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King's Civic Challenge 2019/20 charities

685x200-civic-challenge-mol-headerBelow are the details of the charities confirmed to take part in King’s Civic Challenge 2019/20.


Charities taking part in King’s Civic Challenge 2019/20 (last updated 6 Jan 2020)
CharityWhat we doWhat we want to explore
Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST) Bankside Open Spaces Trust is an environmental and volunteering charity. We manage and maintain open spaces, welcome volunteers from both the community and the corporate sector, run regular gardening groups, support park steering groups, organise and take part in public events and educational projects, and offer advice to others. We would like to further address the national skills gap in horticulture. We deliver a high impact, accredited employability program which we are now looking to build on and expand, enabling us to support more people in to employment. The huge success of the program means we are now in a position to develop a exemplary model for our ‘Future Gardens’ employability program that can be rolled out on a national basis.
Cardinal Hume Centre We support homeless young people and families at risk of homelessness. Through a range of services, including supported accommodation for 37 young people, we work to prevent homelessness and improve outcomes for young people and families. We are interested in the difficulties that families with older teenagers and young adults can face in terms of housing, finances and family life. We know that financial difficulties often arise when young people leave school and, coupled with this, many families in Westminster are living in overcrowded or unsuitable accommodation. These issues can be exacerbated as children grow up and the added stresses can lead to family conflict, putting young people at risk of homelessness. We want to explore whether young people are aware of the issue and what housing options exist for them in their local area. We also want to identify what help families would appreciate with these problems.
Carers’ Hub Carers’ Hub Lambeth is an independent local charity based in Brixton. ​Our work stems from the fact that carers’ lives can be negatively impacted in all sorts of ways as a result of their caring role. Whether financial, educational or otherwise, we seek to limit the challenges that carers face in two key ways: by working with carers directly, and by influencing the local services and policies that affect them. We would like to explore how we can best reduce isolation and increase wellbeing for carers in Lambeth, by increasing our understanding of the level of need and developing a solution within the constraints of very limited resources.
Copleston Centre The Copleston Centre is a space for everyone in heart of Peckham. Every week, more than 500 people of all faiths and none join us for activities from pilates to community singing, and baking classes to drumming workshops. This multi-cultural, multi-purpose community centre grew around Copleston Church, a joint Church of England and United Reformed Church with a thriving congregation. All our groups are run by local residents, and some have been going for over 35 years. Our current programmes include services for people with mental health concerns and older people. We want to build on our mental health work, while improving our own operations – our management, business plan, PR and storytelling and social media. We also have an ambitious building development plan for the church and centre.
Friends of Windmill Gardens Currently we open Brixton Windmill (Grade II* built 1816) to the public for tours and provide workshops at the mill for local schools. From November 2019 we will be managing Brixton Windmill Centre, a new building leased from Lambeth Council, standing next to the windmill – delivering a well-used education/visitor/community centre for the Brixton Hill neighbourhood and all Lambeth residents. We want to develop the education programme at the Brixton Windmill Centre in a way that generates wider local participation and income, and establish a pop-up café in the Brixton Windmill Centre to increase local usage of the space.
Girls United Girls United is an organisation that empowers girls and young women through football programmes that go beyond the technical to deliver life skills. We deliver programmes that are accessible and that give players the tools they need to pursue their ambitions as confident leaders of their communities. Our mission is to the level the playing field, on and off the pitch. Though we engage many participants that have not played football previously, there is a particular challenge in engaging inactive participants at the age of 11+ – we would be interested in finding creative solution to engaging girls that are not active at that age.

We are also exploring campaigns to engage women in the sports industry as ambassadors and role models for the organisation, or potentially corporate supporters. We are hoping to engage a high-profile community in our mission and vision.
Global Girl Media UK GGM UK empowers young women (aged 14 to 22) from disadvantaged backgrounds, through digital journalism and media training, providing them with opportunities and a platform to bring their powerful perspectives to the global media stage. The disadvantages they face might be financial (living in lower-income households or/and being NEET), based on their ethnicity, race, religion, disability, refugee status, mental health issues or gender identity. Our main activities include our 3-week intensive GGM Academy, skills-booster training events, our newsroom, a mentoring program and organising panel discussions and conferences. We are interested in finding a way to empower young women from marginalised and at-risk communities to use the power of the media to amplify their voices on issues directly related to them, in a safe and edifying environment. We also want to explore how we can motivate these young women into media-related careers.
Hubbub Foundation We’re a charity that creates environmental campaigns with a difference. We’re positive and design playful campaigns that inspire people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices, which more often than not help save money and bring people together. We concentrate on things people are passionate about and are relevant day-to-day, like fashion, food, homes and neighbourhoods. We keep things simple, offering practical and realistic solutions that help people to cut waste, make clothes last longer, save money and create cleaner spaces to live and work in. We want to make growing and eating healthy, affordable and sustainable food easier for people in urban areas. We are keen to get people growing more food, with a particular focus on urban areas with poor food provision, and low income areas.

Our ambition is to develop a micro farm/indoor growing space that’s open to the local community and housed somewhere accessible such as a community fridge or centre. It could showcase low maintenance technologies such as hydroponics/soilless growing and would operate as a take what you need site for herbs and salad leaves.
London Youth London Youth is a charity on a mission to improve the lives of young people in London, challenging them to become the best they can be. Through our network of over 450 community youth organisations, all over London, we create opportunities for young people in the arts, sports, social action and employability. We also support and upskill community organisations so they can offer the best possible opportunities for the young people they serve. We know that young Londoners are enormously creative, but they face significant barriers that keep them from making the most of the creative and cultural opportunities that London has to offer. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to engage with creative activities than their peers, and the local community organisations that support these young people don’t always have the skills, connections or confidence to make high-quality opportunities available.
Longfield Hall Trust LHT runs a Grade II listed community hall in Lambeth and is developing the space as a small-scale performance and rehearsal venue to complement the classic village hall activities. LHT is particularly interested in enabling young performers from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in the arts. We have a particular focus on dance and we want to use the King's Civic Challenge team to develop a programme that will enable our young street dancers to get into, and graduate from, dance schools and conservatoires.
Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) LJAG is a volunteer-run community action charity working to improve the environment and lives of people who live and work in Loughborough Junction. As well as keeping local people in touch with everything that is going on in our community we run four projects: Grove Adventure Playground, keeping 350 children and young people safe, open on Saturdays and during school holidays; Loughborough Farm, a community food growing project on a piece of once derelict land; the Community Cafe, serving healthy vegetarian meals; and Craft Workshops teaching people how to make and repair clothes, knitting and crochet. We know there are local people who we are not yet engaging or supporting through our activities – we would like to interrogate perceived needs in the area and explore what we and our networks can do to meet them. We are also interested in how we can grow as an organisation, through our long-term planning and financial management.
Mousetrap Theatre Projects Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ mission is to give young people living in London who are disabled, disadvantaged or facing other challenges the chance to share in the life-enhancing social and wellbeing benefits of attending and participating in theatre. Every year, we take up to 15,000 young people to see the best of London’s theatre at heavily subsidised rates and run drama projects in schools and communities. These projects develop creative skills and personal skills and raise confidence and aspirations. Across London, after-school clubs are being closed in primary schools due to lack of funding. This negatively affects families on low-income who rely heavily on these groups. We would like to investigate the impact the closure of these clubs is having and figure out what we can do to counteract it.
Rathbone Rathbone provides services to children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and Autism. These include youth-work, homework clubs, youth outreach work, social clubs and groups, supported living, adult outreach work and specialist domiciliary care, a challenging behaviour community support programme and a drop-in service. We also provide some mainstream youth services in our local community of West Norwood. We are interested in addressing health inequalities for people with learning disabilities who have poorer health outcomes than the general population. We are concerned about mental health and knife crime in young people.
Southwark Pensioners’ Centre Southwark Pensioner’s Centre supports 1500 older people across the London Borough of Southwark every year, providing a wide range of revitalizing health, education, volunteering and social activities. Our aim is to improve the physical and mental health of older people throughout Southwark and prevent or delay the onset of age-related illnesses. Our Centre is a vital one-stop point, open Mondays to Fridays, that eliminates the need for journeys to multiple agencies.

We are open and welcoming and our users are diverse and from all sections of the community. We are well connected to partners and other community organisations sharing information, advice and resources.
We know that isolation and loneliness of older people is compounded for those from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority communities who may feel less able to take part in activities and services available to the wider community. Our recent experience of holding seminars targeted at specific Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups is of people from those communities welcoming the specific focus on them, the opportunity to talk about their concerns, to highlight ways of improving their access to services, participation in research and to share learning both within and outside their communities. People from these communities would like more opportunity to come together to learn about services and activities and we would like to build on that work using art and culture to engage.
St. Matthew’s Project Our mission is to provide a safe and encouraging environment where young people can come together and enjoy structured sports and learning opportunities, and to help the young people of Lambeth fulfil their potential and improve their well-being both physically and emotionally through targeted support to children and families. We offer free football, sports and development opportunities for disadvantaged young people living mainly in the Tulse Hill and Coldharbour wards of Lambeth. We want to explore issues around neglect and trauma for both young people and staff, and what we can do to support individuals.
Theatre Peckham Theatre Peckham is a flagship cultural venue and a pioneering learning theatre where inspirational artists meet aspirational young people. Our vision is to create the environment in which young people of all ages have equality of opportunity to lead, participate, work in and enjoy the arts and culture. We provide education and training opportunities for every child to emerge as an inspired artist by working with creative practitioners, offering a first experience in participation as well as developing artists and arts leaders, in a venue that is locally focussed with a national and international vision. Theatre gives children the skills and the creativity to understand the world, discover their own voice and develop empathy. But the number of children engaging in theatre is falling faster than any other creative activity and those who don’t attend with their family are less likely to attend as adults. Audiences will become even less reflective of society and young people are unlikely to see a potential career in theatre as performers and theatre makers. We want to explore how we ensure that every child gets the opportunity to experience theatre?
Time and Talents Founded in 1887 to support the people of Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, today Time and Talents runs social, art and learning-based activities for all ages, activities targeted at people with high levels of need such as isolated elderly people and disabled groups, and universal wider projects and events designed to create a happy, healthy, connected community. We believe that fun, friendships and mutual support make a happier, healthier community where everyone is included. Since the closure of many local services, we’ve had an increasing number of people dropping in to our centre with mental health issues, ranging from anxiety and depression to psychosis and self-harm. Many are desperate to spend time in the company of others but don’t want to participate in the organised groups in our centre. They’re also in need of 1:1 listening support and advice and advocacy and we’re struggling to meet the demand with our small team. We’ve just developed a small drop-in space and we’d like to think about ways to manage this space and the needs of the people who will be using it, which could include volunteering and befriending.
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