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2021 Recipients of the Clothworkers' Charity Fund

Each year, we encourage all Clothworkers to donate, within their means, to the Clothworkers' Charity Fund (a sub-fund of The Clothworkers' Foundation). The Company not only matches all donations, but also allows you, as a donor, to decide where the grants are allocated by nominating and then voting for shortlisted charities—making the Clothworkers' Charity Fund (CCF) an effective and rewarding way to directly support causes important to you.

The votes are in for 2021. This year, £125,000 will be awarded across Skillway, The Girls' Network and Tender.


Skillway provides tuition to disengaged and disadvantaged young people struggling with the academic environment of school. Skills taught focus on manual crafts, but with pastoral support and mentoring, leading to improved opportunities for further training and employability. Skillway aims to motivate and instil confidence in disadvantaged young people by teaching them practical workshop skills. Hands-on learning is delivered by volunteer skilled craftsmen and the students are treated as young adults in an environment unlike school and are prepared for the world of work and/or further training. Courses are held in woodworking and joinery crafts, professional metalworking and basic engineering, creative arts and conservation skills.

Clothworkers’ Charity Fund Grant: The grant will be used to provide a holistic educational experience in a woodland setting, teaching a range of practical skills and addressing mental health through teamworking. The three-year project will help to bridge the gap between education and health, particularly mental health, of disadvantaged and disengaged young people. The students will learn the woodworking and metalworking basic trade skills, supplemented with whole days in the woods. They will experience and learn ecological good practice, dendrology, bushcraft, green woodworking, metal working skills, compass and map work. They will also be able to explore the construction and use of simple solar, wind and water power to demonstrate the direction of travel the planet needs for a sustainable future; this will help to prepare them to participate in the 'Green Jobs' that are being envisioned and created in the UK. Most importantly for the young people will be the fact that the programme is ‘Learning by Doing’ and is largely separated from the academic environment that so constrains most of the young people supported by Skillway. They will be able to relax in a natural environment, become attuned to their own needs, and be supported in addressing their personal problems and expectations. The project budget includes equipment, rent of woodland, a vehicle, and additional staff costs.

The Girls' Network

The Girls’ Network believes that no girls should have their futures limited by their gender, ethnicity, background, or parental income; and that all girls should be supported to realise their ambitions, to discover their self-worth, and to develop their capacity to shape their world and their future.

There are more than 100,000 young women than young men who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) and economically inactive. At age 16, 50% of girls from the poorest homes achieve no GCSEs above a D. The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models. The charity inspires and empowers them to address some of the barriers they may face through gender inequality, which is exacerbated by poverty. Many don’t believe they are able to access well-paid, high-status careers or know how to pursue them, much of which stems from low expectations and a lack of knowledge and support from their immediate network.

Clothworkers’ Charity Fund Grant: The grant will be used to fund a new Development Manager post for two years to enhance and streamline efficiency, consistency and programme delivery, expand reach, and drive programme developments. The Girls’ Network currently delivers mentoring programmes in London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and the North East. Each area is managed locally by a regional network manager.

Collectively the programmes currently enable participation around 1,100 girls each year and require a mentor pool of c1500 volunteers. There are 163,000 girls accessing free school meals (FSM) – around two thirds of the girls on current programmes are on FSM and the others are selected because they have circumstances that require additional support (e.g. they may be carers).

The national focus on achieving greater equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace has never been greater and is evidenced by the continuous flow of daily enquiries from companies of all sizes wishing to partner with the charity which has seen exponential growth in demand for programme delivery.

The regions are at full capacity in terms of programme numbers and partners that they can support, and operate independently. The Girls’ Networks wants to expand its reach, both for participation numbers and geographically. The new Development Manager role will focus on streamlining programme delivery, communications to all stakeholders, and developing the internal processes and technological support required, improving monitoring and compliance of safeguarding, expanding mentor training and learning opportunities, and also providing capacity to progress and fully embed a new virtual mentoring programme.


Tender uses theatre-based education to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence in the lives of children and young people. Reaching more than 30,000 young people each year, its work helps them build healthy relationships – preventing them from becoming victims or perpetrators of abuse and equipping them to have relationships based on equality and respect.    

Tender’s core aims are to educate young people (aged 8-25 years) about healthy and unhealthy relationships, challenge attitudes and inequalities that enable and conceal domestic abuse, and empower young people to seek support if they or a friend is experiencing abuse.

Working across schools and youth settings, Tender is the only UK charity focused solely on preventing domestic abuse amongst young people. Using creative, arts-based programmes, it provides a safe and playful space in which young people can engage with sensitive topics from a safe distance and develop key life and social skills. Through exploring their rights, responsibilities and choices in relationships, children develop increased resilience and reduced tolerance towards abuse and become ambassadors for healthy relationships in their communities.

Tender also provides training and resources for professionals working with young people to prevent abuse. The charity currently works in London, Devon, Avon and Somerset, Kent, Hull, Norfolk and West Yorkshire.
Clothworkers’ Charity Fund Grant: The  grant will be used to pilot a creative, online toolkit for preventing domestic abuse within four primary and secondary schools, over a year-long period.
Tender recently created an “alpha” version of an online toolkit, titled RE:SET (Relationship Education: Schools’ Equality Toolkit). Combining e-learning for staff, lesson plans for students, creative resources and best practice guidance, it provides an accessible, holistic approach to preventing domestic abuse in the lives of young people and embedding healthy, equal relationships into a school’s ethos and community.
The one-year pilot of this resource will be across four schools in London, Norfolk and Avon & Somerset – regions in which Tender has an established presence and that report a particularly high prevalence of domestic abuse. Social distancing measures and the closure of schools have halted most of Tender’s work with young people at a time where they are most in need of support. As children attempt to navigate their relationships almost entirely online, they face heightened risks around tech-facilitated abuse and consuming inaccurate content about relationships.
To pilot the toolkit, Tender will recruit two part-time coordinators to establish partnerships with a London and regional-based primary and secondary school respectively. Working closely with each of the four schools, coordinators will provide supported, monitored access to the RE:SET toolkit: guiding staff in its use, evaluating its effectiveness, and engaging staff and students in developing it further. This could take the form of improved design and usability, new content creation and/or programming adjustments that aid schools to use it independently of Tender, meaning it could be distributed more widely and sustainably. Throughout the pilot, Tender will identify, revise and build in these user-informed revisions, culminating at the end of year in a complete resource and research report that can be shared with schools teaching Relationships and Sex Education across the UK.

Make a Donation

Inspired? Making a donation to the Clothworkers' Charity Fund is easy—all members of the Freedom and Livery are encouraged to do so. Visit our 'Charity' webpage to find out more about setting up a one-time bank transfer or a standing order for regular giving (such as annual or monthly payments). You can also contact Emma Temple at Clothworkers' Hall if you have questions.

2021 Clothworkers Charity Fund

April 2021

Your votes are in! Members have decided the three 2021 CCF recipients.

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Two New Trustees Appointed to the Board of The Clothworkers' Foundation

For the first time, The Clothworkers’ Foundation held an open application process to recruit Clothworkers – Livery or Freedom – for two seats on its board of trustees. This was done with a view to broadening the skills and experience of the board. Anyone with relevant skills, expertise in the charity sector, or lived experience in one or more of The Foundation's main programme areas, was encouraged to apply. In particular, it was important that the right candidates had: 

  • Ability to operate within a board environment (although need not have served on a board)
  • Ability to build and sustain relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives
  • A consultative, collegiate, constructive and supportive style  
  • Good communication skills and the ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, gaining trust and respect from other board members
  • Ability to represent The Foundation internally and externally
  • A commitment to fairness and to promoting equality and diversity
We're delighted to announce that Emma Ingham Clark and Neel Patani have been appointed, following a competitive and rigorous application and interview selection process. We know that both with broaden the skills and experience available on the board, and help The Foundation better fulfill its mission.


Emma is a Management Consultant working within Accenture’s Health & Public Service division. Her CV describes her as passionate about engaging with public sector and charitable organisations to drive impactful and lasting change. Within and outside the workplace, Emma embraces innovative and collaborative ways of working to improve outcomes. She champions a human-centric approach, putting the individual at the heart of every initiative. Emma completed a Change Management Certification Programme this year and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, International Relations and Arabic from University of Cambridge. She became Free of the The Company in 2018.  


Neel is a Finance and Investment postgraduate scholar who is currently working for MUFG Securities PLC as a Relationship Manager and Vice President. His CV highlights his extensive experience combining a high level of technical skill with an aptitude to work under pressure in a fast-paced, results-orientated environment in pursuit of excellence, both individually and collaboratively as part of a team. Neel has completed CFA Level 1 Programme and Level II Candidate, is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI), and holds a MSc in Finance and Investment as well as a BA (Hons) in Economics from University of Exeter. He became Free of The Company in 2019.

In due course, the board will also be seeking to recruit two external trustees (from outside the membership).


Foundation Trustees

September 2020

Find out more about the newest members to join the board of trustees at The Clothworkers' Foundation.

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Welcoming You Back to Clothworkers' Hall

From 1 September, Clothworkers' Hall re-opened in a limited capacity. Staff will be working flexible hours at the Hall and/or continuing to work remotely according to business requirements and personal circumstances. At the present time, members, guests and others may only visit Clothworkers' Hall by invitation and/or pre-arranged appointment.

We have hosted a number of Court meetings and committee meetings successfully via Zoom and MS Teams in recent months, and now have the facility to host hybrid meetings when necessary from a new 'Zoom Room' at the Hall. We have also done our best to keep all of our members engaged throughout the pandemic – with a virtual Annual Meeting of the Livery in July, a Zoom 'escape room' activity for members aged 50 and under in August, and an informal drop-in chat hosted by Immediate Past Master Sir Jonathan Portal Bt for members who have been unable to attend Clothworker events at the Hall in recent years. But we are all eager to reconnect again at our home in the Square Mile, under safe conditions.

We have begun to resume meetings, events and venue hire with COVID-19 Secure policies and procedures in place, as advised by the UK Government, which we will continually review. Our Clothworkers' events will look and feel different to those you've enjoyed in the past. The Master, Alex Nelson, has hinted at some of these in his message above – for instance, most events will require a temperature check upon arrival, signs encouraging social distancing are prominently displayed, face masks and hand sanitising stations are available throughout the ceremonial rooms, there are strict limits to the capacity of events, and the team is working hard behind the scenes to ensure your safety and wellbeing in a number of other ways.

We will begin to invite members of the Livery to smaller, more intimate Court and Livery dinners soon, and will be reviewing how we might host our other annual events – such as the Autumn Young Freedom Reception and our St Thomas Eve Freedom Luncheon – on a rolling basis as the situation changes and Government advice is updated. As with our Court and committee meetings, we are also exploring more ways to engage more of you virtually, even whilst we resume events at the Hall.

Thank you all for being understanding and patient as we navigate the way forward.

Welcoming You Back to Clothworkers' Hall

September 2020

Find out more about our COVID-19 Secure policies and procedures for returning to Clothworkers' Hall.

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Inspiring Connections

The Livery Advocates Pilot, which successfully launched last spring, brought members of livery companies together with young people who could benefit from their advocacy. The pilot programme was delivered by Catch22, and members from The Goldsmiths’ Company, The Skinners’ Company, The Haberdashers’ Company and The Clothworkers’ Company participated. The programme has now evolved into Catch22’s ‘Inspiring Connections’ and is set to expand beyond the original four livery companies. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to get involved!

Inspiring Connections gives individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to build self confidence and find access into networks that lead to fulfilling and sustainable careers. As a founding supporter of the initiative, The Clothworkers’ Company is encouraging its members to consider becoming an Advocate. As an Advocate, you will support a group of Inspiring Connections Candidates, alongside men and women from other livery companies. You will participate in a programme of six group-based sessions, covering themes such as the professional journey, your personal brand and the value of relationships.

Advocates are not expected to be experts in any of these topics, nor are they asked to lead sessions. The only pre-requisites to being an Advocate are having a professional story to tell and an openness to sharing your experiences with those who may have had fewer opportunities than you. ‘I really enjoyed discussing topics I had never considered before. Topics such as social capital and Ikigai, talking and listening openly and constructively with the group – I found it particularly interesting and thought provoking.

'This course has made me want to volunteer again as a mentor’, said one Clothworker and previous Advocate of Inspiring Connections.

Get Involved Today:

The next full programme will run from 7 September (with six sessions held fortnightly). Not yet ready to sign up?

Register for the online information session on 11 August (6:30pm to 7:30pm) and find out all you need to know before Volunteering for the programme. Get in touch to register for the online event, or to express your interest in becoming an Advocate: Contact Josh Falconer-Roberts, Project Manager, by email at:

Inspiring Connections: Volunteer Today

July 2020

Find out more about volunteering as a mentor and employment advocate with Inspiring Connections.

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NHS Livery Kitchens Initiative

The NHS Livery Kitchen Initiative has raised more than £200,000 to date – including a £20,000 donation from Clothworkers.

It is a truly collaborative project from the City of London livery community, and beyond, to show support for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis. More than 17,000 meals have been delivered to Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals – including St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the Royal London Hospital and Newham University Hospital – since the project launched in April. These hospitals, in East London, are in some of the hardest-hit areas of London. The hospital staff have had an unimaginable physical, mental and emotional burden to bear.

Four ‘inactive’ kitchens at Grocers’ Hall, Drapers’ Hall, Merchant Taylors’ Hall and Party Ingredients have been put to use to produce more than 600 nutritious meals a day.

'Thanks from all of our staff receiving food every shift, who get so much energy from your food donations…Please pass our gratitude on to everyone in the kitchens.'
Louise Smith, Business Intelligence Analyst at Barts Health NHS Trust.

NHS Livery Kitchens

June 2020

Find out how Livery Companies have come together to provide meals for the NHS.

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