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How we help

We provide a central service and expertise to those who want to give to help improve lives in our community. We work with our excellent network of local charities, helping them to achieve their ambitions to improve the lives of local people.

What we do

We raise awareness of the contrasts and needs that exist locally

We champion the work of small charities to attract support for them

We help donors makes choices about giving which match their own passions

We advise and devise effective ways for people to support local causes

We offer a central hub for giving from individuals, schools and businesses

We make grants to local charities that will offer real benefits to our community

We are a voice for small local charities and groups

We innovate and run impactful campaigns which tackle pressing issues

Making
a difference
  • £312,000
    In grants made to 47 local charities in 2015/16
  • £63,000
    Raised for our Winter Warmth and Summer Sparks campaigns which helped 1,598 local children and adults
  • £128,000
    Worth of in-kind goods and support distributed to 48 charities
  • 253
    Employees from local businesses gave their time and talents
  • 589
    Donations received from local people, businesses, schools and trusts
  • 26
    Schools involved in our projects and campaigns across the Borough

Campaigns

We encourage collaborations between several local charities through our own campaigns which strengthens the ability to respond and make a bigger impact on pressing needs. We currently run three campaigns:

The Hands Across The Borough Campaign

Hands Across the Borough

Hands Across the Borough is our new campaign to combat isolation and loneliness, an issue  that affects local people from all walks of life and all ages. Our big ambition is to raise £200,000 a year over the next three years to invest in projects with local charities that reach out to people who feel vulnerable and isolated.

Working together we can make a big difference.

Hands up for Community
  • 47%
    of homes have just one person living in them, the highest % in the country
  • 1000
    adults living in the north of the Borough don’t speak any English, making it harder for them to connect with others
  • 86%
    of the Borough’s housing is flats. Half are above ground floor level and some have no lifts, making access difficult for people with mobility issues
Ideas for ways you can help
  • Donate money to a vital project to help local people who are isolated
  • Fundraise as an individual, business or school
  • Provide a theatre, museum, green space or venue for a community event
  • Donate your time and talent to one of our projects
  • Start a ‘say hello to your neighbour’ project in your own street

Making a Difference together

With your help we will support those who are vulnerable including older people, those with disabilities or mental health problems, the homeless, young people struggling to integrate or those suffering from life changes such as bereavement and illness.

Everyone can get involved so please get in touch and we can talk about how you can help.

The Winter warmth Campaign

Can you help keep a neighbour warm this winter?

Winter Warmth raises funds so that oder people who face hardship during the winter months can be helped with their heating costs and keep warm.

Every penny we receive goes to those who need it most. Anyone can help but we particularly encourage those who receive the Government’s Winter Fuel Payment to donate all or part of it to a neighbour in need.

Please help if you can.

"I was awarded a Winter Warmth grant last Winter to cover my energy bills. This took away a great deal of stress and worry," A K&C resident.

‘This campaign is a wonderful way for people to share what they don’t seriously need. Donating your winter fuel allowance ensures it directly benefits neighbours  in need.’

Sylvia Syms,
Actress and local resident

The Summer Sparks Campaign

Firing up young minds

School summer holidays can be hard for low income families who struggle to pay for opportunities for their children which many of us take for granted. Summer Sparks is our campaign to address this.

Working with local community partners we give local children the chance to enjoy summer. Activities include arts, cooking, crafts, drama, music, sports and dance. Thank you to all of you who have helped us raise funds for this campaign. More news on 2017 soon.

“There is nothing better in the world than to see these kids smile, knowing that despite their troubled experiences, we can offer them the support and affection they deserve.” Summer Sparks volunteer.

Stories

Here are some of the people and charities we support

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Sebastian
Full of Life
Family Friends
Rashid
SMART
Intermission theatre

Charities supported

In 2015/16 we generated direct financial and in kind support for 95 local charities, community groups and social enterprises. We were also supported by 253 employees from local business who gave their time and talents.

The charities we help work in the areas of:

Disabilities and Mental Health, Education, Families, Young People and Children, Employment and Opportunities, Older People, Health and Sport, Homelessness, The Arts and The Environment.

Schools programme

We work with local schools to help inspire, inform and involve children to contribute to the community they are part of.

Glendower Prep at Open Age New Horizons Centre for the WWII Diary Project

Our Schools Programme

Makes schools and young people more aware of their local community through volunteering and campaigns

Builds relationships and encourages links between schools and local charities

Raises funds from local schools, parents and children for local initiatives and groups.

“We have had a fantastic year working with The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation. They have continually offered the pupils of Knightsbridge School their expertise and constant encouragement to offer the students the opportunity to volunteer their services within the community.

Norland Place School's little volunteers at Hornimans Adventure Playground

Everyday Magic at Our Lady of Victories Primary School, supported by Bassett House School

The Food Explorers at St Thomas CE Primary School promoting healthy eating