December 2019 Bulletin

Local News, Events and Activities

Last-minute Reminders:

Saturday 7 December -The Voice Black Business Fair
10 am to 6 pm at Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane, SW2. Part of the newspaper’s ongoing campaign to support black business, hot on the heels of their recently published Black Business Guide. Free tickets through Eventbrite – see

Saturday 7 December – Winter Farm Market, Loughborough Farm
11 am to 3 pm at the Farm and Café on Loughborough Road (opposite Wyck Gardens). See more about project progress and upcoming events at

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 December – Black Culture Christmas Market:
An indoor event at 3Space, International House, from 11 am to 5 pm – come along for an inspiring showcase of black businesses. Entrepreneurs will be displaying high quality products including food, clothing, stationery, books, jewellery, hair and beauty etc. Free registration on Eventbrite:

Saturday 7 or Sunday 8 December – Wreath-making Workshops
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses have 2 more wreath-making workshops, 11 am to 3 pm each day, but you can drop in or sneak off if you can work faster!
For more information and tickets, contact Kate Sebag, Director, on 07 834 343 664 or

Community Carols at Longfield Hall, Sunday 8 December
3 pm at Longfield Hall, corner of Burton Road SW9 and Knatchbull Road SE5, free event with with contributions from McAlpine Dance, Longfield Voices and The Nest Pre-School. Enquiries to

More Events this month
A Christmas Carol at Longfield Hall, 12 & 15 December
The Dickens favourite, presented by Open Bar Theatre on Thursday 12th at 11am and 3 pm, and on Sunday 15th at 11 am and 3 pm. Advance tickets £9 or £7.
Enquiries to
14 December Frost Fair at the Ruskin Park Bandstand Saturday
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Santa’s Grotto, Christmas market, live music, arts workshops, and delicious food and drink.
14 – 21 December – Art Exhibition at Stockwell Park Community Trust
A display of residents’ work, based on art workshops led by Jason Gibilaro during 2019, at the Stockwell Park Community Trust, 21 Aytoun Place, SW9 0TE.
Enquiries to
or see

Sunday 15th – Brixton Windmill Festive Bake-off
A follow-up to the notice in our November bulletin. Remember, your festive bake must use Brixton Windmill flour, and bring it (with the recipe) to the Windmill at 2 pm for judging.
There are 3 categories, Adults (over 16), Children 11-15, and children under 11. Santa will also be visiting the windmill, and there will be free family craft workshops and carol singing to round off the afternoon. Enquiries to

Sunday 15th – Youth Market at Pop Brixton
South London’s brightest designers, creatives and makers show and sell their wares. More information on all Pop Brixton events at

Sunday 15th – Winter Fair in Myatt’s Fields Park
Stalls will be operating from 10 am onwards, Christingle making starts at 4-30 pm, and the event is rounded off by carol singing around the bandstand at 5 pm.
Enquiries to

Looking Ahead to 2020

Wednesday 1st January – Wildflower Plant Hunt
Find yourself at a loose end on this bank holiday? Meet by the Clock Tower at 11 am, for a plant hunt led by South London Botanical Institute.

Sunday 12 January – Friends of Brockwell Park AGM
11 am in the 1st floor meeting room, Brockwell Hall in the centre of the park.

Saturday 18 January – The Windrush Scandal
The Black Cultural Archives continues to stand alongside those affected by the Windrush Scandal by holding a public meeting to address their concerns, to be followed by a series of free legal surgeries. The meeting will be at the Town Hall at 2 pm on Saturday 18 January. Legal advice surgeries will be on Wednesday evenings between 6 pm and 8 pm from 22 January and on Saturday mornings, 10 am to 12 noon, until 29 February, all at the Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, SW2.
Enquiries and ticket requests to

Friday 31 January – a Longfield Celebration
From 7 pm at Longfield Hall, an evening showcase of music, theatre, comedy and dance, showcasing many of the talented companies and performers who use the hall for their rehearsals. Tickets available soon.

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood
The next round of consultations is due to kick off during January, with detailed conversations about routes along and around Loughborough, Ferndale and Railton Roads.
In the meantime, 3 short films are being produced by the Independent Film Trust to highlight issues on those routes, with assistance from a small group of residents.
Enquiries about the films to quoting Community Street Design Project.
Enquiries about the overall Safer Streets project to
The Council is separately consulting on cycle storage proposals for some of its estates, but none of them appear to be in our core area.

Make the Most of Your Forum
We are relieved to report that we have finally received funding approval for another year’s work from the Lambeth Forum Network. We are currently scoping out our meetings programme for 2020.
If you want to present your group’s work to a Forum meeting, or if you would like us to invite speakers on a key topic, it would help us to hear from you within the next month. Maybe you want to offer or suggest a different venue for a Forum meeting? Is there a training need that is not being met from other sources? We are also at the early stages of planning a showcase event for our local groups for early Summer 2020. All enquiries/ suggestions to Alan Piper at

Building Young Brixton
This time last year, Building Young Brixton, a consortium of Lambeth-based charities and social enterprises, secured £850,000 from the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund to help young people over a 3-year programme. Services include schools and community coaching, sports and wellbeing activities, estate-based after-school provision, careers education and employability support. The 6 original partners were High Trees (at Tulse Hill), the Baytree Centre (on Brixton Road), Spiral Skills, IRMO, Ebony Horse Club (at Wyck Gardens) and ML Community Enterprise. The Grove Adventure Playground, Juvenis and the Advocacy Academy are now also involved.
More information at

Craft Wednesdays at Brixton Tate Library
The Craft Group is continuing on Wednesday afternoons, 1-30 to 3-30 pm, offering the chance to have a go at a range of crafts in a supportive setting – sewing, embroidery, bead-work, macramé and more. Materials are provided and there is a volunteer tutor to help. At present the sessions are still free, and light refreshments are provided.
Enquiries to

Mosaic Classes
If you prefer to craft with something more substantial, Art4Space are re-starting their Mosaic classes from the week beginning 6th January. That’s Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-30 to 9 pm at their Jeffreys Road studio, SW4 – enquiries to

Tunnelling on our Western fringe
National Grid is using the vacant site at the corner of Acre Lane and Kings Avenue as a base for tunnelling works. Part of the electricity grid will be carried in tunnels between Wimbledon and Crayford. Preliminary works are being carried out until 20 December, and will then continue in the New Year between 2nd January and 14 February. The major works are due to begin in March 2020. Any problems or enquiries, contact the project team on 0800 783 2855 or e-mail to

Funding, Training and Networking

Next Events from Integrate Agency
If you are quick, there is another session on Consortia & Partnership Development on Tuesday 10 December, 11 am to 3 pm at the Streatham Space Project, near Streatham Hill Station.
There is an ongoing series of 1:1 Fund-raising surgeries, at different venues around the borough. The next is on Tuesday 17 December, 2 pm to 4 pm at BOST/ Living Space in Waterloo. To book for either event, e-mail to

Lambeth Community Fund deadline approaches
We have mentioned this before, but must remind you that the deadline for applications is midday on Monday 16 December.
For more information, visit the London Community Foundation’s website,

Early Years and supporting young families – deadline 13 January
LEAP are awarding “seed money” grants of £500, £1,000 or £2,000 to help create safer and healthier spaces for families with young children, but the next funding deadline is Monday 13 January. If you are quick off the mark, there’s a Workshop on Wednesday 11 December to explain the grant criteria, at the Liz Atkinson Children’s Centre, 9 Mostyn Road, Brixton SW9 6PH. For more details call (020) 7582 4132.

Current Crowdfunding Campaigns

We Rise
We Rise empowers young people by connecting them to professionals, employers and work experience, This is crucial if young people are to get successful futures. We Rise aim to raise £12,000 to run their 2020 programme of YouthConnect careers networking events and Skills Masterclasses, to up-skill hundreds of youngsters and connect them with local professionals from different career sectors. This work is complemented by the Access All Areas programme, Youth Engagement and Mentoring programmes.
Enquiries to

Impact Brixton
Help Impact Brixton continue to support local businesses and strive for social impact! Many groups and campaigns have benefitted from taking part in Open Project Nights at Impact Brixton, at the back of the Pop Brixton site. Support this campaign so that Open Project Night can continue as a free resource for the community!
Read more about our Crowdfunder campaign at

Other Charity Channels
The Thrale Almshouse & Relief in Need Charity
This is a localised fund, originally set up to cover the old Parish of Streatham, which would include Brixton Hill south of Upper Tulse Hill on the east side, and from Morrish Road southwards on the west side, though the trustees may consider applications from nearby parts of SW2. Small grants of £500 to £4,000 are on offer from their Relief in Need fund, to strengthen communities facing hardship. Deadline for the current round of applications is Wednesday 8 January.
To discuss if your group or project ie. eligible, please contact

Charities Management magazine
It may be worth checking out this magazine from Mitre House Publishing if you are involved in running a group organised as a charity. For a specimen, see

Health & Social Care

Social Prescribing
Social prescribing is about doctors being able to refer their patients to local organisations, either for specialist support, or for simple social activities within a friendly community setting.
Local NHS services have been slowly moving to build networks between voluntary and community groups, GP practices and the recently introduced Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
Age UK Lambeth is involved through its Safe and Independent Living Service (SAIL). They are hosting an event for front-line staff and volunteers in West Norwood on Wednesday 18 December, and more are likely to follow on a regular basis.
We have also been following wider discussions about collaboration in providing community-based health services, and will share more information with you in the New Year.

Make Yourselves Known!
The MyCommunity online directory is designed to help people find information on social care and health services, including support for disabilities. There are opportunities for groups to join the directory if they provide relevant services. The site is administered by the Independent Living and Carer’s Partnership at 336 Brixton Road – enquiries to (020) 7095 5720 or e-mail to

Community Connectors
As flagged up last month, the next Community Connectors Course begins on 29 January, with further sessions on 5, 6 and 12 February. Sessions will run from 9-30 am to 3 pm each day, and you must be able to attend each session. Enquiries and applications to the Project Manager, Emma Corker, on 07 734 670 300 or e-mail to

Mental Health First Aid Course
Once again, Art4Space is hosting another Mental Health First Aid Course at their Stockwell Studio, to be conducted by It’s A Playground, on 3 & 4 February.
Bookings/ enquiries to

Living Well Centres have been launched as bases for new joined-up teams of clinicians, social workers and support workers for adults with mental health issues. The Living Well Alliance is made up of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM), Lambeth Council, Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Certitude and Thames Reach.
See also

Senior Citizens Project at St. John’s, Clapham Road
A long time since we mentioned this group, but it’s well-placed for residents at the western end of Ferndale and Landor Roads. Activities are currently on Tuesdays and Thursdays – enquiries to (020) 7819 9498 or

Help with Walking and Cycling
TfL has so far awarded £400,000 to encourage more people to take up walking and cycling, shared between 60 groups in the past year. That was the first year which included walking in addition to cycling, with 26 of the groups focussed on walking projects. For more information on the grants scheme, see

More Training Courses from the FSI
Further courses are in the pipeline from the Federation for Social Improvement.

Developing your fund-raising strategy will be on Wednesday 15 January, at the Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, N1 6HT, fee £25.

4/5 February sees a clutch of 14 short courses being offered over 2 weekdays in Central London, at fees from £12.50 to £25 per course. For full details, see their website, and don’t leave it too late to book your place!

On-line Masterclass on Writing for Publication – 12 December
Whether you have ambitions to write a great novel, or just need to make your blog or press releases punchier, the time to prepare is now!

At 7 pm, Mindy Gibbins Klein – the book midwife – presents an online masterclass with 20 top tips for better business success in 2020. Produced by WinTrade Events Ltd. for Women in Business, in association with 7 TraitsLeadership Learning Ltd., 16 Trinity Gardens, SW9 8DP. Enquiries to

Make Use of Pop Brixton
This project has turned disused land into a creative space for local independent businesses. The focus is on small owner-operated businesses, employing local people. Applications are now open for office spaces (from £550 a month) and restaurant units (from £2500 a month). If this could be of interest, contact with your questions.

If you have an opportunity or event that you feel will benefit young people, please contact Bayo Obasaju at for your information to be included in their next e-mailing.
Please note that Pop Brixton will be closed for the week Monday 23 to Friday 27 December.

New Shoots programme,
The next programme starts on the 28th January 2020. We have now incorporated a Launch Evening so people can visit the farm informally to reduce any uncertainties, nervousness or reservations they may have before entering the experience. Should you wish to discuss the programme further then please do not hesitate to contact me. Alternatively we can arrange for our Outreach Worker Greg Hale to come and visit you and any prospective participants at a time that is convenient to you.

We hope that this may be helpful in matching the appropriate participants to the programme in order to make for the most fruitful outcomes.

Thank you for your time and consideration in our quest to help this specific group of young people.
Education and Events, Vauxhall City Farm 
020 7582 4204

Groundswell Jobs
Three workers needed with lived experience of homelessness
Keep in Touch
We have had to keep entries brief this time, in order to get word round about several imminent events and opportunities, and a few items have been held over.

If you want something to be included in the January issue, please send it in before New Year’s Eve – to
Christmas Eve would be better but we know you will probably be too busy then!

Mailing List Updates
Please contact
– if you want to add a colleague to our e-mail list;
– if you are changing your regular e-mail address or other contact details;
– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.