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Two Hackney groups have won grants after pitching their creative ideas for change to a national charity. The groups, from Clapton Girls and Our Lady's Convent School, competed with 50 schools for the funding in a 'Dragon's Den' style event at Canary Wharf, hosted by Envision, a charity that works for social change.
The Our Lady’s Convent team came up with an idea to send cards to women prisoners. They felt that this would help prisoners re-integrate into society. They have already been working with PACT, a charity working with women in prison to raise awareness of the effect of imprisonment on whole families.
The group from Clapton Girls, the Tick4change team, plan to paint a community wall and create a community garden. Team member Rashida, says: "Our project aim is to give the borough of Hackney a positive image.Too often, both residents and people from outside of our borough have negative views of Hackney... We want to change the negative media image of Hackney and let people see the real Hackney and how great it is."
The team is looking for further sponsorship - if you think you could help them get their project off the ground, then send your ideas to young hackney: http://www.younghackney.org/getinvolved/contact-us2.php
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