Mayor's Fund for London on the water

Posted on Mon, 10 Jun, 2024

Over the Easter and May half term Fulham Reach Boat Club has been proud to host rowing taster sessions for youth and outreach groups across London.

The following extract is from the Port of London Authority (PLA) Tidal Thames News on 7th June 2024:

The PLA has partnered with the Kitchen Social programme, providing young people with the opportunity to get active on the Thames this summer.

Kitchen Social works to tackle food insecurity faced by young people during the school holidays, providing a space to socialise, make new friends and receive free, nutritious meals.

Four Kitchen Social hubs have already taken to the water in the capital at Fulham Reach Boat Club and Phoenix Outdoor Centre, with two more clubs to be supported during the summer holidays.

Speaking on behalf of the Katherine Low Settlement charity who visited Fulham Reach Boat Club, Mery said: "The opportunity to participate in rowing for the first time was incredibly rewarding for our young people; every aspect of our visit was brilliant."

John Jones, Communities Project Manager at Mayor's Fund for London, said: "We are a charity that champions opportunities for young Londoners facing the biggest barriers across the capital. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Port of London Authority through our Kitchen Social programme to ensure that children who feel anxious about the school holidays are physically and mentally supported, learning life skills, and experiencing joy like all young Londoners should."

With funding from the PLA, 45 young people from Sphere Support (Newham), Avenues Youth Project (Westminster), Katherine Low Settlement (Wandsworth) and Dalgarno Youth and Community Trust (Kensington and Chelsea) have benefited from the sessions so far. This forms a key part of the PLA's vision to make the tidal Thames accessible to all and to see more people from diverse backgrounds enjoying sport and leisure on the river. 

Read more: Kitchen Social programme and Katherine Low Settlement project

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