Supporting the children, families
and communities of Southwark
WHAT WE DO
Founded in 1885, Charterhouse in Southwark is one of the longest serving charities in London. We provide funds to help the young people of Southwark by raising their aspirations beyond limits imposed by their circumstances.
We work in partnership with a number of service providers for children in the Borough to achieve these aims.
The charity was founded as ‘The Charterhouse Mission’ in 1885 by Old Carthusians of Charterhouse School and initially located at 40 Tabard Street where the First Missioner, JG Curry, also lived with his family. Volunteers from the school and the community helped Curry run clubs for men and boys in the parish but, before long, Tabard Street could not contain the work nor the large congregation and in 1890, funds were raised to build St Hugh’s church and acquire nearby 32 Crosby Row.
In 1930, the charity decided to extend its mission to include women, which is when 39 Crosby Row was acquired for their use.
While a variety of projects achieved huge success in the community for decades, in 2008 the Trustees believed to better serve the borough going forwards, Charterhouse in Southwark should become a fundraiser rather than a direct provider of services. The charity ran The Arc Nursery until March 2009, when its operation was passed to an unrelated charity on a commercial lease.
Trustees of The Charterhouse in Southwark Endowment Fund (a related charity) joined with us in October 2010. The income from both charities contributes to the disengaged, vulnerable and disadvantaged children living locally.
Charterhouse in Southwark has very strong relationships with The Charterhouse in Clerkenwell and Charterhouse School in Surrey, one of Britain’s longest established independent schools. To honour our link with the school, Charterhouse in Southwark offer a biennial scholarship to a child from Southwark to attend Charterhouse Sixth Form. The scholarship aims to create equal opportunities for less privileged children.
THE YOUNG VIC
Contribution towards a theatre project with young travellers in Southwark.
CHILDREN'S LITERACY CHARITY
Helping to fund specially trained literacy tutors work with disadvantaged children in Southwark schools.
Contibution to help fund accessible routes into the creative industries for young people through theatre.
Funding for the holiday multi-sport camps and 'teenage ambassadors programme'.
SALMON YOUTH CENTRE
Funding youth group work in Bermondsey.
DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE
Funding towards female youth engagement programme.
THE ACCESS PROJECT
Funding towards supporting disadvantaged students to access top universities.
Supporting children's transition to secondary school through the PAM music academy.
Funding towards sports coaches at Marlborough Sports Gardens.
CHANCE TO SHINE
Teaching cricket and street cricket to Southwark primary schools.
LONDON COMMUNITY BOXING
Contributing towards the costs
of the club.
Funding towards the 'Youth Adventure Project'.
In addition to honour our relationship with Charterhouse School, we offer a biennial scholarship to a child from Southwark to attend Sixth Form.
MEET THE TRUSTEES
George joined the board of trustees in 2018. He trained as a solicitor at Simmons & Simmons where he worked for 8 years before joining Troy Asset Management in 2014. George became Chairman in 2020.
William has been involved with Charterhouse in Southwark since 2010. William, a lawyer, currently heads up the Real Estate practice at DLA Piper. He has acted for a variety of fund managers and institutional investors for many years in their direct real estate portfolios. He is experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate, including investment, development, joint ventures and structured real estate transactions.
Dr Alex Peterken was appointed Headmaster of Charterhouse in January 2018 and shortly after became a Trustee of Charterhouse in Southwark. Alex started his teaching career at Charterhouse, where he taught for eleven years. He moved to Cheltenham College in 2008 where he was Deputy Headmaster in September 2010.
Madeleine joined Charterhouse in Southwark in 2017 to run the day to day operations of the Trust. She has lived in Southwark for nearly 20 years and for many years worked in design. In 2015 she completed a degree in Social Work at London Southbank University.
John has been a long standing Trustee and Treasurer since 2006. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 whilst at KPMG and has since worked at FirstGroup plc and World Fuel Services. In November 2017 he joined Audiotonix Group Limited.
Libby studied chemistry at the University of Bristol and since 2010 has been working as an Investment Manager at Rathbones Investment Management, specialising in managing investments for charities.
Libby has been a Trustee of Charterhouse in Southwark since 2013.
Tristan, our youngest and newest Trustee, joined the board in 2018.
He studied music at Manchester University, finishing in 2013 and now works as a music industry professional with Atlantic Records, a division
of Warner Music. He lives in Southwark and is a keen violinist.
Ann became the first female Master of the Charterhouse in February 2017 and at the same time became a Trustee of Charterhouse in Southwark. Ann was previously Secretary-General of the Franco British Council for 21 years and was awarded an OBE and the L'ordre national du Mérite. A Southwark Civic Award in 2008 recognised her local work for schools and the environment. Ann was also Chair of the London Cycling Campaign.
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
Charterhouse in Southwark is pleased to have the funding application process open again.
For all new applications please email ahead of submitting to ensure that the charity is in a position to consider your application. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charterhouse in Southwark is a grant-making trust which supports charitable organisations that run programmes and projects for disadvantaged young people in the Borough of Southwark.
Trustees meet three times a year to review applications - February, June and October.
Please do not leave your application to the last minute. Submitting well in advance of a trustee meeting means we will be able to consider your application. Applications received less than a month before a meeting will roll over to the next one.
To help plan your application, please note the calendar of trustee meetings and
email ahead of applying to ensure your organisation fits within the Charterhouse in Southwark criteria.
Applicants will need to be able to provide at least one set of legally compliant accounts.
They will also be required to provide an organisational budget for the coming year.
Arrange a visit to your organisation as part of the assessment process.
To submit an application form, please download (right click) and digitally complete the pdf below. Alternatively, this form can be printed, filled by hand and posted to our address.
If you have any queries regarding our application process, please email us at;
The Access Project
The Access Pro
If you are a young person from a disadvantaged background in Southwark, the odds are most likely stacked against you. That’s particularly true when it comes to education. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are almost 10 times less likely to get to a top university.
A first class education opens many doors, and it usually leads to a range of rewarding careers. The kind of careers that have the power to change the status quo and to give young people from Southwark a chance to become lawyers, doctors, writers, teachers and business leaders of the future.
The Access Project works in 33 schools in deprived areas to give young people the extra support they need to get to university. The competition is tough out there, and most of the top 50 universities need at least one or more A’s at A level to even consider a pupil, accompanied by a list of interests and enrichment activities to demonstrate how motivated they are. All the families we work with in Southwark are struggling, and don’t have money left for music lessons or tutoring. It’s easy to see how they can be left behind.
“Crime is a big issue facing families. In this environment education appears less important than it should. Not everyone realises there is as a way ‘out’.
Busayo (TAP Mentor)
Our programme is making a significant difference to the young people in Walworth School. We know they face multiple challenges and whilst we can’t help with all of them, we can provide tutoring to help improve their grades, and mentoring to arm them with the practical skills and emotional support they lack. If you talk to our students they will tell you that the programme gives them a better outlook on life and ignites their curiosity; helping them to feel valued and confident. In a practical sense too, these young people are making up lost ground. They are given the confidence to study what they are passionate about and make informed choices about their future, rather than face a future with the prospect of low paid work and lack of opportunity. Charterhouse-in-Southwark funding is helping us to transform the prospects of individuals and the community, thank you!
“I learned that I wasn't lost at all, everything had been within me as well as in front of me''
Olamide, Year 13 student.
Whether it's time, money or skills, donating to Charterhouse in Southwark is much appreciated by our beneficiaries. You can reach us via email to talk about changes to existing giving, setting up a new arrangement, Gift Aid or a legacy promise.
The easiest way to give is online at justgiving.com/charterhouse
Charterhouse in Southwark have a very committed group of fundraisers who regularlly run marathons and kindly donate the proceeds to us. If you would like to run for Charterhouse in Southwark as well, please contact us and we will be thrilled to sign you up.
Alternatively, if you have other fundraising ideas or events taking place near you, please get in touch.