Vote now for who you want to win a share of £130,000!

Voting is now closed. The winning projects will be announced at The Phoenix Festival and on our website.

 

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. And this year we're giving away an extra £30,000!

Ten 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:

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Brent Knoll & Watergate Summer Club - £18,384

We strongly believe that no child should be excluded from holiday fun because of their disabilities. We will run two weeks of specially tailored indoor and outdoor creative and sporting activities for up to 26 children per day from Watergate and Brent Knoll schools with severe learning disabilities, complex needs and social and communication disorders. Our scheme directly combats social isolation, both for the children and for their families, in terms of the respite and the peace of mind that this affords them, reassured that the scheme is staffed by professionals who know the children. 

 

Covid19 Recovery Clinic & Healthy Living Therapies for over 55s - £19,900

65 x group therapy sessions for residents 55+ in Phoenix Community Centres and residents in Grove Park. Group therapy includes laughter therapy, gentle exercise, group visualisation, group relaxation, breathing techniques, pain management and, fun with opportunities to socialise and reconnect. 

45 x therapy sessions for residents 55+ living with a disability or long-term condition and their carers and residents living in Grove Park. Complementary therapy includes massage, reflexology, reiki and counselling. 

Our trained therapists also work with residents living with dementia. 

 

Happy Feet - £18,499

Happy Feet is an affordable toenail cutting service for people aged 50+ provided by Age UK Lewisham and Southwark. Older people often struggle to cut their own toenails, which can lead to an increased risk of falls and reduced mobility. Regular nail cutting helps to improve older people’s confidence and mobility so they are able to access community services helping to reduce isolation.  

Funding will enable us to provide the service in community settings across Lewisham, helping to make the service more accessible to Phoenix residents. Our team will also support clients to access other services that can improve people’s wellbeing.  

 

Sports Fun 4 All - £11,982

Free football coaching for young people every Tuesday at Downham Leisure Centre delivered by FA qualified, and DBS checked coaches. The project has been running since December 2020 achieving the following outcomes: 

  • 209 young people have attended 
  • 5 young people completing FA Level 1 coaching badges 
  • 4 young people moving into employment with Sports Fun 4 All 
  • created a positive and safe learning environment for young people  
  • helped Phoenix residents to live healthier lives, improve their mental and physical well-being and reduce social isolation 
  • removed barriers to accessing a high-quality facility. 

 

Sporting Way - After School Homework Club - £18,960

Funding allows our unique, free, after-school homework club provision for children and young people within Grove Park to continue to offer vital support; mental and physical health, emotional wellbeing, academic. 

It also gives families confidence to know their children are in a safe, positive after school environment. Sessions take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4 – 6pm. Facilitated by qualified tutors, trained counsellors, sports coaches and mentors, we provide a combination of: 

  • homework support - directed and non-directed 
  • emotional well-being support – addressing issues around anger, anxiety and relationship-building 
  • mental health support – using play therapy, 1:1 counselling or small group interventions 
  • physical health support – games, sport, fun! 

 

Summer's Park Adventure - £16,920

Summer's Park Adventure is an outdoor fun-filled family theatre show taking place in Chinbrook Meadows. The show follows Summer: she's passionate about nature and loves visiting the wildlife experts of her local park. There’s Theresa Green: our resident tree lover who gets the audience exploring the trees and plants around them; OrKid: cool kid of the park busy preparing his Chelsea Flower Show entry - help him choose which flowers go in his arrangement; Susie Soil loves getting her hands dirty - literally! With a whole world underneath our feet, Susie shows us what's down there. And lastly, there’s Lionel - who works to keep the park looking as sharp as his suits!  

Come join us as we learn all about the amazing nature in our local area and most importantly, have some fun! All shows are relaxed with BSL interpreted performances available. Find out more: www.summersparkadventure.com 

 

Wellbeing Wednesdays - £10,699

Goldsmiths Community Centre is surrounded by Phoenix properties. Through our community development work we have seen a growing need for post-pandemic recovery activities that are open to everyone, not just a specific age or interest group. Wellbeing Wednesdays will be weekly drop-in sessions in a dedicated, welcoming communal living room. Residents can relax, socialise, keep warm in winter, play games, share free food and drinks; as well as engage in optional structured activities e.g. mindfulness, cooking, gardening, exercise, arts, crafts, talks. Participants can get more involved to build confidence such as hosting a session.

 

Wild Rangers - Adventures in the great outdoors - £20,000

Wild Rangers will deliver a free weekly pre-school and afterschool nature club on a Monday, as well as various other weekend and/or holiday outdoor nature-inspired activities for children and families throughout the year. Activities will include ceramics workshops, astronomy nights, dawn chorus, nature discovery, river and sensory walks, orienteering, flower pressing, learning to use multi-media to record nature, nature art, planting and growing, and more. The sessions will be a fun way to connect and make friends, be active, learn, and provide opportunities to connect with nature to help our wellbeing. More information can be found on our website.

 

XLP - Mobile Youth Centre - £16,000

XLP will provide youth work sessions in Downham for up to 30 young people to improve their wellbeing. We provide mentoring, games and invitations to other XLP activities. We will also run our Exclusion Reduction Programme at the New Woodlands PRU for up to 15 young people on the verge of exclusion. This programme provides 1:1 and group mentoring and literacy and numeracy tutoring to help improve GCSE scores.   

Working with the Phoenix Community, XLP will help address the specific needs of young people. Our aim is to support residents in fostering healthy, thriving communities where everyone feels they belong.    

 

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 eight activities a week for two groups 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 are paddleboarding, pottery, laser quasar, beach trips, bowling, arts and crafts and a huge end of summer party. We also will provide three, two-night residentials for a total of 36 young carers to experience a longer respite break from their intense caring roles.