There are three main areas where the RAB Trust looks for support. Please contact Judith Blackwell, RAB Trust secretary, if you wish to offer help in any way.
Workshops are welcomed to offer work experience that enables students to develop their skills in a real-world environment. Placements can be as short as a day but often last for a week, and can offer making, restoration or bow work. The trustees aim to place students where they will fit in well and benefit themselves and workshop alike.
A popular aspect of our work is the tool sales we present at the violin making colleges where students have the opportunity to buy donated materials at affordable prices, and we use the proceeds to help fund the grants we give. All donations of tools, materials and books are welcomed, from single items to the contents of complete workshops, and we can usually arrange collection if required. In recent years we have received donations from a number of makers, ranging from well well-known to amateur craftsmen including Andrew Fairfax, Keith Adams, the family of the late Koen Padding and the family of Brian Laurence
Funding is needed to enable us to continue to make financial awards to students. Clicking on the Donate button on this site will take you to our JustGiving page, or you can simply send a cheque made payable to the RAB Trust to the secretary (see contact page for address). We are also extremely grateful for long-term funding from charitable bodies such as the Radcliffe Trust, Education Services and the Robinson Trust. In 2005 the family of the late Wilfred Saunders (a founder member of the Trust) set up a memorial fund in his name, the proceeds of which they generously donated to us. If your organisation would like to help in this way, please contact us.