United St Saviour’s has awarded 19 grants in Round 2 of its Community Engagement Programme 2017-18. Successful projects starting from October 2017 include exciting theatre collaborations with LGBTQ+ older people in SE1 and dementia cafe service users in SE16; large community festivals in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe; and fashion design workshops for unemployed women. Details of the grants awarded in Round 2, and Round 1 are below:

Community Engagement Programme 2017-18 – Round 2 grants

Alberta Tenants and Residents Association £1,390

Development of the Alberta Fruit Commons project in Newington ward to improve the environment and engage Alberta Estate residents around the planting and harvesting of fruit trees.

Amader Bhobishot (Our Future) £3,215

Project to deliver TaeKwondo self defence classes on the Tabard Estate, Borough, and enable young people to learn martial arts skills and develop self-discipline and resilience.

Bankside Residents Forum £3,500

Project to identify isolated older people in Bankside and connect them with mainstream service providers enabling their voices to be heard.

Bengali Womens Group £4,000

Weekly lunch club for mainly older Bangladeshi women to meet, socialise, engage in healthy eating and access local services.

Bermondsey Street Festival £2,000

Contribution to the 2018 Festival’s Community Stage area which hosts local bands, choirs, dog show, maypole and attracts large numbers of visitors.

Big Local South Bermondsey Community Choir £910

Development of the Community Choir which comprises mainly older people from South Bermondsey.

Blue Bermondsey BID £2,000

Contribution to the 2017 Blue Christmas community event at Market Square, Bermondsey, which attracts visitors from neighbouring estates.

Children’s Literacy Charity £4,000

Literarcy Lab project to enable 24 local primary school children to achieve their age related literacy levels.

D Foundation £2,749

Creative skills workshops and special edition magazine connecting the Latin American community in Elephant & Castle with creative industries.

Dockland Settlements £3,425

Art skills workshops for local children themed around 3 cultural festivals – Chinese New Year, Holli and St George’s Day – culiminating in public art exhibitions at the Hub in Surrey Quays Shopping Centre

Dot Collective £945

Professional theatre production written in collaboration with users of the dementia cafe at Time & Talents Centre in Rotherhithe.

Glot Fashion Workshop £1,990

Fashion design workshops, including freehand cutting & sewing techniques and garment construction, to unemployed women mainly from BAME communities to increase their skillset and refer to education and employment opportunities.

Marshalsea Tenants and Residents Association £2,500

Continuation of cookery club run by a local tenants association in partnership with JusPlayUK at venues in the Borough for local children to develop cooking skills and confidence.

Pedworth Sheltered Housing Unit £1,000

Contribution towards an Xmas event for older people at Pedworth Sheltered Housing Unit, Rotherhithe, and weekly talks by speakers.

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers £3,250

Expansion of advice and advisory services to refugees and asylum seekers in north Southwark at the Centre’s St Mary Newington base.

Trinity Newington Residents Association £718

Community festive event and concert bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together in the Borough.

Walworth Golden Oldies £1,900

Project to enhance digital communication skills of older people in Walworth, using volunteer students from Walworth Academy plus craft activities and outings.

What’s on Rotherhithe Group £3,000

Contribution towards the costs of the 2017 Illuminate Rotherhithe festival to promote understanding of the Mayflower voyage to the New World, 1620.

Young Vic Theatre £5,000

Contribution towards the costs of a Community Production and Show created with local LGBTQ+ older people.


Community Engagement Programme 2017-18 – Round 1 grants (21 no.)

Afro Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute £1,150

Continuation of the Cultural Exchange Festival in Southwark to provide weekly sessions of music, dance and martial arts for children from low income families in and around Newington Causeway.

Art in the Park £2,300

Creative workshops with older people living with dementia at Rose Court care home, Surrey Docks ward, around Rotherhithe’s maritime heritage, culminating in a public exhibition.

Arundel Court Residents Association £1,000

Community outing to Brighton for older residents, formerly from Bermondsey.

Bankside Open Spaces Trust £3,200

Large street party in Union Street, Flat Iron Square and Redcross Way, SE1, to promote tolerance and co-operation on the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP. The event came shortly after the Borough Market terrorist attack and was attended by around 3,500 north Southwark residents.

Bankside Village Tenants Management Organisation £2,000

Bankside Summer Festival: Community event bringing together Bankside residents, businesses and organisations to celebrate Bankside’s diversity and rich heritage.

Blackfriars Settlement £1,800

Gardening programme at Park Street, SE1, to improve the health and well being of Blackfriars Settlement’s mental health service users, in partnership with Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Bricklayers Arms Tenants and Residents Association £2,000

East Walworth street party to connect residents from the Bricklayers, Alvey, Mardyke and Salisbury Estates and users of Pembroke House community hub.

Camberwell After School Project £4,910.50

Summer Play Scheme 2017: Free and subsidised Summer Play Scheme places to children from economically disadvantaged families in Newington.

Draper Residents Association £1,650

Summer event on the Draper Estate, Elephant & Castle, to celebrate the diversity of ‘Britishness’ among local residents in the wake of Brexit.

Finnish Art Group in London £1,000

Scandinavian art, music and cultural exhibitions to showcase Rotherhithe’s Scandinavian heritage in Albion Street, SE16.

Friends of Pasley Park £2,000

Community promenade and fete at Pasley Park that connects residents from West and East Walworth.

Lucy Brown House £1,305

Continuation of supper clubs and social activities for older sheltered housing residents in Cathedrals Ward.

Marden Square Sheltered Housing Unit £1,400

Development of the Sheltered Housing Unit’s vibrant gardening project and community outings for sheltered residents.

Metaplay £3,350

Oral history project and Southwark Community Voices film tracing the recent regeneration and transformation of Bermondsey and Rotherhithe’s industries and communities as told by longstanding residents.

Mint Street Music Festival £1,341

Mint Street Park Music Festival 2017 to bring local residents and families together in Cathedrals ward.

Rennie Tenants & Residents Association £1,000

Community event to build networks and connections between residents of the Rennie housing estate in South Bermondsey.

South London Cares £4,735

Continuation of South London Cares’ social clubs in Elephant & Castle, Walworth and Bermondsey helping to connect 180 older neighbours and younger volunteers.

Southwark BME Festival £2,000

Events and exhibitions to showcase and celebrate the stories of people’s journeys, from the BME community, to North Southwark.

St Saviour’s, Purbrook and Alwyn Magdalen Tenants and Residents Association £845

Community outing for older people from the Magdalen Estate in Grange ward.

Tabard Growers £1,200

Development of a new group of community gardeners and food growers at the Tabard Estate in Borough.

What’s on in Rotherhithe Group £1,560

Resurrection of a community website SE16.com for Rotherhithe and Bermondsey residents, utilising Bankside Press.

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