We aim to bring people together to share stories, create lasting opportunities for a better Streatham where locals can live, work and relax!
How did we get here?
Streatham is long. It’s been around for a long time - it has a long history. It has a long High Road.It has a long swimming pool (if you consider Tooting Bec Common part of Streatham!) A long Cascade in The Rookery - which is a long walk up from the High Road. We had to wait a long time for our first coffee shop, and it’s a long time since The John Lewis Partnership closed Pratts, the department store. The list of restaurants that take part in the annual Streatham Food Festival is long and getting longer by the year, as is the list of groups, organisations and activities that make Streatham alive.
Who are we?
Streatham Action is a community group and we are part of Lambeth Civic Forum network. The funds that we receive from Lambeth Council (currently £5K) are used for day-to-day running of the organisation. e.g. for transport meetings, youth skills and employment events, discussions about crime and monitoring local planning applications, to name but a few - our list is getting longer as the community becomes more vibrant! We’d love (re)Discover Streatham to be self-financing by raising the first £1.5k for one event and then £3k for two events a year, from crowdfunding. We are the right people to make this happen in Streatham, so that the money we receive from Lambeth can go further to assist with the other activities that we coordinate. Our extended target, would be used to do more story-telling evenings (every couple of months), and have a regular presence on the High Road, just helping people (re)discover Streatham on a weekly or monthly basis.
How can we make this happen?
So, (re)Discover Streatham is a Saturday afternoon event in Streatham Library which brings together many of the community-based projects and not-for-profit organisations that make Streatham such a special place to live and work. We trialled it last year and it was a success! Part of the evening is spent enjoying cheese and drinks, whilst listening to some Stories of Streatham told by locals with a passion to share their knowledge. Stories are so powerful, they challenge our thinking and shape who we are.
The organisations that took part last year include The Streatham collective, Streatham Wells & St Leonards Ward Safer Neighbourhood panels, Streatham Youth and Community Trust, 1st Streatham Common Scout group, Friends of Streatham Green, Friends of Streatham Common, Streatham common Cooperative, The Woodfield project, Streatham Senior Connections, Outings for Older South Londoners, Streatham Theartre Company, Streatham St Bart's Orchestra, Sing Streatham Community Choir, Sing Out Streatham, Furzedown United FC, European Movement- Streatham, Streatham Common W1, Lambeth ADHD Parent Support Group, St Leonard's church, Norwood and Brixton Foodbank, Lambeth Mediation Service, Thrale Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity, Rotary Club of Streatham, Spires and Love Streatham. We hope to see an increased number and equally wider range of groups this year.
We long to continue to bring these organisations and Streathamites together to discover the services and activities available - every spring (when locals come out of hibernation) and in the autumn (as many arrive or move into the area).
What makes it great?
We are super excited about:
* Enabling people to make new friends and find out information about what is on offer in Streatham.
* Allowing groups in Streatham to have face-to-face involvement and asset- sharing growth.
* Making Streatham a better place to live work and relax.
Whether you are new to the area or a seasoned Streathamite, with (re)Discover Streatham, Streatham Action offers you the chance to find out what is going on, meet new people and get involved with local initiatives.
Last year, several attendees told us that it was a creatively thought out event and they would come again. One lady said with excitement "when is the next one?"
How can you help?
Crowdfunding is important to use as it gives use the ability to develop new relationships whilst also enhancing existing relationships. The money raised will allow us to continue to organise, host, follow-up and build stronger relationships with two events a year. Apart from funding. we are always looking for people to tell their stories. If you have a story you want to tell just pop along - there will be drinks and a cheese board waiting for you!
Do you feel you be-long in Streatham? and long for it to have a pro-longed and prosperous future?
Please GIVE generously to the fund. Above all, please come and get involved.