We are very excited to announce the Brent Cross South Community Fund 2020 Winners!
The Brent Cross South Community Fund returned for its second year in May 2020. This year they had a specific focus on supporting local initiatives which are responding directly to the impact of COVID-19 in the communities in and around the Brent Cross South regeneration area.
The Fund is delivered by Semble in partnership with Argent Related and Barnet Council. They offered grants of up to £3,000 for projects located in, and just outside, the wards of Golders Green, Childs Hill and West Hendon. Entries were judged on their ability to reflect the ambition for the new town centre to be an inclusive, people-first place which strives to be healthy and sustainable.
Out of the 55 applications for funding, 11 local community projects were selected to receive funding as part of 2020’s £30,000 Brent Cross South Community Fund.
The Brent Cross South Community Fund 2020 winners are as follows:
Apache Kids Club
Apache Kids Club
An afterschool club that the Fund supported last year. They are looking to continue their BXS Community Fund 2019 project to provide a free games, arts and craft activity space to local children. This encourages personal development and interaction between parents and children within the local community. Funding would go to creative activities as well as games, and a contribution towards their venue.
BACA Older Person’s Outreach
A programme by Barnet African Caribbean Association to extend its digital inclusion project to provide tablets to 15 more socially isolated service users. This will enable them to benefit from online exercise classes, telemedicine, shopping and befriending. Many service users live in West Hendon and, as members of BAME communities, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
A project to further develop the creation of a small village green area which was supported last year by the Fund with new trees and equipment. This space will serve as an event space for events for Brent Terrace residents. This further funding will go to planting up a section & provide native boundary hedging to attract wildlife & further improve the appearance of the space. They will also use funds to purchase some events equipment, and site maintenance tools.
A scheme that supports Jewish families with seriously ill children to have positive experiences and an improved quality of life. Funds will go to providing transport to hospital and appointments, activity packs and emergency kosher meals for families in emergency. Each family they work with will be will be allotted £150 worth of services, and what they receive will depend on their circumstances.
Kef Kids Covid Support
The Childs Hill Foodbank
A new foodbank in Child’s Hill, where 17% of children come from income deprived families and 17% of those aged over 60 experience income deprivation. This area’s closest permanent foodbank is 4 miles away. Funding went to installing shelving and weighing scales for the foodbank, so that they could get set up in their base at All Saints Church, Childs Hill.
Childs Hill Library Open Day and Volunteer Celebration
An event to celebrate the re-opening of Childs Hill Library. This will celebrate the library volunteers who worked phoning vulnerable members of the community and distributing food items during the lockdown. They will also plant trees in respect of those who suffered from Covid-19 and to emphasise community strength in getting through these difficult times.
A group that supports children and young adults with special needs from NW London through clubs and activities. During lockdown, they have continued to remotely support their community of vulnerable, isolated children and their families. Funding will go to continuing to send support packages with toys, games and activities.
A local community green space that won funding to run 22 fun outdoor nature engagement wellbeing sessions. Funding will provide training for volunteers and materials to continue workshops in the future. They will also create signage for species identification of plants in our herb garden and trees in the forest to improve local nature knowledge, as well as an activity ideas board for how families can use their nature spaces when they visit the farm garden.
West Hendon Covid-19 Detached Summer Provision, F.U.S.E
St Agnes Counselling Service
A local primary school based in the highest deprivation quintile looking to boost emotional health and well being for their students post-Covid. Many students have experienced great disruption and difficult circumstances during lockdown, and this will support this school to be able to support their development so that children are best placed to learn and live happy lives.
A programme offering social distanced physical activity over the 6 week summer holidays to children on the West Hendon Estate. The activities will include sport and exercise. They will also provide a minimum of 50 free hot take away lunches every weekday during the summer holidays, aiming to alleviate holiday hunger on the estate.
Whitefield Sensory Garden
A secondary school looking to create an outdoor sensory garden on the school site that will be available for students, staff and visitors to enjoy. This would give young people access to a peaceful, beautiful outside area filled with plants. This will help boost wellbeing as well as instilling a sense of pride in students who will support the project from designing to building the space.
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