Towards the latter part of last year we welcomed applications for the second round of our Community Investment Fund. Launched in 2020, the fund awards up to £10,000 to initiatives dedicated to improving local communities – decided by a panel of Lewisham Homes residents. We received 55 submissions and had the tough job of selecting four winners. Find out which projects were chosen below:
Hatcham House employment support
This project will provide support for residents aged 18-30 who live in temporary housing or hostels in the New Cross Gate area. This will include job-seeking support and help for those who want to start their own businesses.
We know that many residents in temporary accommodation face barriers when looking for work, and it’s not uncommon for them to require specialised support. Therefore we will work with Hatcham House to identify young adult residents who can benefit from this initiative.
Dacres Wood Secret Explorers
This project will provide sessions for children aged 8-12 and include a mixture of forest school activities where children will get to:
- Use wood crafting tools safely – such as saws, hammers, and chisels
- Make fires
- Learn about nature – through pond-dipping, birdwatching and spotting animal tracks
- Build dens and shelters
- Learn how to look after wildlife
Bence House Garden Club
The Bence House tenants’ and residents’ association will hold at least four seasonal planting and harvesting events for Bence House residents, where they’ll plant fruit shrubs and flowering plants. Some events will be aimed at young and older residents to teach them about the importance of ecology and biodiversity. Residents will be able to borrow tools so that they can help maintain the garden.
Baby Book Group
The group will host 16 sessions for parents and their babies (aged under one), focussing on a new book each week which members will be able to keep. They will get to discuss reading with babies, practice reading the book of the week, take part in a story-inspired play activity, share ideas and ask questions. They’ll also be able to connect with each other via the group’s online communities.
Lastly, we’re supporting a netball club which will offer multi-generational sessions to residents on the Honor Oak estate, as well as a programme which will offer drone training for young people.
Congratulations to all of these well-deserved winners!
If you’d like to learn more about the fund and the projects which have won grants so far, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0800 028 2028 and select option 7.