Funding for two great projects about growing

The London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund has funded two projects helping people to grow food and to grow their ambitions.  

Westcott Park Garden Group care for a beautiful garden space established by the community in Ealing’s Westcott Park. The funding will employ a gardener to work at the weekends; to bring their professional skills to the project and also support the training of the community volunteers. The project encourages people to grow food or to use the space as a venue for community events. It recently received money from the Tesco Bags of Help fund to install solar panel lighting in the garden and buy community composting facilities.

Spark2Life is a project that supports young men from the Church End Estate, in Brent, to improve their lives by achieving aspirations matching their interests and talents. The funding will employ a mentor to help them break out of a cycle of low-expectation to make the steps necessary to achieve success in the way they have identified. The mentor will act as a strong advocate for the males as they overcome mistrust, as well as the obstacles of often having no qualifications and a criminal record. Ultimately the project will train somebody to take over the mentor role.

Both projects partner with Catalyst Gateway and illustrate how we support organisations in the areas where we provide housing.  

The Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund was set up in 2010 to help grassroots charities tackling poverty, inequality and exclusion across London.