The Leathersellers’ Company

Latest Grants Awarded December 2017

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund expects to spend over £2,300,000 in 2017/2018 on deserving causes. The Charity Grants Committee are pleased to announce that the following charities have recently been awarded grants through the Main Grants Programme:

Bail for Immigration Detainees 

BID exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK.  It does this through the provision of legal advice, information and representation to people held in detention under immigration powers alongside research, evidence from casework, policy advocacy and strategic litigation aimed at securing change in detention policy and practice. They operate a telephone helpline for detainees, carry out legal advice sessions and workshops in detention centres and prisons and prioritise cases for representation from the most vulnerable of detainees such as parents separated from their children or those with mental ill health.
£40,000 over the next 4 years


Discover aims to contribute to the long-term improvements in the life chances and quality of life of the disadvantaged, socially excluded children aged 0-11 years living in east London by providing high quality creative learning and play opportunities. Discover is the UK’s first interactive Story Centre for children, their parents/carers and teachers, providing a year-round programme of creative events and family learning opportunities with a focus on stories and supporting children’s imagination and literacy skills, in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, where more than half the children have English as a second language.  Discover’s core activities, the indoor Story Trail, Story Den and outdoor Story Garden, are stimulating environments where children can build their own stories in different interactive settings. They provide family visits, exhibitions, family learning sessions, participatory workshops, schools sessions and outreach projects with local community groups.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

Rape Crisis Surrey & Sussex 

Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex (RCSAS) aims to improve the lives of women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual abuse at any time in their lives. Their vision is a world where women and girls live free from the fear and experience of rape and sexual abuse, so they also aim to end all forms of sexual violence. They achieve these aims by providing holistic, confidential and independent support to help women and girls understand and recover from their abuse, and by campaigning to raise awareness of and prevent sexual violence.
£40,000 over the next 4 years


MAC-UK’s aim is to transform mental health services so that they successfully engage with young people who are most in need of support but least likely to access it. MAC-UK’s objective is for Justice, Health and Social Care services to become psychologically informed environments, to outreach and co-produce services. They work with young people aged 11-15 and 16-25 and have developed an innovative community-based mental health model called INTEGRATE to transform the lives of deprived young people affected by gangs or anti-social behaviour.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

Safer London

Safer London’s mission is to make London a safer place to work and live. Safer London Foundation is a pan-London charity working with vulnerable young people from either end of the crime spectrum – those at risk of being drawn into crime, violence or being victimised to young ex-gang members, offenders and those on the periphery of criminality who are committed to moving forward and changing their lives. Their projects enabling young people to make positive choices distancing themselves from criminal activity.
£60,000 over the next 4 years

Rona Sailing Project

The Rona Sailing Project (RSP) is a charitable Sail Training Organisation which was founded in 1960. Originally known as the London Sailing Project it operated one sailing vessel taking Scouts from London to sea, ‘to provide opportunities…to acquire those attributes of a seaman, namely: a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and teamwork which will help them throughout their lives’. Today they are one of the biggest sail training organisations in the UK. They operate three ocean-going vessels, offering opportunities for young people to experience often life-changing sail training. Vulnerable adults, people with mental health issues, disabilities, long term conditions and those in treatment or recovery from substance misuse can also benefit from this opportunity.
£12,000 over the next 4 years

The Rainbow Centre

The Rainbow Centre works with children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders and adults affected by long-term neurological conditions such as: Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, a stroke or a head injury, from across the South East. They enable children and adults with these conditions to lead more independent lives using Conductive Education – an innovative system of neuro-rehabilitation. Conductive Education is effective in improving mobility, gross and fine motor functions, independent living skills, communication skills and cognitive abilities, and also focuses on emotional wellbeing.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

Pursuing Independent Paths

PIP encourages and empowers young adults with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential. They provide intensive, person-centred support to young adults with moderate and severe learning disabilities from two centres in Westminster and in the community. The majority of their service users have Down’s Syndrome, while others have Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), dual diagnosis with mental health problems and/or more unusual conditions. They deliver a wide range of ASDAN accredited education, skills training, recreational opportunities and healthy living activities in partnership with local organisations and larger corporations.
£15,000 over the next 3 years

Spread a Smile

Spread a Smile is dedicated to improving the wellbeing of terminally and seriously ill children in London hospitals.  They send teams of talented entertainers into wards where children and teenagers are being treated for serious, long term conditions including cancer, renal failure and respiratory disease.  Their entertainers are able to give the children a cheering and distracting treat that brings a positive and memorable experience into days that are otherwise filled with pain, boredom and fear.
£20,000 over the next 4 years

Oakleaf Enterprise

Oakleaf has served adults suffering mental ill-health in south west Surrey for over 18 years. The charity is highly regarded locally as the lead organisation in mental health. Their Vision is – to improve the lives of people managing mental ill-health in Surrey, to promote awareness and reduce stigma. They offer vocational training (in upholstery, IT and horticulture) and a full programme of social activities, aiming to reduce isolation and support their clients to return to work with renewed confidence and improved well-being.
£9,000 over the next 3 years

Goodenough College

Goodenough College provide accommodation for nearly 700 members from 80+ countries studying at all of London’s higher education institutions. Their accommodation comprises single study-bedrooms or flats for couples and families. In selecting their Members they look not just for the academically talented but for those with the potential to be leaders.  Their dynamic extra-curricular programme aims to instill the concepts of leadership, global citizenship and social responsibility in an environment which nurtures mutual understanding and respect. This is supplemented by a strong commitment to pastoral care.
£10,000 over the next 2 years

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