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Stepney Community Trust (STC) has a long history of community action and support in the Whitechapel / Stepney areas of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Since the establishment of this charity, we have been financially and otherwise supported by London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In addition, we have received financial support from a large number of Trusts and Foundations.

We are enormously grateful to all our past and present funders without which SCT would not have been able to deliver much needed activities and programme for local disadvantaged people.

During the last five years we have received funding from the following sources:

The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust

Awards for All

Big Lottery Fund

Bishopsgate Foundation

Community Consortium Against Poverty

The Coutts Charitable Trust

The Fishmongers’ Company

Goldsmith Charity

Garfield Weston Foundation

Heritage Lottery Fund

Hillden Community Foundation

HSBC Bank plc

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Council Community Grants

Lloyds TSB Foundation

Mercers Company

St Katharine and Shadwell Trust

UFI Online Centre

Stepney Community Trust would like to express its appreciation for the support it received from the above sources.

Background and History

Stepney Community Trust is a community-led charity that has a long history of community action and support in the Stepney area. The Trust was set up in 1982 as the St Mary’s Centre - a housing, welfare and resource project responding to the severe levels of housing and social deprivation in the area. It originally drew its name from the St.Mary’s ward, but following ward boundary changes within Tower Hamlets the ward became Whitechapel, prompting the organisation to change its name to Stepney Community Trust in 2002.

The Trust aims to meet needs in the Whitechapel area and in Tower Hamlets in general. The Trust aimed to address the inequalities experienced by the local community in accessing decent housing, welfare advice and education, especially amongst the Bangladeshi community. Initially, it set about campaigning to improve the housing stock, regenerating the area and providing community facilities, including leisure facilities for young people. Working closely with the GLC, the Trust successfully persuaded the then Department of the Environment to designate the area as a Housing Action Area, which led to new investment in the housing stock and environmental improvements. The Trust continued to work with the Council and local housing association partners to address housing conditions and need in the area, and campaigned for local people in issues around housing, education, employability issues, and young people’s provision.

In 1984, the Trust acquired the freehold of their premises at 46 Myrdle St., London E1, with assistance from the GLC and had an additional grant to modernise the lower ground and ground floors of the building, enabling work to be done to improve the property as a resource centre. The Trust is understood to be one of only four similar community organisations in the borough that owns its own property, thus providing some security and enabling overheads to be reduced. Funding was also secured from the GLC, CRE, Social Fund and the Council to appoint full-time staff and implement a comprehensive work programme.