Charity News

The Haberdashers' Company is proud to work with Adult Literacy Trust (ALT) as one of our charity partners and small grant holders. As a Funder Plus partner, the Company recognises it's position as a modest grant giver and therefore works to bring additional benefits when and where we can, to the charities we support through our funding. This year two Haberdashers' will give their time and expertise as volunteers to the charity as Reading Coaches.  

Adult Literacy Trust was established in 2021 to give people with poor literacy skills access to the help they need to become successful... Read More


 

Haberdashers' Monmouth student, Natasha, was awarded £500 from Thomas Arno last year to travel to rural Cambodia to teach English. Here she shares her life-changing experiences in her own words as she overcame language barriers and cultural differences to connect with local people in the country. Natasha was deeply moved by her interactions with Sokim Phang, a Programme Officer at Mines Advisory Group, who taught her about the ongoing dangers of unexploded landmines in Cambodia and the legacy of the county's occupation from 1975-1979.

"With the money I received from the... Read More


Construction Youth Trust expand their Building Opportunities programme further into the London boroughs of Southwark and Lewisham with the support of match funding from The Haberdashers’ Company.

Construction Youth Trust (CYT) have credited a major grant from the Haberdashers’ Company with helping CYT to reach and build relationships with new referral partners and employers in Southwark and Lewisham in the past 12 months.

As part of their grant evaluation CYT shared progress on their key project outcomes linked to their Building Opportunities intensive... Read More


The Ben Kinsella Trust tackles knife crime through education and campaigning. The charity was the recipient of one the 2023 Small Grants and here they tell us how they have used the money to help young people understand better about the dangers of carrying a weapon and how knife crime can be prevented in their communities. 

Set up following the tragic murder of young Ben Kinsella in 2008, their mission is to campaign against knife crime (facilitating everyone to recognise the role they can play in prevention) and to educate young people about the dangers of knife crime,... Read More


 

With an ancient connection to the haberdashery trade, Albrighton and its sister churches in Donington and Boningale have been in the Haberdashers’ family of church patronages since the 1600s. A summer visit by the Company was a delight.

 

A quick online search reveals that Albrighton in Shropshire has an ancient connection with the haberdashery trade, as a manufacturer of buttons. This was in the early 1600s, at a similar time as when Dame Mary Weld left... Read More


  Eighteen small charities have each received a small grant from the Company to support their vital work.

 

The Company’s Small Grant programme has been running since 2020. This year’s grant-holders were chosen as their charitable activities fall within specific Focus Areas and Geographies. Eighteen charities were selected, with over £50,000 being awarded in total.

Each grant of around £3,000 includes core funding and project costs, depending on the needs of the organisation.

‘We are delighted to have been selected to... Read More


  As part of our commitment to be more than just a funder, representatives from ten charities were invited to take part in an informal Round Table discussion. The aim was to create a safe, open and collaborative space when concerns and celebrations could be shared.

 

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Being the CEO of a small charity can be an extremely lonely and challenging place. Without the infrastructure of a larger organisation, on any given day you may be making... Read More


  It is widely understood that the Cost of Living crisis is affecting individuals, families and communities. For the charities supporting those most in need, times are equally hard. The Company decided to do something to support its charities, by providing ‘uplift’ grants to all current grant holders.

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As millions of people struggle to put food on the table, they often turn to local charities as... Read More


The Thomas Arno Fund supported students from Haberdashers' Monmouth Boys' school on a musical trip in the summer of 2023.

This important additional funding meant that 35 students plus four members of staff, and a 9-piece string ensemble were able to travel to Bavaria and Austria in 2023. They performed in Salzburg Cathedral, Mondsee Abbey (where the wedding scene from the Sound of Music was filmed), the Erlöserkirche in Erding and two churches in Munich, including a collaborating with the resident Youth Choir at St. Johannes.

There were also impromptu outdoor performances... Read More


Last Thursday evening we were delighted to welcome both our members and our charity representatives to Haberdashers Hall for our first ever charity engagement event.

Members spent the evening learning about the affirming role our charities play in affecting change in the communities they serve, as well as the support we can give them in this area as a Funder Plus partner. Over the course of the night, members heard from each of our charities (in a 1 minute elevator pitch!), and were able to offer their time and talent in a practical volunteering capacity (from one off... Read More