About the SHM Foundation


The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.

The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.

The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.

The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.



Learning and Citizenship

We believe that the best way of responding to social and political challenges is to get people to take a lead.

We aim to equip people to understand and tackle the issues they care about.

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Health

We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.

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Arts

We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

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Our most recent projects


The Icon of Freedom festival was a 5-day festival that took place from the 11th to 15th of November 2015 that included literature, design, art, photography, fashion, film and Mexican gastronomy. Read more...

Educate & Celebrate: Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools in the UK.Read more...

Project Khuluma: A mobile phone support group initiative to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Read more...

The premiere of Snapshot Songs, a song-cycle for 21st-century London, commissioned by The SHM Foundation and composed by Stuart Hancock in collaboration with Londoners.Read more...

LOOP was set up by the SHM Foundation, as a part of our wider strategy to promote active citizenship among young people in Britain. LOOP was developed in partnership with a group of colleges and sixth forms. Read more...

Meet the team


Professor Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and CEO of SHM Productions. Until 1996, Professor Biriotti was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. Find out more.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation. Professor Moore is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist. Find out more.

Anna Kydd

Anna is Director of The SHM Foundation. She co-founded one of the Foundation's first projects - Zumbido, in the state of Jalisco in Mexico - which developed support networks for those living with HIV/AIDS. Find out more.

Zuzana Figerova

Zuzana Figerova is Head of Development at The SHM Foundation. She has considerable experience managing complex projects both in the non-for-profit sector and in... Find out more.

Victoria Marks

Vicki started working with the SHM Foundation in 2014 to provide creative and event management support for Snapshot Songs that was an ambitious new performance celebrating London's zeitgeist.
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Nikita Simpson

Nikita began working with the SHM Foundation in 2015. She is involved in the scale up of Project Khuluma – a mobile health platform that facilitates support groups for HIV positive adolescents... Find out more.

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Volunteer

Every year we have a number of voluntary placements and internships, if you are interested to find out more please e-mail us on info@shmfoundation.org.

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Latest News

The SHM Foundation celebrates International Youth Day 2016

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day.

 

The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.

 

The SHM Foundation team presented the findings from Project Khuluma at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban last month. Together with Body & Soul, they hosted a session in the Global Village on #MentalHealthMatters for Young People Living with HIV. Read their reflections on the Mental Health Innovation Network Blog.

 

To celebrate International Youth Day, we present a poem written by one of our Khuluma participants on the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Being a teenager isn’t easy

 

When we were young we were so excited to grow up nd become sisters and brothers
yet we didn’t know what it means,
as teenagers we face many challenges that we can’t deal with,
sometimes its called growing up

 

Being a teenager is not easy expecially when u are a girl nd have to raised by a father ,
as a girl there are problems we come across that need a mother
but unfortunately she’s not there for u

 

As teenagers the challenges we come across ,
some of them come unexpected ,
some leave us heart broken ,
some kill us emotionally,
mentally, nd physically,
now we are teenagers we wish to become young again
only to find out its impossible
The more we grow up the more tougher life become,
but what we know is that life is all about changes nd choices ,
but they say what kills u makes u stronger

Khuluma: The Film

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The SHM Foundation and Filmpark have collaborated to make a 6-minute documentary, showing how difficult it is for a young adult to discover that they are HIV positive, how they cope with stigma and what their aspirations are for the future. The film is directed by Marek Mackovic, and was a bold, brave, and empowering experience for both the adolescents and the film crew. The film will be screened at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, in the Youth Village on July 22nd. Join the discussion of the film by tweeting @SHMFoundation or using the hashtag #KhulumaFilm. 

Khuluma @AIDS 2016

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The SHM Foundation team will present findings from Project Khuluma at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, July 18th-22nd. Project Khuluma is currently live with 100 adolescents in South Africa, and uses SMS text messaging as a tool for increasing their access to mental health support. Follow us on Twitter during the conference and beyond, @SHMFoundation, to keep up to date with our findings and insights. You can learn more by reading our case study on the Mental Health Innovation Network, or join our live debates on Adherence, Social Stigma and Evaluation on MHIN Africa and MESH

Composer Profile – Stuart Hancock

 

Stuart Hancock studied at Downing College, Cambridge and at the London College of Music, where he graduated with distinction from the Masters course in Composing for Film and TV.   In 1999, he was hired as an in-house composer with music production company Mcasso, where he wrote and produced music for all commercial media… Read More

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.



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