December 2022


Forum Meeting reset for 10 January
7 pm in Ground floor meeting room at 3Space, International House.
To catch up with the latest position on the Hondo Tower plans and other major developments around Brixton.

We apologise for postponing the meeting from 29 November, but there was a mix-up over booking the venue, and then the last straw was a clash with an England match in the World Cup!
Remember we are still open to proposals for future Forum meetings, so please contact us if you want to offer a presentation or set up a consultation event in the first half of 2023.

Local Events this month

Christmas Kindness Community Event, Saturday 10 December
Best in Brixton is working with St. Vincent’s Centre in Talma Road SW2 to put on this free event, which will now run between 1 pm and 9 pm.  Contributions from Shamha Vibrations and Brixton Chamber Orchestra.

Winter Market at Brixton Windmill, Sunday 11 December
Open between 12 noon and 3-30 pm, with stalls from a variety of local organisations and makers.  Organised by Friends of Windmill Gardens.

Events at Brockwell Park Greenhouses
Various practical workshops and even a mini-panto are all taking place in the run-up to Christmas – too much to list in full, but see their website for full details including how to book –

Brixton £ going digital?
Monday 12 Decemberis the next round of discussions on how to adapt the Brixton Pound to a world where cash is going out of fashion – 6 pm to 8 pm at the Advocacy Academy, 5-7 Vining Street SW9.  See more at

Community Coffee Morning, Ecosystem Coldharbour
Tuesday 13 December, between 9 am and 10-30, will be the last of this year’s gatherings of youth leaders, grassroots organisations and residents working towards creating a safer community with positive opportunities for young people.  Please book via

Last chance to see…
Until 18 December the exhibition “We Came Here” continues at the Van Gogh House, 87 Hackford Road SW9 0RE.  It’s an immersive sound and sculptural experience, imagining a conversation between a 20-year-old Vincent Van Gogh and a 20-year-old Olive Morris.  Tours are free for community groups or charities, but a donation of £3 a head is encouraged. Enquiries to

Christmas Community Day at Dexters, Friday 16 December
Big Kid Foundationare running this free community event between 2 pm and 6 pm at Dexter Playground, Railton Road (next to Montego Close) SE24.

Christmas Concert in Myatt’s Fields Park, Sunday 18 December
A reminder that we gave details in last month’s bulletin, but the concert itself kicks off at 5 pm, led by the Brixton Chamber Orchestra, but earlier in the afternoon there will be a Children’s Carnival Workshop (3 pm) and a Christingle-making workshop at 4 pm.  Access to the park after dark will be from the Cormont Road gate, opposite St. Gabriel’s Manor. Organised by Myatt’s Fields Park Project with Minet Conservation Association.

Crafty Workshops for Children, 19, 21, 22, 23 December 
Art4Space are hosting free winter holiday art workshops for children between 4 and 18 years old.  Priority is being given to children receiving free school meals.  All sessions run 10 am to 2 pm at the Art4Space Learning Hub, Studio 1, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6 QU. Bookings/ enquiries to

Funding, Training and support

Funding deadlines reminders
Integrate have previously circulated details of several grant offers, which are closing soon.  As ever, if you missed the original notices, contact

Kelly Family Charitable Trust – up to £5,000 to help tackle family problems – imminent.
Enabling Disadvantaged Young People to reach their Potential – from the
Ironmongers Company – deadline 15 December.
Tackling Financial Hardship Funds from New Philanthropy Capital – closes 5 pm, Friday 16 December.
Future Communities Fundfor supporting young people from diverse backgrounds – closes 12 noon on 23 December.
Climate Health and Community Fund – supporting diverse-led community organisations – closes 5 pm on Tuesday 10 January.

Lambeth Community Wellbeing Fund – grants between £1,000 and £5,000 for community projects working with adults in Lambeth – more details at and closing date 31 January.

We have also been reminded of some other grant sources via our links to Locality and Directory of Social Change:

Key Fund: Energy Resilience Fund: up to £150,000 towards energy-saving/ cost-reducing measures – closes 21 December.

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust – Sustainable Future Fund: Up to £100,000 to support campaigns and projects that tackle climate change and give a voice to young activists.  Deadline 28 March.

Digital Growth Funding: Government contribution of £2,000 to £10,000 towards small businesses developing their on-line presence and digital reach.  Closing date 31 December, promoted by cProgress – see or enquiries to 

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation has set aside £5.5 million to support smaller charities, while the Co-op Foundation is offering grants of up to £30,000 a year for up to 5 years to help diverse young people become leaders and activists.  Details of these two and others at
And finally, the Paul Mellon Centre is offering a mix of Fellowships and support grants for research or events in Art or architectural history.  Closing date for the Spring 2023 round is 31 January.  More details at

Training opportunities and support networks

Lambeth Young Entrepreneurs Alliance – application deadline Sunday 11 December.  Boost your Social Enterprise with this free accelerator programme, a 12-week course starting in January, with a chance to win £2,000 in seed-funding.  Find out more at

Getting the best from LinkedIn – If you missed the recent on-line Masterclass from Wintrade Global Women in Business Network, you can still access the presentation at

Directory of Social Change have 174 free information videos, which can be found on their website,
They also have a wide range of handbooks and grant directories.

Health and Social Care
Staying Well through Winter
With the onset of seriously-cold weather, we should remind you that Lambeth Together have compiled tips and advice on winter preparations, and updated their webpages to suit – find them at

Mental Health First Aid

Art4Space will be hosting a few more Mental Health First Aid courses during 2023.  The next for those working with adults will be on February 9 & 10, with another for those working with young people on April 20 & 21.   More details at

Support when services fail
Healthwatch Lambeth offers support to patients and their families when things go wrong with local health services.  They are currently recruiting for an experienced engagement practitioner to join their team.  Annual salary is £41,000 but the deadline for applications is 14 December.  More information on their website at
Other News
Help wanted!
Other projects are currently recruiting, including:

Youth Workers – Marcus Lipton Youth Centre are recruiting two Key Workers for a January/ February start.  The emphasis will be on supporting young people (under 30) into employment, in conjunction with schools, training providers and other agencies.  Hours: 14 to 21 hours per week at £17 to £20 per hour.  Deadline for applications: 5 pm on Friday 23 December. Find application form at

Volunteers wanted for Wren 300: A team of volunteer researchers is being recruited to investigate the archives of four City of London Churches, all designed by Sir Christopher Wren, who died in 1723.  The emphasis is on uncovering details of the lives of the people involved in their rebuilding after the Great Fire of London.  The organisers are keen to sign people up before the New Year, and more information is at

Rail disruption
As if the ongoing rail strikes were not enough, railway services will be curtailed over the Christmas/ New Year period to enable engineering works to take place when commuter demand is weakest.  Among various works, we should highlight:
– The railway line from Brixton towards West Dulwich will see extensive track renewal work from 24 to 26 December.
– There are extensive works on London Overground services between 17 and 23 December, with another phase due between 11 and 19 February.  This will also impact on Bakerloo Line services beyond Euston on those dates.

Etching class at Slaughterhaus Gallery

Tuesdays 17, 24, 31 January, 6 pm to 9 pm: An evening class on Hard Ground Etching, tutor Bob White, at Slaughterhaus Gallery, Vincent’s Yard, 119-123 Hackford Road SW9 0QT.  For more details contact

Free Donation Service at Blenheim Gardens 
Blenheim Gardens RMO have teamed up with Herne Hill-based Get Rid of and Donate to provide a free donation service from the Community Hub at 23 Prague Place, SW2 5ED.
They will work with the community to help people and families access free donations of essential living items, to encourage recycling and reduce waste.  The service will offer items in good condition, and even new items, free of charge.  The service has started on a trial basis, so volunteers are wanted to help out weekly.  They are also seeking donations of toys, clothes, books, shoes, and household items.  The service will operate on Wednesdays, alongside the existing food bank service.  More information can be found at

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