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A call for action
March against knife and gang crime on 20th August: Families and friends of young people killed by knife crime at St Matthew’s Garden after marching from Clapham.
Speaking with powerful dignity and emotion, the message is to be vigilant, keep communicating with friends and family members who you think may be getting into trouble, and make use of support networks.
http://www.justiceforluther.co.uk – Justice for Luther Edwards
http://abianda.com – Working with young women affected by gangs
http://www.artagainstknives.com – Supporting young people at risk of violent crime
http://growingagainstviolence.org.uk – Protection, prevention, partnership
http://www.londonvillagenetwork.com – Access to positive role models
http://pyeproject.org – Enabling positive attitudinal and behavioural changes
http://www.superkidztrust.org – Working with young offenders, those who struggle with drugs and victims of child sex exploitation
http://dsfcic.co.uk/home.html – Dwaynamics Boxing Club – and a lot more – Angell Town
http://www.blockworkoutfdn.org/campaign/angell-town-estate/ – Block Workout in Angell Town
Lambeth Heritage Festival
This will be a series of events running through the month of September in most parts of the borough – pick up a programme at Brixton Tate Library or download from www.llhf.org.uk/news
Events around Brixton include talks at the library, at the Vida Walsh Centre (Brixton Society), at Longfield Hall, at Brockwell Lido Café, at St. Andrew’s Church (Landor Road), and even the Chocolate Museum (Ferndale Road). The choice of guided walks includes Brixton Hill, Brixton’s Show Business past, Brixton Market, Railton Road and Stockwell Green.
Future Forum Meetings
We are consulting with likely guest speakers over dates for the next 2 Forum meetings, and we will confirm the dates and arrangements as soon as these are settled. Minutes from the July meeting will be circulated shortly. But don’t just wait for a meeting – tell us now if there is an issue that you think we should take up.
Local Activities & Services
Again we have included a couple on the edges of our area in case they are of interest to some of you. We will be happy to feature news from your group next time, if you send us the details.
Kids Klub at Pop Brixton
Kids Klub is in full swing at Pop Brixton until 1st September, with a range of free activities including cooking classes, reading classes and arts & crafts. See the Pop Brixton website or enquiries to email@example.com
Silver Cheerleaders at Brixton Rec
News just in – a new form of active exercise for ladies over 40 – Wednesday mornings, 10-30 am at Brixton Recreation Centre. Enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brixton Community Base
BCB is currently recruiting Trustees to support the development and direction of this important community asset. We provide a vibrant base for local arts, community and fitness groups. We manage community projects such as Brixton Youth Theatre and Bling Ya Bike for local young people. Our halls are hired out for a variety of activities (even the occasional Forum meeting!). We are looking for people who can support us with marketing, fund-raising and digital issues, and can find 4-5 hours a month to do so.
Enquiries to Jane Duncan Ribeiro, email@example.com
St John’s Senior Citizens Project
St. John’s Church is on the north-west fringe of our area, at 386 Clapham Road, SW9, between Clapham North Station and Union Road. The project runs 3 activities each week: an exercise class on Tuesday mornings, with an afternoon Arts and Crafts session to be added from September; a singing group on Thursdaymornings, and a social club (including bingo) on Thursday afternoons. Information sessions, parties and outings are also organised from time to time. Enquiries to Colette McGovern on (020) 7819 9498 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.stjohnscdp.co.uk
Mosaic and Tile-making Classes
Also near our north-west corner, Art4Space are offering Tuesday evening classes, starting from 12 September, in mosaic and tile-making. Single session (6-30 to 9 pm) £25, 5-week course £120, 10-week course £230, at their Community Art Centre, 312 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. More details at www.art4space.co.uk, enquiries/ bookings to Jewels on 07 816 386 270 or email@example.com
Children’s Acting Classes
From mid-September, Creative Minds London will be running theatre-based workshop sessions at Island Arts Studio, at the Herne Hill end of Milkwood Road, SE24. Little Stars (age 4-7) on Tuesdays 4 to 5 pm from 19 September, Big Stars (age 8-11) on Wednesdays 4 to 5 pm from 20 September. Enquiries to Victoria on 07 944 549 847 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.creativemindslondon.com
Funding and other resources
Support from Community Southwark?
After allowing LVAC to wither away for lack of funds, Lambeth Council has recently brought in Community Southwark (previously SAVO) to provide interim support for Voluntary sector groups until a Lambeth-based Voluntary Service Agency can be re-established.
News is beginning to filter through from Community Southwark of new resources which groups can tap into, though inevitably some are targeted mainly at Southwark-oriented groups.
Enquiries to email@example.com
Governance Course on Thursday 12 October:
Community Southwark are offering a half-day course for Lambeth-based groups – an opportunity to perk up your Management Committee or Board and catch up with current thinking in this field. See:
Big Local North Brixton
Big Local North Brixton is a 10-year programme covering the northern fringe of the Town Centre and a clutch of SW9 estates from the Waltham Estate eastwards to part of the Loughborough Estate. Its three priorities are Safety, Community Cohesion and Employment. The first of these topics includes tackling youth crime. The last includes promoting volunteering with local projects, and offers training courses to help groups work better. Occasional grant schemes are run via the London Community Foundation, which contributed to the recent Brixton Fund round.
Enquiries to Jedidah Onchere on 07 958 622 171 or firstname.lastname@example.org or see the websitewww.biglocalnb.org.uk
Lambeth Community Fund
For projects outside the North Brixton area, all other Lambeth-based grant funds have been consolidated into one fund, which should make 2 rounds of grants over the next 12 months. All applications must address one of 4 key themes: Stronger Together, Feeling Fine; Learning for Life; On the Right Track. Most grants will be between £500 and £10,000 for projects over one or two years at most. Further details are on the London Community Foundation website: www.londoncf.org.uk/grants and follow the links for Lambeth.
Round 1 is now open for applications, which must be in by 17 November, and the deadline for the second round will be 4 May 2018.
Building a Stronger Britain Together
Rupert Sutton in Lambeth’s Community Safety service has flagged up this Home Office funding scheme, for community groups already established for at least a year. Emphasis is on in-kind support with social media or printed material – more details at www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together , enquiries to Rupert on (020) 7926 7025 or at email@example.com
Health & Social Care
Project Smith update
This is now active in Ferndale, Larkhall, Stockwell, Coldharbour and Vassall wards, and also parts of Streatham. The main aims are to help people manage their own health, wellbeing or medical condition, to reduce the risk of them facing a crisis, and to encourage them to feel part of a community. There is a small grants fund, to help groups with work in this field, and local projects recently funded include Tai Chi at Windmill Gardens, the Community Café at Loughborough Farm, and the Pegasus Community Choir at Brixton Tate Library. Details of the grants process will be on the LCF website, www.londoncf.org.uk
Another element is the Community Connectors programme, training community volunteers to help their neighbours with accessing local services and activities. Enquiries to Fraser Serle, 07 720 601 048 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On-line Support for Patients with long-term conditions
The RE-EDITT programme at King’s College is seeking patient representatives to help with developing an online treatment for anxiety and depression in people with long-term conditions. Enquiries to Eliza Hinchcliffe, King’s Health Partners, email@example.com
Patient Participation Groups Network
Each GP practice should have a Patient Participation Group, and members in Lambeth are meeting on Wednesday 20 September between 6 and 8 pm to review ways of supporting people with long-term conditions, at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. Interested voluntary organisations are also invited to join in. Enquiries to Lambeth PPG Network, (020) 7326 1586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lambeth is consulting on the boundaries of a proposed Herne Hill Neighbourhood Plan. However, we are concerned that the large area claimed will encroach too far into Brixton itself, and around Loughborough Junction (where much work has already been done on a separate plan). The proposals and map can be seen at www.lambeth.gov.uk/consultations and follow the links. They can also be seen at Brixton Tate Library.
Meanwhile, the Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Plan seems to have run out of steam – we had expected to see some ideas emerging this summer. We will strive to represent the interests of our members affected by both these plans, but first you need to tell us your views!
The final deadline for comments on the Herne Hill boundaries is 11 September, to email@example.com
We have always been keen to encourage the local economy, and to revive job opportunities in the Town Centre. We realise that many people want to start or develop their own business, but may be outside the area covered by the Brixton BID, so we will continue to share news of training and support schemes that may be useful to you.
Green Business Fund Workshop
Briefing on a fund to make small businesses more energy-efficient, with less pollution and more recycling, Thursday 28 September at St. Andrew’s Church, Short Street (off The Cut) SE1 8LJ, 10 am to 1 pm, enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Women in Business
If you are a woman in business or trading, then maybe Wintrade Week is for you. It’s a week-long convention of advice, seminars, receptions and networking, in venues across London between 25 and 29 September.
Enquiries to Dr Yvonne Thompson, c/o 16 Trinity Gardens, SW9 8DP, e-mail to email@example.com
We have just heard also of a free Women in Business Conference on Sunday 24 September, enquiries to Des O’Connor on 01652 641 351, or e-mail as before.
To add or update your contact details, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org
To include items in future bulletins, or comment on any of the above items, please e-mail to email@example.com
To include an issue or presentation in Forum meeting agendas, contact the Chair, Devon Thomas on firstname.lastname@example.org
Next training for Community Connectors from 27th September
Project Smith brings together Lambeth residents with NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Lambeth Council, in recognising that the community and people are the assets and key to good health and wellbeing.
Overall, Project Smith has three aims:
- To support people to manage their own health and wellbeing (or condition) by having access to the right information and assistance.
- To help people avoid a crisis, or minimise it, especially for those living independently.
- To build stronger community ties.
Project Smith works with local neighbourhood forums, community networks and grassroots neighbourhood organisations to think of ways to improve health and wellbeing, and connect them to each other and to health services and initiatives in Lambeth.
Project Smith is working in 8 wards, which are aligned with three Local Care Networks (LCNs). A LCN is where health and social care services, local individuals and voluntary groups work together to improve services for the local population.
In 2015/16 Project Smith started in Vassall and Coldharbour Wards in the South East LCN
During 2016/17 expanded into three wards in the North Locality, Stockwell, Larkhall and Ferndale wards.
During 2017/18 expanded into three wards in the South West LCN: Streatham Hill, Streatham Wells and St Leonards
The project has a two-pronged approach:
Lambeth Wellbeing Fund – small grants scheme for local people and groups to promote health and wellbeing
Organisations and individuals can apply for funding to run events or activities that they think will:
- improve health and wellbeing
- connect with people who are isolated
- help create healthier communities
Activities must take place in Lambeth. The fund is managed by the London Community Foundation. Details of how to apply for the grants are here. http://www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/available-grants/overview.aspx?showgrants=open#grant-69
People who participated in small grants scheme activities have told us:
‘The community spirit was wonderful’ and ‘We created a safe space for people to express all the things they were feeling’, and ‘I improved my writing’
Community Connectors – individuals who signpost people to local services.
Connectors get four days free training, gaining a qualification – Level 2 in Understanding Behaviour Change accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health. As well as receiving training, community connectors meet monthly for supervision sessions. This involves going on a ‘safari’ to a local organisation and learning about the services offered.
Community Connectors have told us:
“I had become more socially isolated than I was comfortable with when my children started school and I hadn’t yet gone back to work. Since becoming a connector last year, I have helped others, made new friends, feel better about myself, and even found some job opportunities through networking.” Mary, Lambeth resident.
“I have learned so much through the connectors programme that I feel like a walking/talking community notice board.” Charlotte, a connector who also received a small grant to help run the Loughborough Farm Café, SW9.
Next training course starts 27 September 2017. The training lasts four days and will be delivered on 27 Sept, 5, 6 and 10 October.
You need to live in Lambeth to attend the Community Connector training.
To find out more about Project Smith please email Fraser Serle, Programme Manager Project Smith, email@example.com
BRIXTON NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM-GENERAL MEETING
Date:-Thursday 6 July Time:- 6.00pm
Location:-The Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, S.W.9 8FR
1) Welcome-Chair Devon C. Thomas
2) Introduction to Squire & Partners- Henry Squire
3) Future Brixton Update and Urban Space Manual- Will Steadman, Lambeth Council, Investment , Growth and Neighbourhoods
4) Information Exchange- Indo-American Refugee and Migrant Organisation- Olivia Stewart
5) Access to community spaces and assets- Clapham Park Project
6) Any other business
7) Dates of future meeting
Are you planning an event in the next few months? Do you want more people to join in your group’s work? Send your news to Alan Piper, Forum Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
You are warmly invited to the Brixton Fund event on Wednesday 28 June at 7pm in the Popbox, at Pop Brixton.
At the event you’ll have chance to meet our 7 shortlisted projects over drinks and light refreshments and vote for your favourites (see below for more details!)
We are asking people to RSVP here so that we can get a sense of numbers: www.brixtonpound.org/
Please do forward onto friends, family and any fellow Brixtonites.
Inter-faith Show of Unity – Monday 3 July
Conference for Voluntary/ Community Groups
How to Keep it Local:
Five step guide for councillors and commissioners
Locality’s new How to Keep it Local: Five step guide for councillors and commissioners is the handbook for pioneering councillors and commissioners across the country who prioritise local commissioning and delivery, leading to improved services for local people, savings for councils and economic resilience in their communities. Download the guide here
Your New Town Hall
Invitation to 4th Brixton Neighbourhood Construction Forum
I am writing to you on behalf of the Your New Town Hall project: Muse Developments (developer), Lambeth Council (project partner) and Morgan Sindall (contractors)…
Download the document Invitation 4th Brixton Neighbourhood Construction Forum
English classes in Lambeth
It was great to meet you at the Portuguese Project meeting the other day.
Just to let you know that we have lots of spaces available in our free English classes in Lambeth. If you know any Portuguese speakers who might benefit from this please do let them know. The class is every Wednesday morning in Vauxhall, 9.15-11.15am, at St Anne’s church on Kennington Road. It is for any levels of English – all will be accommodated.
I have attached a flier to hand out or a poster to put up. Please do let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks so much
I am working on a new series of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast.
Myatt’s Fields Park
Well, we couldn’t have wished for a lovelier summer fair, could we? Gorgeous weather, the whole community out in force to feast on cake, sip cocktails, peruse the stalls, play, laugh and dance together.
A big high five to everyone who helped make the day so special!
Looking for funding?
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their neighbourhoods and communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.
We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.
We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.
Applying is easy. It’s an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.
Live music on the bandstand
Every Sunday afternoon from 6 August to 17 September, Stop Look Listen will be back, hosting acoustic sets on the bandstand from the best new music acts from London and beyond.
Would you like to perform?
Email Stop Look Listen with a link to your music and use the subject “Bandstand music.”
Crowdfunder: Brixton Pound
The Brixton Pound is fundraising to turn their popular pay-what-you-feel cafe on Atlantic Road into an accessible platform for community activity, including performances, workshops, meeting space, and culinary events.
Click here to find out how you can help support them.
Central Brixton Public Realm Design Study
Brixton town centre’s attraction and unique character stems from its vibrant street life, its large number of independent traders, its cultural venues, and longstanding ethnic mix. People who live and work in Brixton mostly travel on …
Download the document here brixtonpublicrealmreportFINAL4lowres
working together to realise local aspirations
In 2013 Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) together with
London Borough of Lambeth (LBL) produced the Loughborough
Junction Plan. Download the booklet here pl-loughborough-junction-masterplan-booklet-2015-2
Managing Volunteers Effectively – Level: Basic Thursday 23 March, 9:15 – 4.00 pm
Venue: CITI, 33 Canada Square, London E14 5LB, nearest Underground and DLR Station: Canary Wharf
There are a few places left for the free training session below.
To book please contact: Patricia on 0781 2006 441 / email@example.com, with the full name, role, email, mobile number and dietary requirements. Refreshments and lunch will be provided (a kind donation from CITI Group)
This session will introduce you to good practices on the recruitment and management of volunteers to ensure that you give and get the best from them in enhancing the growth and development of your organisation. The session will cover volunteers’ recruitment, appointment, induction and how to effectively utilise their skills & retain them. If for unemployment reasons you are unable to cover your travel expenses to be able to attend the training, please let me know in advance so we can make arrangements to reimburse the cost of your ticket. Should you have any other specific needs please contact me to discuss it (e.g. child care). You will receive the programme and venue details shortly.
Do not miss this opportunity!