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Residents Priority Fund tastes big success

Published Monday, 24 October 2011

Three new schemes have been given the go ahead as part of Enfield Council's innovative scheme designed to give residents the opportunity to bid for funding for projects which promote social, economic and environmental wellbeing and tackle deprivation in their neighbourhoods.

The three projects are among 50 schemes which have received funding from the Residents' Priority Fund since its launch in May.

The Tile Kiln Lane Community Space project will see an urban wasteland in Bowes Ward being tidied up and transformed by purchasing picnic tables, adding interpretation boards to help visitors understand the area, waste bins and other facilities. The land was previously overgrown but suffered from crime, and lacked facilities for families to enjoy weekend activities and community gatherings. These new facilities will not only encourage residents to the area, but local schools have also shown an interest in using the space to learn about wildlife and nature.

The Hanlon Centre in Upper Edmonton caters for young people, women and their families, refugees and asylum seekers and adults suffering mental illness. The Fund has granted the Centre money to set up a well equipped gym and boxing equipment which will engage the most vulnerable young people and keep them off the streets whilst encouraging a healthy lifestyle. The Centre will also be purchasing music studio software to helping those interested in music production.

The DJ & MC Academy – A fully mobile music studio ‘the base station’ visits the most deprived estates in Lower Edmonton, allowing young people the chance to engage in training to be a DJ or MC. The staff stay on the estate for two to three hours to teach the young people who have fun whilst getting experience in how to run a radio show, learn interview techniques and find out how to write positive lyrics. The station has state of the art music and production equipment that young people would not usually have access to, and offers qualifications in music making.

Cllr Christine Hamilton, Cabinet Member for Communities said “Enfield’s Residents Priority Fund is hugely successful and is really changing lives for the better in Enfield. A huge number of residents and community groups are receiving money from the Council and using it to provide first rate services across the borough.

“We're agreeing a wide range of projects that promote the environment, help young people who are not in training, education or employment and vulnerable people as well as many other schemes. Successful applicants know that they will be making a major difference to the lives of people in their communities by providing high quality community projects to the people who need them the most."

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