Category Archives: News



Thursday 23 November, 7pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1 EP (facing Windrush Square). We will be following up some topical issues this time, including:
A report from Friends of Windrush Square;
Anti-Social Behaviour in the Town Centre;
Based on this and other local concerns, should we put together a Neighbourhood Plan?

NB: We will feature Brixton’s Arts and Creative Industries at the following meeting in the New Year. This is also likely to be our Annual General Meeting, when we review the past year and elect a new committee.


THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED Wednesday 15 November:
The last of a series of workshops run by Tony Cealy at the Advocacy Academy, 7 Vining Street SW9.
Story-telling, learning and communal sharing, 3-30 to 7-30 pm – open to people of all age and abilities, no theatre experience necessary.  Please book via Eventbrite.

BROCKWELL LIDO Sunday 19 November:
The Brockwell Lido Users Group and the Brockwell Lido Steering Committee hold their joint Annual General Meeting at 10-30 am on Sunday 19th at the Lido, when members will be able to vote in their new committee.

BLACK CULTURE MARKET Christmas Edition, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December:
Downstairs at the Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road, SW9, open 11 am to 5 pm each day.  Free event, but please book via Eventbrite.
If you are interested in trading at these events, please contact the organisers via

WINTER MARKET around Brixton Windmill, Sunday 10 December:
12 noon to 3-30 pm with a range of stalls including food and drinks, live music, craft workshops for children, and of course, Santa’s Grotto.
Also a festive wreath-making workshop for adults, 12-30 to 2 pm, fee £12 – please book in advance at

2 pm to 5 pm, to include a Christmas market, carol-singing and a Christingle-making workshop for kids.  More details from


We occasionally hear of local projects recruiting paid staff, though our publication schedule seldom ties in with closing dates for applications.
One that just fits in is at the St. Vincent’s Centre in Talma Road, SW2 1ASwhere they are seeking a part-time Activities Co-ordinator (22.5 hours a week). The role is to develop the arts and cultural programme at the centre, as well as establishing long-term food and service projects in the area.
More details can be found at but the closing date is 15 November.

Once again, a reminder of approaching deadlines for grants previously notified by Integrate – if you missed the news, contact

Make it Big with Pathway Fund: deadline Thursday 16 November.
Lambeth Advice Services Grants: deadline Wednesday 22 November.
Dying Matters – Hospice UK Community Grants: deadline 24 November.

Afreesixweek minicourse aimed at local food growing groups, to be held at Myatt’s Fields Park greenhouses.  More details from Fabrice at

Our local Business Improvement District is offering free training sessions for small businesses and social enterprises within the BID catchment area.  Book via their website at or enquiries by e-mail to  Upcoming events include:

Emergency First Aid at Work (level 3) – 15 November.
Food Safety (level 2) – 20 November.
Social Media – 22 November.
Anti-Terrorism Training – 28 November.


There was strong interest at our last Forum meeting in how Lambeth would take forward the housing development along Somerleyton Road.  A design was approved some years ago, but Homes for Lambeth failed to follow up on it.  Lambeth is now looking for a partnership with a private developer.  It is currently looking for 12 local stakeholders or residents to join a “Meet the Bidders Day” to help select that developer and shape local engagement.  Total commitment is 12 hours between December and February, and panel members will be paid.  Priority is being given to residents or organisations based in Windrush Ward,   but closing date to apply is 26 November.  Find the application form at 

From 13 November, Lambeth Council is introducing several new play streets on a 6-month trial basis.  Motor vehicles (except permit holders) will be banned from those streets Mondays to Fridays during school term time, for an hour in the morning (typically 8.15 to 9.15am) and again in the afternoon (typically 3 to 4 pm).  This is intended to cover the peak periods when children are travelling to and from school.  On our patch, the roads affected are:

– Lambert Road, between Branksome and Strathleven Roads.
– Mandrell Road, the whole length.
– Strathleven Road, between Lambert and Mauleverer Roads.
– Minet Road, between Lilford Road and Rupert Road.
Enquiries to

The latest phase of street landscaping for the Railton Road LTN will take place between 8 November and 15 December, between 198 Gallery and the corner of Herne Place.  This will be followed by some road surfacing work on that section, on 16/17 January.  During these periods, the 322 bus will be re-routed Atlantic Road/ Coldharbour Lane/ Effra Road/ Dulwich Road and then resume its normal route.  Enquiries to

Something we have had plenty of in the past few weeks!  Lambeth is trialling some new techniques to reduce the risk of flooding when the drains can’t cope with the flow of rainwater.  A new landscape layout has been designed for the Effra Road frontage of the St. Mathew’s Estate, including one temporary and two standing ponds, with new paths and damp-tolerant planting.
Details can be found via the Consultation pages on the Council’s website – but the deadline for responses is Tuesday 14 November.  Send comments to or use the on-line survey form.

An opportunity to thank your leading volunteers or highlight your group’s work.  Deadline for nominations is Sunday 26 November, culminating in a presentations event expected in late February. Details on the Council’s website at


Art4Space are due to host a couple more sessions on Mental Health First Aid at their studio in Jeffreys Road, SW4.  Sessions are led by It’s A Playground.
Refresher half-day for previous attenders on Friday 17 November, fee £150, or £125 for Lambeth residents.
Adult Mental Health: Two-day course on 23 & 24 November.
Bookings via

Solidarity in a Crisis (SiaC) offers support for anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, in Lambeth, Southwark or Lewisham.  They offer an out-of-hours crisis helpline – 0300 123 1922, 6 pm to midnight Monday to Friday, midday to midnight at weekends.  They also have a Community Team who can offer individuals a course of three to six one-to-one support sessions.  For more information, e-mail them at

Two upcoming free events, both at St. Matthew’s Church at the foot of Brixton Hill SW2 1JF:

Let’s Talk about Mental Health, Tuesday 14 November, 11 am to 1 pm, in the Level 2 co-working zone (with free pizza!).
This workshop is to enable local people to share their experiences – anything shared will be anonymous.
Organised by Lambeth Healthwatch and the Lambeth Living Well Collaborative, to reserve a place e-mail to

Lambeth Open Space Event to help shape Mental Health services in Lambeth, Thursday 23 November, 9-45 to 4-30 pm, food provided.
Led by Public Service Works with the Lambeth Living Well Collaborative, to reserve a place e-mail to

October 2023


Town Centre Developments – Feedback from meeting on 25 September:
We covered a lot of ground at last month’s meeting, including developments around the Rec and reactions to the Council restarting the Somerleyton Road housing project. We will place the meeting notes on our website shortly. One strand that we picked up on, and that has also been raised elsewhere, is antisocial behaviour within the Town Centre, particularly drugdealing.  This is despite the extended closure of the O2 Academy reducing the Nighttime Economy.  Brixton Station Road and Atlantic Road are still suffering from the Arch Company’s mismanaged renovation of the railway arches, many of which remain empty due to the rents being too high.
November Forum Meeting – Arts, Sports and Entertainment:
We are currently sorting out the date and venue for our next meeting – details will be confirmed in next month’s bulletin. If you want to present something about your organisation or group, see the final section of this bulletin.

Events at Brixton Windmill:
Although tours of the Windmill have just ended for this year, there are some special events coming up at Windmill Gardens, off Brixton Hill:
Sunday 15 October is a Milling & Baking Day, between 10-30 am and 4-30 pm, cost £85 including lunch.
Sunday 29 October is a Spooky Halloween family event, between 1 pm and 4 pm, with practical activities and story-telling.
An add-on for £15 per parent and child is a Monster Cookies workshop, from 10 am to 11-30 in the Brixton Windmill Centre, for children of 6-12 years (£5 per extra child). Bookings via their website,
Finally, advance notice of the Winter Market in Windmill Gardens on Sunday 10 December, from 12 noon to 3.30 pm.  Once again there will be 
opportunities for groups and craftspeople to run stalls. More details soon.

Black History Month:
There are still events to come in our area, even running into November:
Saturday 21 October – Author talk with Derron Wallace, on his book The Culture Trap, in conjunction with the Black Cultural Archive, 2 pm at 
Brixton Tate Library.
Wednesday 25 October – Speak Out! Book launch with the Brixton Black Women’s Group, 7pm at Brixton Tate Library.
Thursday 2 November – Author talk with Jacqueline Cross, on her book Fire Rush, 6.30 pm at Brixton Tate Library.
Friday 3 November – Pegasus Opera Company present Legacy and Hope, 7pm at Clapham Library.
All event bookings via Eventbrite.
Emerge and Establish – art exhibition continues until 1st November at Brixton Library, showing the work of a small group of Black British artists.

Working on the Railway:
Network Rail are due to be carrying out repairs and renewals to the line between Brixton and Herne Hill between 11 pm on Saturday 14 October and 4 am on Monday 16th, including overnight work.  Enquiries to 0345 711 4141 or see

Lambeth Civic Awards:
Lambeth Council has relaunched its Civic Awards scheme, this year with 11 categories, to recognise the work of voluntary organisations and individuals working in the community.  The closing date for nominations is 19 November, but maybe you should start canvassing support now – for further details see Lambeth Council’s webpage at  There will be a presentations event in February.

Grants Reminders:
Our usual reminder of grant deadlines previously notified by Integrate – if you missed the original notices, contact
Lambeth Community Fund – closes 12 October;
Trust for London: Social Justice Fund – closes 16 October;
Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund – closes 16 October;
Founders Fund Perfect Pitch – closes 17 October.

Training at High Trees: This is based in the former library at the crossroads of Tulse Hill and Upper Tulse Hill.  They were recently in touch through the Lambeth Forum Network and are willing to offer training to groups and individuals from a wider area, not just Tulse Hill.  We hope to tell you more next time.

Creative Bootcamp for Young People (age 16-22)
WeRise are hosting a week of briefings, insights and hand-on experience for young people, as part of Lambeth Council’s Elevate careers programme.  It will be held at 3Space, International House, from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, and participants will be paid the London Living Wage.  The emphasis will be on the Creative and Digital Sectors, including design, fashion, styling, social media and content creation.
For further details, see their website:

Healthwatch Lambeth This acts as the champion for residents facing difficulties with health and social care and provides a channel to the NHS and other care providers, to promote improvements.  You may see their outreach stall at various local health events and wellbeing festivals, but 
they are now based in the Tripod, the workspace in the basement of Lambeth Town Hall.
They will hold their AGM and launch their annual report on Monday 16 October, 2 pm to 5 pm.
The following month they are hosting a workshop “Let’s talk about Mental Health” at the Town Hall on Tuesday 14 November, between 11 am and 1 pm.
To attend either event, please phone 020 7274 8522 or e-mail to to book your place.

Help with providing Defibrillators: If you are considering installing a defibrillator at your premises, help and advice is available from London Hearts, a charity based in Borough High Street SE1.In the event of a heart attack, access to a defibrillator within 3 to 5 minutes can improve survival rates from 6% to 74%.  London Hearts can provide funding towards the cost, together with free online training.
There is an online application form at 
and you can contact them via Jess Morris on 020 7043 2493 or e-mail to

Foster Parents Wanted: Lambeth Council recently launched a new campaign to recruit more foster parents.  This could involve short-term placements, longterm care, or specialising in meeting particular needs.  There are more details on the Council’s website at but you can also call 020 7926 8710 for an informal chat, or e-mail if you have specific questions.

Moving On:  Photofusion will be moving round the corner to the workspace currently being fitted out below the Brixton Recreation Centre, with 
access from Beehive Place.
The Advocacy Academy is hoping to take space alongside in April, but they have to leave their Vining Street premises by the end of November, so services will be delivered on a virtual or nomadic basis in the meantime.
Brixtonia are expected to move along Brixton Station Road to the corner of Popes Road, formerly the LVAC Volunteer Bureau.
Now that the temporary management of International House by 3Space has been extended to mid December 2024, many users will be staying on, but space has become available on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th floors so new tenants are being 

Brixton BID Seeking Renewed Mandate:  Members of the Business Improvement District – in effect, all business rate-payers within its catchment area – are currently being balloted to agree the renewal of the BID for another 5 years.  Voting papers must be in by 18 October, and the result should be announced a day or two later.

The Empathy Museum: Currently installed in a railway arch at 20 Atlantic Road (opposite Electric Lane) with a selection of their interactive installations, including “A Mile in My Shoes”, until 2nd November.  They are also hosting a number of evening discussion sessions, 

Friends of Loughborough Park: People began to rediscover this little open space during the Covid lockdowns.  The Friends group has been organising a monthly litterpick on the last Sunday of the month, between 11 am and 12 noon, so the next session will be on Sunday 29October.  There have also been some extra sessions recently to clear invasive shrubs ready for some new planting.  For more information, contact them at

Event Management with Rapport Festival: Deliver Events Like a Boss, 6 week event management course 31st October – 5th December Tuesdays 6.15pm – 9.15pm £145/£110 concessions. Contact

Homestart:  support for families early years

Leaftra A walk of north Brixton, Sunday 15 October from 2.30pm. Meet in front of St Mark’s Church opposite Oval Tube. Led by Alan Piper. Booking essential at Come on Nelly’s walk in the morning, have lunch at either Annapurna Cafe where the Nelly walk will end, or at Van Gogh Cafe on the way up to St Mark’s Church. Other eateries are available but these would be my two tips in the neighbourhood. 

Circle of Life (COLI) 9 weeks of free wellbeing activities for families directly affected by youth violence in Lambeth; contact

Team Lambeth Volunteering:

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If you are doing something around the Brixton area – an event, or a new service, or just changes to what you already do – you are welcome to use these bulletins to share your news.  You can reach over 550 contacts (groups or individuals) via our current list.
Please send items for future bulletins to the Secretary at – preferably by the 3rd of the month so we can publish on the 10th.

Also use this contact if you want to present your work or ideas at a Forum meeting, or raise a topic for discussion.

Are we reaching the right people?
We want these bulletins to reach all community organisations and activists in the wider Brixton area.  You might be involved in a social enterprise, charity, residents’ group, small business, or just interested in what’s happening in your neighbourhood – we want to be inclusive.
Please contact us at
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September 2023


Monday 25 September – 7 pm at the Advocacy Academy, Vining Street, SW9

Despite seeing off the Hondo Tower proposal – at least for now – there are lots of other changes in the pipeline for the Town Centre.  Join us for a review of current threats and opportunities.                                                                    

We are planning another meeting for NOVEMBER focussed on the Arts and Creative Industries.  Date and venue to be confirmed soon. If you would like to contribute, contact us at


The empathy museum launches a six week residency in one of the Atlantic Road arches (opposite Electric Lane) from Thursday 21 September.  They will show all their recent projects under one roof, and are curating a new programme of events and conversations – see or enquiries to

HARVEST FESTIVAL AT BRIXTON WINDMILL – Sunday 24 September, 1 pm to 5 pm, with seasonal stalls, activities and tours of the mill.
Access off Brixton Hill via Blenheim Gardens, SW2, more event details at

SHAMHA COMMUNITY DRUMMING: Free sessions are continuing through September at the Stockwell Park Community Trust, Aytoun Road SW9, on Fridays between 5 and 7 pm.  Drums provided, everybody welcome. More details at

BLACK CULTURE MARKET, Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1st October, 11 am to 5 pm both days, downstairs at the Department Store.
Kicking off Black History Month with black-owned businesses offering a variety of food, drinks, gifts, cards, art, jewellery, clothes, accessories, skincare and male grooming products. Admission free but please book in advance via Eventbrite, or contact the organisers if interested in trading at this or future events – see

BRIXTON HOUSE THEATRE: Tony Cealy presents “Without Planning Permission” performed by the Black Men’s Consortium, 4 to 6 October.
Combining themes of climate crisis, environment, racial and social justice – for tickets see and follow the links.

Gardening Year Workshops will run through the year from October to June next year, with monthly sessions on a pay what you can basis.  The aim is to cover the essentials of running a productive kitchen garden, as well as ornamental borders and basics like composting.
In the meantime, there’s a Fermentation Workshop on Sunday 17 September at 1.30 pm, and a Natural Dyeing Workshop on Saturday 2September at 2 pm.  For all event details, se the website


HEALTH & WELLBEING SURVEY CLOSES 15 SEPTEMBER: Lambeth and Southwark Councils have jointly commissioned an on-line survey by Opinium.  This is to enable long-term planning of health services across the two boroughs.  If you can spare 15 minutes, the webpage is and follow the links.

YOUTH MENTAL FIRST AID COURSE, 21 & 22 SEPTEMBER: Art4Space are hosting another Mental Health course at their Jeffreys Road studios.  This one focusses on the needs of young people, including anxiety, depression and eating disorders.  Once again, the course will be led by It’s a Playground.  Booking enquiries to


GRANT DEADLINES REMINDER: Our usual reminder of closing dates approaching for grants previously notified by Integrate. 

2023 Which? Fund to support consumer protection and advice – 18 September.
Leap Co Create Fund to support work with under-5s – Friday 29 September.
Arts Society Charity Grants – Saturday 30 September.
Time after Time E-waste Fund – Friday 20 October.
Foyle Foundation Small Grants – no set date but early application advised.
National Grid Community Grant programme – similar.

Applications are invited for a range of grants and fellowships from the Paul Mellon Foundation, closing date 6 October.
Support is also available for conservation and digitisation of art material and records.  Full details at

The Brixton Business Improvement District (BID) is about to start a ballot of local businesses to seek renewal of the BID for another 5 years.  Voting begins on 18 September – enquiries to

The Impact Brixton Hub is running sessions on how to SET UP YOUR BUSINESS at its base above Electric Avenue on Thursdays 14 & 28 September with a range of expert advisers on hand, followed by a launch party to celebrate enterprises already running under the Impact Hub umbrella on Friday 29 September.  All enquiries to

Slaughterhaus Gallery are running a variety of workshops and courses on different print-making techniques this Autumn.  The gallery and print studio is located in Vincent’s Yard, off the southern end of Hackford Road (119-123), SW9. Enquiries to

A reminder that Art4Space are about to start two courses at their Creative Learning hub at 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU
Creative Community Champions runs on Tuesdays, 10 am to 12-30 pm from 19 September.
Creative Enterprise runs on Wednesdays, 10 am to 12-30 pm from 20 September.
More details of all their courses at


The next scheduled election is that for London Mayor in May next year, but there is always the possibility of byelections (there is one coming up for a Councillor in the north of the borough) so it’s worth a reminder now.  You need to show a photographic proof of identity when turning up to vote. You may already have something suitable, as a wide range of documents are accepted, but otherwise you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate – more information at The other essential is to be on the electoral roll in the first place, itself a challenge with the turnover of flatsharers in rented accommodation – you can register at
Although the Government has talked about reducing the franchise, currently British, Irish and European Union citizens are all eligible to vote, as well as Commonwealth citizens with leave to remain.

Lambeth Council has introduced an alternative to its paid bulky disposal service.  Working with the Emmaus charity for the homeless, items which can be reused will be collected for free, restored in the charity’s workshops and then sold in their shops.  Collection slots can be booked via or phone 0300 123 2001.


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August 2023


Brixton Chamber Orchestra check their website for upcoming gigs
and residencies,

Brixton X Harlem Festival, 15-20 August
Brixton BID celebrate their twinning links with Harlem’s 125th Street BID over a 5-day festival. Local businesses are presenting a varied programme of events – details on the website at

Windmill Gardens, See the website,

Black Culture Market, Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August
Returns to Downstairs at the Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road SW9, open 11 am to 5 pm with a different mix of traders and makers each day .Admission free but please register via Eventbrite:
If you want to trade at these events, contact the organisers via

Everywhere’s a Beach – Sunday 20 August, Myatt’s Fields Park
Longfield Hall presents a family-friendly aerial circus theatre show in the Quiet Garden in Myatt’s Fields Park. Tickets from £10, shows at 12 noon and 2 pm, book online via

Summer Holiday Activities for children and young people
NB – Some events may be fully booked by now, but there may also be places available due to cancellations – please check with organisers first. Free Summer Holiday activities for children: for a summary of what’s available across the borough, see

Summer of Play at Max Roach Park Tuesday to Thursday, 10-30 am to 3pm until 24 August, free play and activities with lunch, age up to 13 but children under 7 must be supervised.  Run by LCC at Max Roach Centre, Wiltshire Road, SW9 7NE.  Enquiries to 020 7737 2472 or or see website

Creative Minds Summer School is a joint effort between Photofusion and 198 Contemporary Art & Learning.  They offer one-week courses in art, design and photography, with a choice of 3 dates remaining:14-17 August for 8-12 age range;21-24 August for 12-14 age range;28-31 August for 14-16 age range. Register on-line via

Holiday Art Classes at Art4Space: Mondays 14 & 21 August, 9 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 4 pm, for ages 6-12 years, £35 per half-day, choice of media. Held at Art4Space leaning hub, studio 1, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU.

Summer Scrap Club at Art4Space: Wednesdays 10 am to 2 pm, Thursdays 10 am to 1 pm, Fridays 10 am to 2 pm, running until 1st September. For ages 5-16 but children under 8 to be accompanied by a parent/ carer.  Free but priority for children receiving free school meals or with special educational needs or disabilities.
Enquiries for all Art4Space events to

Events at Sunshine International Arts
Based in railway arches at 209a Coldharbour Lane – opposite Loughborough Junction Station (Thameslink).
Open Studios and Thrift Market – Saturday 19 August.
Hand Lettering workshop – Saturday 9 September.
Watercolours workshop – Saturday 16 September with Jason Gibilaro. 
Enquiries to or see website

Lambeth Heritage Festival runs through September
Heritage Festival will run through the whole month, with events all over the borough.  Around Brixton we should highlight:

Lambeth and Music Hall – Thursday 7 Sept., 6 pm at Brixton Tate Library.
Brixton Market Walk – Saturday 9 Sept., 2-30 pm.
Brixton Hill Walk – Sunday 10 Sept., 1 pm.
Urban Sketching in Brixton Market – Sunday 17 Sept., 10 am.
Tracing the River Effra – Sunday 17 Sept., 2-30 pm from Canterbury Square.
Windrush 75 Guided Walk – Monday 18 September, 11 am from Windrush Square.
Brixton Windmill tours – Saturday 23 Sept., open 1 pm to 5 pm.
Harvest Festival at Brixton Windmill – Sunday 24 Sept., 1 pm to 5 pm. 
Stockwell Green Walk – Sunday 24 Sept., 2-30 pm.
To see the whole programme, go to or see

Interested in History?
Volunteers are invited to take part in a research project into the history and awareness of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  This will involve a visit to the Museum of Docklands or the National Maritime Museum in September or October.  You can register via this link: or enquiries to

Health and Social Care 

Making Lambeth an Age-friendly borough
Lambeth Council are currently consulting on how to make the borough and its services more user-friendly for older people.  Last day to input comments is Sunday 10 September – see the webpage or you can e-mail comments to

Volunteers wanted to support Older People
Age UK Lambeth are seeking more volunteers, particularly for their Walking and Befriending programmes.  For more information on all their volunteering roles, see

Mental Health First Aid Course
Art4Space will be hosting further Mental Health courses at their Stockwell premises. The next course on 21 & 22 September will be focussed on the needs of Young People, where issues can include depression, anxiety, eating disorders and addiction, which can be common at a young age.  As before, the course will be run by It’s a Playground.  Booking via

Re-use Outgrown School Uniforms
Work is currently underway to collect in good-quality items of school uniforms, coats and shoes to help struggling families with kitting-out their kids for the new school year.  There is already a collection hub at St. Margaret’s Church, Barcombe Avenue, SW2 3BH (drop off weekdays between 9-30 am and 2-30 pm) in conjunction with Norwood & Brixton Food Bank, but other hubs are being set up too.  Enquiries to

Drumming for Wellbeing, Myatt’s Fields Park
Shamha Vibration are holding drumming sessions in the Roundhouse in Myatt’s Fields Park every Friday during August, 5 pm to 7 pm.  All welcome – free and drums provided, more details at or e-mail to Peter at

Funding, Training and Support 

Funding deadlines approaching
Another reminder of grants previously notified among VCS groups via Integrate – contact them if you missed the earlier notices OR if you are not on their mailing list yet – e-mail to

Lloyds Bank Foundation – for Deaf/ Disabled People’s organisations: deadline Thursday 31 August.

Local Collaborations to support local or regional collaborations and networks, deadline Friday 8 September.

The 2023 Which Fund to support consumer advice and protection, deadline 18 September.

Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund offers grants between £10k and £75k for services supporting people on low incomes.  Deadline 16 October BUT Integrate suggest that you apply now. See

Time after Time e-waste fund – to support digital inclusion and re-use of IT equipment, closing date Friday 20 October.

Training courses and sources 

Top Tips for Social Media, Monday 21 August: Targeted at voluntary and community groups, an on-line briefing by Integrate, 10 am to 11-30.

Grantspire – a focus group for young fund-raisers, Tuesday 22 August:
Aimed at fund-raisers (or prospective fund-raisers) aged under 35.  Another on-line session by Integrate, 10 am to 1 pm.
Enquiries for both events to

Keep in touch 

We’ll Meet Again…
We have had our funding renewed for another year through the Lambeth Forum Network, so we are currently planning our activities over the next few months.  Right now is a difficult time to get everybody together because of holidays, but we have booked a general meeting for all Forum members on Monday 25 September, 7 pm at the Advocacy Academy in Vining Street, SW9. .  In the meantime, please get in touch if you want to present your project to the Forum, or raise an issue for discussion, or suggest a topic where you need more support.

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July 2023

Coming up soon

Wellbeing Festival, Wyck Gardens, SW9 7AH Friday 21st July 3pm ’til 7pm fun activities for all the family.

Windrush Family Fun Day @ Max Roach, Wiltshire Rd SW9 7NE Sunday July 23rd 1pm ’til 7pm drumming, face painting food and workshops.
Myatt’s Fields Family Fun Day Saturday July 29th 2pm ’til 7pm  Live music, face painting and fun

Summer events and courses at Art4Space

Summer Scrap Club – Wednesdays 10 – 2 pm, Thursdays 10 – 1 pm, Fridays 10 – 2 pm, from 2nd August to 1st September, for children 5 to 16 (under 8s must be accompanied) with priority to children receiving free school meals or with special needs or disabilities, limit 3 sessions per child.
Creative Pathways – for young people age 18-30, 14 to 18 August, 1 to 4 pm (5 days).  Free but limited spaces.
Creative Health – 8 week course starting 6 September, to help LGBTQ+ smokers practice mindfulness, creativity and healthy living as a route to stop smoking.  Thursdays 4 to 6 pm, free but limited spaces. 
Creative Community Champions – Tuesdays 10 am to 12-30 pm, 10 weeks from 19 September, producing a textile banner for climate change.  For people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds, free but limited spaces.
Creative Enterprise – Wednesdays 10 am to 12-30 pm, 10 weeks from 20 September, an enterprising art project leading to selling the products at a local Christmas market, free but limited spaces.
All courses at Art4Space Studios, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. Enquiries to
Children’s Cricket Lessons, Myatt’s Fields Park
On Wednesday afternoons from 26 July for 4 weeks (last session 16 August), up to 64 free places available for boys and girls, either 5-8 or 9-11 age groups.  Enquiries to Kim Price at Surrey Cricket Foundation, 07500 950 517 or 
Summer Coding Camp in SW8, 26 July to 23 August
Millennium Community Solutions are holding a 5-week course, Wednesday to Friday each week, for young people, covering computer coding, programming and robotics.  
Sessions for the 6-11 age group will run from 12-45 to 2-45 pm, and for those age 12-16, sessions will run from 2-45 to 3-45 pm.  Sessions will take place at Wimbourne House Community Hall, Wimborne Estate, South Lambeth Road, SW8 1AH.  For more information and registration, see
Art in the Park, Windmill Gardens, Sunday 13 August
A range of free art workshops for both adults and children, materials provided, from 1 pm to 5 pm, around Brixton Windmill.

Repowering London is inviting you to participate in their Summer School of Power & Organising, a free, 2-week, practical, adult course based in Brixton. You’ll learn all things digital, art, energy and organising. The Summer School will take place from Tuesday to Friday, between the 1stand 11thof August, from 10 to 2pm. This is a family friendly school, and we will provide kids activities as well as free lunches. You can see the flyer at this link for more info and get in touch if you’d like to participate. To apply, visit  Or call Ewure Esi at 07943 708647 or email

 Health & Social Care

Project Smith – Community Connector Training
Another course is just about to start – enquiries to Emma Corker at or phone 07734 670 300.
Four training sessions will run from 9-30 am to 3 pm at different locations around the borough, to help people support their neighbours and signpost them to local health services.

Other News

How was it for you?
June turned out to be a very busy month, with lots of events in connection with the London Festival of Architecture and the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush with the first settlers from the Caribbean.  Some events even managed to reference both!  If you are planning – or just thinking about – some future events, we would like to hear.  Maybe we can help, or put you in touch with others who can offer support or contribute to a joint event?  See foot of page for contacts.
Hondo Tower – the last battle?
Way back in 2020, the owners of the main market arcades proposed a 20-storey office tower in Popes Road, on the old Tesco site between the railway viaducts.  After many local objections, the planning application was called-in by the Mayor, who was due to hear the case on 10 June last year, with the GLA planners recommending refusal, but it was called off at the last moment.  At the time of writing it’s back in the diary for a hearing at (new) City Hall on Friday 21 July, this time before Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning etc.  No changes have been made since last year, so it ought still to be refused, but we need to make sure!  Once again, objectors are trying to co-ordinate their efforts to best effect – contact the Fight The Tower campaign via or the Brixton Society via



Just Dropping in?
A slightly different approach to fund-raising for good causes – Yvonne Thompson of 7 Traits Leadership Learning is doing a sponsored skydive on Sunday 23 July.  This is in aid of Champions for Justice and Not For Sale which works to counter human trafficking.  To find out more and ideally contribute, see

Moving on
Victoria Sherwin has played a key role in advancing the Myatt’s Fields Park Project over the past several years, but has now stepped down.  Instead, she will be spending a sabbatical year with Incredible Edible Lambeth, which is currently selecting prizewinners for the Lambeth in Bloom competition.  See also

Brixton Blog/ Bugle Summer Art Show
This will continue at Brixton Tate Library until 27 July, during normal library opening times.

Funding, Training and support

Social Investment Workshop, 17 July
On-line via Zoom, 10 am to 11-30, to explore the potential for social investment for charities and social enterprises.  Organised by Integrate with the Trust for London.  Book via Eventbrite:
Develop your ideas and learn new skills
We picked up a few ideas from the recent Small Charities Week, including a new funding source.  If you are part of a community business and open to exploring tech-based solutions, then the Discovery Fund is worth checking out.  The fund will support you to explore a challenge that you have identified, and learn the processes and skills to design a solution, offering free training and a place in their community of practice so you can network with peers and experts.  Applications must be in by midday on 21 July – for more details, see 
Grants Reminders
Our usual reminder of grants previously notified by Integrate – if you missed the original notice, contact eoin.heffernan@integrate

The Field Family Charitable Trust: grants of up to £10,000 available for projects assisting vulnerable young people (13-25 years), or will also consider projects supporting older people and rehabilitation of ex-offenders. Deadline Friday 28 July.
Lloyds Bank Foundation: for organisations led by and working with deaf or disabled people who are experiencing poverty.  Grants up to £75,000, potentially for a 3-year period.  Deadline Thursday 31 August.
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June 2023

Local News

Another year for International House?
News just in this week that 3Space are negotiating with Lambeth for an extension of the current lease until the end of July 2024.
This would give more time for existing occupiers of International House to find alternative premises.
See below under Brixton Workspace for other options.

Repair Cafe launched
The Repair Cafe launched last Saturday at 336 Brixton Road (opposite Villa Road/ Peckford Place).  It’s a joint venture between Integrate and We Are 336, and will be open on the first Saturday of each month, between 10 am and 1 pm.  Their team of volunteer fixers will help you restore damaged household goods, electrical items, clothing/ fabrics and toys – almost anything you can carry from home.  Services are free, but visitors are encouraged to stay and see how it’s done and perhaps even pick up the skills to attempt your own repairs in future.
Summer Holiday Activities
Details are trickling in of activities being offered by some of our local organisations:

Groove School are offering a range of Summer Groove Workshops for both 8-12 and 13-19 age groups, including audio recording, DJ lessons, music production, sampling, podcasting and sound engineering.  Groove School are based on the 1st floor of International House, but you will find them running their own stage on both days of the Lambeth Country Show.  Enquiries to

Grove Adventure Playground at Gordon Grove SE5 (off Minet Road) are continuing their Art Club sessions on 3 Tuesdays a month into July.  Next dates are 13 & 20 June, and 11, 18, 23 July, 3-45 to 6 pm.  Only 20 places available each time, so please enquire via
Events coming up
Lambeth Country Show, 10 & 11 June
Brockwell Park, open 1 pm to 9 pm daily.  Some of our member groups will be involved in various ways, so you may bump into familiar faces.  Apart from the later opening hours, be aware that there are also some changes to the Show layout since last year.  However, the Flower Show, farm animals and Eco Village will still be on the eastern side, close to Norwood Road.

Windrush 75th Anniversary Events
Several events are taking place around Brixton to mark the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first contingent of settlers from the West Indies in June 1948, on the former troopship Empire Windrush.  For the full listing, see the special website

A Lambeth Story: A guided walk led by Cllr. Sonia Winifred, departing from Windrush Square at 11 am (finishes 12-30) on Monday 19 June.  Free but please reserve a place via Eventbrite

Black Cultural Archives: The BCA premises will be closed for maintenance between 5th and 21st June, but will re-open on Windrush Day, Thursday 22 June.  This marks the start of their next exhibition, Over a Barrel, the stories of those who travelled as children from the Caribbean, often to join parents who had gone ahead to secure jobs and homes.  This exhibition continues until 10 September.

Community Procession, Thursday 22 June: The Brixton Project are co-ordinating a carnival procession, which will set out from Brockwell Lido at 3 pm and proceed via Railton Road and Saltoun Road to finish on Windrush Square about 4-30 pm.  This will be followed by music and commemorative events.

Domino Mania on Windrush Square, Saturday 24 June: Brixton Immortals Domino Club invite all players to join them for a Domino Knockout Competition on the Square, between 12 noon and 6 pm – cash prizes.  Enquiries to or phone Clif on 07 956 338 419.

London Festival of Architecture
This year, Brixton is one of the “Destination Districts” for the Festival, which runs right through June.  Temporary structures are taking shape on Atlantic Road and Windrush Square, and a variety of local events are already underway.  For the full listing see

Alice’s Adventures in Aerial-land
A family-friendly acrobatic show and outdoor theatre production by the Dot Collective, at 2 local sites:

Myatt’s Fields Park (in the Quiet Garden) on Sunday 11 June or Sunday 30 July, shows at 2 pm and 6 pm each day.  Tickets £10 to £14, book via Longfield Hall website or 

Windmill Gardens  off Brixton Hill on Saturday 17 June, shows at 2 pm and 6 pm.  Tickets £12, concessions £10, children under16, £8  book online via

Showcasing support for Older People
Age UK Lambethhave arranged a session at Brixton Tate Library on Friday 30 June from 1 pm to 4 pm, to show their present range of services for older people.

Urban Art Fair, 8 & 9 July
This popular showcase for amateur and professional artists returns to Josephine Avenue for both Saturday and Sunday, open 10 am to 6 pm.

Women of Colour Art Award Exhibition
198 Gallery in Railton Road is hosting this exhibition until 13 August, open Wednesday- Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 to 5 pm.
Works from 7 women artists in a variety of media, curated by Languid Hands.

Funding, Training and Support

Funding Deadlines
Food Appliances and Equipment Fund: Lambeth Council is offering grants of up to £1500 to smaller voluntary organisations, particularly those working to relieve food poverty.  Deadline Sunday 18 June.

Health Inequalities Community Fund: The Neighbourhood Wellbeing Delivery Alliance is offering grants between £10,000 and £15,000 to support work with Lambeth residents in improcing their health and wellbeing.  Deadline is 12 noon on Monday 19 June.

The above were previously notified by Integrate (enquiries to if you missed the original notice).

Funding for Heritage Buildings: The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund are running a 3-year programme to save heritage structures across the UK, particularly in deprived communities.  Expressions of interest must be sent in by 9 am on Monday 26 June.  Shortlisted projects will be asked to submit full proposals by September.  See the AHF website for more details.

Our Friends at Locality have flagged up a few more grants currently on offer:

Sport England Small Grants Programme: up to £15,000, closing date 30 June.

Power to Change Community Fund: up to £10,000 for community businesses, plus capacity-building support, closing date 21 July.

Charles Hayward Foundation: grants up to £7,000 from their Small Grants Programme, which runs on a quarterly cycle.

Advice on Digital Devices
Clear Community Web are continuing their Digital Drop-in sessions at various sites around Lambeth, for support with laptops, tablets and mobile phones, including:
– West Norwood Library, SE27, Mondays 2 to 4 pm;
– WLM/ St. Luke’s, 25a Wincott Street SE11, Thursdays 2 to 4 pm.
– Upper Norwood Library, Westow Hill SE19, Fridays 10 am to 12 pm;
– The Weir Link, 33 Weir Road SW12, Fridays 11 am to 1 pm.

They also hold a Mobile Phone Boot Camp, once a month at the Myatt’s Fields Centre, 24 Crawshay Road SW9.  The next sessions will be 9 June, 14 July and 11 August – all these are Fridays, 2 to 4 pm.

Disability and Technology Advice (DATA) is a collaboration between Clear Community Web and Millennium Community Solutions to support disabled residents and their carers, so they can make best use of digital technologies.  Free drop-in sessions are run every Wednesday between 10 am and 1 pm at the Akerman Health Centre, 60 Patmos Road, SW9.
Enquiries to or phone 07523 646 277.

Brixton Workspaces
Opening of LJ Works, Wednesday 14 June: A varied programme of events between 3 pm and 8 pm to mark the official opening of the new workspace, in 2 blocks adjacent to Loughborough Farm in Loughborough Road.  The site offers a range of studio offices, workshops, meeting rooms and co-working space.  Enquiries to
Meanwhile Space CIC also manage the business space in the basement of Lambeth Town Hall.

Impact Brixton occupies the 1st floor of Market Row, above Electric Lane.  The emphasis is on offering facilities for small and start-up businesses.  There are monthly briefings on relevant business topics – the next on Friday 23 June is on using AI for your e-commerce business – as well as social gatherings on the last Friday evening of the month.  You can also use Impact Brixton as your registered business address from 0.41 pence per day.  Enquiries to

Small Charity Week
This is an umbrella for a range of events to support and celebrate the grass-roots end of the Voluntary Sector, and will run from 19 to 23 June.  There will be opportunities to share good practice and publicise your activities, but especially look out for briefings and training events to help you do better.  See their website at – and you can post events up to 18 June!

Other News

Weekly Waste Collection at risk
Lambeth Council is currently consulting on reducing its weekly collection of domestic waste (the black wheely bins) to only fortnightly.  Although it’s claimed this will encourage more recycling, it seems more likely that the green recycling bins will be contaminated with general waste when people’s black bins are full.  Council officers will be available to discuss during the Lambeth Country Show, in the Eco Village until 5 pm each day. Also at Brixton Tate Library on Monday 19 June, 1 pm to 8 pm.
The closing date for comments is Friday 30 June – see www.lambeth, or for more details of the range of waste/ recycling services, see

The Platform Cafe
The current opening times for the little cafe in Wyck Gardens are Tuesday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm.  There are also occasional cookery workshops and community events – enquiries to or phone 07 593 265 647.

Ecosystem Coldharbour Community Coffee Morning Tuesday 20th June at Remakery Brixton 10am – 12 This month we will be sharing information on organisations supporting parents & families, find out what they do and how they can help our community.  Plus find out more about Remakery Brixton and their work.

Shamha Vibration Drumming for Wellbeing Lambeth Country Show Arts and Culture Zone 10th 11th June.  Fridays Stockwell Park Community Trust 5 – 7pm

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May 2023

Local Achievements

What’s Brixton Saying?
The Advocacy Academy should be commended for a great piece of research, conducted between November 2022 and February this year, and presented on 25 April.  Their team of young people had 83 conversations with Central Brixton traders, passers-by and local organisations.  They picked up many local concerns, but particularly that people are feeling the squeeze from rising prices and rents, and a growing feeling that the Council favours big corporations over residents and local enterprises.  The Advocacy Academy will be following up some of the issues raised by facilitating local meetings and networking, and the Forum will offer support with this. 

Working Together
It’s encouraging to hear of different organisations collaborating to deliver services or projects.  One of the best developed is Ecosystem Coldharbour, a consortium of local groups, mainly active on the north and east sides of Brixton, dedicated to steering young people towards career opportunities and creative outlets, and away from involvement in crime and violence.  In between major events and grant funding rounds, they hold monthly Coffee Mornings where people active in the community can get together and chat informally about the challenges they face.  The next sessions will be on Tuesdays 23 May and 20 June – contact to confirm times and locations. 

At a simpler level, Blenheim Gardens RMO have linked up with Herne Hill-based Get Rid of and Donate, to provide a free donation service from the RMO’s community hub at 23 Prague Place SW2.  The aim is to collect and re-distribute essential living items, including clothes, shoes, household items, toys and books.  Of course, sustaining a service like this needs a flow of donations, as well as enough volunteers to operate it.  More details at

News from Shamha Vibrations
Peter Phillips writes:
Thanks for keeping us informed of events in our local area – this forum is extremely useful indeed.
We are a Brixton-based Community Interest Company, founded in 2012 by local resident Djina Jones.  We’ve been doing our African drumming and Drumming for Community Wellbeing sessions in the South London area for many years.  We were recently awarded funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to start a new season of the Drumming for Wellbeing sessions in the Brixton area.  The National Lottery have funded these free-to-attend sessions since 2017 and many local people have benefited from attending.  The weekly drumming circles provide an opportunity for residents to spend a couple of hours with their neighbours, enjoying an uplifting activity which can help reduce stress, improve co-ordination and increase feelings of positivity.
Angell Town Community has usually been the centre of our activity, but this year, from 5th May, we are also doing sessions at Stockwell Park Community Trust, Akerman Health Centre and Myatt’s Fields Park.  Everybody is welcome, drums are provided and it is free to attend.
Enquiries to or see the website at  or phone Djina on 07377 921 549.

Things to come
Open Weekend at the Windmill, 13 & 14 May
Following their successful Beer & Bread Festival on 1st May, Friends of Windmill Gardens are hosting their next monthly opening of the Windmill this coming Saturday and Sunday – and if conditions are right, you may even see the sails turn on Saturday!
To book tours of the mill, see

Careers Networking Events for Young People
WeRisehave 2 more sessions in their current Youthconnect series of careers events, where young people between 14 and 21 can talk to experts from various professions.  Sessions will run between 5 pm and 7 pm at 3Space, International House, corner of Popes Road and Canterbury Crescent, SW9.  Enquiries to
Wednesday 17 May – Design, Fashion, Textiles, Architecture and Engineering.
Wednesday 24 May – Science, Healthcare and Sport.

Black Culture Market
Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June: A reminder that this showcase for black-owned businesses and craftspeople returns to Downstairs at the Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road SW9, 11 am to 5 pm with a different mix of traders each day.  Admission free but please register in advance via eventbrite:

Brockwell Live
This year, the major commercial events have been consolidated into one group, to be closely followed by the Lambeth Country Show, to minimise the disruption of setting up and clearing away which can put large areas of Brockwell park out of public use.  Even so, there will be road closures and parking restrictions around the park on certain event days.  Between 15 May and 18 June, the Brockwell Live Community Liaison Team can be reached on 03304 450 272 or (for residents) or 03304 450 273 or (for businesses).

The series kicks off on Friday 26 May with Project 6, followed by Wide Awake on Saturday 27th, then Cross The Tracks on Sunday 28th and City Splash on Bank Holiday Monday 29th.  Brockwell Bounce is a free family event on Wednesday 31st, before the final weekend of the Mighty Hoopla on Saturday and Sunday 3 & 4 June.

Lambeth Country Show
Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 June: So far, we expect this to follow the pattern of the last few years, free admission but secured behind a fence with likely restrictions on what you can bring in to the show.  If your group will have a presence, let us know.

Windrush 75th anniversary events
Some events were still to be confirmed as we were putting this bulletin together, but the central event will be a parade on Thursday 22 June.  This will assemble in Brockwell Park near the Lido, to set off at 3 pm, and pass along Railton and Saltoun Roads to assemble in Windrush Square about 4-30 pm.  This will be followed by a service led by Bishop Brown of NTA, followed by music performances until 7 pm.

Marking Refugee Week – Tuesday 20 June
As part of Refugee Week (19-25 June), Haven Coffee will be showing 2 short films at 5 pm in the ground floor event space at 3Space, International House.  Their theme is the hostile environment faced by refugees and migrants, and their resilience.
Tickets are free but donations are welcome when booking or during the evening, towards Haven Coffee’s refugee barista training programme – book at 

Health and Social Care
Age UK Lambeth – MY Health launch and taster session
Thursday 18 May1-30 to 3-30 pm at Brixton Tate Library.  Age UK Lambeth are launching their health support services for older people, including free dementia support, chair-based exercise and walking groups.  Free to all older people in Lambeth, no need to book.

Planning Healthcare in SE London
NHS South-East London are consulting on their joint forward plan for the next 5 years.  There is a choice of 2 dates for webinars (on MS Teams) on either:
Friday 19 May, 12 noon – 1-45 pm, register via eventbrite,
Tuesday 23 May, 6 pm – 7-45 pm, register via eventbrite, as above or contact

Feedback is sought in particular on planned care, urgent/ emergency care, cancer, and ageing well.

Mental Health First Aid, 15 & 16 June
Art4Spaceat Stockwell are hosting another 2-day course next month, delivered by It’s a Playground.  The next course specifically on Youth Mental Health First Aid will be on 21 & 22 September.  Cost in either case is £325 per person.  Book via their website at

Green spaces, Green issues

Community Parklets Scheme – apply by 28 May
As part of Lambeth’s Big Shift Programme, the Council are inviting applications for creating “parklets” out of existing kerbside parking spaces.  This first wave will create just 12 parklets around the borough.  The programme will support a total of 25 parklets, one in each Council ward.  More details at or enquiries to

Railway Repairs
Network Rail have advised us of upcoming work on the railway lines through Brixton Station to renew the conductor rail.  Works take place overnight, typically between midnight and 5 am latest, on 16-19 May, then 18-22 June and finally on 23 & 24 July.  Normal rail services should not be affected. More details at or contact the helpline 03457 114141 quoting Brixton Conductor Rail Renewal.

Check your bike!
The next Dr Bike session sponsored by Brixton BID will be on 31 May, between 12 noon and 3 pm at 89 Acre Lane SW2 (the former Beast of Brixton), provided by Cycle Confident.

Beginner Cycle Training for Children
Cycle Confident are also providing 2-hour training sessions in Brockwell Park for small groups of children (minimum age 5 years old) sponsored by Lambeth Council.  Sessions are either 9-45 to 12 noon, or 12-15 to 2-30 pm, and dates are 30 May, 31 May, 1 June, 2 June but places are limited. Kids must have their own bicycle (and ideally a cycle helmet).  More details at

Funding, Training and Support

Seeking Volunteers?
Team Lambeth are holding their Volunteers Fair on 1st June, between 12 noon and 7 pm at the Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall.  This is an opportunity to sign up new volunteers from among Town Hall staff and other visitors, and to compare notes with other organisations about best practice. 
We hope to have a shared presence again, with other members of the Lambeth Forum Network.  More information at

Funding deadlines reminder
The usual reminder of approaching deadlines for various grants previously publicised by Integrate Agency.  If you missed the original notices, or want to get on their mailing list for future opportunities, contact

Thomas Wall Trust: deadline 15 May – grants up to £5,000 for charities helping provide people with critical life skills for employment.

The Leathersellers Company – Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences: deadline Friday 19 May.

Women’s Urgent Support Fund: deadline Friday 19 May – to support essential services for women, impacted by the cost of living crisis.  Supported by the Smallwood Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Mayor of London – Shared Endeavour Fund: closes 9 am on 22 May – support for organisations countering racism, intolerance and radicalism.

Youth Investment Fund
This fund has been developed to support improvements to youth facilities, particularly the out-of-school youth sector in deprived areas.  They recently launched a Refurbishment Grant stream to support projects costing under £150,000.  The next window for applications will be open between 29 May and 9 June.  For further information see the webinar on their website at or enquiries to

Training opportunities
Emergency First Aid at Work – Wednesday 24 May: Ecosystem Coldharbour have set up this free course, 9 am to 4 pm at the Baytree Centre, 300-302 Brixton Road SW9 6AE.
Booking enquiries to or call (020) 8001 2188.

Health and Safety – what charities need to know, Tuesday 23 May: On-line briefing by NCVO and Zurich, 11 am to 12 noon, organised by Integrate. Book via

Training with Brixton BID:  Once again our Business Improvement District is offering free training sessions for small businesses and social enterprises within the BID catchment area.  Booking via the website at or enquiries to   Upcoming events include:

Fire Safety Training (level 2) – 24 May,
Food Safety Training (level2) – 26 June,
Emergency First Aid at Work (level 3) – 25 July,
Health and Safety (level 2) – 25 September.

Keep in touch

Something to share with us?
If you are doing something around the Brixton area – an event, or a new service, or just changes to what you already do – you are welcome to use these bulletins to tell other Forum members.  That’s well over 500 on our current list!
Please send items for future bulletins to the Forum Secretary at preferably by the 3rd of the month so we can publish on the 10th.

Also use this contact if you want to present your work or ideas at a Forum meeting, or raise a topic for discussion.
See more about the Forum on our website at

Moving On
The approaching closure of Pop Brixton and International House means that a lot of charities and businesses are relocating.  Please let us know if you have to change your location or phone number, to – we assume that e-mails and websites should not be affected if you are still active.  The Brixton BID has already moved to new offices at the rear of The Department Store, at 19 Bellefields Road SW9.  

Are we reaching the right people?
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April 2023

Local Events Coming Soon

Easter Holiday Activities for Children
Between 3rd and 14th April, a range of free activities are taking place for children aged 4 to 16 at several sites around Brixton.  Priority is being given to children normally receiving free school meals.  For venues and details, refer to

A Mile in My Shoes
This exhibit will be on Windrush Square from Thursday 13 April for 2 weeks, organised by the Empathy Museum.  This appearance is part of the ongoing series of “81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance” which commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Brixton Uprising of April 1981.  More details at 

A-Maze-ing Brixton launch – Saturday 22 April
A joint project between Brixton BID and Father Nature, the Lavender Maze in Max Roach Park will be launched with a family-friendly planting session on Saturday morning between 9 am and 12 noon.  In future, the site will be maintained by volunteer gardeners on the same basis as the Brixton Orchard, and also host eco-nature sessions for local school groups.

What is Brixton Saying? – Tuesday 25 April
The Advocacy Academy invite you to their Open House event to discuss the results of their recent Listening Campaign, conducted by their young people.  7 pm at 5-7 Vining Street, SW9 8QA.  Free but please book via Eventbrite.

Beer and Bread Festival by the Windmill – Monday 1st May
Mark the traditional Bank Holiday in Windmill Gardens, with stalls including craft bakers and artisan brewers, plus live music, open from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Organised by Friends of Windmill Gardens, admission free.

Creative Courses at Art4Space – starting in May
Two more special courses are coming up, each to run for 10 weekly sessions, free for eligible individuals but places are limited  – enquiries to

Creative Community Champions Tuesdays 10 am to 12-30 from 2nd May, creating hand-built ceramics.

Creative Remedies, Wednesdays 10 am to 12-30 from 3rd May, textile design and overlay to create bespoke hangings.

Black Culture Market, 3 & 4 June
This showcase for Black-owned businesses and craftspeople returns to Downstairs at the Department Store for another weekend – 11 am to 5 pm with a different mix of traders each day, at 248 Ferndale Road SW9 8FR.  Admission free but please register in advance via Eventbrite:,arket-tickets-570736868337?aff+erelexpmlt
If you want to trade at this or similar events, please refer NOW to

Town Centre Developments

Hondo Towers
Most of you will know by now that GLA planners had recommended to the Mayor that he refuse permission for the planning application by Hondo to build a 20-storey tower dominating the market. This was only discovered following pressure from the Fight The Tower campaign.  Normally a developer would withdraw a proposal if there were major objections, in the hope of coming back later with a new design.  Instead, Hondo were allowed merely to postpone the hearing when they offered to “adjust” their plans.  However, the defects in the plans are so fundamental that only a complete rethink and new application could possibly deal with the objections.  In the meantime, the ongoing uncertainty is damaging to the Town Centre.

Brixton Rec Quarter development
Consultation on the plans for International House and the Pop Brixton site was originally scheduled to start in May last year, but only got underway last month with an “Appreciative Enquiry” event. Naturally this attracted criticism that consultation was happening long after the key decisions had been made, while information was lacking on transitional arrangements for existing users of both sites. 
Nevertheless, a separate consultation exercise will run over 10 sessions from 20 April to 22 June, for a hand-picked panel of residents to consider how the developments could benefit Brixton’s Town Centre.
Work finally started last month on adapting vacant space below the Rec into workshop space for small enterprises and for training projects.  Within the Rec itself, Lambeth took over management from GLL/ Better on 1st April, to operate it under the “Active Lambeth” banner.  Work has been underway to create a children’s “soft play” area at the lower level where the bowling green used to be.

International House
Although London Square intends to keep International House in office use, it is likely to be out of use for up to 2 years while the building systems are upgraded.  This puts at risk the network of organisations, both commercial and charitable, that has built up during its “meanwhile” use under 3Space. Despite the delayed start to the development programme, Lambeth is unwilling to extend the present use beyond September.
For years, business space around Brixton has been replaced by housing uses, so it’s hard for International House tenants to find other premises locally. 
We need to find ways of keeping creative businesses and charity projects within the Brixton area, and one suggestion made by the Brixton Society is to use the former Sudbourne School buildings in Hayter Road SW2 as another “meanwhile” space until International House is refurbished.  This would help maintain existing networks and local employment, instead of dispersing most firms out of the borough.  

Funding, Training and Support

Last call for our 2023/24 programme
The Forum needs to make its own funding bid to the Council shortly.  Typically this will pay for meetings costs, part-time admin support and equipment, but there is scope to include some training or advice for the wider membership.  If there is something that you think we should be providing or organising, we need to hear from you NOW.
If your ideas are beyond the scope of the usual Forum funding, we can of course make separate applications to other potential funders.

Jobs with Local Projects
We have seen a number of paid jobs advertised by local projects in recent months, but usually application deadlines have passed before we can share details in these bulletins.  Here’s one that’s still open:

Centre Manager at St. Vincent’s Centre, Brixton: Based at Talma Road SW2, full-time post (37.5 hours a week) annual salary £35,000 to £40,000 depending on skills and experience.  For more details, e-mail to and prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Kate Nightingale (Deputy CEO) for more information on 07 889 006 234 but before 12 April please.  Deadline 20 April for application forms, with interviews to be held on 28 April.

Your Streets, Your Way competition – closes 28 April
Lambeth Council is inviting ideas for street design improvements at selected sites around the borough.  Within the Brixton area, those include:
– 85 Angell Road, SW9;
– Loughborough Road/ Minet Road junction;
– Outside Brixton Domino Club/ Soup Kitchen, 297-299 Coldharbour Lane;
– Telegraph Passage, between Brixton Hill and New Park Road.

The top prize offered is £750 plus runners-up prizes, and the competition is managed by architects We Made That.  For full details, see 

Flexible Support Fund briefing – Monday 17 April
This DWP fund is to support organisations who can help the unemployed towards jobs.  Integrate has set up a Zoom briefing session with officials from the DWP and Lambeth, starting at 10 am.  To book a place, contact Eoin Heffernan at

Negotiating and Managing Your Lease – Wednesday 19 April
Integrate have set up another Zoom briefing, this time with the Ethical Property Foundation, to review the ins and outs of business leases and managing your relationship with your landlord.  This session will start at 11 am and an information pack will be circulated afterwards.  Book voa Eoin Heffernan, as above.

Changes in public support for Charities
The Directory of Social Change recently reported from the Community Life Survey, an annual survey of adults across England that follows trends in social action.   The most recent figures are from the 2021-22 survey.  While 55% of adults reported taking part in some form of volunteering in the past year, participation is at its lowest since data collection started in 2014.  14% reported that the Covid pandemic continued to inhibit their participation.
Charitable giving was more variable from year to year, but 66% reported giving money to charitable causes in the past 4 weeks.  There was a significant increase in people giving to overseas aid and disaster relief, notably the war in Ukraine, where the Disasters Emergency Committee reported receiving over £400 million.
On the other hand, legacy giving has increased by 43% over the past decade, according to a 2022 survey just released by Remember a Charity.  This may reflect greater efforts by some of the larger charities to encourage people to leave a gift in their will.

Adapt to the New Borough Plan
Finally, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet adopted the new version of the Borough Plan on 27 March.  The aim of the plan is to integrate all the Council’s activities and services, and to set out priorities for the period up to 2030.  This is worth study if you work closely with the Council or want to show that your projects support their priorities.  The new version, Lambeth 2030 – Our Future, Our Lambeth, can be found on the Council’s website.

Keep in touch
Something to share with us?
If you are doing something around the Brixton area – an event, or a new service, even a re-launched service – you are welcome to use these bulletins to tell other Forum members.  That’s over 500 on our current list!
Please send items for future bulletins to the Forum Secretary at and ideally before the 3rd of the month so we can publish by the 10th.
Also use this contact if you want to present your work at a Forum meeting, or raise a topic for discussion.
Remember, there is more about the Forum on our website at

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March 2023

Local Events this month

Community Warm Spaces

With the temperature falling again this week, it seems a good time to remind you that most Warm Spaces will remain open until the end of this month.  Here’s a summary of those active locally – and we have included those in Tulse Hill, because the Tulse Hill Forum seems to be out of action at present.

Advocacy Academy, Vining Street SW9:  Marhaba space for young people (details in our February bulletin).

Art4Space, Jeffries Road SW4 (near Stockwell Tube Station): open Thursdays 3 to 6 pm until 6th April.

Brixton Hill Methodist Church, open on Thursdays.

Brixton Tate Library, Brixton Oval SW2: during library opening hours, 7 days a week.

Brixton Windmill Centre, Windmill Gardens SW2: on Wednesdays until 29 March (also in our February bulletin).

Brockwell Barn, alongside the Community Greenhouses, Brockwell Park, SE24: open Fridays until 31 March, including co-working space.

Carers’ Common Room, 10th floor, International House, Canterbury Crescent SW9: available Wednesday to Friday for home-care and domiciliary care workers – see

Corpus Christi Church Hall, Trent Road SW2: open Sundays 12 to 2 pm.

High Trees Hub, 220 Upper Tulse Hill SW2: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, including access to wi-fi enabled computers.

Moorlands Community Centre, 50a Corry Drive SW9 (Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing): open Thursdays, including access to Southwyck Pantry. 

Minet Library, Knatchbull Road SE5, during library opening hours.

Myatt’s Fields North Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, SW9: opened Monday to Friday by the Pinnacle Group.
Also, Healthy Living Platform at the Corner Cafe on Thursdays, and RMUK Wellbeing at the Corner Cafe on Fridays.

MYsocial Community Space, Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road SW2, run by Age UK Lambeth for people over 55, open Wednesday and Friday.

On The Beat Studio at Pop Brixton, Brixton Station Road SW9: open for young people and families with children, Monday- Saturday.

St. Martin’s Community Centre, Abbotts Park, SW2 3QB: open Mondays until 27 March.

Trinity Congregational Church, St. Matthew’s road, SW2 1NF: open Fridays 11 am to 12 noon.

For more details of what’s available at each location, see

Conversations about the Black Experience in Britain
On Thursday evenings through March, a series of conversations about the Black experience since 1981, 7 pm to 9 pm, on-line or in person – enquiries to or see the website

Coding Classes for Kids
Millennium Community Solutions are starting another Computer Coding/ Gaming/ Robotics course at Southwyck Hall behind the Barrier Block, off Moorland Road SW9 8UR.  These sessions will be for young people aged 12 years upwards, and will run on Mondays between 4 pm and 6 pm.  Enquiries to

We are here
An art exhibition reflecting the Refugee experience will be open with a private view on Wednesday 22 March and then continue for 6 days, Downstairs at the Department Store, 248 Ferndale Road SW9 8FR.  It has been organised jointly by Breadwinners and Community Arts Box, both based on the 6th floor of International House.

Cabaret at Longfield Hall, 31 March
The Bunker Cabaret originated in the cellars of Kyiv, and is presented by Hooligan Art Community.  If you missed their show in September, they are returning to Longfield Hall on 30 & 31 March, both shows at 7-30 pm, tickets £5 to £22 each.  Please book via eventbrite,

Health and Social Care

 Mental Health First Aid
Art4Space will be hosting more of these courses during 2023.  The next youth-oriented course will be on 20 & 21 April, and the next adult course is on 15 & 16 June.  Course certificates are valid for 3 years, so a half-day Refresher Course is being offered on Friday 10 March, 9 am to 1-30 pm.  More details on their website at

Reviewing Healthcare across South-East London
We receive regular bulletins from the South-East London Integrated Care System, but sometimes events come up at short notice for our publication dates.  Community-based Ear, Nose and Throat services are currently under review, and community feedback is invited – contact  There are two imminent Webinars with more details, on Tuesday 7 March at 6 pm, or on Thursday 9 March at 12 noon.
For wider Health services, the Lambeth Together Public Forum is being held on-line on Wednesday 8 March from 1 to 2 pm, to be followed by the Lambeth Together Board between 2 pm and 4-30.  For joining instructions and meeting papers, see

Council Consultations

More details of each proposal can be found on the Consultations pages of the Lambeth Council website,
Changes to Car parking charges
Lambeth is proposing a more elaborate scale of charges, taking account of the emissions from vehicles with different power sources.  Closing date for comments is Friday 10 March.

Accommodation for Children in Care
Reviewing standards of accommodation for children in Council care, and for care-leavers, closing date for comments is 16 March. 

Dogs Public Space Protection Order
Following a rise in dog ownership in recent years, and associated anti-social behaviour, Lambeth is considering restrictions to apply on Council-owned land, including highways, parks and housing estates.  Closing date for comments is 26 March.

All-age Autism Strategy
Lambeth is seeking views to develop a new strategy.  Enquiries to – closing date for comments is 31 March.

Estate Renewal Schemes
Following the Council’s decision to close the discredited Homes for Lambeth, it has launched a consultation for residents of the 6 housing estates targetted for early demolition – Fenwick, Cressingham Gardens, Central Hill, Knight’s Walk, South Lambeth and Westbury.  From 1st March, residents of those estates have 8 weeks to comment on Lambeth’s new Estate Renewal Resident Engagement Framework.  However, views are not being sought yet from neighbours of these estates, nor from those affected by the shrinking stock of Council homes, nor the Council taxpayers who will continue to contribute to the cost of building the original estates.

Green spaces and Green issue

 Grow your own – and learn to cook it!
South London Botanical Institute is temporarily based in International House while their building in Norwood Road undergoes structural repairs.  They are working with Katakata Brixton to develop a series of free food-growing and affordable cooking workshops.  If you have ideas or comments on how this should work, now is the time to contact them – specifically, Isabel Sophia at

News from Windmill Gardens
The Friends of Windmill Gardens announce that their 2023 season of Windmill Tours starts on the weekend of 11 and 12 March.  Tours take place between 1 and 5 pm each day, but for access to the upper part of the mill, you need to book in advance at
There is also an evening Bat Walk on Thursday 13 April – meet at 7-50 pm for 8 pm start, free of charge.

Create a Parklet!
Possible (Inspiring Climate Action) have launched a car-free cities campaign, to work with groups most negatively impacted by traffic congestion and air pollution.  They are offering to support one or two groups interested in reclaiming a kerbside parking space as some form of community benefit, sitting-out area, games space or mini-garden.  Deadline for proposals is Monday 20 March – Google for details or refer back to Integrate, who circulated the original notice.

Counting butterflies in Brockwell Park
An unusual request relayed via Brockwell Park Community Partners.  They are looking for a volunteer (or several sharing the work) to do a weekly butterfly count along a circuit within Brockwell Park, between April and September.  This survey has been running since 2019 but the previous volunteer is moving on.  If you can offer help, please contact Steve Bolton of the Butterfly Conservation Charity at

Events at the Community Greenhouses
The Brockwell Barn is hosting a Spring Season of music performances, including:
Sunday 19 March – Avant Garden, experimental but accessible music combining electronics and brass.
Sunday 26 March – Three Spoons with Naima Bock and members of Gently Tender and Broadside Hacks.
Sunday 16 April – Lowenstein and Middleton, a Klezmer duo on violin and accordion.
For details and booking, see their website,

Funding, Training and support

 Reclaim Black Heritage Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to Black-led groups and individuals who are developing projects that are in line with the 81 Acts Humanifesto, and in particular to commemorate 1981 and benefit the Black community.  The deadline for applications has been extended to 3rd April.  More details on the website at

Negotiating and Managing your Lease
This can be a daunting task for a small organisation or inexperienced trustees, so the good news is that Integrate have just announced an on-line briefing with the Ethical Property Foundation on 19 April at 11 am.  To book, please contact

Other News

 Student Survey on change in Brixton
Lucia is an A-level geography student who is researching the impact of change on Brixton.  She has put together a short survey, and would love to have responses from people who live or work in Brixton.  You can find the survey at

Easter Food and Fun
Lambeth is supporting a programme of holiday activities and healthy meals for children and young people who are eligible for free school meals.  See the list of providers at…/get-ready-easter-food-fun

Planning for Coronation Time
If you are thinking of organising something around the Coronation date of 6 May, here are some useful links:
If organising a street party or similar event, see
The Coronation Big Lunch is an umbrella site with advice and the facility to post details of your event: see
If you are organising a volunteering project, or trying to find extra helpers, check out The Big Help Out at

Moving on…
Simulacra Studios used to operate from various railway arches around Brixton.  They are based at Bell Green in Sydenham – new address 491-505 Southend Lane, SE26 5BL.  Enquiries to

Adejoke Bakare opened her Chishuru restaurant in Market Row in 2020, after winning a competition organised by Brixton Village.  However, trade was hit by the second lock-down and the space was too small to be economic, despite favourable reviews.  She is now crowd-funding to re-open in larger premises near Oxford Circus, this time catering for over 50 covers over 2 floors. 

Keep in touch…
Something to share with us?
If you are doing something around the Brixton area, or if you want to reach out to other local organisations or activists, you are welcome to use these bulletins to share information about your events or activities.  You may even want to come along and present your ideas to a meeting of the Forum?
Please send your announcements to the Forum Secretary at – ideally before the 5th of the month so we can publish around the 10th.

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We are keen to reach all local organisations and activists.  Please contact us at
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– If you have moved away or are no longer interested.

February 2023

Upcoming Changes around the Brixton Rec

Since May last year we have been waiting for consultation to start on London Square’s proposals to develop both the Pop Brixton site and International House, in partnership with Lambeth Council.  The new programme has only recently been announced. 

The future of International House

London Square’s intention is to refurbish the building, rather than replace it.  Even so, this will need present tenants to move out while modern services are installed.  The “meanwhile” use of International House, managed by 3Space, has been one of Brixton’s success stories, providing a base for business start-ups and small community organisations.  We don’t want to see this all swept away and successful firms dispersed away from Brixton, so we are looking for a more gradual transition.  3Space management of the building is due to end in September, but the delay in starting the development process would justify a 6-9 month extension.
Opportunities for relocating many of the existing users within Brixton seem to be limited, but tenants are already e-mailing key Councillors and Council officers to seek a “soft landing”. If like us, your organisation is affected, please keep in touch.  

Feed in to Public Realm changes
The overall timescale is based on a Planning Application being made in the coming Autumn for rebuilding on the Pop Brixton site.  Community Vision workshops are to be held on either 4 or 6 March, followed by 2 evening sessions on 23 and 30 March.  These will mainly be about street-level improvements around the Recreation Centre in Popes Road and Brixton Station Road.  They are being organised by Mutual Gain on behalf of London Square and the Council – if you have not already registered your interest, please contact Susan Ritchie at

Brixton joins in London Festival of Architecture
This year, Brixton will be one of 7 London destinations hosting events for the Festival, which runs through the month of June.

Events programme
Organisations are encouraged to put on events which will be publicised as part of the Festival programme.
The closing date for submitting details of most events will be 3rd March.  The Festival is co-ordinated by New London Architecture – enquiries to

Design Competition
There is also an ideas competition to provide an installation or feature to be placed in either Atlantic Road or Windrush Square during the Festival. This will be a 2-stage competition.  Details of team members, and your design approach are required by midday 2nd March.  Up to 6 design teams will then be selected for the second stage, to provide 2 A2-size boards to explain the proposal, together with a Powerpoint presentation and key construction details, budget and maintenance plan.  Enquiries to

Marking 75 years since the Empire Windrush arrival
Proposals are starting to come together for local celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush in June 1948.  A lot of interest was shown at an exploratory meeting on 6th February, convened by the Brixton Project.  If you have something in mind, particularly for events or activities around June, contact Serena at 

Coming Events
Saturday Art Club at St. Vincent’s Centre
Free sessions on Saturday afternoons for the 7-12 age group, at St. Vincent’s Centre, Talma Road SW2 1AS.  Run by Lamonte Johnson but additional volunteers are wanted.  Enquiries to (020) 7274 1190 or

Warm Space Wednesdays at Brixton Windmill Centre
Next to Brixton’s Windmill, the Centre is opening up as a Warm Space on Wednesdays until the end of March, from 12 noon to 3pm.
They are also offering use of their large professional oven – you just need to bring the ingredients and a recipe!  Enquiries to

There’s also a Volunteering Open Session on Sunday 19 February between 1 pm and 4 pm – a chance to meet with existing volunteers and discover the growing range of roles for which help is needed.

Black Culture Market, 4 & 5 March
Another selection of stalls can be found in the Basement space of the Department Store at 248 Ferndale Road, SW9 on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March, 11 am to 5 pm both days.  Free admission but please register via Eventbrite, at  
If you want to trade on either day, please contact the organisers at

Space for Young People at the Advocacy Academy
Marhaba means hello in Arabic, so our Marhaba Space is an open, free, warm and inclusive open space for young people in Lambeth, aged between 13 and 25.  The space is open every Thursday at 5-7 Vining Street – 18-25 year-olds are welcome between 1 and 4 pm, 13-17 year-olds between 4 pm and 8 pm.  Free hot drinks and sandwiches available every week.  You don’t need to sign up in advance, but if you have any questions, contact 

Computer Coding Classes for Kids
The Computer Coding Classes at the Southwyck House community space are expanding to other local venues:

There are now coding classes at Evelyn Grace School, on Wednesdays between 1 pm and 2 pm.
As from 1st March, there will also be coding classes for ages 5-11 at Myatt’s Fields South Community Hall, SW9 6DQ.

At Southwyck House, sessions for age 12 upwards run on Mondays at 4 pm to 6 pm. There’s also a Home-School coding group for ages 5-12 on Tuesdays between 1 pm and 2 pm, or on Thursdays between 4 pm and 6 pm for ages 5-11.
All enquiries to Millennium Community Solutions at or phone 07 368 487 263.

Current Consultations
Tulse Hill Low Traffic Neighbourhood
Lambeth Council is currently consulting on detail design of landscaping works around the Elm Park Tavern, and the junction of Upper Tulse Hill and Claverdale Road.  Closing date for comments is 28 February – see

Dogs Public Space Protection Order in Lambeth have your say on proposals Visit the Lambeth website to have your say by completing our short survey. The consultation is running from 13 February to 26 March.

Brockwell Hall Cafe

For once, not a Council consultation, but one of the contenders to run the cafe in the restored Hall is doing some market research.  What sort of services or menus would you like to see?  Do sports groups have any special needs?
Charlie Gleeson is conducting the survey, which you can find at

Green spaces and Green issues
Barrier Block Greening Project
The Brixton Business Improvement District has been awarded a grant from the Mayor’s Grow Back Greener fund to remodel the green space in front of Southwyck House on Coldharbour Lane.  Supported by Urban Growth, the new layout will provide fruit trees, a wild meadow and a shaded games area.  If you would like to be involved in developing these ideas, contact 

Join the Chelsea Fringe
As a spin-off from the Chelsea Flower Show, this alternative garden festival takes place between 20 and 28 May.  Events can take place throughout Greater London, in other parts of the country, or even abroad.  Events start being posted on the Fringe website from this month, so if you have an idea — or you want more visitors to something you were already planning – contact the Fringe team at 

News from Myatt’s Fields Park
The Park is seeking to appoint a part-time Community Engagement Manager (3 days a week).  Deadline for applications is 7th March – find the full job description and application process at

Funding, Training and support

 Grants deadlines reminder
Once again, a reminder of approaching deadlines for various grant funds. Most of these have previously been circulated by Integrate, so if you missed the original alert, please contact

The Walcot Foundation is reviewing its funding priorities for the next 3 years.  Please submit your comments before 20 February.

The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners and those at risk of offending. Priority will be given to work with Ethnic Minorities.  Deadline 28 February.

The Mayor’s Community Weekend Fund is offering grants up to £1500 towards events to be held during the Mayor’s Community Weekend, 23 to 25 June.  Deadline is 12 noon on Wednesday 1st March.

Reclaim Black Heritage Fund – As the final round of the 81 Acts campaign, grants of up to £4,000 are being offered to black-led groups but projects must be completed by 15 July.  Deadline for applications is 5 pm on 2nd March, and awards will be announced by Ubele around 10-12 April.

Training with Brixton BID
Even if you are a small start-up or social enterprise, if you are working in the BID area, you should be eligible for the free training events organised by the BID.  There is a course each month for the next several months.  Upcoming topics include Mental Health First Aid (20 March) and Health & Safety (24 April).   For further details and booking, see their website at

Keep in touch!
Something to share with us?
If you are doing something around the Brixton area, why not use these bulletins to tell other Forum members about your activities, or your next event?We aim to publish around the 10th of each month, so we really need to hear from you by the 5th March to be included in the next issue.
Please send items for the bulletin, and ideas for Forum events, to the Secretary at

What’s missing?
We still have the resources to run at least one more event or Forum meeting in March or April, but if you have a bright idea, you need to tell us NOW! For example, do you want to present your bright idea or achievements to other Forum members, or is there some training you can’t find through your usual channels?

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We are keen to reach all local organisations and activists.  Please contact us at 
– If you want to add a colleague or neighbour to the mailing list.
– if you want these bulletins sent to a different e-mail address, so you see them sooner or more reliably.
– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.