Appendix 3: Summary Assessment Report
GRANTS TO VOLUNTARY ORGANSIATIONS 2003/2004
Beauchamp Lodge Settlement Ward: Queen’s Park
2001/2002 Revenue Funding: £5,000
2002/2003 Revenue Funding £25,000
2002/2003 Other WCC Grants: Nil
2003/2004 Funding Requested: £46,620
2003/2004 Funding Recommended: £27,686
WCC revenue funding as % of income 13%
of organisation :
Services Provided and Activities for which Funding is Requested
The Beauchamp Lodge Settlement (BLS) is a registered charity. It aims to work in
partnership with local people and organisations to enable new projects to combat
social exclusion, helping people "own" their local area whilst gaining confidence
within an engaging educational environment. The current focus of BLS is on the
joint areas of education and shared heritage. The Beauchamp Floating Classroom
is an environmentally friendly canal barge, purpose built as a fully accessible
classroom running a successful environmental, science, heritage and arts
programme for schools.
The funding request is for a contribution to the costs of maintaining the existing
programme for school children and the development of parallel projects with older
people, disadvantaged teenagers and community groups. The aim of this work is to
actively include in educational programmes people of all ages who currently under
use the outside spaces, wildlife and educational resources in Westminster because
of disability, social isolation, experience of racism, prejudice, fear or mobility
problems. BLS also intends to create links between each aspect of the work of the
Floating Classroom and build relationships between different communities of interest
(e.g. between children, young people and elders). In this way BLS aims to enrich
community support and shared learning, within the context of exploring the ecology
of the canal and sustainability issues.
The funding proposal is for a contribution to salaries, running costs and equipment.
This includes the bulk of the costs for the salary of a full time Education Officer post,
an increase in crew hours to enable those with special needs to use the classroom,
and an increase in skipper hours.
Adherence to Criteria and Conditions
Funding Category: Investing in your Education
Priority Area: Community Learning
1. Identify, monitor and evaluate learning outcomes
Appropriate learning outcomes are identified for different target groups and this
seems to have been done in consultation with members of those groups and/or in
response to local demand. Plans for a variety of ways to monitor and evaluate
learning outcomes are demonstrated, however there is a lack of clarity about specific
outcomes for older learners.
2. Improve accessibility for target group
The application demonstrates that the venue is in itself central to promotion of the
project's learning outcomes. The Floating Classroom can move to the communities
that use it, is accessible to and used by disabled people and the provision is
available at different times of the day and early evening, in school holidays and at
weekends. Staff are qualified and/or experienced and have the opportunity for
further training. The application demonstrates that appropriate learning materials
are offered. New learning materials are planned in line with the developments
relating to this funding proposal.
3. Ensure inclusive accessibility
The application demonstrates pro-active work to reach and include those who might
otherwise find it difficult to access services. For example, the venue is accessible to
people with disabilities and crew and staff are able to provide practical support to
disabled people and those with differing needs. There are a stated high number of
current users from BME communities. In addition this funding proposal represents
future plans to meet the needs of disadvantaged community members which have
been researched with members of the proposed target groups
4. Support individual learners
Support to progress of individual learners of differing abilities and needs is
demonstrated. There is a lack of evidence cited regarding the nature of the
assessment and evaluation of learning progress.
5. Develop joint working and partnerships
The application demonstrates close working relationships with a wide range of
agencies including schools and large and small voluntary and community groups to
achieve practical community benefit.
6. Demonstrate enhancement of learners’ quality of life
Enhancement of learners’ quality of life is stated as an outcome of work and
indicated through the demand for the service and by community ownership and
7. Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy
The project does not specifically target NRS neighbourhoods. The application states
that expected beneficiaries include those from NRS neighbourhoods and
8. Self-Help & Active Citizenship
The application demonstrates that users are consulted and involved and that there is
volunteer involvement. There is no mention of local community involvement in the
management of project, for example, management committee members.
Ward Member Comments
The application demonstrated the majority of funding criteria very well. The
Beauchamp Lodge Floating Classroom is innovative and inclusive project seeking
funding to maintain and develop its work to reach and benefit all sections of the local
community through shared learning. For these reasons the application was
progressed to Stage 2 of the assessment process to be considered for funding.
Following discussion the original funding proposal has been revised in line with the
provisional funding allocated. Funding would be used to cover the costs of
employing an Education Officer for four days a week, and would contribute to
additional skipper hours and to running costs.
Provisional outputs agreed include science bookings on the Floating Classroom for
primary school children, bookings specifically for children with sensory impairments
and other special needs, the facilitation of a new older people’s reminiscence and
heritage group, and the involvement of older people in formal learning programmes.
Provisional outcomes agreed include improving the quality of life of individuals from
a variety of ethnic backgrounds, ages and neighbourhood and with a range of
abilities by introducing them to the canal and each other, building relationships
between older and younger members of the community through shared learning
experiences, and older people’s inclusion and engagement in formal and informal
environmental, history and science education.
The funding proposal meets the objectives of this funding category and is one of the
few applications made under this category that takes a community development
approach in working to achieve its aims. This application is complemented by that
made by Beauchamp Lodge under the Cleaning and Greening funding category.
Funding of £27,686 is recommended subject to final outputs and outcomes being
agreed with the organisation.