We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our first and second round of community funding and how you can get involved in their exciting projects:
Holsworthy Square Resident Association
We’re funding this Camden-based resident group to transform their communal garden and get a bike rack installed in their communal area. Keep an eye out for the transformation pictures once their gardening project is underway in January!
Respect Through Sports
Respect through Sports is a community based organisation that that focuses on the development of children and young people’s physical, mental, and social wellbeing to help them develop skills that they can build on. They aim to improve their wellbeing by engaging children in sports and "life skills" workshops.
We funded their Sports Mentoring camp in Wembley for children aged 7-14. The camp involved over 14 different sports throughout the week as well as first aid, cooking and leadership workshops.
For more information about Respect Through Sports, visit www.respectthroughsports.com
Well Grounded are a Community Interest Company based in King’s Cross who train vulnerable adults for careers in the coffee industry, and empowers them to go on to access better paid and more secure employment.
We’re funding their free six-week coffee sector training programme for 12 young people (aged 18 to 24) from Camden. It will focus on the parts of the sector which have thrived during the pandemic: trading, roasting, wholesale and consumer coffee subscriptions. Following training, you will access six-month work contracts with employers on the government’s Kickstart Scheme with ongoing support and training from Well Grounded. COVID-19 health & safety procedures and social distance guidelines will be in place throughout the programme.
The programme is completely free for successful candidates and dates for the next one will be announced soon. Whilst we wait for the dates to be confirmed, we can refer you to the programme so you will be kept in contact when the next programme is taking place.
If you’d like to be referred for this programme or would like more details, please email email@example.com.
Visit www.wellgroundedjobs.co.uk for more information about Well Grounded.
Camden United are a volunteer youth-led organisation based in Camden who believe that football should be accessible for everyone regardless of the rising costs attached to it. They are run by young people for young people, with young people involved in every single aspect of the club.
We’re funding a project delivering free training by FA qualified coaches for 15 children aged 10 to 13 and 15 young adults aged 16 to 18 whilst also allowing them to enter leagues and play matches. Our funding will also contribute to the cost of their men’s team matches for ages 16 to 25 to make taking part in football more affordable for them. The funding will also allow the Camden United volunteers to gain qualifications that are needed to ensure they are delivering sessions to the best of their ability. With these qualifications, coaches are able to seek further paid employment opportunities which will benefit them more long term.
Details of how to join Camden United FC will be made available soon but if you’re keen to get your children involved, please email the Community Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will forward your details to Camden United FC.
Deepin Dance – Youth Realities
Youth Realities is a youth-led organisation based in Barnet on a mission to educate, empower and support young people to be happier, healthier and more resilient versions of themselves. Deepin Dance is a fun and empowering dance space for young women aged 12-25, delivered by Youth Realities at the Unitas Youth Zone in Barnet. Free weekly dance sessions take place on Friday from 4:30pm-6:30pm led by dance coach Odette.
The space also offers a range of support and opportunities to help young women learn, grow and develop. These include performance opportunities, educational workshops and training, for example their Peer Mentoring Programme which trains older members aged 16-25 as peer mentors, including CPD Child Protection Training, and matches them with younger mentees aged 12-15. This is empowering ‘big sister’ programme gives young women an opportunity to help others, whilst also building skills and increasing their resilience.
Youth Realities aims to address teenage relationship abuse through creative education on social issues impacting young women such as unhealthy relationships, sexual health, mental health and much more. They also offer one-to-one specialist support from trained Youth Support Workers to increase mental and physical wellbeing.
To find out more about Youth Realities, visit: www.youthrealities.co.uk/ and to book on to a Deepin Dance session, contact email@example.com or call Shanice on 07551047610 (working times Wednesday to Friday 11am - 7pm).
Digital Access Partnership, Age UK Camden
We’ve funded AgeUK Camden to deliver a pilot digital inclusion project for older residents in Camden who have been identified as isolated and having few opportunities for social connection during the Covid-19 crisis. The project will support residents with equipment, skills and knowledge so they can benefit from digital services that can support their independence and wellbeing, such as online shopping, services and information, connecting with family and friends and engaging in hobbies online.
Book Exchange (Somers Town)
This will be a book stall in Somers Town run by local community volunteers who are committed to sharing the written word with the community of Somers Town. The stall will sell low cost books at Chalton St Market on a Monday/Wednesday and in bad weather will relocate to outside The Living Centre on a Monday/Friday. As well as sourcing and selling new books at a low cost, they will run a book exchange where you can bring books to swap.
Books will be for all ages and reading levels including a mix of factual, fiction and information leaflets, with a commitment to sourcing diverse authors and a wide selections of books at the stall.
The stall will also feature information about the local history of Somers Town.
Follow our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages and the Living Centre for more updates on this project.