Thanks and praise for Roehampton’s community groups for their support during the pandemic

Published: Friday, March 19, 2021

Council leader Ravi Govindia has paid tribute to the many voluntary organisations, charities and community groups that have done so much to support the people of Roehampton throughout the pandemic.

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Cllr Govindia said he was “touched that so many people have dedicated so much of their time and energy in supporting the most vulnerable people in this part of the borough. The whole of Wandsworth salutes their efforts”.

He was speaking after the work of these local groups was highlighted in a series of BBC London broadcasts which showcased “the tremendous community spirit that exists across Roehampton”.

Cllr Govindia added that he was proud too of the strong partnerships built between local organisations and council staff who have played a leading role in co-ordinating and funding on-the-ground support for some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents during the pandemic. 

The council already commissions Regenerate Rise with annual funding of £220,000 to support their projects supporting older people across the whole borough, including in Roehampton, and a further £50,000 to Hestia for its work specifically in the Roehampton area.

Cllr Govindia said: “During the pandemic we have recognised the vitally important role the voluntary sector has played in supporting our communities and I am delighted that we have been able to boost local projects through a series of Covid-19 related grants.”

These include

  • Regenerate Rise providing activity packs to support 300 older people using a £5,000 grant.
  • Rackets Cubed awarded £15,563 for the provision of weekly community boxes to vulnerable families containing essential food, personal hygiene goods, activity and educational packs to 250 families.
  • The Scrubbery awarded £5,000 to provide 1,250 reusable masks for local organisations to distribute to vulnerable and low-income residents.
  • MKA Roehampton awarded £3,000 to carry out weekly food and essentials non-food items (baby items, male/female toiletries, clothing) and distributing hot meals, to more than 2,400 households.
  • SW15 Music awarded £5,483 to provide music tuition for young people aged 10-18 or older for those with a learning disability, to learn to play a variety of musical instruments, opportunities to play in a band at public events and provide music workshops for other young people. They have recently introduced the opportunity to learn photographic skills.
  • Play and Learn Café awarded £8,720 for The Play Bags (Roehampton) Project, to provide play bags over six months for 200 families with preschool children unable to attend community-based play sessions. This project was aimed at vulnerable families, those on low-income or with no recourse to public funds  families, with children who have special educational needs, who do not have access to quality play experiences and resources for their children at this vital stage in their development.
  • Ubuntu Museum awarded £4,339 for its African Art School project which was also aimed at these vulnerable households.
  • Rocks International awarded £5,000 for its After School R.O.C.K.S programme, working with The Alton, Heathmere and Roehampton Church schools granting pupils from each school 1 afternoon of studio-based art classes each week.

In non-Covid times, as well as the main contracted services provided by Regenerate Rise and Age UK Wandsworth, the council has commissioned Citizens Advice Wandsworth to provide tailored advice services, as well as community support which were highlighted in last week’s BBC broadcasts.

Cllr Govindia added: “The pandemic has been an enormously difficult period for so many in our community but at the same time it has highlighted the tremendous sense of community spirit and togetherness for which Wandsworth is famous. These are virtues we will be building on and strengthening in the months and years ahead.”