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Intergenerational Challenges in SW11 – Commission for a Scoping Report


Our main aims include; improving the mental health of all generations, reducing isolation and valuing all in the community.

Our work , following on from the PEC Meeting of the 2nd May 2019, will include the commissioning of a scoping exercise to analyse what is happening in the area, bringing people of all generations together and how we involve residents of all ages to show how all are valued, develop self esteem, reduce isolation and improve mental health

This is very much looking at how we can develop our Strategy, looking at Intergenerational work much more broadly across the community, etc.[1]


Big Local SW11 (BLSW11) has been funding an intergenerational programme for SW11 (primarily Latchmere Ward) since 2014.
Delivered by Women of Wandsworth (WoW) the project was developed in response to extensive local consultation, and has successfully nurtured relationships between older people and local volunteers (young people and families) to, in effect, establish ‘surrogate families’; within the limitation of sheltered housing.
BLSW11 wants to build on this success by looking at what more could be done to deepen and broaden our impact particularly in addressing isolation and loneliness, not only for older people but for anyone in our community who might benefit from community engagement across the generations.


In order to progress this ambition, BLSW11 wants to commission a brief scoping exercise that will provide us with an analysis of what else is happening in the area as far as intergenerational type initiatives and/or projects are concerned, and with better evidence of the likely level of ‘demand’ or potential interest in the development of new initiatives/approaches.

Primarily a desk based research project, the scoping work should consult with a local services/agencies to seek their views and to collect data on the range and extent of local intergenerational projects. This ‘supply-side’ analysis should be matched by a ‘demand-side’ estimation of the likely extent of the ‘problem’ of isolation and loneliness in SW11.
In addition to the supply/demand analysis we would like some ‘good practice’ examples of successful intergenerational projects (derived from web based research) that specifically address isolation and loneliness, to include (but not limited to if other data is available):

  • Older people
  • Single Parents
  • Inward Migrants
  • LGTB people
  • Disabled people

In terms of the Supply/Demand analysis we would expect the successful researcher to consult with the following organisations that are known to have a direct or associated interest in intergenerational issues.

  • Caius House
  • Carney’s Community
  • The Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Health Authority
  • Kambala Residents Association
  • Katherine Low Centre
  • Providence House
  • LB Wandsworth – Housing Needs Assessment; Adult Social Care
  • Women of Wandsworth
  • Other’s that may be suggested during the course of the research

For intergenerational Issues

  • What is happening?
  • Where?
  • By whom?
  • Who are the beneficiaries?

What is the extent of the problem of loneliness and isolation in SW11?

  • How many people?
  • Where do they live?
  • What are their circumstances?

Timetable and Budget

We would like the scoping report to be completed by the end of August 2019
We have estimated the budget at £200 per day as follows:

Task Days Budget
Consultation 6
Web Research 4
Writing Report 2
Total 12 2400

We expect some flexibility in the delivery of this scoping work, to allow for the possibility of at least one presentation to the BLSW11 Partnership.

BLSW11 Intergeneration Lead: Wendy Speck (June 2019).

See Appendix 1 for how we would like to see this work developed in relation to our three BLSW11 Plan and Budget

Appendix 1: Intergenerational Work and Our Strategy

This commission has been produced by the BLSW11 Intergenerational Committee – Wendy Speck (Chair), Marlene Price, Donna Barham and Senia Dedic.

During its preparation the Committee considered how this work and any resulting new BLSW11 funded initiatives could work to help deliver our three year plan and budget 2019-21.

In this regard the following issues were discussed in the expectations that they might influence the final recommendations to the Partnership Committee.

Focus: Isolation, Mental Health (Anxiety and Depression)
Approach: Community Development: Youth driven and mobilising volunteers
Time scale: Three Years
Budget: Initially £10k a year but will seek leveraged funding from partners and may request BLSW11 to vie funds from under spend.

Intergenerational work: While we want to build on what went before we do not want to be distracted by the ‘language’ of intergenerational work.

We are aware that there many different approaches to tacking isolation and mental health issues, some intergenerational, some cross-generational; some that may focus on older people, others that might direct energy towards isolated single parents and/or disabled people.
An ideal scenario would see more members of our local community becoming involved in projects and programmes that address isolation, and mental health issues in our patch.

Battersea Charity Week, a real success

Battersea Charity week was well attended and a real success. It is great to help our local voluntary organisations to with various workshops about funding, finding volunteers, campaigning, networking

Some of the highlights were:

Campaign stories and tips shared by Fleur from Katherine Low Settlement and Annaliese from SEN Talk parent support group, plus some collaborative campaign brainstorming!


Stories, much like diamonds, live forever. At our case study workshop at Caius House Youth Centre this morning we were able to explore the inspiring stories that lie within our community work.


Really engaging discussions around governance and how to deal with trustee conflicts/power dynamics during The Board Meeting roleplay event at Providence House.
Breakfast, chats about governance, and discussion topics hidden under coasters. What more could you ask for? Thank you to Platform One cafe for hosting us!
Aaron from Katherine Low Settlement led a fantastic session on bid-writing, which not only covered how to write bids, but also how to find the right funders for your project and build relationships with them.
On the 26th of June, we had top tips from 9 funders, a Q&A where we discussed topics such as multi-year funding and accessible applications, topped off with a chance to meet the funders face-to-face over coffee. Thank you to everyone who came along

Attendees at the Governance for Faith Groups event got to enjoy a bit of Giant Jenga!





Battersea Together 2019

Last Thursday was our annual event Battersea Together.  It was well attended and a great meeting of many minds : Local charities and organisations came together to think about how we can work in partnership meet the needs of our local communities. MP Marsha de Cordova also came to listen and share her thoughts.

Battersea Charities week was also announced for 24th-29th June. A week where Battersea Charities share their venues and expertise with one another to strengthen our skills and knowledge to better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

The Alliance Big Local SW11 Video Explainer

BLSW11 is working with key local organisations to develop a strategy that aims to “Remove barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential as workers, volunteers and members of our community”

Find out more about the Alliance Big Local SW11 in this video explainer:

Our partners are:

Providence House:

Katherine Low Settlement:

St Peter Battersea:

Carney’s Community:

Caius House:

An explainer video from Keepsake Videos
©Keepsake Videos 2019

Battersea Together – Get involved!

The Battersea Together Event 2019 is happening on the 7th March at York Gardens Library.  Marsha De Cordova will be speaking.
Follow the Eventbrite link to register for Battersea Together:
About this event :
Big Local SW11 launched the first Battersea Together event in 2016, 70 people from 44 organisations attended and discussed the key issues facing the people and communities of SW11. The second Battersea Together event in 2017 ‘From words to action’ resulted in the development of the Alliance – a partnership of key local organisations with shared values and an agreed approach to tackling some of the most challenging issues in Battersea including, loneliness, depression and anxiety. In launching its Strategy the Alliance wants to engage with community organisations on how we can deliver positive action to strengthen the social fabric of Battersea!
Battersea Together 2019
7th March 2019, 9.30am – 1.00pm, York Garden Library

Purpose – Hear about the Alliance’s Strategy; developing Charity Week (June 2019); working to deliver on Volunteering and Youth Engagement in Battersea


9.30 Registration

10.00 The Alliance’s Vision – Marsha de Cordova MP

10.10 How we got here? David Stone BLSW11

10.30 Q & A

11.00 Break

11.15 Charity Week – June 2019 Aaron Barbour KLS

11.30 Q & A

11.45 Workshops

Volunteering in Battersea

Youth Development – Battersea Youth Voice

12.30 Feedback Session

1.00 Lunch and Networking

* Information papers and will be sent out two weeks before the event


Dream Garden SW11 – Selected by the Mayor of London as one of the 26 most innovative civic initiatives London 2018

Christ Church CE Primary Battersea has been selected to receive a £30,000 pledge from the Mayor of London. This learning outdoors project will create a beautiful, bespoke learning space bringing people together through a range of innovative activities.


The project aims to forge stronger links with our local community; Big Local SW11 has given the school £10,000 to develop this work. Local people will be able to come and benefit from the space. Training will be an important part of the project with the opportunity to become more skilled in a range of areas e.g. healthy eating, cooking, planting, garden maintenance and storytelling.


Chelsea Gold Medal garden designer Cleve West has given his time to work with pupils incorporating their ideas into the new garden. Wholefoods Market also donated £2,000 to buy a much needed greenhouse.


We are very grateful to ISG who are supporting the garden working with supply chain partners, Rochfords and MSK. This will support the first phase of site clearance and ground preparation ready for the development of the new garden project.


There is still £7,060 to raise to reach our goal and create this bespoke garden that will be used by the school and local community go to: if you can help.


For more info: contact Head Teacher Colette Morris: Tel – 020 7228 2812

Outdoors Learning Project in a Secret Garden

This is a learning outdoors project that will bring people together through a range of activities-planting, growing, cooking, storytelling and more partly funded by the Big Local Sw11 small grant 2018.

The first part of the project is building a bespoke garden designed by pupils of the school with established designer Cleve West.

This garden needs support from volunteers to clear and prepare the space for the garden to be started. It will invite local volunteer support for digging and planting giving opportunities for young and old to come together and learn valuable horticultural skills.

The garden will be started in September and will take two years and a lot of community engagement to complete. We will develop links with local people to volunteer their help and will facilitate and create groups to come together regularly to work on the garden and benefit from the space. Training for all involved is an important part of the project which will lead to volunteers becoming more skilled in a range of areas e.g. understanding compost, propagation, planting, pruning, creating signage etc. We have a strong track record as we already use our Secret Garden to support the training and development of volunteers. Our new space will not only transform a piece of wasteland but will offer a larger and more tailored teaching space for the local community.

The second phase of our project is to replace a dilapidated portacabin with a building designed specifically for outdoor learning events, even if the school is closed. It will have toilets and a kitchen as well as enough space to both train and work with groups.

There will be a roof garden with space for growing a range of herbs and spices as well as micro salads. The building will enable the groups to meet and have space to make drinks or food as well as take well-earned breaks. The space will also give the opportunity for training on site so volunteers feel they have the opportunities to develop their own skills and competencies.