How We Are Funded

Merton Home Tutoring Service is an independent charity (registered number 1139126). We rely totally on grants from charitable foundations and similar bodies, and on donations, to pay our costs.

We are extremely grateful to Vestry Hall who provide us with office space; a home for our library, training and meeting rooms when we need them and overall support.We continue to hold our classes at the community hall, 28 St. Mark’s Road, (formerly St. Mark’s Family Centre) and have added a new venue, Morden Baptist Church, for extra classes.

We are very grateful to the many funders who have helped us since we started in 2009. In 2015 we received a Big Lottery grant, which covered almost all our costs until May 2018. Since then, we have been awarded funding from the Henry Smith Charity, GLA Team London, Big Lottery – Awards for All, Santander Bank and the Vitol Foundation.

Merton Home Tutoring Service Funding Sophie 10k Run 2019
Merton Home Tutoring Service Funding International Afternoon Tea

In 2019, we were delighted to have been successful in obtaining funding for the next three years from the National Lottery and from the City of London’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust. We have also been awarded a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

We have also been successful in securing a grant from the MHCLG-ESOL Coordination Fund to gather data on current demand for and provision of ESOL services in the Borough of Merton. The project started in mid-March 2019 and will run for 15 months while data is being collected. It is being run as a separate entity under the name of Learn English Together –

We also receive several donations from private donors to whom we are extremely grateful.

This funding allows us to continue to run and expand our home tutoring service; classes with crèches – the crèches are free to learners, and our conversation group, Time to Talk.

The Funding Committee is constantly researching suitable donors and continues to make applications to charitable foundations and grant-makers. Volunteers and staff continue to support us with a range of fundraising activities.

On 29th February, Songs on Wheels performed “Blue Moon” a sing-along concert of 20th century songs, in aid of MHTS, at Wimbledon Village Hall. It was a sell-out. There was lots of audience participation and it was great fun. Everybody enjoyed themselves. We were delighted that the event raised almost £2,300.

Flute players, Dinara and her daughter Kamilya, ex MHTS learners, have become valued members of the group – a great example of the benefits of MHTS to learners and the community.

We ran a 2nd International Afternoon Tea, in the summer of 2019, which raised around £200. The success of this led to a 10th Anniversary Curry Lunch in November, a joint venture between learners and volunteers, which raised over £400.

Annual Reports

The Annual Report and Accounts for each of the last three years can be downloaded below. Please take time to read through them to see more of the work that we do.

Download Our Annual Reports

We are immensely proud of our learners and of what they have achieved, and we feel proud to have been able to help and support them on their journeys.

Currently, the cost in providing the home tutoring service and the classes is almost £70,000 each year. This figure does not include the monetary value of the time that our tutors, teachers and other volunteers give us- at least 6,000 hours per year.


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