Young adults and families in Camden are set to benefit from significant investment in the borough following the award of thousands of pounds worth of charitable grants.
Three community projects have been selected to receive a total of £13,500 from Wates Giving, a charitable programme set up by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
The awards follow applications to the Trust sponsored by national developer Wates Residential, which is currently building 141 new homes and additional retail and commercial spaces as part of the Abbey Area redevelopment in the borough.
The site is currently getting ready for completion and the handover of the first new homes in the autumn, with the scaffolding coming down and the brickwork façade visible for the first time.
As with all its projects, Wates Residential has committed to delivering a lasting legacy for the Camden community through investment in education, training, skills and local facilities. The Wates Giving grants provide a positive additional boost for this activity.
A cheque presentation took place last Thursday at the site on Abbey Road to celebrate the organisations’ work. The donations included £10,000 for the South Hampstead and Kilburn Community Partnership (SHAK) to enable it to support the ARC Youth Club.
The club currently organises sporting, educational and creative activities to help youngsters from the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, and the surrounding area, build confidence and achieve their potential. It also provides advice about CVs, apprenticeships and further education, and has a recording studio.
The funding will help the club to re-launch and extend its programme of activities, including the development of a youth leadership programme. The changes are being made in order to ensure it is providing the support the community needs most.
Meanwhile, Women + Health – a community-based health centre that delivers affordable complementary therapies and counselling for women in the borough – has been awarded £3,000. The funding will be used to create an urban community garden that will help promote wellbeing and sustainability.
The project, which will use recycled materials where possible, was nominated by Wates Residential after members from the centre delivered therapies for the on-site team during Mental Health Week in April. The money will help buy decking, fencing and planters to commence the work.
The third facility to benefit from Wates Residential’s work in the area is the Abbey Community Centre. A grant of £500 has been made to ensure the centre can continue its fantastic work with the local community. It follows the donation of more than 30 employees’ time to redecorate the building and replace the toilets and sinks during Reshaping Tomorrow Week, a major week-long volunteering event which was led by Wates in June.
John Boyle, Director, SHAK, said:
“We are very happy that Wates has supported our work with this funding. We will use the funds to local young people in developing to shape the club to further meet their needs. Our “Youth Champions” will develop new skills that will increase their opportunities for the future and make the community a better place for young people to grow up in.”
Paul Nicholls, Managing Director, Wates Residential South, commented:
“Through our ongoing work at Abbey Road, we have really got to know the local community and have seen first-hand the excellent work that facilities including the ARC Youth Club, Women + Health and Abbey Community Centre have been doing.
We are both pleased and proud to have been able to nominate these projects for grant funding and make the case for the community as part of our commitment to delivering a lasting legacy for the local residents and wider Camden area. We look forward to seeing the benefits they will deliver for local people.”