Community development

Three of our partners have ILCP funded Community Development workers, who work closely together, but with slightly different approaches. 

Age UK Lambeth's  community development strategy

Supporting people to live independently and feel less isolated - We have supported 150 activities across 40 organisations aimed at helping people to have fun and build their confidence. We work in partnership with organisations such as Morley College, Notting Hill housing and The Cinema Museum as well as supporting independent classes in things like drawing, knitting and dancing. We frequently visit groups to share information about services available from Age UK Lambeth and other organisations throughout the borough.

Supporting projects to be more financially independent - Community Development has supported almost £13,000 worth of funding applications in the past year with £5,000 awarded so far. (June 2016)

Supporting people to live healthier lives - We know that healthier and happier communities put less pressure on frontline services. We have helped projects apply from Warm & Well grants and funding for exercise tutors and helped groups find suitable teachers and vice versa. We also work with health professionals and ensure that as many people as possible are benefiting from Age UK Lambeth services such as the Older People's Information Directory, the Safe and Independent Living (SAIL) scheme and the Handypersons, Befriending and Hospital Discharge services. We work with the Local Care Networks and GP Federations on developing the preventative agenda.

Supporting people to live safer lives - Our role helps older people find out what community assets are available to them and gives them a greater ability to make choices as well as providing peer support. We use our partnerships with organisations such as the police, trading standards and other specialist voluntary organisations to make people feel they have somewhere to turn to for help.

DASL's community development strategy

DASL is Lambeth's leading pan-disability Disabled People's organisation. We have a long history of working in the community to develop projects and activities to support disabled people's voice, campaigning on key issues for local disabled people and partnership work with Lambeth Council, Health and other voluntary organisations on policies and strategies.

For us, our role is more than providing the major services - information, advice, advocacy, Direct Payments Support - which the Council commissions from us. It means working with, and in support of, our many hundreds of disabled members and service users and of the wider disability community.

Since April 2015, DASL has been providing a new Community Development Service for Disabled People as part of the Independent living and Carers’ Partnership.

Some of our recent and current community development work is featured on these community development pages.

We are delighted that our Community Development Worker - Disabled People is Louise Holden. Louise will be known to many of you from her previous posts at DASL as our Information Worker and, until April 2015, through her work for Carers Hub Lambeth.

With Louise’s help we will be building on these projects and working on new ones with other Disabled People’s Organisations, including the Lambeth Pan-Disability Forum at ‘we are 336’ and across Lambeth.

To find out more about our plans contact Louise Holden.

Mencap's community development strategy

We support over 100 people in the community, living independently or with their family or carers.  We work with people who need support once a week through to those with intensive complex needs that require 24 hour support.

We know how important it is to have control over your life so all our support packages are tailor made round your needs, wants and wishes.  Support sessions are delivered to fit the individual, not the organisation.  You get support sessions delivered in the way you want at a time you want.

Our extensive services are delivered by skilled staff, who are trained to a level far higher than the minimum care standards requirement. We pride ourselves on the fact that we are able to engage with individuals that challenge conventional support agencies.  We benefit from a diverse staff group drawn from a range of cultural groups, nationalities and languages enabling us match our service users’ cultural needs.

We consistently deliver a high quality service. Read our recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) unannounced inspection in April 2016  where we were found to be fully compliant. For our most recent CQC report, as well as previous reports, you can access the CQC website here.

For enquiries and further information, please phone 020 8655 7722 and ask for Lesley or email

Help For Carers Community Development Strategy

Help For Carers provide services and support for to unpaid carers - relatives, friends and neighbours who are looking after someone who is elderly, has a disability, long term health condition, and mental ill-health or substance misuse. We provide information, advice, signposting and emotional support for adult carers, carers with mental health needs and older carers. We work with over 700 carers per year offering individual support, and peer support groups. We support families, carers, people who use our services, providers and commissioners to deliver the following outcomes within the community.

Using a Whole Family Approach – families and carers will be respected as expert care partners and have access to integrated and personalised services to support them in their caring role. We work closely with GP surgeries in Lambeth and provide carer focused drop-ins within the surgeries; working closely with social services to ensure all carers have a carers assessment and supported in a holistic way in their caring role.

A Life alongside caring. Carers will be supported to have a life of their own alongside their caring role. Carers are encouraged to join our peer support groups, coffee mornings, trips, outings, Carers Forums, art therapy, and educational courses, volunteering and workshops to expand their own networks.

Carers will be supported so that they are not forced into financial hardship by their caring role. We seek to maximise opportunities for carers to access grants, equipment, household goods and to ensure they have had a Carers Assessment. We also provide a free Legal Advice clinic and work with carers around their benefits, rights and housing benefit.

Better Health and well - being. Carers will be supported to stay physically healthy and mentally well and treated with dignity at all times. We promote and actively encourage all carers to access our peer support groups, coffee mornings, volunteering opportunities and access to educational workshops/courses, Talking Therapies and signpost to a range of other services in the community.

Young carers will be supported to enjoy positive childhoods and to learn, develop and thrive and also be protected from inappropriate caring roles -

We also provide a Young Carers Project for over 300 young carers aged 5-18 and young adult carers in Lambeth. This project provides information, emotional support, signposting and home visits to families/young carers in the community. We provide 1:1 educational support and drop In sessions within schools across Lambeth. We also offer respite to young carers via workshops, activities and weekend trips.

Beyond Barriers

Offers mentoring, to carers and former carers from Hard to Reach Communities including; BAME people, LGBT people in Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth Merton and Sutton. Services include; Computer/IT support, goal setting, emotional support.

Help For Carers also provides a ‘home-based respite service’ for the carers of older people, adults and children with physical or learning disabilities including palliative care. This service operates across the following boroughs: Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Sutton, Croydon, Richmond, Kingston, Southwark and Lewisham.