Our 2019 grants
Last year was another great one for the Royal London Foundation, thanks to the continued support of our members.
Because of your nominations, we were able to give £338,000 in grants to 66 local, not-for profit organisations across the UK in 2019. Our grants are unrestricted so that we can support the core work of these community groups. This means the funding can be used for core costs that support an organisation’s overall activities (such as the running of a group), rather than for specific projects or programmes.
We’re also delighted to announce the organisations who received our 2019 continuation grants. These £10,000 grants are offered to 10 of the not-for-profit organisations nominated by members a year after they received their first grant to help them continue their good work. They’re chosen by UK Community Foundations (UKCF), the national network for community foundations that helps us manage the Royal London Foundation.
Read on to find out more about the organisations and the work they do for their communities.
Macclesfield MS Society, Cheshire
Macclesfield MS Society supports multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers across the East Cheshire and High Peak area – along with their carers, friends and family – in attempting to improve their mental health and general wellbeing. Their services include counselling, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, as well as social groups, activities and events.
Home Start, Carmarthenshire
Since 1995, Home Start Carmarthenshire has worked to achieve positive outcomes for families in the community. The organisation aims to safeguard, protect and preserve the mental and physical health of children and parents, prevent cruelty to or maltreatment of children, relieve sickness, poverty and need among children and parents, and promote better standards of childcare. Home Start offers a bespoke, confidential and free service tailored to a family’s needs, recruiting and training volunteers that provide emotional and practical support by visiting a family in their own home for a few hours a week.
Doorway was set up in 1997 to provide advice, support and development services to vulnerable young homeless people throughout Warwickshire, mainly in Nuneaton. Supported by a dedicated team of paid and voluntary staff, the organisation aims to help young homeless people look forward with optimism, raise their aspirations and improve their quality of life as a result of accessing good quality housing and support. Doorway is the place where the most vulnerable and socially excluded homeless people in Warwickshire aged 16-25 visit to get vital help with housing.
The Anchor Project, Bradford
The Anchor Project is a local community development project committed to responding to the needs of people in Bradford’s inner-city community, regardless of race, faith, age or gender. It works with people over time, which is crucial for meeting the long-term needs of the local area. The project aims to develop understanding and compassion in the divided community, promote integration (particularly for the most marginalised and stigmatised people), support local needs with helpful, practical assistance, create a space where the community can learn, achieve, share and grow together, and empower local people to take pride in and restore the neglected living environment.
Centre for ADHD & Autism Support, London
The Centre for ADHD & Autism Support (CAAS) supports, educates and empowers individuals with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and/or autism, their families, and the community. Through raising awareness they change perceptions and break down barriers. Their services include drop-in sessions, one-to-one support, outreach projects, drama therapy, youth groups, and social events and forums.
Topcats supports children and young people (up to 30 years old) with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and autism by offering short breaks to them and their families. The organisation has a variety of different groups and services that meet the needs of the young people that attend, aiming to support independence, confidence and fun while encouraging the building of friendships in a safe and welcoming environment.
Sussex Nightstop Plus, Brighton and Hove
Sussex Nightstop works in Brighton and Hove to prevent vulnerable young people and adults from becoming homeless. The organisation helps to catch people before they begin rough sleeping and face the many dangers associated with street homelessness, and to alleviate the wider negative impacts of homelessness. The complex link between homelessness and positive life outcomes in the areas of health, education and employment mean that Sussex Nightstop’s clients are not only vulnerable in the short-term, but all have longer-term hurdles to improving their social mobility.
Samaritans of Salisbury & District, Wiltshire
The overarching aim of Samaritans of Salisbury & District is that fewer people die by suicide. The organisation works to achieve this vision by making it their mission to lessen emotional distress and reduce the frequency of suicidal feelings and suicidal behaviour. It supports those who feel desperate and may be contemplating ending their lives, or those in the process of doing so. The Samaritans operates on a 24/7 basis as far as possible, either on the phone or face-to-face in its offices. The majority of their work tends to be with those who have mental health difficulties.
West Scotland Deaf Children's Society, Glasgow and West Scotland
West Scotland Deaf Children's Society (WSDCS) is a charity that was created in 1947 by a group of parents of deaf children with the goal of breaking down barriers that deaf children face in everyday life. The charity provides practical, social and emotional support and information to deaf children and their families from the 12 local authorities that make up the West of Scotland through organised events, clubs and through its family support officers. The support can take the form of home visits, school visits, telephone support and assistance with applying for much needed benefits. WSDCS also provides online support via e-mail and Facebook.
Mustard Seed Autism Trust, Farnborough
Mustard Seed’s mission is to equip children, empower parents and educate society. To achieve this, the organisation is developing an autism hub where families and the local community can access support, therapies, activities, advice and training. All the therapies and interventions Mustard Seed uses are well-researched and validated within the autism community. The whole team attends external training courses to keep up to date with current autism practice and regular in-house training to share, refresh and improve the service.
Royal London Foundation: coronavirus update
We’re changing how the Foundation runs this year so we can immediately support local charities and organisations providing vital help to people during the coronavirus outbreak. Read our Q&A to find out more about our decision and how the funding will be used.