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Did you know…?

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 (LSOAs), the North-West Barnes LSOA has the fifth highest level of deprivation in Richmond. 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.

Donate to a cause we support, or to The Barnes Fund

If you would like to help people who may be in a less fortunate position, please visit the websites of the organisations we work with – see the list 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 runThe Barnes Fund also receives financial gifts in the form of donations or legacies from Barnes residents. All gifts help our efforts to fund local people in need, and the charities they rely on.

With a difficult winter ahead for many, you may wish to donate some or all of your Energy Rebate to The Barnes Fund to support local people in need.

Donations can be made via our Just Giving page or by contacting us at: executivedirector@thebarnesfund.org.uk

 Age UK - Richmond

Age UK - Richmond



This organisation based in Richmond runs dozens of classes for the elderly to keep. The Barnes Fund granted £15,400 in 2020. As well as core funding, our grants have helped 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


the Holly Lodge Centre - Celebrating 25 years

the Holly Lodge Centre - Celebrating 25 years



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. This year we awarded a grant for £3,000 to the centre.

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

 Richmond Aid - supporting Andrea

Richmond Aid - supporting Andrea



The Barnes Fund has supported Richmond Aid since 2006. In 2020 we have awarded two grants totalling £12,500 towards their core funding and their Disability Peer Networking scheme. This helps them to cover their basic costs so they can do the amazing work they do giving advice & information to people with disabilities.

Here is the story of Andrea (not her real name): one of the Barnes Residents who has been helped by Richmond Aid. 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

OSO Cafe and the Covid-19 Crisis Kitchen

OSO Cafe and the Covid-19 Crisis Kitchen



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, had a complete refurbishment in the summer of 2020 in order to get back to its core purpose as a theatre hosting plays, fairs, music, comedy, exhibitions and daytime classes. It is also available to hire for receptions, parties and more, and you can find out more, or help support the Arts charity, here:


The River Boat project

The River Boat project



In 2020 we awarded £2,400 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

Castelnau Community Centre Project

Castelnau Community Centre Project



CCP was granted £41,000 in 2020, as part of a three-year rolling grant sheme. 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 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



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.

Other organisations we support and links to their websites.

You can also find the list of organisations supported and the grants awarded in our Annual Review in the About Us section of this website

Citizens Advice Richmond in Barnes
supports people in financial distress

Richmond Foodbank
helping feed local people in crisis


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


Action Attainment
helping children with language, communication & sensory needs 

Activity Station
fun and exciting activities for people with disabilities

Communication, speech and language therapy for children

Kick Richmond
Transforming young people’s lives through sport and support

Multicultural Richmond
Promoting a thriving, integrated, inclusive multicultural community

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

LVA Trust

Teaching young people about positive sexual health & relationships


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