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 have been very fortunate to have received support from the Children’s Centres in Merton who, over the years, have provided us with rooms to hold our classes and some crèche facilities, and have given us administrative support. We are also grateful to The Wimbledon Guild who provide us with office space and a home for our library.

Recently some of the Children’s Centres have been unable to continue with this support. However, we have been very pleased to be able to hold our classes in other venues, such as 28 St Mark’s Road in Mitcham. We have also been successful in raising funds to provide crèche facilities to allow learners with young children to attend, and enjoy, our classes.

Merton Home Tutoring Service Funding Santander

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 for up to 50% of our costs on a sliding scale until June 2021, as well grants from the Big Lottery – Awards for All and Santander Bank, Wimbledon for the coming year, to all of whom we are extremely grateful.

The Vitol Foundation also donated $2,500, which we were delighted to receive. We were nominated for this award by an employee of Vitol and we are very grateful for his efforts in securing the donation and to the Vitol Foundation for supporting our work

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 for which a website is currently being set up (

The trustees continue to make applications to charitable foundations and grant-makers and our volunteers continue to organise varied fundraising events to help us.

Our Events Committee recently organized a very successful and enjoyable Quiz Evening, raising over £1,600. Dinara Abisheva and her daughter Kamilya, from the Time to Talk conversation group, provided the music.

A repeat of our first community fundraising event, an International Afternoon Tea, will be held later in the year.

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 Stepping Stones 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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