Separated child Gulwali Passarlay, who fled Afghanistan aged 12, was chosen to carry Olympic Torch in Bolton, now aged 17.

Our News: January to March 2009Our News: January to March 2009

March is a mighty musical month!

Two exciting and very different evenings of music are in store, both organised by Friends of the Foundation, to raise funds, raise awareness of the needs of separated children and young people... and, of course, create listening pleasure. 

8.00 pm to midnight on Sunday 15 March 2009, arranged by Flora Hoori and Ryan Dolan

People, People, People,
May I pray you pay attention please?
Preen your persons and persuade your partners.
Pester your parents and pick your poison for...

The Separated Child Foundation's Purple Party on Sunday 15 March 2009, eight pm to midnight

Perhaps you need Post Purim Pick-me-up or a Pre Paddy's Day Practice. Either way we can promise you a night of music, dancing and good friends, in the comfortable surroundings of Camden's Under Solo Bar, 20 Inverness Street, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ.

Music by...

Al Medley: and The Collective: a fresh young laid back sound, this musical collective has powerful new tunes you'll love, and can twist classic tracks into a new smooth groove (like meeting an old friend with a new hat on).

Jonny Hornig: the acoustic styling of a seriously badass guy, Jonny's musical influences range from Indian classical, Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Djiabote, through to Bjork and Radiohead.

Kate Gleeson: Hollywood's next big thing, just into London from Spain, this girl has to be seen.

Kat Drake: if you ever sat beneath Stonehenge eating chocolate and strawberries, you'll have some idea of the ancient, mystic wisdom and sweet, rich tones that make up one of Kat's sets.

All this and a raffle, too!

£7.00 on the door or a minimum donation of £5.00 in advance, with all proceeds going to The Separated Child Foundation. To get the special early bird price of £5 by paying online, ask The Separated Child Foundation.

ARNIE DAVIDSON IN CONCERT- acclaimed American singer-songwriter
8.15 pm on Saturday 21 March 2009, arranged by EJ Cohen

Join us for havdalah and an intimate evening of contagious, contemporary music that will leave your spirits uplifted for days to come. And meet Arnie in person in the drinks reception afterwards. 

Arnie recently performed to rapturous appreciation at Limmud, in 'Shabbat Resouled' at Finchley Progressive Synagogue and at Southgate Progressive Synagogue. He returns to London, only for this special weekend when he will debut original music, composed especially for The Separated Child Foundation, including 'Ester Adjuah'.  

All the proceeds from this concert will benefit the children and young people that The Separated Child Foundation supports, as will a portion of the sales of Arnie's CD 'Project Ben David'.

Finchley Progressive Synagogue, 54 Hutton Grove, London N12 8DR

8.15 pm, Saturday 21 March 2009

For early bird tickets at the special price of £10 (£5 concessions) or for more information, contact The Separated Child Foundation

Tickets on the door (cash or cheque): £12 (£7 concessions)

The Separated Child Foundation celebrates Purim!
10 March 2009

Well, not exactly, but amid the mask-wearing and the merry-making of this early spring festival, matanot l'evyonim - gifts to the poor - is an ancient Jewish practice. This year, New London Synagogue revellers made very welcome contributions to The Separated Child Foundation. A hearty thank you! 

The Separated Child Foundation goes to Hillingdon
7 January 2009

A new partnership has been forged for the distribution of Arrival Packs... with the London Borough of Hillingdon. We've undertaken to provide as many as Hillingdon can distribute to new arrivals and the first batch has already been delivered.

Hillingdon has a good reputation for both the 'quantity' and the 'quality' of its reception arrangements for separated children and young people. Sited close to Heath Row airport, Hillingdon receives many new arrivals, often 'out of hours', for which there is a dedicated team that works at night and at weekends. At such times, the young people go first to a residential centre where there is well-appointed emergency accommodation, a hot meal and welcoming staff. They were very pleased to accept their very first delivery of Arrival Packs.

When asked if the Arrival Packs could be improved in any way, Hillingdon managers suggested the inclusion of flip flops for wearing in the centre, especially in the bathroom. We're already on the case!