The Wimbledon Foundation has awarded grants totalling £50,000 to 12 Merton and Wandsworth-based community organisations.
The grants are part of the Wimbledon Foundation’s £100,000 Community Fund which is distributed annually in support of local organisations to meet social needs in Merton and Wandsworth, the two boroughs annually impacted by The Championships.
One of the beneficiaries is Inner Strength Network which provides a coaching service to women and girls within Merton and across surrounding boroughs. The grant of £5,000 from the Wimbledon Foundation will fund the one-to-one coaching support for vulnerable women who have suffered domestic violence, particularly within the refuge. Maureen Bailey, CEO of Inner Strength Network, explained, “The coaching sessions will help to build the women’s resilience and confidence to live an abuse free lifestyle, informing them how to keep themselves and their families safe, and when appropriate, signpost them to training or volunteering opportunities as well as supporting them in getting their children back into school."
The Amber Trust, which supports visually impaired children across the UK to further their love of music, also received funding. Ste phen Hough, Volunteer Fundraiser, said, “This fantastic grant from the Wimbledon Foundation will enable us to help some of the most disadvantaged children in Merton and Wandsworth. As well as being blind or partially sighted, these children have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and it is all too easy for their experience of life to be constrained. This support means local children will be able to experience and engage in first class music making over two weeks at the Linden Lodge Summer School.”
Helen Parker, Wimbledon Foundation & Community Manager said, “We are proud to be able to support the fantastic work these organisations do to tackle social problems and improve the lives of local people.”
Wimbledon Foundation Community Fund grants have been awarded to:
Association for Polish Family
To provide weekly employment support workshops in Merton for three groups of 10 women affected by domestic violence.
SPEAR Housing Association Limited (SPEAR)
To run a skills development programme providing independent living skills, education, training and employment support for 32 young homeless people staying at a Merton hostel.
Ethnic Minority Centre
To run cultural art and music workshops for 200 participants from disadvantaged backgrounds culminating in an exhibition and performances.
Inner Strength Network CIC
To run a series of one-to-one coaching sessions for 20 women living in the Housing4Women’s Wimbledon Refuge who have suffered domestic violence.
To run student conferences in Merton and Wandsworth for 240 young people as well as a teacher conference focusing on teenage mental health and how to develop support around the issue in their schools.
MS Society (Merton Branch)
To run physiotherapist-led exercise sessions and a chair Zumba class for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Contact a Family Wandsworth
To deliver a programme of creative arts, music and craft outings for over 250 disabled children and young people and their families.
The Amber Trust
To provide music workshops delivered by professional musicians for visually impaired children attending Linden Lodge’s Summer School, culminating in an interactive performance.
Junction Community Trust
To part-fund a volunteer co-ordinator for Wandsworth Foodbank.
Family Action – Wandsworth Young Carers Service (WYCS)
To run mobile workshops in three Roehampton primary schools providing support and activities for 20 young carers aged between 5 and 10 years old.
CARAS (Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers)
To develop a Youth Council run by young refugees and asylum seekers and run training workshops to enable these young people to consult on, make and implement decisions for themselves and their peers.
Growing Against Violence
To run a series of interactive workshops for pupils aged 10-11 years old at 15 schools across Merton aimed at preventing young people becoming involved in gangs and violence.