Charity helping to keep hundreds of young people occupied during the summer holidays
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2017
Hundreds of young people are set to benefit from a whole host of summer holiday activities thanks to funding from Newham Giving.
Grant-making charity East End Community Foundation has awarded £85,000 through the scheme to community projects.
The funding helps to provide a lifeline to families struggling during the holidays through free and low-cost activities.
Among the programmes being supported this summer is Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA)’s school holiday scheme, taking place at the University of East London, which allows young people to learn basketball skills.
For youngsters who prefer creativity to sport, there is the chance to create their own horror film thanks to Aston Mansfield, while Theatre Royal Stratford East will deliver a three week residency with masterclasses from professional actors, culminating in a performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Another three week scheme is being delivered by West Silvertown Village Community Foundation, who are bringing young people together to plan, organise and deliver positive activities to eight to 13-year-olds.
Across the summer, around 800 children and teenagers are expected to benefit from Newham Giving-funded schemes.
Their work is backed by Paralympian and presenter Ade Adepitan, who grew up in Newham and was part of the bronze medal-winning wheelchair basketball squad in Athens 2004.
He said: “Having grown up in the East End of London, I know how important it is to inspire youth, they are our future.
“This is why I’m so proud of the work that Newham Giving is doing, by providing fantastic youth projects throughout the summer holidays.”
East End Community Foundation will be hosting a Newham Giving Day on Thursday, October 19 to raise even more money for the scheme, which has raised more than £300,000 for charities and community groups in the past three years.
Tracey Walsh, the foundation’s chief executive, said: “I encourage local businesses, schools and local people to sign up for Newham Giving Day, it is a new and exciting day of giving.
“Your support will enable us to support hundreds more young people from across the borough.”
For more information or to get involved, visit eastendcf.org
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