Statement on Make London funding outcome

In the few weeks since we launched our Spacehive page, to raise funds to bring the Wards Corner building back into temporary use as a Community Resource Hub, we have been amazed to see the support we have received. We have raised nearly £12,000 from over 290 backers, and have seen so many messages of support on the page and across social media. 

Recently, we received the news that we had not been selected by the Mayor of London to receive support through the Make London initiative. We wanted to stress to all our supporters that while we were disappointed not to have received the support, this is by no means the end of the road. 

With still lots of time to make our target, we’re committed to raising the rest of the funds, and are exploring other exciting pathways and options for larger backers and support. We are also in positive ongoing discussions with Transport for London, the owner of the building regarding the Hub proposal. In addition to this, we are now able to extend the deadline for our Spacehive page, giving us loads more time for us to meet our goal, and make a Community Resource Hub at Wards Corner a reality. Our team, and the team at Save Latin Village have been working tirelessly to plan and make new exciting content that we can’t wait to share with you all. 

The Trust is committed to developing the site, both through short term and long term projects, which are all part of our larger objectives of community-led development of the town centre for and by those who live in, work in, and use it. The Community Resource Hub remains urgently needed in the context of both the closure of the market, and the wider economic and social effects of Covid-19 on the local community. We continue also to progress with our Temporary Market proposal, and with our Community Plan. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be sharing updates on our other ongoing projects, and the developments that have been going on behind the scenes. 

Our Trustees

The Trust is lead by our three Trustees, all of whom have been involved with the Trust for a number of years.

Carlos Burgos is Chair of the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust. He is the co-founder of the Pedro Achata Trust, a charity which helps Latin American migrants develop their potential whilst living in the UK.

Vicky Alvarez is a trader at the Seven Sisters market, and is Chair of the Seven Sisters Market Traders Association.

Myfanwy Taylor is a local resident, and urban and economic geographer, researching the community value of markets.

The Trust will be recruiting more Trustees in the coming months. Further information will be provided on this, but feel free to contact us sooner if you are interested.

Our crowdfunding campaign has launched!

Over the last few days, we launched our campaign to bring the Wards Corner building back into temporary use as a Community Resource Hub. We’ve been blown away by the support and responses we have received so far, but need to keep up this amazing momentum if we want to make this a reality.

Sharing and commenting are great free ways to support this project, so keep circulating our Spacehive with your networks, and our posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Even a donation of £2 can make a massive difference!