One Camden Grants Announced

The Young Camden Foundation is excited to announce £60,000 worth of ‘One Camden’ grants for projects which encourage young people to work together across Camden’s diverse communities, to support youth volunteering and bring together the borough’s younger and older generations.

A list of successful projects and a brief description is below. The successful projects are to receive grants of between £1,500 and £5,000 from YCF.

A panel of young people and older residents was involved in assessing the grant applications and making recommendations to the YCF Board which were all approved.

Kyro Brooks, YCF CEO, said: “YCF was formed to improve opportunities for all young people in Camden. We are delighted to be able to support such a variety of youth-led projects bringing communities together to support our young people.

Camden’s cultural diversity is one of its greatest strengths. We are proud to be supporting projects which promote community cohesion and putting young people at the heart of what we do.”

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, who worked with young people in Camden to set up the Young Camden Foundation, said: “I’m really excited that the Foundation’s ‘One Camden’ grants programme will support some powerful projects bringing people together across generations and cultures. Camden’s young people are growing up in a vibrant, diverse community where over 130 languages are spoken. I am proud of the creative, compassionate young citizens of Camden who are embracing this opportunity to show we are strongest when we are united.”

Alice Weavers, youth participation officer from Fitzrovia Youth in Action, said: “It is great to have the support of YCF. This funding will help hundreds of young people participate in football, volunteer as a steward and create an event which will bring the whole community together for one of Camden’s biggest football tournaments.”

Mira Kaushik OBE, director of Akademi, said: “For many years, Akademi has been working with young people across Camden and also isolated and inactive older adults, bringing South Asian dance to schools and community organisations. This project provides an opportunity to bring both of these groups together to learn a new dance style and explore new cultural experiences together.”

Funded Projects

Akademi – Intercultural and intergenerational Bollywood dance performance

Ardhmeria - A community event to celebrate national children's day led by young people

Bengali Workers Association - Intercultural Hip Hop Dance show

Coram's Field - Youth lead and developed project to support the homeless

Fitzrovia Youth in Action- a borough-wide youth-led ‘Unity Cup’ football tournament

Kentish Town Community Centre - Celebrating diversity through sharing and the cooking of traditional recipes

Kingsgate Community Association - arts and community project for Kilburn called #LoveHasNoBorders

Kentish Town City Farm – pottery used to bring together local young people and older

New Horizon Youth Centre - Community Garden regeneration project and celebratory BBQ

North London Cares – Launch of 10 intergenerational social clubs sharing skills and company

NW5 Community Play Project - Joint activities between youth groups and disability groups

Older People's Project (OPP) SLKT - Intergenerational programme of events building on the success of a pilot all age 70’s Disco

Our Lady Help of Christians Church - Several activities during intergeneration week including youth music show

Ping Pong Camden - Intergenerational ping pong project

Somali Youth Development Resource Centre - an oral history project led by different generations of the local Somali and Congolese community

Urban Outdoors London - Carnival to celebrate Bengali New Year, designed by local schools

WAC- Intergenerational 'home life' film