Summer Workshops and Volunteer Training

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

CCT is keen to recruit volunteers to help with a range of activities as we develop the Hub.  We are pleased to offer a set of short Volunteer Training opportunities at no charge during august and September. Please contact if you would like to volunteer or attend the training. The next Volunteer Introduction Session will be on 14th August.

Link to Recruitment flyer
Link to Volunteer Training flyer

Basista Music Workshops

We are pleased to offer the first Basista Music Workshop on 19th August 10.00am to 3.00pm at Carnegie. Contact if you would like to come along.

Link to flyer

Dance Workshop 

Contact to join Madame Bell for the very first exciting Dance Workshop at Carnegie 15th August from 1.00pm to 4.00pm.

Link to flyer

Room Bookings 

A One Page Flyer providing all the key information you need about booking rooms for events, parties, meetings at Carnegie

Link to flyer


Carnegie Library Gardens – consultation

Everyone who cares about the Carnegie building will be aware that the gardens all around are in poor overall condition and it would be great to have these restored. The garden at the rear of the building was turfed and modestly planted following the gym development; this garden is being maintained by volunteers.

The gardens are currently the responsibility of Lambeth Council and they are keen to work in partnership with the users of the building. A gardening group coordinated by the CCT has been meeting and would like to know your views on how to improve the gardens.

A number of factors need to be taken into consideration when planning.  These include:

  • The original layout of the gardens – a number of the original round beds still visible, paths and borders
  • Environmental issues including need for low water use
  • Access for people with disabilities
  • Ease of maintenance
  • The Ferndene Road side garden: a number of drains and power supply run closeto the surface, this may mean using plants with short roots, or as an alternative, raised planters, which would also improve access to gardening for those who have restricted mobility.

CCT will seek funding for the improvements and are keen to know what you would like to see in the garden. Please let us have your thoughts. What would you like the gardens to look like in perhaps 3 years’ time?  If you would like to join the Garden Group let us know in your response.

Please reply either by completing the attached Word document and sending it back by email, or just sending a simple email setting out your thoughts to:

Alternatively, there are paper copies of this consultation in the CCT Post Tray.
Please let us have your views by 31st August.

We look forward to hearing from you, thank you.


2019-07 Garden consultation

John Ruskin at 200 – Launch Party at Carnegie – this Wednesday 3rd July

Join the Friends of Ruskin Park  for a launch party for John Ruskin at 200 – a festival to celebrate the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth by thinking about his life, his ideas, and his relevance to us today.

The launch will be held at Carnegie Library, close to Ruskin Park, which is hosting an exhibition of heritage materials relating to Ruskin’s Denmark Hill, curated by Jon Newman of Lambeth Archives.

Join the Friends of Ruskin Park to raise a glass to Ruskin, to his legacies, and to our community in and around Ruskin Park.

The free event is free, but please book using Eventbrite.

Part of John Ruskin at 200, supported by Arts Council, England and the Maas Gallery.

Ruskin Park Summer Fete 2019 needs YOU! Saturday 22nd June 12-6pm

A message not from Lord Kitchener but the Friends of our local Park:

The Friends of Ruskin Park’s Summer Fete is our biggest Community day and fundraiser and it wouldn’t be possible without people offering to volunteer on the lead up and on the day.   Help us make it great success.

Volunteers are needed to help with the following:

Before the day we need:

  • Cakes for the Tea & Cake Tent
  • Plants to sell

Please bring along on the day or drop off.
Contact for drop off points

On the day we need help with:

  • Supervising vehicles in and out of the park (slots between 9.00am-11.30am & 6.00-7.30pm)
  • Setting up tables, gazebos & deckchairs (between 9am and 12pm)
  • Helping on a stall – Tea & Cake, Tombola, Coconut Shy, Donkeys (between 12 and 6pm)
  • Packing up at the end of the day (from 5.30pm)
  • Clearing up at from 6pm-7.30pm
  • Help with Litter picking throughout the day

We really do need your support so if you are able to offer some of your time to help with any of the above activities, please contact the FoRP Events team by email at with details of your availability and your preferred
activities.   Thank you.

Brixton Advice Centre – a call for support

“There is no such thing as society”
-Margaret Thatcher

“Oh yes there is!” 
-the people of Lambeth


A Call for Community Solidarity  – support your local Advice Centre

For 50 years the Brixton Advice Centre on Railton Road has helped, advised and acted for local people with legal or administrative problems who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services.  It averages getting on for 5,000 cases each year, mostly housing, debt or employment issues.  It is a vital part of life in Herne Hill, Loughborough Junction, Tulse Hill and Brixton.  Unless you have used its services you probably don’t know it exists.

Austerity has savaged the Centre’s budget, so to generate income, trustees and staff will be taking part in the 2019 Legal Walk on17th June when the Lord Chief Justice and thousands of lawyers raise funds for good causes.

I am asking you to invest in the community in which you live by sponsoring our walkers.  Follow the link below:

So, support your community Advice Centre.  Give us a fiver (or more if you can).
By making life better for some the Centre makes the community better for everyone.

Fred Taggart  
Honorary Secretary
Brixton Advice Centre
(and Herne Hill resident for 39 years)

Licence agreed with Lambeth Council

Carnegie Community Trust is pleased to announce that it has signed a Licence to Occupy from Lambeth Council.

CCT is now taking bookings for the hire of space within the Carnegie Library building.

The Booking Form with hire charges, Terms & Conditions and other information can be downloaded here.

Please note our charges will be reviewed after 6 months.

Funders satisfied

The Chair of the Friends of Carnegie Library recently made two separate complaints about CCT to funding bodies. In each case he was attempting to undermine the Trust and persuade the funders not to give us money. This has been an extraordinary matter and we are appalled at this attempt to damage the Trust.  We are pleased to report that in both cases the funding bodies have confirmed either that they ignored the communication or that they have been fully satisfied with our response.


Garden update

You will be pleased to know that the back garden at Carnegie is once again accessible from the main room.  You can also enter via the Ferndene gate.  It’s good to see people out there on sunny days.  The new steps are solid and safe, and we have cut the grass and weeded.  Do feel free to enjoy this peaceful space.  All it needs is some furniture,  including a parasol or two!
We understand the library Friends are planning to garden once a month also.
We will reconvene the garden planning group in the next few weeks, please let us know if you are interested.

‘Positive Future Lambeth’ Forum on Gun & Knife Crime – this Saturday 20th April at Carnegie Library

The second Anti-violence Forum focusing on Gun & Knife Crime will be held by Lambeth Councillors this Saturday, 20th April 2019 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Carnegie Library, 192 Herne Hill Rd SE24 0AG.

Following the successful launch of this Forum on 16th February 2019, the Councillors are looking forward to further work in the Community to develop strategies to prevent and if possible eradicate this epidemic.

With your help at the first meeting, a range of areas were identified that needed to be tackled including:

  • Poverty – especially in-work poverty
  • School exclusion: disproportionately black children excluded from schools
  • Lack of youth provision
  • Mental health support
  • Role of religious institutions (for example Churches, Mosques and Synagogues)
  • Opportunities for young people
  • Role modelling
  • Housing shortages

You are invited to join us once more to develop our work in this area.  Please come and take part with the help of speakers:

  • Florence Eshalomi London Assembly Member
  • Cllr Mo Seedat Cabinet Member for Community Safety
  • Pastor  Peter Adigun, Province Head, Celestial Church of Christ, Loughborough Junction
  • Abdul Karim Chair of Lambeth Neighbourhood Board
  • Representative from Lambeth Police Service

Organised by Herne Hill Councillors Cllr Pauline George and Cllr Jim Dickson.Hosted by Carnegie Community Trust CIO


Carnegie moves into Spring

With the second meeting of the Garden Group coming up Carnegie Community Trust is moving into Spring both in the garden and inside.  See a note of the first meeting here.


Our new Project Development Officers start work a few days from now and they will be making more visible progress with the Community Hub; confirming hire prices for the available rooms, recruiting volunteers and working up their training offer, planning the Enterprise Centre with entrepreneurial activities, and building the overall business plan with the Trustees.

Already we are taking bookings for both regular and one off events in the Community Hub including yoga, exhibitions and large meetings and we are opening discussions about the community café.

We are developing local groups to take forward specific activities, including chess.  If you would like to get involved, or have an idea for an activity or project you would like to see at Carnegie – particularly if you are ready to offer some help – please let us know at:

Best wishes,