community  at meridian water

The Community Chest

The Community Chest provides funds to local community groups, improving neighbourhoods closest to Meridian Water in the wards of Upper Edmonton, Edmonton Green and Lower Edmonton which are some of the most deprived in the UK.

The Fund is helping to bridge the gap with other parts of the Borough, ensuring local residents are the primary beneficiaries of investment brought to the area. The fund is supported by Enfield Council in conjunction with Countryside Partnerships.

The Community Chest has awarded more than £300,000 in funding to 20 Projects.


December 2021 saw funding start with the selected projects receiving more than £300,000 in funds.

The success of the funding provided hundreds of local residents with opportunities to get involved with a variety of different projects.

project examples

The Green Hope Cycling Project at London Cycling Club

Aims to tackle transport poverty and inequality by providing residents with the use of bikes via a long-term bike loan scheme alongside cycling lessons. 

The scheme targets groups within the local community with the greatest need such as Low-income, Over-50s, Women and Young Mothers. These groups are significantly under-represented in cycling for a variety of reasons with many learning to ride a bicycle for the first time

North Star Community Trust Community Programme

The Trust provides life-changing opportunities for its participants. Offering a range of activities, groups, and services to families, young people, and the older community, in partnership with AGE UK.

Examples of their projects:

The provision of Sensory equipment for SEN pupils creates spaces that help improve children’s focus levels and sensory needs.  The atmosphere of a well-designed sensory room will help to enhance attention levels. This is an important skill for children to develop so they can cope with real-world environments where calm and concentration are key.

Mindfulness Group offers members a space to connect with one another whilst sharing and deepening their meditation practice. These groups provide community, accountability, and supportive space to connect with others while steadying and enriching their practice.

34Bus CIC

Local artists aim to create a series of murals in locations and areas in Edmonton that would benefit from artistic involvement to enhance the look and feel of the area.

The objective is to promote new skill learning and skill sharing, especially amongst the youth. offered through a range of volunteering opportunities in design workshops and project painting.

Brighter Passage is an example of 34Bus CIC, creating a community mural in an underpass on an estate in Upper Edmonton. They worked with younger local residents, encouraging them to transform this underpass into a bright and colourful piece of art.

Bridge Group at Face Front Inclusive Theatre

Free weekly theatre, performance and social group for people who are isolated or disabled, aimed at residents of Edmonton Green, Upper Edmonton & Lower Edmonton, providing a series of theatre-based activities.

The group offers a supportive environment for people living with mental health difficulties, who are socially isolated and/or disabled. Members can make friends in a safe space helping them to feel part of a community.

Bridge Group is linked with local partners in voluntary and health sectors to support the group, including advice on healthy eating, self-care and how members can fulfil their potential.


10th Edmonton Scout Group – Scout trip to the Peak District for young people in Edmonton.

Fleecefield Primary School – Creation of new playground signage to support language development.

Enfield Club House – Creation of a new series of pottery workshops.

Children First Academy Trust – Day trip for 60 primary school children in Edmonton to experience activities beyond their usual reach in both cost and access.

Eldon Primary School – Funding the new Eldon Art Club to enable the development of children’s artistic skills, creativity, and confidence.

Future Challenges – Creation of new employment workshops aimed at 26 young adults/ ex-offenders in Edmonton.

1st Edmonton Boys Brigade and Girls Association – Provision of new outdoor equipment to support the promotion of healthier lifestyles and outdoor activities for young people.

21K Digital Media Ltd – Projects to help increase employability skills within the young BAME community in Edmonton.

Third Age Foundation – Creation of a new multi-cultural, diverse, and inclusive choir.

St John & St James Primary School – Creation of a community mural project in Edmonton.

Edmonton Community Partnership – Creation of new sensory rooms in up to six primary schools in Edmonton. Extensive training provided for staff.

The Gifted Organisation Limited – Work with residents of Edmonton to train them as project workers who will then deliver the Butterfly and Enterprise Wing programme in schools and community settings to over 200 vulnerable young women.

Bread n Butter CIC London – Provide a 3-tiered healthy eating lifestyle programme (H.E.L.P) for predominantly BAME residents local to Edmonton Green.

Legacy and DJ MC Academy – Programme developed to raise awareness about education and employment in the music industry.

Jazanne Arts CIC – Work with diverse isolated older people and vulnerable children through creative activities to create a performance/sharing about their common locality entitled ‘My home’.

React (Residents of Edmonton Angel Community Together) Ltd – Works with and seeks to represent more than 3000 households in Upper Edmonton.


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