Newham Giving

Kyrsten Perry, Place Based Giving Manager at the East End Community Foundation gives an overview of Newham Giving, its successes and plans for the future.

History

Inspired by the work of Islington Giving, “Newham Giving” was launched in 2014. Newham Giving is a place-based giving fund set up to support community-based projects which make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Newham.

Established by East End Community Foundation and supported by Newham Council. Initial funding came from East End Community Foundation and a corporate donor group including Royal Docks Trust (London), Clifford Chance, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Northern Trust and Tate & Lyle.

Based on EECF’s knowledge and 25 year history of grant making in the East End a clear need was identified for more positive activities for children and young people. Newham has the youngest age profile in England and Wales – around 30% of the population are under the age of 20. The borough has the second highest child poverty rate across London at 41%, and the highest proportion of children in working families receiving tax credits.

EECF and our committed partners, including Newham Council, identified a lack of available funding for school holiday periods where children and young people are at risk of learning loss and incidents of anti-social behavior can spike.

Newham Giving supports summer community projects with funding to deliver positive activities for children and young people during the school holiday. These projects have a significant impact on maintaining educational engagement, reducing anti-social behavior and developing children and young people’s skills.

How does it work?

We invite a combination of individual, corporate and business donors to contribute to the fund to allow us to award grants solely in Newham. Newham Giving is administered by the East End Community Foundation, giving grants of between £8k to £10k to charities and established community groups supporting youth projects in the summer holidays.

How much?

Newham Giving has raised and awarded £221,000 of grants to local Newham charities since its inception.

Successes

Newham Giving supports children and young people and strives to increase educational engagement with youth in Newham.  For example, Newham Giving funded West Silvertown Village Community Foundation which has delivered a ‘Summer Extravaganza’ for 3 years.  The young people get to train as young leaders and deliver a summer play-scheme for younger kids in the area. Young leaders get to develop critical skills including communication, time and budget management, administration, leadership, reliability and teamwork. These activities on offer are designed to provide an engaging and stimulating programme building life skills. Children who took part gained a better sense of belonging to the “West Silvertown family” as well as increasing their teamwork and confidence. In 2016, 6 young leaders gained a Go Lead, Sports Leaders UK accreditation and 2 have secured employment with a partner organisation as a result of their training.

In 2016 Newham Giving was able to support the Beckton Skills Centre.  The Centre often finds that young people that are not in education, employment or training (NEETS) can lose motivation to learn new things. Beckton Skills Centre has been combating this for 3 years now with their “Build it, Race it” Go-Kart Project. This project combines practical skills and training in mechanical engineering with an exciting opportunity to build and race their very own go-kart. Young people aged 14-19 work towards a City and Guilds Level 1 Award in Motor Vehicle Maintenance. Beckton Skills Centre supported 42 young people to gain a qualification and 6 went directly into an apprenticeship or work placement.

Another project which was supported in 2016 was Lauriston Lights. Did you know that if you take two 11 year olds who possess the same level of ability they will have very different life chances depending on their socio-economic background?  Lauriston Lights tackles this through their summer camp for high ability primary school children from deprived backgrounds who are about to start secondary school.  University students from around the UK are specially trained to support children to realise their potential and develop vital learning skills ensuring they thrive at secondary school and beyond.  The university students provide aspiration to the children as well as supporting the development of skills such as constructing and communicating opinions and working with others.

Challenges

The team have plenty of knowledge and expertise in working with the voluntary sector in Newham, however, the challenge has been raising the profile of Newham Giving in order to reach new corporate donors as well as small to medium enterprises and local residents to support the fund.

What next?

Newham Giving’s aim is to raise at least £450k over 5 years and to become the recognised local giving fund for local Newham residents and employees who want to support small local charities in Newham.

Thank you

Newham Giving is extremely grateful to all of its supporters – from corporates to local people – for making this innovative and collaborative approach a success.

How you can support Newham Giving?

If you need more information about Newham Giving please contact Kyrsten Perry.
Kyrsten Perry,
Place Based Giving Manager,
East End Community Foundation
Email: Kyrsten.Perry@eastendcf.org
Phone: 0207 345 4551