Tonight I am attending an event to celebrate the work of the outgoing Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, Peter Wanless.

Tonight I am attending an event to celebrate the work of the outgoing Big Lottery Fund’s Chief Executive, Peter Wanless.

Improving people’s wellbeing is integral to Peabody’s mission, and a really important part of creating opportunities for people in London. Our Big Lottery funded programmes have played a key part in helping us to deliver this, and I want to say a big thank you for all the support we have received.

49,832 people have benefited from our Big Lottery Funded community programmes since 2010. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Our Activate London programme has delivered a wide range of wellbeing projects across in the last 5 years, engaging more than 51,000 residents of all ages in innovative community projects focused around physical activity, healthy eating and mental well-being. I am thrilled with the news that we have today received £1.8m from the Big Lottery to continue this work over the next two years. 

  • Youth 4 youth: this three-year project enabled young people to have a voice in their local community and where they live, by setting Youth Action Groups. 

  • Staying Safe: This project helped to improve the safety of young people by creating youth led information campaigns. This has helped improve life skills, including influencing, planning and budgeting; and helped peers to develop an awareness of the negative impact of gang violence. 

  • On Track: delivered at our Bruce House Learning Centre, this project has engaged young people who were at risk of becoming homeless, through music and mentoring.

This work has helped increase wellbeing for the most deprived and isolated communities, is now part of our mainstream dialogue, and will continue to be a focus for Peabody, housing associations, developers, charities, funders and public sector – across London.

I wish Peter Wanless all the best for his new role at the NSPCC and welcome the incoming Chief Executive, Dawn Austwick.