The Leathersellers’ Company

The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund expects to spend over £2,390,628 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:

Sydenham Garden 

Sydenham Garden is a charity which promotes the health of residents with mental ill health and other significant illness in the London boroughs of Lewisham and Bromley. They provide therapeutic activities and creative opportunities for co-workers (local people with physical and mental health issues), which include gardening, food production, art and craft, cooking, and training (leading to qualifications).
£40,000 over the next 4 years

The Bike Project 

The Bike Project’s mission is to get refugees cycling, with the aim of reducing the hardship of asylum seekers and refugees and supporting them to build a new life.   Build a Bike workshops match refugees with bikes. They also receive a helmet, lock, high-vis wear and road safety training, helping them to be fitter, happier and part of their local community. There is also a women-only cycling programme for those coming from countries where it is socially unacceptable for women to cycle.
£40,000 over the next 4 years 

Contact the Elderly is solely dedicated to combating loneliness and isolation among older people. Volunteer drivers use their own cars to collect their guests and accompany them to a tea party held at a volunteer hosts’ home, where they will spend time together, share stories and have a chat over a cup of tea and cake. The groups are deliberately kept small, with between eight to ten guests and four drivers, so that they remain friendly and interactive.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

The Horsecourse 

The HorseCourse is a world leader in delivering well-evidenced equine-assisted interventions for people who are not responding to traditional talk-based services.  They aim to reduce social exclusion by providing 2 different types of horsemanship-based intervention, varying in intensity:-  ReStart: a 4-5 day (10 hr) intensive, 1:1 programme, aimed at highest level of need.- Lighter Touch: individual & group/family sessions to address a single issue or top ups/tasters.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

National Ugly Mugs 

NUM aims to Improve the safety of sex workers and bring to justice more offenders who target sex workers. They take reports of incidents from sex workers and produce warnings which are sent directly to sex workers and front- line support projects throughout the UK via text, email and on the members section on their website. NUM support sex workers in making full reports to the police so that the perpetrators can be identified, arrested and convicted.
£60,000 over the next 4 years

Manchester Young Lives 

Manchester Young Lives (MYL) is a youth charity providing after school clubs, play schemes, evening and weekend youth provision all year round. The charity runs an Independent Special Day School for 60 young people excluded from mainstream education. The organisation’s guiding principal is that all young people can learn, make progress and achieve given the right support and opportunities. Centres are located in some of the most deprived areas of Manchester.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

Hot Line Meals Service (London) 

Hot Line Meals is an organisation that provides daily, hot nutritious meals to people who are unable to shop or cook for themselves because of long or short- term illness, disability, frailty or other reason. This includes dysfunctional families and families in crisis with either a parent or child suffering from physical or mental illness, or short term or long- term disability. The meals are prepared, cooked, packed and delivered by 175 volunteers of all ages 6 days a week.
£30,000 over the next 4 years

Stratford Arts Trust 

Stratford Arts Trust manages the dynamic Stratford Circus, a performing arts centre in the heart of Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in the country. It is the only independent multi-arts centre serving the local community and is dedicated to providing an affordable year- round programme of culturally diverse work alongside a rich offering of educational workshops and participatory sessions.
£40,000 over the next 4 years


Young Minds is a national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional well-being of children and young people. They  work directly with young people to enable their participation in decisions about mental health care, operate a Parents Helpline and provide access to specialist advice free of charge. They also provide information for children and parents, training for teachers and healthcare professionals, and campaign for better services.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

New Horizon Youth Centre

Goodenough College provide accommodation for nearly 700 members from 80+ countries studying New Horizon Youth Centre aim to enable young vulnerable people to achieve independence and positive futures. They support homeless, vulnerable young people, and women involved in the sex industry, aged 16 to 21 through advice and support into accommodation, accredited training programmes, work placements, drugs advice and assessments, street outreach and medical and counselling services aided by a strong Volunteer service.
£60,000 over the next 4 years

Parity for Disability 

The charity was established in 1953 to provide vital services, information and support for children and young adults with multiple disabilities, their families and carers throughout Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. They are dedicated to ensuring that profoundly disabled people have access to a quality of life that everyone has a right to expect.
£20,000 over the next 4 years

Rose Road Association 

The Rose Road Association has operated in the south Hampshire area since 1952, and has a sound reputation for its quality services for children and young adults with profound and multiple disabilities. The main services provided are Rosewood School including physiotherapists, music and occupational therapists and a full- time nurse, The Oaks and Acorns respite centre provides residential short-break care for all ages from 2 – 25 years.
£40,000 over the next 4 years

Gateshead Older People’s Assembly 

Gateshead Older People’s Assembly works to improve the quality of life for all Gateshead residents aged 50+.  They aim to reduce the levels of loneliness and social isolation, malnutrition, and falls among older people in the borough.  All of the Trustees are Gateshead residents aged 50+. Social groups across the borough are supported. A wellness hub in Deckham offers social activities and a number of volunteering opportunities for older people and the wider community.
£20,000 over the next 4 years

YMCA Newcastle 

YMCA Newcastle is an independent charity and a member of the national YMCA federation. They support young people aged 11-25 to develop personal, social and workplace skills by providing the opportunities, resources and support that they don’t get elsewhere, such as 1-1 crisis support in the event of being made homeless, help with accommodation, youth work, physical, mental and sexual health and well-being services and education, training and employability opportunities.
£20,000 over the next 4 years

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