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.
Cover photograph from the Charterhouse in Southwark report in 1977.
The first two houses acquired by the Mission, drawn by JP Gulch from the window of the lodging house opposite.
Looking North along Crosby Row with the Mission on the right.
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 BRADFIELD CLUB
Supporting a youth club in Peckham that offers a safe environment and individual support.
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 food programme.
Funding towards football coaching in their youth club programme.
Contribution towards an environmentally led youth programmes.
INSPIRE @ST PETERS
Funding towards the summer activity holiday programme.
LONDON COMMUNITY BOXING
Contributing towards the youth programme ad core costs
of the boxing club.
Supporting children's transition to secondary school through the PAM music academy.
Funding towards an alternative creative learning space for young people in Peckham.
TIME AND TALENTS
Core funding towards the running of the children's programmes based in Rotherhithe.
TT works with young people with acute and complex mental health problems in theatre groups.
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.
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.
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
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.
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 call and visit to your organisation as part of the assessment process.
Trustees meet three times a year to review applications - February, June and October.
To have your application considered please note the deadlines below.
For the February round: 5th January
For the June round: 5th May
For the October round: 5th September
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 with an expression of interest ahead of applying to ensure your organisation fits within the Charterhouse in Southwark criteria.
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.
If you have any queries regarding our application process, please email us at;
Global Generation is a charity running the Paper Garden in Canada Water which involves the local community in the future of their area. The Paper Garden is a collaborative seedbed in which to nurture creativity and community where young people learn from older people, older people learn from young people, and all learn from nature. Ideas grown in the Paper Garden, based in what used to be the Daily Mail Printworks, informs parts of the public realm in changing areas of Canada Water.
Since beginning, the Paper Garden has supported three groups of young people from local secondary schools to graduate from the Generator programme. They have sowed seeds, hosted workshops, reached out to local communities and have collaboratively designed and built a wildlife area in the space.
Programme activities are co-produced with young people, building on their interests, working alongside them to establish which issues they would like to address within their local communities and giving them experiences of what is possible through participating in shared voluntary community activities such as food-growing and ecology, cooking, woodwork, event hosting, storytelling, art, creative writing, and photography. Action Research supports participants in sharing their own stories, drawing a collective narrative which capture’s changing attitudes, wellbeing, relationships to others and nature along with practical positive interventions.
This year Charterhouse in Southwark is helping to fund staff to facilitate their Youth-Led Social Environmental Action Programme - called the Generator Programme. 35 local young people ages 9-17 have enrolled in the free programme and will be developing their own social-environmental action projects throughout the year in the garden.
‘’What’s different about what we do at Global Generation is, not only do we change on the outside, but we change on the inside too’’
Ciara, GG Generator, 17 years.
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.