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Wandsworth Giving

Wandsworth Giving

A community-actioned place-based giving movement that seeks to help young people by engaging local businesses, voluntary & community groups, and local people to drive positive change in the community. BE PART OF IT!

What is place-based-giving?

Place-based giving is a way of bringing together local people with local funders to effect change and positive development by tackling specific needs in the community (Charity Financials). It is a movement that has spread across London, with the flagship initiative being Islington Giving.

Wandsworth’s version however will be slightly different. This place-based giving will be tailored more to the needs and concerns of young people, with the over-arching goal being to improve the wellbeing and opportunities available to Wandsworth’s youth population (under 25 years old). Through working closely with young people however, we hope to build a more collaborative and community-orientated borough for everyone.

Our key priorities

Our priorities for Wandsworth Giving have been set out by Wandsworth Youth Council and supported by Wandsworth Councillors. Wandsworth Youth Council asked other young people in the borough through the Make Your Mark campaign what key issues they would like to see tackled in the borough. There were four key issue areas raised:

1. Climate Change

2. Homelessness

3. Knife Crime

4. Mental Health

As part of Wandsworth Giving however, these four issue areas will not be dealt with exclusively. There are a myriad of areas where we can help improve the condition of our young people. We are setting out to do this via a three-step process:

1. Firstly, we will facilitate in seeking to improve and build on relationships with local businesses, community groups, police, and other local organisations and people. Once we pool all our knowledge and resources together, we can do two things:

2. (a) Identify and address issues facing the community, and (b) improve the accessibility of support for young people to achieve their aspirations. This will enable us to:

3. Build a healthier and more collaborative borough, where businesses, community & voluntary groups, and local people connect and support each other.

We want to encourage young people to engage with these issues, and we want the council and community as a whole to support them in any way they can!

The Wandsworth context

Wandsworth is the 9th most populated London borough (314,544), with around a quarter of its population being 0-24-year old’s (Data Wand)! Despite Wandsworth’s notable positive aspects, the borough is one of extremes, whether that be regarding economic wellbeing, school performance, general health, or in other areas. The statistics below highlight this disparity, illustrating precisely why Wandsworth needs a giving scheme:

Education - In 2018, Wandsworth performed highly across all key stages in educational attainment (AQSR 2017-18). In addition, 47% of adults in Wandsworth are educated to degree level, which is the 2nd highest in the country! However, disadvantaged children are less likely to achieve a good level of development than their peers across all key stages, with a peak difference of 24% at KS2 (JSNA). Ethnic groups such as Black Caribbean and Somali also perform lower than the national average in their ethnicity.

Healthy Living - Wandsworth residents have access to 1,600 acres of parks and open spaces, the largest proportion for an inner London borough! (id verde). Despite all this space, one in three children leaving primary school are overweight or obese (JSNA). In addition, 5% of 15-year olds in Wandsworth smoke, which is the 5th highest percentage in London.

Economic prosperity - 20,095 businesses operate in Wandsworth as of 2017; Wandsworth’s economic activity rate among residents and employment rate of 84.6% and 79% respectively are the 2nd highest of all London boroughs. However, 10,365 people aged under 16 live in low-income families, which is a rise of 9% from 2013. The unemployment rate amongst males between 16-64 in Wandsworth is above the London average (4.9% compared to 4.7%).

Mental Health – In Wandsworth, there are an estimated 2,800 children aged 5-16 with recognised mental health disorders. Most concerningly, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at an early stage. This is even more concerning when we consider the fact that around 75% of mental health cases nationally first occur before the age of 25 (Kessler 2005).

Linked to this is a concern over youngsters trying cannabis, with the 15% of young people trying it in Wandsworth being higher than the London and UK average. Cannabis use can increase the likelihood of suffering from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety etc. Wandsworth has an anxiety score of 21.2, which is higher than the London average.

Crime – Although Wandsworth has the lowest crime rate of any inner-London borough, recorded crime has increased consistently year on year since 2014 by 17% (Data Wand).

Food Poverty - Children make up 37/38% of those using foodbanks in Wandsworth (1897 parcels), accounting for roughly 1000 children.

Pollution – Despite the Council’s pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, 10 Wandsworth primary schools are in areas currently exceeding the legal air pollution limit (JSNA)

Homelessness – Although Wandsworth has many affluent areas, it has the 5th highest homelessness rate in London (5.9 per 1000), with approximately 941 families living in temporary accommodation. In addition, nearly 3,000 children are homeless or living in temporary accommodation in Wandsworth (Cllr Hogg).

Support – We have many groups in Wandsworth that we as a borough can support more effectively. To name a couple, Wandsworth has a thriving adult voluntary sector, with roughly 35% of adults volunteering. In addition, we have between 250 and 600 children acting as carers. We should therefore be supporting these groups with the crucial work that they do!!

About your ward

Wandsworth is a diverse borough in many ways. Here we have data collected from Children’s Services Locality Profile, which details the condition of the three clusters of Wandsworth more specifically (Battersea, Tooting, and Roehampton & Putney). More information about your ward can be found via the three links below:

Roehampton and Putney

Roehampton and Putney Cluster

1. In 2016, 28% of children in poverty in Roehampton and Putney Heath, which is 11% higher than the national average

2. IDAC percentile is above national average in 10 wards

3. % of year 6 who are obese is 24% in Roehampton and Putney Heath. Also has the lowest life expectancy at birth as of 2015

4. Health deprivation and disability higher than national average in 7 out of 15 wards

5. Roehampton and Putney Heath’s children in need at 208 compared to the Wandsworth average of 109, and Thamesfield which is only 43.

6. Deprivation due to crime is lower than Wandsworth average but still above national.

7. Heathmere, Granard and Roehampton are all below average % in achieving a GLD, with 50, 55 and 64 respectively.

8. 5 schools in Roe and Put have persistent absentees higher than the national average at primary school level.

9. All 3 areas are higher than Wandsworth average for A&E attendances in under 5s

10. Disadvantaged gap in certain areas at 45.5, between those having free school meals and those that do not. Means those who aren’t having free school meals achieve 45% higher.

Battersea Cluster

1. Latchmere and Queenstown the most deprived areas of Battersea. 29% of children living in poverty, national average is 17%

2. IDAC record poor from all schools, none below national average. Reaching as high as 92 in Griffin. 43% of Griffin’s pupils are eligible for FSM, all schools above national average

3. Battersea cluster has % of year 6 who are obese as above national average

4. Latchmere and Queenstown have 231 and 178 children in need respectively, compared to 109 over Wandsworth (109 number is 2185).

5. Deprivation in outdoors living areas high, all 90s compared to national average of 50

6. 1% of children in Latchmere at an independent primary school, with Wandsworth average being 24%. Increases to 2% at secondary school.

7. Falconbrook and Griffin schools have fixed term exclusion rates of 60% and 45% respectively, with Wandsworth average being 8%.

Tooting Cluster

1. % of children in poverty is equal or higher than Wandsworth (and therefore national) average in 3 out of the 4 LSOA’s

2. IDAC higher in Tooting than in Wandsworth, 79 being the highest in Franciscan (Wandsworth average is 63).

3. FSM eligibility lower than in other clusters, with some falling below national average and others higher.

4. Children in need also lower than other clusters

5. Deprivation due to crime higher than national averages still, higher than Wandsworth average as well (69 to 75)

6. A lot of disparity between schools and areas

7. A&E attendances in under 5s for Tooting ward at 774 per 1,000, which is almost 200 more than Wandsworth average.

As part of Wandsworth Giving there will be a board responsible for assessing grant applications, as well as shaping the direction of giving within the borough. On this board, we want to involve a young person in the decision-making process, as the giving scheme has young people’s future at its core. Other individuals on the board could be local industry experts, a member from the council, local people, and a Councillor etc. This panel/board will be finalised at a later date

What can YOU do?

Although monetary donations are always welcome, Wandsworth Giving’s message is to encourage groups and individuals to think differently about how they can give, as there are many ways to ‘give’. Examples could include:

Space – We encourage businesses, voluntary groups and any other organisation to provide a space so another group can operate. This could be in the form of a hall for a local group to meet, or a studio/working area for a voluntary organisation to conduct its operations from.

Resources – If a company cannot donate money, it may be able to provide resources for an organisation that needs them. This could be a specific technology, skill or mechanism that an organisation may need in order to perform a task on a short-term basis.

Time – We would like to encourage people to give their time to help others if they can! This could be in the form of offering specific expertise e.g. designing a website for a voluntary group for free or at a discounted rate, or volunteering in a broader sense. Wandsworth has a thriving voluntary sector, with 35% of adults volunteering in some capacity!! We want to build this network and connect volunteers to causes that they feel passionate about.

Money – This is for anyone willing and able to donate money that will go towards projects proposed by young people. We currently have a Youth Opportunity Fund that helps fund the interesting ideas of young people and make them into a reality, but any money raised will be added to a Wandsworth Giving Fund. This will be available to young people and community groups as grant money, in which projects that help young people improve their employability, increase their awareness of social issues, and generally improve the communities in Wandsworth will be supported.

Grants & Funding

The Wandsworth Giving Grant Fund is an all-encompassing funding stream seeking to support people who have exciting ideas and proposals to improve the communities and ultimately lives of the people of Wandsworth, whether or not they live or work/study in the borough.

This fund will comprise of three separate funding pots; the Youth Opportunity Fund, the Community Fund, and the Wandsworth Grant Fund:

The Youth Opportunity Fund (YOF) – Thi s is aimed at young people aged 11-19 or up to 25 with a disability. Funding applications of up to £4,000 can be made, with £25,000 available for the year. The money can be used to run a project or activity that will benefit their peers, with a focus on arts, cultural or sports-related projects.

This fund is totally youth-led. Young people think of the projects, write the bids, present their idea to the Youth Opportunity Fund Panel, and finally run the projects. Each year there is a different theme for YOF. This year the focus is on mental health and well-being.

The application window runs from April to March each year. There will be three application windows throughout the year, so the applications are easier to process. With each application window, there will be a funding factory that helps applicants write a successful bid. These are hugely beneficial, as 90% of those who attend are successful with their bid! Below you will find further information on the application guidance and application form via the links: 

Youth Opportunities Fund Application Guidance
Youth Opportunities Fund Application Form

The Community Fund – This is available to anyone that proposes an exciting project that benefits the community as a whole, or is already doing great work in the community and needs extra support to take their idea further. The grants here will be allocated in two ways depending on the need:

1. A small grants fund will be administered quickly, with amounts up to £2,000 falling under this category. We feel this is important because some groups may require

emergency funding, and we do not want to restrict anyone from acquiring funding via having only three application windows.

2. Larger grants will have to go through a more rigorous process of scrutiny in terms of the questions asked. We will have three windows per year for applications, as these applications will take longer to process than the small grants. The maximum grant that can be administered is £5,000.

Below is more guidance on the application process via the links:

WCF Online Application Form Guidelines
WCD Guidelines

The Wandsworth Grant Fund – This is for small grant applications aimed at ‘not-for-profit’ projects and activities that will benefit residents and communities in the borough of Wandsworth. The grant allocation ranges from £500-£10,000, and is split between small (£500-£1,000), intermediate (£1,001-£5,000), and large (£5,001-£10,000) grants. The themes that proposals have to relate to in order to acquire funding are:

1. Arts and culture

2. Environment and attractive neighbourhoods

3. Children and young people

4. Citizenship and civic engagement

5. Achieving aspirations and potential

6. Health and wellbeing

Applicants can get information and advice about the fund via:

1. Meet the Funder Events, which are general open meetings

2. Application Surgeries, which give an opportunity for a one-to-one with one of the assessing officers

More help and advice can also be found via the links below.

WGF Guidance Notes
WGF Application Form

Contact details

Andrea McDermott

Telephone – 0208 871 8113
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