Walcot Foundation's new 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) that 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 Walcot Foundation and Trust for London trialling new approaches to support low paid workers. Following on from a report in Year 2, a Year 3 evaluation report has been produced by Learning and Work Institute. This final report 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, this project will improve pupils’ confidence, behaviour and 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
Lambeth's Centre70, with Toynbee Hall, is offering the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in money mentoring. The course begins on 6 February 2019. More details on the Centre70 site here.
Ministers are in a "state of denial" about poverty, a UN expert has said following a 12-day tour of the UK. Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, said despite being in the one of the world's richest countries he had encountered "misery". A fifth of the population, amounting to 14m people, are living in poverty and levels of child poverty are "staggering", the Australian said. See BBC report
He is quoted as saying: ""By emphasizing work as a panacea for poverty against all evidence and dismantling the community support, benefits and public services on which so many rely, the Government has created a highly combustible situation that will have dire consequences." Click here for his full report.
"I have also seen tremendous resilience, strength, and generosity, with neighbors supporting one another, councils seeking creative solutions, and charities stepping in to fill holes in government services."
We are celebrating Living Wage Week
We are currently seeking someone to join us on Mondays and Tuesdays 0900-1700 (14 hours PW) as Estate and Governance Administrator. Starting salary on range of £10,663-£11,282 pa (full time equivalent £26,658-£28,206 pa). Details here