The mission of the Charity Committee of the Terra Firma Charitable Trust, a non-profit charitable fund formed and funded by Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited and its employees, is to make charitable investments which will directly benefit our local community in the borough of Southwark. We aim to fund charities on a 3-year basis so that they can confidently plan and undertake long-term projects. Here is a selection of charities supported by the Terra Firma Charitable Trust in recent years. Please click to learn more.
3-year funding (2008-10)
Founded by Dame Cecily Saunders, St Christopher’s has been caring for people in the final stage of their lives since 1967. The charity is a pioneer in the arena of palliative care and the first to combine pain and symptom control with emotional, spiritual and practical support. The hospice cares for around 2,000 people a year, including around 850 people who are looked after at home daily. St Christopher’s has inspired innovation in 110 countries and continues to provide world-leading training via courses and clinical placements to 7,000 health professionals annually.
London Music Centre
3-year funding (2009–11)
The London Music Centre was founded 18 years ago in Islington, and opened a centre in Southwark in 2010. Its philosophy is that children and young people who sing go on to learn instruments more quickly and play them more musically. The children are encouraged to sing and play music in many different styles and genres, from 14th century canons to MC and rap, from opera to rock and music from around the world. Classes are open to all and are offered for a minimal charge or for free.
4-year funding (2007-9, 2011)
Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh in 1996 to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. Terra Firma funding helped set up the Kids Company's Urban Academy, a post-14 educational and life skills academy based in Southwark specifically designed to meet the needs of young people who reject or have been rejected from other educational facilities. The Academy provides a balance of courses on life management as well as focusing on study and business skills, maths and English, drama, and more.
4-year funding (2009-12)
The Downside Fisher Youth Club has supported socially excluded young people in the Bermondsey area for over 100 years. It was originally established as a boys club in 1908 and since that time has worked with disadvantaged children, helping them learn from each other and offering challenging experiences and learning opportunities that are not otherwise easily available in Bermondsey.
5-year funding (2008-12)
XLP is a South London-based charity which aims to provide support to young people to encourage wise lifestyle choices. The charity was established in 1996 by Patrick Regan in response to a stabbing in a school playground, to work with students and teachers to help with difficult behavioural issues. Over the years, XLP has grown from working in a single school to operating in over 30 schools and communities across Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley, Tower Hamlets and Newham.
3-year funding (2011-13)
With over forty years of experience, Addaction's mission is to help transform the lives of people affected by drug and alcohol problems. Its key focus is on relapse prevention through aftercare which helps ex-addicts to rebuild their lives through education, training and employment opportunities. The expected returns are personal, social and also financial – a single drug user is estimated to cost the government £44,000 each year through the NHS, criminal justice system and financial dependency on the state.
Age Concern Lewisham and Southwark
6-year funding (2007-12)
Age Concern Lewisham and Southwark (ACLS) is an independent charity empowering older people to live full and active lives. The only organisation working across the boroughs of Lewisham and Southwark specifically for older people, ACLS helps people often living in poverty and isolation and suffering from age-related health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and mental health conditions. Age Concern is dedicated to the promotion of the well-being of all older people and to helping make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
Private Equity Foundation (PEF)
6-year funding (2007-12)
PEF's core mission is to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) so they can reach their full potential. Through a combination of financial donations and pro-bono business expertise, PEF works to break the cycle of intergenerational worklessness by supporting children and young people early on and throughout the critical school years. Since its foundation in 2006, PEF has provided basic skills, social and emotional support, and skills for work programmes for 42,000 children and young people through 17 charities.
4-year funding (2009-12)
Vitalise has been operating since 1963 and provides an alternative to traditional residential respite care. Each Vitalise centre offers short breaks in a relaxed, holiday-style environment with a variety of trips and activities. Guests, who include disabled people and elderly people who require a high level of care, are supported by volunteers who provide companionship and assistance.
6-year funding (2008-13)
Create uses the power of the creative arts to transform the lives of society’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable people by designing and delivering projects that enable them to develop creativity, learning, social skills and self-esteem. Founded in July 2003, Create has run over 4,000 creative arts workshops for more than 24,890 disadvantaged and vulnerable participants, mainly as part of sustained, life-changing programmes.
2-year funding (2009-10)
Victim Support in Southwark was set up as an independent charity in 1983 to work with victims and witnesses of crime across the borough. Staff and volunteers are trained to contact people affected by crime to offer free, confidential support and practical advice. People are referred to the charity by the police and agencies or they make direct contact themselves for help. This extends to families and friends of those who have been affected by crime, and to witnesses who are called to give evidence.
5-year funding (2009-13)
CCHF All About Kids was established in 1884 to take children from London’s slums away for holidays in the fresh air and country surroundings. Today, the charity provides a range of residential activity and respite breaks for children aged 7-11. It allows children, many of whom suffer poverty, neglect and domestic violence, to escape the traumas of their everyday life and simply 'become children again'. Through various activities such as visits to the seaside and team games, the charity helps children grow in confidence, develop social skills and learn greater independence.
7-year funding (2006-12)
The Prince’s Trust is a UK charity which helps young people overcome barriers and get their lives working. Through practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance, it helps 14 to 30-year-olds realise their potential and transform their lives.
4-year funding (2008-10, 2012)
Tomorrow's People is an innovative national employment charity that is transforming people's lives through work. Since its foundation in 1984, the charity has helped over 440,000 people on the road to employment. It operates a range of programmes focused on tackling the complexities of long-term, structural unemployment including their flagship 'Working It Out' programme, which helps excluded young people from deprived neighbourhoods to improve their lives by gaining meaningful, lasting employment or training or further education. The charity also runs groundbreaking programmes for adults and young people, including working in prisons, GP practices and isolated villages.
1-year funding (2011)
The Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal was set up in 2011 to help provide relief for the people of Queensland, Australia affected by flooding and Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Three-quarters of the state of Queensland was declared a disaster zone with many communities devastated and some families losing everything. The Trust made a donation to help rebuild these communities and kick start the local economies.
1-year funding (2012)
The Manna Centre is a day centre for the homeless based near London Bridge. Founded in 1982, the centre is open every day, and between 130 – 220 people come into the Centre, for breakfast, lunch, or one of the other services provided. As well as providing hot food and a place to rest during the day, the centre offers showers, clothing, medical services and welfare advice. It has recently started to offer basic English and IT training as well as help boost self esteem and improve users' ability to find work or manage the welfare system themselves.
Action for Children
1-year funding (2011)
The Southwark Young Carers project was set up for children who care for a member of their family, usually a parent, with an illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse problem. These young carers are particularly vulnerable as their needs tend to go unrecognised, remaining hidden until a situation reaches crisis point. As 98% of the families the project works with are one-parent families these children have to cope with the emotional and physical stresses of caring for the parent, as well as taking care of their younger siblings and running a house.
Southwark Young Carers identifies young carers between the ages of 8-18 and provides critical emotional support to ease their burden, build their resilience and help hold their lives together. The project currently supports 50 children and provides educational and recreational opportunities.
1-year funding (2012)
The Manor Place hostel provides support and accomadation for up to 34 homeless women living in Southwark.
Residents receive structured support in a safe home environment which addresses their individual and complex emotional and health needs, such as mental health issues, substance misuse and domestic violence.
"It’s been the best time I have ever had and I made a lot of new friends and did lots of things I have never done before including swimming, riding a bike and eating a kiwi fruit"
Jayden aged 9, CCHF.
"I had learnt to commit to recovery – now I’ve learnt to commit to a career. I’ve got my first month’s wage this morning. I can pay my rent for the first time!"
Michelle, NEXT project graduate, Addaction.
"If the service wasn’t here I wouldn’t do a lot, probably go for a walk in the park, shopping, other than that I would be well and truly lost. It is the best thing that has happened to me in a long time."
Gloria, 65, Age Concern Southwark.