Community is the best prevention. 

Your help matters too.

On Monday 12th July our staff team and the London Fire Department tried to hold back the flood that came down through the roof and bubbled up from the toilets and taps in the basement. The water found its way in. Many homes, businesses and other organisations in our neighbourhood suffered the same fate, as the local infrastructure struggled to cope. 

We won’t know the full extent of the devastation to the Winch until our home is properly cleaned and we have had a chance to assess the damage in the full light of day. We do know that our recently decorated kitchen and youth club, our recording studio and basement toilets were immersed in several inches of flood water overnight. We will need your help.

If you ever considered supporting a local community charity, but hesitated, now would be the perfect time to take that small and simple step.  For nearly 50 years we have supported children, young people and their families – from cradle to career- and worked to make our neighbourhood a great place to live and grow up in. Our reputation is built on an intergenerational foundation of long-lasting, trusting relationships, in which we are often the help that really matters. 

Please consider making a one-off donation at this difficult time. If at all possible, join us as a monthly donor. No amount is too small. Every act of kindness is valuable. Everyone in our community can make a difference in a way that best suits them. However you can, please help the Winch continue to rise.

We have faced down hard times before and will come back stronger.  With you by our side we always will.


Become a monthly sponsor:

£20/mo –Sponsor a Young Person – Our Youth Workers are out on the streets and local estates helping young people access the service they need. With so many challenges to navigate, we need your help to prevent those most at risk falling further behind . 

£50/mo – Sponsor a Family -We work with lone parents and new families on low incomes. Often, they have complex medical or social needs, which are made more difficult by living in overcrowded accommodation. We are worried for isolated women trapped in coercive relationships. You can help us to help them manage the challenges they face.

£100/mo – Support Essential Frontline Work – Back our team to help young people and families negotiate the persistent challenges the pandemic has highlighted. Your support means we can be by their sides for the long term, supporting children from cradle to career, building a community in which we can all thrive.

We always appreciate your one-off donations. But at this time, a monthly donation ensures that we have what we need to support our vulnerable families and children through this crisis. 

We have learned we can build a kinder, more resourceful community when we all work together. If we can look out for each other, we can prevent this crisis from becoming a disaster. With your help, we can safeguard our neighbours most at risk.

What happens next depends on you.

Please sign up now to receive our newsletter and follow us on Facebook. We will be sharing stories from our families and young people and hope that you will share your stories with us as well.

If you are a supporter, champion, funder or donor of the Winch and Belsize Community Library already, thank you. You’ve made it possible for us to be here today, for our community and we are grateful for your backing.