Help make Tower Hamlets a great place to live, work and play
Our goal is to purchase fitness equipment, co working desks and a music stuido to allow both senior citizens and young people to inter generate and mix. We will hold weekly fitness classes for the elders and create rap and other styles of music too. We have also found over 79% do not carry out any form of exercise weekly, which contributes to poor physical and mental health. We have been fortunate to run commissioned based projects, pollution and food poverty initiatives which are presently in operation. Our new space needs funding to make it come to life. It is in the most deprived part of Tower Hamlets. We wish to hold art therapy, creative dance, wellbeing projects and music studios for young people. To remain sustainable we will create a co working space, for all community members, encouraging 50 people to create their own social enterprises whilst mentoring them through the process. The funding will allow us to help 50 people from cradle to career.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The aim will be to have a space that is inclusive, for all community members, but with a young person focus, encouraging enterprise and business leadership. As a POC who endured child abuse, was homeless, a recovering addict and lives with bi polar, I feel we can do better. We are fundamentally creating a safe space that does not exist in Tower Hamlets at the moment which includes a co working space, so that we can generate income and mesh the new and old communities. Our model will focus on healing, therapy, art and culture. We know this will work due to our record. Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK, as a local person, who was educated from Culloden Primary School in Poplar and lives in Bow still, I feel my story can help others grow, prosper and lift themselves out of deprivation. Firstly creating safe space is key, having intergenerational activities is a must and ensuring we have fun is critical, whilst creating new businesses.
Steps to get it done:
We feel our cause is urgent and is value for money as early intervention is a public policy approach which encourages preventative intervention in the lives of our user group to prevent problems developing later in life. Interventions can either be targeted at young people deemed to be at higher risk of disadvantage, or can be universal in scope. As well as the political and social benefits of preventing poor outcomes within this user group, such as mental health problems, low employment attainment and crime, advocates of early intervention also cite economic benefits to the approach. This is based on the argument that preventative policies cost less to implement than reactive policies. We will seek funding from other sources, including grant applications but will also support the programme via our catering arm which will contribute financially to the project to either match fund or help support the project long term.
About the space
London Borough of Tower Hamlets