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London Councils

(Registered Charity No: GB-COH-03037449)
Charity Commission for England and Wales
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Over the last five years they've made 14 significant donations to registered charities totalling £24,877,478

When Amount Grantee Donors To be used for
31/01/2017 £5,700,952 Solace Women's Aid 6 The project aims to provide support for women affected by DV/SV and prevent its escalation through individually tailored advice, support and therapeutic services to enable women to cope, recover and move to independence. We will provide four key service areas with a holistic delivery model providing initial response to VAWG as well as after care from IDVA services: - Advice, including legal support, through a hub and spoke model and inclusive of targeted support for BME women, those with NRPF and young and sexually exploited women as well as women with problematic substance use. We will provide a specialist focus on housing support with a dedicated housing support officer and access to safe accommodation. - One to one BACP accredited counselling delivered within each borough as well as counselling in over 20 languages provided by BME led by and for organisations. - Group work in all Boroughs and BME partner organisations to aid recovery and increase understanding of abuse. - Training including legal training to professionals and accredited VAWG training to volunteers and therapeutic training to clinicians. We will deliver a range of outcomes including increased safety, access to safe housing, legal support, reduced risk, improved mental/physical health and well-being, increased confidence/self-esteem and increased knowledge for service providers around DV/SV.
31/01/2017 £4,013,980 Shelter The National Campaign For Homeless People Limited 5 Shelter is leading the STAR Partnership (Supporting Tenancies, Accommodation and Reconnections), a specialist partnership with Thames Reach, Stonewall Housing and St Mungo's. Through this partnership the following will be provided: - An integrated multiple point of access for all users, enabling rapid response triage and advice. - London-wide targeted engagement and promotion to be relevant and accessible to key priority groups in all 33 boroughs. - Support for users to directly access the PRS and innovative housing solutions. - Assertive and targeted outreach direct to street homeless people especially in hotspots and encampments. - Safe and secure pathways into emergency accommodation. - Intensive support, including skills training, money management and housing advice to enable families and individuals to maintain their tenancy. - Personal resilience and independence planning to secure a long-term, healthy and happy home. - Real opportunities for work.
31/01/2017 £3,360,000 Ashiana Network 2 London Specialist Refuge Network seeks to continue to provide a unique and innovative Pan-London service through specialist refuge accommodation and targeted support to high-risk women/children affected by domestic and sexual violence (DSV) with complex needs. The Network will provide specialist refuge, targeted support and outreach and second stage accommodation. We will work intensively with women to assess/address needs, improve safety/health/wellbeing enabling women to exit violent/abusive relationships/situations. The services comprise: Programme of group-work/workshops to enhance health/wellbeing/living-skills/resilience Resettlement programme to support independence/longer lasting outcomes Outreach service supporting/enabling women to access alternative refuge accommodation/be supported in independent living Training/awareness raising workshops for professionals to remove barriers/widen access Housing advocacy securing/maintaining referral pathways with housing providers to secure alternative accommodation for women at risk and unable to access refuge 38 specialist 24-hour refuge and second-stage accommodation bedspaces and package of intensive targeted support to enhance safety and remove barriers: 6 (24-hour) bedspaces: Problematic substance use 5 (24-hour) bedspaces: Sexually exploited women (including prostitution and trafficking) 8 (24-hour) bedspaces: Women with mental health/problematic substance use 7 second-stage bed spaces: Trafficked women 6 bed spaces: Middle Eastern and North African women fleeing harmful practices including forced marriage 6 bed spaces: South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women with NRPF experiencing DV/SV and harmful practices Within the existing 38 bedspaces, the project will allocate an additional 3 bedspaces for women with NRPF , particularly for trafficked women and 2 bedspaces for women with mobility related disabilities.
31/01/2017 £1,005,512 St Mungo Community Housing Association 9 St Mungo will deliver a Pan London Housing, Advice, Resettlement and Prevention (HARP) service to people who are or are at risk of homelessness, providing holistic intervention. Proposed activities: o A through-the-gate service, enabling people access to intervention and housing, promoting a smooth transition into communities. o A service which is flexible to the demand of need 'making each contact count', allocating specialist workers in each region who will work and receive referrals from probation/CRCs, local authorities, GPs and prisons in that region. o A Central Hub providing access to intervention for people through self-referral route o A Help-line for outside London Prisons and probation/CRCs discharging people returning to London. o Specialist intervention, advocacy and housing promoting the well-being and interests of individuals with protected characteristics, No recourse to public funds and complex needs inclusive of mental health and substance use. o A catalogue of services and private landlords within each borough to support better outcomes. o An emergency discretionary access fund to purchase small essential needs led resources for our clients, instigated by the project workers (such as fees relating to access to birth certificates, travel etc.) o Promotion of education, employment and volunteering, inclusive of peer volunteering opportunities. Proposed outcomes: o People housed, engaged in positive intervention and activities; sustaining their tenures in a safe environment.
31/01/2017 £963,132 Women's Resource Centre 4 ASCENT is part of the Pan London VAWG Consortium and will specifically address the long term sustainability needs of the provision of services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence (S&DV). It will improve the quality of such services across London, by providing a variety of services that includes sustainability, expert-led and accredited (assured) training, borough surgeries, seminars and special events, best practice briefings, BME networks for front-line staff from both voluntary and statutory services to improve service provision and ensure it meets the needs of service users. During this period ASCENT will develop a flexible on-line learning resource that will contribute to front line workers CPD and enhance the quality of VAWG services across London as well as a key local contacts directory. ASCENT will also draw on the wide and varied expertise of all its partners, and of those within the wider Pan London VAWG Consortium in order to meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. As a partnership, ASCENT will both model and promote the value of partnerships to service users, funders and commissioners.
31/01/2017 £480,956 Homeless Link 10 To strengthen the homelessness sector (voluntary, public and private) to work more collaboratively. To bring sectors together to better understand, define and identify their role in preventing homelessness. To support frontline providers and commissioners to be responsive to changing patterns of need, policy, legislation and equalities issues. To build the capacity of frontline providers to improve service delivery and effectiveness and ultimately be more sustainable. With the ultimate aim of achieving improved outcomes for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Activities: o providing specialist advice, support, training and information o supporting and improving working relationships between the VCS, boroughs and landlords through forums o improving collaboration and communication between the homelessness, employment, domestic/sexual violence, substance use, and health sectors through relationship brokerage, bespoke support and peer networks o providing quality policy, law and research information identifying London specific impact and trends through briefings and bulletins o testing new models through special initiatives responding to the London specific context. Outcomes delivered: o Higher quality, more responsive and effective service delivery (measured against a baseline , and using an external evaluation) o More effective cross sector/priority collaboration to deliver more effective services o Improved and focussed response to prevention o Better evidence of successful creative interventions responsive to specific London context.
31/01/2017 £585,272 Galop 5 The LGBT Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) will provide specialist support to over 500 LGBT victims of Domestic Violence annually. It is the only pan London multi-agency domestic violence service for LGBT people. It will deliver a joined-up service enabling vulnerable LGBT survivors, who face barriers to accessing support, to quickly access comprehensive, specialised support tailored to their needs. As the lead partner in the DAP, Galop will: Build links with borough based services to raise awareness of LGBT domestic abuse and improve referrals pathways; provide specialist one-to-one DV advocacy, and through the National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline provide specialist telephone, email advice and support to victims 5 days a week, referring London callers into the DAP. Stonewall Housing will provide housing advice and advocacy to DV victims at risk of homelessness, or with housing support needs. London Friend provides counselling and group support. Switchboard provides additional support through a helpline open 7 days per week and sign-posting into DAP services. The DAP has consistently delivered outcomes that improve the safety and wellbeing of LGBT survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Victims receive help navigating the criminal justice system and accessing specialist support aimed at reducing risk and repeat victimisation.
31/01/2017 £593,776 SignHealth 3 DeafHope is the UK's only, award-winning, specialist service for Deaf female survivors of domestic abuse and violence, and their children. It is delivered by Deaf women for Deaf women, and is vastly more cost-effective than using Interpreters. The service also provides support to Deaf men, through advice and supported signposting. Caseworkers use British Sign Language and other international sign languages. The service is regularly assessed as 'outstanding' by London Councils' RAG rating. DeafHope London will deliver: o Specialist D/deaf referral for all London Borough Officers and IDVAs o IDVA and outreach 1-2-1 support for deaf women and young people o Prevention/early intervention workshops in schools/youth groups to boys and girls (Young DeafHope) o Psychological Therapy for clients with complex needs, anxiety and/or depression o Survivors' Workshops - Deaf-led support groups o British Sign Language (BSL) and other accessible information about domestic abuse for Deaf community o Deaf awareness training/support for London Borough Officers and mainstream domestic violence providers This will achieve all specification outcomes: o Reduced levels/ repeat victimisation of sexual and domestic violence o Improves wellbeing o Increases safety and independence o London Borough Officers and IDVAs have a quality Deaf referral route o Multi-agency providers have a better understanding of how to meet Deaf access o Supports BAMER, LGBT and Multiple Complex Needs Deaf women
31/01/2017 £355,908 Standing Together Against Domestic Violence 3 The Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) is a partnership between three agencies who are leaders in innovation to address domestic abuse within housing; Standing Together Against Domestic Violence (STADV), Peabody and Gentoo. DAHA's mission is to transform the housing sector's response to domestic abuse (DA) through the introduction and adoption of an established set of standards and an accreditation process. STADV is submitting this bid on behalf of this partnership and will be solely responsible for the deliver of this grant. The key aim is to accelerate DAHA's ability to reach local authority housing and registered housing providers in London to support their standards of practice in relation to domestic abuse. This grant will enable DAHA to offer free workshops which reflect the DAHA accreditation standards, to provide training and to influence housing providers to undertake the DAHA accreditation. This ultimately will achieve early intervention for domestic abuse and better service and support to survivors of abuse and their children.
31/01/2017 £1,280,000 Asian Women's Resource Centre 4 The partnership will provide intensive support to 623 women and girls from BMER communities, across London affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), 'Honour' Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriages (FM), and other harmful practices within the spectrum of domestic and sexual violence, annually. Activities will include: 1) 1:1 advice and information on rights and entitlements: 2) casework and advocacy support which will include accompanying women to report crimes of violence to the police and housing departments, as well as accompanying women to court and advocating their needs to social services 3) therapeutic support groups and a counselling provision to 66 women 4) raising awareness of the impact of HBV, FM and FGM within communities and other voluntary and statutory agencies (not only BMER communities) through delivering workshops, training and presentations and 5) specific work with young women through the delivery of workshops to support peer mentoring and youth advocacy. These activities aim to improve service users' safety, self-esteem, confidence and wellbeing, as well as improving understanding of rights and options and uptake of other services in the domains of criminal justice, health, housing and employment training.
31/01/2017 £4,033,352 New Horizon Youth Centre 13 The London Youth Gateway (LYG) project will provide a youth-targeted collaborative pathway to address increasing demand and emerging needs of young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, in each London borough. The LYG project will be delivered in partnership by New Horizon Youth Centre (lead), Depaul UK (Nightstop and Alone in London services), Shelter, and Stonewall Housing and its LGBT Jigsaw partners Galop and Albert Kennedy Trust. The joint work will provide: o direct access to emergency accommodation o affordable accommodation options, delivered in innovative new partnership models, and PRS access o family mediation and reconnection support o youth-focused advice and advocacy services around housing need, eviction, welfare benefits and debts via one-to-one, telephone and online provision o youth homelessness prevention sessions in schools and colleges o outreach into Young Offender Institutes (YOIs), prisons and on the street to ensure young people are linked up early with necessary support o satellite services and a telephone advice line to reach young people across London o independent living skills and financial literacy workshops o counselling, communication and interpersonal skills support o 7-days per week employment, education and training programme delivered in-house and in partnership, and in-depth accredited training programme
31/01/2017 £1,259,688 Women's Aid Federation of England (Women's Aid) 8 Through the National Domestic Violence Helpline expert Pan-London telephone, email and online support to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence and those supporting them; • Comprehensive data on London services facilitating immediate refuge referrals; • Collection, analysis and dissemination of data on the nature and usage of refuge and other provision and needs in London. The project will assist London boroughs directly through a dedicated refuge referral mechanism, plus informative data for improving services and better understanding needs, including provision of a 'heat map'. Routes to Support (formerly known as UKROL) is an integral part of this project, and the project will work with London Councils, MOPAC (Mayor's Officer for Policing and Crime) and borough stakeholders to ensure the maximum benefit is achieved from the range of data collected through the improved data analysis tools and resources that the project will implement going forward. The project will be committed to impactful liaison with London boroughs and promoting its services to all those who might benefit
31/01/2017 £1,060,000 Tender Education and Arts 9 Through specialist arts and drama workshops, this project builds on robust foundations established by the consortium's work funded by London Councils since 2013. Building on the momentum created to date, the project will establish Centres of Excellence in each borough, adding an enhanced stage to the existing project through a champion school programme. This enables us to reach more vulnerable young people and carry out more activities ultimately leading to whole school change. We will work with schools to identify targeted groups of young people at high-risk of experiencing abuse due to multiple disadvantage. The consortium will provide early intervention group work with these groups to decrease their vulnerability. Each school will receive support in developing effective policies to prevent domestic abuse and sexual bullying and respond to disclosures from students. Outcomes: Young people warn each other of abusive relationships, more young people challenge abusive behaviour safely and have the opportunity to comment on national policy and programmes of work.
29/02/2016 £184,950 ASHIANA NETWORK 2 to deliver emergency refuge accommodation to women who had been victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
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