BXS Community Fund 2020

The Brent Cross South Community Fund returned for its second year in May 2020, and this year had a specific focus on supporting local initiatives which are working to respond directly to the impact of COVID-19 in the communities in and around the regeneration area.

The Fund, which is being delivered by independent organisation Semble, offered grants of up to £3,000 for projects located in, and just outside, the wards of Golders Green, Childs Hill and West Hendon. Entries were judged on their ability to reflect the ambition for the new town centre to be an inclusive, people-first place which strives to be healthy and sustainable.

Out of the 55 applications for funding, 11 local community projects were selected to receive funding as part of 2020’s £30,000 Brent Cross South Community Fund.

The successful applications and their projects are as follows:

The Childs Hill Foodbank – a new foodbank being set up in Childs Hill, a ward in which 17% of children living there come from income deprived families and 17% of those aged over 60 experience income deprivation.

West Hendon Covid-19 Detached Summer Youth Provision, F.U.S.E – a programme offering socially distanced physical activity and free meals over the summer holidays to children on the West Hendon Estate.

Camp Simcha – a scheme that supports Jewish families with seriously ill children, providing hospital transport, crisis meal packages and activities for young children, giving powerful positive experiences to improve quality of life.

St Agnes Counselling Service – a local primary school based in the highest deprivation quintile is looking to boost emotional health and well-being for its students with a counselling service.

Kef Kids Covid Support – a group which provides fun lockdown suitable activities for children and young adults with special needs in North West London.

Childs Hill Library Open Day and Volunteer Celebration – an event to mark the reopening of the library and celebrate its volunteers and commemorate the impact that COVID-19 has had on the community.

People and Nature Thrive Together – a local project held at Clitterhouse Farm running 22 fun outdoor nature engagement wellbeing sessions.

Apache Kids Club – a Friday afterschool club the Fund supported last year is looking to continue their BXS Community Fund 2019 project to provide a free games, arts and craft activity space to local children.

BACA Older Person’s Outreach – a programme by Barnet African Caribbean Association to improve digital inclusion amongst the older people in its community.

Whitefield Sensory Garden – a project by Whitefield secondary school to create an outdoor sensory garden on site for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.

Brent Terrace Residents Association Community Garden Allotment Project – a project to further develop the creation of a small village green area which was supported last year by the Fund with new trees and equipment.