Age UK Waltham Forest has been handed a £35,000 grant in order to fund its programmes in the borough.

The City of London Corporation’s charity, City Bridge Trust, announced the funding as part of a series of grants totalling £585,400, handed out to community organisations across London.

Age UK, which provides support for those in later life, will use the cash to expand its pool of volunteers, who help deliver an activity programme to keep older people active and engaged.

David Farnsworth, Director of the City Bridge Trust said: “City Bridge Trust provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London.

“We have donated over half a million to mental health projects in the last month alone including those which provide counselling and psychotherapy, exercise classes and social events.

“And we are committed to supporting Londoners to help make our city a fairer place in which to live and work.”

City Bridge Trust is the grant-making arm of Bridge House Estates, which maintains all bridges that cross the Thames into the City of London.

For the past 20 years, funds surplus to the bridge requirements have been used to support charitable activity across the capital.

Awards totalling more than £300 million have been made to 4,000 organisations working with the most disadvantaged people across every London borough.