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Vote for who receives a share of £100k

Updated: 29 April 2019 at 12:54pm

Ten projects that are set to benefit residents in south Lewisham have been shortlisted to receive grants worth up to £20,000, with five projects already awarded smaller grants.

They range from arts projects run out of the Fellowship to projects tackling bullying and low self-esteem in schools. 

The projects that tenants will be voting on are:

  • Arts for All at the Fellowship Inn
  • Brent Knoll & Watergate Trust Summer holiday programme
  • Chit, Chat, Change
  • Family Action – Creating Happy Memories
  • Reclaim – early intervention for families impacted by serious youth violence
  • Healthy Living Therapies for over 55s
  • Urban Connect Young Peoples Project
  • Whitefoot & Downham Food Project
  • Young Carers Holiday Club
  • Youth First Summer Fun

Anne McGurk, Chair of Phoenix Community Housing, said: “This is an incredible set of projects shortlisted for our Community Chest funding. I look forward to seeing and hearing their ‘pitches’ for support - our residents will have a difficult choice to make in voting for their preferred project. Good luck to them all.”

Former resident Board member Pat Crawford said: “Now is your chance to bring a smile to a child’s face or make an older person happy. Use your vote to benefit worthy causes right across our community.”

The grants come from our Community Chest, which awards £100,000 to community projects in Lewisham that offer our residents new opportunities and experiences.

The Community Chest was set up at the request of residents who wanted to contribute to the wider south Lewisham community, and since 2013 has given out £600,000 to more than 60 projects, benefitting 14,000 residents.

The successful five smaller grants are:

  • Bellingham – We Love Health & Wellbeing
  • Haskins Hall Seniors Group
  • Jelly Babies
  • Parent Partnerships
  • St John’s Festival of the Arts

Laura Murray, who runs Jelly Babies, said: “The Community Chest is a brilliant incentive for local people to invest in their community. It provides opportunities for people to be really creative with project ideas which help bring communities together, learning new skills and promoting health and wellbeing.”

Voting closed on 14 May.