Lend Lease, together with its regeneration partner, Southwark Council, is pleased to announce that a total of £50,000 has been made available to 12 local Southwark community groups since the launch of the Elephant & Castle Community Fund in 2012.
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.
Since then, 12 local groups have benefited from the funding, including:
- 1st Riverside Guides – Supporting the local girl guides group by subsidising activities and trips for young girls from low-income families.
- Nursery Row Park – Working with 50 young people in an education programme to increase their understanding of wildlife.
- Bengali Women’s Group – Running a weekly healthy lunch club as part of a wider healthy living programme to increase well-being and integration amongst 60 local Bangladeshi women.
- EFA London – Providing free English Speakers of a Second Language (ESOL) classes at Notre Dame school for 35 local parents encouraging them to increase participation in their children’s education and improve their employment opportunities.
- Toucan Employment – A smoothie-making enterprise for local residents living with learning difficulties and disabilities, providing them with work experience and employment opportunities.
- Rockingham Community Tenant and Resident Association – Running their Young Volunteer Drive to equip young people from the estate with essential skills and bring residents together.
Rob Wray, Director at Elefest, which received £5,000 in 2012, said: “The grant that we were awarded in 2012 allowed us to run a festival which was three times bigger, both in terms of the number of events and the number of visitors, compared to the previous year.”
Chris Mead, Director of Mobile Gardeners, whose company received £5,000 in 2013, said: “The money has helped us to open up the space to the public and we have seen the community come together to use the garden for events and social activities.”
Pascal Mittermaier, Lend Lease’s Project Director for Elephant & Castle, said: “Over the last two years, the fund has supported a range of interesting and innovative community projects across Southwark and we are delighted to see such positive results coming out of them. As we launch the third round of funding, we look forward to receiving entries from more local groups seeking to make positive changes and generate new opportunities in Elephant & Castle.”
Sonal Shah, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted once again to be able to support local community projects in and around Elephant and Castle and look forward to receiving the applications. We would encourage others who would like to contribute to the area, as Lend Lease have done, to contact The London Community Foundation to find out more about the Elephant and Castle Community Fund.”
This year’s fund closed for entries on 30 May 2014.
For more information about the fund, please visit the London Community Foundation’s website at:
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