Edible Rotherhithe, a newly created community gardening and arts group, has been selected to received £1,000 after applying for funding from organic skin and haircare brand Green People.

In celebration of its 20th year, Green People launched a national campaign – ‘Change the World in 20 Ways’ – where individuals and groups across the UK were invited to apply for £1,000 to put towards projects to make a difference in their local communities.

Edible Rotherhithe will be transforming a disused piece of land on the Silverlock Estate into a community allotment.  The project will enable local residents to grow their own food – promoting healthy eating and outdoor activity – whilst also becoming a welcoming social space to host community dinners with produce grown on the site.  In addition, there will also be workshops in arts and crafts to increase the skills and confidence of local residents and an amphitheatre for community film and theatre events.

Christina Wheatley, who nominated Edible Rotherhithe, commented: “We’re so excited to have been selected as the recipients of £1,000 and have great plans to take our project further.  We’re helping to bring about positive change in our part of the world by kick-starting a new community garden and teaching space through the purchase of a polytunnel that will provide sufficient room for food growing and educational workshops.”

 

Find out more about Edible Rotherhithe on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Camden Society, which runs The Riverside Day Centre in Bermondsey, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to transform the centre’s underused car park into a beautiful food growing garden and art studio. The project will ensure that people with a learning disabilitycan learn skills and discover new interests, whilst also being open for the local community to use.

The centre currently supports around 90 people with a learning disability and provides a tailor-made service that allows people to plan how to spend their day. Due to the immanent closure of the charity’s South London centre, The Riverside must expand its services to ensure it can accommodate more people each day.

The crowdfunding campaign has already received a £10,000 pledge from the Mayor of London. Thanks to further pledges from the public, local and national businesses, 83% of the funds needed have been raised. However, as this is an all of nothing campaign, if they do not reach their target, they will lose every pledge.

The charity is appealing for public support to get behind the campaign and help them reach their goal.

Pledges can be made to the project here: www.spacehive.com/a-space-for-art-and-nature

From January 2016 London Bubble theatre company will have 2 office/desk spaces available for rent in its open plan premises in Elephant Lane.

Email shipra@londonbubble.org.uk or call 020 7237 4434 for more info or to arrange a viewing.

The spaces are fully accessible, available 7 days per week, day time and evenings. All spaces have wifi.

Police are appealing for information after a laptop was stolen from a charity during a burglary. 

The burglary occurred at around 4.45am on Wednesday 18 November, at the premises of Homes 4 Heroes in the Surdoc Club, Cope Street, Rotherhithe.

The charity helps homeless ex military personnel.

A white Toshiba laptop Satellite C55 DA14 was stolen during the burglary and it contained templates used to make identity passes for the charity’s representatives.

The charity has now changed the passes for its staff and volunteers, but advises if anyone has any concerns about someone claiming to be from the charity they should contact UK Homes 4 Heroes on 020 7237 6363.

If anyone has any information regarding either the burglary, or the whereabouts of the laptop, they should call Southwark Police’s CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference 3033697/15.

A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with the burglary on Thursday 19 November. He has been charged with burglary and will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Friday 20 November.