Get Living, the UK’s leading build-to-rent operator of large-scale residential neighbourhoods, supported by the East End Community Foundation, a longstanding East London charity, has announced its latest grants to community groups in and around East Village.
The organisations to receive funds are Newham Music, Salaam Peace, Newham Poetry Group, Ekota Care Trust, Clapton Community Football Club, Eat Club, Rise.365, Lucy Tate in partnership with Waltham Forest Disability Resource Centre (E15), Rosetta Arts Centre, 1st Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Rainbows, Brownies and Guides and Core Arts.
Projects supported include Sing East Community Choir, an open-access choir based in East Village, Clapton CFC’s open football training sessions for women and non-binary people, Rosetta Arts Centre’s ART SUPERSTARS! a free programme of online activities for disabled children in partnership with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) groups, an arts and textile course for students with additional needs and disabilities, and the Stratford Seniors Project supporting vulnerable older people with telephone befriending and information sharing.
Since its establishment in 2015, the Inspiring Communities Fund has provided more than £140,000 to over 50 organisations with the aim of increasing community connections, improving health and wellbeing and engaging more people in the cultural opportunities in and around the East Village area. Organisations that have previously benefitted from funding have included Rosetta Arts, Newham Music, Eastside Community Heritage and Ball Out Community.
Get Living was launched in May 2013 with a distinct mission to change the way people rent whilst supporting its local and surrounding communities. East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes’ Village, is its flagship neighbourhood with close to 2,000 homes for rent and still growing.
Since its inception, Get Living has given more than £500,000 to UK charitable and community causes across wellbeing, arts and sport. Get Living recently donated to Mind in Lambeth and Southwark, an extension of its existing partnership with Mind in Salford. Other current initiatives include support for East Village community space, The Hall, local Newham artists through Rosetta Arts, as well as being a founding sponsor of the East Village-based E20 Football Foundation and a long-time supporter of SportsAid, the UK’s leading charity for young athletes.