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||18,413|
|RELIEF OF DISTRESS AND SICKNESS|
|River Thames Boat Project||2,400|
|Integrated Neurological Services||6,000|
|Barnes Community Association||2,064|
|Richmond Food Bank||2,000|
|Relate London South West||4,000|
|Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston Upon Thames||31,500|
|Richmond Borough Mind||17,539|
|Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre||3,500|
|FiSH Neighbourhood Care||15,750|
|Off The Record Twickenham||2,600|
|Addiction Support and Care Agency||2,000|
|Richmond Citizens Advice Bureaux Service||37,495|
|Clergy Discretionary Grants||1,800|
|Home-Start Richmond, Kingston & Hounslow||5,250|
|Richmond Carers Centre||4,600|
|MID Mediation and Counselling Ltd||4,000|
|Grants to Individuals||15,739|
|EDUCATION - ORGANISATIONS|
|Orange Tree Theatre||5,000|
|Richmond Music Trust||1,290|
|Mortlake Scout Group||10,000|
|Barn Elms Sports Trust||5,000|
|PROVISION OF RECREATION AND LEISURE FACILITIES*|
|The Museum of Richmond||1,000|
|Castelnau Centre Project||42,494|
|Orleans House Trust||6,000|
|FiSH Neighbourhood Care||500|
* A few of these grants, in particular the Castelnau Centre Project, can be said to span all four of the Fund's objects.
At the Annual Forum and Consultation in June, the Barnes Workhouse Fund (“BWF“) (9 Trustees, who are all local to Barnes) reported a 2017 investment income of £325,000 with total grants paid of just over £280,000. These grants were made to local Barnes-based or Richmond-based voluntary organisations and individual Barnes residents, under charitable objects directed at relieving poverty and distress and helping with education costs. Capital projects in Barnes also received support; for example during 2017, £5,000 was given to Barn Elms Sports Trust towards the costs of improvements to their athletics track. Caroline Kelsall, Chair of Trustees, reminded the audience of some of the Fund’s key areas of concern, being mental health issues; social isolation; and loneliness. She reported that with Universal Credit currently rolling out in Richmond, difficulties are beginning to arise over the timing of payments, and benefits eligibility. The Fund has been able to award a few grants to plug gaps in income.
The needs in Barnes are various and widespread and Barnes comes within the top 5 Richmond wards in the Indices of Deprivation for having some of the lowest levels of income for both older people and for children. Barnes has the highest proportion in the Borough of its population aged between 60 and 85. It also has the highest proportion of its residents registered as long-term unemployed, some of whom have never worked. More than 4% of Barnes households are classed as overcrowded which, perhaps, is not surprising given the high cost of accommodation in this part of the Borough. The Fund is restricted to spending its income, not its capital, so budgeting to meet as wide a variety of these needs is a priority. Caroline reported that the Board is currently reviewing its reserves with the aim of releasing an additional portion to increase spending where appropriate.
Considering the challenging housing conditions at the lower end of the Barnes housing spectrum, the Trustees value the support available to Barnes residents provided by Walsingham Lodge, the Fund’s sheltered accommodation, which has operated within Barnes since it was built in 1975. Over the past twelve months, three vacancies have arisen and these have been filled from our own Housing Register, or from referrals by Richmond Council. A programme of significant property maintenance is currently being planned for the next three years, to be funded by our reserves.
Grateful thanks and appreciation go to our Trustee of 10 years, K Pengelley, who stepped down in September 2017, and to our Chair, Caroline Kelsall, whose 3 year Chairship ends in December 2018. Thanks also go to our Director, Miranda Ibbetson who will leave us at the end of September after 15 years with the Fund. We welcome two new people to the Fund, Nicolas Tiffou, who joined us as Trustee in January 2018 and our new Executive Director, Katy Makepeace-Gray, who, to date, has been a principal grants programme manager for London Councils, and who will join us in September 2018.
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 check our websites (details below).
Tel: 020 8241 3994