What are Almshouses?

‘Almshouses have been part of this country's life for many generations and they continue to play a crucial role today in providing accommodation for those in need throughout the United Kingdom. They also make a significant contribution to our national heritage in maintaining many fine, ancient buildings.’
 
HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of the National Almshouse Association
 
From the website of the National Almshouse Association:
 
Almshouses today:
 
'While many of us may be aware of the many ancient and fine almshouse buildings dotted all over the country, few perhaps realise how vibrant and progressive the almshouse movement is today. '
 
'Upgrading listed buildings is complex and expensive, requiring planning and conservation consent. Striking the right balance between offering the highest standards while preserving the historic fabric demands patience and close liaison with the authorities.'
 
'Of greatest importance is to ensure that residents have dignity, freedom and independence to live their lives as they see fit within a safe and secure environment. Almshouses are considered homes for life, with care packages being provided by social services if and when residents need additional help. Whilst there are over 400 wardens or scheme managers employed by almshouse charities, and a number of larger charities offer extra care and even residential care, the general position is that almshouse residents should be capable of independent living.'

Grants awarded in 2019

Kinetika Bloco

Kinetika Bloco

The Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume creating a “unique new British Carnival sound with a decidedly London edge” (BBC Radio2). We draw our influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, Funk and Hip Hop.

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Work and Play Scrapstore

Work and Play Scrapstore

We've been around for over thirty years promoting the green agenda and sustainability. We cut carbon emissions through saving materials from landfill and incineration.

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Incredible edible lambeth

Incredible edible lambeth

We aim to galvanise people and communities through growing and celebrating food. We want to encourage people to look at their local patch and see how they can transform it into a food growing space.
World Heart Beat

World Heart Beat

The World Heart Beat Music Academy envisions a world where music, as a universal form of communication, bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers. The Academy aims to bring the myriad of the world’s cultures together through music, providing an environment where all people can experience harmony with their fellow citizens and be empowered to create a feeling of identity and oneness with humanity at large.

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Little Village

Little Village

Little Village is like a foodbank, but for clothes, toys and equipment for babies and children up to the age of 5. We’re a movement of parents committed to alleviating material poverty in London.

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Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) people over 50 in the UK. We are a membership organisation providing regular social opportunities across London to help develop networks and communities for LGBT+ people, aged over 50.

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Caras

Caras

CARAS works from the perspective that people of refugee background are marginalised in the UK and can and do face a complex range of barriers that prevent access to rights, entitlements, opportunities and a good quality of life. These barriers must be addressed comprehensively through education, advocacy, and campaigns work for social change.

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St Mathews Project

St Mathews Project

The St. Matthew’s Project started life in the summer of 2004 and has developed, literally, from a kick-about in the local park for young people from one estate in Brixton, St. Matthew’s.

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The Nehemiah Project

The Nehemiah Project

For over 20 years The Nehemiah Project has been helping vulnerable men and ex-offenders to rebuild their lives, both in prison and out in the community. Almost all have a history of crime and addiction which has severely affected them, their families and the wider community.

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CEFL

CEFL

CEF Lyncx (CEFL) exist to provide learning opportunities to help children, young people and their families in our community discover and strive to achieve their full potential.

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Outings for older South Londoners

Outings for older South Londoners

Helping over 55's get out and about Based in Streatham in South West London, OOSL provides transported local day outings to places of interest such as galleries and museums - and occasional group holidays

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The Advocacy Academy (Brixton)

The Advocacy Academy (Brixton)

The Advocacy Academy is a transformational Social Justice Fellowship for young people who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Across eight intense months, we support young leaders from marginalised communities to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to tackle some of the biggest challenges of the 21st century.

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Spires

Spires

Spires is a South London based charity that helps hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people all year round. We work to improve the quality of life of people who are homeless, insecurely housed, unemployed or suffering from the effects of poverty, mental ill health and loneliness. By offering a range of help and developmental services through our centre and outreach sessions, our aim is to enable our service users to move away from the chaos of the streets and towards greater lifestyle stability for a brighter and more hopeful future.

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Faiths Together in Lambeth

Faiths Together in Lambeth

Faiths Together in Lambeth (FTiL) is an independent, Lambeth-wide body, fostering constructive relationships among faith communities and promoting faith and multi-faith involvement in the civic life of the Borough.

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South London Drop-in Centre for refugees and asylum seekers

South London Drop-in Centre for refugees and asylum seekers

We provide expert advice, specialist services and effective support to refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants in South London. We work with adults, families and young people so that they can build stable lives for themselves.

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Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses is a vibrant community garden situated in Brockwell Park. Our charity is committed to enabling a diverse range of local residents, schools and visitors to increase their knowledge, improve their wellbeing, and to create greener communities. Our education work with local schools, families, young people and adults is critical to this vision as we strive to inspire local residents about the value of plants and wildlife in their lives.

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Streatham Youth and Community Trust

Streatham Youth and Community Trust

SYCT was established almost 70 years ago to meet the needs of local young people. We now deliver services for children and young people, vulnerable adults and the wider community from three locations in Streatham and local secondary schools

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Valley Road Surgery

Valley Road Surgery

Valley Road Surgery in Streatham provides high quality healthcare to patients in the area. Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.

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