Following the launch of the Wembley Park Community Fund in April – an exciting new venture led by Quintain, the developer behind Wembley Park, in partnership with The London Community Foundation and key contractors, McLaren, John Sisk & Son, and McAleer & Rushe, working at Wembley Park – Quintain are delighted to reveal that the organisations receiving grants through the fund are:
- SAAFI (Somali Advice and Forum of Information)
- Work Rights Centre
- Musicus CIC
- Sufra – NW London
- Youth Engagement Solutions Ltd
- Sexual Health on Call
- Ashford Place
In total 39 applications were received by the Fund and 13 organisations shortlisted following a rigorous panel process with representatives from Quintain and London Community Foundation alongside other local stakeholders.
The seven organisations chosen were felt to best meet the aim of the fund, which is – to make a real difference to local residents in Wembley Park and the surrounding areas by encouraging engagement and participation through funding a variety of community-led activities.
The grants that have been awarded are to organisations all looking to promote one or more of the Funds three core themes – Better Places – making Brent a great place to live, work and visit; Better Lives – supporting education, employment and good health and Better Locally – ensuring local networks and services work effectively.
The seven successful organisations provide a broad mix of services focused on helping young people, the elderly and the vulnerable in Brent. Through the organisations the grants will be used to support a variety of activities from the provision of English-as-a second-language classes through SAAFI, to expanding Work Rights Centre’s weekly employment rights centre, and from music lessons through Musicus CIC to football training by Youth Engagement Solutions Ltd.
James Saunders, Chief Operating Officer of Quintain (delivering Wembley Park), said:
“We are delighted to announce the recipients of grants through the Wembley Park Community Fund. Through the regeneration of the area and now the distribution of grants, our aim is to maximise the potential of Wembley Park and the wider area, making it a better place for everyone to live. It is clear from the variety of recipients that the benefits of this fund will be wide-ranging and far reaching and we look forward to seeing how this money can really make a difference to these local organisations.”
Adding to this, Russell Delew, Chief Executive of The London Community Foundation, said:
“We’re passionate about London, its people, its communities and its vitality. The projects supported through the Wembley Park Community Fund are a great example of organisations with a deep understanding of the communities they’re trying to help. They know how to meet people’s need and build lasting relationships, which is why we’re delighted to see them receive this round of grants.”
To ensure that local people really benefited from the grants, priority was given to Brent residents and community-led organisations with all of the selected organisations being based within Brent or the Wembley Park area.
The selected organisations now have a month to confirm the receipt of the grant and to ensure they pass the final conditions of grant offer of the Fund.