Not only is the Fair about putting on a great event for the local community, but we also donate the profits from the event to local worthwhile causes - with half going to our local schools and half going to local charities.
Supporting Our Schools:
Our 4 local schools (Orleans Primary, St Mary's Primary, St Stephen's Primary and Orleans Park) provide huge support to the Fair for which we are very grateful:
Supporting Our Charities:
Every year we receive fantastic applications from lots of very worthy causes and the Committee members have the difficult job of choosing which charities to help. In 2016, after a thorough review of all the applications and a vote, the committee decided to support Richmond Foodbank, Richmond Borough MIND and Homelink:
The Richmond Foodbanks provide short term crisis intervention for those in emergency need across the borough. They are run in conjunction with the nationally recognised leader in this field, the Trussell Trust.
Our target group is those experiencing acute hardship due to financial constraints such as changes in welfare and employment circumstances.
Besides our main distribution point in the Vineyard Community Centre which is open on two afternoons a week there are three satellite distribution points at the White House, Hampton, the Castlenau Centre in Barnes, and the BridgeLink Community Centre, Isleworth. Besides emergency food parcels we also provide refreshments and a meal to guests seeking help at the Community Centre. Our grant from the St Margaret’s Fair was given to help with the cost of this provision, which will be about £2000 for a year.
The total number helped with parcels last year was 1921, of which 601 were for children. 40.5% were referred to us due to benefit delays, changes in benefits or benefit sanctions. We distributed 17,285 kgs of food and approximately 6,000 kgs of food from ad hoc donations. For example, c10,000 loaves from the Wholefoods Market and 16,000 chocolates from Kew Gardens, plus many other small and bulk donations, including toiletries and fresh vegetables.
Richmond Borough Mind is rooted in the local community and exists to meet local mental health needs. Through our various projects, staff and volunteers, we provide high quality, individually tailored services so people can live full lives and be connected to other people in their communities. We work with others to minimise the impact of mental health problems and in partnership we aim to improve people’s experience of mental health services. We raise awareness of the importance of mental health and recovery and tackle the discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. Our vision is of a society where people who experience mental health issues and their carers enjoy a good quality of life within their local communities.
We provide a range of services that support people no matter what stage of their recovery they are at. Services include counselling and psychotherapy, The Wellbeing Centre which provides recovery focused activities to people under the care of the community mental health teams, Carers in Mind which supports family members and friends of mental health service users, Low Intensity Psychological Therapies which provides education about techniques to combat common mental health problems, The Peer Group Network which is run by and for people with experience of mental health problems, Mindkit and Bounce Youth Wellbeing Projects which offers wellbeing and resilience sessions and the Money Management Advice Programme. In the past year we supported 5,000 people.
Homelink is a nurse–led day respite centre supporting carers who support and care for a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who would otherwise be unable to manage without their help. This could be because of age, disability, physical and/or mental illness. In addition to our qualified nurses, health care assistants and trained staff we are fortunate to have forty-five committed and trained volunteers who help in many different ways to run the centre, helping to transport our clients and assisting in all fund-raising events.
We are proud to offer a happy and secure environment where people can enjoy each others’ company while being cared for and supported. This leaves their carers free time to have a break from what can be an exhausting and stressful daily routine. About two thirds of our clients have a dementia diagnosis. Homelink also provides a complete support framework for carers, including regular internal support meetings and trainings and by signposting carers to other local support groups and networks.
Most of our clients require a degree of nursing care which can be administered by of our qualified nursing team. Each client has an individual care plan and a health monitoring programme is carried out for preventative care. We believe that many of our clients have required less in-patient care since attending the centre due to the prompt identification of problems and intervention from our nursing team, health problems that have been identified are immediately addressed, thus putting less strain on NHS resources.
Annual Charity Dinner:
The Fair funds an Annual Christmas Dinner for around 70 local senior citizens at the Turks Head. Not only is this a Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, but local choirs sing carols and gifts are shared. It is a great event that is loved by all our local senior citizens. Please do spread the word about it to anyone you know who you think might like to attend this year's event as the more the merrier!
Other Community Projects
The Fair also gives an annual donation to Radio West Middllesex - the hospital radio station at West Middlesex and has a small discretionary fund to support one off local requests for help - in 2015 choosing to also make a small donation to the Richmond Environmental Trust to help in the provision of a standpipe at the Kilmorey Mauseoleum
We've supported a vast number of local charities since the first Fair, including amongst others:
- Richmond Homes and Lifestyle Trust, Off The Record, HANDS, Me Too and Co, Together as One, The Portcullis Trust, Home-Start Richmond, Cochlear Implanted Children’s Support Group, The Mulberry Centre, Homelink Day Respite Care, Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre, Richmond AID, SPEAR, Friends of Crofters, Whitton Social Centre, Richmond Welcare, Marble Hill Playcentres, River Thames Boat Project, Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames, Heatham House, South West London Alzheimer's Society, Richmond Carers Centre, Richmond-upon-Thames Talking Newspaper for the Blind, Richmond Crossroads Care, Richmond Advocacy, Homes for Life, Princess Alice Hospice, Roy Kinnear Trust & Shooting Star Trust
For any queries relating to our support of local charities, please email email@example.com