The Terra Firma Charitable Trust, a non-profit charitable fund formed and funded by TFCPL and its employees, was established in 2002.
Its mission is to make charitable investments which will directly benefit the local community in the London Borough of Southwark, where our London office is located. We principally support programmes that put an emphasis on aiding and educating children and helping the elderly.
TFCPL’s donations have enabled the Trust to make total commitments of nearly £2 million to charitable organisations working in and for our local community. In addition to financial support, TFCPL employees are given the opportunity to contribute their time to these charitable organisations in our local community.
The Terra Firma Charitable Trust is proud to support the following charities and initiatives:
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark (‘AUKLS’) 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, AUKLS 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 UK is dedicated to the promotion of the well-being of all older people and to helping make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
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- to 11-years old. 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.
For more than 50 years, Contact the Elderly has been creating long-lasting friendships that are life-changing for isolated older people. The charity’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties offer a simple solution to reducing the loneliness felt by thousands of older people aged 75 and over. Contact the Elderly is currently supported by over 9,000 volunteer drivers and hosts, who work together to bring people back into the community, developing fulfilling friendships and support networks, and giving everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
Coram South London Adoption (‘Coram’) works closely with Southwark Council in order to find and prepare amazing families for the children who are still awaiting stable, loving homes. Coram specialises in placing the ‘hardest to reach’ children, including children over four years old and those who may have had particularly traumatic starts in life. Southwark is an inner city borough with one of the largest numbers of looked after children in the country. However, the borough is currently being affected by a national downward trend in the number of children being put forward for adoption, which has nearly halved in recent years. In 2013, there was a fall of 47 per cent in the number of children being granted adoption placement orders.
Debate Mate is a UK registered educational organisation founded to increase social mobility amongst young people, aged 9-18, from disadvantaged backgrounds – typically those attending challenging inner-city schools. Debate Mate’s Core Programme sets up and runs peer-led debate clubs to help young people, aged 9-15, realise their true potential by teaching and developing key life skills – speaking and listening; confidence; resilience; teamwork; leadership and critical thinking.
Impetus - The Private Equity Foundation (PEF)
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.
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 13- to 30-year-olds realise their potential and transform their lives.
Reprezent runs a youth-led radio station. Terra Firma’s support has helped to train 35 young people in broadcast journalism in Southwark. This sustained training and volunteering programme targets young people in Southwark who are either not in education, employment or training or at risk of becoming so. Its weekly sessions cover public speaking and vocal training, listening skills, interview techniques, and journalism skills such as production and editing. Young people produce and present their own radio shows which provide them with the confidence and social capital to help them make the transition from youth to young adulthood.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society was initially formed in Paris in 1833 and is active in 150 countries, with nearly 800,000 members worldwide. The essential work of the Society is person-to-person contact and the Society does not make donations to any work in which members are not personally involved. Visiting the sick, the lonely, the addicted, the imprisoned and those suffering from disabilities forms a large proportion of the Society’s work. In England and Wales, its 10,000 volunteers annually carry out more than 500,000 recorded visits. It is estimated that this amounts to well over one million hours of voluntary service.
XLP was founded by Patrick Regan, OBE, twenty years ago after a stabbing in a school playground in Lambeth. Today, it works in eight boroughs around the City of London, with the key aim of creating positive futures for young people living in some of the most disadvantaged communities in London. It works with 1,500 young people per day one-to-one or in small groups, with a focus on those who are excluded or on the verge of exclusion from school, or who are involved in or on the edge of gangs or criminality. The Community Bus Project, supported by Terra Firma, travels to 17 inner city estates each week with 70 per cent of regular attendees to the project showing significant improvement in attitudes and behaviours.
"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.