SEGRO has celebrated the success of its London Community Fund, launched in 2015, which is designed to support grass root community projects across the capital.
SEGRO has donated over £150,000 to date, which funded 13 community projects, helping vulnerable Londoners improve their lives. On 8th December at the House of Commons, there was a celebration of the success of the Fund and the charities which have benefited, hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP and Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer, SEGRO.
Golden Opportunity Youth Association (GOYA) was the project selected to receive support from the fund in Ealing. The project received almost £5,000 which directly supported 70 beneficiaries. For Ealing, SEGRO has awarded a further £4,872 in support of London Bike Hub.
Two community projects in Brent were selected to receive support from the fund: BANG Edutainment Ltd & Sufra, NW London. These projects received £10,000 directly supporting 35 beneficiaries.
Two projects in Hillingdon were selected to receive support from the fund: Horn of Africa Youth Association and YMCA West London. These projects received £9,410 in total directly supporting 46 beneficiaries directly.
Two projects in Hounslow were selected to receive support from the fund: Groundswell and Resco. These projects received £9,140 in total directly supporting 231 beneficiaries.
Andy Gulliford, Chief Operating Officer, SEGRO, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the successes of our London Community Fund and to see how our investment has really helped people and projects in the communities where we operate. Giving back to the community is part of SEGRO’s ethos and we look forward to continuing our support of local communities through this fund.”
Of the 13 grants awarded, nine of the organisations focussed on young people and four on homeless people or those at risk of homelessness. In 2015 the fund helped change the lives of 594 individuals. Over a third of the beneficiaries have disabilities or poor mental health, and yet 89 residents (almost 15%) that participated in the project secured employment, with a further 74 going into education and training and 9 securing apprenticeships.
In 2016, SEGRO increased its London wide funding support to £90,000, which has been awarded to 18 newly identified community projects.
The London Community Fund was launched in partnership with the London Community Foundation, an organisation that works with donors to invest into charities and community projects throughout London.