Islington Giving marks a milestone year, awarding grants of over £1 million in 2016

changeIn 2016, Islington Giving has awarded £1 million in grants to local organisations, building resilience in a borough of striking social extremes. Calling upon a deep local knowledge, Islington Giving develops partnerships between organisations and brings in new resources for Islington residents. Whether through helping with the cost of running a project, or working with businesses to provide free mentoring for young people, Islington Giving enables people to give back to their borough.

Jack Morris CBE, Chair of the Islington Giving Appeal, said:

“We are delighted to announce that Islington Giving has managed to reach this milestone, cementing its position as an innovative means of local giving, and demonstrating the reach of its impact. In 2016, Islington Giving has committed its support to a range of community organisations, working to tackle poverty and inequality in the borough, by investing in young people, supporting Islington families, and reaching isolated people.”

Some of the projects we have supported in 2016 include:

Mental Health Challenge Fund

A newly launched funding programme to support people who have already developed, or are at high risk of developing, poor mental health. Following on from Islington Giving’s ‘It’s Me – It’s You’ campaign, which highlighted the unacceptably high levels of mental ill health in the borough, the programme currently funds four projects providing socially excluded and at risk people with hands-on support.

BIG Alliance Volunteering

The BIG (Business for Islington Giving) Alliance connects businesses with schools, colleges and universities to help students raise aspirations, improve employability skills and increase confidence. It supports social mobility by providing greater access to tangible employment destinations. The mentoring programme run by the BIG Alliance continues to go from strength to strength. 2016 saw the 1,000th employee volunteer going out into the borough to share their skills and experience to support the social and economic regeneration of Islington.

Your Support

Since launching in 2010, Islington Giving has grown each year. More work is needed to continue to tackle the effects of poverty and inequality. Anyone can support Islington Giving, with their time or money, and every penny donated is awarded to local organisations in grant funding.

To find out how your donation could make a difference, contact Lynn Butteriss, lynn.butteriss@islingtongiving.org.uk, 020 7288 6941.