Posted 16 September, 2021
September Community Grants
At the Community Grants Panel meeting on 9th September 2021 the Trustees approved 7 grants with a total value of £117,600. Grants included:
Home-Start is a well-established local charity based in Sheen. The charity provides high quality home based support to families with children under 5 who are feeling isolated and are struggling to cope. The staff team recruit, train and support a team of volunteers who bring parenting experience to help families in need with the aim of providing early help and support to avoid problems escalating. Our grant of £35,000 will contribute towards the salary costs for 2 Family Support Coordinators who coordinate the programme of support for families in the Hampton Fund area of benefit.
The Trustees awarded a grant to Learn English at Home towards the provision of English language tuition for ethnic minority adults, including refugees and migrants, who are socially isolated and vulnerable due to lack of English language skills. Highly trained volunteers, co-ordinated by professional paid staff, provide a personalised language tuition programme which supports clients to tackle the practical challenges they are facing e.g. communicating with their GP, making appointments, contacting their child’s school, preparing a CV. Volunteers also support the clients’ wellbeing, signposting and encouraging engagement with vital local support services and progress into other learning opportunities, volunteering and employment. Our grant of £15,600 will support the salary costs of a paid Co-ordinator and contribute towards the costs of recruiting and training new volunteers.
Based in Twickenham, Off the Record is a well-established charity providing counselling support for children and young people from the age of 11. The charity provides counselling support at their main centre in Twickenham and satellite services at centres across the borough. The charity also provides telephone helplines for young people and their parents and carers, in-school counselling and crisis counselling Our grant of £21,600 will contribute towards the costs of running satellite counselling services in Hampton Hill, Teddington and Hampton to provide young people with improved access to counselling support.
The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) collects surplus food from local supermarkets and independent shops and provides pop-up cafes and food surplus stalls at local community centres. These initiatives help alleviate food poverty across the borough and operate on a ‘Pay as you Feel’ basis. TRJFP works in partnership with local charities and community groups including SPEAR, Food Banks, Vineyard Project, and the Salvation Army. Our grant of £24,900 will support salary costs to run pop-up cafes and surplus food hubs at Community Centres in Whitton, Hampton, Hampton Hill, and East Twickenham.
At the Community Grants Panel meeting on 29th June 2021, 22 grants were approved with a total value of £439,200.
June 2021 Highlights
Age UK Richmond upon Thames is based at the White House Community Centre in Hampton, having moved from Sheen in March 2021. The charity provides a range of services and activities for elderly people including a ‘First Contact’ telephone and email service, welfare benefits advice and representation. Caseworkers are employed to provide an Advice Extra service to address more complex issues. The charity also provides a Help at Home Service providing a handyperson scheme, gardening and housekeeping services, social activities at 3 centres across Richmond and a programme of community activities including IT project, sports, outings and men-only sessions, and the Nightingale Service to provide support to people over 65 on their return home from hospital.
The Trustees awarded 3 grants to Age UK. £24,000 towards the provision of the Information and Advice services, £15,000 towards the Help at Home Service and £20,000 towards the MANaging Your Spare time Project which promotes men-only activities to encourage men to participate in community activities to help reduce social isolation.
Richmond Mencap A grant of £20,000 was made to support the salaries of the core staff team. Mencap provides a range of services and activities to improve the quality of life and opportunities for children and adults with learning disabilities. The staff team provide information, advice and guidance and work to promote the rights of people with a learning disability to participate fully in their community. The team also organise short break activities for young people, a holiday activity programme for young adults, residential group holidays (when Covid restrictions allow) and a job club. The Trustees also approved a grant of £12,000 towards the running costs of the holiday activity programme for young adults.
Based in Twickenham, Integrated Neurological Services is a charity providing clinical intervention and holistic support for people living with a long term neurological condition e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke and acquired brain injury. A grant of £26,000 was awarded to support their work and will contribute towards salary costs for the Rehabilitation Team.
The Vineyard Community Centre is a well-established charity providing a range of services for people who are homeless, in crisis, or disadvantaged. The services include a day centre providing food, clothing, showers and a Community Nursing service for homeless people or rough sleepers, a Community Café space for those who are marginalised, and food banks at sites across Richmond. Our grant of £23,000 will contribute towards the Head of Care Services salary.
A newly registered charity ADHD Richmond & Kingston provides support for parents, carers and professionals working with children and young people with ADHD, or those suspected of having ADHD. The organisation has been run as a not for profit organisation by volunteers for many years and is now transitioning to a charity with paid employees. A grant of £10,000 was approved towards the salary of a part-time Operations Manager.
April 2021 Highlights
Citizens Advice Richmond provides a range of advice services, including welfare benefits, debt, housing, immigration, consumer and employment advice. Our grant of £60,000 will contribute towards salaries and running costs for the office in Hampton Hill, and will cover costs for the satellite office at the White House Community Centre, once this service resumes.
Based at West Middlesex University Hospital, The Mulberry Centre provides a range of services free of charge for people living with and affected by cancer. A grant of £30,000 was awarded to support their work and will contribute towards salary costs.
The South West London Stroke Club is a well-established local charity providing social activities and physical exercise for people who have suffered a stroke; and also supports their carers and families. Our grant of £9,000 will contribute towards the Manager’s salary.
Covid-19 has had a detrimental impact on the lives of disabled people with many being very isolated and experiencing increasing poverty. Richmond Advice & Information on Disability (RAID) received a grant of £24,000 towards staffing costs for their Money Advice Service providing support for individuals and families.
A grant of £10,000 was made to the Voices of Hope charity to support the Brite Box food support programme for vulnerable families in our area of benefit. The project will provide a healthy meal kit every week for the whole family and builds resilience through teaching cooking skills to children and parents. The weekly box has all the ingredients and a recipe guide with photos illustrating step by step how to cook a healthy meal together as a family.