What is Worcestershire Community Foundation?

We are an independent charity and the Community Foundation for Worcestershire. We are part of a national network of 47 Community Foundations and the UK’s fourth largest funding body.

During 22/23 we have supported Worcestershire’s communities by distributing £808,091 of funding to support 164+ community projects across the county.

See our short video highlighting some of the projects we supported in 2023.

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations and individuals who have helped us to support Worcestershire during what is, economically, a very difficult time. We continually look for further funding opportunities to support the voluntary and community sector to enable them to run their services for the benefit of Worcestershire residents.

What we do

We are a charitable hub for the whole county – dedicated to helping to ensure that Worcestershire is a place to thrive by supporting and providing a voice for the voluntary and community sector.

Who are we?

Our people are one of the most important elements of our work in Worcestershire

We are a streamlined organisation which operates in a very lean way to ensure that our overheads are kept to a minimum, enabling us to dedicate maximum resource to our grant programmes to benefit the county.

Our team comprises a voluntary board of local trustees working with a part-time Director and a part-time Grants & Funding Officer. We are proud to have Beatrice Grant, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, as our President, and a number of well-known voluntary patrons who support us in many ways. Many of our trustees and patrons sit on the boards of other local charities; all our team are long-term residents of Worcestershire and have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the county and its needs.

Our Impact

£ 2308100 +

Total grants
(2020/2023)

£ 808091

Total grants (2022/2023)

£ 4927

Average Grant size

164 +

Number of grants
(2022/2023)

Testimonials

Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service Image

“Thank you for this funding which has afforded many people opportunities to leave their homes, meet in a safe place and feel valued which has increased their confidence and wellbeing. All of the initiatives have reduced feelings of anxiety. Smiles from people are worth a more than words.”

Droitwich Spa and Rural Council for Voluntary Service
Worcester Theatres – Inclusive Communities Fund grantee Image

“We are proud to continue the work of Saucy, which not only provides high quality locally sourced LGBTQ+ talent for Worcester Theatre’s audiences but paid opportunities for queer artists. LGBTQ+ awareness is another aspect of the work, of which we are proud. The Awareness training will provide businesses and organisations with information on the LGBTQ+ community, legal obligations, diversity and equality. We hope that this will encourage community cohesion and tolerance.”

Worcester Theatres – Inclusive Communities Fund grantee
Inclusive Communities Fund Beneficiary Image

Aurum is a lifeline. I cannot express enough just how beneficial it has been to have a
group of like minded people to speak to. They are filling a frankly huge gap in the
black hole that is women’s autism support.

Inclusive Communities Fund Beneficiary
The Hub Bromsgrove – Sarah Mulhall, Manager Image

“Thank you very much for this opportunity and also for the kindness you’ve treated us with when we’ve had issues. We’d like to say thank you for giving us the opportunity to include some of the older ones in this project as mentors to the younger members, this helped to solidify trust in our services, thank you for that.”

The Hub Bromsgrove – Sarah Mulhall, Manager
Trustee, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust Image

“The support of Worcestershire Community Foundation has provided accurate and timely support, enabling KDYT to continue to deliver services to young people and the wider community, from Youth House and in the local community.”

Trustee, Kidderminster & District Youth Trust

Our team

David Shaw

David Shaw
(Chair)
Chair of Fundraising & Development Committee

Tamar Thompson
(Vice-Chair)

Nick Wentworth-Stanley

Nick Wentworth-Stanley

Our Stories

New mentors start their induction training

22nd February 2024

Mentor Link recruits new mentors in marginalised communities

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Stepway

21st February 2024

Stepway – Community Garden Pilot Project

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Our Partners

Mentor Link Image
Yellow Scarf Image
Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcomes Refugees Image
Sandycroft Centre Image
Maggs Day Centre Image
Aurum Image
Stepway Image
The Hub Bromsgrove Image
Wyre Forest & South Worcestershire Nightstop Image
Our Way Self Advocacy Image
Worcester Theatres Image
Oasis Community Hub Warndon Image
Open Trail Image
St Paul’s Hostel Image
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Image
Spectrum Days Image
Alzheimer’s Society Image
New College Worcester Image
Like U Image
Caring Hands In the Vale Image
Malvern Hills Foodbank Image
Worcester Warriors Community Foundation Image
Catshill Baptist Church Image
Megan Baker House Image
The Wyre Forest Hospice Image
Wellbeing and Recovery College Image
West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre Image
YSS Image
Young Solutions Image
Worcestershire County Council Image
Worcester Snoezelen Image
Worcester City Council Image
Worcester Cares Image
Worcester Community Trust Image
Unlocking Potential Image
University of Worcester Image
UK Community Foundations Image
The Monday Night Club Image
The Forge Image
Tampon Tax Community Fund Image
High Sheriff Image
Ryce Image
Redditch Boxing Academy Image
Pershore Riverside Youth Centre Image
Our Side Image
Jigsaw Image
#iwill Image
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Image
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Image
DRPG Image
Cottage in the Wood Image
Community First Image
CCLA Image
Bromsgrove and Redditch Network Image
Bradley Haynes Law Image
Kendall Wadley Image
Sanctuary Image
Malvern Image
Homexperts Image
Hewitt Image
Goodrich Image
Worcester Ambassadors Image
Worcester Bosch Image
White Image