Nearly half-way through 2016, and the Bermondsey Square Community Fund is pleased to announce eight projects have already been awarded funding.
- 24 applications received between 1st January and 31st May 2016
- £46,284.68 total value of grants applied for
- 8 applications approved (including 3 from the end of 2015)
- £16,895.08 total awards made between 1st January and 31st May 2016
Successful Community Fund Applications
Communities First Foundation awarded £1500
B2B Bermondsey is a six-week basketball coaching and competition camp to get young people (11-19) in Bermondsey active. The programme is endorsed by England Basketball as both organisations share a similar priority; to increase the amount of regular, playing opportunities for people of all ages across London.
London College of Communication
LCC awarded £3,500
The London College of Communication (LCC) sought support to provide pro-bono graphic and web design, photography, filmmaking, social media, PR and advertising to local charities and social enterprises.
Whilst business and financial support can be found from a number of sources, there is little help in bridging the creative and communications skills gap many not-for-profit organisations face. LCC is seeking to help bridge this gap, with its students providing support for producing effective and creative communications, so essential in helping them to reach more beneficiaries and gain the support needed to grow. The project also provides value real-world experience for the students and valuable additions to their portfolios.
If you are a not for profit, contact Matt Guy at LCC on 0207 514 6554.
UK-IODDA awarded £1500
This project provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn about four cultures represented within their community. Young people will learn native dance styles, cultural protocols, including how to design and make traditional drums. Participants will be invited to perform in local estate housing cultural gatherings.
St Joseph’s RC Primary School Mother and Toddler Group
Bermondsey primary school St Joseph’s has been awarded a grant to help with set up costs for a mother and toddler group. The group offers safe, secure and educational space for local families and children to meet. Support is also available for families with such issues as applying for primary school places.
Theatre Play: Job Creation Scheme
Future Challenges awarded £1,300
We want to create a place where everyone’s story matters, where individual opinions and experience counts and values by others.
Eighteen unemployed, young people with disabilities will meet regularly over 7 months and create a play based on the biographies of the participants. As such it’s a reflection of both the world and their personal lives. This play offers incredible experiences for the participants and the audience and promotes understanding, self-confidence and reintegration.
Performances will take place at Beormund Community Centre/St. Matthews Hall/ St James Hall/KTA House.
Southwark Playhouse Young Company
Southwark Playhouse awarded £1,800
Southwark Playhouse Young Company (YoCo) is a dynamic theatre company for young people aged 15 – 25 with little or no formal dramatic training or acting experience.
Each term our two groups (for 14 – 18 and 19 – 25-year-olds respectively) develop performance skills through free weekly workshops before putting them into practice in professionally-supported productions here at Southwark Playhouse.
All Young Company activity is delivered at no cost to participants and is open to all. They prioritise local residents and regularly run recruitment workshops at Southwark’s most challenged schools to engage young people who might not otherwise experience live theatre.
Cambridge House awarded £2500
SENSational Sports provides trampolining (rebound therapy) and swimming activities (hydrotherapy) for 14-24-year-olds with moderate-to-severe learning disabilities and/or physical disabilities.
The programme aims to develop new skills, improve fitness and to improve the emotional and physical wellbeing of our users through tailored sports activities while offering some of the most isolated young people in Southwark an opportunity to have fun and socialise with their peers.
Budding Builders Bermondsey
Construction Youth Trust awarded £2260
Budding Builders courses are free for people aged 14 to 30 who are not in education, employment or training. These are often young ex-offenders and groups that are under-represented in construction such as ethnic minorities and women.
The courses combine practical and theoretical skills to provide entry level construction training and skills to help their employability. In addition, students receive careers advice on opportunities that exist in construction.
Students can gain an entry-level qualification in trades ranging from carpentry, tiling and plumbing to painting and decorating and health and safety.
About the Community Fund
The Bermondsey Square Community Fund collects money from the occupiers and owners of Bermondsey Square through the occupiers’ leases and grants awards for ‘The marketing animation and promotion of the Bermondsey Square Estate and making a positive contribution to the wider neighbourhood and community of Bermondsey.’
Applications are voted on by a committee of volunteers representing the tenants and businesses in Bermondsey Square, the Bermondsey Street Area Partnership and local residents.
About Bermondsey Square Community Fund
The Bermondsey Square Trust collects money from the occupiers and owners of Bermondsey Square through the occupiers’ leases and grants awards for ‘The marketing animation and promotion of the Bermondsey Square Estate and making a positive contribution to the wider neighbourhood and community of Bermondsey.’About the Community Fund