After Lucy's untimely and early death, her partner made a gift of £5000 to the Foundation in her memory. It was used to fund music therapy projects across five Lambeth nursery schools, helping children from low-income families.
"Lucy grew up on a Cheshire farm, loved the outdoors and being with animals. These factors helped her recover from a serious car accident when she was nine. Spending months in hospital wards, she learnt about the other children’s lives and became aware of her own family’s privilege. She moved to London after reading Classics at Cambridge, and lived in Lambeth in her 20s, and from 1998 until her death.
She was a housing officer on Greenwich and Lambeth estates. She completed an MSc in Social Policy & Planning at LSE and then worked at St Pancras Housing Association, now Origin HA. She had moved into housing development, and putting together Housing Corporation bids. She also worked in Ireland, laying the groundwork for Clúid, the first Irish Housing Association and the country’s first non-church social housing. By the time she left Origin, Lucy was the director of business and community development, bringing together different aspects of her interest in social change.
She retrained as a counsellor and psychotherapist. She worked with adults and& teenagers in private practice and also school counselling services. She became a counselling trainer at Re-Vision.
Lucy had a practical commitment to environmental issues, women's rights and the many other political causes she believed in. She loved being around people, valued education and had a lively interest in language, art, music, theatre. She is survived by Rasha, her partner of over 20 years."
If you wish to give money in remembrance of someone please get in touch with our Grants Manager (see contacts page).
As a Foundation, it is our privilege to support Lambeth residents studying at further/higher education and schools and organisations making a massive impact in the local community. It is very important that our grants are provided effectively, efficiently and supportively. To help with this, we carry out a Listening Exercise every three years to get systematic feedback from grantees on what is working well but more importantly where we can improve our systems and our service.
We commissioned IVAR to carry out an independent survey of our grantees. 161 responded to their survey and two focus groups were carried out. Overall the response from grantees was very positive about the Walcot Foundation. However, there were also suggestions for improvement (such as shortening and simplification of our grant application form) which are being taken on board and systems will be updated by end of June to take these suggestions into account. Furthermore, grantees raised wider strategic issues and these will be fed into our strategy review which is taking place later this year.
For more information and the full report, please see here.