The Yard Theatre 3 - Credit Alex Krook

Community Groups in Newham awarded £25,000 by the IQL Community Fund

14 August 2018

For the third consecutive year, Lendlease and LCR have announced the awarding of grants to support local communities through the annual International Quarter London (IQL) Community Fund.

Launched in 2015, the fund has a primary focus on projects that can demonstrate a measurable impact on creating a welcoming and diverse place to live, work, play and learn in the area.

The annual fund is managed and run by East End Community Foundation (EECF), which aims to build on the ambitions of local people, celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the area and support the people who are most at need.

The theme of this year's fund was 'inclusive places', aimed at creating a welcoming and diverse place to live and work in Stratford, and something that is a driving force in Lendlease and LCR's vision for IQL. Focusing on making a direct social impact by strengthening cohesion amongst the community, the fund is open to all local charities and not-for-profit organisations within a 1.5 mile radius of IQL who can each apply for grants up to £5,000 for projects.

The first round of successful applicants was announced on 14 August 2018 at IQL in Stratford. The 6 local groups have been awarded a total of £25,000 to help residents feel empowered and more involved in their communities. Successful projects in this year's fund focus on arts, culture, heritage and physical activity groups.

Entering for the first time is Toyhouse Libraries who have been awarded £4,105. The Tower Hamlets based charity plans to host a programme of community activities for parents, carers and children including a 'walkntalk' group designed to broaden horizons and knowledge of local spaces and cross-cultural cooking sessions to build social cohesion. The grant will contribute towards a project facilitator and activity costs including ingredients and literature.

Another first time entrant is the E17 Puppet Project who has been awarded £4,886. Working across Waltham Forest and Leyton, the charity plans to put on a programme of five free outdoor theatre performances in different locations including Coronation Gardens E10, Drapers Field Recreation Ground E15 and Langthorne Park Amphitheatre E11. The aim of the project is to bring together members of the community and engage in outdoor space using arts and culture.

The full list of beneficiaries is:

The Yard Theatre - A theatre engagement programme for 200 young people designed to engage local residents in the arts and cultural opportunities in the area, building their social capital and knowledge of upcoming new spaces.

Ambition, Aspire, Achieve - A programme of family fun days at the Abbey Hub for children and their families. The twice monthly sessions will focus on positive community engagement, raising awareness of other community activities to bring people together and engage in their local area.

Hackney Wick & Fish Island CIC - Cultural Interest Group (CIG) who meet monthly and provide an opportunity for networking, resource sharing and collaboration amongst local businesses with a goal of building a sustainable creative economy in the local area.

Eastside Community Heritage - A programme of community cohesion activities for local residents around E15 and E20 using food and outdoor space to bring people together and explore heritage and culture.

Toyhouse Libraries - A programme of community activities for parents and carers and children including a 'walkntalk' group designed to broaden horizons and knowledge of local spaces and cross-cultural cooking sessions to build social cohesion.

E17 Puppet Project - A programme of five free outdoor theatre performances in different locations around IQL to bring together members of the community and engage in outdoor space using arts and culture.

Since it was established the fund has distributed £50,000 to 17 organisations based in Stratford and New Town, West Ham, Forest Gate, Hackney Wick and Leyton. The grants have helped deliver more than 1,000 hours of education and training and more than one hundred hours of sport, exercise and leisure activities to people in the area.

Andrew Tobin, Project Director at International Quarter London for Lendlease said: "We are really pleased to be making such a positive change and impact on the lives of local residents and community groups through the International Quarter London (IQL) Community Fund. Since we launched the initiative three years ago, the fund has helped connect the wider area and bring them together to shape their community by being inclusive and collaborative, which is our overall aim at IQL."

David Joy, Chief Executive of LCR said: "We're thrilled to be supporting these fantastic groups bringing such positive change to the local community. The Fund is an integral part of the IQL project ensuring that regeneration remains at the heart of everything we do, and we're excited to see the projects and initiatives enabled by the grants come to life in the coming months.

"We very much look forward to receiving the next round of applications as we continue to drive the transformation of Stratford."

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of East End Community Foundation said: "The Fund is a great example of how developers can ensure local communities close to their developments can be supported. It's really important that residents feel included in the transformation of Stratford and we are delighted to play our part in bringing Lendlease LCR and the community together."