QPR in the Community Trust are delighted to have been awarded a five-year grant from the City of London’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, through its Bridging Divides programme.
The grant will support the delivery of our Over 60s projects – Extra Time – run at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and two sessions in Stonebridge, Brent, called the Hub Club, run in partnership with The Hyde Group.
The grant will allow us to sustain these three projects and over five years increase by two extra sessions to five sessions per week during this time.
The aims of the projects are to increase physical activity and socialisation, decrease isolation and loneliness, and increase the participants feeling more connected to their community by linking them to new friends, local services and events.
Fiona Hodgson, Business Development Manager for the Trust said: “We would like to thank City Bridge Trust for this fantastic support of our over 60s projects.
“They are a vital support to the participants and a source of fun, friendship and purpose and also being able to use our experience through this successful delivery to expand to another two sessions over the five years”.
Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said:
“This project is making a real difference to the community in Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent.
“Social activities, especially outdoors, are proven to improve wellbeing and mental health.
“We’re proud to give funding to strengthen communities and support physical fitness in the borough, particularly for the over 60s.
“City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage and inequality in London, and we will continue to support charities making the capital a better place to live.”
The funding will start from September supporting the current projects for a year whilst we plan and start the fourth session at the start of year 2.
About City Bridge Trust:
City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, a Registered Charity, with its primary aim the maintenance and support of five Thames bridges: Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark, Blackfriars and the Millennium footbridge.
City Bridge Trust was established in 1995 to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates.