We are very excited to be able to announce the eight very worthy recipients of the latest round of Regent’s Place Community Fund grants.
We were bowled over by the quality and quantity of the applications. A total of 45 were received 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 high standard of applications made for an extremely challenging selection process for our judging panel, which consisted of key stakeholders from contributing local businesses to the Fund. Those businesses are British Land, Debenhams, Dentsu Aegis Network, Digital Cinema Media, Facebook, Gazprom M&T, JPC Cleaning, Lendlease, Optimum Group Services, Regent’s Place, Santander, Ultimate Security.
After much discussion, the judging panel managed to whittle down the shortlist to eight incredibly deserving community projects. Each successful applicant has received a share of the £55,000 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:
Action Youth Boxing Intervention – AYBI Real Talk Programme
Goal: To deliver boxing classes and award schemes to young people at risk of involvement, or already involved, with gangs. This intervention is combined with mentorship and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) methods to help change their way of thinking, to improve self-worth, educational outcomes and autonomy.
C4WS Homeless Project – Employment Support Pathway
Goal: To run employability mentoring sessions for guests using their winter night shelter, some of whom are asylum seekers. This is to help clients to find paid or volunteer work, provide suitable clothing for work environments, and to provide follow up support to help them keep their jobs.
Euston Foodbank – Preparing for Universal Credit
Goal: To prepare for the wide-reaching impact of Universal Credit by training their volunteers in the basics of benefits under universal credit, so as to signpost clients to helpful resources. They will also increase their supply of non-perishable goods in anticipation of growing demand under these changes.
Home-Start Islington and Camden – Home-Start Camden & Islington core service
Goal: To support families in the Regent’s Place area with young children to develop their parenting skills, improve family health and combat isolation. These families will be working through a range of difficulties including fleeing domestic violence, poor health, homelessness or financial deprivation.
Just Enough Group – Holistic Resilience and PSHE Support for Children in Regent’s Place
Goal: To run engaging workshops in six primary schools across Regent’s Park, Somers Town and Fitzrovia wards about difficult social issues including modern day slavery, radicalisation, plastic waste, hate crime and knife crime. Their goal is to create generational change to combat these issues.
New Horizon Youth Centre – The Catering Project
Goal: To run a catering project serving a healthy breakfast and up to 60 hot lunches a day to the most vulnerable young people who are experiencing poverty and often street homelessness. This is part of a wider objective to introduce healthy living, personal development and alcohol and drug misuse support to the young people they work with.
Samuel Lithgow Youth Centre – Junior Youth Club
Goal: To run activities to support children’s emotional, social and educational development. Over 120 8-12 year-olds have registered with the Junior Youth Club, and will take part in activities focusing on community safety, healthy cooking, and the environment.
Third Age Project – Empowering and Connecting Older Residents
Goal: To provide activities for older people living in deprived local neighbourhoods that experience barriers to accessing mainstream services. The funds will increase the charity’s capacity to welcome and work with a growing number of referrals, with the aim of improving wellbeing and tackling isolation among the elderly.
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.
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/communityfund.