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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.

WHAT WE DO

OUR HISTORY

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.

OUR HISTORY
The Charterhouse, City of London

LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS

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.

MEET THE TRUSTEES

GEORGE HANKEY


CHAIRMAN

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.

ALEX PETERKEN


TRUSTEE

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.

PETER AIERS


TRUSTEE

Peter Aiers is the 34th Master and Chief Executive of the Charterhouse. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Churches Conservation Trust, a national charity caring for historic church buildings across England and had worked here for 15 years. Peter’s background is in historic building conservation and has always had a particular interest in how historic buildings can best serve contemporary society. He has a track record of significant historic church building development projects and also invented Champing™. Peter is a trustee of the Hertiage Alliance, and Goodwill Solutions CIO and also a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. 

JOHN GILLESPIE


TREASURER

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.

ELIZABETH BARRETT


TRUSTEE

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 PARSONS


TRUSTEE

Tristan joined the board in 2018. He studied music at Manchester University, finishing in 2013 and worked as a music professional with Atlantic Records, a division of Warner Music. He is now the managing director and co-founder of the record label, Method 808. He is a keen violinist.

MADELEINE ALDRIDGE


DIRECTOR

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.

OUR IMPACT

2022/23

£103,671

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£6,400

BLOOMFIELD LEARNING CENTRE

Learning Centre specialising in dyslexia for children.

£2,000

DREAM BELIEVE ACHIEVE

Social development programmes for young women.

£5,000

BRIDGE THE GAP STUDIO

Music and Drama therapy for young people.

£6,750

FREE TO BE KIDS

Residential holiday programme for children in need.

£10,000

£10,000

LONDON COMMUNITY BOXING

MOUNTVIEW

Programme working with vulnerable children in Peckham.

Funding bursaries for Generation N*xt students.

£5,000

CHILDREN'S LITERACY CENTRE

Contributing ti literacy workshops in southwark schools.

£4,900

GLOBAL GENERATION

After school environmental programme for children.

£3,000

SOUTH LONDON GALLERY

Free afterschool art project for local children.

£7,980

DOCKLANDS SETTLEMENT

Funding football coaches for community group in Rotherhithe.

£1,500

HALF MOON THEATRE

Drama workshops that teach children about online safety.

£5,000

SPRING COMMUNITY HUB

Funding school holiday food programme.

£8,500

STEP-OUT

Mentoring programme for young people

In addition to honour our relationship with Charterhouse School, we offer a biennial scholarship to a child from Southwark to attend Sixth Form.

2020/21

2021/22

£168,077

£94,150

2017/18

£108,924

2016/17

£89,092

2019/20

£106,770

2015/16

£94,869

2018/19

£114,349

2014/15

£122,242

OUR IMPACT

APPLYING FOR A GRANT                             

 

Charterhouse in Southwark has been reviewing the way we fund and will be changing its grant programme to reflect the need for more multiyear grant making. To prepare for the new programme we will be closing to new expressions of interest until the 1st of July 2024.

 

Who we are and what we fund.

 

Charterhouse in Southwark provides grants to charities that support disadvantaged children and young people living in Southwark that aim to help bring about positive change.

 

Our focus is on informal education through youth clubs, holiday programmes, residential stays, and sports related groups where opportunities are created for young people to learn, grow, and develop, realising their full potential.

 

Please read carefully the following information.

 

From October 2024 we will be moving to the following:

 

  • Multi-year funding applications only (3 yrs.)

  • £10,000 per year.

  • Two rounds a year with 10 grants in total (5 grants each round)

  • Next round of funding will be decided in October 2024.

  • Applications will be open for this round on the 1st of July 24 and close on the 15th September 24.

  • From 2025 – Funding rounds will be June and October.

Application process in order.

 

1. Expression of interest email – Please email first to ensure the funder and charity are a good fit.

2. Telephone call and visit - This will be organised by the funder. 

3. Application form - Download from the website and submit before the deadline. 

We are always available to talk you through the application form should you need help. If we don’t have the information needed from you once submitted, we will ask you for it.

To submit an application form, please download/save and digitally complete the pdf below. Alternatively, this form can be printed, filled by hand and posted to our address.

 

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. 

If you have any queries regarding our application process, please email;

info@charterhouse-in-southwark.or

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Free to Be Kids

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Free to Be Kids is a charity supporting children & young people who are struggling with social or emotional difficulties, and helping to create lasting change for vulnerable children's emotional health. Charterhouse in Southwark are delighted to have been involved in with Free to Be Kids over the last few years supporting their Southwark based children.

Their volunteers work with disadvantaged children to rebuild self-esteem, boost resilience and to help explore challenging emotions and ways of managing. They do this via a range of therapeutic adventures & countryside based respite residentials, in all seasons, as well as through creative term time after school groups. 

They work using the inherent power of the outdoors, animals, nature and the arts. They believe in childhood, muddy trainers, new challenges, self-expression, and real human relationships with an aim is to open up a sense of adventure, freedom and possibility for children who are struggling, whatever life's circumstances.

Above all they believe that every child deserves to feel wanted, special and valued and to experience joy and adventure within their childhood. Free To Be Kids is largely volunteer run and relies on the support of hundreds of like-minded individuals each year.

DONATE

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

You can download the GiftAid form by clicking here for single donations or here for multiple. Simply fill out the form(s) and return via email info@charterhouse-in-southwark.org or by post. You'll find our address under 'contact'.

DONATE

MARATHON RUNNERS

 

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.

Marathon runners

NEWSLETTERS

2023

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2020

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CONTACT

Madeleine Aldridge

Director


Charterhouse in Southwark
PO Box 59636, London, SE22 2AD

 

info@charterhouse-in-southwark.org

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