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Anna Freud Pioneers: power young people’s potential

Become an Anna Freud Pioneer to shape mental wellbeing for all children and young people.


Our work is underpinned by collaboration – with the children, young people and families we seek to help, with partners and professionals, and with those who fund our work.

Our Pioneers programme means you can be a part of that too.

Why become a Pioneer

Join a community that shares our drive to build the next generation’s mental wellbeing, and work towards creating change - together.

You’ll have the chance to connect with our senior leadership, frontline teams, and like-minded philanthropists to create community-driven solutions to children and young people’s needs.

You’ll deepen your understanding of children and young people’s mental wellbeing, and see first-hand the difference your giving makes.

With your help, we can change lives.

Things are looking up and I am using strategies that you taught me and more to help. It thoroughly helped me in so many ways and I learnt so much. I will use this experience and the skills I have gathered for the rest of my life.

Rowan, student receiving 1:1 support

Why we need your support

One in five young people has a probable mental health disorder, but less than a third of those who seek support receive it.

To close this gap, we need to be proactive. We need to support children and young people to build resilience and develop the skills to grow and achieve. We need to work with agility to reach underserved communities and ensure all children, young people and families have access to the right support, at the right time.

And we’ll get there with your ongoing generosity, support and collaboration.

How does my donation help?

Your support will increase the scope and impact of our work, enabling us to reach more children and young people and improve the support they receive.

Your donations provide us with unrestricted funds to develop the programmes and services that children and young people need most. This means we can expand and make progress in science, implementation and knowledge, and close the gaps in children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Become an Anna Freud Pioneer

We ask our Pioneers for a minimum donation of £10,000 per year for three years.

Email to secure your membership.

Gift Aid

If you’re a UK taxpayer, your donations are worth 25% more with Gift Aid. Let us know at time of payment if we can claim Gift Aid on your donation.