Acton-based charity Artification has received £1,000 from local developer Barratt London to support its work delivering community arts and re-greening projects across the borough. Barratt London, the housebuilder responsible for the Western Circus development on Western Avenue, provided the donation as part of a fundraiser for the creation of a community hub and cafe at the Pavilion in North Acton Playing Fields.
The hub will provide members of the community with the opportunity to grow healthy food, participate in gardening and cooking classes, and meet with both old and new friends in the café. The project is intended to benefit all Acton residents, with a particular focus on those experiencing food poverty, marginalisation, and loneliness. The workshops aim to help people improve their skills and confidence and create stronger neighbourhood ties.
Rachel Pepper, Director of Artification, comments: “Artification has 19 years of experience delivering pioneering community development programmes and we hope this hub can become an inter-generational project for people to share skills and experiences. We appreciate the support from Barratt London which will allow us to build a tight network where residents can garden, grow and gather together.”
Ed McCoy, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt West London adds: “The team at Artification work extremely hard to engage and empower members of our society through cohesive community projects. We feel it is important to support organisations like this one which targets issues of loneliness and food poverty and we hope our donation to this fundraiser can contribute to this invaluable service.”
The donation will help provide raised gardens, herb beds and the delivery of cookery workshops where attendees will learn about the creation of healthy and affordable, yet tasty meals. It was made as part of Barratt London’s Community Fund scheme, which sees the housebuilder donate £1,000 per month to a local charity or organisation that provides vital support to the community surrounding one of its developments.
To find out more about Artification and its local projects, please visit https://www.artification.org.uk/ or call 020 8896 9247.