Regent’s Place Community Fund 2020 winners – meet the lucky 8 projects who’ve won support!

2020-03-24T17:40:52+00:00

We are very excited to announce the eight outstanding recipients of the Regent’s Place Community Fund 19/20 grants.

We received a total of 39 fantastic applications from a wide variety of local community organisations, all of which focused upon at least one of the key campaign themes: Employability, Health & Wellbeing and Social Cohesion.

The incredibly high standard of the applications we received made for an extremely challenging selection process for our judging panel, which consisted of key stakeholders from contributing local businesses to the Fund. These contributing businesses are Balfour Beatty, British Land, CIS Security, Debenhams, Digital Cinema Media, Facebook, Gazprom M&T, Hilditch Group Ltd, JPC Cleaning, Lendlease, Optimum Group Services, Pinnock Services, Quality & Service and Santander. 

After much debate and careful consideration, the judges were able to narrow down the shortlist to the final eight incredibly deserving community projects. Each successful applicant has received a share of the £55,629 funding pot to help them realise their project goals.

So, without further ado, please take a look at the organisations who have been awarded a Regent’s Place Community Fund grant, and read about the amazing projects they will be fulfilling over the next 12 months with their grant.

Map of the Regent's Place area showing the locations of the 8 projects who won funding

The Projects

Action Youth Boxing Intervention – Outside the Ring

Goal: To deliver filmmaking sessions with young people at risk of involvement, or already involved, with gangs. This intervention is combined with boxing sessions, mentorship,  and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to engage in collaborative research into experiences of violence amongst young people in Camden, and explore perceptions of strength and weakness. 

C4WS Homeless Project – Jobs Club

Goal: To run employability mentoring sessions for guests using their winter night shelter, some of whom are migrants and refugees. They give guests individually tailored support to find work, with holistic support including support with travel to interviews, soft skill development and qualifications. Their new Stepping Stones programme will support guests to get valuable work experience opportunities in the local community. 

Fitzrovia Youth in Action – Youth Engagement Programme

Goal: To deliver youth worker supported football and fitness sessions to disadvantaged young people, increasing self-esteem, wellbeing and life skills. Once engaged in these Fitzrovia Youth In Action Sessions, participants will be empowered to lead community cohesion events and celebrations with the wider community. 

Lifeafterhummus – Family Sessions: Hands-on community healthy cooking classes

Goal: To lead 12 healthy cooking sessions for local parents and children from low-income backgrounds, developing skills and establishing better health and nutrition. This will address health inequalities, particularly reaching BAME families, will teach families how to reduce food waste, and will bring the community together.

New Horizon Youth Centre – The Catering Project and Eat Club at New Horizon

Goal: To run a catering project serving up to 60 hot meals a day, 7 days a week, to the most vulnerable young people who are experiencing poverty and often street homelessness. These sessions are supported by a nurse, who will monitor the young people’s health as they get involved in these session. Funding will also go to running accredited cooking sessions, to empower beneficiaries with nutritional knowledge and cooking skills.  

Regent’s Park Time Bank – Bringing Together a Diverse Community

Goal: To develop a 10 day family activity programme for low-income parents with young children. This resident-led organisation’s goal is to create welcoming spaces for friendships, trust and respect to flourish across cultures, in an area with a particularly significant BAME and refugee population, and severe deprivation. 

Smart Works – Empowering Unemployed Women in NW1, W1W and W1T to Succeed at Interviews and Change their Lives 

Goal: To empower 50 long-term unemployed and vulnerable women with the tools to succeed at interviews, get a job and transform their lives, by providing work appropriate clothing, coaching and confidence building. They aim for over half of the women supported to secure employment within a month of engagement with Smart Works.

Third Age Project – Empowering and Connecting Older Residents

Goal: To develop activities for older people to reduce isolation, including a volunteer befriending scheme, technology skills workshops to support residents to get online and an English language buddying scheme.  These older residents experience a warm and inclusive welcome despite various complexities such as speaking English as a foreign language, a lack of formal education, or a physical or mental disability.  

A huge thank you to all the community organisations that sent in their project ideas, to the Regent’s Place Community Fund project team and judging panel and to the businesses that contributed to the funding pot. We look forward to seeing the impact these projects have over the course of the next 12 months, and will be exploring ways to provide further support to these community organisations.

Image reading "Our Funding Partners" including logos for Digital Cinema Media, Lendlease, Debenhams, Regent's Place, JPC, Facebook, Ultimate, Optimum, Dentsu Aegis, British Land, Santander, and Gazprom

Interested in receiving updates from these projects? You can read their blog and social media updates on the Regent’s Place Community Fund campaign page on Semble.

The Regent’s Place Community Fund is a unique initiative led by a number of businesses based at Regent’s Place in south Camden, London. Businesses contribute funding and come together to share insight, expertise and opportunities in support of smaller community organisations and charities, to help them make a difference in the local area. For more details visit: regentsplace.com/community-fund.

About the Author:

Josie Howard
Keen to make the world a kinder place, Josie supports the campaigns and community teams at Semble to help bring people together. She has worked with migrants, taught sex education and is a lover of all things Latin America. Her interests include food, reading, and dreaming of being a beekeeper.