Our vision and purpose
The Board of Directors of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is the corporate trustee for the charity.
Maudsley Charity aims to support innovation and improvement in mental health services. This includes promoting public awareness and understanding of mental health issues.
Maudsley Charity uses donations made to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), and its' predecessor organisations, to invest in projects that support improvements to mental healthcare.
Maudsley Charity supports both individuals and organisations linked to SLaM, as well as others that serve the same communities as SLaM, to undertake work that benefits service users, service staff or improves service provision.
Projects that support improved mental healthcare and wellbeing are considered for funding, including those that develop or accelerate the introduction of innovative services; infrastructure that promotes cutting-edge mental health practice; early-stage applied research projects and/or training and development.
Applying for a Maudsley Charity grant can be done easily with application forms available online. Applications are considered twice a year and submissions should be made by the 31 May or 30 November each year. All applications require sponsorship by the relevant service or corporate director before the application can be considered by the Board of Directors.
Maudsley Charity also offers support to SLaM service users through the Simon Walker Trust Fund which can offer up to £250 of funding towards vocational/training courses or items needed for activities that support a service user's recovery and mental wellbeing.
Maudsley Charity has focussed on two major developments over the past year - the development of a new learning centre at Maudsley Hospital and the refurbishment of SLaM-owned properties at 6 to 11 Windsor Walk.
The new learning centre is an ambitious project which will raise the profile of SLaM's training provision and provide a modern training environment for both SLaM staff and staff from partner organisations. This will be a world class mental health education and training facility.
The learning centre will also be an outward-looking facility for local community use. The support of this development ties in with a key goal of Maudsley Charity - to support SLaM in redeveloping the Maudsley Hospital site.
The refurbishment of the Windsor Walk properties is being carried out in conjunction with King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Ronald Macdonald House and will provide accommodation for parents whose children are being treated in King's College Hospital.
With both of the above projects there has been a great deal of emphasis placed on engaging with neighbours and representatives of the local community.
In 2012 the trustees will be reviewing the investment strategy of Maudsley Charity and thinking more about what legacy they want to leave to their successors. The trustees are exploring more adventurous ways to raise funds and have already agreed to work collaboratively with other charities associated with King's Health Partners through the recent establishment of a joint fundraising service.
Service users are at the heart of what SLaM does and the goal of Maudsley Charity is to continue to support projects and initiatives that will improve their treatment, care and support.