tackling health inequalities in South London
Women of Wandsworth
Women of Wandsworth,
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Projects funded using money raised by healthFreedom

Total amount distributed to charities to date is: £1,400,691

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Advice Support Knowledge Information Croydon £19,752

This new two-year project will run multi-activity sessions including craft workshops, board games, quizzes, cinema club, book club, and sing-alongs for socially and emotionally isolated older people.  English conversation sessions will be offered to help overcome language barriers. Participants will be able to socialise over a bring-and-share lunch which will enable participants who normally have difficulty eating outside of their own homes to feel included as equals.  The project will be based in the Bensham Lane area of Croydon.

Apsara Arts Croydon £28,560

This two-year project is the development of existing work by Apsara Arts. Working with girls aged 9-17 from South Asian communities in the London Borough of Croydon, the project will provide weekly activities focused around art and food. An improvised drama workshop which the group previously ran and which focussed on Asian girls’ issues around body image was successful in engaging with the girls about this issue. The intention of the project is to enable the girls to voice their opinions and form friendships with each other.

Between here and there Croydon £25,290

This new 18-month project that has been designed by existing service users aims to deliver a series of family arts and crafts sessions utilising everyday objects and materials from around the home. The sessions are for 20 families from Croydon who have already registered for the project. Activities will focus on bringing the community together to reduce isolation and improve local support networks. Participants will shape the programme via formal and informal feedback, and a steering group comprising three adults and three children will support project monitoring and evaluation.

Inaspectrum Croydon £14,102

This existing two-year project aims to deliver educational and recreational activities for people in Croydon who have autism and/or Asperger’s. Activities will include twice-monthly coffee mornings, monthly talks on autism-related issues, occasional social activities such as cinema or theatre trips and short midweek breaks, and four conferences on issues relating to autism. Participants, many of whom find it difficult to participate in daily life and social activities, will organise the activities together, which will improve social cohesion, empowering them to feel more confident, better able to communicate, and making them feel valued.

The Cara Trust    Wandsworth £30,043

This new two-year project aims to develop a weekly support group for people with HIV who are aged over 50 from the London Borough of Wandsworth. The activities will be decided by the participants but may include trips to museums and galleries, bowling, walks and going to the cinema. The intention is that the social groups will provide a safe and supportive space for isolated older people with HIV to get together and develop supportive peer networks.

The Friends of ELMWOOD Croydon £21,000

This new two year project will recruit and train volunteers to provide one to one support to residents of Elmwood care home, some of whom are living with Dementia. The volunteers will form friendships with care home residents and support them to pursue their own personal hobbies and plan trips out to the local area. Links with local community groups will be formed so that they can become involved with life in the care home and deliver activities such as gardening groups, tea parties and musical performances.

Thornton Heath Community Action Team (THCAT) Croydon £26,028

This two-year project is the development of previous work. Last year Thornton Heath Community Action Team helped transform litter hotspots in Thornton Heath in Croydon into beauty spots. The group now wishes to extend this and develop street teams of residents of all ages from 20 roads in Thornton Heath. These teams will improve their streets and at the same time get to know their neighbours. Activities will include litter picking, planting, mending and producing, and delivering a local newsletter. The intention is to make the local community feel happier, safer, more connected and empowered. The project aims to benefit local people of all ages and backgrounds.

Turf Projects Croydon £11,599

This two-year project continues existing work initiated in 2014. It involves professional artists supporting adults from Croydon who have learning disabilities to experiment with new media and art techniques in weekly workshops. The intention is that the participants evolve artistically, gain confidence and benefit from the positive impact of art on their wellbeing as well as to experience a sense of community. Participants are invited to take on leadership roles and share their knowledge with others in the group, with representatives also attending the applicant’s Board meeting.

Somali Community Advancement Organisation Wandsworth £17,440 This one year project is the continuation of an existing weekly club, funded by the Trust, which works with isolated, housebound older Somali women living on the York Road estate in Wandsworth. The project will provide access to personal support, such as advice on issues including pensions, finance and housing, development opportunities, including English lessons, as well as social activities.
Women of Wandsworth  Battersea £14,470 This two year project will continue the delivery of an existing Trust funded initiative which delivers intergenerational activities for people without extended families. It will bring together elderly residents, including those that live at Haven Lodge, a small sheltered accommodation estate based in Latchmere Ward, Battersea, and young families who attend Women of Wandsworth.
Surrey Lane People's Organisation  Battersea £10,000 This two year project is the continuation of a community organising initiative based in the Surrey Lane Estate in Battersea which is currently funded by the Trust. The project will train 10-15 local community leaders from the estate who will be supported to listen to the concerns of other local residents, and organise local people to take action that leads to positive outcomes on issues of common concern.
FAST-project London  Battersea £36,906 This two year project is an existing idea. It will offer twice-weekly drop-ins for up to 100 young people from the Patmore Estate in Battersea giving them a safe, fun environment to explore opportunities and build their confidence, aspiration and sense of community. There will be sports, cooking and arts activities as well as employability training.
Home-Start Sutton  Sutton £27,752 This new two year project aims to support parents in the last months of pregnancy and baby’s first year. The group aims to deliver weekly social support groups, and train local parents as Community Champions to support session delivery and engage local families.
Ministry of Empowerment  Croydon £34,468 This 24 month project will continue existing work; it will run a programme of workshops and therapeutic sessions for local women. The varied programme of activities will include art activities, exercise classes, complementary therapies and personal development
Asian Resource Centre of Croydon Ltd Croydon £42,012 This new two year project will deliver dance classes for older people (aged 65+) from Croydon to improve their health and wellbeing. Sessions will use props, reminiscence and different techniques based on the needs of the people attending and there will be opportunities for the older people to create dance based on ideas from where they live.
Croydon People First Croydon £29,215 This two year project is the development of an existing, monthly, peer support group. The applicant wants to turn this group into a community hub in the centre of Croydon and develop employability skills for people with learning difficulties though a training café, provide advocacy surgeries, run ‘have your say’ meetings as well as special events and activities.
The Hive Croydon Croydon £14,627 This new two year project aims to run a fortnightly community cafe bringing together isolated individuals in the local area to interact with each other through conversation and information sharing.  The project is intended to benefit the whole community but will especially aim to draw more vulnerable and isolated groups such as older people and young lone parents.
Learn English at Home Ham £20,000 This new two year project aims to deliver a programme of activities that will bring together adults from ethnic minority communities who have limited English language skills with residents who speak fluent English.
The Greater Winstanley People's Organisation Clapham Junction £26,082 A new two-year project aiming to train a group of volunteers to be able to campaign on local issues on Winstanley and York Roads in Clapham Junction, especially around area regeneration. 10 people will be trained through the project to take social action and negotiate on behalf of local residents 
Richmond Advice and
Information on Disability
Richmond £41,406 To run a gardening club and a computer class on the Ham Close housing estate (London Borough of Richmond). The activities would be mostly for adults but will include family days, and disabled people and their carers would be specifically encouraged to attend
Riverside Community
  £37,656 To provide three weekly sessions of activities which will include arts and crafts, gentle exercise and social events within the Riverside Centre. The project would work across eleven local roads, in the Wrythe Ward, an area of high deprivation.
Sangeetha of the UK Croydon £34,080 To run dance and music sessions in a school hall where volunteers from Croydon with diverse backgrounds will participate. It will conclude with a public performance in a prime venue involving all the 30 participants.
Women of Wandsworth Wandsworth £18,840 To run intergenerational activities jointly between members of Women of Wandsworth and residents of a sheltered accommodation, Haven Lodge, on a housing estate.
Somali Community
Advancement Organisation
Wandsworth £11,720 To provide a range of weekly activities for elderly Somali women in Wandsworth including gentle activities, basic English language skills, advice on pensions and other welfare issues.
Upper Norwood
Library Trust
Upper Norwood £15,775 To set up a digital outreach and learning project at a local library in Norwood that has recently been transferred to community ownership.
Apsara Arts Mayday Hospital area £17,638 To provide a once a week drop-in session of keep fit Bhangra dance for Asian women living around the Mayday Hospital area of London.
Horizon Church Sutton Sutton £38,070 To deliver a weekly homework and youth club to provide learning support, mentoring and social interaction for young people aged between 10-16 living on St Helier Estate in Sutton.
Refugee Action Kingston Kingston £33,825 To deliver skills based events and activities for refugees and asylum seekers in the Norbiton ward of Kingston.
United in Dance South Wallington £33,825 A programme of dance, exercise and movement classes for the whole community living on the Roundshaw Estate, South Wallington.
Surrey Lane
People's Organisation
Battersea £26,082 To provide training and resource for 10 leaders of the organisation to enable them to then provide support to the residents of Surrey Lane Estate in Battersea and to organise the blocks and institutions to take social action that leads to fruitful negotiation on issues of common concern.
Upper Norwood Association
for Community Care
Upper Norwood £7,600 To provide a Computer Buddy service to older people with no current access to IT facilities, to enable them to use a computer.
Personal Independence
Support CIC
Mitcham £22,061 To deliver workshops designed to improve mental health resilience, coping strategies, support future progression, increase self-esteem/confidence, access new skills training towards work readiness.

The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers  Norbury, Thornton Health and Upper Norwood £141,144 Over two years each of these projects will support communities in Norbury, Thornton Health and Upper Norwood (Croydon), to develop their capacity to identify and implement the solutions which are best for them. TCV will facilitate a collaborative process which will reduce isolation, promote self-direction and personal resilience. The desired outcome of the projects is a community empowered to make decisions and take action resulting in a positive difference to their lives.
Sustrans   £134,387 Sustrans will support community engagement work in seven neighbourhoods. It will work with local people to identify their concerns, issues and aspirations, so that they can establish a set of priorities which they can then address. It will do this through co-creating a Plan for Change, supported by locally recruited Community Champions. The focus will be on enhancing local control of environmental issues that have an impact on people’s lives.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Sustrans   £112,000 The project will bring people together, reduce social isolation and help people feel safer.
Mencap   £33,131 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme, and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Organic Cookery School   £9,318 Provide a practical cookery programme to parents with children under the age of one-year-old. The course will be delivered in four, two/two and half hour sessions covering weaning, follow on recipes, changing nutritional needs of baby, associated cost implications and preparing homemade baby foods on a budget.
Croydon People First Croydon £9,987 Run one to two hour peer-led workshops to groups of people, which will address specific topics that contribute to health inequalities faced by people with learning disabilities in Croydon, which will be followed by a conference.
Women's Empowerment Project   £9,882 Create opportunities for women to set personal goals and engage in a more active lifestyle to improve their fitness levels.
Arts 4 Dementia Richmond £4,121 Run poetry and communication workshops to help bridge the gap in care for people living with dementia in the community, providing inspirational quality time for them and their carers, to enable them to lead more fulfilled lives.
Richmond Ethnic Volunteering Assoication (REVA) Richmond £8,125 Support healthy living and an active life style by providing a range of recreational activities such as yoga, followed by health and well-being support.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Alzheimer's Society   £39,128 Enable a dementia support worker to provide personalised information and advice to people with dementia and their carers in people's homes or in convenient locations, or by phone, letter or email.
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme, and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making health choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for
Childrens Food Trust   £44,069 Provide cooking clubs as a practical, fun and hands-on approach to helping people learn and understand how to eat and live a health lifestyle.
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