Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
AY CIC aims to offer a facility that will provide social, educational, recreational and well being activities in a safe and secure community environment. It will also promote community cohesion through dialogue and discussions at the centre where all groups from diverse backgrounds will be welcome. We will attract new groups and maintain our existing groups. Our aim will be to provide a service that will exceed the expectation of our customers. Our aim is to reinvigorate an unused building/centre into a Community Hub, which will cater for local residents. The centre will be used for the following: • Community celebrations. • Community groups and Youth groups to hire facilities at affordable rates. • For public meetings of local residents on various issues. • Promote and run activities that focus on the well-being for local residents. • As a place where local residents meet each other socially. • As a place housing local clubs and volunteer activities.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The number of youth centres closing down has grown rapidly with 600 shutting down in the UK between 2012 to 2016. Without youth centres, young people do not have a safe place where they can meet outside of the comfort of their own homes. This is the main reason why we are passionate about opening our own Community Hub in our local area of Tower Hamlets. With knife crime continuing to rise, we want to ensure that the youth today are on the right path and are looking ahead to the future. We will do this by ensuring they are equipped with the necessary life skills to be successful.
Steps to get it done:
AY CIC’s Business Plan will become more detailed once the lease has been signed off and we are running the centre. The Board of Directors had an emergency meeting last week and had collectively decided to hold off from applying for any grants or any major funding streams until the lease has been granted. The reason for this is that a number of applications require indication of a long length of lease, which is a major factor in determining whether funding is granted or not. We have been prevented from applying for the minimum of 50k this year alone. We recently had to pull out of a possible 12k grant for fitness equipment as we could not show we had permission to have it installed. This equipment was for the local community, needed no maintenance and it could have created a revenue stream once locals became aware of the equipment and in turn would have attracted them into the centre and created revenue from refreshments and hire of centre.
About the space
Custom LocationOur local community is the East India & Lansbury (EIL) ward in Tower Hamlets (TH), in 2011 the population was 14,859 of which 64% are BME’s, 39% of whom are Bangladeshi’s, 28% white British, 12% Black, 8% white other and 13% all others. The percentage in employment is 47.3% compared to the London average (LA) of 62.4%; unemployed is
London Borough of Tower Hamlets