Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company is delivering ecological transformation through its Sustainability Fund, supporting four grassroots projects, chosen for their exemplary initiatives to support their local communities and nurture the environment in Haringey.
The Sustainability Fund was launched in 2021 after a challenging couple of years, during which, many communal spaces and local services suffered. The Fund set out to help grassroots projects that make a positive, sustainable difference and to support long-term social and environmental benefits within local communities.
In just its second year, the Fund has grown, welcoming partnerships with four new local authorities and the number of projects supported has doubled, from 47 projects in 2021 to 95 in 2022, donating over £80,000. This is a testament to the Education, Communication and Outreach teams working across the country who truly believe in the power of local action to make a great positive difference.
There are so many inspiring projects to choose from across the country and in Haringey alone, Veolia pledged three grants to different community groups all a part of the local Go Green event which took place during the Great Big Green Week, a nationwide celebration of action on climate change.
These donations were used to fund some of the sessions and workshops that took place at various venues during this event, including the Cafe on Broadwater Farm and the Northumberland Park Resource Centre on Park Lane.
Pascal Hauret, Managing Director, Municipal at Veolia, said:
"We are incredibly proud to see how Veolia’s Sustainability Fund has grown in just its second year. Through this campaign we can increase our impact towards ecological transformation by working with residents and groups on the ground to find local solutions to everyday challenges. Supporting the communities we serve is at the heart of our partnerships with Local Authorities and we’re looking forward to another year of supporting their projects in 2023.”
Sonja Scantlebury, Organiser for Go Green, Haringey, said:
"We're really pleased to be able to continue our working relationship with Veolia Haringey, who have been extremely supportive of the Go Green Eco Festival from its inception."
Sian Dorman, who ran an upcycled Arts & Crafts workshop at the event, said:
"For many people in my local community, having to find the funds to pay for upskilling yourself through short courses and workshops is extremely difficult. Most people struggling have to prioritise essentials and sacrifice their need to keep learning and challenging themselves skillswise.
“Having my Veolia Sustainability Fund Grant be successful has opened up the opportunity for me to be able to teach my skills for free to my community at our yearly Haringey Go Green Festival for Great Big Green Week 2022.
“It has been incredibly rewarding to see people's faces light up and they realise that they have created something incredible themselves which many thought was not possible."
Paul Peters, Senior Contracts Manager Veolia Haringey, said:
"It is fantastic that we are able to support such worthy causes here in Haringey, working together with community groups to help local residents understand more about sustainable practices and improving the environment."
The Sustainability Fund supports a range of not-for-profit organisations, community groups and individuals that help transform their local community through enhancing biodiversity, promoting sustainable waste behaviours, protecting or preserving resources and the environment, or using recycled, reused or reclaimed materials.
If you have an idea, head to Veolia.co.uk/Sustainability-Fund for more information about Veolia’s Sustainability Fund.
Applications will open again on Friday 21st April 2023, just in time for World Earth Day!
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