Thousands invested in borough's Covid recoveryTens of thousands are going towards regeneration projects in the north of the borough
Tens of thousands of pounds are being invested in Waltham Forest by the London Recovery Board, tasked with helping the city bounce back from Covid.
The board is co-chaired by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and chair of London Councils Georgia Gould and features leaders from business, health, education, unions and the police.
At least £70,000 is being poured into regeneration projects for the north of the borough, while a local non-profit received a £9,000 grant to explore the impact of Covid on young people.
Meanwhile a number of industry “hubs” will help residents from the borough struggling to find work into their chosen field.
A spokesperson for London Recovery Board said: “As a city, we are facing the most challenging period in recent history. The economic, social and health impact of coronavirus cannot be overstated.
“We need to restore confidence in the city, minimise the impact on London’s most vulnerable communities and rebuild the city’s economy and society.”
The biggest chunk of funding announced is £50,000 given to Waltham Forest Council to spend researching how to make Chingford Town Centre more child-friendly.
The funded study is “testing a range of new ways… that children and young people can directly help to shape local policy and development” and will inform future plans for Chingford Mount.
A further £20,000 has gone to Highams Park CIC, a community organisation set up by residents in 2017 “with the aim of delivering projects for local people”.
It will be used to reimagine the high street “to better suit the needs of the growing, younger and more diverse population… creating an active community space as a base for regular craft and food markets”.
The Mayor of London also funded a “creative industries hub” in the borough, run by the council and Walthamstow arts school Big Creative Academy.
The hub, based in the academy’s new £21million building in Clifton Avenue, will help residents from the borough and surrounding areas “into roles in theatre, film & TV, craft skills and animation”.
Last year, MVP Media, a social enterprise based in Walthamstow’s CRATE, won a £9,000 grant to create “Break Bread and Build - The Podcasts”, a public conversation between local young people and a series of experts.
Six teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds investigated social issues and created a series of podcasts giving their view, with relevant experts creating reaction videos in response.
In January, MVP were awarded a further £1.5k to continue to expand on their work.
The article is the first part of a project supported by the Greater London Authority's Civic Futures programme. In part two, we will talk to local people about their views on and experiences of the GLA's work on Covid recovery.
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