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:
The Energy Save project
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.
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.
For more information on managing your money or with debt, we have a financial advice page.
Breakfast clubs launch
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.
The Let’s Go To School programme
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 Young Carers project
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.
The Turlogh O’Brien scholarships programme
In 2017, our Turlogh O’Brien scholarships were launched. They provided ten ambitious college students up to £17,000 each towards their education.
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.
The L&Q Foundation relaunch
We relaunched the Foundation in 2018 with an investment of £250m.
We also teamed up with the National Youth Theatre to offer free theatre workshops in Newham, Waltham Forest and Lewisham.
The Place Makers Fund
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.
The Community Assets Investment programme
L&Q began its Community Assets Investment programme beginning with the Lewington Centre, which doubled as the L&Q Food Bank during the pandemic.