijing

Looking forward This Review marks Partnership for Children’s tenth anniversary. In the middle pages, we reflect on what we have done in our first ten years to help young children around the world.

• To draw on the skills and experience we have gathered over the last ten years to advocate for children’s mental health, both nationally and globally

But for those of us who are lucky enough to be Trustees of this wonderful charity, this has been a year for looking forward, not back. More than 700,000 children have now been helped by our Zippy’s Friends programme, and we have been considering how we can build on this success, to help even more children.

These are ambitious plans for a charity which still has only four staff and a very tight budget. However, we are fortunate to work with many excellent partner agencies around the world and to enjoy the support of companies, foundations and individuals who are as keen as we are to promote good mental health for children – for life.

We have agreed three priorities for the next two years: • To strengthen and expand Zippy’s Friends • To develop a range of resources to promote the mental health of all primary-aged children and their school communities – what is known as the ‘whole school approach’

Board of Trustees and Staff, May 2012

Thank you for being part of our partnership over the past ten years and in years to come.

Randi Talseth Chair

Zippy’s Friends class in Panama

Who are we?

What do we do?

How do we do it?

Partnership for Children is a charity, based in the UK but working to help young children around the world.

We help children to be mentally and emotionally healthy – just as exercise and good food help them to be physically healthy.

We produce resources for parents and teachers of 5 - 12 year old children.

We are the small hub of a huge wheel, depending on the skills and dedication of partners in many countries – national and local governments, NGOs, universities and teacher training colleges, schools, teachers, parents and children. Together, we create good mental health for children – for life.

All our work is about helping young children to deal with everyday difficulties, so that they’ll be better able to cope with problems and crises as teenagers and adults. We want them to live full and flourishing lives.

We run Zippy’s Friends, one of the world’s most successful mental health promotion programmes, and are currently adapting it for children with learning difficulties. We are also working on follow-up resources. We produce Good Books for Tough Times, recommending storybooks which can help children who are dealing with difficult feelings and situations. We also run a website,, offering advice for teachers and parents on issues such as communication, bereavement, bullying and family break-up.


Zippy’s Friends is one of the world’s most successful mental health promotion programmes for young children. It is running in schools and kindergartens in various parts of the UK and in 26 other countries, and

Zippy’s Friends

has already helped more than 700,000 children. More than 10,000 teachers have been trained to teach it.

Helping children to cope Zippy’s Friends is a programme of 24 lessons which help young children to develop coping and social skills. The programme is built around a set of stories about Zippy the stick insect and his friends, a group of young children. It is designed for children aged from five to seven and tackles issues which are important to them – talking about their feelings, communicating effectively, making and keeping friendships, resolving conflicts, coping with bullying and bereavement. Sessions are usually taught by the class teacher, who is specially trained to run the programme. Each session lasts for between 45 minutes and an hour, and the programme usually takes one school year to complete. The most important concept in Zippy’s Friends is coping – what we do when faced with a difficult or stressful situation, to try to make the situation better or to make ourselves

Most programmes give children life jackets. Zippy’s Friends teaches them how to swim. Head teacher, Karelia, Russia

feel better. If children can learn how to deal with difficulties while they are young, they will be better able to cope with problems and crises in adolescence and adult life.

Zippy’s Friends class in north east England


But Zippy’s Friends doesn’t tell children what to do. Teachers don’t say that one way of coping is right and another wrong. Rather, the programme encourages and helps children to think of many ways of coping and to choose ones which are good for them. The only rules are that solutions must make children feel better and must not hurt them or anyone else.

Zippy’s Friends has been independently and professionally evaluated in many different countries and cultures, and the findings are remarkably consistent. They show that the programme significantly improves children’s emotional literacy and coping skills, reduces hyperactivity and leads to improved relationships in the classroom.

The programme was started in Europe but is now taught in schools and kindergartens in 27 countries – from Surrey to São Paulo to Shanghai. It has expanded every year for the past ten years, and has now helped more than 700,000 children. Within two years we will enrol our one millionth child.

A recent study in Norway found that the programme ‘had a significant positive effect on coping and on the impact of mental health difficulties in daily life’. The same study also noted ‘a positive effect on the social climate in the classroom, reduced bullying and improved academic skills’. A study in a group of disadvantaged schools in Ireland found ‘a significant positive impact on the children’s emotional literacy, hyperactivity and coping skills’. It also said that the improvements in children’s emotional literacy scores were maintained 12 months later. Details of these and other studies are on our website –

Such research findings mirror the comments of more than 10,000 teachers who have been specially trained to run Zippy’s Friends around the world. Each year we ask them about their experiences of teaching the programme, and many speak about the benefits for their children. In 2011-12 we were particularly interested in the feedback from teachers in Latin American countries where Los Amigos de Zippy had only just started. A teacher in Chile said: “It has been very gratifying to see results so quickly. This motivates me to continue the programme rigorously.” A colleague in Costa Rica said: “After four sessions we’ve already seen changes in the kids. They try to resolve disputes in a more positive way. I won’t deny they sometimes still fight among themselves, but they remember certain things learned in the programme and look for solutions which consider how their peers might feel.”

Our teachers are very motivated. They say the programme finally covers an important gap in the curriculum, an element which, although everyone thinks it is important, has never been included in primary education planning. Coordinator, Los Amigos de Zippy, Uruguay

P In 2011, the annual global enrolment of children in Zippy’s Friends grew by 34 per cent to 149,603.

Zippy’s Friends

We don’t yet have final figures for 2012, but they’ll be even higher.

Helping children in six more countries

This programme is so useful in my work. If I could, I would turn the clock back to know it earlier. Teacher, Lithuania

In England in 2011, Zippy’s Friends was launched in schools in Ashford, Kent, and in Nottinghamshire, and continued in other areas, from Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland in the north east down to Southampton and Surrey in the south. The launch in Ashford was made possible by a grant from the friends and family of the late Howard Mak, a former resident of the town, and the response from local teachers has been very positive. “Some of the quieter children have become more confident,” said one. “The programme is fantastic for dealing with real problems which occur in the class,” said another. Internationally, the main feature of the year was expansion in Latin America. Contracts were signed with partners in Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru and Uruguay, and classes started in early 2012. In all of these countries, as well as in Argentina, Mexico and Panama, costs were covered by HSBC. Meanwhile, Brazil was once again home to our largest programme, helping a record 30,400 children.

Zippy’s Friends was launched in Belgium and north west Russia (Karelia). In both countries, the programme made a promising start and many more children have been enrolled for Year 2. Poland was again our largest European programme, and two countries with much smaller populations – Lithuania and Norway – also produced strong growth. In China, the Shanghai programme grew by a spectacular 65 per cent in 2011, with 26,250 children taking part across the city’s kindergartens, although numbers have dipped in 2012 due to lack of funding. The programme started in Tianjin in late 2012. In the United States, a review began which could lead to Zippy’s Friends being included on the government’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). We signed an agreement with Montclair State University to take over the programme in New Jersey. Classes started in Trinidad and Tobago in early 2012, and we expect to launch Zippy’s Friends in more countries in 2013.

Partners at the Third Zippy’s Friends International Workshop, Oxford

‘Heart strengthening’ The Third Zippy’s Friends International Workshop was held at New College, Oxford, in September 2012, and the keynote speaker was Prof Magne Raundalen from Norway, a world expert on helping children who are affected by traumatic events. Magne likened a person’s mental capacity to a castle which has to be built brick by brick. The brain has more than one billion nerve cells but only 10-15 per cent of them are connected at birth, and further connections are the result of experience. Adverse experiences in childhood can lead to serious problems later. “Childhood lasts for life,” he said. Although much of Magne’s work has involved helping children in traumatic situations, he stressed

Zippy’s new friend in Tianjin

the “heart strengthening” value of Zippy’s Friends in helping all children to become emotionally literate. “Zippy’s Friends helps children to feel better,” he said. The workshop was attended by 48 delegates from 17 countries, including many of the key people who manage Zippy’s Friends around the world. They celebrated the programme’s expansion since our last workshop three years ago, but also discussed challenges such as how to find funding and how to use our experience to advocate for children’s mental health. Delegates gave the workshop an average rating of 4.7 out of 5. Being able to share ideas and experiences with colleagues from around the world was itself a ‘heart strengthening’ experience.

Useful, well-founded and inspirational. I loved the sense of community between all delegates and across the countries. Positivity, optimism, focus on the ultimate receivers of the programme: the children. Denmark

The opportunity to meet, share and interact was the best! USA

P Children with learning difficulties are much more likely than other children to develop mental health problems. Yet there is a dearth of teaching materials


to promote their mental health. So, we are adapting Zippy’s Friends for them.

Including all children

Due to the National Curriculum, we spend so long on Vikings and Tudors and I frequently

Zippy’s Friends was developed to help all children, regardless of their background or abilities, but some materials which are suitable for general classes may not be appropriate for children with learning difficulties. So, we are developing

We have produced extra resources to make it easier for teachers to include these children. There are more visual aids, and lots of extra activities which can be used with individual children, small groups or whole classes.

new resources, to make it easier for these children to be included.

Special schools Children with more serious and complex difficulties study in special schools, and we have produced a much more extensive range of resources for their teachers. For instance, each of the six stories in Zippy’s Friends has been simplified, and Sir Derek Jacobi, one of Britain’s leading actors, has recorded them on CD, so that children can listen to them as often as they like. Visual symbols have been used to help children who cannot read well, and five or six new activities have been developed for each session.

Mainstream schools Most children with learning difficulties study in mainstream schools, but their disabilities can make it hard for them to get the most from Zippy’s Friends. They may have a very short attention span or find it difficult to communicate effectively with their classmates. Some need one-to-one support.

wonder how useful these are for our pupils, whereas there are immediate benefits to understanding emotions. Zippy’s Friends makes these topics a priority, and gives us a chance to focus on them. Teacher, Special School, England

Zippy’s Friends in Šiauliai Speech Therapy Nursery, Lithuania

10 Years of Helping Children



Zippy’s Friends Facts and Figures

How it all began Partnership for Children was formed in August 2001 and began work in January 2002. We had just three staff and our office was where it is today, in two rooms above a soap shop in Kingston upon Thames, near London.

The Brazilian city of Sorocaba launched Zippy’s Friends in all its schools The number of children enrolled in Zippy’s Friends has in 2006. Mayor Vitor Lippi (second right) and his team celebrate with Partnership for Children Trustees and staff. risen every year.

Former Chair Paul Rubenstein and daughter Katie raised £4,400 by doing a parachute jump in 2005.

We started with one great asset – a promising mental health promotion programme for young children called Reaching Young Europe, which had been pioneered in Denmark and Lithuania by Befrienders International, the international Samaritans. Evaluation studies were beginning to show very promising results. We took over the programme, changed its name to Zippy’s Friends and began thinking about how to make it available to many more children. In our first year, the programme ran in a few classes in Denmark and Lithuania, helping about 3,000 children. Then we launched it in England, Brazil and India, and each year since we’ve added more countries, more children. This year we enrolled our 700,000th child, and in two years’ time we’ll reach a million. We have also developed other services to help parents and teachers of young children, such as Good Books for Tough Times and our website – All of our work aims to help young children to develop coping skills. If they can learn to resolve problems when they’re young, they’ll be better able to cope with difficulties as teenagers and adults. Hence our slogan: Good mental health for children – for life.

Children Completed by end of 2002. . . . . . 4,143 Completed by end of 2011. . . . 568,496 Enrolment for 2003. . . . . . . . . . . . 9,040 Enrolment for 2011. . . . . . . . . . 149,603

Countries 2001-2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 countries 2011-2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 countries

Children at Taurage kindergarten, Lithuania, celebrate ten years of Zippy’s Friends.

Self-portrait by Danielle, who took part in Zippy’s Friends in New Jersey, USA.

Children with model Zippys at the launch of Zippy’s Friends in Beijing in 2008.

‘Partnership for Children is a wonderful organisation.’ – Jacqueline Wilson, Children’s Laureate 2005-07.

Biggest Programmes to 2011 Brazil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159,527 children Poland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101,360 children Lithuania. . . . . . . . . . . . 100,532 children


Todd Ouida died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11 2001. Donations in Todd’s memory helped to launch Zippy’s Friends in the United States.

A major study by the National University of Ireland, Galway, found Brazilian secondary students (from left) Kayan, that Zippy’s Friends significantly Leticia and Gustavo remembered what they improves children’s emotional learned from Amigos do Zippy five years earlier. literacy and coping skills.

‘I can only recommend Good Books for Tough Times, as I think they are excellent guides for parents and schools.’ – The Times

2002 expenditure. . . . . . . . . . . £366,737 2011 expenditure. . . . . . . . . . . £313,312

We spent 15% less in 2011 than we did in 2002!

Value for Money In 2003, Hayley Maurice raised money for us by doing a parachute jump. Today, she works as the Administrator in our office.

Apple’s Friends is a set of new resources for slightly older children.

A brightly coloured Zippy painted by a child at Blijvliet School, Rotterdam.

Signing an agreement to launch Zippy’s Friends in Mauritius in 2009.

In 2004, we spent £18.63 for each child enrolled in Zippy’s Friends. By 2011, that was down to just £2.09.


Anniversary Year Reflecting on Ten Years

Guests at Lancaster House, London, for the reception which launched our tenth anniversary: (from left) Mark Mishon, Carolyn Mishon, Andrew Stafford.

It seems hard to believe that ten years have passed since we started Partnership for Children. Caroline Egar and I have worked for the charity since Day 1, and have had the good fortune to see Zippy’s Friends

remember Zippy.’ She explained how she had learned to cope with difficulties, and how this was helping her to cope with her mother’s recent diagnosis of cancer.

helping children in many different countries, from Iceland to India.

back on Zippy’s Friends when I’m sad or not very good friends with someone and then I think of the rules and try to follow them.’ ’Does it help you?’ I asked. ‘Yeah,’ he said, ‘definitely.’

Visiting schools, meeting teachers and listening to children – these are the best bits of my job. My most treasured memory came last summer in the garden of Sanderumskolen in Odense, Denmark. It was the last day of term and some 16-year-olds were graduating, moving on to the next stage of life. One highlight of our anniversary year was a workshop at New College, Oxford, bringing together many of our partners from around the world.

Ten years earlier, as six-year-olds, they had been some of the first children in the world to take part in Zippy’s Friends. Much had happened in their lives since then – they had grown up and were now young adults. So as we sat in the sunny school garden and they prepared to leave, I was interested to find out if they even remembered the programme and, if so, whether it had helped them. Their answers amazed me. The first girl I spoke to said: ‘Well, I don’t have a good memory and don’t remember much from those days, but I do

Randi Talseth, Chair of Trustees, cutting our 10th anniversary cake.

A boy told me: ‘Sometimes I think

I wondered whether it might have been too early for them to learn about coping skills when they were only six years old. They disagreed, and said how important it was to teach coping skills to children while they were still young. ‘We don’t have Zippy now,’ said one girl, ‘but I remember things from the Zippy time and I’ve taken it with me up to the bigger classes.’ Just as I was about to leave, another girl called out: ‘Keep going!’ With your support, we will.

Chris Bale Director

* You can see former students from Sanderumskolen talking about Zippy’s Friends at

Children in Los Amigos de Zippy in Argentina

Helping the whole school If schools want to promote children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing, that must be reflected in every aspect of school life – in the classroom, the playground and the wider community. Governors, teachers, other staff, parents and children – everyone needs to be informed and involved. It’s what’s called the Whole School Approach. Zippy’s Friends fits well with this approach and can spread beyond individual classrooms. Teachers are encouraged to brief their colleagues, and staff on playground duty can refer to Zippy’s Friends when helping children to resolve fights and arguments. There are also ways to involve parents. But a priority for the next two years will be to help schools take a more comprehensive and holistic approach to promoting the mental health of the whole school community.

Apple’s Friends is a set of resources to reinforce Zippy’s Friends one year on. It was developed for use in Brazil, and an adapted version has been successfully trialled in England and the Netherlands. We are also working as consultants on a

programme for older children which is being developed by our partners at the University of Quebec at Montreal. If trials go well, we hope to promote this programme internationally as well, allowing us to offer resources for the whole primary age range. In addition, the extra materials described on page 8 will help to ensure that all children can be included, regardless of their abilities. A booklet available in 23 languages tells parents about Zippy’s Friends and explains how they can support it. Zippy at Home goes one step further, giving parents activities to do with their children and bringing them together for meetings. The idea has been successful in Brazil and is now being trialled in Hong Kong and Beijing. An English pilot will start in 2013 in partnership with the Newcastle Conflict Resolution Network.



For the past ten years, we have concentrated on promoting Zippy’s Friends, and the results have been tremendous.


But our mission is not to promote a programme, it’s to promote good mental health for children – for life.

Making the case for health

Zippy’s Friends graduates in El Salvador

The evidence summarised in this report demonstrates a very strong general case for mental health promotion... In terms of priorities, there is a compelling case for putting support for parents and childhood interventions at the forefront. Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Mental Illness: The Economic Case for Investment in Wales, by Lynne Friedli and Michael Parsonage

More than 150,000 children now enrol in Zippy’s Friends classes around the world each year. That’s a big number, but only a tiny fraction of the world’s children. In other words, we’re doing well but there are many, many millions of children

and credibility. Over the next two years we will focus more on advocacy, seeking to promote mental health at a strategic and policy level and to inform public opinion. We will raise our profile, both in the UK and internationally,

whom we are not helping.

forge ties with other agencies, and work with partners to develop training and resources.

What more can we do? We see both a need and an opportunity. Globally, much less is spent on mental health than on physical health – even though depression is now amongst the world’s leading causes of disability. Most money spent on mental health goes on treating ill health – even though promoting good health is more cost effective. It is not just a matter of money. It is also about changing opinions. When we started work ten years ago, schools questioned whether it was their role to promote mental health. But attitudes are beginning to change, and we see an opportunity to take this further. Within two years, Zippy’s Friends will have helped one million children. The programme is backed by solid independent evaluation, and we know that children who are emotionally healthy do better academically. So, we can speak from experience with confidence

This work will not detract from Zippy’s Friends. We will continue to strengthen and expand the programme. But we can now use the knowledge and contacts we have developed over the past ten years to help even more children.

We work with committed and creative partner agencies around the world. These are our partners in 28 countries: Argentina Asociación Civil Centro Lekotek Belgium ASBL Educa Santé Brazil Associação Pela Saúde Emocional de Crianças (ASEC) Canada The University of Quebec at Montreal, Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide and Euthanasia Chile Corporación CreArte China China National Institute for Educational Research, Beijing; East China Normal University, Shanghai; Hong Kong Institute of Education, Dept of Early Childhood Education, Hong Kong Costa Rica Asociación por la Defensa de los Derechos de las Personas Menores de 18 años (DNI) Denmark University College Lillebælt (until July 2011) El Salvador Fundación Empresarial para el Desarrollo Educativo (FEPADE) England Girls’ Day School Trust, Spelthorne Confederation of Schools, Sunfield School (until July 2011), West Surrey Foundation, Schools in Ashford, Kent, and Local Authorities in Durham, Newcastle, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Southampton, Southwark, Sunderland and Warwickshire Iceland The Public Health Institute India The Sangath Society for Child Development and Family Guidance Ireland Health Service Executive Lithuania Vaiko Labui Mauritius Institut Cardinal Jean Margéot, Département Psycho-Sociologie et Counselling Mexico Asociación Programa Lazos, I.A.P., and Fundación Nemi Morocco SEMAS Whole Brain Development Netherlands Stichting Kids en Emotionele Competenties Norway Voksne for Barn Panama Universidad Especializada de la Américas (UDELAS) Peru Asociación Kallpa para la Promoción Integral de la Salud y el Desarrollo Poland Centrum Pozytywnej Edukacji (COPE) Russia NGO Sodeistvie Singapore Health Promotion Board, Youth Health Division Trinidad and Tobago The School Leadership Center of Trinidad and Tobago United States Montclair State University, NJ, Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health Uruguay Asociación Civil Gurises Unidos Vietnam The Center for Supporting Community Development (SCDI)


Total income in 2011 was £303,234 and total expenditure was £313,312, leaving a shortfall of £10,078. The charity has been financially stable for the past five years. Costs are tightly controlled, and income

Director Chris Bale joined Steve for the Bath Half Marathon, the first (and easiest!) leg of his 2012 challenge.


is broadly based.

Total expenditure in 2011

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was equivalent to just

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£2.09 for each child who

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completed Zippy’s Friends,

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our lowest cost ever.

Incoming resources Voluntary income

everyone who supported our work in 2011-12. Thank you for helping us to help children.

Particularly significant grants came from: • Baily Thomas Charitable Fund • Eranda Foundation • The Funding Network • Fung Yiu King Charitable Foundation • Hongkong Bank Foundation • HSBC Global Education Programme • National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS) • Peter Chan Jee Yat Charitable Foundation • Providence Foundation • Vivmar Foundation and other foundations and individuals who prefer to remain anonymous.

“I got a chance to do the London Marathon, but this was Olympic year and I decided that running one event wasn’t enough. So I came up with a bit more of a challenge – to cycle 2,012 kilometres, run 201.2km and swim 20.12km.” In the last few months Steve has completed an exhausting schedule of races – two marathons, three half marathons, numerous shorter runs, six triathlons, three open water swimming races and a 50-mile bike ride. He has trained at least six days a week, and cycled to and from Amsterdam in order to run the marathon there. He has suffered countless injuries, been knocked down by a speeding car and was sick for a week after swimming in the River Thames. But he’s kept going.



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Steve vs. 2012 Over the years, people have done all sorts of things to raise money for Partnership for Children – jumping out of aeroplanes, baking cakes, running from London to Brighton, cycling to Paris, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. But Steve Tyler’s challenge these past 12 months has surely been the toughest of all.


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“I’m physically exhausted now but extremely proud to have supported the charity throughout the year. It has been a privilege to introduce more people to Partnership for Children’s work, and many of my sponsors have been amazed at the wide reach and impact of such a small organisation. “I know through personal experience that dealing with issues such as divorce or bullying can be extremely difficult for children, and so I really appreciate the benefits of programmes such as Zippy’s Friends. I also like the fact that you can see exactly how money donated to Partnership for Children is spent.”

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The information shown here is a summary of our annual accounts for 2011. If you would like to see the full Trustees’ Report and Financial Statements, you can view it at www. or we will be happy to send you a copy. The full accounts have been audited by David Howard, Chartered Accountants and Statutory Auditors, and received an unqualified report.

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P18 Promoting good mental health is much cheaper than treating mental illness. But it still costs money, and fund

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raising is a constant struggle for a small charity like ours. We hope you will want to help us.

Partnership for Children is big enough to be effective but small enough for your support to make a real difference. You can see from this Review that we make a little money go a long way. Last year, our total expenditure was equivalent to just £2.09 for each child who completed Zippy’s Friends.

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If you share our vision of a world in which all children can flourish, a gift in your will is a wonderful way of turning that vision into reality. It can also reduce your liability for inheritance tax.

Coral de la Zerda Hoffmann, who helped to introduce Los Amigos de Zippy to eight more countries in Latin America, has moved to her native Bolivia and hopes to launch the programme there.

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Sir Derek Jacobi recording the Zippy’s Friends stories.

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Poster for a reading of books chosen from Good Books for Tough Times.

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Partnership for Children was short-listed for Charity of the Year.

Our tenth anniversary year started with a reception at Lancaster House, London – (from left) Dr Ona Monkevičienė and Vida Gudauskienė from Lithuania, with Projects Coordinator Caroline Lifford.

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Prof Magne Raundalen from the Centre for Crisis Psychology in Bergen, Norway, keynote speaker at our international workshop in Oxford.

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A school visit during Zippy’s Friends’ launch in northwest Russia – (from left) Nina Grindheim, Caroline Egar, Ilona Kosheleva, Irina Zabrodina and Elena Makarova.

The Olympic torch passed right outside our office.

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Please post this form to: Partnership for Children, 26-27 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1JH You can also donate online at

happy, healthy children

A gift in your will won’t cost you a penny now, but one day it will help children to develop the skills they need to cope with problems and difficulties.

We produced this booklet to help our partners find sponsors for their work.

Mette Ystgaard, one of Partnership for Children’s founding trustees and a great champion of Zippy’s Friends, retired from the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Norway.

Children drew pictures to welcome delegates to our international workshop in Oxford.

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Front cover photo: Two girls in a Zippy’s Friends class in The Netherlands Back cover illustration: Detail from a painting presented by Tianjin Municipal Education Commission, China



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