A copy of the full Annual Report is available from:
The Barnes Workhouse Fund
PO Box 665
Richmond TW10 6YL
Tel: 020 8241 3994
|RELIEF OF POVERTY|
|Grants paid to Individuals||17,183|
|Grants paid to Individuals||18,752|
|Orange Tree Theatre||5,000|
|Library Summer Outreach Project||600|
|Richmond Adult Community College||1,200|
|Holly Lodge Centre||3,000|
|Richmond Music Trust||1,600|
|Action Attainment Ltd||3,000|
|Action-Attainment Ltd with Brentford||6,333|
|PROVISION OF RECREATION AND LEISURE FACILITIES*|
|B.Y.T Experimental Theatre Group||500|
|Castelnau Centre Project||42,493|
|Orleans House Gallery||7,500|
|Orleans House Gallery||2,534|
|IO Theatre Company||500|
|Barnes Music Society||1,000|
|Marble Hill Play Centre||2,000|
|RELIEF OF DISTRESS & SICKNESS|
|Clergy discretionary grants||1,800|
|Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group||500|
|Integrated Neurological Services||6,000|
|MID Mediation and Counselling||4,000|
|Barnes, East Sheen & Mortlake FISH||11,500|
|Richmond Carers Centre||4,300|
|Richmond Citizens Advice Bureaux||34,425|
|Richmond Crossroads Care||13,250|
|Home Start, Richmond upon Thames||5,250|
|Age UK Richmond Upon Thames||15,000|
|My Life Films||5,000|
|Richmond Food Bank||2,000|
|Barn Elms Sports Trust||300|
|Barnes Christmas Lights Project||60|
|St Michaels and All Angels Church||3,750|
|Friends of Paddock School||1,000|
* A few of these grants, in particular the Castelnau Centre Project, can be said to span all four of the Fund's objects.
The Board of Trustees of the Barnes Workhouse fund (“BWF”) (9 Trustees, all local Barnes residents) held their Annual Forum and Consultation in June, before an invited audience of local voluntary organisations based in Barnes and Richmond, good friends of the charities and local contacts.
The meeting heard that BWF awarded grants totalling nearly £280,000 during the calendar year 2016. The awards were made to local Barnes-based or Richmond-based voluntary organisations and individual Barnes residents, under our charitable objects of "the relief of poverty; the relief of distress & sickness; provision of education facilities; and provision of recreational & leisure facilities". We can award grants to help capital projects in Barnes and during 2016, we gave £3,750 to St Michael & All Angels Church towards the costs of improvements to their historic organ. The Fund also responded to the local fundraising efforts towards the costs of Christmas lights for Barnes.
Caroline Kelsall, Chair of Trustees, reminded the audience that the Fund’s Annual Forum was intended to provide an opportunity to develop and strengthen links not only between BWF and its beneficiary organisations, but also between the organisations themselves. Collaboration between voluntary organisations working for the benefit of the Richmond Borough residents has never been more important, taking account of the year on year statutory and grant funding reductions that many are experiencing. Avoiding duplication of services and signposting vulnerable clients towards established sources of help is a priority. Caroline referred to last year’s Indices of Multiple Deprivation, showing Barnes as a category 4 (1 is high deprivation and 10 is low); whereas the Richmond Borough is classed between 8 and 10.
The themes that BWF wished to examine this year included social isolation particularly amongst those with mental health issues; social isolation generally amongst the elderly; and dementia services, specifically because Barnes has a higher proportion of its population between the ages of 60 and 90+ than Richmond and the rest of London.
Reference was made to the recent report commissioned by Richmond Parish Lands Charity and Hampton Fuel Allotments Charity entitled “On the Edge”. This report, arising out of independent research by consultants, Rocket Science, makes some interesting observations and recommendations. Very early on in the report, it is identified that “the perception of Richmond as wealthy masks the level of poverty and need across the Borough”.
The Report’s recommendations cover collaboration (as discussed above); the development of peer support networks; making the most of shared funding opportunities; and the exploration into the feasibility of a Borough-wide strategy of donations of time and resources alongside funding, with a view to including the corporate sector in this approach.
The Forum heard from Richmond Mind, the principal provider of mental health support in the Borough, who, on top of their core service, are working with the Borough schools, talking to young people about mental health awareness: this intervention can help towards prevention, as many people with mental health difficulties will have begun to develop that condition from around the age of 14.
Citizens Advice, Richmond commented on the funding provided by BWF: this funds completely the North Barnes office next to the Castelnau Centre. Citizens Advice across the Borough saw approximately 5,000 people last year, who brought 16,000 problems needing advice.
Simon Danciger from the OSO Arts Centre, reported that it was now 4 years since the Board of Trustees took over responsibility for the Centre. 6,000 people attended the Centre last year, visiting 200 different events there. The Centre and its café is a popular venue providing arts-related recreation for the whole Barnes community.
Stuart Nevil of SPEAR reported on his organisation’s activities around supporting the homeless, both in terms of collaboration with other local organisations and developing peer to peer support. BWF co-funds the costs of a Trainee Outreach Worker to work part-time in the Barnes area.
The Castelnau Centre Project receives the largest grant that BWF awards. The Centre is situated in the Castelnau Estate, a large area of Barnes, where there is social housing and pockets of extreme need. That part of Barnes can be “cut-off” from the rest of the Borough in some ways, which can exacerbate the situations in which vulnerable people find themselves. The Centre’s activities, including the café, and activity groups for both adults and children, are aimed at strengthening relationships, breaking down social isolation and improving wellbeing.
The housing was built in 1975, when the Board of Trustees at the time made this bold decision as a way of meeting the Fund’s object, “the Relief of the Aged”. Retired Barnes residents on low incomes, who are looking for sheltered accommodation, are encouraged to consider applying to us. Since June 2016, two vacancies have arisen and these have been filled from our own Housing Register, or from referrals by Richmond Council. Applicants who are eligible to join our Housing Register offered a vacancy on the basis of need.
Thanks go to our Managers, Crown Simmons Housing, and our Scheme Manager, Jackie Taylor, for the hard work and commitment they put in which shows up in the welcoming and comfortable surroundings provided at our Scheme.
Grateful thanks and appreciation also go to our Trustee of 6 years, Lucy Hine, who retired at the end of 2016, and we welcome Luke Tegner, who joined us in January 2017, bringing with him valuable corporate sector expertise.
For further information on grants awarded during the year; on applying to live at Walsingham Lodge; or on any other aspect touched on in this review, please look at our websites (details below), or contact our Director, Miranda Ibbetson.
Tel: 020 8241 3994