On Tuesday 14th May 2019 we held the Annual Regent’s Place Community Fund Celebration event.
The event took place in 17-19 Triton Street and was attended by over 50 people consisting of funders, funded groups, occupiers, local businesses, the voluntary sector and the NHS.
Upon arrival, guests were able to network over drinks and nibbles while they visited the exhibition area to learn more about the various projects. Each funded group had their project displayed on a board, showcasing their work.
Geoff Jones, Portfolio Director for Regent’s Place Campus opened the event with a warm welcome. He spoke about the success of the fund and the project team’s desire to make an even greater impact than it has done in the past. Over £45,000 had been donated in Year 2 and approximately £139,000 to date. Over the last three years, 12 organisations have worked together to support 14 projects under the themes of: Employability, Social Cohesion and Health and Wellbeing.
The Deputy Mayor, Maryam Eslamdoust, was unable to attend on the day but she did, nevertheless, send a very encouraging message describing the Regent’s Park Community Fund as an ‘innovative way local businesses and community organisations are working together to create meaningful employment and prosperity’. She also made mention that the local community indeed had ‘masses of potential’.
Several presenters shared their experience of working within the local community. Rose Alexander, Regent’s Place Community Manager, highlighted the various opportunities presented to businesses and their employees when they engage with community groups. She made mention of the numerous ways that businesses can work with community groups and the various benefits that spring from such partnerships, whether from a business perspective or in terms of developing the skills of employees.
Marilyn Mensah, Community Fund Manager, explained that her vision for organising this event was to give the project managers, co-ordinators, volunteers and members of the community groups a platform for their voices to be heard. She described this as being able to hear first-hand from the community groups about their experiences was a key part of the celebration event. She encouraged those present to think about their next steps in terms of working together to make a difference in the local community.
It was wonderful to hear from Albert McEyeson, CEO of Action Youth Boxing Intervention, about the work they are doing in the local community, in schools and in youth groups to support young people either at risk or involved in gangs. Onem Emirhan, from AYBI shared his personal testimony of how the project had helped him lose weight which transformed his life entirely. Bonnie Jones from AYBI shared a very touching poem that gave an insight into the challenges young people face today and how the project has helped her to combat that.
We were delighted to have volunteers, Ursula Brown and Su Senaratne, from the Third Age Project join us to share about their experiences. Both ladies spoke exuberantly about how they found being part of TAP so fulfilling and how important such a project is as it breaks down isolation which can so easily affect senior citizens.
Phil Kerry, the Chief Executive of New Horizon Youth Centre presented the work they are doing as a front-line agency working with young people who are homeless. The fund supports NHYC to deliver a catering project, serving a healthy breakfast and up to 60 hot lunches a day to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people coming into London.
Guests were then shown the Regents Place Community Fund 2019 film which featured funded groups like C4WS, North London Cares and Fitzrovia In Action. It was also enlightening to hear from Lendlease who are also featured in the film.
After the speeches and presentation, the guests enjoyed a time of networking. The feedback received was brilliant and it was clear guests had a good time sharing stories and forming partnerships!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the event! If you would like to find out more about the fund and ways you can get involved please contact email@example.com.