Welcome to the Normansfield & Richmond Foundation Website - General Information

Welcome to the Normansfield and Richmond Foundation


General Information


A charity that supports adults with learning disabilities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and former residents of Normansfield (Registered Charity No. 210144).


The Normansfield and Richmond Foundation (NRF), previously the Friends of Normansfield, was established as a charity when Normansfield was a local hospital for people with learning disabilities. It aimed to provide a wide range of additional support to residents.   In 1997, in line with the Government's Care in the Community policy, Normansfield closed and the residents were resettled in small, local, family style homes. Following the Normansfield reprovision and also the establishment of a separate Trust for the presevation and development of the Theatre (which was part of the original Normanfield building), the functions of NRF have undergone some changes; these are now:


  • to continue and manage the investment of an established Trust Fund (in the region of £1million)


  • to allocate grant aid from its annual income for the benefit of adults and young people in transition with learning disabilities and their carers, local voluntary organisations supporting people with learning disabilities and local learning disabilies services.  For individuals, this could include grants for special equipment, e.g. to help furnish accommodation for independent living; holidays, leisure experiences; "extras" not provided by statutary services to meet particular needs.  For voluntary and other local learning disability services a grant would preferably be for a particular project or development where statutory funds could not be made available.  Grants are generally given on a "one off" basis rather than as continuing funding.


Applying for a Grant


The Committee of NRF meets at least four times a year to consider grant applications.

To make an application for a small grant, an individual or carer can complete the form below and send it to the NRF Administrator (all information needed is printed on the form). Otherwise applications should be made by letter setting out the needs, the rationale for the grant and the financial details.

Any information an applicant gives NRF will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. NRF will treat personal details as private and confidentail and safeguard them.


Download Application Form Here: GRANT APPLICATION FORM 



The dates for receipt of completed grant applications for 2019 are as follows:


January 9th


March 15th


June 14th


September 13th


See the application form for details on submitting the application form.


If you have an urgent request that falls outside our usual cycle of committee meetings, please discuss with the Chair - Lydia Hansbury on 0208 940 5553 or email to lydiarhian@hotmail.com 



Contact point for all grant enquiries and applications:

Lydia Hansbury

Email: Lydiarhian@hotmail.com

Telephone: 0208 940 5553


The N&RF Committee


The N&RF Committee comprises seven Trustees including the Chair, Lydia Hansbury and the Treasurer and Denise Carr.


Registered Office

Richmond Mencap

342 Richmond Road

Twickenham TW1 2DU



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Contact Information

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5 Jones Walk
TW10 6JY