Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants

Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants We are not accepting applications at this time.
Funding £10,000 - £15,000


In partnership with Thrive LDN and the #iWill Fund, Team London are offer grants of between £10,000- £15,000 to community groups, small charities and voluntary sector organisations to run one year projects which encourage young Londoners to volunteer or take part in social action.

The projects focus on any area of volunteering or social action. Examples of categories for these projects include sports, arts, media, or London’s environment but should also encourage good mental health and wellbeing. The majority of young participants will be new to volunteering and will come from groups that are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.

The Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants fund projects which: 

  • work with 10 – 20 year olds on volunteering and/or social action projects 
  • can demonstrate how the project will positively impact the young peoples’ wellbeing and emotional resilience
  • ensure 60% of young people taking part are new to volunteering (not taken part in the last 12 months)
  • work with young people from one or more of the following target groups:
    • Looked after children (or at risk of being)
    • Young carers
    • Young people in the youth justice system (or at risk of being)
    • Young homeless people (or at risk of being)
    • Refugee and asylum-seeking young people
    • Young people with learning disabilities
    • NEETs (not in employment, education or training)
    • Vulnerable young people1 (or at risk of being)
    • Young people who identify as LGBTQ+
    • Young people from the traveller community
    • Young people who have experienced domestic violence
    • Young people with physical disabilities

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2018 Small Grants Recipients (with Thrive LDN)

Leaders in Community Saturday Social
Young people will prepare and share a weekly meal, identify ways in which their areas could be improved, discuss ideas of importance and devise social action and volunteering activities or campaigns to address them.

Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea Voice in Volunteering
This project will support volunteers aged 16-20 over the course of a year to develop skills, knowledge in the fields of communications, media, and the arts. Young people will help deliver the VC's communications
strategy, ensuring young people have a voice in volunteering whilst creating links within the media industry and sharing their media knowledge with older volunteers to promote digital inclusion. 

Breadwinners Risers - Life Changing Volunteering for Young Refugees
A two-month programme run 4 times a year, supporting young refugees (16-20 years old) and those seeking asylum in London to gain volunteering work experience on market stall selling bread whilst also receiving training and mentoring.

St Mary's Secret Garden Buzzin'
A nature-based volunteering programme that will work with 2 cohorts of young people for 6 months each. Young people will be trained in bee keeping skills and will volunteer at the community garden. Participants will develop entrepreneurial skills, making beauty and wellbeing products to sell at local markets e.g scented candles and lip balms.

CARAS Tooting Plus!
A project enabling young asylum seekers to take their first steps in volunteering in their new community, supported by their more experienced peers. The new cohort of volunteers will work with the previous years to deliver activities such as co-leading volunteer training sessions, a specific programme for girls' group, and co-facilitating mental health workshops. The second part of this project will see 10 participants of mixed experience build volunteering relationships with local organisations. 

Innovative Vision Organisation Tottenham Young Volunteers
Building on a previous pilot project - this project will offer training and volunteering opportunities for young people. Opportunities will include intergenerational activities such as IT and basic computer lessons for the elderly, dance classes for young people and dance and movement exercise for the elderly.

Tender Education and Arts Tender Healthy Relationships
Working with 3 established youth settings - young people will be recruited by Tender to take part in a 10-week programme in their youth setting which provides interactive arts-based activities to help participants to understand, identify and avoid domestic and sexual abuse. They will then use the skills and knowledge gained to design a social action project to prevent unhealthy relationships and promote help seeking. 

Skyway Charity Social Action Taskforce
Young people from Hackney and Southwark will collaborate to design and lead their own social action activities and workshops based on what they identify as local need. They will be supported to fundraise for the activities, encourage others to take part as well as collaborate with organisations in the local community.  

Carers of Barking and Dagenham Young Carers Ambassadors Programme
Young carers will be supported to become volunteer ambassadors in the community taking part in social action in their schools, at local fun days and with their local dementia service. They will also act as buddies to younger carers whilst receiving training, mentoring and coaching. 

Partnership for Young London #Flip it
Young people from the children in care council will create a youth-led asset based social media campaign profiling the positive contribution of young Londoners. Participants will take part in campaigning, leadership and public speaking workshops whilst engaging with young people across London on their campaign.

2017 Small Grants Recipients (with Thrive LDN)

Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL)
Up skilling young volunteers to act as peer supporters for participants at Saturday School and volunteering at other projects such as the Helping Hands Food Bank. 

Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Exchange
Engaging young people with Afro-Brazilian martial arts or music and dance and training the young people to volunteer and help run sessions for younger peers. 

Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) 
Enabling refugee and asylum seeking young people to create benches and planters for community spaces, and run workshops and events to create a more welcoming environment for the most vulnerable residents in the community. 

Dagenham Bangladeshi Women & Children’s Association 
This project will upskill NEET young people to deliver an intergenerational horticultural project and train as peer mentors. 

An intergenerational music making project bringing together older people, many with dementia, and young volunteers.  

Let's Go Outside and Learn CIC
A project working with young carers to develop a campaign around parks and open spaces, which will include young people led research, developing resources for park users and allowing the young people to report back on their findings. 

Lewisham Youth Theatre
A project enabling Young Ambassadors to join the Lewisham Youth Theatre Members Committee and make decisions on youth theatre activities and assist on planning projects.

Partnership for Young London
A project training young people aged 12 - 20 in care or leaving care in peer research skills to raise awareness of key issues faced by young people (education, money and budgeting, accommodation). 

Rio Ferdinand Foundation
Recruiting young people as peer leaders who will learn skills such as project management, budgeting and community development whilst leading grass roots community projects in areas of sports, arts and media. 

Somali Advice and Forum of Information (SAAFI)
Somali young people at risk of exclusion will take part in group workshops whilst receiving one on one mentoring from Somali university students. They will then take up volunteer placements in their local community.

Stonewall Housing
Developing a team of young volunteer ambassadors who have or are experiencing homelessness as a result of their sexual identity.  

The Avenues Youth Project
Young people will be trained as peer mentors and work with youth workers to support their younger peers, as well as attending training workshops on topics such as safeguarding, mental health first aid and mentoring methods. 

Westminster House Youth Club
A project providing support for targeted young people who have not been previously involved in volunteering attending the Westminster House Youth Club. This project will encourage them to become involved in activities such as First Aid Training, Fire Safety Courses and the Vulnerable People’s Food Parcel Programme. 

Young Roots
Establishing a Youth Leadership Group for young refugees to engage a further 150 young people in volunteering and social change. Young people will be up skilled during learning weekends away from home, where they will take part in leadership and campaigning workshops.

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