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.'

More on Grants awarded 2017-18

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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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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Stockwell Good Neighbours

Stockwell Good Neighbours

Stockwell Good Neighbours is a charitable organisation that provides a weekly club for older, mainly West Indian elders but is inclusive to all over 60. There are 70 members who meet on a Monday at the Oval House theatre, Kennington to take part in a wide range of activities designed to keep minds and bodies active.

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Clapham Park Project

Clapham Park Project

The Clapham Park Project was established in 2000 as an Area Based Initiative delivery vehicle for a New Deal for Communities (N.D.C) Programme in Clapham Park. The neighbourhood was one of Lambeth’s most disadvantaged areas, it had been long neglected with sub-standard housing, significant levels of deprivation, worklessness, poverty and crime.

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Basaira Elderly Centre (South Streatham)

Basaira Elderly Centre (South Streatham)

in South Streatham to support the running costs of a drop-in centre for elderly people from the local community

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Lambeth Mencap

Lambeth Mencap

Lambeth Mencap is grateful to The Thrale Almshouse and Relief In Need Charity for their generous donation towards the running of the 25+ Club. Established in 1953 Lambeth Mencap is an independent local voluntary charity affiliated to, but financially independent from National Mencap. We provide a variety of services and activities to people with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families and carers. We currently support over 300 people in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

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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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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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St Thomas Garden

St Thomas Garden

To the south side of the Church building, work has been going on to transform an area of waste ground into a Community Garden.
Home Cooks

Home Cooks

Home Cooks Project puts people in Streatham in touch with older neighbours who would appreciate a home-cooked meal brought round from time to time. Anyone in SW16 or immediate surrounding areas can become a cook; you just need to like cooking and be able to make an extra portion of food to take round to a neighbour.

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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 Common Community Garden

Streatham Common Community Garden

Streatham Common Community Garden is located in the Rookery on Streatham Common. You will find us through a black wooden gate at the bottom of the Rookery public garden, at the end of Streatham Common South.

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Disability Advice Service Lambeth

Disability Advice Service Lambeth

Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL) is a Disabled People's Organisation which works with disabled people, including those with mental health support needs, older people and carers, mainly in the London Borough of Lambeth.

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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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