Better Futures (2018-2020)
Project to improve the future prospects of women and their children affected by domestic violence, and children and young people from low income households. Individuals will receive practical help, build self-confidence and self-worth, find new friends and gain a sense of purpose and hope for the future.
Creative Volunteers Chart the Mayflower (2018-2019)
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower leaving the UK to take settlers to America. In the run up to this event, the grant created opportunities for local people to research, discuss and creatively develop workshops relating to the voyage. Delivered in community settings, the workshops animated the story in a way that is relevant, accessible and fun. It will build intergenerational connections and community ownership of the Mayflower anniversary. Importantly, it stimulated debate and awareness around the themes of migration and religious tolerance.
Walworth Community Gardening Network (2017-19)
The grant funded a project co-ordinator to establish a permanent network of community gardening projects in Walworth’s housing estates, streets and community centres that provide mutual aid, support and sharing of best practice to local residents in gardening and food growing skills. The project included on-site gardening training days at estates & centres, an annual gardening conference and annual Garden Show in Walworth.
Business Readiness Programme for Migrant and Ethnic Businesses (2018-19)
Migrant and ethnic businesses are an integral part of the Elephant and Castle community; they provide goods at reasonable prices, services in specific languages, act as information centres and meeting points for the local population. Regeneration plans may lead to commercial displacement and further marginalisation of the local community. The project provided tailored ‘business readiness’ support to the small migrant and ethnic businesses affected by the regeneration. It increased their ability to take advantage of discounted retail rents within the new shopping centre and/or successful relocation. This project addressed a widespread challenge – in Southwark and beyond – and has the potential to be rolled out to other areas.
Young Vic Unpacked (2018)
Drawing on the Chicago experiences of the Young Vic’s incoming Creative Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, this exciting new project took world-class theatre to community hubs in Southwark. Frank Wedekind’s challenging play ‘Spring Awakening’ tackles issues around emerging sexuality, mental health, and relationships and was performed in the venues of several longstanding UStSC partners including Pembroke House and The Salmon Centre.
Musicity Southwark (2018)
Musicity Southwark 2018 celebrated the music, diverse community, history and architecture of north Southwark with the release of 7 new and exclusive pieces of music by local artists at various locations, plus a series of related tours and talks.