London Bridge based businesses range from huge
global professional services to start-up creative agencies, but one thing they
have in common is their desire to connect to and invest in the local community.
Coordinated by the Team London Bridge Business
Improvement District (BID), local businesses have invested more than £430,000 in
charities and community groups over the past 10 years. In this latest round of
investment, 10 organisations have been pledged money via grants from the
Building Communities Fund.
This is financed by the Team London Bridge BID levy
which means the whole business community in London Bridge is contributing. Building
Communities grants are issued annually and are dedicated to supporting local
events, youth projects, residents’ activities, general community programmes and
Most projects are delivered within two miles of the
BID, mainly in the SE1, SE16, or SE17 postcodes. The beneficiaries can belong
to any age groups, but funded projects must utilise and promote sustainable
Team London Bridge received 28 applications for the
2019-2020 Fund. The standard was extremely high, making it a challenge for the business-led
Task Group to narrow it down to 10 successful projects.
The chosen projects included providing social,
Capoeira classes aimed at enhancing the well-being of carers in north
Southwark, drama-based workshops helping children make the transition to
secondary school, empowering young people through judo, day care services for
older residents, and helping people grow and prepare their own fruit and
vegetables in Rotherhithe. All of which will be delivered within the next 12
months. To see the full list of all 10 grantees please click here.
Brenda Wade, Stones End Day Centre, Age UK said, ‘Through
the project our older people have felt more empowered having received a
tailored service. This project allows members to further retain their dignity
and maintain positive self-esteem.’
Had the available Fund been larger, the Task Group
would have had no trouble approving more initiatives as many of the
unsuccessful applications represented equally exciting and productive projects.
Building Communities is one of three grant funding streams from Team
London Bridge. They are part of a wider Responsible Business programme managed
by the BID that allows London Bridge businesses to buy into coordinated,
locally focused CSR initiatives which aim to promote a north Southwark
community that is more positively engaged, supported and connected.