History & Governance

History & Governance

History

Claremont has been around since 1907 and pioneered many important developments in social care and development. These included programmes in the 1920’s and 30’s which became models for the Welfare State, one of the first child care services for working women, and even free acting classes as a route out of poverty.

The building was originally built as a Christian mission attached to the rear of the main church building (which is now The Crafts Council building on Pentonville Road).

The Claremont United Reformed Church (URC), who own the freehold of the Claremont building, passed the baton of charitable work, and responsibility for the entire building in a generous lease, over to the charity in 1998 (Reg. Charity No.1070611).

The charity’s constitution sets out broad charitable aims in the service of the people of Islington and surrounding boroughs, as well as beyond. The charity is independent of the church. There is however provision for two church representatives to sit on the board.

Claremont’s new vision started to emerge in 2002, in response and reaction to institutionalized services and day centres. Who would want to go to a “day centre”, we asked, and what kinds of things would they feel about themselves if they did? With so many day centres and community centres, why were so many older people still sitting alone at home?

We wanted Claremont to be a place that we ourselves would want to visit as customers/clients and to which we would like to invite our friends and acquaintances. We wanted to be different from places where staff members, in unequal relationships, create neediness, anxiety and dependence on the part of their clients by being the rescuer or “concerned sympathetic ear”. Equally, we didn’t want to be a place defined by rules and regulations and the unwritten dogma of small established cliques.

Claremont staff and the Mayor and Mayoress of Islington

Baby weighing at Claremont

Claremont lessons on food and nutrition

1960’s Lunch Club in Anya’s Hall

Governance

In this section you’ll find lots of governance information, from formal accounts to outcomes data reports.

Claremont is a registered company limited by guarantee (No. 03453945) and is a charity registered with the Charity Commission and HMRC (No.1070611). The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees, the members of which are also Directors. The organisation is informed by a Users’ Committee which meets quarterly and feeds into the Board of Trustees. The charity is directed on a day-to-day basis by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Most of our work takes place at a large building in the heart of Angel, Islington (24-27 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD). We are registered with the ICO for data processing and we are very grateful for the discount given by GetResponse for our email marketing services, services which help us to keep in touch with our Members and remain compliant with data protection policies and the law.

Legal

We are represented in property legal matters by the firm of Bolt Burdon.

Accounting & Financial Year Accounts

We work with Goldwins, who are award-winning charity accountants and auditors. Our accounts can be found on both the Charity Commission’s website and at Companies House. Here are pdfs of past accounts:

Outcomes

We are very interested in trying to measure the value and success of what we do. We want to know what we’ve done, why we’ve done it, and what the outcomes of that work have been. We have been conducting sophisticated detailed surveys of our members and clients since 2002. In particular, we introduced two standard measures: the CORE system (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) and a subjective questionnaire on quality of life and well-being. Initially, this second measure was the Ryff Scales of Psychological Well-Being but we replaced that some time ago with the Warwick Edinburgh Mental Well Being measure. Results can be found below:

Complaints Procedure

Please contact our CEO for information about how to make a complaint: lucien-paul@claremont-project.org

Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy can be found here.

Environmental Responsibility

We take responsibility for the environmental consequences of our activities and have made, and continue to make, changes to our building and operations to minimise our carbon footprint. We have had two major audits, the most recent being in September 2023. The key take-away from the last audit was that we could significantly reduce our footprint by replacing our two flat roofs and installing suitable insulation. With the help of a generous grant from the Linbury Trust, we will be doing this work in early 2024.