Helping people thrive

EECF Grants Update: £1,080,000 awarded for projects in the East End this year!

May 2019

Since April 2018, EECF has awarded an amazing £1,080,000 across 191 programmes in Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and the City of London. Funded projects have addressed a wide range of issues specific to the East End including unemployment, education, health and wellbeing and much more. Elders isolation has also been an area of focus and for an insight into some of the projects East End Community Foundation has funded to tackle this issue please click here.

Trowbridge Senior Citizens Club

Trowbridge Senior Citizens Club has been serving older people in the Hackney Wick area for more than 70 years and, with the help of a grant of £2,016 from our Inspiring Communities Fund, has been running fortnightly IT classes for over 60s in the area. ‘Trowbridge Silver Surfers’ relies on the support of a team of volunteers who provide valuable one-to-one advice and training and the sessions also serve as a place to socialise and meet new people. Out of the 36 people that accessed the IT sessions, 33 were using a computer for the first time, and you can hear about their experiences in this short video. 

Elevated Aspirations

Elevated Aspirations run a variety of activities, projects and educational programmes for people of all ages in socially and economically disadvantaged communities in Newham. The organisation aims to develop confidence and self-esteem and in so doing raise aspirations, achievement and community participation. Last year they were awarded a grant of £1,000 from the John Laing Charitable Trust Fund to fund dance classes for over 45s at two locations in the borough. The classes took place over three months and participants were allowed to choose the style of dancing they wish to learn, they chose Salsa at Forest Gate Neighbourhood Community Centre and Ballroom at Beckton Community Centre. 72 people from a wide range of backgrounds took part in the sessions and participants reported that the project helped them with increased mobility, better health and the opportunity to make new friends. You can see the dancers in action here.

Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours

Tower Hamlets Friends and Neighbours offer a range of activities that are responsive to the needs of older people in the borough, helping to preserve their wellbeing and independence. At the core of their work is a befriending service which involves regular home visits and phone contact to support people experiencing social isolation and loneliness. The organisation also organises events, provides support accessing health and social care services and advocates on behalf of older people. In August they were awarded £6,000 via EECF’s Standard Grants Programme for their Well-being Activities for the Vulnerable Elderly (WAVE) Project. The project aims to promote healthy and more active lifestyles and involves activities both within and beyond the home. This will include group trips to local parks and museums and individual home-based sessions such as musical reminiscence, reflexology and seated exercise. 

Neighbours in Poplar

Neighbours in Poplar have been operating in Tower Hamlets for 50 years and provide a comprehensive programme of activities and support for isolated older people in the borough. The organisation was awarded £30,000 via East End Community Foundation’s s106 Fund in order to employ a part-time Project Manager and a number of transportation staff. The funding will ensure that Neighbours in Poplar can continue to deliver a wide range of activities for isolated older people across a number of locations in the area. These activities include healthy eating workshops, yoga and dance sessions and support with using IT. The organisation also provides free meals on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day every year and this year meals were cooked and served for over 400 people.