Brent Solidarity Fund

Collective

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

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+ 10

12 individuals and 1 organization have contributed

Recurring contribution

London Living Wage Backer

Join us for £10.75 per month and help us sustain our activities!

£10.75 GBP / month

2 individuals have contributed

Recurring contribution

Monthly Backer (Higher Earners)

Join us for £15.00 per month and help us sustain our activities!

Starts at

£15 GBP / month

Recurring contribution

sponsor

Become a sponsor for £100.00 per month and help us sustain our activities!

Starts at

£100 GBP / month

Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Incognito

£200 GBP since Apr 2020

2
Sam Greene

£200 GBP since Aug 2020

3
Nicola Chambury

£100 GBP since Aug 2020

4
Nick Humfrey

£81 GBP since Aug 2020

5
Robert Stearn

£60 GBP since Aug 2020

6
Incognito

£50 GBP since Aug 2020

7
Esther Foreman

£40 GBP since Jul 2020

8
Sandra F

£32 GBP since Sep 2020

9
Sunny (SY) LEE

£30 GBP since Apr 2020

10
Ella Rechter

£30 GBP since Aug 2020

11
Robin Sivapalan

£30 GBP since Aug 2020

12
Jess Stacey

£22 GBP since Jul 2020

Organizations

1
The Social Change Nest

£318 GBP since Apr 2020

2
Brondesbury Park Mutual Aid Group

£200 GBP since Sep 2020

About

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”.

Funds will be dispensed once a week, and each individual can apply once per calendar month. If we raise enough money, the fund will be open for applications from the end of August.


Applying for funds


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

How much can I get? 
We are aiming to provide funds for up to £50 per calendar month, per applicant. We may be able to increase this, or we may need to decrease this, depending on how much money we raise. 

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: https://opencollective.com/privacypolicy   

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.


Contributing


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:  https://opencollective.com/brent-solidarity-fund/donate
For one-off donations, you can donate through our Local Giving page, which allows you to add Gift Aid to your donation: https://localgiving.org/charity/mutualaid/project/brentsolidarityfund/  

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 to 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.


Budget

See how money openly circulates through Brent Solidarity Fund. All contributions and all expenses are published in our transparent public ledger. Learn who is donating, how much, where is that money going, submit expenses, get reimbursed and more!

For Mr Alexander B

by Robert Stearn10/16/2020

-£50.00GBP
Paid
Receipt #26430

Local Giving

from The Social Change Nest10/14/2020

+£122.89GBP
Completed

Supplementary payment for struggling resident

by shyama perera10/14/2020

-£50.00GBP
Paid
Grant #26309

Today’s balance

£980.05 GBP

Estimated annual budget

~ £3,577.02 GBP

Conversations

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Brent Solidarity Fund is all of us

Our contributors 21

Everyone who has supported Brent Solidarity Fund. Individuals and organizations that believe in –and take ownership of– our purpose.

Robert Stearn
Admin

Total contributions

£60 GBP

Esther Foreman
Admin

Total contributions

£40 GBP

Ella Rechter
Admin

Total contributions

£30 GBP

London Living Wage Backer

Jess Stacey
Admin

Total contributions

£22 GBP

London Living Wage Backer

Sandra
Admin
The Social Ch...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£318 GBP

Local giving contributions

incognito
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£200 GBP

Sam Greene
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£200 GBP

Brondesbury P...
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£200 GBP

Nicola Chambury
Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£100 GBP