Theo Trust aims to help children suffering from trauma, tragedy or neglect. Where appropriate we offer long term support.
Our work helps such children by furthering their education and welfare, and encouraging friendship.
We offer help in the UK and Russia. In the UK we fund in a small way case-work referrals from other charities. In Russia we provide orphans with opportunities to study for up to six months and to take part in summer holidays in the UK at independent boarding schools. These aim to foster friendship and cultural awareness, and with stays lasting a term or more, fluency in English. In some instances the host school provides a physical challenge such as a long distance cycle ride. The UK experience provides a sense of achievement, better language skills and greater self-confidence. Orphanage social workers tell us of an improvement in those who experience it. Importantly, we continue to offer support when they return to Russia.
We monitor a child’s education through regular contact. A trustee visits the orphanages twice a year.
The Charity is small with low overheads. Most of our running costs are met privately. Theo Trust was established in 1998 and Theo Trust Ltd in 2012.
There are three trustees: Catriona Archer, a practising dentist and experienced in helping the Chernobyl Children Lifeline charity; Alan Passmore, a qualified solicitor recently retired; Richard Theobald, headmaster of Foremarke Hall School 1985-2000, also retired.