Your Community Chest 2022 projects are...



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've given 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.

Seven projects have been awarded large grants through a tenant vote, and the winners are:


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. 


Summer's Park Adventure - £8,844

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: 


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.


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.