Be a Patron of The Rugby Portobello Trust

Patrons of The Rugby Portobello Trust are a group of community-minded people who want to see local children and young people reach their potential.

As a Patron of The Rugby Portobello Trust, you'll have unparalleled access to our services, receive invitations to our Patrons Forums, annual Patrons Party and annual VIP Christmas Party and you'll have the knowledge that you're giving essential support to children and young people in our community.

Also, if you opt to support The Rugby Portobello Trust for £5,000 per year or more, you'll receive a signed, limited edition print of a photograph or artwork created by one of our children or young people through our creative arts programmes.


How being a Patron supports our work

The Rugby Portobello Trust is more than 80% funded by fundraising events, donations and small grants from trusts and foundations. That means that we are incredibly dependent on support from the local community to keep our doors open and ensure that we stay accessible to the thousands of children and young people who rely on us every year for support, guidance and access to skills-building opportunities.

We help children and young people unlock their potential by giving them access to sports, art, music, educational support, mentoring, off-site trips and a team of trained and passionate staff and volunteers. All of our services are free or heavily subsidised, and we run services 45 weeks of the year. In order to keep our services free and accessible, we need your support to continue our work for years to come.

As well as supporting our already successful children's, youth and parenting programmes, you'll be supporting us to develop new services and run pilot programmes that trial new approaches, ensuring we're supporting the local community in the best way possible.


Benefits of being a Patron

Besides supporting the work of RPT, being a Patron comes with some great benefits, including opportunities to get an inside look into our work and opportunities meet other Patrons.

Patrons visits

A crucial part of the Patrons Programme is your ability to learn more about the services you're supporting. As a thank you, you'll be invited to attend a Patrons Welcome Visit to receive an inside-look at what makes our approach unique. Your visit will be tailored to your interests and you'll have the opportunity to ask questions of volunteers and service users who can help explain why our work is so important to the community.

Patrons Forums

Patrons Forums are termly discussions led by a panel of staff, service users, delivery partners and referral partners, such as Social Services, local authority or the Youth Offending Team. Forums give you an inside look into RPT's unique approach to community-wide issues, as well as information about challenges we're facing or pilots we're running. 

Topics will always be timely and relevant and will give you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about work.

Patrons are invited to bring a guest to each Forum.

Patrons Party

Our Patrons Party is a chance for to celebrate the amazing impact of your support. The annual event will be held at the start of each year and includes drinks, canapes and music and welcomes all members of our Patrons Programme and our Young Patrons Circle.

Patrons are also given complimentary tickets to our annual Christmas Party, which kicks off our two-day Christmas Market and rings in the festive season in Notting Hill. 


What your support funds

Our services cost £1,170,000* to run, including term-time morning, after-school and evening programmes alongside special holiday provisions to ensure local children and young people have year-round access to high quality services and support.

  • £500 can fund one night of Youth Club, supporting more than 300 young people aged 13 to 19 with life's most difficult transitions from childhood to adolescence into adulthood.
  • £1,250 can fund an entire year of Football Academy for one child, giving them their first taste of organised sport and team games. 
  • £2,500 can fund 22 sessions of Magic Mums, supporting the most vulnerable and at-risk women in our community.
  • £5,000 can fund an entire term of Homework Club, giving more than 150 primary school children vital academic support they can't access at school or home.


Become a Patron