Newham charities benefit from £20,000 community fund

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 September 2015

Tracey Walsh (East End Community Foundation) and Ian Crockford (Lendlease) giving a cheque to Salmagundi Films

Tracey Walsh (East End Community Foundation) and Ian Crockford (Lendlease) giving a cheque to Salmagundi Films


Eight charities in Newham have been given a total of £20,000 in grants thanks to The International Quarter Community Fund.

Launched earlier this year, it aims to support communities by focusing on education, arts and health.

The successful applicants were announced at a barbecue in Stratford on Thursday evening.

Chain Reaction Theatre Company, Salmagundi Films and Stratford Arts Trust all received a share of the money to fund creative projects.

Eastside Community Heritage received a grant to fund a mobile museum of Newham history, while St Paul’s Church, Stratford, will use its donation to teach beekeeping.

The Work, Skills and Independence Group will help residents to access qualifications and employability skills, while Community Links Trust will allow participants to learn new things and build community cohesion.

Elevated Aspiration, a schools workshop to engage young people lacking educational motivation, is the eighth charity to receive the funding.

Zoe Flynn, the co-director of Salmagundi Films, explained that the organisation was granted nearly £3,000 to complete an iPad arts project bringing together the postcodes of E15 and E20 and host an exhibition.

“We understand some people feel E20 is an exclusive neighbourhood, and that was part of the inspiration behind the project,” she said.

“We’ve got people of all ages working together to learn something new, creating conversation between those living in the two postcodes.”

Chris Andrews, director at the Work, Skills and Independence Group,

“We want to help people who have been failed by the DWP programme,” he said.

“It’s a three stage programme, a training course, a supported work placement and help with job applications.

“We’re really excited about it.”

The community fund is part of Lendlease and LCR’s commitment to support the growth and development of Newham.

Jason Vincent, community development manager at Lendlease, said: “The International Quarter is a 10 year project so we’re going to be here for a long time, and we wanted to do something to support the community.

“We had around 60 expressions of interest and 15 applications, and we’ll be doing it twice a year for the next three to 10 years.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is 5pm on October 12.

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