The Friends of Windmill Gardens have been awarded a grant of nearly £100,000 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to develop and diversify volunteering opportunities at Brixton Windmill.
The three-year project will enable the friends to employ a part-time heritage engagement officer, expand their work, and to engage more local residents and organisations in their activities.
The focus will be on building relationships with under-represented groups and audiences.
New and existing volunteer roles at the Windmill that will be developed using the £96,788 grant include tour guiding, flour milling and gardening.
The Friends plan to develop close links with local organisations which will encourage longer term involvement from young people and people with disabilities.
Chair of trustees Toussainte Reba said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support our local community to become active in taking pride in Brixton’s heritage.
“We have made great strides over the last few years in developing a dedicated team of volunteers.
“The grant will allow us to take our work forward, diversifying our team and welcoming more of our local residents to be part of their local heritage.”
The windmill has chosen to stop milling flour, despite this influx of extra funds. London’s last wiring Windmill falling dormant. And for what? SAD.
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