2013-14 Grants

The theme for grant applications for 2014 was “projects providing education for people from the most marginalised sectors of society”.  Twenty nine applications were made and the trustees were able to fund an unprecedented eight applications.

The eight successful award winners in 2014 are:

Ace of Clubs – (Southwark Diocese) (£32,424)

The priests at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Clapham started the work of Ace of Clubs in July 1995, naming it Ace of Clubs in the gospel belief that the most marginalised and vulnerable should belong to the best of clubs the city has to offer. To this day we still operate out of the former St Mary’s School building which is owned by the church.

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The project aims to provide education to the homeless, most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in South London in order to increase their abilities for engagement with society and their opportunity for employment. This will include:

  • support in using computers to office admin levels,
  • how to manage their benefits, adapt to the government welfare reforms, budget their money well and therefore sustain tenancies at a time when it is increasingly difficult to do so.
  • teach those cannot read, write or carry out simple maths sums to do so.

The aim is to increase the employability of local homeless and vulnerable people and see them entering into the work force after many years unemployed.

Baytree – the “Peach” programme (Southwark Diocese)  (£32,000)

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The Baytree Centre is a social inclusion project of the Dawliffe Hall Educational Foundation. The aim   of  the Peach (Parents in the Education, Achievement, and Character of their Children) project is to create supportive pathways, through early intervention for inner-city families through educational, training, personal and social development programmes for girls and women. In particular,

  • Mentor girls to remain in mainstream education and to develop their full potential counteracting the high risks of poverty, school drop outs, teenage pregnancy, drugs, gangs, trafficking, teen violence and crime
  • For newly arrived young immigrants including unaccompanied minors, provide an educational package of safe cultural integration, English classes, mentoring and quick access to mainstream education
  • Support parents in the care of the family and overcome causes of unemployment, debts, low income, poor accommodation
  • Open progression routes to volunteering for participating girls and women thereby providing opportunities for acquiring work skills and fostering civic responsibility
  • Encourage the participation of university students and young professionals as mentors and role models in Baytree thus helping break down poverty patterns in children suffering multiple index of deprivation

Life 2009 – the “My life” programme (£33,416)

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The Charitable Objects of the LIFE 2009 Charity are:

1. The relief of poverty, sickness and distress of pregnant women and of unsupported mothers with

one or more infant children and in particular by providing accommodation.

2. The protection and preservation of good health and relief of sickness in particular that of women, children and poor persons, including the treatment of pregnant women.

3. The advancement of education of the public in all matters relating to pregnancy and in particular, the utmost respect for human life.

The “My Life” programme will deliver a self-sustaining, basic life skills education programme across the UK to 156 hard to reach, vulnerable, homeless, at risk or abused young women who are pregnant, equipping them for more independent living and enabling them to participate in their local community.

Noah Enterprise – (Northampton Diocese) (£29,210)

NOAH Enterprise is a charity in Bedfordshire that works with over 1,000 rough sleepers, other homeless people and the most excluded in the community every year. The Daughters of Charity originally set NOAH Enterprise up in 1987.

Noah wants to offer a new training course in carpentry and woodwork skills to 100 of the most excluded and disadvantaged people in and around Luton. We have seen how well some of our clients engage in something creative where they have a chance to express themselves. We believe this project can be the start to stabilising their situations and opening the gateway to further possibilities.

This project will recruit service users onto a woodwork training course, reuse and recycle waste wood from our furniture store to manufacture a range of wooden goods, sell these items in our social enterprise, and develop a simple product range and use the manufacturing process to train homeless, long-term unemployed and excluded people in employable skills. This will help our service users to rebuild their self-esteem, confidence and respect whilst training them in employable vocational skills.

NOAH Enterprise has been given the 2017 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for “Recognising the dignity and worth of homeless people by supporting them from the streets and into the community”.


St Wilfrid’s – Sheffield (Hallam Diocese) (£28,927)

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St Wilfrid’s is the largest, most comprehensive facility for vulnerable and homeless adults with mental health issues in South Yorkshire. It was set up by the Diocese of Hallam in 1991 and provides support, education and life skills training to marginalized adults in South Yorkshire, the majority of whom are over 30 and have mental health issues.  Most have been homeless or are vulnerable in their accommodation. A 50 bed residential centre next to the existing day centre is scheduled to be built to enable clients to have a safe place to live and learn skills for independence for up to 2 years, having signed a contract to take part in training at the Centre as part of their tenancy agreement.

This project is to fund two staff salaries as part of St Wilfrid’s Personal Development Programme – the most comprehensive choice of activities and training for hard to reach adult learners in Yorkshire. Up to 350 clients at any one time, 600 a year, receive support with food, clothing, housing advice, access to medical help, personal support, benefits advice, a personal plan to access the Personal Development Programme.  Clients may attend as many sessions as they wish, this equates to about 200 individuals going through PDP each year

Storybook Dads – the “Me and My Dad” project (£40,000)

Storybook Dads is an award-winning charity currently based in HM Prison Dartmoor. We enable imprisoned parents to maintain contact with their children, whilst improving literacy skills for both parent and child.

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The “Me and My Dad” project will enable imprisoned parents to create interactive, educational resources for their child such as activity sheets and a “Read Along” DVD. Following the successful piloting of this project at HM Prison Dartmoor, we aim to roll it out at the improved facilities at our new site at HM Prison Channings Wood and to all member prisons and provide them with the support they need to implement it. The funding is for set-up costs for a new editing and workshop facility at HMP Channings Wood. We predict that we will reach over 20,000 beneficiaries during the funding period.

THOMAS – (Salford Diocese)  (£40,000)

THOMAS (Those who are on the Margins of a Society) was founded by Fr James McCartney, Parish Priest of St Anne’s RC Church in Blackburn, twenty years ago. Men and women who were homeless, living in poverty, socially excluded and involved in substance misuse came to St Anne’s for help. THOMAS built therapeutic communities to transform lives. It also provides an alcohol & drug rehabilitation and recovery services, and support for the homeless, the poor and destitute, and adults battling addiction. Many service users have been prolific and persistent offenders; all have complex life stories. We support at any one time 500 individuals.

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The THOMAS project is to develop an Academy, a spiritual, personal and social development programme in a recovery setting, enabling individuals with chaotic backgrounds, multiple disadvantage, prolific and persistent offending, long‐term addictions, to rebuild their lives, find new hope and meaning, make amends and contribute to society. The Academy will run from our residential and community bases in Blackburn and Salford, then in Lancashire, Wigan and Manchester.

Women at the Well – (Westminster Diocese) (£34,512)

2015-03-12 WoW graphicWomen at the Well provides a one-stop-shop, women-only centre working with women on the margins of society who many would describe as “the undeserving poor”. The drop-in centre in Kings Cross is dedicated to supporting women with a complex range of needs relating to street based prostitution, offending & anti-social behaviour, problematic drug and alcohol abuse, rough sleeping and trafficking.

The project aims to provide support to the women on a personal one to one basis to enable them to begin to participate in a variety of learning activities. The aim is that these women are included in society and can move away from the abusive backgrounds they have come from. We want them to start to engage in training and learning, knowing that formal training has not worked for them in the past. We want the project to make education possible whatever their personal situations are today so that they can start the journey away from chaos.