LHC Community Benefit Fund update: Spring 2022

At LHC social value is at the core of what we do. We believe in giving back to the communities around us, and that we and our clients serve, and so we are delighted to announce the LHC Community Benefit Fund grants for this year (see the full list of grantees at the end of this story).

To provide support and empowerment to community organisations and their residents where it’s needed most, and help enable their strength and success, we appointed Locality as the independent fund manager to assist in the delivery of our Community Benefit Fund across London and the South East back in 2019.

Locality are a national membership network who invest in the power of community, and support organisations offering specialist advice and peer learning, and campaign with members for a fairer society. They recently held a social impact workshop for the latest cohort of LHC grantees, who came together to network, share experiences, inspiration, and details of their projects.

Dave Ahlquist, Development Manager for Locality, said: “Thanks to the LHC members, our champions, and partners in the boroughs for helping us select such a fantastic cohort this year! As well as making the awards, Locality aims to support the grantee organisations throughout the year and into the future. We look forward to working with them to maximise their social value starting which started with our impact measurement workshop in February.”

Ethan James, Acting Regional Manager for LHC London & South East said: “We are extremely proud that the LHC Community Benefit Fund has been able to support so many incredible local organisations as well as the people they serve.  Yet again, it has been a fantastic year and we are really pleased to see such a diverse range of organisations awarded grant funding for the year ahead. 

We thank our past and present grantees for all their hard work, and Locality for their crucial role in delivering this scheme. To hear and see the impact the fund is having on people’s lives is truly astonishing and we look forward to continuing this for many years to come.”

Now in its third year of allocating grants, the fund continues to be used to make a difference to a wide range of communities across the region, operating in eight local authority areas.

It has assisted 51 projects so far and invested in excess of £325,000 in supporting well-deserving organisations to undertake a vast array of work within their local communities and demonstrate a real positive impact. All those chosen to receive the fund show meaningful work that serves their communities in one of these key areas:

  • Outcomes for young people
  • Health inequalities or social prescribing
  • Jobs and skills: Increased participation for underrepresented groups

They range from youth centres, women’s groups, supported learning workshops and employment programmes to asylum seeker aid, restoration of community buildings and more.

Here’s a few words from just of some of the organisations that have received a helping hand from the Community Benefit Fund, and a snapshot of the amazing work they do.

Dr Etheldreda Kong from Brent Chinese Association who are a grantee for this year commented: “Without the funding from LHC, a small young community organisation like ours would not be able to have the much-needed cultural, health and well-being activities for the communities that we do.”

Lucy Bingham from Holloway Neighbourhood Group also commented: “The LHC Community Benefit Fund is supporting a partnership of grassroots women’s groups in north Islington. Not only will we be able to deliver more activities to assist the wellbeing of our members, but it will also enable our groups to work more closely together – learning from each other’s good practice, collaborating around service delivery, and offering peer support.”

Joycelyn Dankwa from Shepherd Fold Ministry added: “The grant came at the right time, and it has made a great impact on the Youth Club here. It helps us to maintain our staff and volunteers to provide a service that our young people need. We have a great space and different activities to get them engaged and offer 1-2-1 homework mentoring. It amazing to see how much they love the space and enjoy themselves, that is why this funding is like gold to us.”

Grantees of the previous year’s fund, Sebert Graham from Wycombe Multicultural Organisation commented: “This project has helped us enhance opportunities for people to come together to strengthen community relations and help reduce social isolation in more comfortable facilities.”

Clare Samways from The Oasis Partnership added: “We were fortunate last year to receive significant funding to begin initial works on a historic building that we were so pleased to be able to bring back to life, for community purpose and use.”.

One of the fantastic community projects to have benefited from LHC's Community Benefit Fund is Hilltop Community Centre, located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. To read the full story view here.

 

The full list of LHC grantees for 2021/2022 are as follows:

Borough 

Project 

Grant 

Primary Theme 

Activity 

   Brent

Brent Chinese Association

£2,176

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Cultural events and community activities improving health and well-being 

Transistions UK

£7,824

Outcomes for young people 

Personal development programme for young people at risk of offending 

  Buckinghamshire

More Horizons

£5,000 

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Group sessions to promote physical health and social inclusion using 

Bollywood Dance workout 

 

 

Community Youth Ventures

£5,000

Outcomes for young people 

Community Cook workshops for young people 

Enfield

Starks Field Primary School

£5,000

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Provide workshops and physical activities to children 

F.O.C.U.S

£5,000

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Promote healthy living and physical exercise to women from racialised communities 

Hackney

Boxes of Basics

£5,000

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Culinary training for young people and composing a recipe book 

Shepard Fold Ministry

£5,000

Outcomes for young people 

Run youth club with various activities 

Haringey London 

Haringey Basketball for All

£5,000

Outcomes for young people  

Provide basketball training and qualifications 

Sister System

£5,000 

Outcomes for young people 

Variety show co-created by young women from racialised communites 

Hillingdon

Bell Farm Christian Center

£11,696

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Community café serving asylum seekers and refugees 

Give Space

£4,662

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Wellbeing workshops for older adults to provide crucial mental health support 

 Islington

Holloway Neighbourhood Group

£5,740

Health inequalities or social prescribing 

Deliver a social club, self-help group, well-being classes and health talks to women 

Angel Shed

£4,260

Outcomes for young people 

Run workshops for youth groups 

  Lambeth

Status

£5,000

Jobs and skills: Increased participation for underrepresented groups 

Supported learning and employment programmes 

Orange Bow

£5,000

Jobs and skills: Increased participation for underrepresented groups 

Teach digital skills, entrepreneurship and employability skills over 6 weeks to young people 

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