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Land Securities donates 150,000 to community projects

34 projects, including youth and homelessness charities, as well as sports and music programmes, are receiving grants from Bankside 123 developers Land Securities.

Working with the Capital Community Foundation to provide grants to local community groups, the Land Securities grants cover organisations in Southwark and Westminster.

This year's fund builds on the 50,000 awarded in 2005 by Land Securities in Southwark.

"It's not sufficient to regenerate areas of the Capital through new building alone," says Mike Hussey, managing director of the London portfolio at Land Securities. "We are committed to enhancing the communities with whom we interact on a more personal level.

"The completion of Cardinal Place, SW1, at the end of last year was our first step towards the regeneration of Victoria and we are dedicating our efforts as a business in London to creating stunning new developments for the Capital around Westminster and Southwark in the years to come."

Katharine Halstead, head of grants at the Capital Community Foundation, added: "We have built a great relationship with Land Securities over the past 18 months in Southwark and are delighted that they have committed additional funding this year."

"A grant from Land Securities is so valuable to these groups, and collectively their projects will have an enormous impact in Southwark and Westminster. We hope that our relationship with the company will continue for many years to come."

Some of the projects in Southwark to be funded by the scheme:


    • Arts Express – Two half term stone carving workshops for 30 children from Charterhouse-in-Southwark
    Bankside Open Spaces Trust – Summer community event for 500 people
    Bankside Residents' Forum – Project to create a quarterly newsletter to keep the 465 residents informed of planning and development issues
    • Chinese Community Centre – Summer play and educational project
    Family Links – Creative music and media-based workshops
    Friends of Guy Street Park – Art project
    Southwark Heritage Association – Archaeology days and first aid training as part of a heritage and information scheme for 75 people
    • Tabard After School Project – Summer play scheme for 100 children

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