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Brockley Assembly awards £1,500

An arts project aimed at reducing isolation amongst older residents has secured £1,500 funding from the Brockley Assembly.

The project is the brainchild of "Bright Beginnings", a volunteer group of residents from the Vanguard Street estate in Deptford, who have injected new life into their community centre by organising exercise classes, community outings, youth activities and employment advice for local residents.

Bright BeginningsBright Beginnings: Three members pictured with Peabody Chair Christopher Strickland

The group runs a number of activities aimed at increasing physical and mental wellbeing amongst older residents at Leander Court, a sheltered housing scheme of 40 flats on the estate.

A new lease of life

“A number of the residents are interested in art and are keen to develop their skills,” said Bright Beginnings member Joan Francis.

“They are very excited to embark on this project, which will help them create personalised gifts for loved ones, by transferring their art onto objects such as cushion covers, mugs, and handkerchiefs. Our aim is to build confidence, and help give residents a new lease of life."

Bright Beginnings secured £1,500 from the Brockley Assembly, which is taken from a Lewisham Council budget allocated to each ward to meet local priorities. The funding will pay for printing equipment, which will also be used by youth groups based at the community centre.