Lunch, Consultation & Birthday Celebration

WoW Mums have organised another consultation in Haven Lodge today with the York Gardens library Architect and the Winstanley regeneration team. It is fantastic to see the plans for the new children’s centre in the new project. It looks spectacular! We celebrated Janet’s 75th birthday today.

Battersea Charity Week 24th – 29th June 2019

We have come up with a rough timetable for Battersea Charities Week that we’d like to share with you! All opportunities to get to know each other and learn from each other 

Monday 24th June: PARTNERSHIPS DAY – an evening event will launch Battersea Charities Week including speed dating, developing solutions to local issues and a sharing of community resources noticeboard.

Tuesday 25th June: VOLUNTEERING DAY – a morning event to learn more about the value of volunteers, get better at recruitment, supporting & motivating volunteers, skills-based volunteers and more.

Wednesday 26th June: FUNDING DAY – Meet the Funders event in the morning with 8 local funders. 2 workshops in the afternoon on ‘Bid Writing’ and ‘I’ve got the money, now what?’ (exploring contracts, monitoring and evaluation and reporting back to funders)

Thursday 27th June: EFFECTIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY – have breakfast with local Trustees to find out what it’s really like; learn by taking part in a role play Board meeting; explore governance for faith groups.

Friday 28th June: COMMUNICATIONS: ‘Communications on a shoe string’ with a workshop on creating video content/social media as well as a workshop on campaigning on the issues that matter most to you.

Saturday 29th June: FESTIVAL DAY – yes it’s the Falcon Road Festival. Time to celebrate! As well as our popular stalls we will also host a networking social event to celebrate the end of our week and get to know each other over a beer or coke!

Please note that we are still finalising arrangements so they are subject to change.

Free2B Grant Evaluation

We feel the project has been a great success and we would like to thank Big Local for giving us this opportunity.

Check Free2B promotional video made by Wandsworth videographer Sandra Munoz-Alvarez

Please find attached our Free2B evaluation form together with participant evaluation data on

Free2B Big Local evaluation

Anon Evaluations

FREE2BE support young people and their parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, those questioning and those with alternative identities: LGBTQ+

Our service users experience discrimination, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (HBT-phobia) on a daily basis and it is often as a result of a lack of understanding.

The BigLocal SW11 has funded us to provide introductory training sessions to local organisations with best practice suggestions for simple, low cost, practical changes that can be implemented to create a more inclusive environment.

Training aims:

  • Understand why it’s important to create an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment
  • Have examples of simple, practical and low-cost changes and actions that can be implemented easily
  • Have the opportunity to practise challenging HBT-phobia in a supportive environment
  • Develop an initial action plan to start the change process in your organisation
  • Receive a list of relevant support and information organisations and services

If you would like to book a training session for your organisation – please get in touch!

[email protected],

07757 502 726

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.

Music Workshop & IHEART Wellbeing Programme

We are funding a new wellbeing programme in Battersea as part of our Small Grant for 2018 to tackle youth violence in our area.

This workshop starting in October Half term is to address the rise in youth violence and youth fatalities impacting on youth mental health within the BLSW11. This will be 5 days of music and wellbeing programme targeting young people who are at risk of youth violence. We propose to use a combination of an enticing music course and the IHEART wellbeing programme that is currently undergoing extensive research where preliminary find-ings are showing it to be extremely impactful.

The programme has been carefully planned in both the delivery method and the team who have been selected for their expertise in working with young people at risk of youth violence and/or their training in the 3 Principles understanding or their music skill base. The chosen method is the IHEART ( programme which de-rives from the 3 Principles Understanding. It has been delivered across London with great results. It is accessible to young people because it is a wellbeing programme that is not based on intellectual ability, nor is it a counselling type programme.

This enticing music and wellbeing programme is an opportunity that tackles two are-as: challenging youth violence and raising awareness of inner wellbeing.

What makes this different is the innovative nature and the sustainability beyond the programme.


Behavioural Change

* Improved understanding of the negative portrayal of drill music

* Compilation of positive music tracks

* Increased resilience

* Improved self-confidence to overcome challenges Improvement in managing “dif-ficult” situations

* Improved self-esteem – increased view of wellbeing

* Improved capacity to manage low moods

* Improved concentration and motivation

* Improved communication & conflict resolution skills

* Improved relationships with peers, teachers & family member

Societal Change

* Greater connection within the community and local youth facilities

* Greater respect for difference and diversity

* Greater adaptability to change

* Greater likelihood to make healthier life choices

* Greater sense of hope and capacity to cope

* Decrease in addictive, compulsive & destructive behaviours

* Decrease in stress and anxiety

Time Table

Recruitment September 2018

Programme delivery October half term 2018

Optional 1 to 1 sessions for participants from November 2018 to March 2019

Participant progress tracking bi-monthly from November 2018 to March 2019.

End of project evaluation and final report end of March 2019