The TF Foundation Family
The Thomas Franks Foundation was created in 2019 with the original focus to support children’s charities, by supplying the funding for them to access private education. In response to the pandemic, the constitution of the Foundation changed to support and launch the current projects you see today.
Whether through our initiative, We Grow, You Grow, where we teach children the value of food and food production, or our Feet up Friday's programme, where we reach out to provide support to unpaid carers, or the one that began it all, Feeding Communities.
With the clear mission to support communities across the UK and internationally, we are proud to reach out to help in any way that we can.
The TTF Work
We Grow You Grow aims to work with schools to provide children with hands-on education to experience exactly where their food comes from. With a focus on producing freshly grown micro-herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
The aim of We Grow You Grow is simple; to ensure that in reaching out to educate children from an early age, we can nurture a healthy, positive mindset towards food usage and highlight how we can have control over our impact on the planet.
The program runs for 5-6 months, based on individual factors, including climates and location needs. LXR47041736. For a week of each month, students follow specially designed lesson plans that allows them to learn about the factors that contribute to plant growth, whilst equipping them with the tools to support the growth of their own produce!
Since September St Benedict's school in Malta has kindly hosted Head of Feeding Communities, Dean Collins, for a week each month as he guided students through conditioning their raised garden beds, planting their seedlings and learning why it is necessary to nurture and water the growing crops. Five months later, they were looking lush and ready to harvest!
Head of Feeding Communities, Dean Collins, has been supporting the students at St Benedict's school in Malta through our We Grow You Grow program and the trial has gone fantastically, from their harvest today the pupils then sold their organic produce back to their community!
Beyond Education Being Human
The Aim is simple: Using our highly skilled, fully trained Chefs, Beyond Education-Being Human, has one vision, to help provide children and young adults with essential life skills so they are equipped to support themselves upon leaving education.
Schools provide children a safe place to nurture and grow as an individual. Equipping millions of the future generations with necessary knowledge and skills to allow them to find their way upon stepping into the world. Beyond Education Being Human not only provides knowledge, training and essential life skills, it also instills a sense of community and giving back, as the meals produced throughout this course are then donated to charities that support those in the local community suffering from food poverty.
What we provide:
Step by step cookery classes provided and led by trained chefs.
We ensure that individuals not only finish the course knowing how to cook, but that they receive guidance on the importance of nutrition, kitchen safety and we even cover budgeting. Upon completion of the course each member will receive a qualification recognising this.
So, no matter their next step or where life leads them, they have every skill to face the challenge.
Feet up Friday
The aim of Feet up Fridays is to provide support for unpaid carers, whose work is not only vital to our society, but which requires an incomprehensible amount of time, effort, and sacrifice.
What we do:
We prepare, cook, package, and deliver healthy, nutritious meals for those individuals in unpaid caring positions and their families. 'Feet up Fridays' presents our unpaid carers with a night of respite from their responsibilities and routines. By doing something as simple as providing a nutritious meal for each carer and their family, we can give our carers something just as precious; the chance to take a break from work and to free up time for themselves.
providing something as seemingly simple as a night-off from cooking a week, we aim to ensure that our carers are looked after. Ensuring that they are supported mentally and physically