Every community is different. We work with people on the ground to ensure that we provide the right support, in the right place, at the right time.
We fund a wide variety of projects encouraging community engagement and promoting health and wellbeing. Every year we award hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants to local community groups and charities, supporting projects that benefit everyone from pre-school children to pensioners.
Community centres, sports clubs, art classes, playgrounds, allotments, and community gardens are just some of the things that our funding helps to support.
Our award-winning adventure playground in Bow, London, is one of the many projects improving neighbourhoods for our residents. Watch this video to see how it’s making a difference to local people in East London.
Our younger residents can gain valuable skills and qualifications as well as boosting their confidence by taking part in our ambassador programmes, which provide opportunities to take part in local social action projects. And our Age Friendly programme champions intergenerational activities and explores ways to collaborate with our residents to make our communities places for people to live longer, happier and healthier lives.
Throwing a financial lifeline
The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of community spirit, as well as making and maintaining relationships with others.
We provided emergency funding to organisations supporting our residents and communities through the pandemic, to help them cope with the surge in demand for support and adapt to new ways of delivering services during lockdown.
Foundation 92, the official charity partner of Salford City Football Club, was one of the organisations that received a grant from Clarion Futures. Foundation 92’s core mission is to help people to improve their lives through sport, but when the pandemic hit the organisation shifted its focus and began offering a wider range of community services.
Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, said: “When the first national lockdown was announced, we had to completely change our services and we couldn’t have done that without the support of Clarion Futures. We launched a new telephone befriending service to help people stay connected and have also launched a new initiative delivering essential packs, providing people with ingredients to cook healthy meals, as well as toiletries and activity packs to enable them to keep active. It’s a big change to what we were doing before, but we know how much it’s needed and are grateful for Clarion’s support to make it happen.”
Emergency funding to help our partners adapt
Women’s Inclusive Team, a charity based in Tower Hamlets supporting and empowering Black, Asian and minority ethnic women, is one of the organisations to have received a grant from Clarion Futures, enabling them to meet the enormous challenges the pandemic has posed to their local community.
When the pandemic hit, with the help of over 300 volunteers and thanks to funding from Clarion Futures and other partners, they set up a food bank and community kitchen which provided weekly food parcels and daily hot meals to hundreds of families and vulnerable people, as well as a telephone befriending service and youth programmes for children who went without nearly a year of school.
Safia Jama, founder and CEO of Women’s Inclusive Team, said: “We treasure the relationships we have grown with organisations that have a strong desire to help our local community. The funding we received from Clarion Futures went a long way in enabling us to quickly respond to the sudden hardships women, their families and vulnerable people from Black and ethnic minority communities faced during the Covid-19 crisis with setting up a community kitchen and food bank and organising telephone befriending services to tackle loneliness and isolation.”
She added: “Our work is just beginning as we continue supporting ethnic minority women and their families but we’re proud of our grassroots, community-led response to the pandemic. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the volunteers and partners who have helped us go the extra mile.”
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