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Brent Solidarity Fund

Fiscal Host: Accountable

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

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Top financial contributors

Individuals

1
Incognito

£1,330 GBP since Sep 2021

2
Daniel Susser

£1,299 GBP since Nov 2020

3
Incognito

£625 GBP since Aug 2020

4
Peace Ho

£500 GBP since Oct 2021

5
Margarita

£350 GBP since Oct 2020

6
Robin Sivapalan

£345 GBP since Aug 2020

7
Jess Stacey

£327.5 GBP since Jul 2020

8
Sandra F

£267.25 GBP since Sep 2020

9
Incognito

£200 GBP since Apr 2020

10
Sam Greene

£200 GBP since Aug 2020

Organizations

1
Accountable

£13,955.37 GBP since Apr 2020

2
BSF Publicity and Materials

£2,700 GBP since Mar 2022

3
Newham Solidarity Fund

£1,312.2 GBP since Dec 2021

4
Goose Green Solidarity Fund

£1,064.2 GBP since Dec 2020

5
BOM LTD / 9kitchens

£950 GBP since Mar 2021

6
Brondesbury Park Mutual Aid Group

£200 GBP since Sep 2020

Brent Solidarity Fund is all of us

Our contributors 70

Thank you for supporting Brent Solidarity Fund.

Daniel Susser

Admin

£1,299 GBP

Robert Stearn

Admin

£540 GBP

Sean

Admin

£380 GBP

Robin Sivapalan

Admin

£345 GBP

A much-needed community fund

Jess Stacey

Admin

£328 GBP

Marta Albrigh...

Admin

£190 GBP

Esther Foreman

Admin

£100 GBP

Laila

Admin

Accountable

£13,955 GBP

Local giving contributions

BSF Publicity...

£2,700 GBP

About


Brent Solidarity Fund is no longer open for applications or for donations from November 2022

The admin team is in the process of winding down Brent Solidarity Fund, as we are not able to keep organising the fund ourself and we have not been able to find a new administrative team able to keep it open on the same open basis. If you are struggling financially and live in Brent, we recommend that you get in touch with Advice for Renters, who may be able to help: https://adviceforrenters.org/contact

If you are a regular contributor to Brent Solidarity Fund, you should have received an email explaining that your November contribution will be refunded and future transactions cancelled. 


What will happen to the remaining money in the fund?

At the end of November, the remaining funds will be distributed between other groups we have worked with in Brent, who will be able to distribute the money directly.


History of Brent Solidarity Fund 

Across Brent, twenty mutual aid groups worked together beginning in March 2020, offering practical support and care to their neighbours. Many people found themselves in hardship as a result of Covid-19 – and we realised that the effects of this crisis would be felt for a long time to come. In response, people from Mutual Aid groups across the borough came  together to set up the Brent Solidarity Fund, to provide direct assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. 

The Brent Solidarity fund provided assistance to Brent residents who are struggling financially. The fund was set up on the basis that money from it could be used for anything: we are not here to judge you and there is no obligation to pay back the money. The fund was run with respect and trust, in accordance with principles of mutual aid: “from each according to their ability, to each according to their need”. We adopted the following 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

Sean

Admin

Robin Sivapalan

Admin
A much-needed community fund

Laila

Admin

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

-£30.00 GBP
Pending
Grant #111944
-£30.00 GBP
Paid
Grant #110562

Debit from Brent Solidarity Fund to Stephen Bell

-£30.00GBP
Paid
Grant #109990
£
Today’s balance

£511.94 GBP

Total raised

£30,929.45 GBP

Total disbursed

£30,417.51 GBP

Estimated annual budget

£4,758.45 GBP

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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