Over £3 million of National Lottery funding awarded to life-changing South London community projects

  • Over £15.3 million of National Lottery funding awarded to 407 community projects across London
  • Projects focusing on reducing social isolation and loneliness such as ‘Brazil For All NW5’ and ‘South East London Community Cinema’ will all enjoy a share
  • In total, The National Lottery Community Fund has today announced almost £88 million in funding for community projects across England  


Life-changing community organisations across London are celebrating today after being awarded over £15.3 million in National Lottery funding. The money, raised by players for good causes, is being distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

In total, 407 community projects across London are receiving a share.

A particular focus for a number of projects in London is combatting social isolation and loneliness with organisations such as ‘Brazil for All NW5’ in Camden and South East London Community Cinema project in Deptford supporting local people to tackle this issue.

The South East London Community Cinema project in Deptford, received a £9,997 grant to fund a community cinema space. The cinema will be used by local community groups as a relaxed and accessible environment to meet and watch football and films, increasing people’s ability to connect with neighbours and reduce both physical isolation and feelings of loneliness.

Based in Camden, ‘Brazil for All NW5’ helps people overcome social isolation by increasing the number of people they come into contact with whilst celebrating a shared love of Brazilian culture. This includes local elderly groups, youth and children, who will play and sing music, make Carnival props and costumes, and hear stories from Brazilian folklore.

London has a wide-ranging selection of projects, which aim to garner confidence and self-esteem of young people through the involvement of community groups and activities.  The Young People’s Planet project in Tower Hamlets has received a £9,050 grant, which will be used for young people to investigate the effects of climate change by producing a film for their community. The film enables participants to raise awareness of climate change, whilst learning new digital skills that will help them prepare and plan their future.

The Friends of Archbishop’s Park Gardening Club will use their £161,770 grant to expand their current gardening club, by delivering two new gardening sessions on Fridays, one for young people with learning disabilities and one for adults with mental health problems supported by their volunteers. In addition to this, they will deliver wellbeing sessions for the community, produce a booklet to publicise the park and improve the garden space for the community to use and thrive together in.

Sacha Rose-Smith, Head of Funding for London at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “National Lottery money continues to change the lives of thousands of people across the capital. From community-led projects that reduce loneliness and isolation to those supporting young people to overcome modern-day challenges, this quarter’s funding has been awarded to groups with the ideas, knowledge and passion to empower their community to thrive.”

Chiho Sharp, Director at Bethnal Green After School Club, said: “The Young People’s Planet is a student led project from the beginning to the end and it will not only give them a great confidence by learning how to produce a documentary film but also gain new knowledge of making more documentary films independently even after this project. This film project will stay with them forever and encourage them to make more documentary films to tell the stories of their lives and other social, political and local issues. We are very grateful for the National Lottery Fund.”

Julia Evangelista, Founder of Brazil for all NW5, said: “The inspiration behind Brazil for All NW5 was to explore the joy and upbeat nature of Brazilian folklore to bring older people, especially those with mental health issues and younger generations together to collaborate and celebrate community life together. This amazing funding is part of the re-launch plans for Ingestre Community Centre and will help our project’s aim to boost community life through culture.”

Chris Gaul, Ordinand at St Peter’s Church and SE London Community Cinema Coordinator, said: “With the help of the National Lottery Community Fund, we are launching our super low-cost community cinema, where we can create the right conditions for all people to come together to enjoy films and sports, friendship and a community to which they can be known, and get to know others!”

Helen Lees, Founder of Friends Archbishop’s Park Gardening Club, said: “The grant is great news for us as it means we can not only continue, but expand our gardening club which supports well-being.  It runs most Fridays supporting adults dealing with mental health issues, young adults with special learning needs and anyone who wants to volunteer.  We can reach so many more people, especially those who experience isolation whilst helping to keep our local park looking great for everyone. ”

The National Lottery Community Fund is responsible for giving out money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. As part of today’s announcement, it has revealed that it is making grants totalling almost £88 million going to 3,096 community organisations across England.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk


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