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Two Croydon-based charities win a national award 

Off the Record Youth Counselling Croydon. Pic: Toucan Productions

Rape Crisis South London, a charity that supports victims of sexual assault, and Off the Record Counselling, an organisation that provides counselling services to young people, were selected as two of the ten winners at the GSK IMPACT Awards on May 17. The two charities were chosen out of more than 370 organisations in the UK.

Winners are due to receive a £30,000 donation as well as free development advice and support coming directly from The King’s Fund.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are a nationally-recognised award that annually honours charities that have shown to make a strong improvement in people’s wellbeing and mental health all across the UK.

Mayor of London unveils affordable artist studios in Lewisham

New Cross. Pic: Hidden London

The Mayor of London unveiled The Deptford Foundry, a development that will provide 85 new affordable artists’ studios.

The project was funded by the Mayor’s investment of over £1.6 million as part of the Creative Enterprise Zone initiative, a program that supports the growth of artists and creative enterprises.

The Mayor also announced a partnership with Goldsmiths, University of London that will see the development of an enterprise hub that will act as a budget workspace for local businesses.

The hub is expected to begin construction towards the end of this year and will also offer training to entrepreneurs from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Tower Hamlets Council invested £10 million to fix broken roads

A group of people who have been fixing pavements in Bethnal Green. Pic: Tower Hamlets Council

Tower Hamlets Council has set aside £10 million to fund road and pavement repairs across the borough after a number of citizens expressed their concern in a recent survey. The investment came in spite of cuts in government funding.

Several of the roads that are set to be revamped include Raven Row in Whitechapel and Grenade Street in Limehouse.

The repairs will be carried out throughout a period of four years.

Aggravated burglary in Peckham sees a group of four jailed for a combined sentence of over 40 years

Group of Peckham burglars. Pic: Met Police

A group of four men were charged with aggravated burglary after breaking into a family home in Peckham and attempting to rob them.

After a two-week trial, the four men were sentenced to jail for 12 years and 8 months, 12 years, 11-and-half-years and 7-and-a-half years respectively.

The men initially forced their way into the property after one of them posed as a delivery driver. After the group threatened the family, civilians overheard the commotion and called the police. The men were arrested as they attempted to escape.


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