Older people’s support group gets funding boost

Neighbours in Poplar, a service for older people in Tower Hamlets, has received an £85,500 grant for a project working with isolated people aged 75 and over.

The funding, which will last for three years, was given by the City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust.

The grant will pay for an outreach worker who will identify isolated elderly people, link them with the services they need, and recruit and support volunteers to befriend and regularly visit those who are housebound or too frail to take part in community activities.

Neighbours in Poplar supports older people in Poplar and the Isle of Dogs.

It runs an outreach service and support services including luncheon clubs, Sunday dinners, help with leisure activities and celebrations at Christmas and other festivities.

City Bridge Trust has awarded 415 grants totalling over £22,000,000 to groups based in Tower Hamlets – and over £324million to organisations across London in the last 20 years.

The Trust is the City of London’s Corporation charity and London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital.

It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.


For more information, please contact:

Julie Zhu, Media Officer, City of London Corporation

Tel: 020 7332 3451 / Mobile: 07012 041 124 / Email

You can contact Neighbours in Poplar at

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is a uniquely diverse organisation. It supports and promotes the City as a world leader in international finance and business services and provides local services and policing for those working in, living in and visiting the Square Mile. It also provides valued services to London and the nation. These include the Barbican Centre, Barbican Music Library, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Guildhall Library, Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, London Metropolitan Archives, a range of education provision (including three City Academies); five Thames bridges (including Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge), Central Criminal Court at Old Bailey, over 10,000 acres of open spaces (including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest), and three wholesale food markets. The City of London Corporation is London’s Port Health Authority and also runs the Animal Reception Centre at Heathrow. For more details, visit