National Express Foundation donates £10,000 to east London community groups
Three community groups in east London are celebrating after being awarded a total of £10,000 in grants by the National Express Foundation, the charity arm of the parent company of local train operator c2c.
The community groups awarded funding are:
- £5,000 for the Theatre Royal Stratford East to run programmes providing an introduction to the arts for volunteers aged 13-24, and for workshop sessions for young poets
- £2,500 for the East London Community Sports Association to provide a youth rugby programme at Memorial Park, near West Ham station
- £2,500 for the B'3 Foundation in Newham, to provide personal development programmes for local young people to tackle barriers to education and employment
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said: "We have awarded funding to these local groups because of the hard work they do helping local young people in disadvantaged circumstances. They have ambitious plans and we hope this support can help make a real difference to their efforts."
Jan Sharkey-Dodds from the Theatre Royal Stratford East said: "This funding will enable our organisation to be more connected to its local community. Working with 41 young volunteers and artists it will give us more insight into their needs and help us to best identify how we can support them in their future aspirations to be artists and leaders with confidence."
Barrie Challingsworth, Chair of the East London Community Sports Association, said: "This funding will be used to work with local schools and develop opportunities for junior rugby in the London Borough of Newham."
Segun 'Segge Dan' Fayase, Founder of the B'3 Foundation said: "B'3 Foundation are delighted to receive support from National Express and look forward to helping young people identify their dreams and work towards them."
The National Express Foundation has also made donations totalling £25,000 to local colleges and community groups in south Essex located close to the c2c rail line.