In this new short film, from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Connected Pictures, the experiences of seven people from around the UK are boldly illustrated in their own words.
Government emergency support funding for charities is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund and is now open to applications. Grants will fund activities supporting people and communities affected by covid-19 and help organisations suffering acute financial difficulties because of the pandemic. There are three grants programmes:
Applications can be made online or via video. priorities will be:
Our thanks to Battersea Power Station Foundation (£25,000) and Sir Walter St John's Educational Charity (£10,000) for contributing towards the Lambeth Community Response Fund - funding projects that are helping low-income and vulnerable Lambeth residents affected by Covid-19. This brings the total available to £580,000.
If you are a funder or business interested in contributing to the Lambeth Community Response Fund, please contact Daniel Chapman, Grants Manager, Walcot Foundation – email@example.com
The Lambeth Community Response Fund (as part of the wider London Community Response) 'Delivering Differently' grant stream will be paused from 5pm 19 May. Applications submitted before this time will still be considered.
More information on funding will be announced in early June. Crisis response grants will remain open. Please be assured, this is a pause not a stop.
Further information can be found here.
In its first three weeks, the Lambeth Community Response Fund has made 16 grants totalling £173,000 for community projects supporting Lambeth residents in need during the Covid-19 lockdown. These projects have supported local people of all ages, from pre-school children to elders, and include crisis food distribution, remote education support, and extra advice provision. You can view a full list of local projects funded here.
One of the projects supported is High Trees’ Connecting Tulse Hill project. Grace English, High Trees’ CEO says:
“We are so grateful for the grant received from Walcot Foundation, to enable us to adapt and respond to the needs of the communities in which we work during Covid-19. The speed in which our application was processed and grant awarded meant that we were able to hit the ground running and as a result, have two new services already set up and delivering to support our beneficiaries.
“This includes a wellbeing check-in service for vulnerable individuals, and digital service providing IT equipment (mobile wifi and laptops) to digitally excluded households, to help them stay connected. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of Walcot, allowing us to increase our capacity and equip us with the resources we needed.”
Toufik [left] was one of the first recipients to receive a device under High Trees’ Connecting Tulse Hill project. Although new to the world of remote learning, Toufik is now ready for High Trees’ next online maths course.
In ordinary times we fund our work entirely from historic assets. These are not ordinary times. That’s why we’ve opened this Lambeth Community Response Fund to donations from local people and businesses, who want to support people hardest hit by the impact of coronavirus.
Could you help? You can give online today, knowing that 100% of your gift will go to children and adults who need it most. People in Lambeth, local to you. Thank you.
Lambeth Council has announced one-off Payments of up to £10,000 to help Voluntary Community Sector (VCS) organisations weather the C19 pandemic. Click Read More....
Poverty and inequality indicators for London have been updated. The Lambeth data set can be seen and explored here. The news is not encouraging, and most of these indicators will worsen, at least in the short term, as a consequence of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Lambeth is worse than the London averages in infant mortality, premature mortality, qualifications at 19, income inequality, poverty rate, housing affordability, rough sleeping and unemployment rates. It is London-average in evictions, housing delivery, temporary accomodation and pay inequality. It is better than average in GCSE attainment and in the % of those without qualifications.
Our focus is in helping low-income Lambeth citizens improve their whole-life earning capacity. We do this by funding a wide range of activity and opportunity - you'll find details on our website. Can the situation improve? Of course. A first step is for us all to be aware of how things stand now for so many of our fellow citizens.
Low-income Lambeth citizens are likely to be badly affected by the impact of the Covid-19. Organisations are responding to this crisis. Examples include Foodbanks now delivering food and education projects and homework clubs providing services by telephone and internet.
In addition local funders and local business have come together to create a Lambeth-specific fund for projects helping low-income and vulnerable Lambeth residents affected by Covid-19. With contributions from Walcot Foundation (£250,000), urban health foundation Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity (£250,000), Peter Minet Trust (£25,000) and Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd, a total of £545,000 has been ringfenced for Lambeth communities to tackle the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on local people. This local Lambeth Community Response Fund will be managed by Walcot Foundation, which has supported Lambeth people for more than 350 years.
Local community organisations and charities can apply through the London Community Response portal, so that these local grants are co-ordinated with the wider pan-London effort to deal with the impact of Covid-19.
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We have ring-fenced £250,000 of our grants budget for C-19 related need in Lambeth and are in discussion with other funders who wish to use our channels to distribute money from their own funds. We'll bring you more news of that as soon as we can.
Lambeth Larder have updated their website to include the latest information on local food, advice and mental health projects that can be accessed during the Covid-19 crisis. They have also given details on volunteering and donating opportunities. Lambeth Larder will regularly update this website to ensure the information stays accurate during this constantly changing situation. This work has been funded by a Walcot Foundation grant.
Statistics show 100,000 more children living below the breadline than a year ago
The latest official statistics show a 100,000 increase in the number of UK young people living below the breadline. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found that there were 600,000 more children in relative poverty since 2010, with low-income families especially hard hit by austerity cuts such as the four-year benefit freeze and the two-child limit. Around £36bn has been taken out of the benefit system since 2010.
More reports -See what CPAG suggests
A huge thank you to local firm Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd which has just given £20,000 to the Walcot Foundation for use in helping Lambeth groups that are supporting low-income Lambeth residents through the Covid-19 crisis.
If you are a local business and you would also like to do something to support your community at this time see more here and email our Grants Manager
We have been able to make a grant to Lambeth Larder to urgently fund an expansion of their information portal showing where local food help and provision is available within the borough during the public health emergency.
We are circulating this information: please draw it to the attention of local Lambeth groups who may need such help -
Some of the projects we are funding have already told us about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their work. If you are a project we fund, please see our message here. We want to help you get through this and continue to have a benefcial impact on those you serve.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its annual report on UK poverty. Key headlines -
Both the Summary and Full Reports can be downloaded here
There is a claim circulating that in the UK we have more food banks than there are McDonalds. It turns out to be true: 1300 MacDonalds, more than 2000 Food Banks. A chilling fact, and in a rich country. Are we happy about this?
See www.fullfact.org for the evidence. Contact your MP so that they know this. Find local food banks if you need them or if you can donate food and or in other ways support their work.
We review and where necessary change our grantmaking priorities every three years. For the 2020-2023 priorities we undertook research which included consultation with Lambeth community organisations and schools in 2019. The Governors have adopted these Grantmaking Priorities for April 2020 to March 2023.
When reading these, remember that our focus is on low-income/poor Lambeth citizens, mostly under 30.
7 January 2020
We are saddened to learn of the death of Gerald - Gerry - Bowden, a former longstanding Governor of the Walcot Foundation. He was 84.
Gerry's service to the Foundation was extensive and significant. Altogether he served as a Governor for 40 years, retiring in 2014. His approach to the finances and investments of the Foundation over those years helped increase our capacity as a grantmaker. We owe him a great deal. His wikipedia entry may be viewed here
His farewell letter on retirment from the Foundation
Gerry's funeral will take place at 11.30 am on Thursday 23 January 2020 at St Agnes Church, Kennington Park, 37 St Agnes Place
London SE11 4BB
It will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall. His body will be interred at the Church of St Osmund, Melbury Osmond, Dorset
on Friday 24 January. Donations in Gerry’s memory are being accepted
towards the work of the “Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund” PO Box 47432, London N21 1XP (020 8360 1119)
We are very saddened to learn of the death of Lesley French, Finance Manager at the Walcot Foundation from 2008-2017 when she left to retire.
We remember Lesley as a very focused and efficienct colleague, and a very trustworthy custodian of the Foundation's finances.
We send our condolences to her husband Will and children Anna, William and Margot.
Read the report on our work in 2018/2019.
Click here, or on the image.
If you'd prefer a hard copy, please call us, and we'll get one in the post to you: 020 7735 1925
The Foundation was mentioned in this Guardian article by Martin Bright, CEO The Creative Society
New Living Wage rates have been announced by the Living Wage Foundation. See their press release here and their video, below -
London Challenge Poverty Week is a chance for us all to raise our voices against poverty in the capital.
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We are very sad to report the death of our former colleague Teresa Priest. She worked here from February 2010 to March 2019, when she moved to take up a Grants Manager post at Trust for London.
Teresa showed great committment to our grantees and made a significant contribution to the development of our Peer Support Network as well as managing the Step Up programme piloting in-work progression support for those trapped in low paid work.
Her many achievements include co-founding Kingston Users’ Forum, after which she worked for Mental Health Media delivering media skills training and PR to user groups across England and Wales. She then joined and later managed user-run Southwark Mind, acting as a key spokesperson in a campaign which delayed the closure of the Maudsley Hospital Emergency Clinic for three years and secured NHS funding for “a safe and segregated” mental health area at Kings Hospital A&E.
Donations in Teresa's memory may be made to the National Survivor User Network via this link