As well as responding to the coronavirus pandemic on a borough wide level, our Lambeth Labour councillors have been working in their wards to make sure everyone has what they need during this crisis. We wanted to highlight some of the work our Tulse Hill councillors – Mary Atkins, Marcia Cameron, and Ben Kind – have been doing with their community:
Lambeth Council’s crowdfunding service has been a response to the Government’s huge cuts to its budget. Crowdfunding allows community projects to raise funds like they usually do – but then benefit from having Lambeth Council double the total amount they have raised – up a maximum of £5000.
The Labour team of councillors in Tulse Hill have been working with local community and residents’ groups on a crowdfunding campaign as a response to challenges raised by coronavirus. They know about the challenges some residents have getting access to the internet and the difficulties this results in when using services like paying Council Tax or accessing education tools.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Tulse Hill councillors contacted local community and residents’ groups about their concerns in response to the shutdown of services – asking what Lambeth Labour and the Council could do to help them. Their number one concern was food supply – however, this was closely followed by difficulties in getting access to the internet.
Many residents use their phones to do all their business as well as personal tasks – whilst community hubs like High Trees Community Development Trust are also used for studying, applying for jobs and training. High Trees surveyed their users at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and found 4 out of 5 people were either having difficulties accessing data and/or hardware for themselves and their families. Coronavirus has revealed the extent that local people rely on being digitally connected as well as the many people who are not connected at all.
Local community groups, including the Tulse Hill Tenants and Residents Associations, St Mathews TRA and the St Matthews Project, have come together with the projects lead partners and the Tulse Hill Ward Councillors, to take action to raise funds to buy computer equipment and provide internet access to those who don’t have it. Our councillors know the importance of getting equipment out as soon as possible. As of Friday 1st May (just a week in!), the campaign has raised £7500 of it’s £10,000 target! Thanks to early donations this campaign has already been starting to provide digital equipment to our community members.
You can read more about this important project for local people and make a donation by visiting the campaigns webpage here.
Here are some testimonials about the work our councillors have been doing in conjunction with community groups:
Tiba Powell, Chair of governors, Jubilee Primary School:
“At Jubilee primary school we have a proud tradition of not leaving anyone behind and giving all our children equal opportunity to learn and grow.
As a community it is our collective responsibility to help these children so they are not being set back further in their learning.
Schools and teachers are doing an amazing job organising and setting learning activities and it would be great if we can help deliver it to all our children.
Your donations are grateful received. Thank you!”
Hazel Turay, Treasurer Tulse Hill Tenants and Residents Association:
“We are pleased to be able to support this we know many individuals and families have problems assessing data on a regular basis. We will give a bit to help reach the target.”
Lee Dema, St.Matthews Project:
“SMP fully support this scheme which will be of huge benefit to many young people we work with. Having no access to the internet and struggling to get slots in a local library is something many young people around Tulse Hill face just trying to keep up with their studies and get on in life.”
The 3 lead partners for Connecting Tulse Hill are:
- High Trees Community Development Trust run a range of community adult education courses, employment support, community action initiatives, youth and play services https://www.high-trees.org/
- Tree Shepherd run the GLOWS Maker Space and co-working hub for small enterprises on Tulse Hill Estate https://treeshepherd.org.uk/
- Jubilee Primary School educate hundreds of children and families from across the Tulse Hill community – making sure that their development, happiness and well-being is at the heart of everything they do https://www.jubilee.lambeth.sch.uk/