Cash boost for London-wide charity schemes
16:49 21 February 2013
Voluntary projects which help some of London’s most vulnerable communities have been given extra financial support.
Age Concern UK and the Refugee Council are among 34 to have received grants for various projects from London Councils to last the next two years.
The total £9.4million budget for 2013/2014 will be shared between eight schemes tackling homelessness, 20 initiatives supporting victims of sexual and domestic violence and poverty, and six to support voluntary organisations.
Fazil Kawani, director of integration at the Refugee Council said the £124,684 they will receive over the next two years will go to 450 organisations over the next two years.
He said: “We’re delighted to have received this funding from London Councils that will greatly benefit refugees and asylum seekers in the city.
“We will work directly with 100 organisations to ensure they can fundraise and build useful services for their clients.
“These organisations are crucial for supporting refugees in their communities, and provide an essential bridge to mainstream services, so it is fantastic that we can provide them with more support at this time.”
Other charities to receive a grant include Shelter, Women in Prison, London Voluntary Service Council, Solace Women’s Aid and St Mungo Community Housing Association.
Samantha Mauger, chief executive of Age UK London, said their £310,000 will go towards support work with 350 older peoples organisations across London.
“This will include one to one organisational work, practical support workshops, including social media support, and funding workshops,” she said.
“A knowledge hub will provide information, spread best practice, support user consultation and provide equality and benchmarking tools to demonstrate impact.”
The 33 London boroughs contribute to the grants programme which has been run on their behalf by London Councils, for the last 26 years.
Cllr Paul McGlone, chairman of the London Councils’ Grants Committee, said: “We want the money to go where it can make a real difference for Londoners who are most in need of support.
“The services which are being funded most closely match the four priorities and principles which were decided following public consultation.
“These are to prevent homelessness, support people at risk of sexual and domestic violence, help Londoners get into work, and assist community organisations.
“There is a much smaller budget for the grants programme this year but we want what funding is available to go as far as possible across London.”
GRANTS IN FULL
Stonewall Housing £173,759
Women in Prison Ltd £86,376
Shelter - London Advice Services £650,000
St Mungo Community Housing Association £391,387
Thames Reach £376,709
The Connection at St Martin’s £211,705
New Horizon Youth Centre £730,672
Support services to homelessness voluntary sector organisations
Homeless Link £149,535
Sexual and Domestic Violence
Tender Education and Arts £199,865
Advice, counselling, outreach, drop-in and support for access to services
Women in Prison Ltd £88,149
Solace Women’s Aid £1,347,821
Helpline and coordinated access to refuge provision
Women’s Aid Federation of England (Women’s Aid) £250,038
Emergency refuge accommodation that offers services to meet the needs of specific groups
Eaves Housing for Women £162,950
Ashiana Network £450,000
Support services to the sexual and domestic violence voluntary sector organisations
Women’s Resource Centre £304,000
Specifically targeted services
Asian Women’s Resource Centre £300,000
Domestic Violence Intervention Project £20,633
Parents with long-term work limiting health condition
Disability Times Trust £188,020
People with mental health needs
Peter Bedford Housing Association £188,020
People from ethnic groups with low labour market participation rates
MI ComputSolutions Incorporated £188,020
Paddington Development Trust (PDT) £188,020
Urban Futures London Limited £188,020
Women facing barriers to employment
Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre £188,020
Islington Training Network £188,020
Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service £188,020
Catalyst Gateway £188,020
People recovering from drug and/or alcohol addiction or misuse
St Mungo Community Housing Association £188,020
Providing support to London’s voluntary and community organisations – promoting efficiency and new funding opportunities
Children England £212,949
London Deaf & Disability Organisations CIC (Inclusion London) £280,000
Advice UK £253,816
London Voluntary Service Council £367,664
Age Concern London £155,077
The Refugee Council £62,342