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Dhruv Patel, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “We want to help build a capital city where everyone can thrive."

A total of 23 London charities fighting inequality are in line for a £5million funding boost.

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, kickstarted the year by making the grants to help tackle disadvantage in the capital. 

They will pay for programmes supporting homeless and rough sleepers, disabled people and victims of domestic abuse.

 Grants include:

  • £110,550 to Community Drug and Alcohol Services for a South West London outreach programme helping vulnerable people with their mental health
  • £178,000 to BeyondAutism for a project helping young people with autistic spectrum disorders into employment with placements and volunteering
  • £288,400 to Wheels for Wellbeing for a scheme giving a voice to disabled cyclists in the campaigning and policy arena, and expanding its indoor disabled cycling sessions
  • £260,000 to the Bede Housing Association for a Southwark project breaking cycles of domestic violence through counselling and legal advice

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Dhruv Patel, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “London’s charities are working hard to fight inequality and disadvantage, improving lives, boosting employment, and reducing isolation.

“We want to help build a capital city where everyone can thrive.

“Nearly one third of Londoners are living in poverty, and over one million of those live in a working family.

“Together we aim to consign these statistics to the history books.”

Tracie Linehan, CEO of BeyondAutism, said that funding will enable her charity to create a toolkit ensuring that young adults with autism and complex additional needs are able to step on to a career ladder with the right support to be successful. 

She added:Being employed not only ensures a level of independence; in the right job it will raise self-esteem, increase social groups and broaden your own world.”

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