A 128-year-old charity which helps traumatised, isolated and vulnerable children is extending its work to two south London boroughs – thanks to a six-figure funding boost from the capital’s biggest independent charity funder.
Welcare supports families with children up to the age of 13 who have been exposed to domestic abuse, experienced mental health issues, and those who are socially isolated or need help making the transition to secondary school.
The south London-based charity is expanding its work in partnership with local schools to Greenwich and Bromley – thanks to a £193,800 grant from City Bridge Trust – the City of London Corporation’s charity funder.
The scheme, which offers group and one-to-one sessions to children, alongside parenting skills classes, has been running as a pilot in Lambeth since September.
City Bridge Trust Chairman Giles Shilson said:
“The children supported by Welcare have often been through very traumatic experiences, such as witnessing serious parental illness or domestic violence in the home.
“This project has a life-changing impact, helping children to develop coping strategies, express their emotions in a healthy way and improve their confidence, resilience and self-esteem.”
Welcare traces its roots back to 1894 when it was founded as the Diocesan Association for the Care of Friendless Girls, and Christian values still underpin its work across south London and east Surrey.
Welcare runs a range of services supporting young people’s emotional health and wellbeing, from one-to-one sessions to group work and school-based programmes.
Children have a trained worker they can trust, who helps build their confidence and get to the root of their difficulties. The charity also works with the young people’s parents, making sure they feel supported.
Welcare Chief Executive Anna Khan said:
“Due to their family circumstances, the children we work with often feel disengaged from school and their behaviour in class can be disruptive, which can lead to a downward spiral in which they are excluded from activities and become even more isolated.
“Through our individual and group work, we’re able to help them to manage their behaviour and emotions in a more mature way so they can take advantage of the opportunities open to them at school and in life.
“They benefit so much just from having time when someone can focus on them and where they can talk about what they’re going through.”
More information about Welcare can be found by visiting: www.welcare.org.
The City of London Corporation’s charity funder, City Bridge Trust, is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of over £25 million a year to tackle disadvantages across the capital – www.citybridgetrust.org.uk.