Funding delivered to critical community initiatives by Long Harbour

The incredible charitable achievements from Long Harbour’s Community Fund during the redevelopment of The Mall Build to Rent scheme.

Long Harbour funding supports critical community initiatives within the vicinity of The Mall Build to Rent development | BTR News
Long Harbour funding supports critical community initiatives within the vicinity of The Mall Build to Rent development.

Build to Rent investment, development and management firm Long Harbour has partnered with charity Groundwork London and the Waltham Forest Community Hub – to distribute funds to local charities across the borough as part of Long Harbour’s Community Fund.

The fund has been established to distribute funds amongst local community groups in the vicinity of the redevelopment of Long Harbour’s The Mall Build to Rent scheme in Waltham Forest, London.

The first allocation from Long Harbour’s Community Fund is awarding a total of £10,000 equally split between three charities. Waltham Forest Community Hub and Groundwork London have already started using their donations (£3,333 each) to support a range of activities in the community.

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that Community Funds like this can have on the local community through previous projects we’ve delivered, including The Gessner in Tottenham. It’s always been our ambition to lend support to the community, whether through partnerships with charities or local community groups, while the redevelopment is still under construction. Through this first round of funding, we’ve been fortunate enough to support the work of Waltham Forest Community Hub and Groundwork London – organisations who know this borough inside out, while delivering meaningful improvements for the people who make this community what it is.” 

Gemma Fortune, Development Director, Long Harbour

The funds received by the Waltham Forest Community Hub went towards an event to celebrate the reopening of the Aldriche Way Youth Club near Highams Park – a vital safe space in Walthamstow for young people to socialise and develop life skills. Open to the local community on Tuesday afternoons, the youth club provides young people with a hot meal and encourages them to engage in positive initiatives such as volunteering.

The Aldriche Way Youth Club has also become a lifeline for support and advise for local families | Long Harbour | BTR News
The Aldriche Way Youth Club has also become a lifeline for support and advise for local families.

The youth club also acts as a resource for families living on Aldriche Way estate, providing advice on how to reduce utility bills throughout the winter months as families struggle through the cost-of-living crisis. This included the donation of 20 slow cookers to local families, made possible by Long Harbour’s Community Fund.

“A grant from Long Harbour has come at a crucial time for our charity. Due to the cost-of-living crisis, our team at Waltham Forest Community Hub are facing a greater demand for our services. Under the circumstances, the funding has enabled us to engage 20 families on an estate, where we offered vital energy efficiency advice to help reduce their utility bills throughout the winter months. We have donated 20 slow cookers to help reduce their utility bills and help them eat healthier meals. This would not have been possible without the generous donation and excellent demonstration of corporate social responsibility by Long Harbour.” 

Monwara Ali, Chief Executive Officer, the Waltham Forest Community Hub

Groundwork London organised a separate activity, ‘Action for Nature’, which was a workshop on hedgehogs. The charity used the remaining funds it was awarded from the developer to help deliver this free programme of workshops in parks across the borough.

There were two hedgehog workshops – one for families and another for adults only – which took place across Ridgeway Park, Langthorne Park, Henry Reynolds Park, Stoneydown Park, Highams Park and Lloyd Park.

The workshops are designed to educate people about hedgehogs, including their behaviour, ecology, and the problems they face in urban environments, while also exploring different ways to protect the species across Waltham Forest’s many green spaces.

“We’re very excited to partner with Long Harbour for funding an extension for our popular Action for Nature project. The Action for Nature programme stems from the idea of bringing people closer to nature by encouraging volunteering activities for adults, families and kids. The project connects the community to public spaces and supports them to learn about taking action for nature – whether that’s making a home for hedgehogs or listening for bird song – everyone can learn about protecting the life around us. Delivered by Groundwork London, these free workshops are organised in parks of Waltham Forest. The upcoming sessions are exploring spotting the signs of spring for families in the February half term.”

Molly Sweeney, Community Programme Manager (East Team), Groundwork London

The third and final recipient from the first round of funding is The Hornbeam Centre, a charity focusing on addressing food insecurity across Waltham Forest through redistributing surplus food and empowering communities to mutually support one another. Long Harbour looks forward to seeing how The Hornbeam Centre uses the funding in its work to support a more connected, inclusive, and sustainable Waltham Forest Community.

Also, Tide Construction, the primary contractor working on The Mall redevelopment, has also provided support to local people, community groups and charities since the start of the company’s involvement in The Mall Build to Rent project. Some works carried out include the reparation of the roof, the installation of new lighting, and insulation at the Harmony Hall Community Centre in the heart of Walthamstow. Tide also supported with the installation of new carpets and renovated the kitchen at South Grove Primary School on Ringwood Road.

The funding has helped major community projects throughout the local area | Long Harbour | BTR News
The funding has helped major community projects throughout the local area.

The contractor has made contributions to local charities Age UK Waltham Forest and the Rukhsana Khan Foundation food bank. In 2024, Tide will continue its engagement in the local community with various initiatives.

The residential redevelopment at The Mall will consist of 495 studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, 99 of which will be available at Discount Market Rent (DMR). The Mall redevelopment is due for completion at the beginning of 2025.