We are delighted to share news that the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) has awarded RSN a Transformational Project Grant of £105,574.
The grant - which has been awarded under the AHF's Transforming Places Through Heritage programme - brings RSN's building project much closer to reality. RSN is working hard to rennovate and finance a building which will transform Harlesden high street and help hundreds of young refugees build hopeful futures through education.
Commenting on the decision, RSN CEO Catherine Gladwell said:
"We are so delighted to be awarded a grant from the AHF. The young refugees we work with tell us that education is the key to unlocking their futures - and this grant along with funding from Brent Council and others will help us to create an education centre for young refugees right in the centre of Harlesden. The building will also function as a social impact hub, providing group work and activity space for other local initiatives, and co-working space for charities and social enterprises. Refugee Support Network started out as a small, volunteer-led local project almost ten years ago - and, as we've grown to become a national charity, we're proud to remain rooted in the Harlesden community we love."
The generous grant will enable internal works to be carried out to bring the building back into use, including installing new heating and ventilation systemsa and and fitting new lighting, insulation and a lift.
The building will be a unique refugee education centre, a social impact hub for our partner organisations and the local community, as well as a home for RSN.
Responding to the news, our local MP for Brent Central Dawn Butler said:
"It is fantastic news that the Architectural Heritage Fund have approved a £100,000 grant in support of Refugee Support Network (RSN). RSN is a fantastic charity based in my constituency helping refugee and asylum seeking children and young people build their future through education. It has been my pleasure to support and work with them to open up a social impact hub in the heart of Harlesden. These funds bring us one big step closer to that goal."
You can hear more about the project when our CEO Catherine Gladwell speaks at the online event Open High Streets: Community Spaces in High Street Buildings on August 12th 2020.
If you believe in our vision for Harlesden and young refugees, please consider joining us and supporting the project.