The Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund was  launched in September 2011 specifically to support community projects and voluntary groups in and around Salisbury. It was the Mayor of Salisbury's chosen charity for 2012/2013.

In its first year, the fund successfully raised over £60,000 as the Foundation's tribute to the 60 years of Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  Our  black tie ball at Salisbury Cathedral in September 2012, generously sponsored by Smith & Williamson, generated over £25,000 in one night alone.

The fund makes grants annually at our independent Salisbury and South Wiltshire panel. The first grants were awarded in June 2013 to the following groups :

Shine in the Community : a drop in centre  at the Baptist church on Brown Street for the elderly, with several other projects for the disadvantaged.

Salisbury Child Contact Centre : A neutral place where children of separated families can spend time with one or both parents, and sometimes other family members. It is a child-centred environment that puts the needs of the children first.

Salisbury Street Pastors : supporting vulnerable people on the streets after dark.

Sarum Youth Football Club : an all inclusive club for children and young people of all abilities to play competitively.

John McNeil Opportunity Centre : supports pre-school children who have disabilities and difficulties to maximise their potential

Carer Support Wiltshire - for Salisbury

Salisbury City Church Job Club

Salisbury Lifestyles : a social club for mainly young adults with learning difficulties

Salisbury Malayalee : Community support group for people from the Kerala region of India

In June this year, The Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund contributed to £27,300 of grants for the following groups and projects :

Wiltshire Mind , South Wiltshire Credit Union, St Pauls Church Debt Management Centre, The Playhouse for a  multi- sensory book club project, the Trussell trust, and Exeter House School for a tail lift minibus.

Kate Robinson, the Foundation’s Development Director for Salisbury and South Wiltshire said “The projects and charities we support provide a lifeline for so many people struggling to cope with disadvantage in today’s world. They rely on dedicated volunteers committed to creating long term benefits for individuals and the local community.  Our grants ensure these charities remain sustainable and enable them to continue their much needed work.”

 Wiltshire Community Foundation's Patron,  The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, with the Foundation's Chief Executive Rosemary Macdonald, Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Collier and the first beneficiaries of the Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund, June 2013

Investing in The Community Foundation is the simplest most effective way of maximising your donations for the greatest benefit of local people in need. If you are interested and would like to know more about our grant making and how we support local charities, please get in touch.

With gift aid your donation is automatically increased by 25% and there is currently a match funding opportunity of 50% available. That means a donation of £1,000 becomes £1,750

If you want to improve lives for disadvantaged people in Salisbury, this is your Fund.

If you run a local business and want to support local communities, this is your Fund... and if you know of a group who could do with our help, this is your Fund.

Tel : 01380 729284



Salisbury Stories

As part of our delivery of the Blagrave Strategic Impact fund, we commissioned a piece of research into the needs of older people in Salisbury which was jointly funded by Wiltshire Council.  (see link below) The researcher interviewed 140 people to find out what a fulfilling life would look like to them and the outcome was surprising.  The new generation of older people has very different expectations from previous generations.   Many of the projects we had previously funded were suitable for the frail elderly, but not for the more physically able and well elderly. 

The two areas identified as vital even for the younger generation were transport and having someone with similar interests to talk to.  The latter was highlighted specifically by men.  We identified a group who did both. 

Community Transport South Wiltshire, a Salisbury charity that focuses on providing transport for people of limited mobility and with limited access to transport is in urgent need of volunteer car drivers. As the charity struggles to meet demand, many people are left unable to access the transport they need just to lead a normal life.  The Wiltshire Community Foundation has given them a grant of £30,000 over three years to expand their service.

Ni Coldridge, the charity’s car scheme manager explains “The biggest single factor affecting quality of life for elderly and disabled people is not being able to get around.  We are a lifeline against isolation for hundreds of people in and around Salisbury. With our help, people can keep active and involved. If you can’t afford a  taxi or can’t walk to the bus stop, you can be just as isolated as people living in remote rural areas. It is just as difficult to get from, say, Laverstock to Wilton, than in to town from a village. Thanks to us they can make those important journeys, to the doctor, to go shopping or to visit friends and family, but we are really struggling to keep up with demand and desperately need new drivers.  

“Supporting local charity isn’t only about giving money. Time is just as valuable to us and we would like to appeal to people who maybe haven’t considered volunteering before. Driving is an easy, fulfilling way to make a big difference. Our members are able to transfer in and out of a car, even those in a wheelchair, so it is not a demanding role. All it requires is a supporting arm and a little patience. In return our drivers get a great deal of satisfaction from knowing they are doing something which is truly valued. We pay expenses so no one is out of pocket and would love to hear from anyone who enjoys meeting people and has their own car and some time to spare.”

Janet, who has been a member since the charity’s inception says “ I don’t know what I’d do without them. Their service means I can get to shopmobility each week and my dance class and bowling. If it wasn’t for them I would just stay in my flat.”

Bernard, who has been a volunteer driver for several years says “ I help out a couple of days a week. I go  home knowing I’ve done something really worthwhile and it’s good fun too. Everyone likes a chat. We really get to know people.”

For more information please call 01722 410123 or email on

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Volunteer drivers and passengers at Community Transport South Wiltshire

 “When I am old I shall wear purple – ageing in South Wiltshire”  - please click here to view the full report.

Click here to see our film about two other groups we have supported in South Wiltshire  Sarum Youth Football Club and The Rosemary Goddard Centre in Mere.



Sarum Youth Football Club, Salisbury

A Thai Chi class at The Rosemary Goddard Centre, Mere 

Salisbury Gallery

Development Director Kate Robinson and Chief Executive Rosemary Macdonald at the launch of the Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund, Trafalgar Park, by kind permission of Michael Wade, September 2011

Peter and Jane Pleydell-Bouverie at the launch of the Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund, Trafalgar Park, by kind permission of Michael Wade, September 2011

 Mayor of Salisbury John Collier and guests, Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Ball, September 2012

 Salisbury Diamond  Jubilee Ball, Salisbury Cathedral, September 2012

The Foundation's Programme Director, Heidi Yorke with donor and panel member Charles Villiers and Trustee and chair of the Salisbury panel, Helen Birchenough at our Annual Celebration, The Royal Artillery Officers' Mess, Larkhill, May 2013

Chief Executive Rosemary Macdonald is installed as a Lay Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, May 2013

Conservative MP for Salisbury John Glen and High Sheriff of Wiltshire Laura Phillips attended a choral concert at the Guildhall organised by the Mayor of Salisbury John Colllier in aid of The Salisbury Diamond Jubilee Fund, March 2013. The girls of the Cathedral School Choir and the Lay Vicars,  superbly directed by David Halls, sang choral works from the early Centuries through to the present day.


    May Grant Round Results

    We are proud to have awarded grants worth £47,600 to 10 south Wiltshire charities, £71,452 to north Wiltshire charities and £35,705 to Swindon charities. Please see below for the full list.
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    Jon Yates visits Romanian Community Foundations

    Our Development Director Jon Yates recently Romania to attend their national conference of Community Foundations.
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    Annual Celebration 2014

    We were delighted to welcome 200 people to our Annual celebration at the 'Art in The Garden' Exhibition in West Lavington in June.
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WSCF Community Foundation in Salisbury