The Wolfson Foundation grant £1M to ground-breaking new centre

The Wolfson Foundation has confirmed a major grant of £1 million towards the Pears Maudsley Centre, an exceptional centre of care and research for children and young people’s mental health.

By Matthew Farrand · June 30, 2020

The Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People will bring together, under one roof, the world’s leading experts in clinical care and research from the IoPPN and SLaM, backed by the Maudsley Charity.

Together with our partners South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London (IoPPN, KCL), we’re transforming the mental health of children and young people.

It will be the home of world class research that will have long-term impact through education, policy change and public engagement. The building will be designed to facilitate clinicians and scientists to collaborate, share ideas and identify treatments that make a real difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.

Wolfson Foundation Grant

The Wolfson Foundation’s generous grant will enable King’s to conduct research to identify mental health difficulties early and transform the treatment and care of children and young people in the UK and across the globe.

Philanthropic support is pivotal to the success of the Centre. We are very grateful to the Wolfson Foundation for helping us realise our vision for this national beacon of excellence. This is a once in a generation opportunity to transform mental health care and research for children and young people in the UK and beyond.Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Senior Vice President/Provost (Health) at King’s College London

About The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence​ in the fields of science and health, heritage, humanities and the arts. Education and research underpins all that it does. Since it was established in 1955, over £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 11,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. An interactive map showing all of the awards made can be viewed here.

Supporting high quality research into children and young people’s mental health is crucial for UK society. King’s have been trailblazers in this field internationally, and we are delighted to be continuing our support for both the College and mental health generally. This type of investment has never been more needed.Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation

Professor Ian Everall, Executive Dean of King’s IoPPN, concludes: “Difficulties in childhood have an effect on adult life so it’s really important to intervene early. This substantial grant from The Wolfson Foundation will help us provide an ideal home for our team of clinicians and researchers so they can really make an impact on the lives of children and young people into adulthood. Our new building is cleverly designed to encourage connections and collaborations which will speed up the time from research to clinical care.”


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