Community matters

Community matters

The Royal London Foundation helps members support local organisations that make a difference in your communities

Across the UK, not-for-profit organisations are working to help others and change lives. The Royal London Foundation was established in 2011 to mark our 150th anniversary by giving donations to community groups nominated by our members. In this way we support the often unsung heroes whose work makes such a big difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

We re-launched the Royal London Foundation in 2017 after engaging members in a review. You told us that you want to support smaller, local causes. When we launched we worked with our partner, UK Community Foundations (UKCF), to identify examples of organisations around the country – from Calderdale in the foothills of the Pennines to County Durham and Derry – that would benefit from our help.

The Royal London Foundation offers an award of 5,000 to support the core work of community groups nominated by members. In 2017, our aim was to award at least £100,000. We gave out 37 grants totalling £190,000 to great organisations, from Manchester to Perth to Bristol.

Watch our video to see how funding from the Royal London Foundation is making a difference to the valuable work of these organisations across the UK.

Case study: 4 Winds, Cardiff

4 Winds is a user-led, open-access mental health resource helping people work towards recovery. ‘J’ was struggling – and had negative experiences of other support services, but 4 Winds opened up a whole new world for him, where he began to see hope and opportunity. This increased his confidence and he is becoming an ‘involvement champion’ for 4 Winds.

Case study: The Open Door

The Open Door supports vulnerable people in Morningside, Edinburgh, by providing friendship, inclusion, practical support – or just a cup of tea and a chat. Before she found The Open Door, Doreen was living alone, struggling to prepare meals and dress herself, and feeling increasingly alone. The Open Door referred her to an advocacy organisation that helped her move to a sheltered housing complex with social activities and friendly neighbours. A volunteer rings her up every evening to make sure she is doing well and feeling loved and supported.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all our members who put through nominations in 2018. We have had a fantastic response and are currently reviewing the nominations. We will be updating these pages later in the year to let you know the outcomes. Nominations reopen in 2019


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