The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames attended the launch of Hampton Fund at York House, Twickenham on 31 July.
For over 200 years Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity has been supporting the local community. Through careful stewardship of its funds, the charity provides over £2M each year to tackle need and improve quality of life for residents in the borough.
People on low income living in the Hamptons, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton can apply to the annual Fuel Grant Scheme. Each year over 1,500 families and individuals are helped with the cost of their gas and electricity bills. In addition, 79 community grants to the value of £1.339M were awarded to local charities and community groups during our recent financial year.
Our new name will avoid confusion around the words ‘fuel’ and ‘allotment’. After all, we don’t give grants for petrol and we don’t have an allotment! In short, we are very keen to reach out to more people who may not be familiar with the help we give.
Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:
“Hampton Fund is one of our oldest local charities and one of our most important. I personally know of a number of families who have gone to the charity when they have needed help. Not one family was turned away.
“This new name marks a new chapter in the Charity’s history. It will reach out to new audiences, embrace modern technology and create stronger, thriving communities.
“The work of Hampton Fund is needed more than ever, and I wish Hampton Fund all the very best for the future.”
The event was also attended by Clare Lawrence, Director of OK Music Trust; and Mandy Tottman, a Volunteer & Trustee at Home-Start. Both Clare and Mandy spoke about the invaluable support Hampton Fund has provided for their work over many years . Both charities have been chosen to be the Mayor's charities for this year.
For an initial 3-year pilot project from February 2019, our Trustees have agreed that Community Interest Companies (CICs) can be considered for funding.
Additional Criteria for CICs
• The CIC will usually have an established 3-year track record.
• The CIC’s community purpose must coincide with our Charity’s objects.
• The asset lock must be unambiguous.
• As with our existing funding policy, our priority would be to support local CICs rather than national or regional organisations.
SPEAR provides a range of services to support homeless people back into independent living. Our charity has recently invested in a 4-bedroom home to be leased to Spear to support some of these beneficiaries. Our two grants totalling £15,500 will contribute to the staff costs to provide 1-1 support; and furniture, furnishings and equipment for the new home.
Art and Soul is an arts and wellbeing charity that uses creative activity and positive community engagement to support mental wellbeing in the community. The £9,000 grant will pay towards the Art and Soul Outward Bound Project 2019. This will provide workshops, studio sessions, outreach sessions and an Exhibition as part of the Borough’s Art House open studio programme in June 2019.
Citizens Advice Richmond provides a range of generalist advice services covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, immigration, consumer and employment advice. A grant of £60,000 will cover the costs of the service at the White House Community Centre 3 days per week; and a contribution towards staff, rent and administration costs for the Head Office in Hampton Hill.
Kick London delivers a number of services for schools, including mentoring for children and young people who have troubled backgrounds and challenging behaviour. The aim is to transform lives: motivating the young person to education; empathy towards others; self-awareness; contributing to the local community; and improved social skills and confidence. Our grant of £16,000 will provide a weekly mentoring service in two of our local junior schools. This will benefit 40 children and young people who are resident in our area of benefit.
We are now accepting fuel grant applications for our Individual Grants Panel Meeting in September 2019. The deadline date for applications is Friday 23 August 2019.
If you are thinking of changing fuel suppliers and would like to benefit from our fuel grants please contact us before switching over. This is because we are unable to work with all the suppliers in the market. Currently we only work with the following companies: British Gas, Co-operative Energy, EDF, EON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE (Southern Electric) and Utility Warehouse. If you would like to know more, please call us on: 020 8941 7866.