These charities are just a handful of the over 200 London charities supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
1. Royal Parks Foundation
The Royal Parks charity cares for 5,000 acres of Royal parkland across London. By celebrating heritage, promoting health and wellbeing and protecting nature, the Royal Parks provide 77m annual visitors with treasured green spaces to explore, value and enjoy – now and for the future. But it’s not just the human visitors that benefit. This year, thanks to an award of £600,000 from Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, Mission: Invertebrate was launched to discover, celebrate and protect the invertebrates that live in London’s green spaces. Over 95 per cent of animal species are invertebrates; they are the unsung heroes in nature’s workforce.
We all rely on them for vital services, from pollinating plants to helping break down and recycle organic material, but invertebrate numbers are increasingly threatened by a lack of suitable habitats. Royal Parks Foundation has started to address this problem. To date, Mission: Invertebrate has welcomed over 7,000 people to family activity days, connecting kids with nature and boosting awareness of these vital minibeasts. Over 40 school classes have visited learning centres across the eight Royal Parks.
2. Tottenham Hotspur Foundation
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s award-winning charitable body, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, creates opportunities that change lives. Over the past 10 years, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has delivered more than 2.75m opportunities through innovative projects focused on driving employability, improving the educational attainment of local young people, promoting community development within some of North London’s most deprived communities, encouraging healthier lifestyles and providing access to sport for people of all abilities. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have awarded £1,050,000 in support to a number of the Foundation’s projects and helped to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged young people living in the Club’s local community.
Nikki Kelly, Acting Chief Executive of the Foundation, said: “The funding we receive enables us to develop a range of programmes that change the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people living in our communities. On behalf of everyone at Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, I’d like to say a special thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for their continued support in helping us to make a real difference to young lives.”
3. The Bike Project
Founded in 2013, The Bike Project operates across London to refurbish abandoned bikes and donates them to refugees and asylum-seekers. Its mission is simple: to get refugees cycling! These bikes provide refugees with the means to access resources such as education, English lessons and psychological support. A bike also helps refugees to be fitter, happier and part of their local community and is often the first step into normal living for those who have faced the most difficult of times. In 2017, The Bike Project received £8,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through People’s Postcode Trust for a brand new project. Funding is enabling the charity to recruit, train and match volunteers to befriend asylum seekers. This new project is an expansion of the already successful bike donation scheme that operates in London, which tackles the lack of mobility and social isolation faced by many refugees who receive just £36 a week and can't afford public transport.
This new year-long project seeks to develop an initial 48 buddying partnerships. The project encourages cycling trips together, aimed at building friendships, reducing isolation, improving well-being and encouraging further social integration and greater independence.
4. Global Generation
Founded in 2004, Global Generation is an educational charity which works together with local children and young people, businesses, residents and families in Camden, Islington and Southwark. They strive to create healthy, integrated and environmentally responsible communities through offering practical experiences and employment pathways to young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and giving them the social, emotional and practical skills to make a difference in the world. They also work to teach communities about growing healthy food and attracting wildlife in urban spaces.
In 2016, Global Generation received two lots of funding from Postcode Local Trust. The first funding pot of £19,962 was used on their project ‘Germinate King’s Cross’ which brought local residents together to create new bio-diverse gardens and habitats for wildlife on the Kings Cross Estate. This included a new residents’ garden in a local council block and a school garden, which is being used for teaching young children the value of food growing and wildlife in the garden.
In September of the same year a funding award of £19,990 was awarded to the project ‘Re-wilding King’s Cross’, which creates biodiverse gardens with the local King’s Cross community. The resident’s garden is now being managed by the residents themselves.
5. London Symphony Orchestra
The London Symphony Orchestra is one of the world’s leading orchestras, with a mission to bring inspiring music experiences to the broadest mix of people through its ground-breaking education and community programme, LSO Discovery. Since its inception in 1990, this initiative has become one of the world’s leading music engagement programmes. Stretching from its home at LSO St Luke’s on Old Street right across East London, the programme works at a grass-roots level to provide children, young people and adults in some of London’s most disadvantaged areas with access to inspiring music experiences.
In 2016, the LSO received £15,000 in funding from Postcode Community Trust to support the development of its LSO Create programme. Designed especially for adults with learning disabilities, LSO Create enables marginalised adults facing isolation within their local communities to regularly access high-quality music activities, providing them with vital community identity. In the long term, LSO Create participants will feel more able to regularly access arts activities at LSO St Luke’s, the Barbican, and other local arts venues.
6. Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
The Millennium Seed Bank, a facility managed by the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, is home to over 2bn seeds from around 40,000 plant species. In a setting reminiscent of a Bond film, the temperature-controlled vaults keep seeds from some of the rarest and most endangered plants. Kew’s seed collections come from over 100 countries around the world – and there are new arrivals on a daily basis. Some of the plants preserved are close to extinction in the wild, while others are known to have important uses in food production, forestry or medicine. By conserving these collections, and supporting partner seed banks around the globe, Kew is able to facilitate the restoration of damaged landscapes and to research plants for as yet unknown properties. Since 2012 £1,175,000 in funding, generated by Players of People’s Postcode Lottery, has enabled Kew to actively add large quantities of tree seeds, collected from woodlands right across the UK into the Seed Bank. To date, well over 3m seeds from 3,500 individual trees have been conserved. This huge effort has been made possible by recruiting and training over 600 volunteers from a network of 30 charity partners. Primary schoolchildren, support groups for people trying to get back into work, and many other active outdoor groups have all played a part.
7. Greenhouse Sports
Greenhouse Sports uses sports coaching and mentoring to develop the social, emotional and behavioural skills of young people. In partnership with secondary schools, Greenhouse Sports embeds coaches into the school environment to deliver full-time extra-curricular programmes that support and inspire young people who may be disengaged, vulnerable or growing up in disadvantage. Last year Greenhouse Sports coaches worked with over 7,000 young people to help them develop life-enhancing skills and enable them to thrive – inside and outside the sports hall.
Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded a total of £900,000 to Greenhouse Sports and have supported the charity in extending their reach into the community. Greenhouse Sports is currently transforming a Grade II* listed building in Westminster into a flagship sport for development centre that can be a safe and welcoming space for young people to be active and grow. The Greenhouse Centre, as it will be known, is set to open in early 2018, offering coaching and inclusive sporting opportunities for the local community and beyond.
Read more: Giving Magazine 2017