2016 Grants Awarded

The great projects detailed below were all awarded grants in our latest round of funding. Each project was felt to closely link to the Foundation’s goals of helping improve the lives of vulnerable people across the UK and demonstrated real benefits to those which it helps.

Carmarthen Youth Project

This twenty-year old charity is for approximately 100 11-25 year olds from the Carmarthen area, providing a one stop shop to help with accredited learning, social and leisure activities, engaging the marginalised and helping young parents prepare for / cope with parenthood. Carmarthen Youth Project takes an early intervention approach to try to prevent crisis with substance misuse, especially in the local context where specialist agencies (to whom they are well-connected) are oversubscribed. The Foundation is providing support to help their efforts to extend their services to open five days a week, providing a positive way for beneficiaries to use their leisure time in activities, workshops, volunteering, job searches, training opportunities and friendship-building.

Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Services

This local Welsh charity helps men, women and children to live a life free from domestic abuse through support, services and also a refuge for women and children. The many aspects to their work include community support, specialist child workers, counselling, a crisis centre, specialised elder abuse, money coaching, training and a Men Too project. The Foundation helps their work to help maintain or re-establish relationships between mothers and their children, often cited by the parent as the reason to keep going, but liable to break down in the face of more pressing abuse problems and depression.

Hastings and Rother Mediation

This established charity’s Time2Talk mediation service is seeking funding to assist intergenerational relationships between young people and their parents or carers, often at the point where the young person is at the point of leaving home. The aims are to reduce conflict at home, enhance communication and also reduce the incidence of homelessness. The mediators help identify their 100+ beneficiaries’ needs, from children’s behaviour and neighbour harassment, to abusive behaviour, boundary disputes and noise.

Hope Project Leeds

This 20 year old local charity for the elderly, in an especially disadvantaged area of Leeds, is one of the smallest charities supported by the Foundation. The project enables its over-60 residents to stay in their own homes and community for as long as possible, addressing problems of isolation, poverty, fear of crime and poor health. The beneficiaries receive regular newsletters and annual pre-assessment visits as a minimum, but also benefit from advice, debt management support, activities to reduce isolation, peer sessions for carers, singing, lunch, silver surfers, friendship and dementia support. They also work with local schools to provide intergenerational sessions. A small charity operating at the coalface.

Isight Cornwall

This charity, which also works in the Isles of Scilly, has supported people affected by sight loss in Cornwall for 160 years. Their 2,000 direct, predominantly rural beneficiaries, of whom 80% are over 65, are isolated, dependent and often cut off from mainstream services. After diagnosis, which is devastating and traumatic for all ages, only 8% of visually impaired people are offered further support and services. Isight Cornwall seeks to bridge this gap in their area through a time intensive, tailored combination of one-to-one low vision clinics to help identify the best equipment available to maintain independence, assistive technology – computer software and gadgets, benefits advice, clubs, activities, and general advice for the beneficiary and their families.

The Junction

The Junction is a youth project in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas where families and children face a wide variety of complex issues on a daily basis. These include territorialism, gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, family member imprisonment, childhoods in care and bereavements. They work to establish caring and nurturing relationships with 250 10-18 year olds to enable them to make positive and healthy choices through a combination of support groups within schools, lunchtime and evening drop-ins, leadership training, residential and community work. They work around the young person in three areas – ‘school, home and street’ and appear to have developed a strong track record and relationship with local schools and local people.

Moving on with Life and Learning

MOWLL is a busy, Liverpool-based charity with a mission to support the rights and social inclusion of those with learning disabilities, enduring mental health issues and acquired disabilities. It does so through activity programmes (sport, dance, cycling, cooking, dressmaking, IT, women’s health workshops). They take a thoughtful, multifaceted approach to volunteering and have, for example, worked with a local refugee group to recruit volunteers to provide training who have relevant backgrounds but cannot work in the UK – thus also helping the volunteers to enhance their employability. The charity is using Foundation support to build up a new Volunteer Community Champion programme to empower their disabled beneficiaries with training and skills to help a range of local works.


Oakleaf is a mental health charity in Surrey, helping beneficiaries on the road to recovery by building social skills and self esteem so that they can return to the community and, where possible, the workplace. In the last three years, their “return to work” programme has seen 118 people into gainful employment. As well as numeracy, yoga, languages and mindfulness tuition, they provide a range of vocational skills training including upholstery, furniture repairs horticulture, printing for direct mail and IT. Despite perceived affluence of the county, there are hidden pockets of deprivation, child poverty and very high debt levels.

Pennywell Youth Project

This Sunderland charity provides services and facilities for 400 disadvantaged young people to support their education and personal development. The Priority 1 for antisocial behaviour target area has 60% of residents living in poverty, affected by factors such as teenage pregnancy, relationship breakdown, crime, drugs, financial exclusion, alcohol and unemployment. The charity receives Foundation support for a weekend youth provision at their centre with accredited programmes and recreation to increase understanding of the impact of alcohol, increase access to programmes and services and also opportunities to integrate into their community in a positive way.

Think Children

This is a 35 year old advice and support organisation for primary school age children based in Nottinghamshire. They focus on children with emerging social, emotional or behavioural difficulties which can become a complete block on their development. The kinds of problems they are facing at home involve parents with drug and alcohol problems, domestic violence, severe poverty, depression and family dysfunction. The Foundation’s core support enables them to extend their services to more children, equipping them with the strategies and coping techniques to manage with some of the awful difficulties they have to face, helping to prevent mental health issues in later life.

Toucan Employment

Toucan is a small, successful charity that aims to reduce the social exclusion of people with learning difficulties and disabilities by helping them to find sustainable employment. Focused on the most disadvantaged South London boroughs, they provide a service tailored to meet the needs of employers and candidates, supporting the whole recruitment process. The Foundation will support work in Southwark and Lambeth where their catchment is facing increasing unemployment as lifetime employers such as factories and workplaces are closing.

U Can Do IT

U Can Do IT provides targeted training support and equipment for people with disabilities and the elderly who have little or no access to digital technology within their homes. They do so in order to encourage greater independence, combat social and economic deprivation, and improve life options for people with disabilities and the elderly. UcandoIT prides itself on being a delivery focused organisation rather than advocacy and is keen to build up its peer to peer networks and training, where disabled beneficiaries support one another, in the year to come. This is the second year the Foundation has provided support.

Where Next

The Where Next Association is a small, local charity in Worcestershire that provides work experience and training for people with learning disabilities or those disadvantaged in some way. Through training and work experience, they help people reach their full potential and discover new talents and skills which, in turn, helps self-esteem, confidence, social skills and independence. They support individuals of all ages with varying abilities to experience work in a real commercial environment with real customers providing opportunity to mix with the local community. They received funding from the Foundation last year for a new hub for approximately 90 people, where their beneficiaries take part in activities, meet peers, learn woodwork and art, socialise, receive help with IT problems, find help and information on eg disability issues. They have nearly doubled their activities in the hub since January and there is increasing demand to provide additional services and out-of-hours sessions.

Young and Inspired

Young and Inspired is a small, four year old charity based in a very disadvantaged area of East London. They offer a range of free services for young inner city children and their families such as fitness clubs, recreational clubs and educational clubs, this last with a focus on life skills such as health and financial welfare. The idea is to educate and empower parents to prepare nutritious meals on a budget and increase family quality time through a combination of breakfast clubs, soup kitchens, food preparation workshops, financial literacy, local grocery discounts and communications support for families.

2015 Grants Awarded

We were pleased to award 11 grants in 2015 to support a range of initiatives that are improving the lives of vulnerable people across the UK.

Three of those charities received a Flagship Grant to fund a specific initiative:

AbilityNet delivers free in-home IT support and training for elderly or disabled people across the UK. It is receiving a grant to expand its reach and enhance its network of volunteers as it works to combat the isolation and loneliness of many disabled and elderly people.

The Trussell Trust runs the UK’s largest network of foodbanks, giving emergency food to those in crisis and going hungry. It is being awarded a grant to improve its referrals programme for beneficiaries under its ‘More Than Food’ initiative.

Rays of Sunshine will use its grant to fulfil hospital ward wishes to help create environments which are less frightening for seriously ill children. These will help children to feel ‘normal’ by enabling them to socialise with friends whilst remaining under the supervision of their medical team.

The eight remaining charities in this grant round cover a wide range of issues across the UK including training and work experience for people with learning disabilities, providing learning support for children with autism, alleviating poverty and deprivation as well as providing advice and casework support to low income families. These charities are:

Update: We’re pleased to see that Contact The Elderly (one of our grantees) has been included as a featured charity in The Times Christmas Appeal for 2015. To read more about its work and the benefits it’s providing to the lives of the elderly you can read more here.