An initiative by people and organisations in the London borough of Islington is aiming to raise £3 million for Islington-based projects. Islington Giving brings together local charitable trusts that already work to address poverty and disadvantage “into a a unique and powerful local partnership”.
Founder members of the Coalition, which is endorsed by Islington Council, include UnLtd, The Breadsticks Foundation, Cripplegate Foundation, The Morris Charitable Trust, Richard Cloudesley’s Charity and Voluntary Action Islington, and others are due to be announced. The campaign is intended to involve the private, voluntary and public sectors.
Islington is the eighth most deprived borough in England and the fourth most deprived in London. It has the highest male suicide rate in England, and child mental health problems are 36% higher than the national average. Yet it is also home to wealthy individuals and successful businesses.
Jack Morris OBE, Coalition member and Chairman of the Islington Giving Appeal Committee, commented: “There are ‘two Islingtons’ – one successful, vibrant and prosperous, the other poor and disadvantaged. Our charitable Coalition recognises that it is through the sum of our parts that we can achieve the most for Islington.”
The campaign to raise £3 million will run for three years.
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