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Wimbledon Foundation


Our Community Fund, launched in 2014 and run in conjunction with the London Community Foundation, continues to award grants totalling £125,000 a year to charities and community organisations tackling social problems in Merton and Wandsworth. The Community Fund is an effective way of enabling the Foundation to support a variety of charities undertaking valuable social work in the two boroughs most closely connected to Wimbledon. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000.

Click here to see the projects awarded grants by our Community Fund in 2016.

 We are very grateful for the tremendous support of the Wimbledon Foundation.”

- Janna Feldman, Head of Creative Learning, Polka Theatre

Case study: Daniel’s story

Daniel was referred to the SHINE on Saturday school programme after being excluded from school for disruptive behaviour. The staff at SHINE noticed Daniel had autistic tendencies which explained his difficulty in socialising with others. The creative curriculum and teaching style at SHINE quickly helped Daniel to view teachers and learning in a new light. Daniel started to make huge improvements at school, his literacy skills soared and learnt how to better control his emotions. In 2015, Daniel reached a level 6 in Maths – only 35% of pupils in the UK managing a level 5. SHINE has had such an impact on Daniel that he now returning as a peer mentor to help other young people.

Case study: Anna’s story 

Anna was referred to the Merton Winter Night Shelter after her long-term relationship broke down and she found herself with nowhere to go or stay. The kindness and support shown by volunteers at the shelter helped Anna to rebuild her confidence and she soon found employment. The shelter paid for Anna’s travel for the first few weeks until Anna received her first month’s salary and helped Anna find a room to rent in private accommodation. Anna has gone on to become part of a street outreach team helping other homeless people.

Case study: Jack’s story 

Friends In St Helier (FISH) has been a lifeline for 91 year-old Jack Murray and his 95 year-old wife Vera after she started suffering from dementia. The weekly volunteer-led group provides elderly people with company, a nutritious home-cooked meal and activities such as Pilates, IT classes, quizzes and informative talks to aid their physical and mental wellbeing. Knowing that Vera is in a safe place and being looked after for three hours enables Jack to go into town to run errands and visit the supermarket and has meant the couple, married for 70 years, can continue living independently.

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