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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 www.southwyck.co.uk
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 tinyurl.com/y5ymb25k Or call Ewure Esi at 07943 708647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Health & Social Care
Project Smith – Community Connector Training
Another course is just about to start – enquiries to Emma Corker at email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the Brixton Society via email@example.com
UPDATE: 10,000 BRIXTONIANS VS 1 MILLIONAIRE LANDLORD.
WE HEARD YESTERDAY THAT HONDO ENTERPRISE HAVE WITHDRAWN THEIR PLANNING APPLICATION FOR THE ENORMOTOWER. CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS TO SAVE NOUR and FIGHT THE TOWER and all who campaigned to save us from this development. The hearing of 21st July at County Hall is consequently CANCELLED.
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 https:bit.ly/yvonnes-skydive
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 www.incredibleediblelambeth.org/events
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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/scale-it-what-is-social-investment-can-it-help-grow-my-organisation-tickets-650056194577
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 https://www.powertochange.org.uk/our-work/our-programme/discovery-fund/
Our usual reminder of grants previously notified by Integrate – if you missed the original notice, contact eoin.heffernan@integrate agency.co.uk
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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