Veolia Environmental Trust funding

May 2, 2012

Veolia are encouraging applications to their environmental trust, which supports environmental and community projects by awarding grants through the Landfill Communities Fund.  Projects supported include improving community halls, creating new play areas and skate parks, and restoring green spaces.  There is also a fund for “creative, adventurous, exciting and ambitious ideas that will make a difference to people’s lives”.

Their website clearly explains the funding process and there is a phone number to ask questions. The next funding round requires submissions by 3 August 2012 with funds to be released by mid-Dec 2012.

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London Cycling Campaign

March 8, 2012

Local groups can bid to TfL for up to £5,000 to set up a cycling project. Projects funded in the past include bike recycling projects for young people, after-school cycling clubs, and cycle training for women.

The deadline to apply is Monday 19 March at 5pm.

More info can be found at http://lcc.org.uk/articles/london-cycling-campaign-and-mayor-of-london-join-forces-to-establish-community-cycling-projects


Be part of running Children’s Services

March 7, 2012

Over the last year the council has been working with a wide range of residents, service users and partners to develop a cooperative approach to running services in the following areas of children’s services:

  • Youth centres
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Stay and Play One O’clock clubs, and
  • Young and Safe (a project for young people who are at risk of serious youth offending).

The next step is to set up a Young Lambeth cooperative that will oversee some services for children including play and youth. We want young people, parents, local residents, groups and organisations to help us do this.

If you are interested in being involved in the Young Lambeth cooperative and helping to run better services for children in Lambeth, please register your interest.

For more information, visit the Lambeth Council website.


Capital Growth Special Grants – Reminder

March 7, 2012

Image Community groups have one week left to apply for a small grant of up to £300 to help them develop their community food-growing space. Applications are completed online and for further information and a link to start the application process please go to www.capitalgrowth.org/apply and follow the instructions.


Brixton Energy launch share offer

February 22, 2012

The UK’s first inner city, community-owned solar project ‘Brixton Energy Solar 1’ has now launched its share offer. 

Brixton Energy plan to put several hundred square metres of solar panels on the top of buildings on the Loughborough Estate, working with Lambeth Council, Brixton Low Carbon Zone, United Residents Housing and the Loughborough Estate Management Board. This will help generate clean green energy, reduce the estate’s carbon emissions, generate a Community Energy Efficiency Fund for use in the community and provide a green investment opportunity. Brixton Energy is the first project of Repowering South London and will provide an exemplar model to be rolled to other parts of Lambeth and South London.

The share offer will help raise the capital cost of £75,000 needed for the solar PV installation on the roof of Elmore House on the Loughborough Estate. The share offer closes on 10th March and they are hoping that the funds will be raised before the deadline.

Attached is a press release from Brixton Energy. Please do pass on to your links and networks as a community led project Brixton Energy needs all the support it can get.

For more information on Brixton Energy and the share offer you can visit their website.

 


How to set up a community buying group

December 7, 2011

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has published practical information and advice on how to set up and run a collective purchasing or community buying group. It aims to help consumers combine their buying power to get better deals from shops and other suppliers. It includes case studies and is intended for groups of consumers operating on a not-for-profit basis.

BIS guide to community buying and collective purchasing (published 7th December 2011).


Delivering children’s, youth and play services

November 25, 2011

Children’s, youth and play services are becoming some of the first to move to new models of ownership. The message below encouraging people to get involved is publicised across Lambeth over the next couple of weeks. If anyone is interested in being involved there are contact details at the end of the message. You can also find out more details about this project, and the other ‘early adopters’ on the council website.

Lambeth is becoming a cooperative council and is committed to a new way of working. Over the past few months we have been working with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to develop a cooperative approach to service delivery in the following areas:

  • Youth centres
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Stay and Play One O’clock clubs, and
  • Young and Safe (a project for young people who are at risk of serious youth offending).

This approach will see collaboration between different stakeholders and be defined by:

  • Localism – engagement and involvement of local communities
  • Co–production – so that local communities and stakeholders are involved in deciding what and how services should be delivered
  • Developing cooperative models for service delivery that include mutual’s, lead partner organisations, friends of groups
  • Community commissioning – local people deciding which services should be commissioned to support young people.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the delivery of these services, or working with others to deliver them, please call 020 7926 3778 or email cooperativecouncil@lambeth.gov.uk by Friday 9 December 2011.