Wandsworth Community Safety Trust

In May 2006 Cllr Jim Maddan was elected Mayor of Wandsworth. In his acceptance speech he outlined his priorities for the year ahead and announced that he intended to establish the 'Wandsworth Community Safety Trust' (WCST) to enable groups involved with crime prevention and community safety to apply for funding to develop their projects.

The trust has now been established under the chairmanship of Cllr Maddan, with trustees from the local authority, legal agencies involved with community safety, businesses, academia and the community. The trust has been formed as a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Charity Commission under number 1134355.

The objects of the trust are:

  • to promote crime prevention, crime reduction, community safety measures and protection of people and property within the London Borough of Wandsworth;
  • to encourage greater public participation in the prevention of crime and improvement of community safety within the London Borough of Wandsworth;
  • to advance education, information, research and practical assistance regarding crime prevention and community safety within the London Borough of Wandsworth.

The trust has been quick to get involved with local projects. The first concerns a Champions Mentor Programme, a twelve month cycle of three monthly boxing based programmes for young people in Wandsworth. It is being run by the London Fire Brigade (Battersea) and Caius House, with funding from the trust and the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel.

The trust is in an ideal position to apply for funding from charities, grant making trusts and government funding streams, which is not available to local authorities, legal agencies (such as the Police and Fire Services) and other groups not registered as a charity. In this way the trust can lever in funding to assist with a variety of projects. A bank account has been established with the Charities Aid Foundation.

The trust works with several partners on projects including the council's Community Safety team. For example, WCST and Community Safety recently teamed up to assist Clapham PiONEERs Running Club in a charity run to raise money for the victims of the August 2011 riots that affected Clapham Junction amongst other parts of Wandsworth, London and the country. 

Enquiries concerning the trust can be made to Cllr Jim Maddan at jmaddan@wandsworth.gov.uk.