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
We recently invited some of the students we are supporting to come to our offices for drinks and tell us how they are doing. Governors and staff were delighted to catch up with them, and to hear their news. Many said how essential our bursaries, usually over three years, are in helping them stay afloat.
Last year we made grants to 148 Lambeth students, totalling £238,477. They are following courses at a wide range of universities across the United Kingdom. Subjects studied include Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Law, Psychology, Criminology, History and Nursing.
We are developing the support we offer our Walcot Students. From this year, through our grant to Power2, they are able to access careers advice, mentoring and help in arranging placements. We want to help students to make the most of their time at university so as to increase what is often termed 'social/cultural capital'. Our aim, through our grants and support, is to give our grantees from low-income Lambeth households the best possible chance of gaining properly paid jobs that fit in with their career plans. We're really proud of them!
This autumn we launch our new Walcot Futures Programme. It offers up to three Walcot-funded undergraduates (or recent graduates) an opportunity to get an inside look at how a grant-making foundation works. There will be a special focus on charity governance and the opportunity to look at either investments and finances or grant-making and assessing impact. The aim is to help improve participants’ career prospects by allowing them to gain knowledge of charity governance, social policy, investments and grant-making, and will provide confidence, insight and experience, all of which will strength any CV.
Our latest grant round is currently open to consider project ideas that work with Lambeth residents from low-income households and fit with our priorities. If you have a project (new or existing) you think fits, please contact a member of our Grants Team on 020 7735 1925 to discuss your proposal (i.e. a verbal expression of interest). If your proposal fits our criteria and priorities we will email you an application form. For more information, please click here.
Step Up (2015-18) was a joint initiative by the Walcot Foundation and Trust for London trialling new approaches to support low paid workers. Following a report in Year 2, a Year 3 evaluation and final report has been produced by the Learning and Work Institute. It was presented to the Better Work Network Conference on 24 June 2019. It provides further analysis as well as longitudinal research with Step Up participants to assess the pilot’s performance across its lifetime. In addition, a report on job brokerage in in-work support initiatives and a guide for commissioners on in-work poverty projects were also produced. Reports can be found here: Key Findings | Full Report | Guide for Commissioners | Job Brokerage Report
Poverty in the UK is 'systematic' and 'tragic', says UN special rapporteur
Poverty is our concern. It is also the subject of a United Nations Report published in May 2019.
It notes that "Although the United Kingdom is the world’s fifth largest economy, one fifth of its population (14 million people) live in poverty, four million of those are more than 50 per cent below the poverty line, and 1.5 million of them experienced destitution in 2017, unable to afford basic essentials. And 2.5 million people survive with incomes no more than 10 per cent above the poverty line – just one crisis away from falling into poverty."
The author is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston.
SURVEY NOW CLOSED
Our Governor Grantmaking Priorities (we review them every three years) help guide the type of projects we fund within our focus on Lambeth low-income residents. The current ones are below.
We are soon to review them again, and we'd welcome your view. We're espacially interested to hear from our partners: current and former grantees; Lambeth schools and organisations; those with knowledge of Lambeth and an interest in our work.
You should keep in mind that our charitable objects require that ALL our funding is focused on Lambeth beneficiaries and 85% needs to be focused on education/training for under 30s.
We think the survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete. It will run until 8 July 2019. All submissions will be considered. The new Governor Priorities will be published on our website in January 2020 and will be used to guide our grant-making from April 2020.
Thanks so much for your time. If you have specific questions, please contact Daniel Chapman, Grants Manager.
Congratulations to Lambeth Council which owns International House in Brixton and runs it as a co-working building. Lease terms require their tenants to pay staff at least the London Living Wage. More
The Bridge At Waterloo is offering a FREE 3-day workshop to increase your employability
"If you are 16+ or Job Seeking this is the course for you. Our specialist facilitators will guide you in all aspects becoming WORK READY. From creating your written CV, Effective job searching and Completing applications; our facilitators will provide guidance advice and support to help you unlock your potential." Details
We are delighted to welcome Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd as the first Lambeth firm to make use of our ‘conduit funding’ programme
Through a generous donation from local Lambeth firm Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd, the Walcot Foundation has made a £15,000 grant to The Norwood School for its pilot Raising the Game project. The focus is pupils from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who have been identified as likely to struggle with the transition from primary school to secondary school. Through intensive early intervention, workshops and support to parents, the project seeks to improve pupils’ confidence, behaviour and to reduce exclusions in the school.
Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd, established in 1883, has been at the forefront of cost-effective, long-term, corrosion prevention, weatherproofing and sealing technology for over 90 years. The company’s manufacturing site has been located in West Norwood for over 60 years with many of their employees drawn from the local area.
“We are actively involved in supporting the local community and are proud to contribute to the Walcot Foundation and their sustainable causes.” Chris Winn, Managing Director, Winn & Coales (Denso) Ltd.
Footnote: Our Conduit Funding programme allows local businesses and individuals to channel money to local good causes free of any administrative fees and to make use of the Walcot Foundation’s knowledge, systems and staff. For more information please contact Daniel Chapman, Grants Manager 020 7735 1925
Lambeth Larder is a community food resource. It helps connect local people to emergency food and support.
If you would like to find out more, visit their website or email: email@example.com
A group of women use everyday items to tell of the sacrifices and difficult choices they face, and the community initiatives they have launched in an attempt to tackle the shame surrounding poverty and make policymakers listen...
Key credits: Produced and Directed by: Sally Ogden. Production Team: Mary Brennan, Christine Isaacs, Sarah Sweeney, Amina Weston Junior, Amina Weston Senior and Mariama Weston. Filmed and Edited by: Harry Lock. Executive producer: Anna Hall. Executive Producer for JRF: Abigail Scott Paul. Executive Producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Jacqueline Edenbrow. This video is produced in collaboration with Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Length - 24 mins. Source: The Guardian
We want to give the best possible service to those who apply to us for grants. To check how we are doing we commissioned DJS Research to investigate. They carried out 100 telephone surveys in October/November 2018 and in January 2019 we received the anonymised results.
The full report can be viewed here.
The results were overwhelmingly positive and have identified things we want to improve on.
We’re delighted with the findings. Still, we want to make things better. We plan to:
Simplify processes for individual applicants who are existing grantees by reducing our information requirements. We are looking at a multi-year model for grants to new university students and we shall try to reduce the questions we ask.
Improve the level of contact we have with individual grantees. We plan annual contact to see how things are going. We’ll also expand the way in which we explain those occasions when we cannot make a grant.
Make our information clearer. We’ve already begun planning changes to content on our website and in the online application form for individual grantees