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Thamesmead Community Fund appoints new resident panel

The Thamesmead Community Fund (TMCF) has announced its new panel of eight local people who will have their say on the investment of up to £75,000 towards 25 exciting grassroots projects that benefit residents.

Each project will receive up to £3,000 from July 2024 - March 2025, and panel members will be paid the London Living Wage for their time.

The TMCF is funded by Peabody and administered by the London Community Foundation. Peabody is leading Thamesmead’s long-term regeneration – a fundamental part of which is about collaborating with local people and partners to create a happier, healthier and wealthier Thamesmead.

Between 2018 and 2023, Peabody awarded £230,000 to 114 projects through the TMCF. Each project was voted for by previous resident panels through a process which has now been passed on to new members: Agatha Thomas, Adedapo Dally, Joana Carvalho, Nikita Hayward, Genevieve Norwick, Peculiar Medinus, April Mansaray and Esther Sesay.

Esther previously received a grant from the TMCF towards the award-winning Javan Coker Foundation, which she co-founded in 2018 to support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs. “I live in Thamesmead so I know the area and I know a lot of the services that are provided. Being a part of the panel means we’ll be able to have some input in providing support to the community through different projects,” she said. “My hope is that we’ll be able to make sure that groups which may not have accessed the fund previously can now access it, because you have lots of people who do great work in Thamesmead but don’t have the opportunity to reach wider audiences.”

Other projects that have been supported by the TMCF include Mobile Power Gym, which offers free boxing sessions for 13 to 19-year-olds in the Moorings; ‘Thamesmead is Funny’ stand-up comedy workshops; health and wellbeing classes; and drawing workshops led by local artists.

The new panel members have already attended an in-person training workshop, and will have their first official meeting this week. Following this they will meet online periodically over the next two years. Their new role will allow them to play a key part in adding value to Thamesmead’s neighbourhoods while developing key decision-making and teamworking skills.

Uzma Ali, Peabody’s Community Development Project Officer for Thamesmead, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be welcoming a new community panel to the Thamesmead Community Fund. They’re all super keen, happy to be on board, and ready to help social entrepreneurs and creatives deliver fun activities for local people. The Thamesmead Community Fund has proven to be hugely successful since it launched in 2018, which is thanks in large part to the community panel who play a vital role in the whole process.”

The money for the fund comes from income generated by location filming in Thamesmead as well as a contribution from the Peabody Community Foundation. This year for the first time, the Making Space for Nature Fund – which supports projects that upgrade Thamesmead’s green spaces or help people engage with nature – is forming part of the TMCF.  The Connecting Thamesmead programme, which aims to bring people together to improve health and wellbeing, is also joining the fund.  

The next funding round will open in September 2024.

Find out more about how Peabody is working to support communities in Thamesmead here.