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Brent Solidarity Fund

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A solidarity fund for anyone in Brent who is struggling financially.


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London Living Wage Backer

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£10.75 GBP / month

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Top financial contributors



£1,330 GBP since Sep 2021

Daniel Susser

£1,299 GBP since Nov 2020

Nick Humfrey

£648 GBP since Aug 2020


£600 GBP since Aug 2020

Peace Ho

£500 GBP since Oct 2021

Nicola Chambury

£480 GBP since Aug 2020

Robert Stearn

£460 GBP since Aug 2020


£350 GBP since Oct 2020

Robin Sivapalan

£345 GBP since Aug 2020

Jess Stacey

£327.5 GBP since Jul 2020



£12,638.09 GBP since Apr 2020

BSF Publicity and Materials

£2,700 GBP since Mar 2022

Newham Solidarity Fund

£1,312.2 GBP since Dec 2021

Goose Green Solidarity Fund

£1,064.2 GBP since Dec 2020

BOM LTD / 9kitchens

£950 GBP since Mar 2021

Brondesbury Park Mutual Aid Group

£200 GBP since Sep 2020

Brent Solidarity Fund is all of us

Our contributors 81

Thank you for supporting Brent Solidarity Fund.

Daniel Susser


£1,299 GBP

Robert Stearn


£460 GBP

Robin Sivapalan


£345 GBP

A much-needed community fund

Jess Stacey


£328 GBP



£320 GBP

Marta Albrigh...


£160 GBP

Esther Foreman


£100 GBP




£12,638 GBP

Local giving contributions

BSF Publicity...

£2,700 GBP


Hello Neighbours! 

All across Brent, twenty mutual aid groups have been working together since March, offering practical support and care to their neighbours. Many people have found themselves in hardship as a result of Covid-19 – and we know the effects of this crisis will be felt for a long time to come. In response, people from Mutual Aid groups across the borough have come together to set up the Brent Solidarity Fund, to provide direct assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. 


What is the Brent Solidarity Fund?

The Brent Solidarity fund provides assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. This fund can be used for anything: we are not here to judge you and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund is run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”.

Each individual can apply once per calendar month. 

Applying for funds

Who can apply?
Anyone in Brent who needs financial support can apply. 

How much can I get? 
We are currently providing £30 per calendar month, per applicant. 

Are there restrictions on what I can spend the money on? 
No - the fund can be used for anything you are struggling with. 

How can I or someone I know apply?
If you or someone you know, wants to apply to the fund, please contact your nearest mutual aid group and they will help. You can find a list of Brent Mutual Aid groups who are currently able to refer callers here. Don’t worry if your area is not listed, please contact your closest one. 

Will my application be private?
Yes. We understand that some people do not want to or cannot have their details publicly available. Your local Mutual Aid group will process your application and the Solidarity Fund team will keep all details passed onto us secure; your application can be as private as you need. 

How do I actually get the money? 
Your local mutual aid group will send your basic details to us - name or alias, year of birth and postcode - and give you instructions on how to claim through the Brent Open Collective Platform (a money transfer and accounting system). We will match the information we have received to claims, and release funds once a week. The platform is very easy to use, and money will be disbursed directly into your bank account. Your local Mutual Aid group can help you use the platform if you don’t have internet access.

I don’t have a bank account or don’t want to use my bank account. Can I have it as cash?  
If you need it as cash, where possible your local Mutual Aid group will help you to do that in a way that is safe and secure.

What happens to my data after I have received the funds?
Be aware that when uploading your personal data into this fund, your data is covered by the privacy policy of the Open Collective, who are based in the US, and as such data protection is covered by US law rather than UK and EU data laws. Their full privacy policy can be found here:   

The very limited data that we are collecting separately - name or alias, year of birth, postcode, will be stored in line with our own Privacy Notice, which you can see here.


How can I help? 
The fund is only as strong as its donations. If you can contribute to the fund, a suggested contribution is one hour’s wage per month, but smaller, larger and one-off contributions are all welcome. If you are either contributing to the fund or withdrawing from it, you can also get involved in the running of the fund.

Where can I donate money?
Recurring donations can be made through Brent Open Collective – please go here to donate:
For one-off donations, you can donate through our Local Giving page, which allows you to add Gift Aid to your donation:  

How can I get involved in running the fund? 
We always need more hands on deck. If you would like to get involved and volunteer with the Brent Solidarity Fund organising team please drop us an email at [email protected] 

Statement of Principles and Equality of Access

  • Housing and immigration status should be no barrier to accessing the fund.
  • Applicants will be signposted to other organisations that can provide support  in the short or long term.
  • People accessing the fund can be assured of confidentiality.
  • We actively seek to move towards participatory decision making. 
  • Contributors and recipients should be equally represented: more money should not, for the purposes of this fund, equal greater power.
  • The fund is open to all adults living in Brent irrespective of disability, gender expression, marital status, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. 
  • We recognise that ‘open’ is not the same as ‘easily accessible’, and we are committed to actively working towards making the fund equally accessible to all.

Our team

Robin Sivapalan

A much-needed community fund






Transparent and open finances.

by Robert Ford

-£30.00 GBP
Grant #85117
Monthly financial contribution to Brent Solidarity Fund

Credit from Nicola Chambury to Brent Solidarity Fund

Monthly financial contribution to Brent Solidarity Fund

Credit from Claudia Hector to Brent Solidarity Fund

Today’s balance

£215.28 GBP

Total raised

£29,187.79 GBP

Total disbursed

£28,972.51 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£8,952.43 GBP


Let’s get the ball rolling!

News from Brent Solidarity Fund

Updates on our activities and progress.

Fund to remain closed in Feb

Hello everyone, Having reviewed the situation, the current admin team has decided to keep the fund closed for February. This is because we currently only have about half the funds needed for a normal month of applications (£900 out of £1800...
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Published on January 28, 2022 by Jess Stacey

Fund closure in January

Good evening all, Due to low funds, the Brent Solidarity Fund will shut for January to allow it to build back up a bit, before opening again in February. If you find yourself in need of emergency credit for heating or gas in January, your p...
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Published on December 29, 2021 by Jess Stacey

December Collaboration and Survey

We have some really exciting news. We are receiving £1148 from a project that we have been working on with a campaign group called the Ba...
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Published on November 30, 2021 by Jess Stacey