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 by Friday 9 December 2011.

Timebanking in Lambeth – new fund and workshop

October 13, 2011

NHS Lambeth have just launched a new fund aimed at increasing timebanking activity in Lambeth. Timebanking is one of the incentives that could contribute to the cooperative council, and can be a way of encouraging involvement of residents in running public services.

Timebanking is a form of volunteering which is effective at strengthening communities and social networks. It is being used by the public sector as one way of delivering preventive services that are designed and delivered in partnership with residents.

Timebanking recognises all people as having valuable skills and resources that can contribute to building a stronger community, as well as build up their individual skills. There are several models of delivery, but they all take the same approach: mutuality and reciprocity. Participants ‘deposit’ their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to ‘withdraw’ their time when they need something done themselves. Timebanking is considered a key approach to supporting a different social and economic model – where work that does not normally have an economic value is rewarded and appreciated.

There is a Time Bank development workshop on Monday 17th October at YMCA Stockwell, King Georges House, 40 -46 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9ES from 4.30 – 7.00pm where you can find out more about timebanking and this fund. If you are interested in attending, please contact Natalie Sutherland (, 020 3049 4268) to confirm your place. Natalie can also provide the application pack and form with further details on the new fund.

If anyone is looking to try to find ways to involve people in their activities they should consider whether timebanking can support this and to go to the workshop!