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10-Year Anniversary

Celebrating 10 years of the L&Q Foundation

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the L&Q Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2011 to bring together L&Q social and economic programmes and the core purpose is to improve people’s lives by investing in their communities.

Since 2015, projects delivered through the L&Q Foundation have supported 2,661 people into paid employment, and helped 2,734 sustain their tenancy, through access to financial support. Over 12,300 people have used Pound Advice, a service that helps people manage their debts.

The Foundation has funded a huge spectrum of projects in this time, the highlights of which you can find out more about below:

2011

Since 2011, the Foundation worked alongside L&Q’s neighbourhood committees to allocate funding for local projects and initiatives, giving our residents a real say in who and what we fund and telling us about local community needs.

Find out more about our Neighbourhood Committees.

In 2012 we launched EnergySave, a project helping residents to save on their utility bills through practical steps, suggested energy saving habits and advice on switching supplier. To date, the Foundation have funded over 28,000 home visits with an average saving per home of £208 per year.

EnergySave in our news archive.


Also in 2012, Pound Advice launched and remains a flagship project helping thousands of residents maximise their income, manage debt and learn better how to manage their money.

Pound Advice in our news archive. 

For more information on managing your money or with debt, we have a financial advice page


2012


2013

In response to the problem of food poverty, in 2013 we set up 15 new breakfast clubs in some of the most deprived parts of London in partnership with Greggs the baker.

Breakfast clubs in our news archive.


Also in 2013, our 'Let’s Go To School' programme enabled over 300 L&Q residents to get a qualification to help get a career in the education sector. It was community based and  focused on peer support. 80% taking part went on to work in education.

The Tenancy Sustainment Team joined the L&Q Foundation in 2014 which provides support to our most vulnerable residents who are at risk of eviction.

2014


2015

One Goal our free summer holiday programme was launched with Charlton Athletic in 2015.

It enabled over 11,000  young people to take part in exciting activities over their holidays. It was the largest free holiday programme in the county at the time.

One Goal in our news archive.

Our Young Carers Project worked with children as young as five who had caring responsibilities to help them succeed at school and improve their confidence.

It won L&Q’s ‘community project of the year’ award the following year.

Young Carers Project in our news archive.


2016


2017

In 2017, our Turlough O’Brien Scholarships were launched. They provided ten ambitious college students up to £17,000 each towards their education.

Turlough O’Brien scholarship in our news archive


Also in 2017, L&Q Foundation invested £180,000 in Stonewall Housing, creating a three year strategic partnership to support the development of services for the LGBTQ+ community.

Stonewall Housing in our news archive. 

We relaunched the Foundation in 2018 with an investment of £250m.

Foundation relaunch in our news archive


We also teamed up with the National Youth Theatre to offer free theatre workshops in Newham, Waltham Forest and Lewisham.

National Youth Theatre in our news archive


2018


2019

The new L&Q Academy recruited its first cohort of apprentices and graduates.

L&Q Academy in our news archive

The Foundation launched Place Makers in 2020, our new grass roots community fund which supports local community organisation. Place Makers applications are assessed by local L&Q resident committees and it was repurposed during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic to support local providers to respond to community issues arising from the pandemic.

Place Makers in our news archive.


L&Q began its’ community assets investment programme beginning with the Lewington Centre, which doubled as the L&Q Food Bank during the pandemic.

Community assets investment programme in our news archive.


2020


2021

Our two-year £400,000 initiative with Sport England begins in 2021. Get Set Go is a project that links to Sport England’s Active Environments priority, aiming to increase inactivity through the co creation of sporting projects with residents and the local community.