EdenTree Community Investment Fund
The EdenTree Community Investment Fund, launched in 2017, is a three-year £150,000 grant to support charities operating in areas that correlate to our core responsible and sustainable investment criteria.
In 2020, owing to the pandemic, we suspended our plans and opted to donate £30,000 to the London Community Foundation (LCF) Covid Relief Fund. Funding was allocated to four charities; Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, Dose of Nature, Let’s Go Outside and Learn CIC and Be Kind Movement.
In 2021 EdenTree staff voted on the themes and charitable projects we will be supporting as part of the Fund’s next three year cycle, commencing January 2022. The chosen themes were Education, Mental Health & Wellbeing and Environment.
The charities we will be supporting with £30,000 and £10,000 multi-year grants are; Blind in Business, the Drop in Bereavement Centre and Walworth Community Gardening Network.
London Community Foundation (LCF) is our charitable partner in longlisting and facilitating projects.
Blind in Business
Helps blind and sight impaired young people into employment. £90,000 over three years will assist the charity with their office costs, the hub of their offer and activities.
More information on the work of Blind in Business can be found at https://blindinbusiness.org.uk/
Drop-in Bereavement Centre
One of two bereavement support services in Newham, supporting bereaved individuals and their families to process the grief journey. £30,000 over three years will assist in engaging professional counsellors and delivering Covid 19 Peer Group Counselling Workshops.
More information on the work of the Drop in Bereavement Centre can be found at https://www.thedropinbereavementcentre.co.uk/
Walworth Community Gardening Network
Linked to over 40 community gardens representing more than 240 active gardeners. £30,000 over three years will support spaces to hold 10 share experiences each year for three years.
More information on the work of Walworth Community Gardening Network can be found at https://walworthgarden.org.uk/
A performance based education specialist that creates and produces work from a female perspective that places women at the centre. Futures specialises in commissioning work that tours schools and youth audiences across London, focusing on young people’s needs. Our grant supports the tour of ‘Underwater Love’ a challenging piece that explores how young people can assert themselves within relationships in a world saturated with social media, peer pressure and sexual imagery. Each performance is followed by an interactive workshop in which students engage with the material, act out scenarios, and explore how they can affect positive change.
More information on the work of Futures Theatre can be found at www.futurestheatre.co.uk
Nature Vibezzz provides outdoor educational services, environmental education and practical nature conservation sessions, programs, events and community projects in South London. Their aim is to run services for the community that take the community outdoors, especially people who are not so confident about themselves or around nature, to promote nature activities, support volunteering and provide help to others organisations through community engagement and to provide opportunities for the disadvantaged, elderly and schoolchildren, among others. We were attracted to the wide ranging projects and commitments and particularly providing services for young people and families who are facing challenges in their lives, as well as for the general community, and in supporting young people in the transition phase from adolescence to adulthood – from dependence to independence.
More information on the work of Nature Vibezzz can be found here: https://www.naturevibezzz.org
Street Talk provides intensive counselling and therapy for women caught up in trafficking or street work. Their aim is to provide professional, specialist care, for as long as it takes, for some of the most vulnerable and brutalised women with complex needs. The therapeutic services Street Talk offers take time, and our grant will fund a professional counsellor to work with 30 women over the course of a year.
More information on the work of Street Talk can be found at www.streettalkuk.org/