Wembley Park Community Fund

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WEMBLEY PARK COMMUNITY FUND

The Wembley Park Community Fund is now in it’s third year. The Fund awards grants of £1,000 to £10,000 to charities according to three themes –

Better Places – making Brent a great place to live, work and visit

Betters Lives – supporting education, employment and good health

Better Locally – ensuring local networks and services work effectively.

It is led by Quintain in partnership with The London Community Foundation, London Borough of Brent and contractors working in Wembley Park, John Sisk and Sons, McLaren, Wates and McAleer & Rushe. In support of Brent London Borough of Culture 2020, 40% of the funding pot has been allocated to arts and cultural projects. The Fund aims to make a real difference to Brent residents by encouraging community engagement, participation and place-making through funding a variety of community-led activities.

In the past two years, The Wembley Park Community Fund has so far helped fund 20 local projects. The funding has helped children, young people, and the elderly and vulnerable adults.  The funded projects have provided the local community with employment and work training, and wellbeing and sports activities.

LATEST RECIPENTS

Community Action on Dementia – Brent

For the development of a dementia café

Daniel’s Den

To continue the parent and toddler group at The Yellow, Wembley Park’s purpose-built community space. and start a Dads’ group at the weekend

Every Person Is Capable

For a men’s peer support group at The Yellow, training and an International Men’s Day event

Hendon Youth FC

For football coaching sessions and a holiday programme for young people aged 4-18 in Kingsbury

Hilltop Circle

For football training sessions and participation in league football for young people aged 12-24 in Stonebridge

Intercultural Musicology CIC

For music workshops for children aged 0-12 and their parents at The Yellow, Wembley Park

Latin America House

For a Cultural Coordinator to organise a programme of Latin American cultural activities over a year

Musicus CIC

For music classes in Brent

The Promise Foundation

For a mentoring project for disadvantaged young people in two Brent schools over a year

Track Academy 

For a holiday programme of sports, education and enrichment activities for young people in Willesden

Unique Community Charity

For youth theatre sessions focused on the theme of language at The Yellow, Wembley Park

Upswing Aerial Limited

For a series of twelve arts workshops for children aged 5-12 in Brent

Work Rights Centre

For a Fundraising & Development Manager for an employment rights clinic in Wembley

Youth Engagement Solutions Ltd

For a programme of education support and wellbeing activities for young people aged 10-25 in Pupil Referral Units in Wembley

PAST RECIPENTS

SAAFI – Somali Advice and Forum of Information

SAAFI was founded in 2010 by Rhoda Ibrahim and a small group of Somali-British mothers from refugee backgrounds after numerous mothers who could not speak English approached Rhoda at the school gates for advice and help with letters and forms. SAAFI’s main aim is to raise the profile of the British-Somali community in Brent and help them to integrate into and engage with the wider Brent community, through workshops, training and cultural events. Funding SAAFI to deliver English classes for 60 women to help them move into education, training and employment.

Work Rights Centre

Work Rights Centre is a Wembley-based charity that was founded in 2016. They work to combat in-work poverty by helping EU national to exit precarious work. There are thousands of London-based migrant workers who are trapped in a cycle of in-work deprivation and exploitation by their employers as they do not know their employment rights or even that they are entitled to a National Minimum Wage.n Funding their weekly Employment Rights Clinic which takes place every Saturday at Wembley Library and to enable it increase its hours and meet more people.

Musicus CIC

Musicus was formed in 2012 by jazz guitarist, Tom Halpenny. Musicus provides music making and performance opportunities for people of all ages, specifically targeting those who would not ordinarily have opportunities to access music lessons and learn instruments. Funding an intergenerational music programme at Wembley Park’s Yellow Pavilion, targeting young people aged 7-18 years old, adults over 50 years old, and those who are unemployed. The 12-week course will culminate with a number of performances within the community.

Sufra NW London

Sufra NW London is a Brent-based Community Food Bank & Kitchen which supports local families who are facing food poverty. Established in 2013 it offers nutrition training, cooking classes and welfare surgeries for all ages in addition to food items for those using their services. The majority of visitors to the foodbank last year were long term unemployed and their Food Academy trains unemployed food bank visitors in catering and hospitality. Funding the continuation of the Food Academy’s “Oh Crepe project” which will train up students to work on the Oh Crepe food stand at Wembley Park, to gain experience and earn a living whilst looking for permanent work within the hospitality and catering industry.

Youth Engagement Solutions

Established in 2015, Youth Engagement Solutions aims to turn disadvantaged young people away from criminal activity, unemployment and social exclusion, whilst helping them to play and active role in their local area. They do this through sports, health and wellbeing workshops and academic support. Funding their Raising Aspirations and Achievements programme which provide twice weekly football training sessions for 48 weeks of the year. This programme will enable participants to get fit, form positive friendships and to raise their aspirations.

Sexual Health on Call

Established in 1999, Sexual Health on Call works to improve the wellbeing of young people in Brent and Harrow. SHOC provides holistic support to young people, which addresses sexual health, emotional wellbeing, prevention, intervention and education. They deliver workshops in schools and other community spaces and offer one-to-one clinics for young people who need intensive support. Funding their #Self Love (Learning to Love Myself) project; training parents and guardians on how to support young people, and working with young people directly to improve their resilience, resourcefulness and emotional capabilities.

Ashford Place

Since 1983, Ashford Place has been offering support and advice to vulnerable Brent residents who are experiencing homelessness, substance misuse, unemployment and poor mental health. Their street outreach team brings men and women off the streets and into their night shelter. They provide a weekly health surgery and substance abuse counselling, as well as support programmes for those that want to get back into work. Funding their Independent Lifestyles project which offers housing and welfare advice and support, online and in person. This project will also train volunteers of local projects in how to give housing and welfare advice and support to their service users.

AQ Arts CIC

Open dance sessions for 14-30-year-olds interested in all dance types. Running through to July next year, the sessions offer people a change to experiment and develop a dance style they are interested in. Self- practice helps build discipline, confidence, a sense of  identity  and focus, and peer mentors are available at the sessions to help integrate newcomers and beginners.

Musicus CIC

An intergenerational music making programme, comprising three hours of tuition per week, including: a session for young people between 7 and 18 starting their musical education; an hour for young people with more experience; and a session for older members of the community, or those who are workless.

Global Skills Centre

‘STEM Skills Gateway’, a holiday programme which encourages young people, aged 7 -16, to take up science subjects while helping them in vitally important aspects of their development. Participants will learn about designing Apps, coding and robotics technology in an informal, enjoyable and inclusive setting.

Unique Community (formerly Russian Immigrants Association)

Term-time weekly inclusive youth theatre sessions providing a service that is accessible and reflects the community.

Work Rights Centre

Supporting exploited and low paid migrant workers in Brent, through one to one advice and self-assessment tools. Funding will enable developmental and strategic work to take place over the course of one year.

Learning Through The Arts

Research and delivery of an exhibition to commemorate the 100 years of some women’s right to vote in the UK. The project will train young people in research and archives skills, interviewing and oral history skills, as well as exposing them to project publicity and promotion.

Track Academy

A holiday scheme targeted at engaging more young people into athletics, education and mentoring activities. All sessions include provision of nutritious food to help combat ‘holiday hunger’.

Abundance Arts

A yearlong holiday activities programme, celebrating positive aspects of the Brent community through creative workshops, activities, trips and events. This project aims to inspire more pride in our Brent, celebrating people, culture and places.

Ardhmeria

Educational and training programmes for young people growing up from socially excluded groups. Funding will specifically support 45 or more young migrants and refugees aged 5-14 living in Brentfield to integrate and become active and positive members of the local community.

Element Creative Projects CIC

Three projects for Brent care leavers, focussed on supporting participants to find their purpose, motivation, and creativity, using creative arts as a tool for self-expression and exploration.

Greater London Youth Foundation

To help develop the capacity of a youth debate club in Brent, offering debating workshops every month. Encouraging young people to mix with people from different postcodes and schools, and listen to different points of view.

Toucan Employment

To run an allotment and horticulture project for vulnerable adults with the aim of moving them closer to employment. Working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities from the borough who are either long-term unemployed, or have never worked.

Daniel’s Den

Continuation of a parent and toddler group. Two-way sharing of ideas (and the catalyst for new friendships) by organizing get togethers for toddler groups and isolated elderly people in the area.

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