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L&Q funds art therapy course in Lewisham

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

L&Q funds art therapy course in Lewisham L&Q funds art therapy course in Lewisham

The L&Q Foundation has funded a six-week art therapy course for young women living in a supported housing project run by the Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust.

At the end of the course in Lewisham, the women exhibited their poetry and art for friends, family and invited guests at the second annual 'Be Me' showcase.

The L&Q Foundation is supported by the L&Q housing association (led by David Montague - photo) which manages over 10,000 homes in the London borough of Lewisham.

The grant enabled Marsha Phoenix, which works with homeless women aged 16-25 in the area, to provide its residents with art materials and experienced art therapists at its hostel. Marsha Phoenix intends to use the £5,000 grant from the L&Q Foundation to run the project four times over the next two years, and plans for the second course later this year are already in the pipeline.

Established in 2011, the L Q Foundation is managed by a board of employee volunteers drawn from across the organisation and now has an annual fund of £4 million.

L&Q community investment manager Paul Nehra said: "The L&Q Foundation grant programme allows us and our partners to invest in our communities and those living in them. Marsha Phoenix are an excellent local charity doing very important work and we are very proud to be supporting their Be Me arts project.”

L&Q owns and manages more than 70,000 homes across London and the South East, making it the largest landlord in the capital and one of the largest residential property developers.

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