Environmental expert and bee-keeping specialist Clare Street has won the TCV Star of the Future Award at Year at TCV, the community volunteering charity’s, Annual Awards.

Clare, who shares her time between working as a Volunteer Officer at Stave Hill in Rotherhithe, Dulwich Upper Woods and Railway Fields in Haringey, received her award in a celebration of TCV Heroes at the Barbican on Tuesday .

The Star of the Future Award recognises the achievements and future potential of TCV projects and staff, who have helped other people improve their confidence, skills, and prospects, through learning inspired by the outdoors.

During her time as a Volunteer Officer at Stave Hill Ecology Park, Clare has trained as a beekeeper and raised funds for an observational beehive to teach all she’s learned to the next generation of apian enthusiasts. Claire has also revamped the centre’s ‘bee classroom’, decorating it with her very own bee-themed artwork.

When she’s not helping to care for some of the planet’s most prolific pollinators, Claire works hard to engage young minds through the environment. She has designed and built two Vegetable Teepees for children to play and grow food in, one at Stave Hill and the other at St John’s Primary School in Rotherhithe. St John’s Primary School now has an extensive food growing site and hosts regular vegetable club get-togethers, where pupils can enjoy the fruits of their labour.

TCV teams across London love working with Clare and have been impressed by the substantial improvements she has brought to every site she’s worked at – she’s even earned the nickname of “Super Clare” amongst her fellow environmentalists.

TCV has received £400,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery as part of their Postcode Green Trust. With this money, TCV will be able to extend their work connecting people and green spaces to benefit both the environment and the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Rebeka Clark, Site Manager at Stave Hill Ecology Park said:

“I can’t think of anybody better suited to this work than Clare – you need to be precise, calm, and orderly, and that’s her all over. She goes about her work beautifully, and no little detail is ever missed. Working with Clare, nothing is ever about her, but instead it’s all about the project itself and how she can move things forward.”

Clare Street, TCV Star of the Future Award Winner, said:

“People need their green spaces. It’s really important to me that children are getting out and involved in looking after the natural world around them, and reaping both the physical and mental rewards.”

Professor Tony Crook CBE, Chair of the Conservation Volunteers, said:

“These awards reflect the core of what TCV does. Our staff and volunteers not only help create and enhance green spaces but through this work help to build more human and social capital, thus supporting the communities involved in looking after these spaces. The need to improve spaces and enhance communities is immense which is why I and my fellow Trustees are keen to engage with more partners to work together on these challenges.”

Darren York, Chief Executive of TCV, said:

“At TCV we’re passionate about creating healthier and happier communities for everyone and we’re immensely grateful to our stars of the future like Clare for their hard work and creativity.”

The London Masons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £10,000 to Bede House, for those suffering from domestic abuse in South London to receive help from a
nationally recognised programme.

The grant to the Bede House charity’s Starfish Domestic Violence Project in Bermondsey will help to support hundreds of women through advocacy, counselling, legal advice, support with police and court visits and the biannual Freedom Programme peer support group.

The Freedom Programme is a nationally-recognised, 16 week group programme which uses a structured framework to educate women about patterns of male-perpetrated abuse. The course supports women to understand past experiences and identify warning signs of
abusive relationships, empowering them to safeguard themselves and their families in the future. The demand for Bede’s service is ever-increasing: in 2016/17 the Starfish Project supported 229 clients, a huge increase on 156 clients the previous year.

Southwark has one of the highest levels of domestic abuse in London, with an average of 2,200 -2,400 recorded incidents a year.

Bernadette, who has suffered from domestic abuse and has benefitted from working with Bede House (see photograph) said: “Bede gave me the confidence to leave my abusive partner, without their support I wouldn’t have had the strength to leave. I am glad the Masons are supporting Bede. Thank you.”

Bede House Director Nick Dunne said: “We’re very grateful to London Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to deliver a future free from fear to women who have suffered domestic abuse. Most of our clients have endured domestic abuse for at least five years, during which time they have suffered in silence.”

Adrian Fox from London Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help Bede House with their hugely important work providing practical and emotional support to women who have been abused, often for years. The Bede House team provide life-changing help to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Southwark Council is looking for a community/voluntary sector organisation to take on the youth centre at The Blue. Details here.

London Bubble offers fun, friendly, creative sessions for children, teenagers and adults. The new term starts week commencing Saturday 21 April.

These weekly classes give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners who share the vision that ‘people make theatre’.

Classes held at 5 Elephant Lane, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JD

  • For 6-8yrs on Saturdays & Tuesdays
  • 9-11yrs on Tuesdays
  • 12-17yrs (youth theatre) on Mondays
  • Adults on Wednesdays

Fees: £60 (£30 concessions) for under 18s.  £80 (£40 concessions) for adults.  Taster classes available at start of term.

CLICK HERE to find out more,  or contact 020 7237 4434 | [email protected]

Millwall Community Trust is seeking additional Trustees from diverse backgrounds who can bring to the Trust their enthusiasm and experience gained in the local community and/or in business, industry or a profession.

MCT welcomes applications from suitably-qualified people to join its Board of Trustees to contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Trust and overseeing the Trust’s effective management.

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Trust and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been established.

Further details

The Poetry School – formerly based in Lambeth – has relocated to the Dock Offices in Surrey Quays Road.

Founded in 1997, the school is a registered charity and part of the Arts Council England portfolio of funded organisations.

The Victorian Dock Offices are owned by British Land.

The Poetry School has asked us to share this job advert:

Caretaker/Cleaner required

Canada Water, SE16

£10.20 per hour (London Living Wage)

Evening and weekends – hours to vary, but working 4 hours per weekday evening during term-time, with some Saturdays, and a total of 3 hours per week outside term-time

Closing date for applications: Friday 20 April, 6pm 

Locally-based caretaker and cleaner wanted for evening and weekend work at adult education arts charity in Canada Water, SE16.

We are looking for a reliable, friendly and conscientious person to undertake our caretaking and cleaning duties in the evenings and at weekends.

Main responsibilities include cleaning, acting as keyholder and locking up the premises in the evening, preparing classrooms for teaching, greeting tutors and students on arrival and providing assistance, for example, with photocopying and general queries. 

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you are suitable and a copy of your CV to [email protected].

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 25 April for a start date of Tuesday 8 May.

Weekly drama classes for all ages at London Bubble Theatre
new term starts w/c 6th January 2018
Fun, friendly, creative sessions for children, teenagers and adults
These weekly classes give the opportunity for a wide range of people to make theatre together, assisted by experienced theatre practitioners who share the vision that people make theatre.

Classes held at 5 Elephant Lane, Rotherhithe, SE16 4JD
For 6-8yrs, 9-11yrs, 12-17yrs (youth theatre) and adults.
Fees: £60 (£30 concessions) for under 18s.  £80 (£40 concessions) for adults.  Taster classes available at start of term.

CLICK HERE to find out more
or contact 020 7237 4434 | [email protected]

www.londonbubble.org.uk

London Bubble is a community-based theatre company located in Rotherhithe, making theatre involving people of all ages aiming to build community, develop wellbeing and create dynamic and involving new theatre.

The charity is now recruiting new Ttustees to join its board, chaired by Sir Simon Hughes. London Bubble are particularly keen to address the following skills-gaps

1.      Fundraising, especially with experience of individual giving and legacy giving
2.      Young people’s wellbeing, including arts, youth justice and employment
3.      Knowledge of how schools work
4.      Digital engagement and its role both in making theatre and marketing it
5.          Knowledge and/or experience of Arts for Health initiatives from a Health or Social Care perspective.

More details on http://londonbubble.org.uk/jobs/

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.”

 

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