£130k Community Chest funding awarded to local groups

Updated: 17 May 2022 at 16:34pm

Phoenix tenants have voted to award £130,000 of community chest funding to a range of projects that will benefit residents in Catford, Bellingham, Downham and Grove Park. 

Seven community projects have secured a large grant of up to £20,000 from our award-winning Community Chest Fund. Set up in 2013, the fund has now given out £1million to 100 projects befitting more than 21, 500 projects. This year’s winners, decided by Phoenix tenants, are projects and initiatives that will benefit Phoenix residents and the broader community. They all made a short video and were on hand at this year’s Phoenix Festival to explain to residents what their project would do if they won. 

548 Phoenix tenants got involved to have their say by voting online, by post, telephone , in person at The Green Man and at the Phoenix Festival. 


Chief Executive of Phoenix Denise Fowler said: “This is the first year that Grove Park residents have been able to get involved with the Community Chest and to reflect this we’ve given away an extra £30,000. I’m thrilled to see so many tenants vote this year and what a fantastic lineup of projects they’ve chosen. There’s such a variety of projects this year from football coaching to holiday clubs and therapies for older people. All of these projects will benefit our community, and I hope all our residents take full advantage of what’s on offer. Congratulations to the winners. I can’t wait to see you get started!” 


This year’s winners are… 


Brent Knoll & Watergate Summer Club - £18,384 

Two weeks of holiday clubs for children with social and communication disorders and severe learning disabilities, comprising a specially tailored range of activities delivered by experienced and familiar staff. 

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COVID19 Recovery Clinic & Healthy Living Therapies for Over 55s - £19,900 

Health and wellbeing sessions to support physical, emotional and mental health. Ending isolation and bringing fun, wellbeing, health and enjoyment. 

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Happy Feet - £18,499 

The Happy Feet toenail cutting service for people aged 50+ helps mobility, prevents falls and reduces isolation by providing clinics in community settings accessible by Phoenix residents. 

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Sports Fun 4 All - £11,982 

Free football coaching for young people aged 11-19 every Thursday at Downham Leisure Centre, BR1 5EP delivered by FA qualified, and DBS checked coaches. 

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Summer's Park Adventure - £8,844

Summer's Park Adventure is a fun-filled outdoor family theatre show taking place in Chinbrook Meadows. Follow Summer the park ranger and meet all her nature-loving friends around the park!

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Wellbeing Wednesdays - £10,699 

A welcoming, communal living room for relaxation, socialisation, sharing free food and engaging in optional activities e.g., mindfulness, cooking, gardening, exercise, arts, crafts, talks. Participants can host and request sessions. 

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Young Carers - £20,000 

Carers Lewisham will run Holiday Clubs for Young Carers aged 5-16 years old to increase their access to fun, engaging activities whilst making positive connections with other neighbourhood young carers. 

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In April, our resident-led panel awarded small grants, worth up to £2,500 to:  

  • Castillon Unity Garden 
  • Fitness & Friendship 
  • Fun & Fitness with Afro-Caribbean Music 
  • Girls-R-Us 
  • Grove Park Carnival 
  • Grove Park Mural 
  • Spread the Word 
  • Street Trees for Living 
  • WG Grace Senior Citizens 
  • Wuntanara African Drumming 

Phoenix tenant and Vice Chair of the Board Simon Barlow said: “I was thrilled to be a part of this year’s judging panel and to have the honour of announcing this year’s winners at the Phoenix Festival. The Community Chest gives me and my fellow residents a real opportunity to have our say, and I’m thrilled that so many did! There’s a range of fantastic projects that have won this year and I'm really looking forward to seeing them in action.” 

More information about all of this year’s projects will be available soon. 

Thank you to all our tenants who voted, to our resident-led panel and to the projects who put themselves forward. Congratulations to the winners! 


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