This year – 2017 –the Walcot Foundation celebrates the 350th anniversary of Edmund Walcot’s Will in which he left land, the rents from which were to be used for the relief of the poor of Lambeth.
In the last 10 years alone, the Foundation has given £19 million in grants to support Lambeth citizens from low-income homes gain the education, skills and opportunities needed to make their way in the world and to escape poverty “tackling poverty by creating opportunity”. 2,189 grants directly to individuals and 1,434 to organisations, schools and projects to help Lambeth citizens.
Poverty has not gone away. In 2016, 87,000 Lambeth people were defined as living in poverty, including a third of the borough’s children.
The Foundation funds virtually any activity that is likely to improve the long-term chances of Lambeth citizens affected by poverty. Typically things that build resilience and well-being, literacy and numeracy, skills and knowledge; projects to help young people remain engaged with learning; we make scholarship and bursary awards for a wide range of courses from Anthropology and Linguistics, via Beauty Therapy, to Plumbing, Electrical Installations, Economics and Phlebotomy. We make resettlement grants for those moving from homelessness or domestic violence. It also funds
childcare costs, pay for computer equipment and other essentials when
embarking on ‘second chance’ learning.
RESEARCH PROJECT: PATHWAYS OUT OF POVERTY
It has commissioned Birmingham University to undertake a qualitative research project using former Walcot Foundation grantees. Later in the year there will be an event to launch and publicise the findings. The Foundation will use the findings to review its grant making, as well as share the results with others to shape and inform policy and practice in the area of social mobility.
In June it is holding an evening event at the newly refurbished and extended Garden Museum. The work of some of its grantee organisations will be showcased. Guests will be able to tour the newly opened museum.
EDMUND WALCOT’S ROOM AT THE GARDEN MUSEUM
The Walcot Charity (as it then was) was administered for several centuries from the parish church of St Mary Lambeth – now the Garden Museum (and decommissioned as a church). In order to provide a physical memorial to the principal benefactor the Foundation has funded a new ‘Walcot Room’ as fund educational activities.
EVALUATION OF THE STEP-UP PROGRAMME
With the Trust for London it has been funding pilot programmes aimed to identifying ways in which those caught up in ‘in-work’ poverty can be helped to improve their circumstances and income. During 2017 it will be reporting on what has been found and how any successful strategies can be rolled out.
ANNIVERSARY PUBLICATION: MR WALCOT’S GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF LAMBETH
In mid-June, a new publication to mark the anniversary will be published Mr Walcot’s Gift to the People of Lambeth. Copies available free, on request.
Although many people in and around Lambeth know of the Foundation and its principal benefactor Edmund Walcot, many don’t. During the anniversary year it aims to raise awareness of our work, especially amongst those who may benefit from our grants.
EXTENDING OUR WORK
In order to extend the reach of its work the Foundation invites others to give money. It does not deduct any element to meet its running costs. This means that 100% of what is given reaches those who need it. This is likely to be of interest to –
- business and corporate sponsors wishing to target real problem of poverty in London
- those wishing to make small gifts
- those thinking of making gifts through their Wills, as Edmund Walcot did
Find out more
For more information please contact Daniel Chapman (Grants Manager) or
Hugh Valentine (Director) 020 7735 1925
See also walcotfoundation.org.uk/350