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Canning Town charity one of six organisations to win share of £25,000 grant

PUBLISHED: 10:42 15 August 2018

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve won funding to run family fun days at its hub in Hermit Road Park. Picture: Ken Mears

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve won funding to run family fun days at its hub in Hermit Road Park. Picture: Ken Mears

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A Canning Town charity is one of six winners of a community funding grant.

A group at The Yard Theatre based next to the Olympic Park, another winner of IQL's Community Fund money. Picture: Alex KrookA group at The Yard Theatre based next to the Olympic Park, another winner of IQL's Community Fund money. Picture: Alex Krook

Since 2015, Lendlease and LCR (London and Continental Railways) have been awarding grants to local community projects through the International Quarter London Community Fund.

This year they awarded £25,000 to six projects which focus on strengthening cohesion between communities – and Ambition, Aspire, Achieve in Hermit Road Park was one of them.

The children’s charity received funding to run a programme of family fun days. The sessions take place twice a month and focus on getting people to engage with other people in their local area.

Since it was set up, the fund’s distributed £50,000 to 17 organisations across Stratford and New Town, West Ham, Forest Gate, Hackney Wick and Leyton. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £5,000 if they’re based less than 1.5 miles away from the IQL site in Stratford.

Andrew Tobin, a Lendlease project director at IQL, said: “We are really pleased to be making such a positive change and impact on the lives of local residents and community groups through the fund. Since we launched the initiative three years ago, the fund has helped connect the wider area and bring them together to shape their community by being inclusive and collaborative, which is our overall aim at IQL.”

Other winners in this round of funding included Tower Hamlets-based Toyhouse Libraries and the Yard Theatre next to the Olympic Park.

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