The Foundation has supported Islington Giving since 2013 through grants totalling over £4,000 for activity programmes supporting disadvantaged young people in the London Borough of Islington.
Islington Giving is an independent group of funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations working together to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington. Investing in young people is one of Islington Giving’s key priorities, and it awards grants to voluntary sector organisations providing activities and services for young people in the borough.
Islington Giving awarded Centre 404 a Making the Most of Free Time grant in 2016 to run play schemes during the summer, Christmas and Easter holidays for young people aged 10-16 and their siblings. Before launching Making the Most of Free Time, Islington Giving consulted with 340 young people in the borough and found that 77% said they would like to take part in more opportunities at times that suit them.
Centre 404 offers friendly, reliable and person centred support to people with a learning disability and their families in North London, and works towards building a community and a society where people with learning disabilities are valued and involved members of our community.
Centre 404 play schemes provide 50 young people with fun activities and vital services at accessible times. Centre 404 promotes independence and develops confidence in young people with disabilities, which also has a positive impact on parents and families.
China, now 17, has been a member of Centre 404 since she was 9, and took part in its play schemes. China’s mum explained, “Centre 404 has opened up a new whole world for her. China has grown into a beautiful young teenager who is ABLE to talk to someone other than me and express herself without feeling different. She still has big obstacles to face but I pray each day that Centre 404 will be around to help me with her into adulthood. Thank you.”