Our 4th Falcon Road Festival was a complete success and we were blessed with a lot of sunshine. The theme this year was “Battersea Together” and the entire community came out to enjoy the sun and the fun.
It was our busiest festival so far with the fire station, the park, Providence House and Este Road, buzzing with people. Battersea has a very mixed community and it was very nice to see everyone getting along, having fun, singing and dancing together. The children enjoyed a circus, a reptile and a bird of prey show and there were also a lot of activities for them like volleyball, boxing, circus skills, bouncy castle and bull riding simulator.
Wandsworth Active had various workshops and was on a mission to get local people fitter and healthier. Local artists showcased their talent all day on our main stage managed by Riverside Radio.
St Peter’s Church corner was filled with wooden deck chairs and they were serving free drinks to keep people hydrated on this glorious day.
We will continue to work together closely with the community and are proud to announce that Falcon Road is coming back next year on the 27th of June 2020.
Our Falcon Road festival video should be released as soon as we receive clearance from the festival committee, so watch this space 🙂
Please contact David Stone at [email protected] or 07950013153 to express an interest in this assignment or please let us know if you are aware of someone who might be interested.
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.
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):
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.
The Clinical Commissioning Group
Kambala Residents Association
Katherine Low Centre
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?
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:
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.
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.
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!
Falcon Road Festival is back next month for the 4th time on the 29th of June.
There will be a multitude of activities, workshops, performances and things to do for the entire family.
Este Road will be full of stalls once again, and music will be heard from Providence House to Shillington Park.