£114k raised for summer activity programme for Grenfell youth

£114k raised for summer activity programme for Grenfell youth

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A London funder has given £114,480 to 18 organisations in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to provide a summer programme of activities for young people and families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, awarded the grants to fund seaside day trips, art sessions, sports activities and theatre workshops.

Grants include £7,500 to the SPID Theatre Company for a summer activities programme for young people in North Kensington and £3,000 to Eritrean Lowlanders League for a day trip to Brighton for 60 people. £6,160 was awarded to the Sport4Health Community Interest Company for a 14 week programme of badminton and table tennis for girls and young women.

The funding is part of a wider programme initiated by the John Lyon’s Charity (JLC) in which over 50 applications are being considered for funding to provide activities for residents affected by the fire over the summer. In the two weeks immediately after the Grenfell Tower fire, several funders and third sector agencies were brought together by JLC to support a series of activities for young people in the community. City Bridge Trust has awarded funding to 18 organisations with more support likely to follow from other funders.

Alison Gowman, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust committee, said:

“The response of local people to the tragic events of the last few months in the capital have shown the unbreakable strength of communities, coming together in a show of common support and humanity.

“These summer activities will help to bring the community together and give the young people something to look forward to and focus on at such a difficult time. It is important funders work together in supporting the residents to make the best use of resources.

 “City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage across the capital and making London a fairer and better place to live.”

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