The Anne Frank Trust Post-Lockdown

As lockdown eases, we’re delighted to be getting back to our full operations.

Not that we’ve been standing still during lockdown. We’ve maintained our educational offer through online resources, which can be found here, and through our creative writing awards, which have provided a unique channel for hundreds of young people to speak out against prejudice. See our Gallery of Inspiration for a taste of the amazing passion and creativity that the awards have generated, especially in response to Black Lives Matter.

After the isolation and separation of lockdown, and the many ways that coronavirus has made inequality worse, our work is needed more than ever to build cohesion and tolerance. While schools have been closed, most of our education team have been on furlough, but they are returning to work during August and September, ready to re-engage with schools and young people across our target areas: the East of England, London, North East England, North West England, Scotland and Yorkshire.

We’re adapting all our programmes for completely safe delivery by video-link – including our Free To Be anti-bullying workshops. We’re also putting in place robust procedures, risk assessments and staff training so that we can work face-to-face in schools where appropriate. Everyone’s health remains our overriding priority.

We’re very excited to be offering two completely new programmes for schools and youth groups:

Together Again – a flexible package of workshops to support young people to re-settle in their schools and communities. Inspired by the experience of Anne Frank, young people will reflect on what they have learnt from lockdown and on their values and aspirations going forward. Find out more here.

My Story – empowering young people to challenge prejudice by speaking from their own experience, with Anne Frank the writer as their role model. This programme has all the learning outcomes and elements of our usual core programme – including interactive workshops, peer education and ambassadors – but, instead of focusing around an exhibition (which can pose challenges to infection control), it draws on videos and reading from Anne Frank’s Diary. Find out more here.

We’ll be re-opening our London office during the autumn, though staff will continue to work from home wherever that’s the better option. Our prisons programme, our community exhibitions and our West Midlands region remain on hold for now, but we’re confident of getting them back on track before long.

We’re immensely grateful to our long-term supporters and many new ones who have sustained us through lockdown and are enabling us to emerge in such good shape. Seeing many of you at our online supporter events has been one of the highlights of lockdown, and we’ll have more events for you in the autumn: watch this space.

We’re also making plans for our Annual Lunch on 21 January 2021. Realising that this probably can’t take place as usual at the Hilton Hotel, we’ll be offering different ways to join in from your office or home – for example, with catering supplied, or simply by lighting a Holocaust memorial candle, while you tune in to the live event online.

Altogether, the Anne Frank Trust is in a good place to rise to the mix of challenges, uncertainties and opportunities that lie ahead. We greatly look forward to seeing you as we continue to build the world that Anne Frank longed for, free from all forms of hatred.

To keep up to date with all our developments, please sign up to our monthly e-bulletin here.

If you can support us, please make a donation here, or look at join the Friends of the Anne Frank Trust here.

Tim Robertson
Chief Executive
8 April 2020