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Latest Grants Awarded October 2018

The Charity Grants Committee are pleased to announce that the following charities have recently been awarded grants through the Main Grants Programme:

170 Community Project 

170 Community Project gives help with Welfare benefits to some of the poorest residents of Lewisham since 1970. They operate a domestic violence advocacy service in Thomas and St Guys hospital and run an outreach service for the tenants in Pinnacle Housing Association in Brockley, South-East Lewisham.

£40,000 over the next 4 years

Aldingbourne Trust

Aldingbourne Country Centre is a project of Aldingbourne Trust. The trust provides services that help people with learning disabilities and / or physical disabilities to explore life opportunities. They provide sheltered housing, training and actively promote progression for people to earn money, make friends, have housing choices and follow their interests.

£60,000 over the next 4 years

Ballet Black

Ballet Black are a professional ballet company who are aiming to make a fundamental change in the number of black and Asian dancers in mainstream ballet. They do this by working at the grass roots; nurturing dancers, providing opportunities to work with role models who reflect their own cultural backgrounds, and by increasing the number of new ethnically diverse audiences to dance.

£40,000 over the next 4 years

Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre

Advice Mid Wales assist with issues such as employment, housing, consumer problems but most clients need advice on welfare benefit and/or debt matters. There are drop in sessions and appointments 3 to 4 days a week depending on need and availability. Specialist casework in debt and welfare benefits is followed up with appointments and also a telephone, e-mail, and postal advice service. The charity is the only agency in the area to offer the home/hospital visiting service and to represent clients at First Tier Tribunals.

£20,000 over the next 4 years

First Light

First Light provide an Historical Sexual Abuse Support Service, which will harness the skills and expertise of qualified volunteer therapists under the co-ordination of a service co-ordinator, who will be able to support up to 920 victims of historical sexual abuse and violence each year. With the support from therapists, victims will be able to explore and come to terms with the devastating impact of historical abuse and learn strategies to deal with those experiences, working towards a positive future and recovering from what has happened.

£60,000 over the next 4 years

Friend Counselling London Limited 

Friend Counselling London Limited are working to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people in London. They deliver a range of services supporting mental health, sexual health, and drugs and alcohol. They run a counselling service, including a specialist LGBT domestic abuse counselling service; community sexual health and HIV prevention interventions; a range of support and social groups (e.g. coming out groups, older LGBT people’s group); and run Antidote, an LGBT drug and alcohol support service, working mainly with ‘chemsex’ issues.

£60,000 over the next 4 years

Ignite Trust 

Ignite Trust works with at risk and vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Harrow. They encourage young people to make positive life choices through offering programmes which engage young people and building positive relationships and mutual support to empower individuals. Ignite Trust work in partnership with local organisations, leading to documented falls in anti-social behaviour and positive outcomes for individual young people.

£40,000 over the next 4 years

Key 4 Life 

Key4Life’s mission is to reduce youth re-offending amongst young men aged 18-25; the ‘revolving door’ group. On average, 61% of young males return to prison within one-year of release. Key4Life delivers an innovative 12-month rehabilitation programme and 6-month preventative programme to young men in London, Bristol and Somerset, who are soon to be released from prison, or at risk. They use the unique combination of mentoring, family support, work-tasters and activity-based interventions.

£80,000 over the next 4 years

The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain

The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain (PCCGB) was founded by four Metropolitan Officers in 2000 with the initial idea of using boxing clubs to provided young people with a safe alternative to roaming the streets. They are currently engaged in a national initiative to ensure children aged between 7-11 years old are educated about the dangers of bullying and vandalism, due to the dramatic increase in reports of incidents of bullying (over 450,000 children were bullied in school last year) using their curriculum coded programme.

£12,000 over the next 4 years


Prospex provide and promote recreational and leisure time facilities in the interest of social welfare. Helping develop the social and personal skills of young people so that they may become responsible adults who are better able to identify their needs and participate more fully in society. Their objective is to advance the education of economically and socially disadvantaged young people by providing and promoting training, educational programmes and facilities, enabling them to acquire life skills and realise their full potential.

£30,000 over the next 4 years

Response Organisation

Response Organisation’s mission is to enable people with mental health problems and complex needs to live their lives to the full. Underpinning all their activities is the belief that working in partnership with others creates better results and services. Their charity’s purposes is to: benefit the public by supporting the statutory services to provide services for people with enduring mental health problems and or complex needs; and to provide appropriate mental health care and support services that are readily accessible to those who need them so that they can maintain optimum levels of independence. They believe that everyone has the right to high quality accommodation, care and support and that these are vital components of mental wellness.

£25,000 Single Year Grant

Somerville Youth Play Provision 

Somerville is a community led adventure playground and youth service for school aged children from the deprived urban areas around New Cross and Peckham (SE London). They provide opportunities to gain new skills and experiences, supporting and encouraging disadvantaged children and young people including those with special educational needs, at risk of exclusion and NEETs, and those from the most isolated and vulnerable families. They have an experienced team of youth and play workers and deliver a wide range of activities including sports, music, IT, art and craft and cooking for secondary school aged children 5 nights per week.

£60,000 over the next 4 years

Wolverhampton Youth Zone 

The Way Wolverhampton Youth Zone is an inspirational and ambitious charity that has a simple mission, to provide the city’s young people with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. The Way gives young people between the ages of 8 – 19, up to 25 with a disability, the opportunity to participate in positive, exciting and constructive activities. New experiences are offered, horizons and expectations are broadened and confidence built. This motivates and inspires young people to transform their lives.

£40,000 over the next 4 years

Women’s Work (Derbyshire) Ltd 

Women’s Work (Derbyshire) Ltd aim is to ensure all women with complex health, emotional and social needs have an equal opportunity to live a healthy and fulfilling life. They achieve this by delivering a range of personal tailored support advice and education to improve self-esteem, life skills and confidence; enabling and empowering women to make positive life choices resulting in improved health and well-being. Their services are targetted at the most marginalised women in society, including those affected by addiction, those with offending histories, those involved in street sex work, those suffering domestic abuse and  low level mental health issues.

£80,000 over the next 4 years

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