March 2020

Forum Meetings update

Based on public health advice on avoiding face-to-face contact, the Forum meeting on 23 April is cancelled.  The next Forum meeting would be on Thursday 23 July but we will see how the situation develops. 

In the meantime, we will continue to share information by e-mail – please also use this channel to reach out to other local organisations.

Community Showcase Event

We originally set the date for our event on Windrush Square as Saturday 27 June to allow for Lambeth’s ponderous application process.  It now looks as if that may need to be pushed back even further on public health grounds.  

To recap, the idea was for member groups to set up stalls on Windrush Square to show off what they do, and maybe do a bit of fund-raising too.  Although we cannot be precise about the timing yet, it will help our planning if you can tell us if your group would be interested in taking part in this sort of event – please respond to

Don’t call at the office!

No sooner had we got settled into our new office base on the 6th floor of International House, than the Coronavirus epidemic hit, and the Forum team have mostly reverted to working from home.  Most other occupants of International House are doing the same, so the building is only ticking over with a skeleton staff.  The front reception desk is not staffed for the time being, so access is via the loading bay and only by prior arrangement.

Not far away, Impact Brixton’s new hub at 17a Electric Lane is also quiet, though not quite dormant.  The official re-launch event on 26 March has been cancelled, but their pre-launch discount offer on space has been extended to 6th April.  Regular events like the Open Project Night are suspended.  Enquiries to

Health Precautions and Social Care

Current Health Advice

The best source is the NHS itself, at

If you or a family member appears to have symptoms, see for advice on how to isolate the household.

For an overview of how all Lambeth Council services are affected, see

Self-isolating – but not alone!

Around Lambeth, local residents are getting together to help out their community – contact the Lambeth Covid 19 mutual aid group on Facebook at

This links to lots of locally-based WhatsApp groups, e.g. for the Poets Corner/ Railton Road group call 07 787 511 201 or 07 311 865 874.

Get in touch if you are self-isolating and need someone to run errands, or if you can offer help in some way.

Sainsburys early opening for pensioners and NHS staff

Sainsbury’s has reset its opening hours across all stores to 8 am to 8 pm Monday to Saturday (Sundays unchanged) to allow more time for staff to re-stock the shelves.  Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the first hour (up to 9 am) will be reserved for elderly, disabled and vulnerable customers. 

A separate time-slot is now being set up for NHS staff and care workers.

Tesco has since announced it will be prioritising the elderly and vulnerable for one hour, between 9 am and 10 am, again on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (except at its Express stores).  Check the websites of the major supermarkets for latest updates.

By the way, the Brixton Buzz website suggests the smaller supermarket branches without car parking are less likely to be picked clean by car-borne shoppers.

Getting some fresh air

Parks and Countryside

Parks are a vital breathing space at this time, but to avoid their early closure, please be considerate and keep your distance.  Joggers in particular should steer clear of other people on the paths, as your huffing and puffing increases the risk of aerosol transmission to other people nearby.

Lambeth Parks are remaining open for the time being but toilets, children’s playgrounds, sports facilities and cafes will be closed.  Group events and activities within parks may be curtailed – please check with organisers or refer to the relevant Friends group website.  In Windmill Gardens, Tai Chi sessions were continuing because there’s room to spread out.  In Myatt’s Fields Park, Stay & Play sessions at the Mulberry Centre, LEAP events and Lambeth Tigers football training are all suspended.

The National Trust has closed its parks and gardens (e.g. Morden Park) though its countryside and coastline areas remain accessible – but it’s prudent to avoid the popular spots.

Coronavirus (Covid – 19) and volunteering events in parks   All remain open at the present time; Lambeth are currently following advice issued by Central Government. Lambeth Council has also set up a dedicated page on its website which can be viewed here.

Lambeth have also made the decision to cancel council-led volunteering activities, including community and corporate workdays – we will review this on a regular basis. 

Lambeth genuinely appreciates everything that stakeholder groups and volunteers do in our parks and open spaces to make them safe, green and welcoming for everybody but your safety and well-being should come first at all times. With a potentially reduced workforce if you need to contact us please email your normal point of contact copying in and we’ll aim to deliver with enquiries as promptly as we can.  Dr Iain Boulton Environmental Compliance Officer, Parks Development Team Lambeth Parks and Open Spaces Environment and Streetscene Residents’ Services London Borough of Lambeth. 

Practical Gardening

Gardening sessions were continuing normally in Windmill Gardens and at Loughborough Farm, but have ceased at Pop Brixton (fully closed), at Myatt’s Fields Park, and at the Great North Wood Project run by London Wildlife Trust.

Walking round the neighbourhood

A busy programme of guided walks was due to kick off next month, but demands for social distancing mean that organised walks generally are in abeyance for at least the next month or two.  Some of the local groups have published heritage trails or walk routes so maybe you can still get out and explore solo?  See 

Funding, Training and Support

Keeping community organisations active

Lambeth Council has come together with several other funders to offer a more flexible, friendly and financially understanding approach to the voluntary and community organisations that it currently funds.  This should allow for activities and outcomes to be adapted to suit changing circumstances. If reporting deadlines or spending patterns need to change, the advice is to consult funders early so that changes can be agreed.  London Funders are aware that there may also be impacts on projected income streams for projects.

To see the full list of funders who have committed to a more flexible approach, see

The Greater London Authority and the City Bridge Trust have set aside £1 million each to launch a fund to support London’s voluntary sector at this uncertain time.  The emergency scheme will be co-ordinated by London Funders (as above).

A special section of the website will shortly be set up to help link organisations in need of volunteers with individuals willing to help.

Also look out for further e-bulletins from the Integrate Agency, including funding leads.

Challenges for social enterprises and small businesses

The Government have introduced measures to help businesses through this difficult time, though some will be more exposed than others.

First check out:

A good source of free independent advice is the website.

And of course, don’t forget our own Brixton BID as a source of advice – although staff are now working remotely, you can still reach them via

Training goes on-line

The Directory of Social Change have reminded us that, even if the normal training courses are suspended, they already offer several on-line courses.  There is also an extensive On-line Funding advice service (on a subscription basis).  For updates, see

We expect to hear about more on-line training offers, webinars etc in the next couple of weeks.

News (but hardly any events!)

Brixton’s Nightlife curtailed

Brixton’s bars and restaurants are a major attraction for people from a wide area, but this also increases the risk of Coronavirus transmission, so it may be for the best that the Government has closed them across the country.  We should commend the local enterprises which saw the danger and closed before the Government ban, including the PoW, Pop Brixton, Market House, Canteen, Laundry, Cafe Cairo, Phonox, Ritzy (and Upstairs), Whirled Cinema and the Effra Hall Tavern.

Public transport reduced

A key driver of Brixton’s weekend night-life is the Night Tube, which is being curtailed for the time being.  Public Transport generally is being scaled down in frequency, in response to the reduced number of commuters, with more people working from home or in quarantine.  Some intermediate Tube stations without interchange are being closed to conserve resources – on the Victoria Line, that’s only Pimlico and Blackhorse Road, but check the TfL website before you travel.  TfL advice is that you should only take public transport when essential.

National Rail services are also being reduced – see

Lambeth Libraries closed

After first curtailing library-based events and activities, Lambeth has now closed all its libraries.  Lambeth Archives is closed to visitors but staff will try to assist with e-mail or telephone enquiries.  However, if you have a library card, digital books, magazines etc are still available for free at

The Brixton Rec and other leisure centres run by Better/GLL are also now closed.

The Black Cultural Archives is also closed to the public, but staff will be working from home on ongoing projects, and can be contacted via or phone (020) 3757 8500.

Events cancelled or postponed?

Lots of messages received this past week about proposed events no longer happening.  Some have already been re-arranged for various dates between July and October, though July is now beginning to look a bit early, based on recent Government comments.  We can only remind you to check the websites of local organisations whose events you usually attend – I hear many are trying to update them more frequently as the situation develops.

Contact us 

News and comments welcome

We welcome hearing from you at any time, but if you want something included in our e-bulletins, please send it to – by 29 March if you want it to appear in our April issue.

Keep our mailing list up-to-date

Now more than ever, we want to ensure that information and useful contacts are being shared with local groups and Forum members. Help keep our mailing list current by notifying

– if you want to add a colleague or neighbour to our contact list;

– if you prefer us to send to a different e-mail address, or other details have changed;

– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.

Stay safe – keep your distance!

March 2020 – What was going to be

This page is included as ‘historic documentation’ of events and activities that were in train just as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to affect public life and overtaking the ability of our editorial to keep up

Forum Events

Our Next Forum Meeting – 23 April

The next Forum meeting scheduled for Thursday 23 April has been cancelled

Changing Plans

The situation with the Corona virus outbreak is changing from day to day, so for all events listed in this bulletin, we suggest you check with the organisers whether they are still happening as announced.  Already the annual get-together of leading members of all 14 Neighbourhood Forums in Lambeth has been postponed until late summer/ autumn. Please tell us if something your group has announced in these bulletins has been cancelled, postponed or otherwise altered.

Community Showcase Event – 27 June

We have been working on an opportunity for local organisations to set up their stalls and shelters in Windrush Square on Saturday 27 June.

This sounds a long way off, and the Corona virus situation makes it very uncertain, but we had to apply early to secure the site.  Sadly Lambeth’s application process is the same for small community events as if we wanted to book the whole of Brockwell Park for a 50,000 people weekender!  Detailed arrangements may change during negotiations with Lambeth Events staff, but we intend the event to be open to the public between 11 am and 5 pm (set up from 9-30 am, clear away by 6-30 pm).

We will be issuing more information shortly, but it would be good to hear from you soon if you want to reserve a pitch, since space is limited. Brixton community organisations and local charities will have priority.  

Health and Social Care

Coronavirus Advice

Subject to the possibility of stricter distancing rules, we are sharing some health hints from our friends at Brixton Therapy Centre and Age Concern Lambeth:

> Keep your distance – avoid unnecessary contact like handshakes or hugs.

> Wash your hands regularly – particularly after using public transport, after any coughs or sneezes, and before handling food.

> If you feel unwell, stay at home and minimise contact with people, preferably for 7 days. Call NHS 111 for advice, rather than go to your GP or hospital.

If your organisation depends on just one or two key workers, they should also be following these hints for maintaining good general health:

> Make sure you get enough sleep.

> Prolonged use of laptops and i-phones in cafes or at the kitchen table means more strain on your eyesight and posture than the big old-fashioned PCs in typical offices of 20 years ago.  If you have an office, does its layout help or hinder? Take regular breaks, move around a bit, even look at the view out the window so your eyes can shift focus.  

> Go for long walks in the fresh air (weather permitting).

> Warm up before any vigorous exercise, to avoid strain.

> Eat healthy – try to get your 5-a-day of vegetables and fruit.  Cut down on red meat, sugar and refined carbohydrates.  BTC recommend more garlic, ginger and turmeric, and good quality honey.

The Future of Landor Road Hospital site

Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) are reviewing mental health services based at Lambeth Hospital on Landor Road, SW9.  The proposal is to move 4 acute adult wards and a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit to a new building on the Maudsley Hospital site in Denmark Hill, 3 miles away.  There will be no change in the total number of beds.

A 12-week public consultation period was due to start at the end of February, but we are still awaiting more details. Meanwhile, we can say that comments should be sent to

Changes to Social Prescribing Service

Age UK Lambeth have announced that their social prescribing service, launched a few months ago as Safe and Independent Living (SAIL) is now rebadged as MyCommunity Lambeth.  What’s more, the service is now open to anyone over 18 who is in need of support.  As before, people can access the service on-line through the Age UK Lambeth website, or call the team directly on (020) 7346 6800.

Funding, Training and Support

More Training through the FSI

Training and information resources from the Foundation for Social Improvement to tell you about this time – more details are on their website at

Small Charities Coalition

Another body offering training and support to small charities, membership is free and aimed at bodies with an annual income below £350,000.

They provide four key services:

– Helpdesk and information service, accessible by phone or e-mail, and backed-up by a weekly e-bulletin.

– Mentoring by experienced people from larger charities, businesses or the public sector, for periods from a few weeks to 6 months. For more information contact

– Training, typically at £30 per session.

– Policy and Advocacy, to raise the concerns of smaller charities with policy-makers and funders.

For further information, contact them at

Training Hub by the Barrier Block

Southwyck Community Hall on Moreland Road SW9  recently re-opened as a community training hub.  Millennium Community Services CIC provide community-led training services, including a Job Club, art sessions, IT skills, and English as a Second Language.  Further planned services include fitness for all ages, motivational speaking, and internet radio.

For more information on the courses and their availability contact

So you need more volunteers?

Remember, the first step is always to consider what tasks need doing, and then think about how new people would best work with your team – do you need a specialist to sort out an issue and then move on, or do you need extra pairs of hands to help you cope with more users? Here’s a few sources to explore:

Town Hall Time Bank: Did you realise that all Lambeth Council staff can take up to 21 paid hours per year to volunteer within the borough? The Town Hall Time Bank is a joint effort between Time4Lambeth and the Lambeth Forum Network (LFN). Enquiries to

Link UP London: They aim to connect volunteers with professional skills to local community groups, charities and social enterprises. They cureently operate in Lambeth and Wandsworth.  Projects or placements are usually short-term, structured and flexible to fit into busy schedules.  For more info, see their website or contact them at

Paxton Green Time Bank: The emphasis is on encouraging individual residents to share and exchange their skills and time.  Present coverage extends down the eastern side of the borough, overlapping into Southwark too.  For more, see their website or e-mail to

More News and Events

– Subject to late changes. Please  check their latest information

Impact Brixton re-launch in their new home

The former Impact Hub will officially re-launch in the former Photofusion Gallery on Thursday 26 March.  They are offering 30 days free membership to anyone who signs up before midnight on the 26th.  The new space extends to 6,000 square feet and includes a podcast room, meeting rooms, event space, training room, industrial kitchen and business concierge service.  The official address is 17a Electric Lane, London SW9 8LA.

Among other things, they are looking for Hosts to join their monthly membership programme – volunteer for 4.5 hours a week to support the running of the space, and in echange receive 100 hours per month of free workspace, plus access to free member events, a registered business address and discount rates for room hire.  Enquiries to or see

Events at Brixton Library

Adventures with Electricity: Thursday 26 March from 7 pm. Local musician and writer Peter Phillips describes the life and work of his grandfather Percy Phillips.  In 1955 Percy opened Liverpool’s first recording studio, Phillips Sound Recording Service, which recorded the first discs of Ken Dodd, Billy Fury and the Beatles. Hear archive recordings and see original photographs from the studio, followed by Q&A.  Free event, organised by the Library Friends and the Writers’ Group at Brixton Community Base.

Windrush and beyond – tracing your African Caribbean ancestors: Saturday 28 March, 2-30 to 4-30 pm, a masterclass led by Paul Crooks, author and genealogist. Free but book with the library or contact

Spring Bazaar: also on Saturday 28 March, in front of the library railings, 11 am to 2 pm, including a gardening workshop.  Organised by the Friends of Tate Library Brixton to help raise funds for library-based activities.  Followed by the launch of a gardening book at 2 pm in the main library.

Tai Chi extended: Friends of Tate Library have agreed with the funders for the free Saturday morning sessions to be extended until 4th July.  Due to the high turnout, no new registrations can be accepted.  If you have been registered but can no longer attend, please notify because there are still people on the waiting list.

Brixton Windmill

The fast changing public health situation has regrettably led to the cancellation of open days, schools visits, guided walks and events until at least May, however Tai Chi and volunteer gardening continue for now at Windmill Gardens. Milling is also continuing, and stockists of the flour (along with the latest news) can be found on the website

Longfield Hall activities

Please see the website for the latest, or contact details,

Planning ahead – reminders………..

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood consultation

Although consultation on the first phase closed on 7th March, there will be a further round in May, this time focussing on the Town Centre, the St. Matthew’s Estate, and on streets west of Brixton Hill, between Blenheim Gardens and Acre Lane. More details nearer the time.

Affordable Workspace

Lambeth has published a draft Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to amplify its updated policy in the Lambeth Local Plan.  Basically, it aims to safeguard some premises for local businesses, and to keep their rents affordable, but will it be effective?  Or will developers find ways to ignore it? The deadline for comments is 7th April.

Draft Design Code

This is another SPD, expanding on several policies in the Lambeth Local Plan.  Some of this replaces earlier guidance on home extensions and new basements, but the most important section is that on Tall Buildings.  Several new towers are being proposed around Brixton and at Loughborough Junction, despite the lack of infrastructure to make them work.  Again the deadline for comments is 7th April.

You can find more details of these proposals via the Consultation pages on the Lambeth Council website,

Remember, if you have specific concerns or queries, please share them with our colleagues at the Brixton Society who have been following these issues. E-mail to or see related items on their website,

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April 2020

Changing Forum Priorities Programme Changes

Programme Changes

Our programme of meetings is suspended for the time being, so the meeting due on 23 April is cancelled.  The next scheduled meeting should be on Thursday 23 July, but we will see how the situation develops in coming weeks. Our Community Showcase event on Windrush Square has been deferred from Saturday 27 June to Saturday 26 September, subject to confirmation with Lambeth’s Events team. Lambeth’s various Neighbourhood Forums usually have a joint presence at the Lambeth Country Show, but the Show has been cancelled for this year.

How can we help you?

We have increased these bulletins to twice a month, but in the absence of face-to-face meetings, are there other things that your Forum should be doing?  Remember you can post short notices in these bulletins to reach most other groups active around Brixton.  We are also trying to keep the website updated in these times of frequent changes and restrictions – see So, what else would be helpful to support your group? 

Haven’t you heard?

We have been picking up news and information from a wide range of contacts in recent months, which we continue to share here if it seems relevant.  In an ideal world, you would already know about everything listed below, but it’s easy to miss things, or get confused by unreliable sources, so we apologise if you have heard most of it already.  But if you discover a couple of new items, it’s all been worth it! If you want us to forward an original source (with more links and detail), contact Alan Piper at

News, Funding, Support and Training

Responding to the Coronavirus emergency

Lambeth has set up a dedicated enquiry line, (020) 7926 2999 open between 8 am and 8 pm. Also see the relevant pages on their website, now well signposted from ( See below for a separate line for business-related enquiries.)

Emergency funding is being offered to help charities and community groups continue to deliver services through the present crisis.  Many face the problem of their income from user charges, events or premises hire drying up because of premises being shut down, while demand for their services is often increasing.  Lambeth has announced that deadlines for funded groups to submit reports and accounts will be extended, though we advise touching base with your grants officer for more detail. London-wide, the GLA, City Bridge Trust, Bloomberg and other contributors have put together an emergency support fund to help voluntary groups and charities to continue their work – see

If routine admin processes like the Annual Return to the Charity Commission are likely to be delayed, call them on their helpline 0300 066 9197. The Government has already announced a relaxation in deadlines for annual returns to Companies House.

Mutual Aid Groups have sprung up across London, based around Facebook or Whatsapp.  For the group centred on Brixton, go to

Volunteers are being sought to help sustain community efforts over the weeks ahead – if you are not already committed to a local project, go to to join in.

Brixton Market is now limited to established Fruit and Vegetable traders, with more stringent separation between pitches, and cashless payments taken as far as possible.

Cafes and restaurants are limited to takeaway or home delivery services only – for the time being, this does not require amending existing planning permissions.  Nevertheless Lambeth have asked such businesses to let them know at and

Foodbank: The Norwood & Brixton Foodbank works using a voucher referral system, with vouchers issued by a number of local agencies. The outlets at St. Paul’s Church, Ferndale Road; St. Luke’s Church, West Norwood; and the rear of St. Margaret’s Church, Barcombe Avenue, off Streatham Hill are closed to visitors, and they are now operating a delivery service.  For more details see their website To donate food, use www,  or

Financial support for businesses

Among our member groups, there is a wide spectrum from charities through social enterprises to small businesses.  At the commercial end of the range, the Brixton Business Improvement District (BID) is the natural umbrella body to look to.  Even if you don’t pay business rates, membership is still open to micro-businesses.  A recent BID e-bulletin provided a useful summary of support available, from which the key points are:

Lambeth Council have a dedicated business helpline on (020) 7926 2344, or e-mail to Lambeth is supporting local business by making advance payments of the Business Grants announced by the Government, but it may still take 2 weeks to process payments.

There are various Government concessions to ease cashflow pressures, including deferral of business rates, VAT payments and (for the self-employed) income tax.  The BID itself is delaying enforcement of the levy it normally adds to business rates.

The website is also a great source of independent free advice, including how to access the Government grants and loans announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Various sources of information can also be found here

Training at a Distance

Details are trickling in of more on-line courses, webinars and videos, so training does not have to wait.  The downside is that you don’t get to chat with other participants and compare experiences during the tea breaks, which can be the most valuable part of a normal training course. The Directory of Social Change has a wide range of topics available as on-line courses, typically at £5.99 each, but now free access for the time being – see

Technology to the rescue?

Many of us are trying to get used to “virtual” meeting applications like Zoom or Microsoft Teams – let us know how you are getting on. For charities, community groups and churches, Tekgia continues to offer a range of mainstream software at discount rates – see their website,


And finally, a reminder of some sites/ contacts to check out for fund-raising purposes – which is most suitable will depend on how you operate:Crowdfund Lambeth can boost the income from any local crowdfunding campaign –

Give as you Live is an online fund-raising platform for UK charities and good causes.  The platform allows supporters to make direct donations, create fund-raising pages, or raise free funds for the charity every time they shop online at over 4,300 retailers.  Transaction fees apply.  See

WhatCharity publish a monthly on-line bulletin of grant opportunities coming up, as a subscription service.  Offers of volunteer placements have also become available recently and now there is a facility to seek other resources from companies.  Enquiries to

Health and Social Care

Connect Lambeth

Despite all the recent focus on the Coronavirus epidemic, issues with disabilities and chronic conditions have not gone away.  Connect Lambeth is a consortium formed by several organisations including Age UK Lambeth, DASL, and Lambeth Carers Hub. Their Gateway service is available to offer advice, support, information and reassurance.  The public can call on (020) 7346 6800 (option 6) or e-mail to Offers to volunteer should be e-mailed to If your group is doing something which complements these efforts, or you want to link up to combine resources, contact More information is at

Mental Health services moving from Landor Road site?

Following the item in our March bulletin, more details of the consultation have been received.  Community mental health services are already moving to 3 new Living Well Centres around the borough, and other community settings.  Inpatient facilities are considered inadequate by modern standards. The proposal is to move these to new purpose-built accommodation on part of the Maudsley Hospital site at Denmark Hill.  There is more detail on the website,

An obvious local concern will be what takes the place of the present (mostly modern) hospital buildings.  One option is simply selling the site for housing development, which would raise most money to finance the move, or to aim for a package which includes providing some housing for NHS staff within the old site, when rising rents are a real problem for junior staff.The deadline for comments is 31 May, to or there is an online survey at

More News and Events

The Future of Brockwell Hall

Brockwell Park Community Partners hosted an event on 29 February to feed into the next stage of bidding to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the renovation of the Hall in the centre of Brockwell Park.  Key issues include the mix of uses to include in the finished building, trying to cover the future running costs, access arrangements, and identifying historic features to safeguard when adapting the Hall and stables to new uses. There will be further consultations down the line – the target was November for submitting the final bid, though this may now slip.

News from the Windmill

The plan was to open the Windmill to the public for tours one weekend a month from the Easter weekend onwards, but that’s on hold for the time being. However, the Friends of Windmill Gardens report that flour is still being milled (using the 1902 millstones and an electric motor rather than the sails). It is being sent out as before to a number of local outlets – see and was recently featured on BBC London News

Keep in touch

Share your news

For inclusion in the May issue, be sure to send it before 28 April.  However there is likely to be an extra edition later this month, and updates to this website depending how the situation develops and if we have urgent news to share with you.  Please continue to send to the Forum Secretary at Please bear in mind that during present restrictions, Forum team members are working from home rather than the office base at International House, so co-ordination is a bit of a struggle and responses may be slower.

Keep our mailing list up to date

Please notify if you want to add a neighbour or colleague to our e-mail list; if you are changing your e-mail or other contact details; if you have moved away or no longer wish to receive these bulletins.

Paper copies too?

Since the Forum was launched in its present form, our approach has been to engage with local organisations and activists through e-mail and occasional meetings.  Our recent bulletins have included lots of e-mail contacts and website links, but if you know somebody who would welcome a paper copy of the bulletin, please pass on their address so we can post it on.

In addition to official sources, our thanks go to all the local organisations who have been supplying information and updates in the past month or two, including Age UK Lambeth, Art4Space, Brixton BID, Brixton Community Base, Brixton Pound, Brixton Therapy Centre, The Brixton Society, Brockwell Park Community Partners, Friends of Tate Library Brixton, Friends of Windmill Gardens, Impact Brixton, Longfield Hall, Loughborough Farm, Mosaic Clubhouse, Myatt’s Fields Park Project, Norwood & Brixton Foodbank, 198 Gallery, 7 Traits Leadership Learning / Wintrade Global. We are members of the Lambeth Forum Network and Locality, so we also share news from them.

Bulletin February 2020

Brixton on the Move

Forum foothold in International House

At last we can confirm that we have negotiated a presence with 3Space, the managers of the former Council office space in International House. This will provide hot-desk space for our part-time administrator, a base for smaller-scale meetings, and an address for correspondence in case of changes among the Forum’s volunteer office-bearers.

We will be joining several other local projects already based in the building, so there may be some accidental extra meetings in the lobby! See also the final section of this bulletin.

Impact Brixton has moved

The Impact Hub has moved from the back of Pop Brixton to the former Photofusion Gallery space at 15 Electric Lane, on the 1st floor above the western end of the Market Row arcade. We understand that the previous cycle of meetings and events is being maintained.

To remind you, Photofusion themselves are now in International House -access to the gallery is from the 1st floor walkway to Brixton Recreation Centre, up the steps from Brixton Station Road and continue past the Rec entrance to the 1st floor entrance to International House.

Brixton £ Café back in action

The Brixton Pound Café has re-appeared, now at The Platform, the former public toilet block at 2 Ridgeway Road, SW9 7AH – the Loughborough Road end of Wyck Gardens. They are operating on Mondays & Tuesdays, 12-30 to 2 pm and 3 to 6 pm, offering lunch and supper made from surplus food on a pay-what-you-can basis. There’s also a drawing club for kids from 4 to 5-30 pm on these two days, with all art materials provided. Enquiries to Sean Roy Parker, food projects co-ordinator,

Other days of the week, The Platform is operated by Loughborough Farm Café, open for breakfast 8-30 to 10-30 am, and lunch 12-30 to 3 pm, or brunch on Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm (closed Sundays).  There will continue to be occasional guest chefs and cookery workshops.  You can also rent the space to hold your own supper club or workshop event – enquiries to

Brixton Businesses in the balance

There are changes afoot among commercial café and restaurant operators too.  Thunderbird recently closed its upmarket fried chicken restaurant after just one year of trading.  It still has 3 other London sites and is backed by private equity investor Trispan, which also has a majority stake in Rosa’s Thai Café (with 18 sites nationwide).  This echoed the sudden closure of Meat Liquor in Market Row exactly a year earlier.

Despite this, Bird, another fried chicken chain, opened in Electric Avenue at the end of January, their first opening since the company was bought out of administration by Crown Partnership last year.  Other Side Fried earlier moved from one of the Pop Brixton shipping containers to one of the few arches on Atlantic Road that’s not obstructed by scaffolding propping up the railway platform above.

Of greater concern, Hondo Enterprises has been trying to push up rents for the more established businesses in the arcades. In particular, Nour Cash & Carry, in Market Row, is threatened with closure by 25 July.  There is already a petition to save this supermarket – see

Planning ahead

A bumper batch of Planning-related consultations are underway right now, some of which were introduced at the last Forum meeting on 30 January.  There are more details on the Consultation pages on the Lambeth Council website,

If you have specific concerns or queries, please share them with our colleagues at the Brixton Society, who are already working on responses – e-mail to planning@brixtonsociety, or see selected items on their website,

Brixton Livable Neighbourhood Consultation

The present phase is consulting on traffic restrictions and improving facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in 3 areas around Brixton:

– around Railton Road and the side streets that feed into it.

– around Ferndale Road, but considering the whole area between Acre Lane and Landor Road.

– the north-east quadrant, around Barrington and Loughborough Roads.

Closing date for comments on this stage is 7th March – see the dedicated website,

Enquiries to 07 860 180 545 or e-mail:

The next phase will follow on in May, and focus on 3 other areas:

– Brixton Town Centre generally.

– Streets west of Brixton Hill, from Blenheim Gardens northwards to Acre Lane.

– east of Brixton Hill, the area around St. Matthew’s Road.

Lambeth Local Plan – latest draft revision

This is the overall package of planning policies for the whole borough of Lambeth, and the first reference document for potential developers and their architects.  This latest draft revision replaces an earlier draft published for comments in late 2018.  Don’t panic when you see there are 500+ pages, because both the old and the new text have been included, and most of that is background information which developers will ignore anyway!  

What matters for us is a small number of policies and sections that deal with topical issues – for example:

– An Evening Economy Management Zone (far too small, ED8 and PN3(c));

– Safeguarding space for business and employment (ED2 & 3 and PN3(e));

– the size of dwellings provided by new building or conversion (H4/5/6);

– protecting existing housing (H3 & 11);

– the siting of hotels (ED14),

– Tall buildings (Q26).

There are also dedicated chapters on Brixton Town Centre (PN3), Stockwell (PN6) and Loughborough Junction (PN10).

The deadline for comments is 13 March.  We encourage you to share your concerns, and alert us to anything that would make life grimmer for Brixton residents.

Draft Design Code

The Council has also published a draft Design Code to expand on selected policies in the Local Plan.  Some of this merely replaces existing guidance on home extensions and new basements, but a critical section to examine will be that on Tall Buildings.  Lambeth has recently been willing to accept developments which are both big and ugly, so this section urgently needs to be tightened up.  A slightly longer timescale for commenting on this code (technically a Supplementary Planning Document or SPD) – 7th April.

Affordable Workspace

A shorter SPD, to amplify the updated policy in the Local Plan, which aims to safeguard some premises for local businesses, and in particular, to keep their rents affordable.

Sounds like a worthy aim, but will the wording be watertight enough to be effective?  Again the deadline for comments is 7th April.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council is proposing adjustments to the charges it makes when new developments are completed, to help offset the costs of new infrastructure and community amenities that new apartments or business space will require.  There are indications that the Council is more receptive to over-dense developments because of the cash coming in if those developments go ahead.  Already CIL (and the earlier Section 106 payments) from developers have financed a number of new or upgraded amenities that the Council could not easily have funded from other means.  The deadline for comments is as for the Local Plan revisions, 13 March, and these last four documents can be found via the Consultation pages on the Council’s main website, 

Towers at Loughborough Junction

Loughborough Junction Action Group have alerted us to a current planning application for a massive development overlooking the Junction railway station, centred on existing workshop space in Hinton Road, Wellfit Street and Hardess Street.  This consists of 2 residential towers, one of 29 storeys and another of 20 storeys, making them the tallest of several proposals on this side of Brixton in the past year.  Application ref. is 19/04280/FUL if searching Lambeth’s Planning database, and deadline for comments is 25 February.

Other planning applications

Brockwell Park: a modest extension to the Community Greenhouses, to provide extra toilets, and better accommodate visiting school parties.

Application ref. still awaited so no deadline yet.

Rush Common: proposed refurbishment of the play area between Brixton Water Lane and the Brixton Orchard, application ref. 20/00467/RUS, comments deadline 2nd March.

Popes Road: Hondo’s plans for replacing the Sports Direct/ Flannels shops were recently displayed for comments, but it may be a while before they turn into a planning application.

The ground floor market stalls and performance space could work well, but the 22-storey office tower above is hard to love!  It may still be worth you sending comments to or contacting the consultation organisers, Lowick Group, on (020) 3633 7192.

More News and Events

Full House for Tai Chi at Brixton Library 

With 66 people already registered, and another 20 on the waiting list, the free Saturday morning sessions at the library are now closed to new registrations.

The Friends of Tate Library Brixton are negotiating with the funders for these sessions to continue until 4th July.

We have been asked to point out that the same instructor moves up Brixton Hill afterwards to conduct Tai Chi sessions at Windmill Gardens, from 11 am to 12 noon each Saturday. The downside is that there is a charge for these later sessions, of  £3 (waged) or £1 (unwaged).

Brixton Windmill – 2020 programme

Opening dates for Brixton Windmill have now been confirmed, starting on 11/12 April and continuing on one weekend a month until 11 October (with an extra weekend on 19/20 September for London Open House).  Bookings for tours will be open a month in advance – see their website:

After last year’s well-supported event, there will be another Beer and Bread Festival in Windmill Gardens in May – confirmation of date expected soon. 

You can also support your local Windmill when you shop at Tesco.  It’s one of 3 good causes competing for a donation from Tesco, which will be decided by whichever gets most blue tokens put in the “ballot box” as you leave the tills in local branches.  Remember to ask for the blue button tokens at the checkout!

Tennis Taster at Myatt’s Fields Park

On Sunday 1st March, 2 to 3 pm, a free coaching lesson – learn a new sport or improve your game.  To reserve a place, e-mail to

Pop Brixton highlights

Sunday 23 February: The Youth Market returns to Pop Brixton, 12 noon to 6 pm.

Saturday 29 February: Mardi Gras Festival, with the old sea containers turned into a mini French Quarter, with live music from 3 pm.

All enquiries to

Creative Writing Group re-launched

Brixton Community Base in Talma Road, SW2, are hosting sessions on Tuesdays, 12-30 to 3 pm, aimed at new participants. Sessions start on 3rd March and will continue once a month.  The sessions will be led by Shelley Silas. More information from 

Longfield Hall events

Friday 28 February: 7-30 pm, Behind the Bulge, a charmingly interactive Drag King solo show, full of song, smoulder and self-doubt, with the one and only Luke Warm.

Saturday 28 March: 7-30 pm, Cuba Night – food, cabaret, dance and film, celebrating all things Cuban.

Over 50s activities: Weekly daytime sessions, some free, some at subsidised rates, including Latin Dance, Yoga, Boxing Fitness, Ballet Conditioning, and of course the Longfield Voices community choir.  See their website for further details, or call 020 7978 9153 or e-mail

Planning a Street Party?

If you are considering a street party or similar which requires a temporary road closure, the Council has reminded us of the deadlines for applications, as follows:

For events around the VE Day bank holiday, the deadline is 16 March.

For June and July events, the deadline is 1st April.

For August and September events, the deadline is 1st June.

For Car Free Day events, on 26 or 27 September, the application deadline is 24 July.

Enquiries to

Health and Social Care

Age UK Lambeth Volunteer drop-ins, 22 & 24 February

Two drop-in sessions for anyone interested in volunteering with the Independent Living and Care Partnership in Lambeth, on Saturday 22nd, 1 pm to 4 pm, and Monday 24th, 5 pm to 8 pm, both at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP.  Meet the teams and find out what opportunities are on offer – the Partnership are currently looking for help with Befriending, Advice, Hosts and Sporting activities.  More information from (020) 7346 6800, or see the website,

Suicide Prevention Training, 24 February

Lambeth Together is holding a free Half-Day Training Session on Monday 24 February, 10 am to 1 pm at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA.  They would particularly welcome applications from groups offering welfare advice, debt counselling, food banks and other support for people in financial hardship.  Includes identifying early signs of distress and how to offer effective support.  To book, see website:

Living Well Open Morning, 5 March

Are you interested in Employment and Volunteering opportunities in Lambeth?  If so, come to the Open Morning, 11 am to 1 pm at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ.

There may still be scope for local organisations active in this field to reserve a stall.  All enquiries to Danny McDonagh, tel. (020) 7924 9657, e-mail to or see their website, for this and other events:

Cancer Awareness Training, 4 March

This is aimed at anyone who can promote health and wellbeing in their community.  It will run from 9 am to 12 noon at 1 Lower Marsh, SE1 7NT (Room 407. 4th floor) on Wednesday 4th March.  It will be delivered by trainers from Cancer Research UK with nursing and pharmacy backgrounds, with emphasis on cancer prevention, lifestyle changes, screening and early diagnosis.  Book at or contact Louise Edlin, tel. 07 919 293 797 or

Patient Participation Group seeks Digital Champions

Do you know individuals in the Brixton or Clapham areas who could help patients learn about digital services?

Could your organisation host talks and demonstrations of the new digital services in February/ March?

A growing number of health services, including GP services, are available on-line, and the aim is to boost the confidence of more patients to make use of them.  If you could help, contact Wai Ha Lam at the Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, tel. 07 340 805 027 or e-mail:

Funding, Training and Support

Now that the Integrate Agency are circulating their own e-bulletins to community groups, we will be scaling down this section, but we will still provide occasional notices and reminders. If you are not yet receiving information from Integrate, remind them of your existence by contacting

News from Locality

Communities in Charge: The government has committed to set up a Shared Prosperity Fund to replace European Funds for economic development.  The Communities in Charge campaign seeks to put local communities directly in charge of allocating the funding.  Locality has commissioned a film to promote this, showcasing the work of a community centre in Hartlepool – watch the full film at

London Community Spotlight: Locality has started a 3-year programme, with help from City Bridge Trust, to shine a light on local community organisations in London.  There will be a series of information and training events, the first being on Tuesday 17 March, 11 am to 4 pm at Cambridge House, Southwark, free of charge.

For established community organisations that generate income, they are also offering access to Lighthouse, a diagnostic tool for an organisational health-check.  A free guided session can be provided, face-to-face, by e-mail or by phone.

Enquiries to Charlotte Stannard, Development Officer, on 07 917 709 418 or e-mail to:

Training for Small Charities

The Annual Skills Conference of the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) is being held on Tuesday 24 March in the Waterloo area.  You can access four topic sessions during the day – pick your top 6 topics when booking, to ensure you can attend at least 3 of your choice. Twenty expert speakers will be delivering workshops or briefings.  The event runs from 9 am to 3-30 pm, with networking drinks until 4-30 pm. at a total cost of £30.  Venue: Chadwick Court, 15 Hatfields (off The Cut), London SE1 8DJ, bookings via their website, 

Free Gardening Course for 18-26 year-olds starts 21 February

A late reminder about this course based at Slade Gardens Adventure Playground – it will run weekly for 6 Friday sessions, 12 noon to 3 pm with lunch provided, at the corner of Stockwell Park Road and Lorn Road, SW9 0AD.  Enquiries to or see

Women in Business

Raise your profile, build your brand, widen your network of contacts, and even get some recognition for your achievements.  Yvonne Thompson of 7 Traits Leadership Learning has given early warning of the WinTRADE global awards, when a series of events over 8-12 June will culminate in presentations at the Park Plaza Hotel on 12 June.  Nominations for the Awards close on 30 March (and yes, you can nominate yourself) – all enquiries to

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Forum Meetings

We have booked dates for quarterly meetings of the Forum through 2020, but extra meetings can be fitted in if there is demand (offers of extra meeting places also welcome)..  

The next scheduled Forum meeting will be on Thursday 23 April at 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (Effra Road end, facing Windrush Square and BCA).  Agenda details will be issued nearer the date.

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Bulletin January 2020

Next Forum Meeting – Thursday 30 January

Our next open meeting will be on Thursday 30 January, open at 6-45 for a 7 pm start, at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road SW2 (near Effra Road end, opposite Windrush Square).

We are about to finalise the agenda, so please contact us quickly if you want something included – to the Secretary, Alan Piper on 020 7207 0347, or e-mail to

We hope to include the latest stage of the Lambeth Livable Neighbourhoods plan, and we are overdue for an update on Brixton’s Night-time Economy.  We also have a few matters outstanding from last year to catch up with. As usual, we will try to make time for groups to announce any upcoming events or new initiatives. 

More Forum Dates for 2020

So far, we have booked 3 more dates for Forum meetings this year, all on Thursdays at the Vida Walsh Centre – 23 April, 23 July and 22 October.

We can fit in other dates if the need arises, and we welcome offers of other places to meet.

Members asked for a Showcase Event on Windrush Square this year, so that various local groups could have stalls, show off their work and attract more supporters.  We are trying to set this up for May/June and we will confirm the date as soon as we can.

Other local events coming up

Lambeth Country Show – book your pitch soon

Bookings recently opened for sites at the Show, which will be in Brockwell Park on the weekend 18 & 19 July.

Traders, caterers, charities and community groups must book by 4 pm on Friday 14 February.

Musical acts, entertainers and other performers have until Friday 28 February.

Details should be on the Council website by now, or enquire to

Town Centre Developments proposed

Popes Road Extension to Brixton Village: Hondo Enterprises is about to unveil the latest plans for the Sports Direct site in Popes Road, which it bought off Mike Ashley last year.  They will now be displayed on Thursday 30 January from 5 to 8 pm, and on Saturday 1st February from 10 am to 2 pm, in the 1st floor gallery space above Unit 73, 5th Avenue, Brixton Village.

An important element is using the ground-level space to provide more market units, linked into the Brixton Village arcade, but we will be interested to see what’s proposed for the new upper floors between the railway viaducts.

Workshops within the REC building: Lambeth Council is still moving forward slowly with plans to convert disused space behind the Station Road shops into workshop space and training facilities.  The entrance would be from Beehive Place.  Back in November, the Council announced that it would be seeking a partner organisation to manage the refurbished space on its behalf.  The project is funded from the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund.

Windrush Square Memorial: A full planning application has recently been made for siting the memorial to Mrs Cherry Groce on Windrush Square.  Draft designs were shown at our last Forum meeting.  Details are on Lambeth Council’s planning applications database as ref. 20/00088/FUL (access through ). Deadline for comments is 5 February.

The Electric Patterns Project will provide a choice of artist designed patterns to be applied to the roller shutters of shops along Electric Avenue.  Local artists were invited to submit designs last November, and shopkeepers will have a choice from a short list of designs.  Selected artists are due to be notified about now, and will be limited to 4 shutters each to ensure variety along the street.  Final designs should be installed in March and April.

The project is being co-ordinated by the Brixton Project, which developed out of the Brixton Design Trail of a couple of years back.  It is part of the Brixton Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Reliance Arcade: Finally, something which is almost complete, apart from finishing touches still being applied just inside the Brixton Road entrance.  There is a renewed rainbow motif above that entrance, and approaching from that direction you may even glimpse the front of the original Regency house above the arcade.  The high-level glazing has been opened up to public view in the rear half of the arcade.  A combination of small unit sizes and a rent freeze has allowed long-standing businesses to continue in place, without competition from new trendy eating-places. Again, this was funded as part of the Brixton THI. 

Transition Town Brixton responds to the Climate Emergency

Back in November, TTB used one of the Open Project Nights at Pop Brixton’s Impact Hub to brainstorm solutions to the Climate Emergency which Lambeth Council had then just declared.  Participants began dissecting the Council’s “Corporate Carbon Reduction Plan”, to replace the buzzwords by real actions that could actually make a difference.  The Council seemed to start from the point that so many of its services were now contracted out to others that its own emissions were really quite modest already!  However, TTB supporters took the view that we needed to look at the wider picture, taking in not just public services, but all the commercial and household activities within Lambeth. Ambitious perhaps, but it also encourages more people to join in and help make a difference.

To develop ideas more fully, a number of topic groups have been formed and have begun informal meetings and e-mail exchanges – transport, energy, buildings/ housing, rewilding/ nature, consumption and waste, and governance & procurement.  If you want to join in any of these meetings, please e-mail to or post on  

Making Brixton Greener

Urban Growth currently run two practical gardening sessions in Central Brixton.

Thursdays from 10am to 11-30 is Urban Gardening at Pop Farm, within Pop Brixton in Popes Road.

Thursday afternoon sessions are at the Brixton Orchard, on the corner of Brixton Hill and St. Matthew’s Road, SW2.

Both workshops are free and suitable for people with any level of experience.  More information from

Friends of Loughborough Park are working to revive this rather secluded and neglected public open space.  There is already a community garden space in one corner, with raised beds for hands-on gardening.  They are now appealing for additional garden plants and for old gardening magazines, to support their environmental education sessions for local children.  Contact their Chair, Dorothy Bell MBE on 07 940 038 438 or

We know there are other gardening or greening projects out there around Brixton – let’s hear from you! 

Longfield Hall – a Celebration

Friday 31 January starting at 7-30 pm, an evening of entertainment provided by the many artists that use this hall at the corner of Burton Road and Knatchbull Road, SE5. There will be music, dance, comedy, theatre, and even an aerial act!  advance tickets just £5, or £7 on the door.  Enquiries to 

Activities at Brixton Tate Library

The Friends of Brixton Library are continuing to run two weekly sessions for the next few months, using the former computer training room on the ground floor, to the left of the entrance:

Wake up toTai Chi is a well-attended session on Saturday mornings, 9-30 to 10-30 am.

Craft Wednesdays run from 1-30 to 3-30 pm each week, and so far have included sewing, embroidery,beadwork and macrame.

All enquiries to

Lambeth Archives temporary closure: Over at the Minet Library, Lambeth Archives will be closed for 2 weeks from Monday 27 January, for their annual stock-taking. They will be open again as normal from Monday 10 February.

Funding, Training and Networking opportunities

Better-connected Community Groups

The Integrate Agency is holding a Networking and Workshops event on Wednesday 29 January from 10 am to 4 pm in the Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Acre Lane SW2.  In addition to stalls from various support bodies, there will be a rolling programme of workshops through the day, including Incomer Generation, Social Prescribing, Youth Wellbeing and Sustainabilty.  Book through Eventbrite – enquiries to

More Training Events from FSI: Two more training events in prospect from the Federation for Social Improvement:

Over 4th & 5th February, 14 popular training courses are being offered at Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard EC2.  Fees for each course are £12.50 to £25.

This will be followed by their Skills Conference, on Tuesday 24 March, again at a Central London location, for a flat fee of £30.

More details on their website,

Computer Connections: Do you still have a computer running on Windows 7?  Microsoft stopped supporting this operating system on 14 January.  The current and final version of Windows is Windows 10, which receives updates every 6 months.  if you don’t want to dump the old computer, you could upgrade to Windows 10 to be sure of regular updates.

Tekgia, whom we have mentioned in earlier bulletins as offering discount rates to charities, churches and schools, currently have an offer on MS Windows 10 Professional Upgrade – see their website or contact

Crowdfunding can work!

We were pleased to hear, just before Christmas, that WeRise Brixton achieved their Crowdfunding target with pledges of £12,500 from individuals and from local firms.  This qualifies them for an additional £5,000 from the Lambeth Crowdfunder scheme.  This effort was to fund their Youth Connect programme for the year ahead.  Enquiries to

Creative Opportunities in Stockwell

Art4Space have several things going on at their Studios at 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4:

Their Social Action Programme is a set of 3 accredited courses which use art training to provide employability and wellbeing impact for women not currently working, but interested in setting up their own business or moving into community work.  They have space for 20 women for the programme starting in February.  The 3 courses are Wellbeing (creative remedies), Creative Enterprise, and employability/ community arts.  Each course is 10 consecutive weekly sessions of 3 hours each.  Apply by 29 January.

Mosaic classes continue every Tuesday evening, as 5 or 10 week courses.  Their After-School Club runs every Thursday 3-30 to 5 pm for children and young people who are interested in learning new creative skills.

They are also conducting activities off-site in connection with local schools and selected community projects. This includes installing mosaic and ceramic artwork at the Roupell Estate community centre.

The Mental Health First Aid Course is being hosted again on 3 & 4 February, in conjunction with It’s a Playground and Studio Moross, at a fee of £300.

Enquiries about all courses and events to

Health and Social Care

Social Prescribing is a new development in Health Care, which allows doctors to refer patients to local organisations for exercise or social activities.  This sounds promising if (say) your Tai Chi class is looking for extra members to help make it viable.  However if the community group is underfunded or lacks space for extra members, the concept falls apart unless the patients referred can also attract new funding to the group.

So, still uncertainty about how it should work, but a number of Link Workers have recently been appointed, each covering a small group of doctors’ surgeries within Lambeth.  They operate under the umbrella of Age UK Lambeth as part of the SAIL scheme.  They will point people towards practical help, learning opportunities, social activities and more.  If your group offers any of these things, it makes sense to get yourselves known to the Link Workers.  One way to find out more is at the 29 January Networking event (above).

Community Connectors – last call: A reminder from our December bulletin, that the next Community Connectors course kicks off on 29 January.  We hear that training sessions will take place at West Norwood Fire Station, Knights Hill SE27.  Community Connectors are volunteers who try to link up their neighbours with local heath and social care facilities.

As before, enquiries to Emma Corker on 07 734 670 300 or

Help with Minor Ailments: It seems to take longer nowadays to get an appointment with a doctor, resulting in more people going to hospital A & E departments and waiting several hours to be seen. Yet 20% of GP consultations are only for minor ailments, so the NHS is keen to reduce this part of their workload by diverting people to make more use of their local pharmacy for matters like sore throats, skin conditions and upset stomachs. Consultations can usually be provided without an appointment and with only a few minutes waiting time, and if it turns out to be more serious after all, the pharmacist can point you in the right direction.

Social Enterprise and Small Business Support 

Help from your Library service: You may not realise that help of various kinds is available through your local Library, as part of the Start-ups in London Libraries service.  It’s run in partnership with the British Library’s Business & Intellectual Property Centre, so you can get access to technical publications and standards, and check the position on copyright and registered designs or trademarks.  To register, visit

For more information on the full range of help available, contact your local SME Champion, Rachel Samuels on 07 944 733 172 or

She is based at Brixton Tate Library, but has regular sessions at other Lambeth libraries.

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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.

November 2019 Bulletin

News, Events and Activities

Quick Reminders

Walcot Foundation – funding opens 18 November But you need to get your expression of interest in to them during the week commencing 18th – more details below in our Funding & Support section.

Brixton Christmas Lights switch-on is Friday 29 November

Brixton BID have confirmed timings as follows:

4.30 pm Winter Windows, a collaboration between Lansdowne School pupils and Squire & Partners, will be switched on at  Department Store, Ferndale Road.

7 pm – The Mayor of Lambeth will switch on the Town Centre Christmas Lights by the Christmas Tree in Tunstall Road, opposite the Tube Station.

Supported by Brixton Chamber Orchestra and special guests.

Living Well Open Morning, Thursday 28 November

11am – 1pm at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2. This session will focus on support for young people. For more details see or e-mail to

A Gospel Christmas 2019 Saturday 7 December 
7pm – 10pmEnjoy an evening of award-winning gospel music, choirs, spoken word and join the chorus in a way you’ve never done before! NTCG Brixton Community Church Lambert Road, Brixton SW2 5BB Adult early bird tickets £15 before 15 November! Make it a wonderful gift for friends and family and support mothers living in poverty this Christmas.
Buy tickets at or 020 7523 2321    
For discounted group bookings:

Black Culture Christmas Market 7th & 8th December 
11am – 5pm at 3Space Brixton (This used to be called International House)

The Voice Black Business Fair, Saturday 7 December

The Black Business Fair returns to Lambeth Town Hall from 10 am to 6 pm, providing a platform for black-owned businesses to showcase their products and services. To trade at the Fair or book a stall, e-mail to

To reserve your free ticket to attend, visit

Brixton Windmill Festive Bake-Off

Brixton Windmill is hosting its own Festive Bake-off on Sunday 15 December. To enter, just make a festive dish using Brixton Windmill flour. Then bring it, along wityh the recipe, to the Windmill at 2 pm for judging (by Richard Scroggs of the Old Post Office Bakery).  There will be 3 categories:

– Adults (age 16+) non-professional bakers only;

– Children, 11-15 years;

– Children, 10 and under.

A festive hamper will be awarded to the winning bake in each category.

Santa will also be visiting the windmill that day, and there will be free family craft workshops and carol singing to round off the afternoon.

Any queries to

Winter Fair at Myatt’s Fields Park, Sunday 15 December

From 10 am on into the evening, by the bandstand in the park. More details expected soon, or contact

Events at Brixton Tate Library

We the People – Tuesday 26 November Free film screening at 6-15 pm of a short film by Virginia Nimarkoh & Fan Sissoko. We the People features Brixton Housing Co-op, Cressingham Gardens Estate, Race Today Collective, Loughborough Farm, Remembering Olive Collective and others. Commissioned by Museum of London.

Somewhere in-between – until 30 November An exhibition of 50 books and 48 artworks, curated by artist Foster Spragge – for more info, see

Kanopy Streaming serviceThis video streaming service was founded in Australia 11 years ago, and Lambeth was one of the first councils in Britain to sign up, earlier this year. The service offers access to 15,000 films, mainly shorts, documentaries and educational videos, but there’s also a World Cinema category. Films can be checked out on a standard library card, and are then available for home viewing for 3 days. another reason to join (or rejoin) your local library. (Previously mentioned in our September e-bulletin.)

A Place to Meet?

Clapham Park Community CubeThe new community centre for the Clapham Park Estate was completed a few months ago, and already has a diverse programme of regular activities 6 days a week. Strictly speaking, this is just beyond the south-west corner of our catchment area, but worth considering if you need somewhere for a series of day-time or evening sessions. It’s at the corner of Kings Avenue and the South Circular Road – enquiries to Hannah Moody of Metropolitan Thames Valley,

News from Longfield HallLongfield Hall Trust signed a 39-year lease with Lambeth Council last month, so work can soon start on enhancements to the Hall which were given planning permission in July last year. These will include a wheelchair lift and a new ground floor main entrance on Burton Road, opposite the Minet Library.

The Annual Community Carols event will be on Sunday 8 December at 3 pm, led by Longfield Voices and with contributions from the McAlpine Dance School and The Nest pre-school.     All enquiries to

Space to spare?   Moorland Estate Community Development Group have set up the Lambeth Co-operative Enterprise Group to support small businesses among estate residents. They are looking for a meeting place not too far away, for training and advice sessions. If you can assist, contact Dorothy Bell on 07 940 038 438, or e-mail to

Free Creative Workshops for Young People, 11-19, at Stockwell  Drop-in sessions for 11-19 year-olds continue until 19 December on Thursdays, 3-45 to 5 pm. Those attending 5 or more sessions will gain an Arts Award. Enquiries to Julie at

Green Corner

Blooming Lambeth Awards

Good to see some organisations from around Brixton among those recognised at the Awards presentations last month. Congratulations to:

Landor Garden Project for Best Community Garden;

The Greenhouse Market Stall at Myatt’s, Highly Commended in the Innovation Award;

Loughborough Farm, Highly Commended in the Ivor Picardo Best Veg Garden category.

News from Brockwell Park

Making more of Brockwell Hall  Plans are being developed by Lambeth, working with Brockwell Park Community Partners, using the first stage of Lottery funding, to produce a viable package to attract second stage funding – the serious money. Groups with ideas for using space within the enhanced complex should contact Emily Keenan of CFP at

For individual residents with views, comments or ideas, there is a survey at

Police in Parks  Lambeth Council has agreed a deal with the Metropolitan Police, similar to that made by Brixton BID, for extra police resources. In this case, a small police team will cover Lambeth’s parks, including being able to enforce the parks’ by-laws.

Paths and Trees Work is underway in Brockwell Park on repairing several sections of paths within the park, including some damaged during commercial events in the past 2 years. Selected trees are to be felled or cut back where damaged by disease, to avoid dead branches falling on park users.

Steering Myatt’s Fields Park – AGM on Sunday 1st December If you are on the North-East side of Brixton, do you want a say in how your local park is run? The Annual General Meeting of the Myatt’s Fields Park Project will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Greenhouse, next to the Park Depot. More committee members and volunteers are welcome – contact

Great North Wood Photography Competition   London Wildlife Trust is inviting entries for its annual competition, to illustrate the monthly pages of its 2020 calendar. The overall winner will win a meal for two at the Great North Wood pub.

Photos should be from the Great North Wood area, which extends from Streatham Common, across Tulse Hill and through Dulwich to New Cross and Honor Oak.

Photos can be of wildlife, fragments of the natural world in an urban setting, or simply people enjoying nature. Camera-phone photos are quite acceptable.

Deadline for submissions is 30 November, which can be sent by e-mail to or post on Twitter with #GreatNorthWood and tag @GreatNorthWood.

Funding, Training and Support

Lambeth Community Fund – closes 16 December  This is open to Lambeth-based organisations with annual income less than £250,000. £150,000 is available for this round, but each grant will be between £1,000 and £10,000, for projects running between May 2020 and April 2021. Proposals must address at least one of 4 themes:

– Stronger Together: bringing together people from diverse parts of the community.

– Feeling Fine: focussing on health and wellbeing, including meeting specific needs or supporting vulnerable groups.

– Learning for Life: developing skills, experience and knowledge, either for career purposes or simply to keep the mind active.

– Strengthening Organisations: building the capacity of Lambeth groups to support local residents, including volunteer development, staff training and developing business plans or working procedures.

More information on the LCF website at

Walcot Foundation – funding round opens 18 November  Walcot offers revenue grants of up to £25,000 a year for up to 3 years, for organisations working with low-income Lambeth residents. Projects need to be focussed on the Governors’ current priorities. If you think you have a project that fits their criteria, please contact Walcot by telephone in the week commencing 18 November with your verbal expression of interest. For more information and how to apply, see their website,

Funds Online via Directory of Social Change

DSC offers access to its online funding database on a subscription basis. Different subscription packages are available depending on the types of funding that you are looking for, such as:

– Company giving, in cash or in-kind, for organisations, worth £330 million a year;

– 3500 Trusts and charities able to make grants for individuals in need;

– £4.9 billion given annually to organisations via grant-making Charities;

– £2.4 billion of funding from Government and public sector sources.

See the DSC website at

Consortia and Partnership Development, Thursday 28 November

Another event organised by the Integrate Agency, to be held 11 am to 3 pm at Streatham Space Projec t(close to Streatham Hill Station), SW2 4PA.. Consortia arrangements should achieve economies of resources through shared delivery and shared risk, but this is easier said than done. For example, you need to agree on mediation arrangements in case of disputes between the collaborating parties. This event will explore ways to collaborate better, rather than compete. Enquiries to

Recognising Modern Slavery, Thursday 21 November

As part of National Safeguarding Adults Week, the Lambeth Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting an event for voluntary and community groups, to raise awareness. 2 pm to 4 pm at 336 Brixton Road, SW9 7AA. To sign up, register at (search modern slavery Lambeth) or e-mail or phone 020 7926 6902.

Community Connector Training, January/ February 2020

It’s now possible to book a place on the next round of Community Connector training, starting near the end of January. Venue still to be confirmed but will be within Lambeth. Sessions will run from 9-30 am to 3 pm on 29 January, and February 5, 6 and 12. You must be able to attend all the sessions to complete the training.

Enquiries and applications to the interim Project Manager, Emma Corker, on 07 734 670 300 or at

Mental Health First Aid Course, 3 & 4 February

If you missed the recent course, there is another coming up in February, based at Art4Space, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. Organised by It’s a Playground and Studio Moross. Bookings/ enquiries to

Looking Ahead

Our Next Bulletin

We will issue another bulletin in early December, so if you want anything included, please send it before the end of November to

If urgent news arises in between times, we try to circulate brief extra bulletins, but overall we try to follow a monthly pattern.

Planning for 2020  We hope that, by the time you read this, our funding from Lambeth Forum Network will finally be approved and we can make firm plans for the rest of 2019/20. We will shortly set our main Forum meetings for the year ahead, so if you want to offer a venue or suggest a topic for discussion, tell us soon!

Among other things, we want to put on a Showcase event for local groups in early summer 2020, to make ourselves and our member groups better known.

Keep in Touch

To make sure you don’t miss anything, please report any changes in your contact details to
– if you need to update your e-mail address, so information doesn’t go to an old in-box;

– if you want to add a colleague or neighbour to the mailing list;

– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.

October 2019 Bulletin

Next Forum Meeting – Thursday 24 October

6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP

(facing Windrush Square and just across the road from the Black Cultural Archives)

So far, the agenda includes:

– Repowering London, including energy-saving hints and the borough-wide energy co-op and share offer;

– Brixton Recreation Centre update;

– Windrush Square proposals.

We always try to give member groups a chance to report progress or announce upcoming events, but to avoid running out of time on the night, it helps if you can tell us in advance if you want something added to the agenda – contact the Secretary, Alan Piper at

News, Events and Activities

198 Gallery is Growing

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning is expanding its building on Railton Road, to add two floors above for studio space and offices. In the meantime, they have relocated to temporary offices on the 6th floor of International House, Canterbury Crescent, SW9 7QD. The phone number is unchanged as 020 7978 8309, e-mail 

Performing Arts

Back to the Future – two free performances telling the story of Brixton’s trail-blazing Dark and Light Theatre, the country’s first black-led theatre company, active in the 1970s:

Friday 25 October, 7 pm at Longfield Hall, Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY (opposite Minet Library).

Thursday 31 October, 7 pm at Brixton Tate Library, Windrush Square SW2.Thursday 31 October, .Brixton th

Junior Open Mic Sessions

Following last month’s festival event in Brockwell Park, Andy Gray has told us of two upcoming events for young performers:

Brixton Youth Open Mic will be on Saturday 9 November, 1 pm to 3 pm at the Mezzanine, Brixton Ritzy Cinema, organised by Reuben. Just turn up to take part.

JOM Session 18 will be on Sunday 10 November, 2 pm to 4-30 at Off the Cuff Music Bar, Railton Road (Herne Hill end).  If your child is interested in performing, please arrive at 1-45 pm to register – ideally e-mail Andy beforehand to help him organise the session:

The previous session on 6 October attracted 26 performers (13 acts) and an audience of 70-80, as part of the Herne Hill Music Festival.

Building an Edit Box on Wheels

We Rise has partnered with Clapham Film Unit to improve the delivery of its media output by building a dedicated Edit Box.  Together they obtained funding from Locality to build a self-contained editing suite on wheels.  This allows We Rise to edit its film projects without relying on external editors or equipment, while teaching young people editing skills and helping them create content.  The result is a 3m x 3m box on wheels, that can be partially opened for film screenings, situated on the 6th floor of International House.

Enquiries to Abigail at

Focus on Mental Health

Every Mind Matters is the first mental health campaign to be launched by the NHS.  The campaign encourages adults to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their wellbeing.

A dedicated website provides practical self-care tips, on-line tools and links to resources and advice – see

Mosaic Clubhouse is inviting members and friends to join them for their Annual General Meeting on Thursday 14 November, when they mark their 25th anniversary and showcase their work over the last year.  It’s at 65 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ from 6-30 pm.

More information on their website at

Art4Space is hosting a 2-day Mental Health First Aid Course next month, on 6 & 7 November, in partnership with Studio Moross and It’s a Playground. The course provides an in-depth understanding of mental health issues, and practical skills to offer help to a person in distress and to support their recovery.  If this is short notice, there will be a repeat course on 3 & 4 February, again at Art4Space, 31 Jeffreys Road SW4 6QU (5 minutes walk from Stockwell Tube Station).  Enquiries to

Looking Ahead to 2021

Discussions are continuing on developing an arts-led programme of events inspired by the 40th anniversary of the original Brixton Riots or Uprising of April 1981, under the banner of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance.  Current thinking is that it may run through April to October 2021.  Meanwhile, funding is being explored and there is likely to be a pilot programme of research and activity during 2020. For more details, see the website 

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Tony Cealy or Chloe Osbourne at  

Funding, Training and Networking

Support for Small Charities

We have flagged up training events run by the FSI in earlier bulletins, and another batch of training modules is returning to London for 12-14 November, 9-45 am to 4-30 pm each day (registration from 9-15 am).  Courses will be at Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA, and cost £10 to £20 each.  More details on their website, – and remember to book before the end of this month.

The Charity Commission puts out regular news bulletins advising of good practice, and flagging up problems that charities need to guard against. See

Working with Children or Young People?

The Integrate Agency have partnered with the Early Intervention Foundation to offer a one-day workshop on Evaluation, so you can explain to funders not only what you do, but how you measure success.  It will be on Wednesday 27 November, 10 am to 3 pm at Roots and Shoots, Walnut Tree Walk, Kennington SE11 6DN.  Free, but book with

In Business?

For small and start-up businesses, trade shows and exhibitions can be useful to pick up on new technology, emerging products and an overview of market trends.  Here’s a few upcoming events – contact Alan Piper for links to get tickets to the most relevant one for you:

Caffe Culture, 28-29 October, Business Design Centre, Islington, for the coffee and café bar industry.

Food Matters Live, 19-20 November, at Excel, for food and drink products generally.

The Business Show, 27-28 November, at Excel, for small business generally, see

Festival of Construction/ London Build, 27-28 November, Olympia.

Community Business Trade-up Programme

Run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and Power to Change, this programme offers a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 and a learning programme to help you grow. The deadline to apply is 27 November – register now for more info (and a deadline reminder) at

Our thanks to Impact Brixton for sharing this.

Coping with Brexit

The situation seems to change from day to day, but there are some sources of advice out there.  If you are in business in Brixton and facing Brexit-related issues, contact the Brixton BID at

If you are involved with a community group or local charity, LOCALITY has produced an information pack, pulling together key information about the implications.  There are a couple of webinars next week too.  For the links, e-mail Alan Piper at

Keep in Touch

Spreading the Word

A reminder that we welcome news from local groups to include in these bulletins.  We occasionally add extra bulletins to share urgent information, but for the routine November bulletin, we need your news by 5th November, though a week earlier would be helpful – send to

Thanks to all of you who sent in material for this issue – we started out thinking this would be another short edition, but it grew as we discovered more reports, a good sign of how much is going on around Brixton these days.

Mailing List updates

To make sure that you are kept in the picture, please report any changes to your contact details to

– if you want to add a colleague or another organisation to the mailing list;

– if you need to update your e-mail address, so information is not sent to an old in-box;

– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.

Keep up the good work – and keep networking!

September 2019 Bulletin

Quick Reminders

Brixton Town Centre plans – 50 years on – Thursday 12 September

Two related events hosted by Photofusion are now fully booked but there is still space at this event to find out about the ambitious Town Centre plans which cast a long shadow over Brixton 50 years ago.  7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP, a talk by Nick Weedon (who happens to be the Forum’s Treasurer) hosted by the Brixton Society.

Part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival, which continues through the rest of September – for other events see

Commemorating Local Heroes – Wednesday 18 September

For a third year, a celebration of individuals connected to Brixton, some achievers you may already know, and others who have quietly contributed to their community.

6-30 pm at Brixton Tate Library, Brixton Oval, SW2 1JQ, organised by Friends of Tate Library Brixton, as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival.

Next Forum meeting – Thursday 24 October

Finally in this section, just in case you are too busy to scroll down to the end of the bulletin, let’s remind you now that the next Forum general meeting will be on Thursday 24 October, 6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (just across the road from the Black Cultural Archives).

If you want something included in the agenda, please contact the Forum Secretary, Alan Piper, at

You may want to raise a local issue, or you may want to share with us what your group is doing – but if we know in advance, it’s easier to allow enough time during the meeting. 

These Consultations are closing this month!

Livable Neighbourhoods – more walking and cycling, less motor traffic?

Lambeth Council is currently consulting on ideas for safer and healthier routes for walking and cycling, and for reducing motor traffic.  This now covers an extensive area around Brixton Town Centre, much expanded from the original Atlantic Road/ Coldharbour Lane focus.  The effective closing date for comments is 30 September, so that the team can spend the next few months digesting your inputs and drafting a plan.

When we last looked, there was still no link from the Consultations page on the main Lambeth Council website, so to input your comments, please go direct to

Cycle Hangar installations (phase 4)

In advance of the Livable Neighbourhoods project, Lambeth is rolling out another batch of cycle stores on local streets. The latest phase includes clusters sited:

– between Acre Lane and Ferndale Road (10 in total);

– between Acre Lane and Brixton Hill (north of Blenheim Gardens/ Windmill Gardens, 14 in total);

– another cluster of 6, between Brixton Prison and New Park Road;

– between Effra Road and Atlantic/ Railton Roads (16).

Another 10 are proposed between Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill (so within the territory claimed by Tulse Hill Neighbourhood Forum).

Also another 6 between Landor Road and Clapham Road, which I think falls within Stockwell Neighbourhood Forum.

So far, over 220 hangars have been installed on Lambeth streets.

Closing date for any comments is next Sunday 15 September – see the Consultation page on the Council website and follow the links.

Rush Common Improvements

A reminder that Lambeth Parks Department has invited ideas for improving the parkland walk alongside Brixton Hill, between Brixton Water Lane and the Brixton Orchard.

Closing date for comments is 30 September – see the Consultation page on the Council website and follow the links.

News, Events and Activities around Brixton

Settled Status for European Union Citizens – advice sessions

Lambeth Council have reminded us that they have organised advice sessions for EU citizens seeking “settled status”. The next two locally are: 

Thursday 12 September, 5-30 to 7-30 pm at Longfield Hall, 50 Knatchbull Road, SE5 9QY and

Saturday 12 October, 2 pm to 4 pm at Stockwell Community Centre, 1 Studley Road, SW4 6RA (behind Stockwell Underground Station).

For more information on how to apply, see also 

Junior Open Mic – Micro Music Festival – Sunday 15 September

A free music festival in Brockwell Park, alongside Brockwell Hall, from 1 pm to 5 pm.  That’s 4 hours of live music in 32 acts with performers aged from 5 to 17, from all over London.

Nearly all of the performers have attended a local Junior Open Mic event in Brixton or Herne Hill, and the final performers will be the Honey Hahs (3 young sisters from Peckham) and Sam Wilkinson from Lewisham, this year’s winner of ITV’s The Voice Kids.

Tickets are free but please book via eventbrite to help with final planning –

Other enquiries to Andy Gray,

Road works resume on Brixton Road

Another phase of work has started up, to continue renewing the gas mains along Brixton Road.  SGN aim to maintain 2-way working over the next 4 months, as they move south from Normandy Road towards Loughborough Road, but the junction of Mostyn Road will be closed as excavations pass that section.

New services from Lambeth Libraries

Time was when libraries just loaned out books, but two new services are being introduced by Lambeth Libraries:

Firstly, a free film streaming service started last week. Kanopy is a film streaming platform offering mainly independent films, shorts, documentaries and world cinema – in short, items you are less likely to find via Netflix or Amazon.  You will need to register and download the App, then just add your library card to use the service. Enquiries about this and other library services to

From this week, Brixton Library is offering the loan of smart clothing for interviews.  Yes, if you are unemployed or on low income, you can borrow clothing for up to 4 days to attend an interview.  You will need to show proof of an appointment, such as a letter or e-mail.  For more details, contact Abibat at

Black Culture Pop-up Market – 28 & 29 September

A reminder about this showcase event for entrepreneurs from the African and Caribbean diaspora, running in the Impact Hub at the back of Pop Brixton from 11 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Expect food, clothing, stationery, books, jewellery, cosmetics and hair care products.  Enquiries to 

Art4Space sessions in Brixton Village arcade

We have mentioned Art4Space before, but maybe their Stockwell studio location seemed a bit remote? For the next few months they will also have a presence in Brixton Town Centre!

Starting this week, they will be based in Unit 12 in Brixton Village, on Tuesdays between 10 am and 4 pm for drop-in sessions, followed by Tuesday evening classes in mosaic and tile work. Thursday sessions continue in the main studio in Jeffreys Road, Stockwell. All enquiries to or pop in on a Tuesday and have a word. 

Calling Actors and Creatives!

Brixton has been a base for performers and musicians for well over a century.  Maddy Anholt is launching the Academy of Dramatic Change to run low-cost masterclasses and networking nights for actors and creatives, with most of its sessions to be held in Brixton.  The aim is to help creatives get onto the next career rung.  Coming up will be a panel of top casting directors as well as a 4-week intensive evening course in scriptwriting in a Brixton railway arch.

Maddy Anholt is a comedian, actress and broadcaster, who has just finished filming Jerk, a sitcom for BBC Three.  She has also appeared on BBC One, ITV, Channel 5, BBC Radio 4, in Sunny D and in shows at Underbelly, Latitude Festival and the Soho Theatre.  Local sessions will be held at Arch 504 in Ridgway Road SW9, close to the Platform cafe alongside Wyck Gardens, off Loughborough Road. Enquiries to or tel. 07 514 983 730 or see 

News from Longfield Hall

This community hall on the north-east side of Brixton continues to nurture new generations of performers. Their regular weekly sessions have resumed after the summer break, with McAlpine Dance Studio back in action from Saturday 14th.  A showcase event featuring many of their regular users and artists is taking place on Saturday 27 September at 7-30 pm. Tickets for a Longfield Celebration are £5 (£3 concessions).  Enquiries to 

Love Knitting? It’s not just performing arts on their programme – Sue Addo is running a 10-week course for knitters, ideally with some experience, collaborating on creative projects that benefit the community. The course starts on Thursday 19 September, and costs £25 (£15 concessions). 

Book via the website: or contact Catherine: and pay on the first session.

Could you be spending less on gas or electricity?

Repowering London is a Lambeth-based independent charity that gives free energy advice and promotes renewable energy projects for schools and community buildings. Repowering can help you:

– find a cheaper tariff or payment method;

– access grants and benefits like the Warm Home Discount;

– sign up to the Priority Services Register;

– apply for a Smart Meter;

– generally save energy in the home.

We hope to have a presentation from them at our October Forum meeting. In the meantime, you can contact them at 020 3674 7519 or

Funding, Training and Support

Disability Support at 336 – Wednesday 18 September

Do you have a personal or professional interest in disability or other related issues? Then come and find out what is going on at London’s largest disability hub.

336 Brixton Road is opening its doors from 10 am to 3 pm on 18 September.  To book your free tickets, please visit or phone 020 7274 2299.

An evening of Flash Consulting – Thursday 26 September

At a recent Town Hall event, we encountered Link UP London, who provide a channel for professionals to offer their services to local voluntary organisations. They are offering an evening of “Flash Consulting” – a bit like Speed Dating – which sounds like a great opportunity to get expert advice on making your work more effective. Ideally come with a 2-minute pitch about your organisation, and a 5-minute (max.) description of a challenge or problem you are facing.  The event runs from 5-30 to 7-30 pm at Tripod in the basement of the Town Hall. Enquiries to Tom Stannard at Age UK Lambeth, or we can forward the link to you if asked (there is a short Googledocs form to complete). 

London City Airport Community Fund – bids close 25 October

Lambeth is under the flightpath of airliners on their way in to London City Airport, so it’s just as well that it’s among several boroughs covered by this grant scheme. Bidding rounds are quarterly, and for more details see their website:

Training for small charities – 12-14 November

Another batch of courses is being provided in Central London by the Foundation for Social Improvement, with 14 courses fitted into a 3-day timetable.

Although these short courses are charged for (£10 to £20 each), the prices are more affordable than some we have seen advertised by other providers – the key is to choose what will be most useful for what you want to do.  Book before the end of October to secure a place – more details on their website at

Introduction to Computers

If you are struggling to read this, or if you have colleagues or clients who would like to learn how to use a computer, Mosaic Clubhouse in Effra Road is hosting an Introduction to Computers course, starting 18 September.  Sessions will be every Wednesday, 11 am to 1 pm until 4th December.  This course is open to all Lambeth residents and free to those receiving benefits.  Students must be able to attend all sessions, at Mosaic Clubhouse, 63 Effra Road, SW2.  To sign up, call Sinead on 020 7924 9657 or e-mail

If you think you have mastered the basics, there are also monthly TechClub sessions, usually at Tripod in the Town Hall Basement, offering a presentation on a key topic, a tech clinic and networking.  Drinks and snacks are included in the pay-what-you-can ticket.  Next session is on Cyber Security for Individuals, Tuesday 24 September from 6-30 to 9 pm. 

Sessions are provided by AGT UK (based at Loughborough Junction) in association with Impact Brixton. More info at or contact Shanise Lewis at 020 3745 4303 or 

Are you providing services for older people?

Age UK Lambeth has started a Resilient Ageing project to encourage innovation and joint working with other local groups, to offer better support and services for older people within Lambeth. If you are attempting to help older people in your part of the community, maybe there are ways to link up or develop new ideas? Contact their project facilitator, Paul Springer at or phone him on 07 785 365 294.

Desk space at Longfield Hall

A couple of desk positions are becoming available in a shared four-person office at Longfield Hall, on the corner of Knatchbull Road and Burton Road, opposite Minet Library.  They can offer decent wi-fi and shared use of a printer.  They are looking for upwards of £100 a week for the space.  Other rooms can be booked for meetings as required, and there is some storage space.  All enquiries to Will Ollard, Chair of Trustees, 07 530 529 130 or

Meeting Room hire at Carnegie Library

The Carnegie Community Trust is now able to offer rooms for hire, for either commercial or community events, within the old library building.  There is a choice of a large room (capacity up to 150), medium room (capacity 60 seated) or a small meeting room (capacity 25 seated).  Spaces can be booked by the hour, half-day or whole day.

For further information, terms and conditions, see their website,  or e-mail to

Integrate Agency comes on stream

You should already be aware that the Integrate Agency was appointed by Lambeth to take over the support role for community groups that was previously provided by Community Southwark.  Regular bulletins have begun to circulate and training events are being offered, so maybe it’s OK for us to say less about grants and training opportunities in future Forum Bulletins?  If you are not already on their circulation list, contact them on

And look out for an event on Volunteering on 15 October.

Team London and Thrive LDN Small Grants

A reminder that these schemes to support young people in volunterring re-opened for applications this month, but deadlines are only in October – see www,

New fund-raising guides

This month the Directory of Social Change is launching new editions of its various funding guides and directories of grant-givers – more details on their website,

There are also several handbooks covering different aspects of running a small charity or community organisation.

Keep in Touch

Spreading the Word

We welcome news from our member organisations to include in these bulletins – ideally in concise form so we can just drop it into place without spending too much time on rewrites!Items for the October issue should reach us by 5th October, though a week earlier would be helpful – to

Mailing List updates

Remember to tell us about any changes, to ensure that you and your group are kept in the picture – report all changes to

– if you want to add a colleague or another local organisation to the mailing list;

– if you need to update your e-mail address, instead of messages going to an old inbox;

– if you have moved away or are no longer interested.

August 2019 Bulletin

Last-minute Reminders

Summer Youth Project at 198 Gallery – 12-16 August

Lost Legacies of the British Black Panthers is the theme for the free project for the 13-19 age group at the 198 Gallery in Railton Road, SE24 0JT.

A chance to learn new skills in T-shirt design and printing, photography and ‘zine making. 10-30 am to 4-30 pm daily, limited spaces, e-mail to

The Freelancer Showdeck at Impact Brixton, 15 August 

An evening showcase for local freelancers, from 7 – 10 pm at Impact Brixton, at the back of Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road SW9 8PQ. Aimed at designers, marketers, creatives, writers, suppliers and agencies. If you provide services to businesses, and want to connect with more companies in South London, last chance to apply –

Black British Bloggers Co-working Day, Saturday 17 August

Work, network, chill – Black British Bloggers are hosting a co-working day where you’ll get to mingle with fellow online content creators, fine-tune your skills and attend a series of workshops.  Attenders get 25% off Impact Brixton membership if you sign up on the day.  Enquiries again

Current Consultations

More Walking and Cycling, Less Cars?

A couple of years back, there was a lot of discussion about making Atlantic Road safer by reducing through traffic, while ensuring that deliveries could still take place to the arcades and shops, including Electric Avenue and Popes Road.  Transport for London asked for proposals for a wider area around the Town Centre, to include safer and healthier routes for walking and cycling, as well as reducing motor traffic.

Lambeth is currently seeking ideas for what is now called Brixton Livable Neighbourhoods.  Sadly, this got off to a bad start because nothing appeared on the Consultation pages of Lambeth Council’s website, no closing date was stated and only cycling interests were informed at the outset.  People even questioned if it was genuine, because a non-UK website was quoted for responses.

The team have now begun meeting with local groups, and a more concentrated effort is to be made during September, including some public events and calling on most traders in the Town Centre.  Plans will then be developed between October and April, with an overall timescale of 3 years to carry out the work.  There is an interactive map on the website for you to input comments – great for identifying “hotspots” and hazards, though less suited to broader concepts.  So far, comments from cyclists dominate, so let’s hear more from pedestrians and businesses too, before the end of September – see

Rush Common improvements

One consultation that really is on the Council’s website invites ideas for improving public open space on Rush Common, alongside Brixton Hill.

Lambeth Parks Department is focussing on the section between the Brixton Orchard and Brixton Water Lane, which last received attention nearly 25 years ago.  However, if you think other sections need more urgent attention, it’s worth saying so – and do share your comments with us too. 

 Closing date is 30 September – e-mail to

A new memorial in Windrush Square?

The Government recently announced an intention to set up a memorial to the Windrush Generation, to recognise the contribution that Afro-Caribbean people have made to the UK.  Present intentions are for this to be at Waterloo Station.

Councillor Sonia Winifred, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, recently launched a petition to persuade the Government to site the memorial instead in Windrush Square, in the heart of Brixton.  Brixton certainly seems more relevant than Waterloo.

The difficulty is that Windrush Square already contains several features, scattered around. It was not easy to find a suitable spot for the African & Caribbean War Memorial, finally unveiled a couple of years ago.  We don’t know what form of memorial the Government had in mind, though the supposed £1 million budget suggests more than a wall plaque.  Are there other sites around Brixton with more elbow room? Let us know your views.

To sign the petition, go to and follow the links. 

News, Events and activities around Brixton

More delay in re-opening Atlantic Road railway arches

Just as it looked as if all the shops would soon be open again, Network Rail has propped up half the London-bound platform of Brixton Station with a forest of scaffolding. Repair work looks likely to continue to the end of August, with limited access along Atlantic Road.  Some of us pointed out the need for repairs to the viaduct when Network Rail first proposed refurbishing all the railway arch shops 3 years ago, but these comments were brushed aside.

Ups and downs of Brixton Cafe trade

Two recent closures in Atlantic Road – the Brixton Pound Café at No.77 had to close due to rising rents, which meant this community-based effort was no longer sustainable.  The Brixton Pound team would like re-open if an affordable location can be found.

Across the road, the Dip and Flip burger bar closed its doors in late July, though the chain still runs 4 other sites in South London.  There have been several short-lived restaurant/bar venues at this location on the fringe of the Town Centre.  The next tenant is expected to be Tequila Mockingbird, which already has 3 other bars in south-west London, though this will be the first to serve food.  Refurbishment is now underway for a September opening.

Franco Manca started in Brixton’s Market Row arcade in 2008, and now has 47 sites around the country for its pizza offer, with up to 10 more likely to open in the year ahead.

The Platform Café, Ridgway Road

Back at grass-roots level, the former public toilet block in Wyck Gardens continues to host a series of guest cooks to run the café,  though openings are reduced during August. Brian of Soulfuel Vegan will be keeping the space open every Wednesday, selling home-made vegan lunches, snacks, puds and cakes.

LEAP Lambeth’s Food Ambassadors take over the Lunch service on Friday 16 and Monday 19 August, 12 noon to 2-30 pm, with eat-in and take-away options.  Then on Sunday 1st September there’s a chance to learn how to make the Korean staple, Kimchi, from 2 to 5-30 pm with Heather – to sign up e-mail her at

Enquiries about future openings and training sessions to

Mosaic workshops at Stockwell

Free summer workshops are being offered on 12, 14 and 16 August, 10-12 and 2-4 pm. Mosaic classes also run every Tuesday evening, at 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU. All enquiries/ bookings to

…and Art workshops at Mosaic!

The Perspective Project are currently running a series of artist-led creative workshops for individuals affected by mental health issues, hosted at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ.  These are on Tuesday evenings, 5 – 7 pm, until 3rd September.  These will be followed by an exhibition at Pop Brixton on 15 September.  Sessions are free, but to join e-mail Maz at or phone (020) 7924 9657. 

Lambeth Heritage Festival runs through September

A series of events linked to local heritage, culture and history will run through the whole month of September.  Too many to list here, but there is a fat little booklet, listing all 60 events, which you can pick up at a local library.

A Brixton highlight is the Local History Fair at Brixton Tate Library on Saturday 7 September, 10-15 am to 4-15 pm. The Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Windmill, Photofusion and the Van Gogh House are among those hosting events.  See also

Black Culture Pop-up Market at Impact Brixton, 28 & 29 September

Join Impact Brixton for an inspiring showcase of black businesses. This is an indoor event presenting entrepreneurs from across the African and Caribbean diaspora, displaying high-quality products including food, clothing, stationery, books, jewellery, hair and beauty products. Come down and support them between 11 am and 5 pm each day.

If you want to trade at the market, please e-mail and include a link to your website/products info. Due to limited space, not all applications can be accepted.

Gearing up for Oxjam Brixton, 13 October

Oxjam is a grass-roots music festival that raises money for Oxfam projects.  Their team are currently planning a one-day festival across 3 Brixton venues – the Prince of Wales, the Market House, and Blues Kitchen on Acre Lane.  The present team is all volunteers, and they are keen to recruit more, to manage fund-raising, donations, promotion, tickets, and the stages. Volunteers must be over 18 – enquiries to Lowri Ellcock, production manager,

Refill your water bottle

Transport for London recommends carrying water with you during hot weather, but there is a growing concern about single-use plastic bottles for spring water, and how to dispose of them.  A more sustainable approach is to use a refillable container, and suitable water points are beginning to appear in our public open spaces so you can refill them.  There’s one in Windrush Square (between BCA and the War Memorial) and another was recently installed inMyatt’s Fields Park outside the cafe.

Funding, Training and Support

We had a useful discussion with Richard Davis of the Integrate Agency at our 22 July meeting. We look forward to more news from them over the next few months about training and funding opportunities, Meanwhile, here are a few more leads:

Small Grants from Team London and Thrive LDN

To encourage young people into volunteering or social action, such as sports, arts, media, environment, inter-generation activities or music, the Mayor is offering grants of £5,000 to £10,000 for projects working with the 10-20 age range.  Priority will be given to projects supporting young people at risk of mental health issues or being drawn into crime.  Applications open in September, in partnership with Thrive LDN – see the website for more

Grants to Boost Walking and Cycling

If you cannot wait for Lambeth’s Livable Neighbourhoods bid, or you are just outside the target area, maybe there is still something you can do locally.  The Mayor has a small grants scheme offering £5,000 to £10, to support diverse communities to walk and cycle more often and more safely. The scheme is administered by Groundwork, and projects can run for up to 3 years.  See their website for case studies and application forms:

If Air Quality is a major concern on your patch, the London Sustainability Exchange is organising a sharing and networking event at City Hall on Tuesday 10 September from 6 – 9 pm – enquiries to Alice Vodden at LSX,

Crowdfunding Accelerator

Word just in via Lambeth Forum Network: A new Crowdfunder Accelerator programme is being launched, to run from 11 September to 2nd October. Hosted on Facebook, the Accelerator is an on-line experience to help you turn your ideas into a successfully-funded project. The 3-week programme will include live discussions, peer-to-peer feedback and advice from the Crowdfunder team.  For more information, or to sign up, see the website:

Places to Meet

One difficulty that groups face is finding places to meet that are local, affordable and accessible. It can be a challenge when you want to start up a new activity that needs more space or particular facilities.  If you have specific needs, tell us and we will share what we know.  Of course, if you run a venue or community hub, we will be keen to publicise your availability too – respond to

WinTrade – for women in business

Potentially a useful network for women in business or striking out on their own, with a database of 25,000 contacts and occasional eventsand webinars. For more information, contact Yvonne Thompson of 7 Traits Leadership Learning Ltd. at

Keep in Touch

Next Forum Meeting

Our next general meeting is set for Thursday 24 October at 6-45 for 7 pm at the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 1EP (facing onto Windrush Square).  If you want something included on the agenda, please contact the Forum Secretary, Alan Piper, at

A Home of our own?

We are in discussions about an office base for the Forum within Brixton Town Centre.  In recent times we have struggled when forum officers have been out of action through illness or injury, so the aim is to provide some continuity and a central contact point for leaving mail. More news once arrangements have been tied up.

Spreading the Word

We welcome news from our member organisations to include in these bulletins – and if there is something else you want to see in future issues, please tell us!  Items for the September issue should be sent by 6th September, though a week earlier would be helpful, to

Mailing List updates

Please report all changes to

– If you want to add a colleague or another group to the mailing list;

– If you have moved away or are no longer interested;

– if you want to change your e-mail address so you receive news more quickly or reliably, instead of through a half-forgotten mailbox.

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