Last night twenty project creators across London pitched their ideas to transform the capital in front of a live audience at City Hall in an attempt to earn a pledge from the Mayor of London (hearing about this for the first time? Find out more about the #CrowdfundLDN programme and see the full list of pledges here).
These brilliant humans came together with more positive energy than a bag of protons and well, we want you to meet them too.
Work, work, work
Just like a Rihanna song, these projects were all about creating new places and ways to work (work, work). From the V22 Workspace Creche (Hackney) – a new creche set in a studio space in Dalston, with access to a community garden which provides an innovative solution for artists, freelancers and creative entrepreneurs who are also parents and The Carpentry Club (Tower Hamlets) – which aims to fit out a workshop to a professional standard and fund a programme of events to encourage increased and sustained engagement by the local community to Uplift Salcombe Gardens Shops (Barnet) which is going to provide a much needed makeover for six tired and unattractive shopfronts that will improve their trade and the local street-scene. These project creators are seriously getting down to business.
Part of this brilliant mix are the Old Kent Road Studios (Southwark) which aim to transform 60 vacant garages on the Ledbury Estate into spaces for workshops, studios, cooking lessons and cultural activities where people can learn and socialise. Relive the moment from pitch to pledge where Nicholas received a £20,000 pledge from the Mayor below.
Damn, that felt good!
Hungry for change?
With the GLA’s food department contributing a solid £40,000 towards the funds, this year we attracted some absolutely brilliant projects centred around the themes of healthy eating. From the Paxton Primary allotment (Lambeth) which engages parents and volunteers from the community to support children at school with growing their own vegetables and selling it on at affordable prices to Kitchenette Karts (Tower Hamlets) – a healthy, sustainable fish & chips truck in the heart of the East End, creating pathways into entrepreneurship for young East Londoners.
Kiran (above) bravely kicked off the night with Weavers Kids Cafe and Community Pizzeria (Tower Hamlets) – a not-for-profit café that will teach young people to cook and sell affordable, healthy meals, with costs funded by a Community Pizzeria also helping to sustain Weavers Adventure Playground. Whilst just up the road Freshwell Mobile! (Hackney) – a pop-up stall displaying healthy fruit and vegetables at the heart of communities and estates to improve health and well-being by giving access to affordable fresh produce to those needing it most.
Growing a Greener London
Alongside the Mayor of London and the lovely Londoners in the house, we also had The Landscape Group pledging a hefty £2,500 to four of our green space projects as part of their Growing a Greener Britain Fund. Absolute legends!