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Latest Grants Awarded November 2019

By December 6, 2019All - Homepage

The Charity Grants Committee is pleased to announce that the following charities have recently been awarded grants through the Main Grants Programme.  For further information about the Livery Liaison Scheme, a list of all the charities requiring a Liaison and details on how to sign up please click here.

The Amber Foundation

Now in its 24th year, The Amber Foundation supports up to 90 young homeless and unemployed people (80% male : 20% female) at any one time in one of their three residential centres in Surrey, Wiltshire and Devon. These are usually the most marginalised in society, not supported by any statutory body and are homeless due to family breakdowns, childhood trauma, mental ill-health, addiction, prison release etc… At Amber they are given the opportunity to turn their life around and follow an individually tailored programme with 4 main focus areas:  employability skills, independent living skills, improving health/wellbeing and personal development with volunteering in the community.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £60,000 over the next 4 years

Angel Shed Theatre Company

Based in the City and Islington College, Angel Shed is an all- inclusive theatre charity which has been delivering theatre workshops to young people for 15 years. The charity was founded following an outreach project they organised with Chicken Shed  and since then they have developed their  concept of empowering young people through the arts and enabling those who would not usually come together – often excluded from other mainstream activities, including those with disabilities, at risk of social exclusion through their behavioural difficulties and from disadvantaged backgrounds with multiple issues. – to work together and explore self-expression and community issues through drama.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £20,000 over the next 4 years

BigKid Foundation

BigKid, founded in 2008, is an award- winning youth and community charity for young people at risk of social exclusion and youth violence. They equip young people (11-18) to take control of their lives and find their individual potential by running community engagement, leadership and mentoring programmes across Lambeth and surrounding areas.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £80,000 over the next 4 years

Chefs in Schools

Based at Mandeville Community School in Hackney. Chefs in Schools is a charity focused around tackling the growing problem of child obesity and associated diet-related diseases (both physical and mental).   They have secured permission to convert the former caretakers lodge into a state- of- the -art teaching kitchen – THE HACKNEY SCHOOL OF FOOD – which is due for completion in January 2020. LL: James Balfour.

Awarded a Single Year Capital Grant of £15,000

The Chellington Centre

The Chellington Centre, near Bedford, is based in the former church of St Nicholas which was de-consecrated in the 1970’s since when it has been totally restructured to turn it into a residential centre for  approx.. 30 (mainly disadvantaged) children at a time (1-4 days on average) to experience living in a community away from home and school. Funding is towards the Capital costs of upgrading facilities at the new campsite.

Awarded a Single Year Capital Grant of £20,000

Fife Young Carers

Established in 1998, Fife Young Carers works with and for young carers in Fife, aged 8 – 25, who care for family members living with long-term illness, mental health issues, physical or learning disabilities and/or drug and alcohol issues. It aims to give these youngsters the same opportunities as their peers through services such as individual and group support sessions, day trips and residentials to allow them to get away, workshops, awareness sessions in schools etc and transition projects for those young adult carers who may need help in developing skills in areas such as employability, goal setting and study.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £24,000 over the next 3 years

Inspire at St Peter’s

Based in the crypt of the Church of St Peter in Walworth, Inspire’s objective is to build the confidence, life skills and aspirations of those in need within SE17. The youth work programme for 8-19 year- olds aims at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, knife crime, isolation and depression through youth club activities, arts and football .  Football at present is offered on a community field which is waterlogged and often unavailable. Funding will now allow them to regularly hire at least one of the pitches on the Burgess Park Astroturf centre where, with the help of three qualified coaches, they can really develop the team activity, widen the numbers of youngster presently engaged in the sport (both girls and boys) and start to form leagues etc with neighbouring boroughs and clubs.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £40,000 over the next 4 years

Integrated Neurological Services

Founded in 1993, INS works within the boroughs of Hounslow and Richmond to support adults with any type of neuro disability (Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke injuries etc…) and offers them rehabilitation, therapy, social and emotional support to improve their life quality, reduce their sense of isolation and strengthen their overall health levels. Working from a rented building in Twickenham (containing a specialised gym, garden and therapy rooms) INS achieve this by employing a multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational / speech therapists, counsellors and social workers.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £40,000 over the next 4 years

AF&V Launchpad Limited

AF&V Launchpad was established in 2013 with the objective of helping homeless and unemployed veterans of the UK armed forces (89% army) rebuild their lives and overcome the mental and psychological conditions many suffer from. They operate out of two centres (Speke House in Liverpool and Avondale House in Newcastle). In total  they offer 83 self -contained flats where the veterans live for up to 2 years and are helped to re-establish their lives individually and within the community. LL: Mike Bradley Russell, IPM.

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £40,000 over the next 4 years

Reigate and Banstead Women’s Aid

RBWA is a refuge, based in Redhill, Surrey, for women and children fleeing severe domestic abuse. It provides secure accommodation and support for up to 11 women and their children (max 24) at any one time and the average stay in the safe house is 6 months.  These families will are considered to be at the most high risk of abuse and are supported by specialist support workers and counsellors specialising in trauma therapy.  LL : Pastmaster Geoffrey Dove

Awarded a Multi-Year Grant of £40,000 over the next 4 years

Vauxhall City farm

Established in 1977, VCF use the setting of an urban farm to provide educational, recreational and therapeutic activities that support disadvantaged and disabled people to boost their confidence and aspirations; promote emotional, mental, social and physical well-being. This funding is towards one horse for the Riding for the Disabled project to replace the horse that needed to be retired.

Awarded a Main Grant of £10,000 for 1 year

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