In 2016 we worked with over 2’000 people of all ages, races, religions and backgrounds from five years old through to 60 years old helping them to better their life and make a positive change for their future. Quarter one we had 424 children and 60 adults. Quarter two we had 429 children and 338 adults. Quarter three we had 194 children and 373 adults. Quarter four we had 416 children and 181 adults.
Tower Hamlets is still one of the most deprived boroughs in London. Unemployment, gang crime and poverty are rife and many young people do not have a positive outlet for their frustrations. Factory East Community Project also supports the surrounding areas of East London. Using the ethos of boxing we are helping to improve the lives of those that might be socially excluded. We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for all the community to learn boxing regardless of ability. We are promoting community cohesion across barriers of age, gender, race, religion etc. We are here to offer the chance of change. Factory East is a support network and a base for training and selfgrowth. We are community people working together with professional experts to assist people to lead a better life. Factory East has seen many Governments change hands and many Mayors change hands and we are still here and still going strong, we have survived these changes and we plan to survive many more.
What Factory East Community Project needs for it’s future and to make sure we are still operating in the future is a permanent base (a building/facility) in place that can house sporting facilities (boxing gym etc), music studio facilities, and other activity spaces for young people. The building would also contain our administration office and interview rooms for outreach and intervention work. We want to obtain support and/or endorsement from corporate and public leaders, those able to influence and create or inspire change. We want to carry on saving, helping, and changing so many people’s lives which we believe is the best thing that’s happened so far and our research tells us that Factory East Community Project is needed even more now than when we started. We want to obtain definite leads for support; via direct funding in order to establish a permanent base from which to operate, but also by the provision of paid staff and volunteers to assist in the day to day management and activities of Factory East Community Project.