Who we are

Our charities provide relief from hardship through alms and education grants. We continue to be inspired by the philanthropic motivations of the charities’ historic founders and yet we have a modern approach to grant-making. We are small, local, independent funders who really know our area.

Our Values

In terms of alms, we aim for:

Compassion

Guided by generosity of spirit, we aspire to act with care and kindness, being attentive to the needs of those who seek our help

Connection

We aim to be known and available for those in need in our local community, understanding of their needs and working alongside other organisations to delivery assistance

Continuity

Our longevity and independence allow us to take a thoughtful approach to almsgiving in today’s society – we aim to use our resources sustainably, thinking about future generations

In terms of education, we aim to be:

Collaborative

  • We encourage partnerships between voluntary organisations, churches, and schools
  • We are keen to build relationships with other funders – to share information and reduce the fundraising burden where possible  
  • We want to develop strong trust-based relationships with the key voluntary organisations based in the area 

Responsive

  • We seek to identify funding gaps and respond positively where we can
  • We encourage organisations to share information about local issues with us
  • We encourage feedback about our grants programme and application process
  • We try to be flexible in responding to the needs of all our grant recipients

Inclusive

  • We will support initiatives that include ALL children and young people in trying out new opportunities and/or building their aspirations
  • We also recognise that being inclusive sometimes means focusing on those who are at risk of being left behind educationally (so they can take advantage of the same opportunities available to others)

Our Trustees

Each charity is governed by a board consisting of eight trustees*.  Both charities have four ex-officio trustees, being the Rector and one churchwarden from St Giles-in-the-Fields and St George’s, Bloomsbury churches.

The remaining four trustees are co-opted by the other trustees.  They are appointed for a three-year term and this can be renewed.

Education Charity

  • Hugo Robinson (Chair)
  • Revd Tom Sander – Rector, St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Revd David Peebles – Rector, St George’s, Bloomsbury
  • Oliver Flory – Churchwarden, St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Helena Roden – Churchwarden, St George’s, Bloomsbury
  • Revd John Pearson Hicks
  • Nicola Wilson
  • Jenna Hannon

Alms Charity

  • Jeremy Eveleigh (Chair)
  • Revd Tom Sander – Rector, St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Revd David Peebles – Rector, St George’s, Bloomsbury
  • Catherine Campbell – Churchwarden, St Giles-in-the-Fields
  • Julian Sharpe – Churchwarden, St George’s, Bloomsbury
  • Philippa Tuckman
  • Fatima Asif
  • Jessica Skippon

*During 2018, both charities decided to become incorporated and they chose to incorporate the trustee body, instead of the whole charity to become a charitable incorporated organisation.  This means they are governed by a sole corporate trustee (a company limited by guarantee).  All the individual trustees became individual Directors of the limited company but we continue to refer to them as Trustees.

History

Our Charities have a long history of providing support and relief to the poor in the parishes of St Giles and St George’s, Bloomsbury. Our roots date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a time when the population of the historic parish of St Giles-in-the-Fields grew enormously and the "rookeries" between St Giles church, Great Russell Street and Seven Dials, were among the most notorious in London for poverty and squalour. During this time, William Hogarth’s famous engraving ‘Gin Lane’ used St Giles as a setting to satirise and condemn the living conditions of London’s poor.

St Giles-in-the-Fields and Bloomsbury United Charity

The St Giles-in-the-Fields and Bloomsbury United Charity was formed in 2005 and consolidates four former charities: 

  • Almshouse and Pension Charities
  • The Bloomsbury Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick and Poor
  • The Leverton Charity
  • Dibdin Brand Charity

St Giles-in-the-Fields and William Shelton Educational Charity

This Charity was formed under a Scheme granted by the Charity Commission in 2005 and consolidated two former charities:

  • William Shelton’s Educational Foundation
  • St Giles-in-the-Fields and Bloomsbury Educational Foundation