Vacancy – Join our Trustee Board

The Peckham Settlement is seeking a new Treasurer / Trustee to join our board!

We’re looking for someone to help manage our finances, ensuring we can continue to provide grants and support to charities and community groups across SE15. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with some professional or personal experience of financial management to give back to the local community, and help the good work of hundreds of local charities and community groups continue.

We are particularly looking for a Treasurer to help with some key tasks:

  • maintaining our straightforward accounts
  • paying the agreed grants
  • receiving regular reports from the investment managers
  • attending an annual meeting with the investment managers
  • giving reports and advice to the other Trustees on all financial matters

You would also join the other Trustees in inviting, reviewing and deciding on applications for grants as well as inputting on the policies and conduct of the charity as a whole.

We are a very small volunteer led organisation, with no premises, no paid staff and no fundraising activities, and our investments are managed by a professional company.

You would be expected to have sound financial judgement, some knowledge of the voluntary sector and ideally an understanding of charity investment, but that is not essential as guidance would be available from present Trustees. You might be a retired accountant or just someone with good financial understanding.

Previous board or trustee experience is not necessary. We will welcome applications from persons of any age and any relevant background, and particularly from those who live or work in SE15.

If this could be for you, please contact the Chairperson David Reid by email (peckhamsettlement.org@gmail.com) or call 02079711482 for an introductory conversation.

Open Annual Meeting – 18th November, 7pm, online

You are warmly invited to join our open Annual Meeting on Wednesday 18th November!

We’ll be looking back at our grant-making over the past year and discussing our plans for the future, as well as hearing from some of the organisations and individuals that are driving the local community sector forward:

  • Nicholas Okwulu of Pempeople will speak about his vision for The Livesey Exchange, and and local young people in particular
  • Althea Smith will speak about her long association with Southwark and the Acorn TRA
  • More TBC

To celebrate the formal end of Chris Haydton’s tenure as Chair, we will be sharing a short extract from his documentary film about the history of The Peckham Settlement, and hear from our incoming Chair David Reed, about his plans for the organisation in years to come.

Held online via Zoom, this will start at 7pm and finish around 7.45pm, and is open to everyone. If you’d like to attend please register your interest here, and we will send you more details nearer the time.

Latest Grants – October 2020

After another batch of great applications, we’re excited to be supporting the following organisations with our latest round of grants. We encourage you all to take a look at the groups working in our neighbourhood and support them where you can.

Applications for the Emergency Fund and the General Fund are still open, and we would welcome submissions or questions in advance, so please do get in touch if we can help support you and your work.

The Emergency Fund (up to £500)

  • Livesey Exchange
    • Funding to allow a safe re-opening of the Livesey Exhcange – non-profit organisation that champions local creativity, skills development and collaboration,  putting 60+ vacant garages beneath the Ledbury Estate into the hands of the community
  • Acorn Tenants and Residents Association
    • Funding to support community events within the Acorn Estate

General Fund (up to £5,000)

  • Open Aerial
    • Funding to support aerial circus fitness sessions with groups from local estates and schools.
  • Nunhead Knocks
    • Funding to support regular bulk food purchases for food parcels and on behalf of local youth club, and for development of new food co-op programme to address food inequality in SE15
  • SE15 Community Fund
    • Funds to be distributed to directly to individuals in need, via applications to the Community Fund. Funding supporting neighbours in buying essential groceries, covering electricity and gas bills, helping with childcare costs, purchasing PPE to enable safe return to work, as well as rent and temporary accommodation costs
  • Tru Culture
    • Grant to allow replacement of music studio equipment, to provide studio time to young people in SE15

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard from us we aim to be in touch shortly. Please do get in touch with any questions or ideas.

The next deadline for General Fund applications is the 6th January 2021.

Latest Funding News – July/August 2020

The Peckham Settlement Trustees are pleased to have awarded the following grants. We encourage you all to take a look at the groups working in our neighbourhood and support them where you can.

Applications for the Emergency Fund and the General Fund are still open, and we would welcome submissions or questions in advance, so please do get in touch if we can help support you and your work.

 

The Emergency Fund (up to £500)

  • Dream Believe Achieve (DBA) CIC (pictured above)
    • Working to empower young disadvantaged women (11-16), their 3-month Peckham programme seeks to assist in overcoming individual boundaries hindering progression and fulfilment.
  • SE15 Community Fund
    • Offering financial help to people located in the SE15 postcode, who may be struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances.
  • Nunhead Knocks
    • Community group supporting people across Peckham and Nunhead affected by the COVID crisis, by providing food parcels, electricity/gas top ups, bulk food purchases for local charities and other activities.
  • Peckham Rights!
    • Supporting individual and community organisations in Peckham through capacity building, community development, and education on using human rights frameworks in local advocacy.
  • Peckham Town Football Club
    • Local community asset since 1982 with 22 teams, including men, women, junior and ‘minis’.
  • The Ernest Foundation
    • Supporting people living with and affected by HIV – based in Peckham since 2006, working with individuals across Southwark.
  • Association des Senegalais(es) du Royaume-Uni (ASRU)
    • Community group working with and for Senegalese migrants living in Southwark, particularly in SE15 and SE17.
  • Centre for the Advancement of Development and Human Rights
    • Assisting community groups in setting up and effectively running their businesses.
  • The scissors of Oz / The Sisters of Oz
    • Creative hair and healing in hub in Peckham, supporting local hairdressers.

General Fund (up to £5,000)

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so if you’ve applied and haven’t heard from us we aim to be in touch shortly. Please do get in touch with any questions or ideas.

The next cutoff for General Fund applications is the 30th September 2020.

Grants made 2018

In 2018 our range of beneficiaries extended to include Aaina Women’s Group, Burgess Park Food Project, Central Southwark Community Hub, CCDC7 (Carl Campbell Dance Company7), Community TV Trust (for its knife crime work), South London Cares, SL Creatives.

Previously in 2017, we had awarded grants to Age UK Lewisham and Southwark for their MENders (men’s shed) project in Peckham, Bede House for their work on Domestic Violence in Peckham, Brimmington Park Festival 2017, Pioneer Afro Caribbean Over 50s, Link Age Southwark for their work combatting isolation among older residents.

In 2016 we re-launched in June. Our first beneficiary in our new manifestation was the HOurbank project which used to be run out of The Peckham Settlement in its time as a community centre and is now part of PECAN. We made a second grant award in 2016 to Peckham Coal Line whose development we were assisting. This ambitious local project stands to benefit the whole SE15 community.

AGM 17th January 2019

The Peckham Settlement is holding its AGM on Thursday 17th January 2019 at All Saints Church, Blenheim Grove, Peckham SE15 4QS.

2017 AGM

Peckham Settlement will be holding its 2017 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th November at All Saints Church Hall on Blenheim Grove SE15 at 6.15pm.

This will be followed by a dinner in acknowledgement of the services of Michael Fowke, the outgoing Chair of Peckham Settlement.

Menders in Peckham

On Friday we visited MenDERS, the excellent ‘shed’ project in Peckham for older men. This is run by Age UK Lewisham & Southwark whom we are part funding for this work.

Here is a short film:

New grants awarded

At a meeting of the Executive Committee held last night at All Saints Church in Peckham, three organisations were awarded grants for their work in or supporting residents of SE15.

They are Age UK Lewisham & Southwark, Bede House Association, Pioneer African Caribbean Over 50s Group. We look forward to sharing news of their progress.

Michael Fowke steps down

After many years service to Peckham Settlement, Michael Fowke has stood down as Chair but will remain on the Executive Committee.

His colleagues on the EC, many of whom have served also for many years with Michael, thanked him for his dedication to the work of the Settlement through some very difficult times.