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november 2021

Coming up soon


 Last minute reminders


Lambeth Made Community Meetings are starting up again, for local Councillors to meet online with community groups and residents.  The emphasis is meant to be on community safety issues, but any local issue might come up.  For Coldharbour Ward, the meeting is on Thursday 4 November, 6 pm to 7-30 pm – to register, e-mail to lambethmadesafer@lambeth.gov.uk

Fiveways Health Day is also on Thursday 4 November, 11 am to 3 pm at Myatt’s Fields North Community Centre, 24 Crawshay Road, SW9 6 FZ.  Stay fit and healthy as we head into winter with health advice, blood pressure checks, keep fit starter sessions, and help with maintaining a healthy weight – despite a free hot lunch being served at 12 noon!  Free IT help with computers, tablets and smartphones also available throughout the day.

Support Southwyck Pantry – sign their petition, asking the Council to find them a secure location within Southwyck or Moorlands Estate.  They had to leave their base at Southwyck Hall but for the past month have been running a skeleton service from the Brixton Street Gym at 10 Somerleyton Road.  They hope to move to Moorlands Community Centre but it’s far from certain.  You can catch up with their recent Instagram posts at:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CVjWQ-Rod8N/?utm_medium=copy_link
And here is the petition link:
https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?Id=524 

Christmas is coming


News is already coming in of Christmas-themed events – here’s some for starters:

Windmill Christmas Market – Sunday 12 December, open 12 noon to 3-30 pm, in Windmill Gardens, off Blenheim Gardens, SW2.  Organised by Friends of Windmill Gardens.

Pop-up Christmas Markets in Brixton: My Pop-Up Events comes to Brixton with 2 Christmas markets bang in the heart of Brixton – a great opportunity for small businesses to come together and show their wares.  To book a pitch, contact Toyin Oke at info@mypopupevents.co.uk
Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November in the Gallery room at Brixton Tate Library, open 10 am to 4 pm.
Saturday 4 December in Lambeth Town Hall.

Christmas Open Studio, Thursday 2 December, 3 pm to 9 pm at Art4Space Learning Hub, Studio 1, 31 Jeffreys Road, SW4 6QU, for cards, artworks, “mosaic in a box” gift packages plus mulled wine and mince pies.

Winter Pop-up Village in Brockwell Park – proposed by Lambeth Events to run from 1st to 19th December, on the Redgra pitch near Brockwell Lido. Free but individual activities charged for, which should include an “immersive” cinema, 9-hole crazy golf, side show games and food and drink stalls. This is still being firmed up, so please relay any concerns to brockwellparkcommunitypartners@gmail.com

Catering for your event: If you have been tasked with organising food for your office/ group Christmas event, Brixton’s branch of Domino’s Pizza is offering discounts for business orders – contact Nabeel at nabeel@passapizza.com or phone (020) 7737 0000.


Funding, Training and Support

Funding Streams


To remind you, Integrate Agency recently circulated details of these grant sources:

Sport Unites Fund from the Mayor of London is his community sport programme, offering up to £50,000 for activities taking place before June 2022 – closing date Tuesday 16 November.

Untold Stories Grants also from the Mayor of London help community organisations with changes in our public spaces, whether to create something new, highlight something hidden or forgotten, or present a different story to what already exists.  Grants range between £1,000 and £25,000 and the closing date is 12 January. 

Racial Equality Fund from Lloyds Bank Foundation, offering a 2-year grant of £50,000 plus development support.

Pebble Grants from the Rank Foundation offer grants of £250 to £4,000 for smaller charities and recognised churches for projects benefitting local communities, provided those groups have already found a third of the costs.  No set closing date.

Training Courses

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – Monday 8 November at 10 am on Zoom.  A webinar presented by Elizabeth Takyi, free but book through Integrate,to eoin.heffernan@integrateagency.co.uk

Chairs and CEOs Discussion 
Thursday 18 November at 10 am on Zoom.  Two local case studies and frank discussion of the roles of Chairs and CEOs in Voluntary/ Community organisations.  Book through Integrate as above.
 
Supporting LGBTQ people with their mental health 
Tuesday 23 November from 1-30 pm to 4-30 pm online.  Book through Integrate as above.

NFP Workshops
, based in York, also offer a range of on-line training courses, typically at £95 for a 10 am to 12-30 session.  Mainstream topics are bid writing, trust fund-raising, recruiting and managing volunteers, legacy fund-raising and corporate fund-raising.  Topics are repeated on a fortnightly or monthly cycle. Google nfp workshops to visit their website and book places. 

Other Resources


The Charity Excellence Framework has compiled several short guides for trustees or management committee members of community projects, on topics such as fund-raising and recruiting more trustees.  They also have 6 short videos on YouTube which can form part of your own trustee training programme.  See their website,  https://www.charityexcellence.co.uk or enquiries to charityexcellence@gmail.com

The Directory of Social Change publishes a range of handbooks and guides, not just funding directories but also titles like “Managing without Profit” which covers management and governance for any charity or community organisation.  They also continue to offer a wide range of half-day training courses on-line at competitive prices.  More details on their website at https://www.dsc.org.uk 

Crowdfunding

Has your organisation tried crowdfunding as a route to raising funds for a project?  How did it go?  Are there any lessons to share?
Brixton BMX Club launched an appeal last month to raise £30,000 for major works to their track in Brockwell Park.  
Brixton Wholefoods held a crowdfunder appeal to get the business in Atlantic Road back on its feet after lockdown, and succeeded in raising £20,000 within 3 days. 

Business Support


Impact Brixton in Electric Lane continues to host events for business start-ups and micro-businesses.
Social Enterprise Day will be a co-working day for local social entrepreneurs to network and share their ideas, on Thursday 11 November from 11 am with free brunch – but please register in advance.
Sustainability in Business is the theme for a launch event in conjunction with Start-ups Magazine on Thursday 18 November at 6 pm.
Finding Work in the Digital Age is a 5-week course, starting on Wednesday 17 November, to show you how to use digital tools and make sense of the shifting jobs market, including refining your CV and interview skills, building your personal brand and the finer points of freelancing.
Enquiries about all events to team@impactbrixton.com


Transport, Planning and Regeneration


Low Traffic Neighbourhoods – comments invited

The latest round of consultation on the Tulse Hill and Streatham Hill LTNs will open on 15 November and remain open for a month.  Comments should be sent to  lowtrafficneighbourhoods@lambeth.gov.uk but we encourage you to share your views with us too,
Consultation on the Ferndale LTN is now unlikely to start until January at the earliest.  Comments on the Railton LTN closed at the end of September.

Brixton Rec Quarter – meeting the bidders
Lambeth Council’s Regeneration Team has arranged for prospective developers of the Pop Brixton and International House sites to show their initial ideas to local stakeholders this Saturday, 6 November.  The Council’s brief was widely criticised at our April Forum meeting for both the loss of International House as a hub for creative businesses, and for the diverse range of benefits sought, rather than prioritising one or two features to make a real impact.


Health and Social Care

Covid Vaccination opportunities


For latest details of vaccination clinics, both regular sessions and special events, the best source is www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/popupclinics
More walk-in clinics have been offered recently, including for the 12-15 age group.

Questions? There is a live Q & A session on the vaccination programme on Thursday 11 November at 6-30 pm – you can join in at the start from https://www.facebook.com/nhsselondonccg
Recording of earlier Q & A sessions, some of them for particular interest groups such as pregnant women, are available via https://www.facebook.com/nhsselondonccg/videos/ 

Coronavirus infections hit a new peak recently, so please don’t drop your guard.  Please continue to wear a mask on public transport, while shopping, and in other enclosed spaces

Towards an Age-friendly Borough


Age UK Lambeth are seeking for Lambeth to be a more age-friendly borough, based on 8 themes set by the World Health Organisation. They are currently inviting feedback from residents aged over 55, plus their carers and families, about the priorities.  They are hosting 3 on-line focus groups this month, on Thursdays 4, 11 and 18 November, each at 3 pm.  To attend one of these, please e-mail cathi@ageuklambeth.org or you can ask for a paper survey form.  For more information on the 8 themes, see https://ageing-better.org.uk/age-friendly-communities/eight-domains

Cook an extra Christmas dinner
 for an isolated older person this Christmas.  Once again Age UK Lambeth is inviting people to cook an extra Christmas dinner for someone living by themselves and deliver it to them on Christmas Day.  Interested?  To offer your support, phone 03 333 603 990 or e-mail to volunteer@ageuklambeth.org

Improving Black Men’s Health
Tony Cealy has just launched a new 4-month arts and health programme, to improve men’s mental health and wellbeing, and identify ways in which members can influence the services that are provided for them in the community.  See https://theblackmensconsortium.com

Greenspaces and Green Issues

Distinctions for local parks


Myatt’s Fields Park achieved a Gold Award in the London in Bloom awards last month.  Planning permissions were recently granted for the remodelling and extension of the Park depot building, and also for new floodlighting for the all-weather football pitch which will reduce glare for neighbours.

Windmill Gardens received a Green Flag Award in the 25th year of this awards scheme, which recognises the both the standard of upkeep and the community input into additional activities in this small park.
The planned extra opening weekend of the Windmill on 13 & 14 November is in question due to impending repairs to the floor in the Education Centre – please check the website for the latest position www.brixtonwindmill.org

Brockwell Park Tree Sculpture: 
Just behind the cafe, next to the 600-year old oak tree, Brixton artist Morganico has carved a tree sculpture to commemorate those who lost their lives during the pandemic, not just from infection, but also from mental health issues.  Come and view the sculpture and meet the artist on Saturday 6 November at 3 pm. Funded by the Lambeth Wellbeing Fund and supported by Lambeth Mind and Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses.

Help with Utility Bills

A Community Energy Talk has been set-up online by Homes for Lambeth for Lambeth residents who are over 65 or with a long-term health condition or disability.  It will be on Wednesday 10 November and cover energy tariffs, smart meters, energy-saving tips and other help available.  Please book a place through Wendy at wendy@homesforlambeth.co.uk or phone her on 07507 644 645.

Lambeth Larder
 have put details of local support on their website at https://www.lambethlarder.org/money-issues
Tariff switching has been a popular way of trimming domestic energy bills, but this is difficult right now because several of the smaller companies have gone out of business, and it may take a while for things to settle down.  Even so, there is further advice at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/energy

Other News

Library Services Returning

It is no longer necessary to make appointments to visit or study in the library.  Please continue to wear masks if you can, follow social distancing measures and use the hand sanitiser supplied.
Events are also taking place in libraries again though the numbers allowed in rooms have been reduced by half to allow for social distancing.  CO2 monitors are also in use to check that the air quality is safe.  The Gallery room in Brixton Tate Library now has a working induction loop for the benefit of those relying on hearing aids, and the ambition is to roll out similar systems to the rest of Lambeth’s libraries.
Many library events are also being streamed so those still reluctant to attend live events can take part from the comfort of home.

Changes at Black Cultural Archives

Arike Oke stepped down as Managing Director at BCA at the end of October. She will continue to be involved as a member of their Archives Advisory Group.  Lisa Anderson will join as interim Managing Director from 6 December.  She is currently Corporate Partnerships Lead at the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Brixton Advice Centre moving?

The Brixton Advice Centre on Railton Road has become a valued local institution, but its immediate surroundings are now more respectable than they were in the 1970s.  The search has begun for a new base with level access, and perhaps closer to the Council estates where social deprivation is more concentrated these days.

Keep in touch. Share your news!


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april 2021

Our next on-line meeting – Wednesday 28 April

This Forum meeting will be held on Zoom, starting at 7 pm.  We hope that you will want to join in, but please e-mail to the Forum Administrator at admin@brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org so that we can send you the log-in details a day or two before the meeting.

Fight The Tower Campaign

The Save Nour/ Save Brixton/ Fight the Tower Campaign continues to oppose Hondo Enterprises’ planning application for a 20-storey office block on Pope’s Road in the heart of Brixton, pictured above.  The application is now in the hands of Mayor Sadiq Khan, and he (or a new Mayor) will decide its fate at a public hearing in a few months’ time.  Meanwhile, the Campaign is engaging with local community groups, activists, residents, traders and skilled professionals to build the case against this monument and symbol of gentrification.  Brixton is our neighbourhood and London is our home. If the Tower is built, it will have a direct and detrimental environmental impact on the lives of thousands who call Brixton home.  Brixtonians, and Londoners in general, will keep demanding more meaningful consultations from local authorities, and more transparency for any future projects.  Join the conversation on 28 April online with Brixton Neighbourhood Forum.

More to come

If there are other local groups that want to make a presentation or report at this Forum meeting, or one coming up, please contact the Forum Secretary soon, at apiperbrix@aol.com   We are also setting up an on-line briefing on the Planning system, to help you with responding to other planning applications that come along. More news of that soon.

Funding, Training and Support

Designing London’s Recovery programme

The Mayor has launched an open innovation programme that supports London’s economic recovery.  Applications close at midday on 15 June.  There are 3 themes:
– Helping Londoners into good work;
– Building strong communities;
– Green New Deal and High Streets for all.
For more information, go to https://london.gov.uk/what-we-do/civil-society/grants-and-funding

Black on Track 2.0

This is an empowerment programme for Black people in Lambeth who are aged between 35 and 65 years old. It involves 10 training sessions in community enterprise development.  Application deadline is 30 April.  More information at  www.ubele.org or enquiries to Tishauna Mullings on 07 827 531 035 or tishauna.mullings@ubele.org

Sport England – Community Asset Fund

Capital grants from £10,000 to £50,000 are available to help sports clubs and community organisations adapt and re-open their premises in the wake of the pandemic. The closing date for applications is Friday 30 April.  More information at https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds

Windrush Community Fund

This fund is for charitable, voluntary and community organisations that work with communities from the Windrush generation.  Groups can bid for between £2500 and £25,000 from a total pot of £200,000 in phase 2 of the programme.  The aim is to ensure that people affected by the Windrush scandal are aware of the support available and are not missing out on compensation schemes.  The fund is administered by Voice4Change England on behalf of the Home Office, and deadline for bids is 30 June.  There is an on-line briefing event for interested groups on Wednesday 21 April between 2 pm and 4 pm.  More information from www.voice4change-england.com

Community Use of Lambeth Buildings

Lambeth Council is consulting on its Voluntary and Community Sector Asset Strategy, but the deadline for comments is Sunday 25 April.  Community organisations occupy a variety of Council buildings, but with wide variation in their rents and terms. The Council is seeking a more standardised approach, which also provides for upgrading buildings and ensuring lasting community use and sustainability.  The thinking seems to be to encourage more intensive use, and to give some credit for the number and range of users that a site provides for. Perversely, the scheme seeks to exclude Tenants Halls, Youth Centres, Adventure Playgrounds, despite some of these being among the most contentious under Council management.  Those for which there are already long leases are not affected.  Send comments or questions to VASA@lambeth.gov.uk

WinTrade Global Talks continue

The series of on-line get-togethers and talks for Women in Business continues on Thursdays 12 noon to 3 pm, now using the Airmeet conference platform.  Enquiries to Yvonne Thompson of 7 Traits Leadership Learning – yvonne.thompson@wintradeweek.com

Incidentally, 7 Traits Leadership Learning now bears a blue plaque provided by the Nubian Jak Foundation, to commemorate the first broadcast by Choice FM from the premises at 16 Trinity Gardens back in March 1990.

Arts Funding from the Paul Mellon Centre

Their grants programme opens for applications on 26 April, with a closing date of 17 May, with grants being released in July.  Once again, priority is being given to supporting organisations and individuals affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.  Research Continuity Grants of £10,000 are to support research on British art and architecture by institutions.  Research Continuity Fellowships of up to £5,000 will similarly support individuals with their projects. Write on Art, the national art writing competition for young people, now has a closing date of 30 June. More details on their website at https://paulmelloncentre.ac.uk/fellowships-and-grants

Tai Chi by the Windmill

Real time sessions are happening again between 11 am and 12 noon on Saturdays in Windmill Gardens, off Brixton Hill.  The adjacent cafe is also now operating, under the latest Covid regulations.  See www.brixtonwindmill.org

Other Local News

The Cherry Groce Memorial

Unveiling of new memorial in Windrush Square Sunday 25th April 2021 at 11am. On the same day Together We Rise: Remembering Cherry Groce online event 4 – 6pm via Eventbrite to register.

Friends of Loughborough Park

A Friends group has now been formally constituted to champion this pocket park on the east side of Brixton.  Lockdown had frustrated earlier efforts to organise, yet more people were discovering the park on their daily exercise.  It has helped that, after years of neglect, Lambeth found some funds to repair the children’s play area.  Enquiries about the Friends should go to friendsofloughboroughpark@gmail.com

Food Banks and Food Projects

Healthy Living Platform has been awarded a contract from Lambeth Council to co-ordinate and distribute surplus food in the borough, following a collaborative bidding process.  HLP have been providing food parcels to vulnerable or shielding residents since March last year.  They have developed a partnership with 33 other charities and food hubs, and linked up with schools and children’s centres.

HLP will provide a single point of contact for collection of surplus or unwanted food.  Distribution to local outlets will be via 3 hubs, the Brixton one being at Southwyck House Community Hall, off Moorland Road.

If you are involved with a community group interested in joining in, or with a business that can donate food or toiletries etc, contact Mala Naicker at malafpm@googlemail.com

If you are aware of families in need, refer them to the MyCommunity Gateway run by AgeUK Lambeth at mycommunity@ageuklambeth.org or phone 0333 360 3700.

Pop Brixton is back

The site has re-opened, with table seating for groups of up to 6.  There are now 14 street food traders on site, plus bars.  Social distancing measures are in place throughout, so please bring your face mask.  You do not need to queue if you are visiting one of the retail units, or have booked a table for Caribe, Only Food & Courses or the Greenhouse, but please tell the security team on arrival.

Incredible Edible Lambeth

The next in their series of Lambeth Food Stories will be on Tuesday 20 April entitled “Whose space is it anyway?”  They will be talking with people on Lambeth estates about what they would like to see happen on their land, with several residents due to talk about their experience of getting engaged with the greenspace on their estate.  The aim is to get more people involved with managing their outdoor surroundings, and supporting biodiversity and food-growing.  More information at www.incredibleediblelambeth.org 

Lambeth Life Returns

Lambeth Life is re-launching its print publication.  It mainly circulates in the north of the borough, but it may still be a useful channel for publicising what you are doing.  The editor is Josiah Mortimer, who can be contacted on 07 717 211 630 or josiah@lambethlife.com

Lockdown Lifts – with Music

Brixton BID is marking each stage of Lockdown lifting with music performances in the Town Centre by the Brixton Chamber Orchestra.  The next will be on Monday 17 May, and then Monday 21 June, at 1 pm, 2-30 and 4 pm.  The sites will be Electric Circle (crossroads of Electric Lane and Electric Avenue), Tunstall Square (opposite the Tube Station) and Brixton Station Road.

Sister2sister

Sister2Sister is a Women’s Empowerment Group, inspiring Women in their wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem. Latest news here: https://mailchi.mp/9c549d24658d/welcome-4753022

Yellow Qube Community Space St Martins Tulse Hill

The Yellow Qube is a lovely yellow building in Tulse Hill run by the Community Interest company (CIC), Lambeth’s 4NS. Historically St Martins TRA, local residents and local organisations campaigned for it and it was seed funded by Lambeth council. Metropolitan housing association, Optivo housing association (then Amicus Horizon) and Notting Hill housing association. Latest news here: https://yellowqube.org

Keep on networking!

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april 2020 update

Highlights in this issue

– Coping during the Coronavirus epidemic

– Health and Social Care news

– Greenspaces and green fingers

– Funding, training and other support

– Virtual events and news from groups

Coping during the Coronavirus epidemic

 Sharing information with you

We are currently circulating information twice a month, trying to keep you all in touch with developments and emerging sources of help.  Most of the information below is extra to that we circulated earlier this month. If there are other things you think the Forum should be doing, do tell us – but remember face-to-face meetings are still out of the question.   

Help with Shopping

Lambeth Council is currently trialling a new shopping offer, as part of its borough-wide food offer.  This is based on a service previously delivered by Age UK Lambeth.  It will be provided to residents who are unable to leave their homes due to Coronavirus, but who do not require an emergency food package.  Around Brixton, Vassall is one of the trial wards, with Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill about to be added.  Plans are still developing, but if you or a neighbour have a need for this, contact the Council’s helpline, 020 7926 2999 between 8 am and 8 pm, Monday to Friday, or see their website, www.lambeth.gov.uk and follow the links. 

Mutual Aid and WhatsApp groups

We found that the most complete listing of these groups around Brixton is on the Brixton Buzz website, including hot links – see www.brixtonbuzz.com

There is now a generic free phone number to contact the Mutual Aid groups, 0800 009 6504. The main local groups are:

– ABRA (Arlingford & Brailsford Roads, SW2)

-Acre Lane and West Brixton

  • Brixton Hill (Lyham Road/ Blenheim Gardens/ Lambert Road/ Branksome Road)

– Brixton SW2 (Glenelg/ Strathleven/ Kildoran/ Maulever/ Mandrell Roads)

– Brixton Water Lane & St. Matthew’s Estate

– Brockwell Park Estate, SW2

– Clapham Park (roads between Lyham Road and Kings Avenue, including Kingswood, Rosebery and Thornbury)

– Coldharbour (Central Brixton)

– Ferndale

– Leander Road

– Loughborough Junction

– Poets Corner (Railton and roads off)

– Tulse Hill (main group)

– Cressingham Gardens (sub-group of Tulse Hill)

– Mackie, Hillworth and Estoria Roads SW2 (sub-group of Tulse Hill)

– Vassall.

And if there are other active groups out there, please tell us – apiperbrix@aol.com

Local Businesses are still operating

You can now find them: Brixton Local is a new website that connects you to local services during the outbreak.  So far, 61 organisations are listed, from Brixton Brewery to Yogapoint, mostly businesses but also some VCS organisations like Brixton Pound.  The emphasis is on those providing delivery of goods, though there are also various remote services on offer such as advice and webinars.  Explore the site at https://www.brixtonlocal.life/

On-line Meetings

Recently we have all had to make use of various forms of on-line or virtual meeting systems.  However, if you are a registered charity or a limited company, key decisions still need to be made and recorded correctly, with an adequate quorum of board members or trustees involved.  The Directory of Social Change recently flagged up a handy guide to good practice, compiled by the Chartered Governance Institute.  It includes a useful comparison of the available types of software to enable such virtual board meetings.  The PDF file can be found here http://www.brixtonneighbourhoodforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Virtual-Board-Mtg-Ap20.pdf

However, it does not address the looming issue of Annual General Meetings, where more members may need to be involved – probably time to start reading the small print of your constitution! How should we support the “left behind”? Telling people to do it all on-line can work for a lot of people, but not everybody has either the kit or the IT skills to sort their benefits or order groceries on-line.  And how can anybody afford a smartphone if they are on Universal Credit?  This is troubling several of the Neighbourhood Forums right now – we want to be inclusive but we cannot see a way forward – got any bright ideas?

 Health and Social Care News

 Firms feeding NHS workers

The major food delivery firms have recently been offering concessions to NHS staff. Just Eat offered a 25% discount to NHS workers, and this has been extended until 26 April after staff had ordered a million meals through the scheme in its first two weeks. Last month, Uber Eats gave away 100,000 vouchers valued at £10 to enable NHS workers to buy a meal from the restaurants and convenience stores linked to its app. Deliveroo has raised £1.5 million to enable it to donate free meals to NHS workers.  The money, from customer donations and corporate funding, will provide £20 Deliveroo vouchers to 50,000 frontline workers, covering both the meal and delivery. Source: The Big Hospitality e-mail bulletins.

Staying Well

A major concern during the present crisis is to minimise demand on the hospitals, not just from coronavirus cases, but also from other conditions exaggerated by lack of exercise or fresh air, or the stress of sharing limited space at home.  Common threads among several “survival guides” seem to be setting a routine (but taking regular breaks), a varied diet rather than comfort eating, getting regular exercise, fresh air (at least you can now open a window) and touching base with the extended family, friends and colleagues. If you have any other “top tips”, why not share them with us? It may also be worth noting that Brixton Therapy Centre is offering Video and Telephone Consultations – enquiries to (020) 7733 9944 or e-mail to info@brixtontherapycentre.com

Greenspaces – and green fingers

Social distance in parks – jog responsibly!

  • Friends of Brockwell Park are encouraging park users to follow these guidelines to maintain social distance within the Park , which has been very busy on recent occasions. These apply across walkers, pram pushers, wheelchair users, runners and cyclists.
  • Move around the park on the left-hand side of the path, keeping 2m behind the person in front. Most paths are wide enough for you to stay 2m clear of people approaching from the other direction.
  • Overtake to your left, on the grass, keeping 2m clear of others.
  • If there is no space to the left, only use the opposite lane if this is clear of other users.  Do not walk, run or cycle between the two lanes, to maintain that 2m clearance.  That may mean joggers running on the spot until a safe space opens up, or cyclists dismounting, but please keep a safe distance.

Discover other green spaces

Why not ring the changes and explore some other open spaces on our patch?  I have just heard from a Town Centre resident who has discovered Myatt’s Fields Park for the first time.  Far fewer people know about the Loughborough Park open space – there is far more to it than a disused adventure playground.  You might think that Trinity Gardens, Blenheim Gardens and Wyck Gardens are too small to bother with, but at least the walk there will vary your exercise routine.  And with less traffic on the roads, a woodland walk through Brixton Orchard and Rush Common finally becomes worth tackling.

Grow at Home

Community gardening efforts are rather limited right now, but have not stopped completely.

Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses are running some “remote” sessions including Gardeners Question Time, Fermentation classes, Story Stompers and a Singing Group. They also have some young soft fruit bushes, grown from cuttings, for sale at £5 each.  For details of all these, see their website,  wwwbrockwellgreenhouses.org.uk/events/

Myatt’s Fields Park has a free seedlings scheme to help local people grow their own food at home.  This applies to residents of Coldharbour and Vassall wards  More details at www.myattsfieldspark.info/free-seedlings.html They have also highlighted the Lambeth Larder website for great tips on food growing, recipes and saving money.  See  www.lambethlarder.org

If you are an experienced grower, Incredible Edible Lambeth are looking for people to start vegetable seedlings at home and then share with the community.  See https://www.incedibleediblelambeth.org/news/growing-veg-for-your-community/

Funding, Support and Training 

New funding sources

The problem for many groups seems to be that income from events and sessional activities has dried up, but many fixed costs still need to be met, so the business plan has gone out the window.  Some funders have diverted resources to help keep voluntary groups operating, and if you are already operating with grant support, many funders are willing to be flexible about outcomes and reporting timescales – but you need to keep them in touch with any changes in how you are operating.  If you are still seeking funds, either to do more or to start something new, it’s more difficult right now. 

The London Community Response Fund has been delivering differently grants for the up-front costs of switching the way you deliver services, e.g. putting sessions online:  https://londoncommunityresponsefund.org.uk

For a more general list of sources for organisations supporting people during the Coronavirus lock-down, see  https://charitybank.org/news/covid-19-emergency-funding-for-charities-and-social-sector-organisations

Webinars and On-line Courses

Survival Strategies for Youth and Play organisations is a FAQ session being led by the Integrate Agency on Friday 24 April from 2 pm. Business planning, financial resilience and future income generation will be included.  To submit questions in advance, please e-mail to Tom Cunningham, tcunningham@lambeth.gov.uk by Wednesday. To reserve a place, e-mail richard.davis@integrateagency.co.uk

Homes for Lambeth has started a new partnership with the Virtual College to provide free access to selected on-line courses for Lambeth Council tenants. There is potential for more (see www.virtual-college.co.uk ) but on offer to start with are:- Nutrition and hydration;- Completing application forms;- Get moving, get healthy. The Directory of Social Change has confirmed that courses on its Training Online Platform will be free to access until 17 July.  More details at www.dscorg.uk and follow the links.

Virtual Events and Other News

Write on Art

Teenagers running out of things to do?  Write on Art is a national writing competition for students aged 15 to 18 and studying in the UK.  Its mission is to encourage an interest in Art History among young people. All students need to do is select one art work from www.artuk.org that fascinates them and persuade readers to share their interest and take a closer look.  Entries can be made in 2 categories, years 10/11 or 12/13, and win a cash prize of £500.  The deadline for entries has been extended to 31 July – see www.writeonart.org for guidelines and entry details. 

Soft Launch for “81 Acts” programme

Since last summer, several local groups and arts activists have been talking about how to mark the 40th anniversary of the original Brixton Riots in April 1981.  What is emerging is a programme of events under the banner of 81 Acts of Exuberant Defiance. With a year to go, we had intended some kind of curtain raiser over the Easter weekend, but the current restrictions ruled out even a stroll together along Railton Road, the old flashpoint. Instead, we have had to make do with a virtual launch, through e-mails and social media channels.  If you have not already picked this up, please check out the links below and respond with your own ideas and comments.  Share with your own networks, discuss with those who were around at the time, and consider if there are lessons for today.  Above all, we want you to start planning now so that Brixton can host a wide range of activities and events between April and October next year. Find out more at  https://81actsofexuberantdefiance.com Get involved by contacting connect@81actsofexuberantdefiance.com

A Longfield Hall Celebration

An evening of entertainment from the many artists who use the halls – on Friday 1st May at 7-30 pm, via their Facebook Live page  @Longfieldhall. Hosted live from their homes by the hall’s artistic director, Laura Harling, and presenters Adam Courting (BBC Radio 4) and Kate Starling (London Fringe Radio), with streamed performances from a range of artists and organisations that use the hall.  In order to support the artists at this difficult time, viewers are encouraged to donate via Paypal – more details at www.longfieldhall.org.uk/events

Lockdown Diaries

These days will pass – but keep a record. The Lock-down Diaries is a Lambeth Archives project to collect local people’s experiences of the Coronavirus epidemic in Lambeth.  The project is to encourage Lambeth residents to start keeping a diary, and then to send a copy to the Archives, documenting their lives right now. The Archives staff are particularly interested in the experiences of people whose lives have been dramatically affected by recent events, such as NHS staff and restaurant proprietors. 

Enquiries to archives@lambeth.gov.uk or by Twitter,  @LambethArchivesKeep in touch

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April 2019 Bulletin

News, Events and Activities

Windmill Gardens – Beer & Bread Festival 

This will be the next major event in Windmill Gardens, open between 1 pm and 5 pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 6 May.
Brixton Windmill itself will now be open for tours one weekend a month until October – for dates and bookings, see the Friends website, www.brixtonwindmill.org 

Events at Impact Brixton

The Hub at the back of Pop Brixton has an ongoing programme of training sessions and workshops, mainly to support those getting small enterprises underway.  Free or discounted rates for those who are already members of the Hub. Two notable sessions are coming up on Thursday 25 April:

Overcoming barriers on the way to success, 2 pm to 3-30 pm, non-members £5, free to members, workshop led by Vegard Olsen as part of the Business Helpdesk series.

The Mom Test – How to talk to customers and learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you,6-30 to 8 pm, non-members £15, members £5, a talk based on Rob Fitzpatrick’s bestseller. Register athttps://themomtest.eventbrite.co.uk

For more events, see their website, www.brixtonimpacthub.net or enquiries to Tamara Amarquaye on (020) 7926 3032 or e-mail tamara@impactbrixton.com

Creative Community Placemakers Network

A network covering Creatives, Artists, Performers, Designers, Placemakers and Community groups is being developed by Jacqueline Bleicher of Global Urban Design.  She has organised a meeting to explore the idea on Tuesday 30 April, 6 pm to 7 pm at the Basement level of Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill SW2. If interested, please register via Eventbrite on www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-community-placemakers-network-tickets-59300768194
or e-mail to enquiries@globalurbandesign.org or call 07 570 438 977.

Brixton Community Base

Under the banner of Common Ground, Brixton Community Base has launched a new series of classes for over 55s.  All Classes are free and held at Brixton Community Base in Talma Road, SW2 1AS.  To sign up, contact Jane on 07 941 624 247 or e-mail to brixtoncommunitybase@gmail.com
Topics include:
Drama Workshop, Saturdays 20 & 27 April, 10-30 am to 12-30 pm, Arts & Crafts, Thursdays from 2nd May, 2 pm to 3 pm;
Yoga, Thursdays from 30 May, 2 pm to 3 pm.

Youth Connect Careers Event

A reminder that We Rise is holding monthly careers events, each focussing on a different field of work, in conjunction with Business Launchpad.  Each is at International House, Popes Road, SW9, between 5 pm and 7 pm.  These are aimed at Lambeth-based 16-18 year-olds, to help them explore different careers and build conections with professionals in those fields.  Enquiries to: hello@werise.org.uk
Next up are:
– Tuesday 14 May –  Health & Sport, 
– Tuesday 4 June – Finance & Tech.

Support the Remakery!

A familiar story around Brixton these days is of landlords jacking up rents and thereby pricing out familiar traders and community organisations.  More disappointing though when it’s Lambeth Council adopting the greedy landlord approach. The Remakery, below Council flats on the corner of  Lilford Road and Paulet Road, is facing a rent review in July, with the threat of its annual rent increasing from £6,000 to £40,000 a year – hardly realistic when the whole turnover of the organisation is only £28,000 a year.  It looks unlikely that a commercial business would want to take over this remote location.


The Remakery – or Lambeth Re-use Centre –  was set up a few years ago, with Council support, to encourage recycling of unwanted objects into resaleable goods, and to help people learn practical skills.  Once again a grassroots project appears to be the victim of the Council losing interest once the novelty wears off.

Were you around back in 1971?

An unusual request from a documentary film company, On The Corner Films:  They are producing a documentary series focussed on the music, culture and politics of the year 1971. They are particularly keen to track down home movie footage, particularly of people playing or listening to music, or at music festivals or carnivals. See also their website, www.onthecorner.tv


If you (or your granny!) have anything to share, contact Natalie Fiennes on 07 986 559 115 or e-mail to natalie@onthecorner.tv

Community Business Weekend – 16/19 May

Do you run a Community Business? Want to find new customers, volunteers or members? This event can showcase your impact and provide free marketing support (and some bunting).  Word came to us via Locality but the event is organised by Power to Change – more details at their website, www.powertochange.org.uk

Your Views on Events in Parks and open spaces – reminder

We discussed this at our last meeting on 1st April, and the main concerns expressed were:

– Large areas of public open space are being taken out of use for long periods so commercial events can be staged on them.

– Although this is supposed to be to raise money, finances are not transparent about how much comes back to that park, or to Lambeth parks generally.

– These events cause damage to grass and paving from heavy vehicles, concentrated footfall and temporary structures. There is not enough time between events for the ground to recover.

– Noise disturbance to people living around the park, particularly from entertainment events.

– Community-based events are discouraged by the demand from commercial events, and by cumbersome booking arrangements designed for bigger events.

Have we missed anything?  We encourage you to respond directly to the Council – see www.lambeth.gov.uk and follow the links to the Consultations page. The closing date for comments is Sunday 5 May.

Funding, Support and Training opportunitiesLambeth Wellbeing Fund projects

Last year we published details of this grant programme, and it’s good to see several local projects now being supported from Round 3, including Brixton Community Base, Community Education Foundation/ Lyncx, Moorlands Community Development Project, The Remakery and Ubele.  A few examples are mentioned in this bulletin, or the previous one.  More recently, Friends of Brixton Tate Library were awarded funding for a series of Tai Chi sessions at the Library on Saturday mornings, starting in May.

Introduction to Computer Skills Course

Just about to start at Mosaic Clubhouse, 65 Effra Road, SW2 – assessment session on Wednesday 24 April, 11 am to 1 pm.  Course will run from Wednesday 1 May until 10 July, 11 am to 1 pm at Mosaic Clubhouse.  The course will cover key computer skills including e-mail, web search and basic Microsoft programs Word and Excel.  You will gain a City & Guilds Functional ICT qualification.  This course is free to Lambeth residents on benefits.  Enquiries to Sinead on (020) 7924 9657 or s.obrien@mosaic-clubhouse.org

Tech Mates at Pop Brixton

For older residents, Pop Brixtonhosts introductory sessions on computers, smartphones and IT on Thursday mornings, 10 to 11 am.  Equipment is provided but feel free to bring your own phone, laptop or tablet – particularly if you are struggling with how to make it work! This free class is led by Pop member, KHK Technology, who supply refurbished IT equipment to schools and other organisations.  NB – limited to 6 places per session, sign up through the Pop Brixton website or enquiries toinfo@popbrixton.org

First Aid Skills Day for over 50s

Another event at Pop Brixton in Brixton Station Road – St. John’s Ambulanceare holding a free First Aid Skills session (with lunch!) on Thursday 23 May, 11 am to 2-30 pm. The aim is to build up a network of first aid champions among local community groups.  For enquiries or bookings, contact Rosie on 07 896 969 869 or e-mail to rosie.mcgloughlin@sja.org.uk

Achieving Life Balance Workshop

Wise Women Wellness presents a free self-development programme, Sista Self-care Coaching Circle, for a small group of women to learn the 6 life domains, set goals and boost confidence in a supportive coaching group.  Sessions over 7 weeks at the Eurolink Centre, Effra Road, SW2, the first on Saturday 27 April, 9-30 am to 4 pm, then on Tuesday evenings.  Supported by the Ubele Initiative and funded via LCF.  To book, call Sharon Brooks on 07 973 825 255 or e-mail toinfo@wisewomenwellness.org.uk

Lambeth Larder Resources Directory

Lambeth Larder started with a church-based group in Kennington in 2015, trying to map community food resources. When the pilot scheme ended, they decided their online map was too useful a resource to let go, so they managed to find more funding to expand the project and also publish paper copies of their Directory, a 20-page free guide to food banks, advice centres and other support groups.  Lambeth Larder now works in partnership with Brixton Advice Centre, and last year its resources reached 35,000 people around the borough. Enquiries to info@lambethlarder.org or to download the directory, go to the web pages below.

In fact there are several strands of information about health services, advice and community contacts to be found by exploring the revamped Public Health web pages within the Lambeth Council website: Start from www.lambeth.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health/your-health

Volunteers Wanted!

Loughborough Farm (on Loughborough Road, opposite Wyck Gardens) is hosting a Welcome session for new and prospective volunteers on Saturday 27 April from 1-15 pm. This will include a tour of the space and an introduction to how it is run. The session will last about an hour, but you are welcome to stay for the tea-break afterwards. Regular volunteering is an opportunity to pick up or refresh basic gardening skills, such as sowing, transplanting, composting and harvesting. Please book your place by e-mail to Emily at loughboroughfarm@gmail.com

If your project needs volunteers for certain tasks, why not advertise your needs in our next bulletin?

Measnwhile, national charities are not hesitating to ask.  News just in from Keep Britain Tidy that they are seeking volunteers (over 18) for their Litter Heroes Ambassador Programme, for people who want to get their communities involved in litter-picking and improving public spaces for all.  Applications are open until Monday 6 May. For more information contact LHAmbassador@keepbritaintidy.org

Directory of Social Change

We continue to receive occasional updates from the Directory of Social Change about their funding directories, charity management handbooks and training courses. For more details about all of these, see their website at www.dsc.org.uk 

Keeping in Touch

Forum Meetings

We are currently trying to firm up a couple of informal meetings to plan Forum activities through 2019.  You are all welcome to attend the next General Meeting of the Forum – it has been booked for Thursday 27 June, 6-45 pmat the Vida Walsh Centre, 2b Saltoun Road, SW2 (facing onto Windrush Square).

Future Bulletins

We aim to issue these bulletins each month, so if you want to include something in our next issue, please send it to us before11 May.We are often short of time, so earlier is better – and after allowing for editing and distribution, there’s not much point in telling us about events happening much before the 18/19 May weekend. Please send direct to apiperbrix@aol.com

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