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Wimbledon Foundation grants to local charities

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The Wimbledon Foundation manages a significant programme of grants to charities which benefit the local communities of Merton and Wandsworth. 

During 2013, grants made to local charities included the following:

Home- Start Merton provides support, friendship and practical help to families in Merton to assist children in difficult circumstances to have the best possible start at an early and critical time of parenting.

Wimbledon Guild provides a range of services in Wimbledon including counselling, grants to tackle poverty, services for older people and support.  The Guild runs the Wimbledon Village Fair on Wimbledon Common, a local community event and major fundraiser for the Guild, to which we contribute.

Carers Support Merton provides support, advice and respite to carers of all ages in Merton including children aged 5-18 who are looking after, or whose life is affected by, a family member who is ill or disabled.

Wimbledon Civic Theatre Trust facilitates innovative performing arts-based education projects for the local community focusing on young people with special needs and those experiencing disadvantage.

19th Wimbledon Scout Group is engaged in a project to build a new scout hut in Wimbledon.  It will be a facility which will be opened to the wider community and assist the work the group undertakes for young people and society. 

Will to Win Foundation distributes grants to individuals, organisations and clubs to enable people of all ages and abilities to play sport.

Beyond Autism is based in two sites in Wandsworth and runs well-established schools providing primary and secondary education for special needs children with autism.

Wimbledon Music Festival is a well respected international music festival involving more than 4,000 performers in 65 schools across the borough, and has a programme of educational activities in the community.

St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon A substantial donation has been given to St Mary’s Church in Wimbledon to support its church spire repair fund.

Mayor of Merton’s charities  A donation is made annually to a fund established to support local charities nominated by the Mayor of Merton.

Mayor of Wandsworth’s charities Similarly, a donation is made each year to a fund established to support local charities nominated by the Mayor of Wandsworth.

Southfields Community Fund An annual fund has been established with the London Community Foundation which supports a variety of community projects specifically within the Southfields area.  Grants up to £5,000 are made to selected ‘micro’ community projects.  Recipients this year included:

  • The Chicken Shed Theatre Trust uses inspirational theatre to educate and promote key messages, especially for young people.  This particular project in Southfields aims at addressing issues involving gang violence and encouraging improved communication skills. The majority of students are from BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups.
  • Hestia Housing and Support is a well-established organisation that aims to help homeless and vulnerable, often isolated, Londoners.  The funded project is designed to engage local elderly people in a ‘reminiscence group’ project where beneficiaries meet to talk about their life stories, encouraging social networks and increasing levels of well-being.
  • Regenerate runs a double decker bus mobile youth centre on a weekly basis in Southfields and aims to provide young people with, a positive place to play and workshops that benefit their health and well-being, reducing the risk of criminal behaviour.
  • Sheringdale School Association  This project aims at providing quiet areas where schoolchildren can take time out from active play to read books, chat to friends during playtime or play creatively through the use of new imaginative play equipment.
  • Carney’s Community  was set up to continue the legacy and work of a club leader and amateur boxing coach and delivers boxing fitness sessions and mentoring for young people in the Southfields area ‘at risk’ of gang involvement.  Participants are identified and referred by Wandsworth Council, the police and other youth agencies and the project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and gang involvement.
  • World Heart Beat Music Academy gives children and young people- many of whom would never have access to musical education- the opportunity to learn music under the guidance of committed and inspirational musicians. Outcomes aim to raise aspirations, develop life-skills and increase community engagement.
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