Stockwell Festival wins the public vote for Tesco Bags of Help!

Great news! Stockwell Festival has won the public vote in local Tesco stores in November / December and won £4,000 to support this year’s festival!

This will really make a difference to our fundraising efforts for the festival.


If you would like to get involved with planning this year’s festival please email Steve on


Background information on the Bags for Help Scheme:

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores – being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from carrier bag sales in Tesco store.  For more information on Bags for Help see

Sewing course for Horn of African women

UPDATE as of 16/1/18 – this is running again – please contact Marta as below if you’re interested.

We’re running a free sewing course at Stockwell Children’s Centre this autumn for Horn of African women, in partnership with LEAP, Morley College, and the Ethiopian & Eritrean Women’s group. Email to sign up now – spaces are limited.

More details below:

State of Stockwell Survey 2017

Many thanks to all those who completed our State of Stockwell Survey. The good news was that, overall, 44% of respondents felt Stockwell had improved over the last year, as opposed to 20% who thought it had got worse. The main reasons for the sense of improvement were the redesign of the gyratory and improvements to the Memorial Garden area (28% of respondents), and improvements to shops and new businesses (17%).

Of those who felt the area had got worse, the most negative comments were made about the cleanliness of the streets (11% of respondents).

To see some of the other issues and ideas for solutions, check out the full report here:

State of Stockwell Survey 2017

Polish Poetry Festival

Over 400 people attended ‘Ksiazkowisko’, our Polish poetry festival held as part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival with Streatham Library last weekend! Our Poles Connect steering group and other Polish Lambeth based groups came together to showcase poetry written by local Polish children alongside the work of established Polish poets. The event was opened by former Mayor Saleha Jaffer and Jolanta Grzelczyk from the Polish Consulate in London. The event was supported by the London Community Foundation. The Polish community in Lambeth was also celebrating Polish Heritage Day – a new initiative by the Polish Embassy UK in London to celebrate openness, appreciation, and better understanding between the Polish community and the wider British society.

Working with local GPs to support the Portuguese community

We’re currently supporting one of our local GPs to reach out at an earlier stage to Portuguese speakers who might be at risk of diabetes and other illnesses. We’ll be supporting some pilot projects soon – e.g. a breakfast homework club for school children in a local cafe, where we also work to support their parents. Check out the clip below, which went out on Portuguese lunchtime news and was filmed in our offices (and which feature Gustavo in a non-speaking part!):…/2017-02-18-Folheto-em-portugue…

Para muitos emigrantes portugueses em Londres, a língua continua a ser um grande obstáculo sobretudo na hora de recorrer aos serviços de saúde. Por…