Lancaster West Community Fund

About the Lancaster West Community Fund

Through the refurbishment of the Lancaster West Estate, our partner organisations have committed to invest in the estate they are working on. Karakusevic Carson Architects (KCA), one of the design teams for the estate, have set up £50,000 The Lancaster West Community Fund in partnership with Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team (LWNT), and the Lancaster West Residents Association (LWRA).  
  
Beyond The Box worked with LWNT, LWRA and KCA to explore how residents of Lancaster West Estate would like to see the new fund used to benefit residents. Throughout April and May 2021 we engaged with our residents to generate ideas about how the Lancaster West Community Fund should be invested.  
 
The Lancaster West Community Fund is to be used to run projects that primarily benefit the residents living on the Lancaster West Estate in at least one of the following priority areas: 
 
  1. Green & Outdoor Spaces: Includes gardening, planting and landscape projects, seating and picnic areas.  
  2. Sports & Fitness: Includes more accessible sports and fitness opportunities, outside gym & support for local sports clubs and teams. 
  3. Connecting with our Community: Includes a wide range of community activities, from arts and crafts to cooking, day trips and music programmes. 
  4. Skills & Training: Includes digital skills training, start-up business support, job opportunities and skills building. 
  5. Engaging Young People: Includes after school clubs, summer programmes, creative projects and activities for older teens.  
  
Throughout July, the Lancaster West Community Fund was open for applications from individual residents of the Lancaster West Estate, as well as organisations who have a history of working with residents of the estate.  
 
In August, the Lancaster West Community Fund Decision Making Panel met to review the applications and make their decision as to who would receive funding. More information as to the successful projects can be found below.  
 
For more information on the Lancaster West Community Fund, refer to the key documents below.  

Sports & Fitness

Lancaster West United Football Club is a project delivered by a Lancaster West Estate resident – Sam. This project will look to support the local football team and provide a space for the young people of the estate to come together.  

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Swimunity – Access to Swimming is a project delivered by local organisation Swimunity, led by Lancaster West Estate resident  - Sarraouina. This project will look to hold swimming sessions for residents to learn life saving skills, how to swim and to have fun in the pool.  
 

Connecting our Community

The Home Project is a project delivered by a Lancaster West Estate resident – Sion. This project will take 10 portrait photos of residents who have lived on the estate the longest to explore what can be learned from elders, and understanding “What is the one thing that makes Lancaster West Estate home?”.  
 
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Health and Wellbeing is a project delivered by a local organisation, the Persian Care Centre. This project will look to bring people together by running cooking sessions teaching residents to cook healthy, traditional meals using fresh ingredients.  
 

Skills & Training

Lancaster West Into Employment is a project delivered by a local organisation, Nova New Opportunities (Nova). This project will provide Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) services on the estate to residents of Lancaster West Estate.   
 
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Mental Health and Wellbeing Courses is a project delivered in partnership between a local organisation, African Women Care, and a mental health trainer, Catherine. This project will deliver a mixture of half-days and full day courses on the estate, on mental health and suicide first aid.  
 

Engaging young people

Science Boost is a project delivered by a local organisation, Educational Events CIC. This project will look to deliver science courses after school and on weekends to children living on the Lancaster West Estate.  

What is the Lancaster West Community Fund?

Application Forms and Templates

Lancaster West Community Fund Application Form, Budget Template and Resident Support Letter Template

Decision Making Panel

Lancaster West Community Fund Project Timeline