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Helping People in Elephant and Castle

Eight local groups will receive over £28,000 in new awards from our Elephant & Castle Community Fund.

The projects we’re backing include one that supports Latin American people with disabilities, a community garden and a dance workshop.

Lend Lease, in partnership with Southwark Council, founded this fund with The London Community Foundation in 2012 and it’s now given out grants totalling more than £75,000 in three separate funding rounds.

Fresh approaches

The Elephant & Castle area of London is undergoing significant change and regeneration. The fund is helping the local community to adapt and thrive.

The fund’s main financial supporters are Lend Lease, the developer leading much of the regeneration work, and its partner Southwark Council. Private individuals have also donated.

The eight new projects we’re backing this time will add to the wide range of groups and activities the fund has already helped.

“With each new round of funding we are seeing more innovative approaches to helping the community,” said Pascal Mittermaier, project director at Lend Lease.

Vibrant communities

Southwark Council cabinet member Mark Williams said the new projects reflect the “diverse and vibrant range of communities we have around Elephant and Castle.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to seeing these projects being brought to life for the benefit of so many of the area's residents.”

How you can help

The wide variety of groups that we’ve helped since 2012 underlines the breadth of need across the Elephant & Castle population.

To support as many different projects as possible, and to grow the work we can do in this neighbourhood, we need new funders to come on board.

If you’d like to find out how you could help, please call Naomi Howgate on 020 7582 5117 or email

Can we help you?

If you think your group could benefit from a grant from the Elephant & Castle Community Fund, we’ll be open for applications again in early 2015. Watch our website for details.

We’re interested in groups or projects from the immediate area that address local issues such as education, training, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, safety, health and wellbeing and the environment.

Where the money will make a difference

Kevin Moore, chief executive at the Walworth Garden Project, said he was “delighted” to get the £4,800 needed to create a sensory garden for people with learning difficulties, mental health issues and physical disabilities

Moji Coker, project manager at Walworth Golden Oldies Community Care Project, said the nearly £4,000 the group received would bring elderly and young people together to share stories and life experiences.

Members of the project were “looking forward to being able to share their interesting tales with the world through workshops set up thanks to the fund,” Moji said.

The other six local groups to benefit in the 2014 fund round are:

1. Afro-Brazilian Arts and Cultural Exchange Institute. Establishing a weekly family arts and culture project involving capoeira, music, dance and visual art.

2. Latin American Disabled People's Project. Supporting people from the Latin American and Spanish speaking community through their Pathways to Employment Project.

3. Mobile Gardeners Community Interest Company. Creating a new community garden near the New Kent Road for the benefit of local residents.

4. Pembroke College Mission. Running three music workshops for children aged 0-6 years and their families, where participants create and play instruments made from recycled materials.

5. Siobhan Davies Dance. Community engagement and creative movement project for isolated elderly and those with mental health and/or learning difficulties.

6. Walworth Society. Producing a Historic Area Assessment of Walworth Road and celebrating local heritage in a one-day festival.

Published on 12 September 2014

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