JOIN IN OUR NEXT FORUM MEETINGS:
Monday 25 September – 7 pm at the Advocacy Academy, Vining Street, SW9
FOCUS ON BRIXTON TOWN CENTRE
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. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brixton-neighbourhood-forum-general-meeting-tickets-715463128477?aff=oddtdtcreator
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER LOCAL EVENTS COMING UP
EMPATHY MUSEUM IN ATLANTIC ROAD:
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 www.empathymuseum.com or enquiries to email@example.com
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 www.brixtonwindmill.org.uk
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 www.shamhavibration.org
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 www.blackculturemarket.co.uk
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 https://brixtonhouse.co.uk/ and follow the links.
BROCKWELL PARK COMMUNITY GREENHOUSES:
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 https://www.brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/events
HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE
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 https://survey.opiniumresearch.co.uk/ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FUNDING, TRAINING & SUPPORT
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.
GRANTS FOR ARTS RESEARCH, PUBLISHING AND EVENTS:
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 https://paulmelloncentre.grantplatform.com
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 www.art4space.co.uk
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 www.lambeth.gov.uk/vote 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 www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
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.
NEW DISPOSAL SERVICE
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 www.lambeth.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 2001.
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