Shortlisted projects, 2020

Phoenix Community Housing's Community Chest gives out £100,000 each year to projects that will benefit and bring new opportunities to our residents and the community.

The projects applying for a share worth up to £20,000 are decided through a vote of all tenants. Nine projects have been shortlisted in 2020, with voting open now and closing at 12noon on Friday 26 June.

Phoenix Community Housing tenants can vote online here.


Brent Knoll and Watergate Holiday Activity - £20,000

Lockdown during COVID19 has given everyone an insight into the isolation faced by children with SEND and their families. With strangers ready to condemn behaviour seen as “abnormal”, public playgrounds have always been tricky to negotiate. Poor communication skills mean our children aren’t able to maintain those on-line friendships on which we are all increasingly dependent. Operational throughout the pandemic, with your help we can safely deliver 10 days of holiday activities for around 50 children between both school sites, improving communication and social skills through sensory activities, cooking, music, creativity and sport (former pupils volunteering as football coaches).

Vote for Brent Knoll and Watergate Holiday Activity!

Career Progression - £18,120

VOTE TODAY to extend the Career Progression Programme for another year to support an average 140 residents overcome financial hardship and low pay. The aim of the project is to upskill and empower residents to reach their full potential and progress their careers. Residents can access FREE training, CV support, application writing and apply for well paid jobs/traineeships and Apprenticeships to increase their income. Due to COVID -19 residents face reduction in pay and unemployment affecting their mental health and wellbeing. We will tackle when working closely with families on a 1:1 securing better paid roles suitable to their needs.

Vote for Career Progression!

Endure Mentoring - Project X - £4,300

Shocking stories and statistics, concerning the death and injury of young people as a result of youth violence, highlight the need for early effective intervention. Our thought-provoking and interactive gun and knife crime workshops aim to tackle this problem at its root, educating those most at risk and helping them to protect themselves from being caught up in crime – either as victim or perpetrator.

Our workshops are delivered in Secondary schools throughout London working with young people Year 7 to Year 11. Our workshops cover: Knife wound first aid, Crime and consequences, Life stories and Joint Enterprise.

Vote now for Endure Mentoring - Project X!

Energy Wise Phoenix - £16,667

Keep warm in winter without worrying about fuel bills. Cold homes can cause illness and shorten lives. One in 10 Lewisham households struggle to pay their gas and electricity bills. We provide award-winning, independent advice to help you to shrink your fuel bills. We can help you to get the best deal for electricity/gas, secure discounts and grants and improve your home energy efficiency. Energy Wise Phoenix will fund a year-round drop-in advice service, energy-saving home visits, free energy-saving devices and workshops. With less to pay, you can afford to put the heating on!

Vote now for Energy Wise Phoenix!

Fellowship Music Clubs - £19,850

Lewisham Music has worked with local artists and residents to design an exciting programme of free, regular music activity and performances designed with the community and open to all. This will be based at our new premises above The Fellowship&Star.

Our inclusive music groups will be led by local professional musicians and will include Samba for children, intergenerational jazz and African music, community singing and interactive daytime classical concerts for families and older people.

Each of our groups will provide a safe creative space for local residents young and old to come together, develop skills and create a musical community!

Vote now for Fellowship Music Clubs!

Kids Kitchen - £10,235

Fun, relaxed cooking sessions with under-5s/ families - at Bellingham Christ Church, and Goldsmiths.  25 on weekdays, 5 at the weekend so older kids / grandparents etc can join.  Also two pop-ups – for Phoenix Residents.

We’ll make delicious savoury food and enjoy eating together.  You’ll go away with lunch – and lunch ideas! Time for a chat/play, and adults have as good a time as kids!  You can also be part of it - with accredited training and support, you can volunteer with the kids and build skills.

We’ll start in September.  If we’re in lockdown, we’ll do it online!

Vote now for Kids Kitchen!

Sports Fun 4 All - £14,353

Free football coaching for young people every Wednesday at Downham Leisure Centre delivered by FA qualified and DBS checked coaches.

The project will:

- create a positive learning environment for children and young people in a safe space that will help residents to live healthier lives, improve their mental and physical wellbeing and reduce social isolation

- remove barriers to accessing a high-quality facility that will empower residents to use sport as vehicle for change in their community through volunteering opportunities

- develop residents’ soft skills and provide opportunities to access accredited qualifications and training that will increase employment opportunities

Vote now for Sports Fun 4 All!

Young Carers - £20,000

The Young Carers Holiday Club provides activities for those aged 5-16 who are providing care to a family member.

With activities 4 days per week for 9 weeks of half term (excluding Christmas) our young carers can meet others in the same circumstances, receive respite from their home life and experience new things.

Some activities on offer are ice skating, laser quasar, beach trips, bowling, day trips, arts & crafts and a huge end of summer party.

We also have a residential to Macaroni Woods, in the Cotswolds, to spend time within nature for a break from their caring responsibilities. 

Vote now for Young Carers!

Youth First - £20,000

We would love to be able to offer fun packed school holidays. With additional funding we will be able to offer full weeks of provision during the holidays. We will be able to get specialist artists on-sites, offer a family trip to the seaside, BBQ’s at the site. Have a fun day with big inflatables and offer daily arts and craft sessions.

We will also provide onsite activities, pool, table tennis, computer console games. Outdoor sports, football, climbing, rope swings.

We offer a safe place to go with trained staff on-site at all times looking after the young people.

Vote now for Youth First!