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“…this project is an example of Localism at its most successful enabling [Stockwell Partnership] to identify and reach out to people who would be traditionally very hard to engage.”
Portuguese Advice & Capacity Building Project Evaluation, Ian Beever Consultancy & Training
Stockwell Partnership is a charity run by local people for local people. We improve the quality of life in the local area by developing projects, building partnerships, and supporting residents to take action on the issues they care about. We work with residents to create a neighbourhood where people feel happy and safe, and where they have a sense of pride and ownership.
COVID-19 IMPACT MARCH 2020
As with all charities and businesses, Covid-19 has had a major impact on our organisation and the people we serve. It has increased the demand for our services, particularly with benefits, employment and housing issues.
The Trustees, management team, and staff have had to adapt flexibly to deal with the crisis, taking the following steps:
- Neighbourhood impact: we have been working closely with our partners, including LEAP, the National Lottery Community Fund, and the Primary Care and Thriving Stockwell Networks to provide emergency support to vulnerable residents in our neighbourhood. We have also increased our support to low income residents who have lost work, helping them to increase their employability as we return to a changed reality.
- Financial risk assessment: the management team have submitted a large number of funding applications to Covid-19 emergency funds, including the London Community Response Fund, Lambeth Council’s VCS support fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.
- All staff are now working from home.
- Building security and safety. The office is visited at least once a week to check the safety and security of the building.
Impact of our 2019-20 Work Programme:
Strategic Aim 1: Supporting Individuals in Need
Our National Lottery Community Fund supported ‘Stockwell Portuguese Community’ project overachieved planned outputs for the tenth successive year with 389 people receiving advice from our project worker and her volunteers, helping them with housing, welfare, citizenship and employment issues. Eight people were supported into work, and 25 were given volunteering opportunities that increased their confidence and employability. We continued supporting the ‘HUG group’ of 15 older Portuguese with social events, crafts and activities, to strengthen their links with the local community and explore London.
In addition The Big Lottery funded the ‘Advanced Care Planning consortium’ for whom we have assisted eight Portuguese speakers to compile and register their Advance Statements on medical treatments, dietary requirements, and connected persons to consult in the event of an sudden onset of medical emergency.
In the final project year of our six-year Walcot Foundation funded multi-lingual ‘NEETs and Employability’ project, we supported 71 people to increase their budgeting and debt management skills (16 NEETs), as well as a further 10 NEETs to gain employment and 18 to improve their soft skills (12 NEETs).
As a Lambeth Council ‘Early Years ‘Framework’ training provider, we delivered weekly bilingual training courses (Portuguese, Spanish) in Stockwell children’s centre on subjects ranging from parenting to accessing services to volunteering and active citizenship. 32 parents were trained.
Working with the Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership, we have successfully completed the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust funded ‘Local Care Coordination Pilot’ and’ Household Model’ projects, assisting Portuguese speakers with enhancing both individual and family wellbeing and lifestyle choices for 38 people, including medication management, enrolment in training, support in job-finding and securing accommodation.
Strategic Aim 2: Supporting Community in Action
With LEAP funding we established a 20-strong ‘Early Years Parents Forum’ in Stockwell to run events, in partnership with other local community groups including a Japanese parents’ group, the Eritrean Saho Cultural Association, an Ethiopian Women’s Group and two TRAs (Studley and Mursell). Events included a Drag Queen Story-Time session and an African-Caribbean heritage day that attracted 50 people. Two group members now sit on the LEAP board.
With funding from the Polish Embassy and the Polish Cultural Association we facilitated events with the ‘Poles Connect’ group that attracted 4000 local people.
With Lambeth Council funding, we delivered the quarterly Stockwell Forum, attended by over 100 people. This year’s themes included two meetings with the emerging Stockwell Primary Care Network, and subsequently the Thriving Stockwell network.
We continued to work with Lambeth council and a range of Lambeth community groups to develop 157 South Lambeth Road as part of Lambeth’s flagship Community Hubs programme.
We secured funding for a Polish Heritage project from the Heritage Fund, celebrating and recording the impact of the Polish Community Association (GMINA) on our local community, and strengthening connections between Poles and the wider Lambeth community.
Strategic Aim 3: Supporting the Local Environment
We ran a crowdfunding campaign for the Stockwell Christmas tree to celebrate local community spirit and increase cohesion. We secured 50% match funding (and gift-in-kind of electricity etc) from Lambeth Council. Over £2500 was raised, and 50 people from widely diverse backgrounds attended the lighting up ceremony, led by Rev Wooff with music from the Brixton Chamber Orchestra brass players.
Partnerships and Networking
In addition to our project-based partnerships, we are active members of the following Lambeth forums and organisations:
Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Partnership – a collaborative of local community individuals and groups, NHS and Portuguese Doctors, Pharmacists and Lambeth Council members who are committed to working together and combining our individual skills and resources for the health and wellbeing of our local communities, with an focus on the Portuguese community
Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) – we are a board member of the 10-year, BIG Lottery funded LEAP programme, which aims to significantly improve the lives of children in four wards of Lambeth
Lambeth Forum Network – a partnership of Lambeth’s nine community forums with Lambeth council, sharing best practice and resources
Lambeth Community Hubs Partnership – a partnership of local community hubs and Lambeth aiming to achieve a shared vision of local community hubs providing sustainable, trusted services to the community over 25 years +
Lambeth VCS partnership – partnership of Lambeth voluntary and community sector with the council to develop and implement a VCS strategy to ensure the sector thrives in an increasingly challenging environment
Lambeth Children and Families VCS partnership – partnership of Lambeth council, CCG and VCS providers to share resources and best practice
We are also a member of Locality, the national community development network
A Selection of Previous Projects:
Building Cohesion in Stockwell
Our three-year Building Cohesion in Stockwell project funded by City Bridge Trust and run in partnership with International Alert developed activities to improve understanding and cohesion between twenty local community groups. The project culminated in the installation of the Dreams of Stockwell mosaic on the International Alert offices on Clapham Road. The film of the making of the mosaic was shown at the November Stockwell Forum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2zPrEEAUhM). The mosaic was made by 17 local residents from a range of different backgrounds, and was themed around their visions for Stockwell.
Cook and Meet project: Knee High Design Council Challenge
Our partnership project with Brixton People’s Kitchen engaged mums and their children in Cook and Meet healthy eating sessions that reduced isolation and helped to reuse food which would have otherwise gone to waste. Our project was shortlisted by the Design Council’s Knee High programme (www.thekneehighproject.com), to identify radical new ways to reduce parent isolation.
Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme
We actively engaged over 900 people in the first phase of Lambeth’s Neighbourhood Enhancement Programme (2012) – and we consulted an additional 536 people from black and ethnic minority communities in the NEP roll out (Apr-Jun 2013)
Stockwell Urban II
Stockwell Partnership was the lead voluntary sector organisation working alongside Lambeth council on delivery of the Stockwell Urban II Community Initiative – a £12 million regeneration scheme that focussed on Larkhall and Stockwell wards, plus the estates covered by North and West Stockwell housing neighbourhoods. £6 million came from the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the remaining £6 million was secured through match funding. Stockwell was the only area in London to be awarded Urban II ERDF funds.