News around St John's...
Bath Life Awards!
We were thrilled to be one of ten local charities nominated for 'Charity of the Year' at last week's Bath Life Awards. Whilst every charity nominated was a worthy winner, we were delighted to congratulate Southside Family Project and Bath City Farm for being the first ever joint winners of this annual award. Both organisations have such an incredible impact on our community and were deserved winners.
St John's has funded and supported these two hardworking charities for many years and we are delighted to see the city-wide recognition of their work.
You can find a full list of all the winners here.
Funding Support Programme
Since opening the programme in January, the Funding Support Programme has received applications for support to deliver programmes which amount to in excess of £872,000.
In February, 14 charities were awarded funding totalling £255,539.
Throughout this year, we will be raising awareness of the charities directly tackling the social issues being experienced in our local communities. In this edition, you can find out about the pioneering work of Mentoring Plus, who work to train and support adult volunteers to mentor 7 – 21 year olds who are in need of extra support with regard to family issues, education, emotional needs and employability.
Click here to discover Mentoring Plus' story.
News around St John's...
The Bath Half Marathon
This month, a fantastic team of 34 runners will be taking on the Bath Half Marathon! On Sunday 17th March, St John's staff, partners and supporters will be raising money for the Action Against Child Poverty 'Lifestyle Change Programme'.
This programme is a three-year targeted initiative being delivered in partnership by six local charities to address child poverty within Bath and the surrounding area, including Sporting Family Change, Southside Project, Wansdyke Play Association, SWALLOW and Off the Record. Last year, we were thrilled to welcome Bath Rugby Foundation to join the programme delivery team.
Visit our Just Giving page to find out more and how to donate.
As part of our commitment to raising awareness of Dementia and the affects it can have on an individual's life, we are offering the following Dementia Friends sessions here at St John’s Foundation. Sessions are free to attend and open to anyone keen to find out more.
Thursday 21st March @ 6 – 7pm BOOK NOW
Tuesday 23rd April @ 10 – 11am BOOK NOW
Thursday 16th May @ 6 – 7pm BOOK NOW
Wednesday 12th June @ 2 – 3pm BOOK NOW
All sessions take place at St John’s Foundation, 4/5 Chapel Court, Bath, BA1 1SQ.
If you are a group or organisation that would like your own private session for your staff and/or volunteers, please contact email@example.com.
Did you know?
St John's Foundation is amongst the top three largest landlords in Bath. We are extremely fortunate to have an extensive residential and commercial property portfolio, which has been built up over the centuries.
This portfolio is the backbone of St John’s, generating much of the vital funds that make all our other work, such as our Almshouse and Care provision, Funding Support Programme and Community Outreach Service, possible.
We are able to deliver our Funding Support Programme due, in large part, to the income we generate from the residential and commercial properties we manage. Responsible stewardship of different types of property drives our ability to support more people every year.
In 2018, we completed two flagship developments; Chandos House and St Catherine's. Both properties were once much loved St John’s Almshouses, but due to certain building regulations and restrictions, were no longer fit for purpose. Rather than dispose of two significantly historic city centre buildings, we worked with local experts to innovatively re-develop and create new revenue streams from which we are investing in the people, enterprises and communities of Bath.
Chandos House, a Grade 2* Listed Building adjacent to our city centre base, was transformed to create seven elegant apartments. Offering these on a long-lease model presented a unique housing purchase and independent living option for older people in Bath.
Chandos House was a project that personifies everything we do; helping older people live independent lives in a way that both generates funds for our wider work and which protects and enhances treasured properties in our city.