oneRichmond exists to highlight and address need across the borough. It acts as a catalyst for change, identifying new initiatives and addressing unmet need. This includes funding projects identified by the community and decided with input from local representatives. This basis of community engagement and independent decision-making creates a trusted and simple point of access to unlock additional resources from within and outside the Borough.
It has been established by Hampton Fund and RPLC, two local grant-making charities with a long history and grassroots knowledge of the local community. Independent research, On The Edge, concluded that the perception of Richmond as a wealthy place masks high levels of need.
We believe that people in our area want to help others in their local community. Everyone can give. It might be helping a neighbour, giving your valuable time and expertise to a charity, giving a donation, a business offering space and facilities to a charity.
To date, we have:
- Supported 15 community organisations to provide a range of activities and services to vulnerable young people who have been affected by the pandemic and lockdowns. This was achieved through securing a £100,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund and £4,100 from the Harlequins Foundation.
- Awarded grants of £10,000 each to 4 local charities who have experienced increased demand on their services at a time when finances have been extremely challenging. We are grateful for the generosity of local residents, Richmond Housing Partnership and PA Housing who supported our Covid-19 Appeal.
- Funded independent research on the needs of young people in Richmond. This has informed our intention to develop a mentoring programme for our most vulnerable young people.
We are working towards oneRichmond becoming an independent charity.