Our work

We fund projects and offer practical support outside the scope of the NHS, with our charity’s ambition, values and philosophy aligning with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.


  • The Tavistock Adult Depression Study (2000- 2015), which took more than 15 years to complete was the first randomised controlled trial of longer-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy on treatment-resistant chronic depression and was supported at key points by charitable funding.
  • A bequest in 2017 from the Cleminson family supporting work on intergenerational trauma funds the Watch Me Play! project, which originally aimed to support babies and young children in care by enhancing the care-giver/child relationship. Now also used in Japan and Italy, the intervention has applications for adopted children too and is the subject of several doctoral research projects.
  • We used funding from NHS Charities Together to support staff, students and services-users over the pandemic: from covering taxis for domestic violence victims attending therapy appointments to a pair of roller-boots for an isolated pupil at Gloucester House school.  
  • We also supply equipment for the gardening group led by the Trauma Service, which fosters social connection in a relaxed, natural environment.
  • A team from the Trust – including its CEO – took to their bikes to raise almost £3,000 for our bursary programme on the iconic 2023 London to Brighton Bike Ride.

Team Tavi