Essex & East London groups awarded £15,000
Six local charities and community groups have been awarded grants totalling £15,000 by the National Express Foundation for a range of projects and courses which will help young people in south Essex and east London.
The National Express Foundation, supported by the parent company of local train operator c2c, has awarded grants of £2,500 each to:
- The Arc Theatre in Barking for a summer workshop programme exploring anti-social behaviour issues through video and performance
- The B'3 Foundation in Newham to run a seven-week media and film course for local NEETS, helping to build their media and interpersonal skills
- The Green Shoes Arts Community Interest Company in Dagenham to run a creative leadership challenge in August for 15 local young people
- The Lee Chapel North Helping Hands Job Club in Basildon to run additional job club sessions for local 16-24 year-olds
- Saint Stephen's Church in Southend to fund and equip their youth football teams for children aged 10-13
- South East and Central Essex Mind, based in Southend, to support five Southend students with 13 mental health counselling sessions, plus run youth focus groups for up to 25 local students
In addition, South Essex College will receive a total of £20,000 this year from the National Express Foundation to provide bursaries for students following grants awarded in previous years.
Anthony Vigor, Chairman of the National Express Foundation, said: "We were very impressed by the sheer number of high-quality ideas we received from local groups. We are delighted to provide a total of £15,000 to support these six projects, and I hope this funding helps their ambitious plans to become a reality."
John McKay from the Lee Chapel North Job Club, which also received £2,500 from the Foundation last year, said: "The grant from the Foundation will enable us to build on what we achieved in our job club last year. The job market is getting tougher every week, and we can help with further training and developing life skills, which 16-18 year-olds need to meet modern employment standards."
Lauren Crowley from Green Shoes Arts said: "We are so pleased to receive funding from National Express Foundation to enable us to train a group of young creative leaders to create performances and workshops for their peers. It means that we can continue our work across the summer break, making sure young people have something positive to do and enabling them to make a difference in their local community through the arts."