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Help with Job Search and much more

Feb 11 2015   |   By: fridge908   |   0   |   Posted in Community, Community Centre, Uncategorized

compWe are delighted to be able to offer help to people in the community. The Trust is working seamlessly with Peter Ford in the Training Room on Mondays and Wednesdays, the Trust can help you with your CV, signing on to Universal Job Match and assisting you with Job Search. We can also give your computer skills a lift. Come along and meet Peter from 2pm onwards.

Twenty Years Have Flown By – The Full Article!

Jun 10 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

When the Community Trust first started on its journey to support the most marginalised in the area, it knocked on 1500 front doors and asked those who lived there what their aspirations for the future were and what were the key things that worried them. The results were overwhelming. The fear and reality of poverty, the lack of education and opportunities for their children and the uncertainty about their futures led local people to set up a charity and a company limited by guarantee, dedicated to the relief of poverty, furtherance of education and the pursuit of racial harmony. Armed with the knowledge about people fears for the future the Community Trust exercised the Right to Manage and took over the management of 1500 social housing homes on the Stockwell/Brixton borders. Reopening the closed Community Centre and the necessity to lever in millions of pounds for the improvement of local homes, drove the Trust to orchestrate the birth of Community Trust Housing, a housing association led by local people to oversee the regeneration of the area and the building of new homes. The Community Trust settled down to work from the Community Centre to deliver services to local people with the aims of the charity firmly set in their sights...
[continued from the front page...] The Trust’s doors are open from 10:00am – 10:00pm seven days a week. The individuals may change but their needs remain the same. Uncertainty, loneliness, fear and a time in their lives when they need support brings people through those doors. The Trust has always looked for solutions to our local problems from amongst our own community and for years we engaged with those most at risk in the area: the young people who were responsible for high crime levels, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. These were some of the most difficult years as the Trust had to gain the trust of the local youngsters and also deal honestly and openly with the problems they brought to the area. Trustees worked hard to bridge the generation divide and by working together they managed to deliver the first free internet café of its kind anywhere in the UK to our knowledge - making sure that local youngsters had a head start in the new digital world. The Community Centre itself aged as its clients grew up into productive and responsible young adults and currently, on a wet day, the umbrellas need to be put up as the roof leaks! Community Trust Housing has promised a £1 million investment into the bricks and mortar and we are currently at the design stage hoping that we will see the first workers on-site this year… mending equipment at the ready! Our years of being based in the community has led us to develop links with our local authority (Lambeth), the Metropolitan Police and many other statutory and voluntary organisations in the area. We have been fortunate enough to be funded through the "Dispossessed Fund" (Evening Standard), Comic Relief, the Job Centre, the Walcot Foundation, the Big Lottery and most of all, our major funder: Community Trust Housing.
There once was a time of plenty and the Trust was able to do all the “nice” things that help make the world go round… trips out for the children and adults, 'Fun Days' and adventurous weekends away. Funding problems compounded by rising costs and a changing external environment has meant that the Trust has had to “hunker down” in order to continue to deliver the core services our increasingly fragile community needs. Poverty, loneliness and problems “fitting in” do not rate highly on the agenda of those who are not being affected by the changes to the benefits system, the rising social rents, the educational divide and the breakdown of family life. There are no quick solutions and for some it is about completely turning their lives around and looking in new directions for their future. The commitment that the Trust has to an extended and refurbished community centre keeps us positive as we face some of the toughest times for years. Our trustees are largely from the local area and some are facing the same problems as our clients. This understanding has led them to plan for the future knowing that it might be very different from the “today”. Recognising the need to have partners who bring different skills to the table, the Trust was fortunate enough to be accepted by Pilot Light who have helped us to focus on our core offer whilst leaving room for flexibility in the future. We are very grateful for the patience they displayed, whilst we struggled to find the words to describe why we did what we did… and why we do what we do!

BMX Saved My Life: Shane Francis

Jun 10 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Community, Uncategorized

Access Sport Beneficiary Shane in the Evening Standard! Urging others to step back from the vicious cycle of crime and a constant struggle to remain in education; Shane Francis, an 18 year old from Stockwell, found a passion for BMX through Peckham BMX Club, one of the BMX Legacy Project’s partner clubs, which has significantly helped to calm his frustrations and redirect his energy to his potential Olympic success… “BMX saved my life…”  Shane was kicked out of school at 14 years of age for bad behaviour which led to poor decisions resulting in Shane getting in trouble with the police. “School just didn’t agree with me. I could not cope and got into arguments. I was misguided and on and off police bail.”
Now Southern Region Champion for the 17-29 age group in 2013, Shane describes “BMX calmed me down. It has changed my personality. The sport is part of me now. The discipline has really helped. I try to be a role model for boys who are younger than me.” Shane’s hard work and determination to turn his life around and achieve success in BMX is evident as he now endeavours to achieve a podium finish in the upcoming British Championships! In the meantime, alongside CK Flash, Peckham BMX Club leader, Shane will take part in the London Cycle Sportive on the 11th of May 2014. The ride, finishing at Herne Hill Velodrome, will support Access Sport and help us continue to transform more lives through sport!

Koki Tanaka

Jun 09 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

koki-tanaka_dirty-yoga.gif Who is Koki Tanaka and what on earth is he doing on Stockwell Park Estate? Check out and find out just who Koki is … Why is he on Stockwell Park? Koki is working with local people to film their thoughts on the 2011 Riots. Watch this space….if all goes according to plan…(rare with the Trust!)’ll catch up with the Trust members walking their routes home, with Koki, just as they did in 2011, and recalling the incidents, accidents and mayhem that happened on those hectic few days. Koki …King of the art installation. This piece of work will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art …shhhhh maybe later at the Tate!

I have a dream! (of BMX’ing)

Jun 09 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

“Young Michael has been busy playing table tennis with us for a some months and is getting really good! His sister Maria is one of our heroic Build It volunteers and so when one evening Michael was telling us how much he loved BMXing but couldn’t afford the right kind of bike and how he thought that Shane was so brave after injuring himself competing and continuing to train by playing table tennis to strengthen his injured elbows, we had a little word with our friends in housing and Roy the caretaker brought down a bike for Braulio, one of our volunteers - to take Michael to Brixton Cycles for a once over.   After the presentation ceremony (!) outside the Centre, a green flash was seen streaking across the estate to the skateboard park where some serious moves were made and flashy steering practised.   It takes a whole community… working together… to make a difference!   Now for the helmet and bike lock!

Fierce Productions

May 21 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Uncategorized

Fierce Productions is an amazing organisation that walked through our doors many years ago.

The support and enthusiasm of Rebecca Johnson, the director, was a breath of fresh air. Rebecca understood the Centre and the work that was done at the time. Whilst making her own film “TOP GIRL”, Rebecca also filmed a “fly on the wall” documentary about the Centre and the people who used it. Called “Home Turf” the documentary is a piece of social history. Both young and old talk about the changes on the estate, what they think of the Centre and explain why they use the place. There have clearly been changes. Changes come through evolution and, in order to be embedded, changes need time to settle. We are currently in transition… waiting for our newly refurbished building. In the meantime we have worked with Fierce Productions on a number of other projects - the bigger plan in being involved with these projects is to create a record of “a moment in time”...

The film “Swagger Like Us” a stunning film about fashion and lifestyle on the fast vanishing “endz”.
“Electric” is a short film, filmed mainly in Wayland House - all about the disconnection that can arise when you leave a place and return, only to see things differently.
Top Girl

Top Girl is all about rebellious youngsters in Brixton, living a double life and almost believing it themselves! The confusion felt by the young people is shown as they struggle for acceptance with both their peers and their family. It is the usual generation gap, full of life, music and the musings of the young it is a quick “hit” of nostalgia for that moment in time when the sun shines and young people take their first faltering steps into growing up. Both joy and despair… leading to realisation in just a sharp intake of breath. Top Girl won awards for: Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the BFI Black Filmmakers Festival.

Honeytrap (trailer to the forthcoming release)

A new film titled “Honeytrap” was filmed in and around the Centre in 2013. Sadly the script was developed using a tragedy that had already impacted on the young people in the area. Gangs were a part of growing up. Now less of a concern to those of us living here, the impact of the grudges and unresolved issues between young people leads to murder. Local kids got involved both in front and behind the cameras. They mixed with those whose career paths already included “Youngers” (currently on TV) and learned just how hard it is to create a film that needs continuity, different lighting, scripts to be learned, people to be reliable and how to go the extra half mile!

Honeytrap is due for release towards the end of the year - click here to learn more about it. One of the production assistants was Gary, Gary can be seen in Home Turf keeping discipline in army uniform… he now works full-time in the “movie” business… we’re just “keeping them moving in the right direction”. In the Centre we have many budding film makers. Our Big Local video and our Christmas Party video was put together by an outfit called Jack Joint, the videos made by Devon are lovingly worked on for months in our very own Computer Suite. Talent can be found everywhere, sometimes it can hide away under a stone, sometimes it can strut its stuff on the stage.

Emil and the Detectives! By Erich Kastner

Apr 15 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Homepage Article, Uncategorized

Who spotted Million Binyam from Stockwell Park strutting her stuff on stage in Emil and the Detectives? Carl Miller’s adaption of the story of Emil being robbed by Mr Snow is clear about the stigma attached to poverty, and being poor. Set in 1920’s Germany against a background of rigid authoritarianism and conformity, the play explores the relationship of child to adult authority, the perceived dangers of the Big City and the relationship between parent and child. Pretty sure that Million could have brought her own views to the story! Kids from here…doing well… soon up for the Oscars… Stockwell Park nurtures champions! emil and the detectives
Just in case you are wondering who Million Binyam is - we were the first to recognise her star qualities! She has featured on our main logo for the past 4 years (alongside her brother, who we're sure is also a star in the making!!)

Clever Kids: Mariam’s First Radio Interview

Jan 07 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Uncategorized

Clever Kids!

“Sometimes it’s not enough just to have kids in the building.  You need to understand what interests them, what they do in their spare time and what their ambitions are.

One such youngster was Mariam Salami.  Mariam desperately wanted to communicate ….she needed confidence, she needed ideas….she needed guinea pigs to practice on!

Enter a guinea pig…..

Mariam’s first radio interview…..she needed someone who wasn’t her mum or dad to be the person on the other end of the phone.   She needed to know that she could interview people she didn’t know that well.   She knew, that in those circumstances, only those with loads of grey hair would do.

Mariam is now at University…she is a positive, kind and thoughtful member of  her social group.  She is about to launch herself and her ideas on the world….a credit to our community!

Keep them coming!”