phoenix-community-fund-dumpsResidents in south Lewisham have used their vote to award £100,000 of funding to support projects that will make a difference for their community.

Hundreds of Phoenix residents voted for their favourite projects from 10 shortlisted schemes, to receive a share of the £100,000 Phoenix Community Chest, at a strawberries and cream themed event at The Green Man, SE6 on Saturday 6 June.

Visitors to the event were able to meet representatives from all of the shortlisted projects to find out more about their plans and to understand how the money would make a difference, before casting their vote. Guests also enjoyed all the fun of the fair with teacup rides, a coconut shy, candy floss and a big community strawberry tea to round off the day.

This is the third year that Phoenix Community Housing, London’s first resident-owned social landlord has offered Community Chest funding. A total of £500,000 Community Chest funding is being awarded over five years, for schemes that will make a positive difference to the lives of residents in south Lewisham.

The winning projects were:

  • Bellingham Community Project, £16,834
  • A year long programme of community activities that will include an intergenerational art project between Sedgehill School and Bellingham Golden Oldies, free monthly play sessions for children with special needs, weekly meetings of the Bellingham Craft Club and a summer camp of sports and leisure activities for children aged 5-11.
  • Phoenix Families Together, £19,605
    A cross generational family learning project designed to strengthen relationships and to build new skills and experience within our community. The project will include summer camping and day trips, training in ‘community conversations’ to develop members’ skills and ideas to make and shape local services and after school activities.
  • Aquila Fitness Project,  £14,494
    This projects will offer older residents or people on low-incomes free fitness classes in Bellingham and Downham. The hour classes will take place twice a week and will run for a year.
  • Health & Summer Scheme for Teens (REAP youth center), £11,920
    This project will promote health and wellbeing to young people and will include sports coaching, trips, health cooking classes and accredited courses in Personal Budgeting, Money Management and Business Enterprise.
  • Phoenix Get Out, Go Wild, 15,608
    This programme will run in the summer and October half term holidays and offer young people from south Lewisham a free outdoor adventure. In the summer, fifty young people will develop personal and social skills on a five day outward bound programme in Kent. In October, thirty young people will take part in a two night residential programme.
  • Dumps Adventure Playground, £5,055
    This funding will help to fund a six-week summer programme at the Dumps Adventure Playground for seven hours a day on weekdays. The project includes day trips, creative art projects, team and group games and sports and lots more.

Phoenix Chief Executive, Jim Ripley said: “To date, our residents have voted to award more than £200,000 of funding to support good causes and great projects in our area, and these have benefitted more than 2,000 people in Lewisham.

“Phoenix is resident owned and resident led and that’s what makes us different. The Community Chest is a brilliant example of how we use our residents’ expertise to make a difference in our community.

“It was fantastic to be joined by so many people on Saturday and to receive a record number of votes from our residents. We’re delighted to be able to fund so many fantastic projects that we know will have a long lasting impact and benefit to our community and people living in south Lewisham.”

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Jeff Worthy

Good stuff but since when has there been a place called “South Lewisham” ? Do we mean Catford, or Bellingham or Downham?