Wellspring Community Fund
The Wellspring Community Fund exists to facilitate targeted community work in Central Watford, alleviating educational, relational and economic poverty.
This restricted charitable fund is governed and administered by the Trustees of Wellspring Church, registered charity number 1119764 from its base in central Watford, The Wellspring Church Centre.
There are three sources of income into the Wellspring Community Fund:
- An annual grant from our general fund
- Personal, individual donations from church members and others
- Grants from local businesses, agencies and grant-making bodies
4 Key Projects
Though we may from time to time make grants and funds available in other areas, the following represents the primary community projects for which this funding will be employed:
1. Wellspring Vocational Language Training
These classes, run in partnership with Watford Women’s Centre, continue to help hundreds of women (and an increasing number of men, in mixed classes) to step onto the employability ladder and alleviate social and relational limitations, as well as the obvious economic benefits of finding work.
- Average number of people helped each year: 180
- Grant required from The Wellspring Community Fund: £10,000
2. Helping Hands
Volunteers from Wellspring Church respond to referrals from local government and charitable agencies, asking for practical help in people’s homes and gardens. Our Helping Hands team respond to calls such as garden and loft clearance, small painting jobs, rubbish removal and flat-pack furniture assembly.
Additional funds are needed to cover the extensive costs of skip hire, essential equipment, materials and Health & Safety training for team members.
3. CAP Money course
We are licensed to run Christians Against Poverty’s free budget-setting courses for local residents, helping students, individuals, and couples, to handle finances and avoid the trap of unmanageable debt.
- Average number of people helped each year: 100
- Grant required from The Wellspring Community Fund: £500
Additional funds are needed ensure the ongoing availability of this course to local residents, volunteer staff training, materials, resources, IT support, publicity, facilities usage and maintenance.
4. Marriage and Parenting Courses:
We are determined to alleviate relational poverty, and encourage unity and harmony in the homes of local people. To this end we host and teach tried and tested, professionally designed courses (courtesy of HTB, Kensington) to help couples and parents build even stronger relationships in the home. The result of this investment alleviates hardship and provides a strong social and economic foundation for the next generation.
- Average number of couples helped each year through the Marriage Course: 20
- Average number of families helped each year through the Parenting Course: 25
- Grant required from The Wellspring Community Fund: £1,000
Additional funds are needed ensure the ongoing availability of these courses to local residents, volunteer staff training, materials, resources, IT support, publicity, facilities usage and maintenance.
Other use of funds
Depending on fund availability, we anticipate also investing in the following type of activities:
- Individual compassionate grants for women at risk and other families in crisis
- Fun-days and other public events to encourage social cohesion amongst local residents
- Grant-making to sponsor local young people on developmental training programmes (e.g. the Fire Service’s LIFE programme)
- Support of the ‘Operation Rudolph’ hamper project, delivering over 450 hampers each year to homes that need it the most (in partnership with Christians Across Watford).
Looking forward, based on our 4 Key Projects and other needs, you can see that the overall budget of The Wellspring Community Fund is in the region of £25,000 per annum.