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.
Grant-making by the Barnes Workhouse Fund
The Board of Trustees (9 Trustees, all local Barnes residents) held their Annual Meeting 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 the Barnes Workhouse Fund paid out grants totalling £232,017 during the year 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 in 2015, we gave £5,000 to Barn Elms Sports Trust (pictured) towards the creation of their pathway to facilitate disabled access to their athletics track.
The Chair of Trustees, Caroline Kelsall, reported that, in terms of the recent deprivation index, contrary to expectation, Barnes is 4th on the scale of 10 (where 1 is the most deprived), compared to Richmond as a whole being between 8-10. Looking at the age profile of Barnes, the area has a consistently higher percentage of its population between the ages of 60 to 90+ than Richmond and London as a whole.
With these statistics in mind, the Board invited their audience to report further on the priority issues which arose from last year's meeting, namely:
Ravi Arora from the Ethnic Minorities Advocacy Group, based in the Richmond Borough, reported that dementia amongst black and ethnic minority communities is a growing threat, nationally expected to increase 7-fold in the next 40 years, compare to only a 2-fold increase predicted amongst the white community of England and Wales.
Steve Mindel, Chairman of the Barnes Community Association reported that Barnes has joined the Dementia Alliance, the Richmond Council initiative to raise awareness of dementia across the Borough. The BCA are working to ensure that Barnes becomes a "dementia friendly village". Their work has only just begun and they are in the process of setting up a training project for volunteers in local businesses who will be able to recognise early signs of dementia amongst their customers and seek to provide assistance.
Jenny Hughes, Director of FiSH agreed that they had seen an increased need for help for people with memory loss and this, together with the issues listed above, very much forms the FiSH priorities for their volunteers to help to address.
Veronica Schroter of Age UK Richmond reported that it is recognised nationally that social isolation and loneliness is harmful to health, creating a major public health need, which is even being recognised by the Government. She reinforced the Barnes Workhouse Fund's own message that collaborative working across the Borough's voluntary sector is the way forward, creating a "multi-agency" strategy, to attempt to target the varied facets of these issues.
We were all delighted to hear from Catherine Stelling of Richmond Council's Public Health Department on their new 15 minute training course available on the Richmond Council website called "Making every contact count". It is designed to enable staff and volunteers to develop the essential skills needed to identify people who could benefit from additional support, how to spot signs that someone might need help and what can be done to help tackle the issues.
In the last twelve months, four vacancies have arisen and these have been filled from our own Housing Register, or from referrals by Richmond Council. Applicants can join our Housing Register if they are eligible and vacancies are allocated on the basis of need.
We are always keen to invite retired Barnes residents on low incomes who are looking for sheltered accommodation to consider applying to us. In May, we held an Open Day, when we showed local people around the accommodation, and some of them have already made an application to live there. Sometimes it seems harder than it should be to house those Barnes residents who are most in need of low-cost, sheltered accommodation and we would encourage readers to contact us to discuss their own, or a friend's needs, to help assess whether our accommodation is suitable.
We must thank our Managers, Crown Simmons Housing, and our Scheme Manager, Jackie Taylor for the great deal of hard work and commitment they put in which shows up in the welcoming and comfortable surroundings provided at our Scheme.
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