Vote now for who you want to win a share of £100,000!

Voting for this year's Community Chest has now closed.

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.

Elevn projects have been awarded small grants (up to £2,500), you can find out more about the projects here.

10 projects have been shortlisted for large grants, worth up to £20,000. The winners will be decided through a tenant vote. 

The shortlisted projects are:


Bounce Cinema - £19,835

Taking place across the summer, a film school featuring a series of dynamic activities delivered online and in community spaces around the Phoenix area. This programme will support the community by improving their future employability, building their confidence, and encouraging creativity.

Key elements include:

  • training sessions delivered by industry professionals. Educating the community on all aspects of filmmaking. Including camera work, editing & storytelling
  • CV support & sessions focussed on employment opportunities in the creative industries
  • masterclasses focused on marketing & entrepreneurship, led by award-winning creatives
  • final event designed by young participants. Delivering a community film night for residents.


Coffee Shop Barista Training - £17,735

Peak Coffee Academy exists to unearth the next generation of baristas, connecting one of the fastest-growing industries globally with the borough of Lewisham’s young people. The development of the borough comes with new opportunities, and the coffee industry is no exception with independent cafes surfacing all over the borough and beyond. We are passionate about inspiring and equipping new young talent through our three-day training course that covers all aspects of the industry, from farming, roasting, brewing and pouring the perfect latte art. Such is the diversity of the industry the world truly is your oyster.


Covid Recovery & Healthy Therapies for over 55s  - £19,990

65 group therapy sessions for residents aged 55 and over in Phoenix Community Centres. 
Group therapy includes laughter therapy, gentle exercise, group visualisation, group relaxation, breathing techniques, pain management and, fun with opportunities to socialise and reconnect.
45 therapy sessions for residents 55+ living with a disability or long-term condition and their carers. Complementary therapy includes massage, reflexology, reiki and counselling. Our trained therapists also work with residents living with dementia.


Green Shoots - £20,000

Forster Memorial Park is a beautiful local park that has become more important than ever during the pandemic. However, we know it lacks many of the facilities needed by the local community. The Friends of Forster Park want to improve the park, benefiting residents young and old.

We will:

  • install much needed adult exercise equipment that will be available to everyone in the park to use
  • develop existing play areas, by installing equipment and creating new spaces for children to explore nature in the park
  • run free nature-themed events and holiday clubs for children and young people.


Sounds of the Next Generation - £14,660

Local charity Lewisham Music will launch a diverse programme of free, ongoing music activity at The Fellowship and Star. In September we will launch a series of open music workshops, facilitated so that the local people can shape and design each music group. 
Music will be led by local musicians and will include the following weekly and holiday groups: 

  • inclusive community choir for local children
  • inter-generational music group introducing live jazz and African sounds 
  • fun samba drumming workshops and performances for children and young people 
  • music production club for young people 
  • family music and storytelling group for local parents and grandparents


Sports Fun 4 All - £19,777

Free football coaching for 13 - 19-year-olds every Wednesday at Bellingham Leisure Centre delivered by FA qualified and DBS checked coaches.

The project will:

  • create a positive learning environment for 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 a 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.


Triton Chances - £19,930

If successful with this funding, Triton Training (a small local company) will host free courses for Phoenix residents at Downham Health & Leisure Centre. You will be able to choose from three types of industry recognised qualifications: Gym Instructor, Swim Teacher or Lifeguard. Candidates will need to be aged 16+ but there are no other prerequisites for the instructor courses. For those who have attended the courses, support will also be given into employment, this will include searching for employment, CV writing and interview preparation. Help us to increase employment opportunities and improve life skills for Phoenix residents!


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 four days per week for nine weeks of half term 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 will have two residentials to Macaroni Woods, in the Cotswolds, to spend time within nature for a break from their caring responsibilities.


Youth First - £20,000

Youth First Summer Holiday Fun provides fun physical activities and games for young people aged 8 - 19 years (up to 25 years for SEN) to restore young people's confidence, self-esteem and joy lost after months of lockdown and interrupted education. It will take place at the Bellingham Gateway Youth Club and in the Phoenix area, including at Dumps Adventure Playground. Activities include sports, games, arts and crafts, cooking, music-making and art therapy, led by youth workers and specialist coaches. This project encourages much-needed cohesion, socialisation and empathy through inclusive activities that celebrate teamwork and achievement.


The winners will be announced after voting has closed.