Following the launch of the “Pitch your charity” initiative last October, which invites members of the Company to propose charities for support, the Company awarded £2000 apiece to two very different organisations. King Henry’s Walk Garden, is a community project on the border of Islington and Hackney that runs "Little Explorers Out and About”, a 10 week long summer programme which encourages parents and their children to connect with the natural environment. Children enjoy a variety of activities including bug hunting, pond dipping, digging, seed sowing and watering the garden.
By contrast, Greenhouse Sports, uses the medium of sport to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds develop essential life skills, improve employability prospects, increase their engagement with education and engage in positive activities outside school. It runs sport and mentoring programmes for over 7,000 young people in 50 schools across 17 London boroughs and from the Greenhouse Centre in the severely deprived Church Street Ward in Marylebone. Just under 80% of the children that take part are BAME and 69% live in areas of high deprivation. Children that partake in the programmes attend an average of 5 more school days per year and achieve 30-40% higher grades in maths and English compared with their non-Greenhouse peers.
At the current time, when many charities are facing real financial pressures the WCIB is pleased to support two very worthwhile initiatives and looks forward to developing relationships with them going forward.
Many thanks to Court Assistat Ai Miraj for the report