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The Loop @ Pembury Wins ‘Building Better Communities’ Award

Posted on 07 July 2016

The Loop @ Pembury has been awarded £5000 in the Jewson ‘Building Better Communities’ Awards, thanks to the support of local residents, with over 300 people voting in support of the project on the Jewson Facebook page.

The Loop @ Pembury, a community reuse hub on Peabody’s Pembury Estate and part of Groundwork London’s Repurpose project, beat over 1,800 nominated projects as part of a national competition, to secure a share of the £100,000 regional prize fund.

The Loop is already providing a fantastic service from its abandoned garage space, collecting unwanted and fly-tipped furniture and electrical items, lovingly restoring them and making them available to residents at affordable prices – helping people to furnish their homes for much less than usual. The project also provides training and workshops, and volunteering and employment opportunities, helping local residents learn new skills, improve their self-esteem and get back into work.

The Loop @ Pembury will spend their regional prize on building materials from Jewson, to help turn their ill-equipped garage into a fully-functioning, fit-for-purpose workshop space and reuse hub for the whole community to enjoy and use.

Stephen Matthews, Coordinator at The Loop @ Pembury, said: “If you voted for us, thank you, thank you, thank you! It really made a difference. Thank you Jewson for selecting our project! We’re going to build something the whole estate can be proud of.”

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