Here’s Hoping: Local opportunities

As Rebecca Solnit writes “hope is only a beginning; it’s not a substitute for action, only a basis for it.”  So here is a hopeful list of local opportunities that you could get involved in. It’s by no means exhaustive, it’s only a beginning. If you know of any other schemes you’d like to see listed on this page, please get in touch!

Grow Elephant's mission is to help communities across Elephant and Castle and Walworth with improving the quality of the local environment. They run gardening clubs with local TRAs and schools, organise regular gardening workshops, volunteering sessions, and propagate plants for use on projects across the area. They also host events like community groups, film screenings and live music.

Stockwell Partnership is a charity run by local people for local people. We aim to improve the quality of life in the local neighbourhood by undertaking projects, building partnerships, and supporting residents to take action on issues they care about.

Volunteer Centre Lambeth brings together people interested in volunteering with voluntary organisations needing volunteers. 

Walworth Garden provide education, training, and therapy in sustainable horticulture. Their mission is to change lives by delivering excellent learning and horticultural therapy in an award winning garden that's open to all 

The Princes Trust in Kennington help 13 to 25-year-olds work towards their personal goals through Fairbridge, a free and fun personal development programme to equip young people with the tools they need to move forward. 

Help out at the Kennington Park frequent garden group. It’s a chance to roll up your sleeves and get some hands-on gardening in the park. They welcome all levels of gardening experience and equipment is provided. You can even join The Friends of Kennington Park, a voluntary group made up of local people who are passionate about the park.

Mind Volunteer Centre Lambeth help people find voluntary opportunities in and around Lambeth. They have a twice weekly drop-in centre where one of their team will help find volunteering opportunities that match your interests, skills and availability.

Contact the Elderly are a national charity dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone. The local development officer for Lambeth is Jane Vasudevan.

And… if you just want to wander around a nice garden, Harleyford Road Community Garden is a lovely community garden adjacent to Bonnington Square, on what was wasteland until 1984, when the community once again stepped in and turned it into something beautiful. It is remarkably peaceful and lush considering the location – and just down the road from Ovalhouse!

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