General Charitable Committee

Running in parallel with the Education Charitable Committee and answerable to the Trustees of the Horners’ Charitable Funds, the Committee’s main task is to choose worthy causes for support. Through the charitable nature of the City Livery Companies, a large number of organisations seek funding for their work from Companies such as the Horners.

Our Charitable funds are generated from regular donations from both members of the Company enhanced by Gift Aid and past members that have bequeathed monies for charitable purposes. In general, the Members annual donations and some of the income from our investments are disbursed annually.

As with many bequests, some are restricted to specific causes such as those from Ralph Anderson (Education), A E Lawrence (Prizes & Bursaries), Thomas Clarke (Education of Blind Persons) and George Becker (Musical Education).

Donations are made each year from the income from the general funds to the Lord Mayor’s Fund, the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund and the Poppy Appeal. In addition, each year the Master nominates a charity and organises specific events to raise money for it.

The balance of income available is divided between the Master’s charity for the year and other charities generally where sums of £2,000 to £4,000 would make a difference. Usually, these have some connection with the City or with London. In specific circumstances, the Trustees will react quickly by making a “one-off” donation.

We have chosen  four main Charities to support on a three year rolling basis .

They are:

SERIOUS TRUST
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.

Website: www.serious.org.uk

HONEYPOT
We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.

Website: www.honeypot.org.uk

PROVIDENCE ROW
Homelessness charity specifically seeking funding for their Training Schemes. Providence Row provides a resource centre for rough sleepers with breakfast, showers and computer access; advice and support for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness; recovery and progression services for people with mental health and substance misuse issues; drug and alcohol outreach and referral; and training schemes to help people move into regular learning, volunteering or work.

Website: www.providencerow.org.uk

TOWER HAMLETS MISSION

Tower Hamlets Mission works with people suffering from alcohol and/or drug dependency, who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless and are receiving state benefits. The aim is to enable them to break the cycle of chronic addiction definitively and to rebuild purposeful, stable lives through the provision of high quality, comprehensive and long term residential therapy, rehabilitation and resettlement.

Website: www.towerhamletsmission.org

In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities and in 2020 a donation was given to:

CLAPTON COMMON BOYS CLUB

The charity’s mission is to advance and relieve the needs of children, young people and parents through the provision of educational, recreational and leisure programmes provided in the interests of social and academic needs and welfare, designed to improve their circumstances of life. Specific grant of £2,000 requested for a new Creative Arts programme which aims to improve the social, emotional and educational development of 45 SEND children through craft building activities and music.

PEMBROKE COLLEGE.

Supports disadvantaged individuals and families in Walworth SE London. Pembroke House (formerly Pembroke College Cambridge Mission) was founded in 1885 by students from Pembroke College Cambridge. It is based in Walworth, Southwark. They are home to a wide-range of activities for the local community and together with local residents, groups and organisations.  They are erecting a building in Walworth in which people can connect, learn from one another, and work together towards a good society.

REACT

Rapid Effective Assistance for Childern with potentially Terminal illness. REACT works to improve the quality of life by providing basic essential aid and equipment to financially disadvantage families caring for a child living with a life-limited illness. They provides a range of support and practical assistance and items of equipment deemed an essential, basic need yet unavailable through any other source.

INTERACT STROKE SUPPORT

InterAct Stroke Support takes professional actors into hospitals an stroke clubs to read and interact with stroke survivors. This interaction alleviates boredom, depression and stimulates the brain, thus helping rehabilitation and recovery. Post stroke depression is common and neural stimulation has been shown to help the brain “adaptively rewire” finding new routes from A to B. Specific request for £1,000 to cover core costs or a pledge specifically for their work at the Royal London Hospital when it restarts.

 

Also at the request of a Liveryman of the Horner’s Livery a donation was also made to:

THE GREAT ORMOND STREET HOSPITAL

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Children’s Charity undertakes fundraising activities in order to invest in development, research and innovation, welfare and clinical development projects, medical equipment and capital infrastructure, all of which will enhance GOSH’s ability to transform the health and wellbeing of children and young people. It is possible to direct a donation towards the GOSH Research Fund. This donation was made in memory of the Liveryman’s grand nephew  who sadly passed away aged two two after over a year of dedicated treatment and care for his infant leukaemia.

The Committee will be pleased to consider a donation to Registered Charities put forward by members of the Horners Company. Such requests should be made to Rebecca Joyce, our Assistant Clerk.

 

This year we have chosen  four main Charities to support on a three year rolling basis .

They are:

SERIOUS TRUST
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.

Website: www.serious.org.uk

BLIND IN BUSINESS
Trains blind students and young adults in preparation for work. They create confidence by practising interviews, working in offices, as well as meeting people in places that they wish to work. They also help in writing professional looking CVs. They also extend their remit to training blind children to cop with their disability.

Website: www.blindinbusiness.org.uk

HONEYPOT
We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.

Website: www.honeypot.org.uk

PROVIDENCE ROW
Homelessness charity specifically seeking funding for their Training Schemes. Providence Row provides a resource centre for rough sleepers with breakfast, showers and computer access; advice and support for homeless people or those at risk of homelessness; recovery and progression services for people with mental health and substance misuse issues; drug and alcohol outreach and referral; and training schemes to help people move into regular learning, volunteering or work.

Website: www.providencerow.org.uk

 

 

In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities and in 2020 these are…

KEEN London which provides free, one-to-one supported sports and recreational opportunities for children and young adults with additional needs. Being physically active improves health, mental wellbeing and encourages social interaction and skills development. They also offer trips and residential weekends and there is also a coach apprenticeship programme.

www.keenlondon.org

Oasis Community Partnerships is a national community development charity supporting a variety of innovative projects and activities in local communities. They are seeking funding for their Oasis Youth Support programme aimed at transforming the future of disadvantaged young people/adults involved in crime in Lambeth & Southwark. Funding is specifically being raised to part fund a full time Youth Support Worker.

www.oasisuk.org

The Children’s Literacy Charity works with schools and communities, providing an onsite literacy lab for children with literacy difficulties. This creates a stable and dedicated environment where specialist staff and trained volunteers can teach essential literacy skills that will enable them to fulfil their academic potential.

www.thechildrensliteracycharity.org.uk

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust, whose objectives are to relieve the suffering and distress and to further the health of persons with cancer or having suffered cancer, their families and carers. This is a specific request from the Maggie’s Centre at Barts Hospital, London.

www.maggiescentres.org

 

We chose four main Charities to support on a three year basis. They are:

 

SERIOUS TRUST
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.

Website: www.serious.org.uk

BLIND IN BUSINESS
Trains blind students and young adults in preparation for work. They create confidence by practising interviews, working in offices, as well as meeting people in places that they wish to work. They also help in writing professional looking CVs. They also extend their remit to training blind children to cop with their disability.

Website: www.blindinbusiness.org.uk

HONEYPOT
We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.

Website: www.honeypot.org.uk

ALONE IN LONDON
Alone in London supports vulnerable young people who, by being on their own in a large metropolis, face many challenges and need counselling, or family meditation or simply a safe and convenient place to talk.

Website: https://uk.depaulcharity.org/alone-london

In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities and in 2019 these are…

ALEXANDRA ROSE CHARITY  has a mission to tackle food poverty and promote healthy eating with a voucher scheme helping parents on low income with young children.

Website: www.alexandrarose.org.uk

ARTS FOR ALL in Tower Hamlets runs workshops and clubs for education in the Arts. Our funding is for their ‘Rainbow Art Club’ for adults with learning difficulties.

Website: www.artsforall.co.uk

CRACKERJACKS TRUST provides specialist equipment and respite breaks to children with severe disabilities throughout the UK. Such children can have a joyful life, bring joy to others and achieve quality of life.

Website: www.crackerjacks.org.uk

RAFT, based in Northwood Middlesex, is a medical research charity in the tissue and bone regeneration field working to create new treatments for wounds, burns, disease, post-operative or birth abnormalities.

Website: www.raft.ac.uk

REACT, based in Kew, supports children with terminal illnesses that are from deprived backgrounds with equipment unavailable from any other source.

Website: www.reactcharity.org

VAUXHALL CITY FARM in Lambeth is an urban farm providing educational, recreational and therapeutic programmes. We are supporting their ‘Riding for the Disabled’ programme.

Website: www.vauxhallcityfarm.org

We chose  four main Charities to support. They are:

 

SERIOUS TRUST
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.

Website: www.serious.org.uk

BLIND IN BUSINESS
Trains blind students and young adults in preparation for work. They create confidence by practising interviews, working in offices, as well as meeting people in places that they wish to work. They also help in writing professional looking CVs. They also extend their remit to training blind children to cop with their disability.

Website: www.blindinbusiness.org.uk

HONEYPOT
We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.

Website: www.honeypot.org.uk

ALONE IN LONDON
Alone in London supports vulnerable young people who, by being on their own in a large metropolis, face many challenges and need counselling, or family meditation or simply a safe and convenient place to talk.

Website: https://uk.depaulcharity.org/alone-london

In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities and in 2018 these were…

THE SICKLE CELL SOCIETY provides information, counselling and support for those with Sickle Cell disorders and their families. The disorder, often inherited, affects the red blood cells and can be serious and lifelong. The Society concentrates on helping children, the elderly, those with disabilities and those of minority ethnic origins

Website: www.sicklecellsociety.org

LODGE HILL TRUST is an outdoor activity residential centre in West Sussex to give children from a variety of backgrounds a range of educational benefits and physical challenges so they may develop their physical and mental capacities.

Website: www.lodgehill.org.uk

HALF MOON YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE focuses on children of all ages up to 18. They produce professional theatre at their base, in venues, youth and school settings. Their drama workshops include Drama, Ballet, Music, Singing, Sculpture and painting.

Website: www.halfmoon.org.uk

TOWER HAMLETS MISSION, a Christian Charity, is committed to working with those suffering from alcohol and/or drug dependency, who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless and are receiving state benefits. Their aim is to break the cycle of chronic addiction and to rebuild purposeful stable lives.

Website: www.towerhamletsmission.org

CRACKERJACKS TRUST provides specialist equipment and respite breaks to children with severe disabilities throughout the UK. Such children can have a joyful life, bring joy to others and achieve quality of life.

Website: www.crackerjacks.org.uk

We  chose four main Charities to support which are…

 

Serious Trust
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.

Website: www.serious.org.uk

Blind in Business
Trains blind students and young adults in preparation for work. They create confidence by practising interviews, working in offices, as well as meeting people in places that they wish to work. They also help in writing professional looking CVs. They also extend their remit to training blind children to cop with their disability.

Website: www.blindinbusiness.org.uk

Honeypot
We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.

Website: www.honeypot.org.uk

Alone in London
Alone in London supports vulnerable young people who, by being on their own in a large metropolis, face many challenges and need counselling, or family meditation or simply a safe and convenient place to talk.

Website: https://uk.depaulcharity.org/alone-london

In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities which are usually connected in some way to the City of London or are London based.