Here are just a few examples of the charities supported by WWMT.
Each year we organise several visits to WWMT-supported charities. If you can’t make the dates for these, we will be pleased to arrange individual visits for you. Drop Tracy an email to arrange.
London BMX – Access Sport
This is WWMT’s largest ever grant and will go towards the development of the London BMX Legacy Programme. London BMX was set up as part of the Olympic legacy programme with the aim of building new BMX tracks and clubs to encourage young people into cycling. There are now 15 London Boroughs benefitting from the programme, which has the vision to reach all 33 boroughs and expand into new cities.
In combination with Sport England our two-year funding is designed to create the most effective model possible by enhancing participation and social impact and measuring this effectively. By proving the model, Access Sport will be able to attract more investment to roll out the BMX sites. The William Wates Memorial Trust will be funding improved infrastructure, a good outreach programme, strong role models, robust measurement, growth potential and sustainability.
Our focus will be on sites in Hammersmith and Fulham and Brixton.
Check out their video:
Westminster House Youth Club
The Westminster House Youth Club is in Nunhead (Southwark); an area beset by typical inner-city problems: high unemployment, crime, drugs, violence, a high incidence of underage sexual activity, etc. Approximately 70% of their users are from Black and minority ethnic groups. Very few of their users come from two parent families and many come from households where there is drug and alcohol abuse or where the address has been brought to the attention of the anti-social behaviour unit.
The Club is right in the middle of the “no mans land” between rival gangs which has been highlighted in the national media and which has resulted in shootings and gang violence. In spite of all this, WHYC have confidence in their ability to rise above the low expectations placed upon them.
Westminster House offers the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. Their young people are not the regular face of Duke of Edinburgh and they would not access the opportunities offered by the Award anywhere else except at the Club.
WWMT have awarded WHYC a grant to pay for their D of E provision for the next 3 years.
Read Thomas’ story here
WCYP enables, encourages and equips young people on the deprived Weston estate to live life to the full and contribute to the wider community. WWMT has made a total grant of £24,000 over 3 years towards their Achieve programme which supports the hardest to reach young people to remain in and benefit from formal education.
Read Rhiannon’s story here.
A group of 2014 TDF riders visited the project – read their report here.
ReachOut is a mentoring charity working with disadvantaged young people, aged 11-16 years old, in some of London’s most severely impoverished communities where young people are underachieving academically and risk becoming NEET. Through one-to-one mentoring with positive role models, they improve academic competency, while also teaching their four character values of fairness, self-control, good judgment and staying power. This innovative dual approach means their young people not only gain qualifications, but positive character traits that will allow them to reach their potential in all areas of life long after they leave ReachOut.
WWMT have awarded ReachOut a grant of £22,500 to fund the London mentoring project to help 100 children a year, for 3 years.
Read Elsa’s story here.
Based in Surrey, Eikon delivers imaginative early intervention programmes to help young people overcome issues, before they become potentially life-changing problems. Their core-work is placing Youth Specialists into schools to provide young people with expert mentoring and targeted programmes (including courses, activities and residential trips – to address issues such as poor confidence and low self-esteem; anger management and/or poor social and communication skills).
Statement from the Charity:
“At The Eikon Charity our vision is to develop happy, thriving and resilient young adults, who contribute positively to society. Based on Eikon’s tried and tested model of placing “Youth Specialists” in to secondary schools, The William Wates Memorial Trust has enabled Eikon to roll out a new mentoring programme at Ryden’s Enterprise School in Walton. This will enable us to access the most vulnerable young people in the area; those who are facing complex challenges in their lives, who often have no one else to turn to. The Trust’s contribution will go a long way to our vision becoming a reality in the Rydens community, thank-you”.
Read Sarah’s story here.
In 2014, one of our riders visited Eikon and reported back – see here for that (scroll to the bottom for Pippa’s report). That same year we also invited Michael, a 16 year old boy supported by Eikon to join us on tour to cycle a stage or 2 in 2014. In the evenings, he talked to our riders about his experience. The impact on our riders was huge – Michael is an impressive young man. We aim to bring a young person from one of the charities supported by WWMT to ride with us on tour for a stage or more each year, giving the riders a chance to meet face to fact with a grant recipient, and also to give one young person what we hope will be a fantastic, rewarding experience on the Tour de Force.