Residents on the St Martin’s Estate have been working together for some time on a project to transform several areas of their estate into thriving community gardens – including an area of wasteland on the corner of Roupell Road and the South Circular that they have renamed Huggin’s Corner. The TRA is great example of one of the many ways residents come together to act as champions for their area.
Lambeth Council runs a Neighbourhood Champion scheme (previously called Street Champions) – where residents voluntarily sign-up with Lambeth Council to act as a connection for their street/estate/community to various council services. Neighbourhood Champions may check on elderly neighbours when the weather’s cold, might be a friendly face and say ‘hello’ when new people move in, or let the Council know if a pothole appears. They care about the street/estate they live on – and the people they share it with. You get support from Lambeth Council – who can help with information on organising, funding, community events and other support to improve your area. You can email the Lambeth Council team for more information on Neighbourhood Champions.
One of the major sources for funding community projects is the Mayor of London’s Grow Back Greener Fund. This fund has two themes in 2021: access to green space (including greening wasteland and community gardens like on St Martin’s Estate) and climate change. The deadline for applying is 13th September 2021 and you can find out more information on the website. If you want to talk through ideas for your area then do drop us a line.