South Bermondsey Partnership stemmed from a new initiative from The National Lottery. They were concerned that the people most in need were not applying for funding and so they afforded the opportunity to local organisations and groups to identify areas of multiple deprivation and to apply for funding on behalf of those communities. There are now 152 Big Locals across the country and we are proud to be one of them.
Our group identified 6 large estates along The Old Kent Road to work with and for 2 years with small amounts of seed funding from The National Lottery we worked mostly with the tenant and resident associations on those sites to help them identify what needed to be done to make their area a better place to live. We aim to work with Elder people who feel isolated from the community, younger people who need to develop more skills and green open spaces which would benefit the community.