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2019 Small Grants

It’s that time of year again and we are pleased to announce that our RIN Small Grants Programme is now open for applications.
We support groups and charities working in or across Tooting, Balham, Tulse Hill, Brixton, West Norwood and Streatham (SW2, SW12, SW16, SW17, SE21, SE24, SE27).
In 2018 we have awarded small grants to 20 local groups that are working to support individuals and create stronger communities – they provide a range of activities and services that include good neighbours events, home cooking, sport, community gardens, youth work and youth training, groups for older people, training for workers and volunteers, intergenerational work, day centre facilities for rough sleepers and much more.
The closing date for funding in 2019 is Monday 3rd December 2018 so there’s plenty of time to get an application in. If your group and its work fits with our interests and criteria (see the Guidance sheet) then please send us a form.
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We can’t wait to hear about your work in our local communities 
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Grants awarded 2017-18

Thrale RIN Small Grants programme has funded 18 local projects in 2018:
1. St Mathews Project.  Funding was awarded towards costs of football and other activities for young people on estates in Tulse Hill and Brixton. This year Thrale’s money will help them to target over 16’s, who may be vulnerable to gangs or other anti-social behaviour activities, with sessions specifically aimed at this age group.    
2. South London Drop-In Centre for refugees and asylum seekers is based in Streatham. Thrale has provided funding to support the ongoing costs of a drop-in facility which is open 3 times per week.  The drop in provides advice, training, play, crèche, homework club, volunteering opportunities and more.  
3. Basaira Centre for elderly people need funds to help them maintain their lunch club offering to older people in the south of Streatham. This year they aim to increase the number of people who can take part.  
4. St Thomas Church Community Garden, Balham. Funds were given to help expand facilities at the garden for use by local people and those with mental health issues; using local volunteers. 
5. Outings for Older South Londoners provide outings, hobbies and talks for older people in South London. Funding was given to help with costs of transport and to help increase numbers who can take part  
6. Faiths Together in Lambeth – the member groups provide various services to beneficiaries from RIN fund target areas. Thrale funding will pay towards mental health training for volunteers and workers from across their faith groups. 
7. Spires Rough Sleepers project provides day centre care, food, advice, clothing, showers, counselling and learning opportunities for around 600 rough sleepers each year. Thrale funding will help maintain this Streatham based project that attracts clients from across Lambeth
8. Streatham Youth and Community Trust (SYCT) is developing a leadership project with young members that includes training, visits and helping organise and deliver a good neighbours event. Thrale funding will support them in promoting Intergenerational work and help prevent loneliness.   
9. Clapham Park TLC Project works in the Clapham area to befriend lonely and vulnerable older people in the local community offering friendship, activities and outings. Thrale funding will go towards project running costs and volunteer expenses. 
10. Stockwell Good Neighbours Project.  Thrale has awarded funding to support provision of weekly activities, outings and friendship for older Brixton residents.  
11. Disability Advice Service Lambeth (DASL) Thrale funding will help DASL to promote and support clients from across Lambeth to take part in sports activities aimed at increasing health and well-being. 
12. The Nehemiah Project is based in Streatham and delivers a well-regarded intensive recovery and resettlement project for men with addictions. Thrale’s grant will support one man through the critical first stage of the programme. 
13. Streatham Common Community Garden were awarded modest funding to buy new equipment to help expand their community garden that provides volunteering opportunities and support and training for other charities and individuals. 
14. Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses were also awarded modest funding to support their work in promoting community arts projects using the garden facilities.  
15. Home Cooks project is a new venture operating in the Streatham area. Volunteers are engaged who are willing to cook meals for older people living near them. Thrale’s funding will help pay for vital DBS checks and food hygiene training for volunteers. 
16. 4All Youth Project is based in the Dulwich area. Funding has been awarded to help set up and to run much needed girls only youthwork sessions. 
17. Lambeth Mencap works with beneficiaries from across the Thrale RIN area. Funding will support a Sunday lunch outings group to help promote friendship, skills and independence.  
18. The Advocacy Academy attracts young adult beneficiaries from across Lambeth in its aim to develop young leaders from disadvantaged communities. Fellows are given training and opportunities to develop skills then speak out on issues that are important to them. Thrale will help fund three young adults to take part in the programme. 
Geographically this Thrale funding will cascade across Streatham, Brixton, Balham, Tulse Hill, Clapham, and West Norwood. 
We estimate that the funding will directly reach close to 1500 people and also impact indirectly on around 2000 more
By funding local causes and charities Thrale aims to help maintain strong, resilient, compassionate communities in our target areas – thereby helping create good places to live and grow older in. 


The Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales; Charity Number: 225709

It is also a registered company called Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity Trustee Ltd; Company Number - 07960096

This year it has been accepted by the HCA as a registered Social Housing Provider; number - 4814

Thrale has six Trustee Directors who meet bi-monthly to conduct the business of the Charity. They set and oversee its strategic directions and ethos and create and implement its Business Plan; set and monitor spending via budgets and ensure it works within agreed policies, procedures, regulatory requirements and legal and best practice guidelines.

The charity has recently appointed a Managing Agent, 'Housing for Women' who are based in Brixton, to manage the day to day business of its redeveloped almshouse site on Polworth Road, Streatham.

There is an executive worker, Jennifer Rogers, who supports the Trustee Directors

Trustee Directors

Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity Trustee Directors are:

Julia Shelley (chair) is a former charity CEO and experienced trustee, now working in interim senior executive roles with  past experience of working in the elders sector. She is also a Brixton resident.

John Carter is an experienced business man who is also knowledgable within the areas of finance, risk management, investment and IT.

Paul Lehmann is an experienced public relations and communications person, a long serving Trustee Director and a Streatham resident.

Julie Vickers is an experienced housing project and development manager, experienced Trustee Director and a resident in the Ancient Parish of Streatham.

Amanda Brown is an academic and an experienced Trustee Director. She is interested in communications, research and evaluation, communities and space and is a former Streatham resident.

James Sanderson is a housing manager experienced in working in social housing providers. He is also a resident in the Ancient Parish of Streatham.

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Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision

 ‘We have a vision of local communities that are resilient and sustainable; creating good places in which to live and grow older’

Our Mission

Our mission is to use our resources to help improve the lives of people in the ancient parish of Streatham  (APS).

We will do this by:

-         Being a leading provider of almshouse accommodation for older women.

-         Awarding our Relief in Need (RIN) resources to the wider community.

-         Creating opportunities to enable people to live independently and with dignity

-         Working to alleviate isolation and support those who are vulnerable

-         Building on the Thrale tradition of supporting women

-         Becoming an active voice in shaping positive attitudes towards older people.

We value:

The right of everyone to live with dignity and as far as possible independently

The right of everyone to have a decent home

The importance of local community in enriching peoples’ lives.

Communities with respect for and integration of older people