Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, influential children’s charity in Canning Town, to expand to Stratford site
PUBLISHED: 11:42 10 August 2018
Children’s charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve is opening a second site in Stratford.
The charity has been helping disadvantaged children in Newham since 2016, when it opened its first hub in Hermit Road Park in Canning Town.
On August 30, it’ll officially open its new space in Gay Road, near Abbey Road Station.
“There’s nothing there for youngsters at the moment,” founder Kevin Jenkins said.
“The area is quite cut off – on one side you’ve got the River Lee, and at the bottom you’ve got the big Thames Water site.
“It’s made up mostly of family housing, so we’ll be there to serve them.”
AAA have a 10-year lease on the former three-bed house, which is owned by Thames Water.
Renovations began in Easter.
“We’ve converted the inside of the house into a space for young people,” Kevin said.
“But the outside is still in the process of being brought up to scratch. We’ve got it usable, but the gardens were quite overgrown when we got it.
“We’re beginning to do things in a slow way.”
The outside space will be used for environmental education – Kevin’s hoping to have a beehive and areas where children can grow plants.
The work’s been done by local volunteers, with organisations including Tesco, Westfield and Turner and Townsend having all pitched in so far.
Kevin said the site will serve a similar purpose to the Hermit Road Park base – just on a smaller scale.
“It’s about creating meaningful contact for young people,” he said.
“It’ll be a full-time facility, and we’ll be putting more of a focus on risk work as well.
“That’ll be more intensive work with children in greater need.”
Since June, a Saturday play project and after school club has been running at the new site, and they’ll continue when the children go back to school in September.
Once it’s completed, there’ll be more resources and funding to increase the number of clubs, introduce a soft play area and an adventure playground.
The charity is still in need of donations, including plants, vegetation and tools, or volunteers if people are willing to give their time. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.