Pictures drawn by pupils from Jubilee Primary School
Pictures drawn by pupils from Jubilee Primary School

*CAMPAIGN UPDATE – 15th May 2020 (original post further down page)*

The Connecting Tulse Hill campaign was launched by a coalition of the three Tulse Hill Councillors, south London based employment/training-focused social enterprise Tree Shepherd, local charity High Trees Community Development Trust and Jubilee Primary School in April. We came together to raise funds to buy computer equipment and provide internet access to those who don’t have it in our area and in the last two weeks over £10,000 has been raised towards our target of £20,000. You can watch the BBC News coverage of the campaign (including an interview with Mary) here.

So far 63 tablets/laptops, dongles have been delivered through our local schools and partner organisations including High TreesJubilee School and the St Matthews football project. But as you can imagine, demand is high – especially as some community groups report as many as 1 in 6 local residents struggle to stay digitally connected compared to the 1 in 10 average for London.

As you will know schools are setting work for pupils at home to do online, people are being asked to continue working at home and there has been a shift towards online shopping since shops were closed back in March. Unfortunately too many households simply do not have the data access or enough equipment to do this.

If you haven’t already thought about donating to this campaign please do consider it – you can click here to donate. This fundraising and the equipment/internet access we provide is only a short term solution though – and we will be raising the issues of digital inclusion at the next Lambeth Council meeting.

No donation is too small and we would be grateful if you could share this campaign with anyone else you know who may be interested in helping our local community.

*UPDATE* Wednesday 6th May 2020 – 10 days after launching Connecting Tulse Hill and we’ve passed the £10,000 target! Thank you to everyone who has donated/helped. We’ve already started handing out devices and fundraising doesn’t stop. Click here to see the new campaign target!

*UPDATE* Friday 1st May 2020 – one week after launching our campaign has reached over £7,500 of its £10,000 target!

*UPDATE* Saturday 2nd May 2020 – you can watch the BBC London News coverage of the campaign here

Lambeth Council’s crowdfunding service has been a response to the Government’s huge cuts to its budget. Crowdfunding allows community projects to raise funds like they usually do – but then benefit from having Lambeth Council double the total amount they have raised – up a maximum of £5000.

As your local Tulse Hill Councillors we are working with local community and residents’ groups on a crowdfunding campaign as a response to challenges raised by coronavirus. We know about the challenges some residents have getting access to the internet and the difficulties this results in when using services like paying Council Tax or accessing education tools.

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we contacted local community and residents’ groups about their concerns in response to the shutdown of services – asking what we and the Council could do to help them. Their number one concern was food supply – however, this was closely followed by difficulties in getting access to the internet.

Many residents use their phones to do all their business as well as personal tasks – whilst community hubs like High Trees Community Development Trust are also used for studying, applying for jobs and training. High Trees surveyed their users at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and found 4 out of 5 people were either having difficulties accessing data and/or hardware for themselves and their families. Coronavirus has revealed the extent that local people rely on being digitally connected as well as the many people who are not connected at all.

Local community groups, including the Tulse Hill Tenants and Residents Associations, St Mathews TRA and the St Matthews Project, have come together with the projects lead partners and the Tulse Hill Ward Councillors, to take action to raise funds to buy computer equipment and provide internet access to those who don’t have it. We know the importance of getting equipment out as soon as possible. Thanks to early donations we have already been starting to provide digital equipment to our community members.

You can read more about this important project for local people and make a donation by visiting the campaigns webpage here.

Tiba Powell, Chair of governors, Jubilee Primary School:

“At Jubilee primary school we have a proud tradition of not leaving anyone behind and giving all our children equal opportunity to learn and grow. 

 As a community it is our collective responsibility to help these children so they are not being set back further in their learning. 

Schools and teachers are doing an amazing job organising and setting learning activities and it would be great if we can help deliver it to all our children. 

Your donations are grateful received. Thank you!”

Hazel Turay, Treasurer Tulse Hill Tenants and Residents Association:

“We are pleased to be able to support this we know many individuals and families have problems assessing data on a regular basis. We will give a bit to help reach the target.”

Lee Dema, St.Matthews Project:

“SMP fully support this scheme which will be of huge benefit to many young people we work with. Having no access to the internet and struggling to get slots in a local library is something many young people around Tulse Hill face just trying to keep up with their studies and get on in life.”

The 3 lead partners for Connecting Tulse Hill are:

  • High Trees Community Development Trust run a range of community adult education courses, employment support, community action initiatives, youth and play services
  • Tree Shepherd run the GLOWS Maker Space and co-working hub for small enterprises on Tulse Hill Estate
  • Jubilee Primary School educate hundreds of children and families from across the Tulse Hill community – making sure that their development, happiness and well-being is at the heart of everything they do
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