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Derwent London is pleased to announce the successful applicants for its Community Fund (spring 2019 round) from local community groups and residents in Fitzrovia & West End and Tech Belt*.

Over £88,000 is being awarded to the following projects for spring 2019:

Fitzrovia & West End:

All Souls Clubhouse – lunch club and coffee mornings for the elderly
Doorstep Library Network – literacy support for families
Fitzrovia Youth in Action – community Christmas dinner
Mission Remission – support group for cancer survivors
Soup Kitchen at American International Church – welcome service at soup kitchen
St Mary Magdalene School – library bus project
West London Mission – employment programme for the homeless

Tech Belt:

Coney Ltd – storytelling and digital programming course with Mulberry School
KIDS – playground water play rejuvenation
Peer UK – zine-making workshops
St Hilda’s East Community Centre – Boys Space project
The Spitz Charitable Trust – one to one music sessions at Bridgeside Lodge
The Stuart Low Trust – therapeutic gardening club at Culpeper Community Garden

The projects chosen were from a large number of applications which were submitted as part of the process. In both areas, community panels were convened with officers from the local authorities and staff from Derwent London, to contribute to the decision-making process. There was an impressive range of applications and the winning entries have been selected on the basis that they will offer positive benefits – from employment to environmental, social, cultural, arts and health.

John Davies, Head of Sustainability at Derwent London, commented:
“Now six years into our Fund, we are once again really pleased to see such a great range of local projects and to be able to support these different initiatives which are much needed in the local areas. We are committed to continuing the fund and will be offering the second tranche of the Tech Belt fund in autumn 2019, to give a chance for others to see their projects flourish.”

*The Tech Belt is defined here as the area extending from King’s Cross to Whitechapel, largely covering EC1 & E1.