The winners of the Elephant & Castle Community Fund, created by Lendlease in partnership with Southwark Council, have now been announced.
For 2015, the Fund has focused on health and wellbeing and applicants have had to show how they are helping local people feel happier, healthier and more involved in the community. Each award aims to directly support Southwark residents by enabling local groups the chance to gain funding to develop projects for the benefit of the whole community.
This year, nine local groups have been awarded a total of £50,000 for community projects, which is double the amount awarded in previous years and brings the total amount of money awarded since the Fund’s inception to over £125,000.
The nine winning groups this year are:
CoolTan Arts will create a book celebrating 25 years of CoolTan and the creative achievements of people with mental distress.
English For Action will continue an existing English class to help migrants improve their quality of life.
Futures Theatre Company are working with four local schools on a participatory drama tour called ‘Sugar & Spice’, which looks at gang mentality and peer pressure.
Hotel Elephant will provide a two-year afterschool art club to young people aged 15-16, to raise aspirations through harnessing their passion for art.
Latin American Women’s Rights Service are delivering a programme of support to improve the wellbeing of older women from the Latin American community.
Mouth That Roars are embarking on a three-month filmmaking project for marginalised young people that explores Elephant & Castle’s past, present and future.
Paxton Green Time Bank will establish timebanking – the reciprocal exchange of skills, services or resources – in the Elephant & Castle area.
Silverfit Ltd will set-up an older people’s physical and mental wellbeing programme, in partnership with London South Bank University.
South London Cares will use the funding to continue two existing social clubs that mobilise young people to spend time with and assist older neighbours.
One of the winners, Alex Smith from South London Cares, said: “We’re so chuffed to have the support of Elephant & Castle Community Fund to develop those vital relationships in Elephant & Castle and to continue and expand our various social clubs in the neighbourhood.”
Commenting on this year’s winners, Rob Heasman, Lendlease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “I congratulate all those who have been awarded grants, and we are looking forward to to seeing the positive impact these projects will have on the Elephant & Castle area, following in the footsteps of some notable success stories over the last few years.”
Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration and new homes at Southwark Council, said: “This funding will support groups who will make a positive impact on the lives of people at the Elephant & Castle and I look forward to seeing them in action.”
Sonal Shah, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support the Elephant & Castle community for a fourth year, thanks to our partnership with Lendlease and Southwark Council. This year more community groups will be offering exciting projects to make Elephant & Castle an even better place to live. We very much hope that the fund will continue long into the future, attracting donations from others that have an interest in helping this community to grow and prosper.”
About the Elephant & Castle Community Fund
The Fund, which is managed by the London Community Foundation, was set up in 2012 with the aim to build on the strengths of local people and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded a total of £125,000 in grants to 19 community projects and organisations and have supported more than 18,000 people, with the help of over 1,000 volunteers. This year, Lendlease and Southwark Council have each donated £25,000, allowing even more grants to be awarded than in previous years.
New donors are being actively sought to increase the funding available for the Elephant & Castle community, in the years to come. This will enable the initiative to grow significantly and thereby grow its impact on the community over the long-term.
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