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Elephant & Castle Community Fund awards nearly £30,000 to local community groups

4 August 2014

Lend Lease, together with its regeneration partner, Southwark Council, is pleased to announce that over £28,000 has been awarded to local Southwark community groups as part of the Elephant & Castle Community Fund.

The third round of funding has now been awarded to deserving local community groups and brings the total amount shared to over £75,000. The latest winners include organisations which support Latin American people with disabilities, community garden projects, and dance and music workshops.

The Fund, managed by The London Community Foundation, was launched in May 2012 to support groups or projects from the immediate Elephant & Castle area that address local issues such as education, training, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, safety, health and wellbeing and the environment.

The 8 local groups to benefit from funding in the latest round include:

-        Walworth Garden Farm – Creating a new sensory garden for people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and physical disabilities.

-        Walworth Golden Oldies Community Care Project – Running an intergenerational project where children can capture the memories of older people.

-        Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Exchange Institute – Establishing a weekly family arts and culture project involving capoeira, music, dance and visual art.

-        Latin American Disabled People’s Project – Supporting people from the Latin American and Spanish speaking community through their Pathways to Employment Project.

-        Mobile Gardeners Community Interest Company – Creating a new community garden near the New Kent Road for the benefit of local residents.

-        Pembroke College Mission – Running three music workshops for children aged 0-6 years and their families, where participants create and play instruments made from recycled materials.

-        Siobhan Davies Dance – Community engagement and creative movement project for isolated elderly and those with mental health and/or learning difficulties.

-        Walworth Society – Producing a Historic Area Assessment of Walworth Road and celebrating local heritage in a one-day festival.

Kevin Moore, Chief Executive at Walworth Garden Project, which received £4,800, said: “Walworth Garden Farm is delighted to have received a grant from the Elephant & Castle Community Fund. The grant will enable the farm’s ‘Greenfingers’ horticultural therapy project to help people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and physical disabilities. We will create a new sensory garden and work with our partners, the Pullens Tenants and Residents Association and Southwark Council to improve the local area.”

Moji Coker, Project Manager as Walworth Golden Oldies Community Care Project, which received nearly £4,000, said: “Golden Oldies is a project designed to bring the elderly and young people together to share stories and life experiences. The members of Golden Oldies were extremely pleased to know their application to the Community Fund had been successful and look forward to being able to share their interesting tales with the world through workshops set up thanks to the funds.”

Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “The Fund has supported a wide range of groups and activities over the past two years. With each new round of funding we are seeing more innovative approaches to helping the community and this round is no exception. We look forward to being able to continue our support for these groups who are making a positive impact in Elephant & Castle.”

Sonal Shah, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said: “Over the past few years, we have been delighted to work with local residents, Lend Lease and Southwark Council to help get funding to community projects around Elephant and Castle. The vast range of projects supported this year are a testament to the vibrancy of community activity in the local area – and indeed display the breadth of need across different parts of the population. We hope others will come on board with funding to help grow the work we can do over the coming years.”

Cllr Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “These are some fantastic projects, which show the diverse and vibrant range of communities we have around Elephant and Castle. I’m really pleased these local groups have come forward to take advantage of this support and I am looking forward to seeing these projects being brought to life for the benefit of so many of the area’s residents.”

For more information on how to apply for future rounds, please visit the London Community Foundation’s website at: http://www.londoncf.org.uk/

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