Your vote could help a local organisation get £3000 of funding from the Lloyds bank Community Fund.

Pic: Lives not Knives, Positive East, Skway & Urban Synergy

Pic: Lives not Knives, Positive East, Skway & Urban Synergy

Organisations across the country have been selected by Lloyds employees locally but the decision will be made by you, the public. You have until 1st November to cast your vote online, by text message or by visiting a branch.


Lives Not Knives is one of four organisations looking for funding in Croydon. The initiative, started in 2007 by Eliza Rebeiro, aims to stop young people from entering the world of gang culture. What started as a t-shirt design has gone on to have great impact on the local community, earning the organisation and it’s founder Eliza, numerous accolades. Monique Rebeiro told East London Lines: ” Local support is essential for Lives Not Knives to continue supporting young people in Croydon.

Tower Hamlets:

Stepney based Positive East have been providing support and advice to those living with and those affected by HIV. They are London’s largest community HIV organisation and provide free testing across the city. The charity uses peer support, counselling and personalised advice sessions to help those recently diagnosed with HIV to deal with their condition. An HIV prevention service also makes up a large part of the work the charity does, working closely with the African community and gay men to ensure awareness within these groups.


Skyway is an organisation that provides help, advice and support to young people in the area. As well as organised activities, the organisation operates a youth centre called The Blue Hut. A spokesperson for Skyway told East London Lines that over recent years, an increasing number of young people have arrived at the youth club hungry and asking for food. Skyway helped these people in the short term, but now want to conduct cookery and nutrition classes so that they can learn to prepare healthy meals for themselves in the future.


Urban Synergy is a charity that provides mentoring to young people in the Lewisham area. Focusing on 11-18 year olds, the charity gives skills and experiences to young people so that they go on to contribute to their community. One-on-one mentoring is used to help young people find their way as they struggle against peer pressure and the effects of their environment. The charity is hoping to use the £3,000 they could receive to purchase computer equipment that will help them in their mentoring programs.

Details on how to vote for these or any other of the shortlisted organisations can be found at

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