Cuts to local government funding have taken a massive toll on our community, placing many people in severe financial hardship. Deptford First hopes to alleviate some of that hardship by providing small grants to those who cannot access help elsewhere.
All our Deptford First trustees live and/or work in the local area giving them an excellent understanding of the requirements of our residents and the resources available to meet those needs.
The trustees are working with established local organisations such as Bench Outreach and the Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network who will distribute the Community Chest funds to those in need.
Through this work, we aim to make the Lewisham Deptford constituency a community that truly supports its most vulnerable members.
Deptford First (in conjunction with Deptford Challenge Trust recently commissioned a third sector consultant to produce a report "setting out how the trustees could work effectively with local third sector organisations to support residents who have no current recourse to public funds, are in immediate crisis and/or are at high risk of entering a downward spiral of destitution and dependency."
The result was this excellent report by Emily Simpson.