the community centre

The Community Trust moved into the disused underground garages many years ago. We had always wanted a place that residents could go when they needed support, advice, a computer, a friendly face or to chase up some little beast that had been making noise outside their flat. Most importantly we wanted to break down the barriers between the rent paying tenants and the youngsters who were making our lives a misery.

Drug dealing was endemic on the estate… gangs of hooded up, hyped up youths with a wisp of paranoia are not what you want to walk into when you want to enter/leave your flat. Loitering, often with absolutely no intent was the rule and they cluttered up the place; making it look untidy, taking out the light bulbs, writing on the walls, making noise... but even the laughing was jarring. They had no understanding that they shared this place with adults and that we disapproved of what they were up to... but equally, there really wasn't anywhere else to go.

Cue the opening of the Community Centre for Friday Night Youth Club. We had no funding and no one got paid. In those days regulation hadn't got involved in voluntary work and together the Board Members opened the doors to the estates' young people and have never looked back since.

The Community Centre was run voluntarily for over 12 years by the Trustees of the Community Trust. In 2007 the Trust organised a vote for the transfer of the housing services to the new organisation: Community Trust Housing, as we were looking for an investment of over £78 million to complete the regeneration and we could no longer remain local authority tenants as we would not be able to access the funding. After extensive consultation, which included the plans for privately built homes on the estates, the residents voted in favour of the transfer to the new resident-led organisation.

The Club has been through many incarnations and leading up to the transfer the Centre was open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm, seven days a week. With funding from Community Trust Housing the Centre employed staff and set about getting the Centre ready for the facelift that we knew was coming.

opening times

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what we offer

Stockwell Park Community Centre was one of the first charitable organisations in all of London to offer its users FREE internet access, all the way back in 1998. The world was moving at a fast pace, so were we! With a fully fledged and state of the art Computer Suite created to keep locals 'ahead of the game', we made it our personal goal to ensure that access to the world wide web was not going to pass our locals by, simply because some of them could not afford the very high cost of computers and internet access. The vision also included training local residents how to use computers and we were proud to also have been one of the first charitable organisations to offer free computer training to local residents: long before the government brushed up their act and offered similar training.

One of the most successful training courses we offer is our "Silversurfers' Course" which provides free computer training to local elderly residents, who often have never used a computer before.

Obviously, the need to access the internet over the past 10 years has grown at an alarming pace... where now people who are not 'connected' often feel like they are being left behind, so in addition to the Computer Suite we have for many years provided access to computers throughout the building - especially in 'The Wing' area, which is seen as the chillout lounge in the building. The Wing is open access whenever the building is open and is like a second home to many users of the Community Centre. In addition to the internet access, The Wing is equipped with two pool tables, table tennis, tea/coffee facilities, a television and lounging sofas / chairs.

Our computer facilities are often fully engaged with job seekers and those who need to use the Internet. Printing facilities and help on hand. (we may charge for over 5 copies though!)

We would like to think that computers and internet access is not all we offer (though we're happy to accomodate those that feel they need nothing more in life!)

For those interested in other activities, please contact us if you interested in any of the following:

PHYSICAL EXERCISE

  • CapoeiraMondays 7:00pm - 9:30pm - FREE 
  • Colombian Martial Arts Group Wednesdays 5:30pm - 8:00pm - FREE
  • Co-Operative Games for the under 11’sFridays 5:00pm - 6:30pm - FREE (outside on sunny days!)
  • Argentinian Tango Wednesdays 1:30pm - 2:45pm
  • Ecquadorian Dance Group
  • Belly DancingWednesdays 8:00pm - 10:00pm
  • PilatesThursdays 6:30pm - 7:30 pm




CHURCH GROUPS (rooms can be hired from as little as £10 per hour / limited storage available )

  • Faith and Victory
  • Peniel French Church
  • Prayer Forum
  • Jesus Christ the Saviour
  • NCT
  • Fraternity Evangelique
  • The Twelve Apostles



COMMUNITY GROUPS (rooms can be hired from as little as £10 per hour / kitchen facilities available)

  • Calabar Union Sundays (monthly)
  • RCP Football Club – Sundays (bi-weekly)
  • Cross River Sate UnionSundays (monthly)


  • HAPPINESS AND WELL BEING

  • ThriveWednesday and Thursday mornings
    A Community Gardening Project working with vulnerable people in Slade Gardens.

  • Colombian Art Group – Wednesdays 10:30am - 3:00pm
    Longstanding art group working with elderly Spanish speakers.

  • Playas ClubWednesdays 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    An organisation delivering sexual health sessions to young men aged 14 – 25

  • BrathayWednesdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    An organisation working with young people who may be affected by gang violence in the area.

  • The Community Empowerment NetworkThursdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm
    Working with the parents of youngsters who have been excluded from school

We will always to steer you in the right direction (e.g. an external project) if we cannot help fulfil your needs directly! Rooms are available for Community Trust Housing to meet with residents.


1:1 Young Persons Employment Project –
Monday to Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm

    Funded through Lambeth Youth Service Community Trust staff will work individually with young people up to the age of 25 to help them into college, get their CV’s up to date and find suitable employment. Limited spaces are available for “taster sessions” for young mums who would like a job at Marks and Spencer.  Courses will be found for those with specialist needs.

 

1:1 Back to Work Project – Monday to Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm

    The Trust will work on a one to one basis with adults looking to move on in their career or with those who have found themselves unemployed.  CV’s sorted out and freephone lines are available for job search.




SERVICES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS (Community Trust Housing tenants / leaseholders)

  • Hire of our hall for weddings or family parties - Saturdays from anytime up until midnight
    Offering a seated capacity of up to 200 people and kichen facilities, our main hall is always in high demand so check early for availability.
    Cost: £250 per day (£50 deposit)

  • Reduced cost hire for Funerals - Thursday or Friday evenings up until 11:00pm
    We never want to make a profit out of our tenants and a funeral in the family can hit the pocket hard. The Community Centre will try to make space available at a reduced cost of £75 (including kitchen) on Thursday or Friday evenings up until 11:00pm.
    Cost: £75 per evening

  • The BIG DAY OUT
    The Big Day Out is a fun fest for all the family held just before the children go back to school in September – although it doesn't happen every year (due to lack of funds), it certainly does live up to its name! Check out some videos of previous events on our about us page.

  • The Trust provides a quiet space for residents to meet social workers / Camhs workers and other agencies.

  • The Trust will lend out tables and chairs for parties/gatherings in flats (you will have to collect and return - elderly excepted... and subject to availability.)

  • Need gardening tools? We might have what you are looking for!

  • Locked out?  Phone from the Centre to find out where your family are and sit back – watch Eastenders and make yourself a cuppa… or get on a computer and beat the world at Bejewelled!

  • Want to speak to the police in private? Arrange to meet them in the Centre at your convenience.

  • Need a quiet space to revise?  Let us know and we will fit you into the Training room for internet access/printing facilities and peace and quiet.

All Events are supervised by SIA qualified staff and the building has extensive CCTV coverage.

special news:
revamp of the community centre

At the point of transfer from the TMO (tenant management organisation) to the local housing association 'Community Trust Housing', way back in 2006 – the Trust was promised that the Centre would be included in the regeneration of the estate. Things may have slipped a little bit… leaving the Centre just a little cold and leaky with truly unique toilets that have a mind of their own – Wiki leaks has nothing on us!! But plans are back on track to extend and revamp the space we have in order to provide more services for those in the area.

In the New Year there will be a series of meetings linked to the North Brixton Big Lottery bid where residents will be asked to contribute their thoughts on the kinds of activities that will support the aims of the Community Trust. Founded in 1994 the Trust has always worked to relieve poverty further education and aim for racial harmony in the area. Born out of those dark days when the estate had one of the worst reputations in the country for crime and anti-social behaviour, the Trust is keen to work to alleviate some of the worst effects of the government funding cuts. The local authority is facing huge cuts and as the threatened social housing rents rise the Trust is alert to the fact that the population in the area may change and the incidents of poverty may reach far and wide into our community.

Watch out for special notices and news on the website for meetings with residents across the whole area to look out for sustainable ways of helping our residents to stay in touch with the job market and to help those in need.