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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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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 -Wondering what can be done? 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
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
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.
Removing Barriers in Education
Developing Money Sense
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 retirement from the Foundation