Basketball grant to provide safe haven for special needs

Thu, 25/10/2018

A basketball association providing weekly training sessions for young adults with learning disabilities is one of nineteen organisations set to benefit from funding. Safe Haven Basketball, which trains young people between the ages of 12-25 in Little Venice, will put £2,500 in funding toward everything from basketballs to training its coaching staff and volunteers.

The grant comes from Westminster City Council’s #MyWestminster Fund, which will provide £500,000 in grants of up to £10,000 each over two years to organisations designed to support Westminster’s community. Emma Colverd from Safe Haven Basketball said she was thankful for the funding, which will allow the club to continue offering their unique sessions, while building the membership base.

“Our weekly sessions bring smiles to the faces of all of our players, and contribute to their physical and mental wellbeing. We are genuinely delighted to have been awarded the funding because of the positive impact it will have for all our members.

“Everything costs money and we’ll put the grant toward many things, including basketballs and staff training, all necessary parts which help the young people learn skills, play basketball, make friends and enjoy themselves.”

Cllr David Harvey, Deputy Leader at Westminster City Council, said Safe Haven Basketball is the prime example of an organisation the fund aims to assist, one which brings people together to create a healthy, happy and social culture.

“Today we’re celebrating organisations who continue to do good for our community and I commend each and every one of them, including the incredible team at Safe Haven Basketball.

“We’ve got welfare services teaching children and their families about healthy cooking, sewing and henna classes with multicultural groups and of course Safe Haven Basketball, all with amazing stories to share.

“We’re helping organisations who help others and today’s announcement is a reflection of the support we provide our local, and incredible, associations.”

The #MyWestminster Fund has now granted funding to 48 local organisations. Safe Haven Basketball were awarded funding in the scheme’s second of four rounds, which saw 19 organisations share in £123,000 of funding.

Applications for round three open in January 2019. All applications are considered by officers from Westminster City Council. Final decisions on funding are decided by a Member Board, chaired by Councillor David Harvey, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community.


Notes to Editors

A full list of successful round two #MyWestminster Fund recipients is below:

Organisation, Project Abundance Arts, Community project with autistic and SEND children Association A Future Without Rubbish (AAFWR), Changing perceptions via schools projects Avenues Youth Project, Girls Group Connaught Opera, Concerts for older people Diversity Role Models, LGBT+ Schools Inclusion Project Fitzrovia Chapel Foundation, Autumn 2018 Dwelling exhibition Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art), Art workshops London Action Welfare Services (LAWS), After school healthy cooking classes Orion Orchestra, Tickets for children to attend concerts and backstage tours at Cadogan Hall Polonia Ladies Volleyball Club, Developing a junior academy Safe Haven Basketball, Monday night basketball club for children with learning disabilities Soho Parish School, Equipping a sensory room Soho Theatre, Soho Young Company The Pimlico Foundation, Outbreak project: Hot Chocolate Thursdays, Emotional Literacy Mentoring and Sky Pitch Football Westminster Bangladeshi Association, Community Empowerment: Badminton, Spring Festival and Community Action Day Westminster Bangladeshi Welfare Trust, Sewing and henna classes Westminster Street Pastors, Street Pastors Westminster Warriors, Basketball Club at Moberly Centre Zumba Sandra, Zumba classes.

Last updated: 30 October 2018