Frankie Taylor is from North West London and is the programme coordinator for The Company

The Company is the self-employment programme powered by The Winch, helping ‘hard to reach’ 18-25 year olds to reach their full potential by learning skills for starting their own business, as well as receiving emotional support & furthering their personal & professional development.

Outside of The Winch, Frankie is a retro fitness & dance instructor and conducts freelance drop in classes, private & corporate sessions, and also performs at events & festivals.

Her interests include cooking, puppies, photography, yoga and dancing! She is enthused by 80s music, film & clothing, and Japan!

Life Motto: “Have fun forever”


We surveyed the generous people who volunteer with us and the results reveal: volunteers at the Winch felt that their work was meaningful, they feel closer to the community, and they want to keep coming back. Regardless of what activity volunteers were doing or who they were working with, each of the 20 volunteers we polled expressed their wishes to come back to the Winch. When asked why they initially volunteered at the Winch, volunteers said, “I liked the idea of a small charity that works with children,” and that, “It has a clear mission and obvious positive impact to the people it serves. Getting to see children come in each day, as well as see how passionate each member of the staff is in creating the best possible program for every child has been very meaningful.” These responses are reflective of the Winch’s value to improve the North Camden community for those growing up in it.

Volunteers varied in backgrounds and duties. Their ages ranged from 20 to retired, and their volunteering amount ranged from a single event to over ten years’ worth! About 65% of our volunteers come to the Winch once a week, but there is definitely no minimum time requirement. Volunteering activities included fundraising, event planning, working on reception, assisting with children or infant activities, and helping with catering or cleaning. The most popular activity was working with children. “Regardless of what I do each time I come to the Winch, I can see a direct effect I have on the youth there. Their presence around the building is a testament to the work that the Winch does,” said one volunteer. Over 75% of our volunteers had an increased awareness in the community as a result of volunteering. In addition to benefitting the community, volunteers also feel that their work has made them stronger as individuals. A majority of the respondents said that volunteering increased their communication, management, and personal skills.

Much of the success in our volunteering is due to our volunteer coordinator, Page Victor. “We love creating a welcoming environment for all our amazing volunteers because we know that we couldn’t do what we do without them. To put it simply, we love having them,” says Page. Our volunteers continue to come back because they have been inspired during their experience. “As a result of volunteering at The Winch, I have been inspired to do more community work and volunteer in other projects,” said a recent volunteer. Over 50% of our volunteers became more aware of other volunteering opportunities from being at the Winch. Our volunteers feel valued for their time at the Winch and are encouraged to continue volunteering more around the community afterwards. Our volunteers help us take further steps to achieve our goals, and for that we are grateful.


Lucy TelferLucy Telfer is a part-time Library Manager in charge of the Belsize Community Library. She works with kids of all ages, parents and Belsize residents.

The Winch took over the operation of the Library in 2012 and have offered various services ever since. As a library manager, Lucy is in charge of making sure all the day to day activities are run smoothly and efficiently during the opening hours of the Belsize community Library on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s from 10:00-6:00pm. Having joined The Winch a mere 10 month ago, she fell in love with her role and organization. She found the variety and number of services offered as well as the staff at The Winch to be incredible. She lived in the local community and had grownup hearing about The Winch because of its history so Lucy appreciated the opportunity to get better involved with the community by helping support families.

The Belsize Community library currently offers many services such as Rhyme time (in four different language), story time, parent support classes, author’s event and so much more. Choosing a favorite is difficult. She takes pleasure in watching different members of the community with different cultural background and socioeconomic statues enjoy the space and different activities provided. She believes that people often underestimate the benefits of the rhyme time session in terms of language, growth and development for the children under 5’s.

One part Lucy finds challenging about her position is having patience, patience in having to wait for funding in order to get an idea with a great potential off the ground. With the reduction in funding from the government, funds are becoming harder and harder to get. To combat this trend, Lucy and The Winch leadership team came up with a great idea- launching a Crowdfunding campaign to raise the necessary funds needed to keep the library open and even potentially expand the service offering.  With the money raised, Lucy plans on looking more widely at the activities that the library can offer for different age groups such as space for language classes, knitting groups, tea and cake time and so many more activities. When asked what she would say to someone interested in donating for the campaign, she looked up nostalgically and replied, “I would tell them to think back to the time when they could knock on their neighbors’ door and ask for support for pretty much anything. Over the years, that community and spirit has changed. It is our responsibility to glue it back together and making the smallest changes in the community such as donating to keep the only free, public space in Belsize open will hopefully bring back the spirit.”

Want to learn more about this indomitable women named Lucy? Then please keep on reading to look at some fun facts and get to know her a little bit more

Nickname: Lucy Locket

Favourite Color: Green

Favourite Meal: Spanish omelet

Greatest Fear: Sea

Favourite Film: Dirty Dancing

Favourite Actor: Jack Nicholson

Pet Peeve: Sound of people eating

Favourite Hobby: Collecting music from all over the world

Cause for the most laughter: People dancing off beat.

Name one thing about yourself that people don’t know: First ever job at 14 years old was at a shooting range in Surrey


Our first ever Christmas Raffle will run from 25th November until the prize draw on 18th December.

Tickets are £10 (or 5 for £45) and there are a huge number of exciting prizes generously donated by the following companies, including:

BBC behind the scenes tour for four / Dinner for two at Theo Randall at the InterContinental / Daniel Galvin cut, colour and blow dry / Royal Academy annual membership for two / Four (Gold category) match tickets to Saracens’ big game at Wembley against Harlequins/ Behind the scenes tour of Arsenal Football Club / Two match tickets for Arsenal on 12th March 2016 / Financial Times semi-annual subscription / Louise Parker nutrition session worth £150 / Case of wine from Bibendum / Hampstead Theatre tickets for two / Everyman Cinema annual pass for two / Two training sessions with Peter Fraser-Smith, Mayfair based trainer, worth £160 / Heyland & Whittle hamper, worth £150 / DimT vouchers worth £60 / Wildwood Café vouchers worth £60 / Theatre vouchers worth £100 / Babysitting for an evening / 6ft Christmas Tree from Primrose Hill Farmers’ Market / Biscuiteers' Nutcracker Christmas Biscuit Tin plus two vouchers or Biscuiteers DIY Icing Café / Family ticket for the Wizard of Oz screening at Hackney Empire in January 2016 / Four tickets for a production of the RSC's winter season: Wendy & Peter, Queen Anne or Love for Love / And many more!

T0-5he money raised from this event will help us to continue our work with children, young people and families, providing a range of activities, opportunities and services. This is a great way to support our vital work at the same time as the possibility of winning a prize!

You can buy a ticket by dropping in to The Winch or online by clicking here. Please ensure you do not choose to be anonymous, and type into the comments box that you are buying raffle tickets and the quantity of them. You should not tick the Gift Aid box if this is the case, as Gift Aid cannot be claimed on raffle ticket sales.

Once the draw is complete, you will be contacted if you have won a prize. You have 14 days from being contacted to claim your prize. If you do not claim your prize within 14 days, or we are unable to contact you, your prize will be redrawn and you no longer have the right to claim your prize.


The CO

At The Winch, we collaborate and partner with others to develop, launch and support ventures that enable children and young people to succeed. One of our ventures, The Company, is a business startup programme for 18 to 25 year olds in Camden and surrounding areas. It has supported a wide range of innovative business ideas ranging from a premium street wear brand to a chicken and waffles stall, from basketball workshops in schools to retro t-shirts.

The Company is a ground breaking business mentoring scheme for vulnerable young adults who have a great idea, but have not had the opportunities or resources they need in order to make their idea into a reality. The Company supports 10 entrepreneurs with a drive to make their ideas a reality. It is designed to bypass the misguided focus on academic qualifications, and choose candidates with good ideas, drive and ambition. However, this drive and ambition may be coupled with a wealth of obstacles. We support some of the ‘hardest to reach’ young people in the area. The program will help these “Associates” (our terminology for young people who take part in The Company) to develop their ideas, network with others and eventually get to a place where they could pitch to a panel for funding.

In order to sustain our work, we depend on the generosity of individuals and organizations like yours. We launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise £5,000 on November 16th. The money raised from this campaign will go towards the seed funding which can be applied for by each young person. The funding can be used to obtain the necessary start up items, or perhaps be used to further personal / professional development (in terms of qualifications or trainings in their chosen sector). The aim is to nurture bright ideas and turn them into focused enterprises. By setting up the fund, we will encourage young entrepreneurs to come forward with their idea and start a journey to make their dreams into a reality. We believe that many young people’s ambition and creativity has been limited simply because they are not given the freedom to express themselves, try new ideas and to make mistakes without feeling like they have failed. We have created a safe and productive space for them to do this in, here at The Winch. We are helping some of the most vulnerable young people to reach their full potential. Join us in our journey. Click here to learn more about the campaign and donate to help the cause.




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