The City of London’s City Bridge Trust – which uses surpluses from the City bridges to help London good causes - has awarded the Building Exploratory £104,950 over three years. The grant will enable us to engage diverse groups of older people in Hackney and Tower Hamlets with the built environment through social learning activities, improving their health and active citizenship.
This award was part of £1.73m of grants made to London charities at the last City Bridge Trust Committee meeting on 12 January 2012.
Billy Dove MBE JP, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee said:
“I don’t suppose those who donated money for London Bridge 800 years ago expected the £16 million annual surplus to now help the elderly facing such challenges. Learning about their local community and its buildings, making new friends and being given the opportunity to influence the built environment all help to increase older people’s health and wellbeing.”
Dr Nicole Crockett, Chief Executive of Building Exploratory said:
“This funding will make a huge difference to our work with older people. It will enable us to pilot a new model of working and reach new groups of older people, including those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. By training the groups to run themselves in the longer-term, the grant will help us to develop our work in a way that is sustainable.”
Last year the City’s City Bridge Trust made 228 grants to London charities, totalling £16.8milion and between 1995 and 2011 it granted over £250 million to London charities.