While Barnes is known as an area of relative wealth, the community has concentrations of severe need.

The latest Index of Multiple Deprivation shows that of 115 neighbourhoods in Richmond, North Barnes has the fifth highest level of deprivation. It ranks within the 40% of neighbourhoods that are the most deprived in the UK.

Barnes also has a higher percentage of people aged between 60 and 90+ than Richmond or London as a whole.

It is in this context, that the fund continues to respond to the varied funding requests and community needs.

Examples of Grants awarded by The Barnes Fund

The Barnes Fund has awarded hundreds of grants to individuals and organisations over the recent past.

You can find more about how much we granted in the last financial year to each organisation, and to individuals according to needs criteria, by reading our Annual Review HERE

Below you can read a selection of stories from some the people and organisations and projects that we fund.

Get Involved

The Fund occasionally receives financial gifts in the form of donations or legacies from Barnes residents wanting to support the community. If this is of interest to you, please contact us at: executivedirector@thebarnesfund.org.uk

If you would like to help people who may be in a less fortunate position, then we would also encourage you to visit the websites of the organisations we work with: see below for links. There you will find multiple ways to support their efforts, from volunteering, to befriending, to fund-raising or making donations to their core funding or projects they run.



Age UK Richmond


This organisation based in Richmond runs dozens of classes for the elderly to keep. The Barnes Fund granted £15,000 last year part of which was to fund their Fit For Men fitness programme which includes a weekly circuit training for the over 50’s on Tuesdays between 12 – 1pm at Barn Elms Sports Trust.

Find out more about Age UK Richmond here




ANDREA, Working with Richmond Aid


The Barnes Fund has supported Richmond Aid since 2006. In 2018 we granted £5,000 towards their core funding. This helps them to cover their basic costs so they can do the amazing work they do. Here is the story of Andrea (not her real name): one of the Barnes Residents who has been helped by Richmond Aid in 2018.

Andrea is in her 70s, is single and lives alone. Her family is abroad. With a history of depression, she also has osteoarthritis, suffers bronchiolitis and feels that her health has deteriorated recently. At times she struggles to go out. She now “wishes to reclaim her health” and turned to Richmond Aid for help.

Following discussion, she is now linked to a number of local services including FiSH and Barnes Green Centre. She will apply for a grant to attend aqua fit classes at Pools on the Park and she is in contact with Winter Warmth about how to maximise savings and is being referred to Age UK. Overall, Andrea is now less fearful and more relaxed.

If you want to find out more about Richmond aid and how they help people in the area, do visit their website www.richmondaid.org.uk



Celebrating 25 years of the Holly Lodge Centre


The Holly Lodge Centre is a unique small charity in the heart of Richmond Park. Our exceptional educational programmes explore science, nature and history, and specialise in activities for people with disabilities. The Centre is run by three staff and more than 80 volunteers. Their income comes from donations from individuals, community groups, fund-raising events and trusts such as The Barnes Fund. Last year we awarded a grant for £3,000 to the centre.

Find out more about Holly Lodge here www.thehollylodgecentre.org.uk



Covid-19 Crisis Kitchen at the OSO Cafe

  When the Coronavirus struck, many people in our community were left in hardship, isolated or sick, or suddenly removed from the support structure they relied upon. At the same time many organisations were forced to close their doors and furlough staff. The OSO was quick to recognise that there would be an increased need for food, both in the form of food parcels and also hot meals, and they repurposed themselves to respond in two ways. First: they set up a collection point for donations of food that was then distributed in collaboration with the food bank at the Castelnau Community Centre. Second: the Cafe team reorganised in order to source, cook and prepare meals for those local residents who were unable to provide for themselves. By the end of May they were supplying 1,000 meals a week. The Barnes Fund provided £12,000 of seed funding for this project. Other generous donations – of both food and money – and fundraising efforts by OSO made up the balance. The OSO Cafe & Arts Centre on Barnes Green, hopes to get back to its core purpose as soon as regulations allow, and you can find out more, or help support the Arts charity, here: www.osoarts.org.uk


The River Boat project


In 2018 we gave £4,800 to the Thames River Boat project, which provides access to the river for people of all ages, including those with a special need, disability or mental health condition. They offer therapeutic cruises, fun and dynamic educational and learning activities on their boats.

Barnes Primary School pupils went recently. After their trip they wrote: “This is the second year that we have done this and it was great. Different activities kept the children engaged and interested. The staff were all committed to what they do and enjoyed leading the workshops. Thank you – we will definitely be repeating this next year”.

Find out more at www.thamesboatproject.org



Sandeep Singh


Sandeep is one of the many people who have been granted funding for further education. In his own words:

“My name is Sandeep, I was given a bursary by Barnes Workhouse Fund while I was a medical student to fund my elective abroad as part of my medical degree.

The elective formed a basis of my medical career and helped me choose the speciality that I am pursuing.

I am now a qualified doctor and have been working in and around the Surrey/London border for over 2 years.



Castelnau Centre Project


CCP was granted £40,500 in 2018. The centre, in Stillingfleet Road, right in the heart of the North Barnes estate, offers a wide range of activities and social support to people of all ages, with a pop-in café, free group activities, regular classes and referral support.

Simon Roach, Centre Director, says “The Barnes Workhouse Fund knows Barnes and the people that live within the area. As an organisation receiving a grant, we know that without their local focus, much of the community need jointly identified via the funding relationship would remain unmet”.

Find our more about the Castelnau Community Centre and Project here www.castelnaucentreproject.co.uk



FiSH Neighbourhood Care Centre


FiSH arranges a variety of activities on a weekly basis to support the elderly of the community, all with the aim of combating loneliness and enabling elderly people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

The Barnes Fund has supported FiSH for many years with grants for both core funding and also help to fund their growing fleet of buses.

In February 2020, an event to celebrate the unveiling of the third FiSH bus was held in the Walsingham Lodge lounge and car park. In addition to some of our Almshouse residents, we were delighted to host Sarah Olney, the Richmond MP, a councillor, BCA Chair, Anika Rice, and FiSH trustees and volunteers. The event was organised by the team from FiSH.

Find out more about FiSH here www.fishhelp.org.uk

Some of the other organisations we support and links to their websites.

You can find a full list in our Annual Review in the About Us section of this website

Citizens Advice Richmond in Barnes
supports people in financial distress

Crossroads Care Richmond
community respite care services for Carers

Richmond Mind
meeting local mental health needs

Integrated Neurological Services INS
helping people with neurological conditions

support for people in SW London experiencing homelessness www.spearlondon.org

Glass Door shelter and support to people affected by homelessness

ADHD Richmond
support to parents, carers and families of children with ADHD

Action Attainment
helping children with language, communication & sensory needs 

Home Start
support to families with young children

MenCap Richmond
supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities

Richmond Carers Centre
supporting unpaid carers 

Off The Record
counselling, information & sexual health service for young people

Crossway Pregnancy Crisis Centre
support during unintended pregnancy or pregnancy loss

MiD mediation Richmond
family mediation in divorce and separation

Orange Tree Theatre
participatory theatre for people of all ages and abilities

Barnes Music Society
encouraging an appreciation of music, especially for the young www.barnesmusicsociety.org.uk