Genesis Wellbeing Foundation Showcase

Published - 6 June 2018

Shapeshifters and Active Within
The Genesis Wellbeing Foundation (GWF) was set up to help meet our Corporate Strategy objective to deliver ‘improved Social & Economic Wellbeing of the communities we serve. Through the foundation we support organisations with the ability, people and drive to tackle the challenges that our residents face.

The response to the last launch for grants up to £50,000 was very positive. There were 73 requests for an application pack and of these; 39 organisations applied and 11 were successful in being awarded a grant.

Some facts about the last GWF grant funding round:

  • The demographics of people who will be helped- Lone parents, Long term unemployed, Residents with a limiting illness/disability, Residents over 50, young people
  • Areas covered by successful projects- Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Barnet, Chelmsford, Newham, Southend, Basildon, Rochford, Redbridge, Camden, Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Stoke Quay, Ipswich, Rochford
  • Amounts bid for from smallest to largest- between £5,219 and the maximum £50,000
  • Overall amount for all 11 successful projects- £343, 273 to help vital projects and causes

Two of the successful organisations are highlighted in this article and both currently have exciting opportunities available to take part in in the coming months.

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Shapeshifter Productions was awarded £23,318

http://www.shapeshifter-productions.com/

Vision: Shapeshifter Productions run projects that actively engage local communities to enhance confidence, wellbeing, self-esteem & reduce isolation.           

Project: Smiling Sessions Project

Project Aim: The organisation will deliver sessions aimed at encouraging elderly residents with varying health issues to become more integrated, healthy, active and confident through participation in singing their favourite songs.

Opportunities: The Smiling Sessions, Shapeshifter’s participatory music and singing project, will be visiting the following schemes:

  • Thursday 7th June: 11.30am:
    • 11.30am – 12.45pm, Trillington House, 241-243 Uxbridge Road, W12 9DL
    • 2pm – 4pm, Park Court, Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UZ
  • Thursday 14th June:
    • 11am – 12.30pm, Bramley Gardens, 123 St. Anns Road W11 4BT
    • 2pm – 4pm, Amber Court, 11 Warton Road, Stratford, E15 2GE
  • Thursday 21st June:
    • 11.30am – 12.45pm, Trillington House, 241-243 Uxbridge Road, W12 9DL
    • 2pm – 4pm, Park Court, Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UZ
  • Thursday 28th June:
    • 11am – 12.30pm, Bramley Gardens, 123 St. Anns Road W11 4BT
    • 2pm – 4pm, Amber Court, 11 Warton Road, Stratford, E15 2GE
  • Thursday 5th July:
    • 11.30am – 12.45pm, Trillington House, 241-243 Uxbridge Road, W12 9DL
    • 2pm – 4pm, Park Court, Ravenscourt Park, W6 0UZ
  • Thursday 26th July:
    • 11am – 12.30pm, Bramley Gardens, 123 St. Anns Road W11 4BT
    • 2pm – 4pm, Amber Court, 11 Warton Road, Stratford, E15 2GE

Email: info@shapeshifter-productions.com

Phone: 020 7018 2927

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ActiveWithin was awarded £41,660

http://www.activewithin.com/

Vision: An organisation that targets financial, social and accessibility areas for improvement. Bringing the community together whilst improving health and wellbeing.

Project: Let's Get Active

Project Aim: The project’s mission is to enhance the life chances of people in Woodberry down through better individual and collective health and wellbeing by providing free accessible group exercise classes for the community to take part in.

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Opportunities:

  • ActiveWithin are looking for FITNESS PROFFESIONALS: Are you a qualified fitness professional? if so please get in touch with our team to find out whether there are any current opportunities for you to work with us within our communities
  • VOLUNTEERING: Would you like to volunteer with us? if so we always welcome members of our community to volunteer with us, this is a great way of engaging with fellow community members. Help us grow and spread the word whilst staying active!
  • WORK EXPERIENCE: Would you like to gain work experience within the fitness industry? if so then we are here to help! please get in touch

Email: activewithin@hotmail.com

Phone: 07535 170989

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If you would like to know more about the Genesis Wellbeing Fund, please contact Jason Coombs, Grant Officer, at GWF@genesisha.org.uk

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Steve Nicola
Social and Economic Regeneration Manager, Genesis Housing