Autumn with Community Programmes

Our Community Programmes team organised an engaging and varied programme of events for local residents this autumn. From trips to the Houses of Parliament to pumpkin carving, below is a taste of what they’ve been up to since the summer:

Gorgeous Gardens – Pumpkin carving

On Saturday 29 October, our community gardener Natalie Mady hosted a pumpkin carving session in Bernie Spain Gardens to celebrate Halloween. People tried their hand at carving scary faces and drawing spooky scenes onto the baby pumpkins as well as indulging in some free sweet treats. One parent from Elephant and Castle expressed their gratitude for brightening up a grey afternoon: “Thank very much, it was a great family activity.”


Go-Karting with Girls’ Club 

Martha Bryant, a Girls Club regular, was nominated for the £250 Jack Petchey award. She decided to take the group Go-Karting and before treating them all to a meal at Nando’s. Dan and Anna accompanied the girls to OasisPlay in Stockwell for an hour of petrol-infused action, which was thoroughly enjoyed by both adults and young people alike!


Houses of Parliament visit with Youth Club

Youth Club were fortunate enough to be taken on a trip to the Houses of Parliament, courtesy of Kate Hoey MP. Kate gave the young people a grand tour of the building and they were even able to sit in the gallery and watch the MPs debate. Many parents also came along and the evening was enjoyed by all.


Over 50s Art Group

This autumn, we welcomed a new tutor, Roberta, from Italy who brought incredible enthusiasm to the group and inspired some fabulous pieces with acrylic paint. Roberta’s session was loved by the group and she is returning in the New Year for more sessions. In the upcoming weeks, we are welcoming a variety of tutors who offer a wide range of expertise, from architecture to print-making.


Start It Up Enterprise

The ‘Start it Up’ programme for 18-25 year olds kicked off on Tuesday 1 November. The 12 week-long business start-up project is aimed at young adults who are serious about self-employment. We are running this in partnership with Peabody, Elephant Artworks and Urban MBA. There wasn’t a shortage of confidence or willingness to learn. The enterprise ideas in the group ranged from film making, arts projects, carpentry to clothing lines. These will be refined, re-worked and perhaps in some cases abandoned for other ideas.  They will all gain valuable experience, a business plan and the chance to pitch their business for investment.


Our community programmes team develop, deliver and manage a range of youth groups, sports, arts and leisure programmes and events for local people. Come along, have your say and find out about the services that are on offer.

For more information on the Community Programmes team and their work please contact Anna Glarin on