The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

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How we help

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Case Studies

FoodCycle - helping to make food poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for every community

The Charitable Trust specifically supports FoodCycle at St Cuthberts Church, Kilburn, which is one of a number of centres run by this charity across London. FoodCycle seeks to connect communities, reducing loneliness and food poverty.  They work with volunteers and use surplus food to help everyone who needs them. By creating welcoming spaces for people from all walks of life to meet, eat and have conversations, and by offering a weekly telephone check-in and chat, they support people’s health and mental wellbeing.

​​​​​​​They cook with surplus ingredients and, by doing so, they promote healthy, sustainable attitudes towards food and its impact on the environment, and help people to learn more about healthy food.


XLP – working to provide positive futures for young people

XLP helps to create positive futures for young people growing up in inner-city communities in London. The young people in question may struggle daily with issues such as family breakdown, unemployment and educational failure, and living in areas that experience high levels of anti-social behaviour and gang violence.

​Every year they help thousands of young people to recognise their full potential and believe that positive, long-term relationships can restore a young person’s trust in people, nurture the belief that things can change, encourage them to set positive goals, and work hard to achieve​ them.


Glass Door – offering a route out of homelessness

Based in London, Glass Door coordinates a network of open-access services for people affected by homelessness. Year-round, people find advice and support to end their homelessness through trained caseworkers based at partnering drop-in centres.

During the hard months of winter, Glass Door also provides emergency winter accommodation. They operate circuits of night shelters in Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Wandsworth from early December until late March offering a safe place to sleep and a nutritious hot evening meal and breakfast to 25 people per shelter each night, to support people who are homeless.

In addition, Glass Door has a weekly Women’s Group which provides a safe space for female guests to access practical support and casework advice.

Glass Door

Crown and Manor Club – teaching core skills for living

The Crown and Manor Club is a youth club for boys and young men, which dates back over 100 years, and provides a safe haven for its members, all of whom are aged between 7 and 25.
Run by a full-time manager and fifteen part-time fully trained staff, overseen by a voluntary executive Committee and a full Council, the Club aims to provide a safe and inspiring environment in which boys and young men from the local community have equal opportunity to develop core skills for living, within a supportive and instructive framework, developing the knowledge of personal, social and health education and citizenship and to develop appropriate attitudes in its members that make them aware of the impact of their decisions on others. ​​ The Club provides sporting, educational and team building facilities in which members can boost their social, physical, mental and educational well-being amongst like-minded friends and personalities throughout their pre-teen and adolescent years.

The club is based in a challenging area of North London experiencing high levels of antisocial behaviour and gang violence.

Crown and Manor Club

Gamcare – offering advice and support to people affected by gambling

GamCare is a London-based charity which offers free telephone, face-to-face and online help for people struggling with the impact of gambling on their lives – both gamblers and their loved ones. They provide a safe, confidential space to talk about how gambling might be affecting an individual and will work with that person to find ways to help them take control of their life, move forward and feel better.

Their practitioners tailor the support they offer to the individual’s specific needs and goals either on a one-to-one basis or via group sessions and will help the person to develop strategies to deal with difficult situations in ways which don’t rely on gambling.
One of the specific areas of focus for the financial support from the Charitable Trust is an initiative directed toward problem gambling within the Armed Forces.



The Basketmakers' Association

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HRH The Duchess of Gloucester meets Basketmaker Jenny Crisp

For many years the Charitable Trust has worked closely with the Basketmakers’ Association, the UK’s leading organisation for basketmaking. The Trust provides the Association with funding for a range of projects which increase basketmaking knowledge and skills. These include study course bursaries, exhibitions, seminars and the publication of books on the craft. The Trust’s Walmsley Bursary supports an in-depth study of the craft by a maker each year.

The Trust also supports the following charities on a regular basis:

Lord Mayor’s Appeal:
The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens:
Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund:
Magic Breakfast: