English Key to Integration

Team London Small Grants

Funding Available £5,000 - £10,000
Application Deadline Applications closed 20 August 2018

We offered grants of £5,000 - £10,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run volunteering projects that bring Londoners together and lead to improvements in social integration. 

The projects will focus on any area of volunteering or social action but should help people from different groups of society (differentiated by communities, identities or interests) to have more opportunities to connect with each other positively and meaningfully. This should happen through volunteering and lead to improvements in social integration for London communities. Projects may include group activities, taking part in social action, or both. 

The 2018 Team London Small Grants will fund projects which: 

  • Help people to have more opportunities to connect with each other positively and meaningfully, through volunteering on community activities, taking part in social action, or both.
  • Create an environment where people find it easy and beneficial to meet others from different backgrounds, creating connections not divisions.

The small grants will provide a source of income for smaller organisations to meet local needs which may not meet the criteria for larger-scale funding.

Social integration is the extent to which people positively interact and connect with others who are different to themselves. It is determined by the level of equality between people, the nature of their relationships, and their degree of participation in the communities in which they live.

The Mayor’s vision for social integration in London is for:

  • improvements in relationships
  • participation
  • equality
  • evidence based interventions – so that we can measure, evaluate and share findings on the state of social integration

The three first elements shape the extent and quality of interactions and connections between Londoners from different backgrounds, reinforcing each other. They are therefore essential to social integration. 

F​​unding for our 2019 Small Grants will be open in due course. Please sign up to our charity newsletter if you'd like to be kept up to date.

2018 Small Grants Recipients

Abbey Community Centre

Abbey's Saturday Community Café Foods of the World cooking sessions will be a weekly community café that uses food surplus donated by a local charity, providing fresh, healthy, low-cost meals from around the world to local people. Volunteers will cook and share dishes from their countries and bring in new younger volunteers and older people whose mother tongue is not English

Autus

"Connect for Democracy" will see 20 volunteers with experience of participation in democracy from public, private and third sectors, working with 20 autistic young people to increase their knowledge and understanding of democracy. The young people will then create multi-media learning resources to share information about local democratic process with neurotypical young people from across South London as part of a roadshow. The project brings autistic people (well-known to struggle with social interaction and largely socially isolated) into contact with people who are different from themselves, in a way that appeals to their strengths, and helps other people to understand their needs and condition better. 

Doorstep Library Network

Volunteer Readers will spend time reading with pre and primary school children living in deprived housing estates and who are at risk of underachievement. Volunteers will visit the family home on a weekly basis, read with the children and build trust with the parents. Volunteers tend to live off the estates and come from different socio-economic backgrounds than the families.   

Faiths Forum for London

Young people aged 13-18 from faith communities in six London boroughs who want to help improve the local Green environment, are matched with a volunteer aged 60+ from a different faith background who are willing to pass on their gardening skills and enthusiasm to a new generation

Hoxton Health  

Volunteers will provide support to service users, who due to mental health frailty or disability, need extra time or support. Volunteers come from a wide range of groups, including people with mental health issues, younger people wanting work experience, older people that have just retired and carers that want to be more involved in their community. Service users also come from a range of backgrounds. This project is to establish a Volunteer Coordinator role to enable the volunteer support to grow.

Kentish Town City Farm 

Local older men from all backgrounds will volunteer at the farm, doing DIY and general activities, benefiting the farm and providing them with a sense of connectedness to the local area.

Lewisham Refugee Welcome Team 

They will set up a group of volunteers to become an organisation so that they can join Citizens UK. The group of volunteers have already worked together to help to resettle 15 refugee families in Lewisham, and the Mayor has now committed to bring in 100 more families in 5 years. By becoming a formal group and joining Citizens UK, they will be able to increase the numbers and types of volunteers they can work with, establish a leadership team and fundraise, enabling them to have greater impact on the resettlement of refugees.

Seeds for Growth 

Volunteers from across the Isle of Dogs will improve and maintain front gardens for the elderly tenants and residents who are no longer able to garden for themselves mixing people from different backgrounds. They will also construct a new garden for the community on wasteland located behind one of the housing blocks providing a place for community interaction.

St Francis at the Engine Room   

Bringing together young people at risk of serious youth violence with newly arrived to the area professional people to share skills and work together, a programme supporting the young people and building their skills, including a focus on employability."

The Bike Project    

Volunteers pair with refugees and asylum seekers to undertake cycling trips together, aimed at building confidence and knowledge of road cycling, reducing isolation, improving wellbeing and encouraging social integration and greater independence. 60 volunteers and a minimum of 60 beneficiaries."

The Hebe Foundation    

Corporate professional volunteers provide dragons den afternoons in their offices and deliver workshops based on core business and employment skills for low income/disadvantaged youth from across London. "

The New Cross Gate Trust  

Holding a conversation café where ESOL students can practice their English with socially isolated local residents in a culturally diverse neighbourhood.

2016 Small Grants Recipients

Cara Trust

The Cara Trust recruited 10 people aged 59+ with HIV as volunteers, to provide peer and/or buddy services to elderly and/or frail people with HIV. 

Entelechy Arts (Meet Me at the Albany)

The project launched a volunteer-led befriending programme to support isolated older people to connect with or re-engage with their local community and activities. 

Holborn Community Association – Digital Wisdom

The project recruited volunteers to deliver IT classes and one-to- one IT support sessions to older members of the community. Some of these were Bengali/Sylheti speakers, reflecting the aim of attracting older members of the local BAME and primarily Bangladeshi community to access the older people’s services.

Hounslow Action for Youth

The project recruited 40 newly retired people to provide one-to-one support for 40 young people. They engaged the young people in beekeeping and creating multi-purpose products from the harvested honey and beeswax, packaged and gifted to older people attending a weekly Age Concern drop-in. 

Jewish Volunteer Network

The project promoted volunteering among over 55s by creating a “workforce” of volunteers who became befrienders, supporting the elderly and others with chronic ailments, to combat isolation and loneliness. 

London Bubble Theatre Company

A volunteering scheme was developed aimed at people entering retirement, inviting them to support older people’s engagement in an intergenerational project called “Primary”. 200 volunteers, half aged 59-69, were offered training in oral history interviewing and supported to make links with at least 80 older people. Volunteers gathered testimony, supported attendance at rehearsals and performances and enabled older people to get to know the cast.

Merton Home Tutoring Service

Merton Home Tutoring Service taught English at home to people in Wandsworth who cannot attend formal classes either because of childcare commitments or because their English is below the entry level required to start college. Volunteer tutors were recruited and trained to work one-to-one with the learners.
 

ODL Volunteer Support

Opening Doors London increased the number of volunteers recruited to support older LGBT* people, supporting these volunteers through regular volunteer forum meetings, managing and promoting training opportunities and co-ordinating the placement of volunteers across London.

Southall Community Alliance

Southall Community Alliance worked with a voluntary sector consortium with 5 small groups to recruit and train 100+ BAME residents as Health Ambassadors. There were around five training sessions to recruit older ambassadors who advised other older people to local health and social care services that they were previously unaware of or unable to access themselves. 

St. Mary’s Secret Garden

St Mary’s Secret Garden provided weekly community gardening sessions for older adults in Hackney to support and develop the local environment. The majority of these gardening volunteers had learning disabilities. 

Third Age Project 

The project recruited older people to take on new volunteering roles, utilising their skills to support the charity to be able to demonstrate that it has a major beneficial impact on the lives of many isolated and hard to reach elderly residents within a diverse deprived neighbourhood.

Walworth Golden Oldies

Walworth Golden Oldies Community Care Project worked for 7 hours a week across 40 weeks by recruiting a volunteer coordinator, who recruited and supervised a team of 20 specially recruited retired volunteers to provide chairside support once a week, helping 60 older people to access online services.

2015 Small Grants Recipients

Selby Trust 

Provided more speed and group volunteering roles around environmental and sustainable projects at their Tottenham site.

Worldwrite 

Provided volunteering opportunities in an innovative media project for young people helping them to voice their opinions of global issues.

Bee Urban 

Engaged expert volunteers in environmental issues to share their experience with local communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Developed more group volunteering roles that helped them to further develop this 7 acre small holding to grow even more produce and teach growing and horticultural skills.

Wise Thoughts 

Recruited even more volunteers to ensure that the LGBT events throughout the year had even more impact and attracted more visitors.

Cordwainers Grow 

Provided volunteer-led activity sessions in the Hackney community which ranged from hands-on planting and growing sessions to wider skills of marketing and social media around local projects.

Big Dance 2016 

People Dancing – this project recruited and trained hundred of volunteers to help deliver the Big Dance 2016 across the capital.

Goodgym 

Recruited more volunteers in more boroughs across London to get fit and do good at the same time by running to community projects, helping out, then running back again.

Brixton People’s Kitchen 

Using surplus food from local green grocers and markets, this project recruited and trained more volunteers to help run their mobile kitchen that dispenses free meals in Brixton.

Create London 

This innovative project worked alongside young volunteers in Dagenham & Barking and the surrounding areas, picking fruit and producing a marketable branded drink. Young volunteers took part in every part of the production process from fruit picking to workshops on marketing.

The Maypole Project 

Recruited volunteers to give 121 support to their children on sporting activity trips.

Sufra NW London 

Transformed a piece of derelict ground on an inner city estate with volunteers from every section of the local community, to create a food growing garden.

Haringey Mencap 

The Give Project offered short volunteering roles to support their vulnerable clients in a range of exciting new activities.

Delete Blood Cancer UK

This project created a number of information hubs in various London boroughs, manned by specially trained volunteers, to raise awareness of the disease and provide information and signposting.

Providence Row 

Created more volunteer roles for businesses, to up-skill their clients and share knowledge and experience in a range of activities.

Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea 

Recruited a range of volunteers from the local community to meet and greet visitors to Portobello and Goldbourne Road markets.

Deen City Farm 

Recruited more local volunteers from both business and community, to help maintain this inspiring five-acre farm which also offers food growing, classroom studies, and therapeutic services including a riding school.
 

2014 Small Grants Recipients

Foodcycle 

Trained unemployed young people to create affordable meals and help run the Community Café in Bromley-by-Bow.

Green Corridor 

Engaged young volunteers (14-25) to turn an allotment at the heart of Heathrow Airport, into a thriving wildlife space for the local community.

TimeBank 

Matched business mentors with young people 16-24 who have been in care.

The Maypole Project 

Recruited volunteers to support young people with complex illnesses to engage in sporting activities.

The Hebe Foundation 

A business and leadership project which used peer volunteers aged 17 and adults to teach a wide range of transferable skills including marketing, pitching, buying and selling to 14-19-year-olds.

Selfless 

Trained volunteers to be 'London Health Ambassadors' and share important health messages within hard-to-reach communities.

Sutton Community Farm 

Farm based buddying scheme which taught and mentored young volunteers, some of whom have learning difficulties or other disabilities, about managing a farm and working with others.

Wide Horizons 

Supported volunteers to transform a five-acre area in South London into well-managed woodland.

Project Dirt 

Enabled Team London volunteers to access a wider range of small locally based community projects.

Spacehive 

Matched Civic Crowdfunding community projects with volunteers.
 

2013 Small Grants Recipients

Action Tutoring - Tutoring project

Capital Growth - Community greening

The Conservation Volunteers - Green gyms project

Envision - Community apprentice scheme

The Hackney Pirates - Literacy project

London Sport

Selfless - Online university recruitment platform

TimeBank - One-to-one mentoring

Trees for Cities - Edible playgrounds project

Wheels for Wellbeing - Cycling lessons for the disabled