Residents of the Kingsmead and Morningside estates in Hackney left the big city behind to enjoy a day at the seaside.
The coach trips were open to both Sanctuary residents and others from the local community and in total 233 people of all ages and backgrounds took part, enjoying funfair rides, fish and chips and spending time on the beach.
Nicolette Nixon, chair of Morningside Tenants and Residents’ Association, said: “The annual trip is a great opportunity for people of different ages and backgrounds to come together and enjoy a day out while getting to know each other and building a real sense of community.
“Some of our residents very rarely have the opportunity to leave London so the trip was a great opportunity for them to enjoy new experiences.”
Alistair Livingstone, secretary of Kingsmead Residents’ Association, commented: “It was a very successful day, with a good turnout and fine weather.
“Everyone had a great time visiting the beach and it was good to bring people of different generations together to enjoy themselves.”
Funding from Sanctuary is also supporting upcoming community events on both estates, as well as a Christmas party for Morningside residents later in the year.
Toby Moore, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We aim to help our residents lead happy and fulfilled lives and we are delighted to support the residents’ associations with the valuable work they are carrying out for their local communities.”
These projects were part-funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.