Carnegie Community Trust is delighted to have been selected, on the basis of its Business Plan for a Community Hub and Enterprise Centre, as the Preferred Bidder for an asset transfer of the Carnegie building from Lambeth Council. Discussions have now commenced with the Council on the legal structure and financial arrangements for this transfer to community ownership.
Our vision proposes the conservation and refurbishment of the building to restore it to its former glory and make it fit for purpose for the future
Lambeth’s plan is to put a gym in the basement and that development is entirely separate from the Community Hub and Enterprise Centre. CCT, as a charity, must receive appropriate income for the use of the basement which will be separately managed by Greenwich Leisure Limited. We aim to ensure that the rental from the gym in the basement supports the community use of the rest of the building.
The Trust’s negotiations with Lambeth Council include a timetable for the reopening of the building, including partial use at the earliest possible date. We look forward to getting a library into operation as a priority, welcoming back those user groups who previously used the space as well as bringing in new groups and opportunities for local residents. We hope to work closely with Community groups to ensure that all local interests are addressed.
The Community Hub will be developed as three interlinked Programmes led by the Centre Manager, with staff and volunteers:
- The Learning and Enterprise Programmes:
- A Library run in partnership with Lambeth Library Service and managed by the Trust
- A safe, calm environment for homework and study, to strengthen achievements and prepare for work, aligned with the Library and the Enterprise Area
- Literacy and reading classes
- Space for wide, innovative learning opportunities including schools, children’s groups, computer training, English language teaching, citizenship classes
- University of the Third Age
- Rental space for Training Events, particularly encouraging preparation for work for school leavers and for the unemployed
- An Enterprise Area for use by a range of local self-employed people and small businesses who will pay a rental or fee; supporting local entrepreneurs, reducing unemployment and isolation, encouraging joint and shared work activity, supporting first time self-employed, and encouraging transfer of knowledge and ideas. This will draw on the experience of small business occupiers over the last two years before closure.
- A Youth Club either as a hosted service, or a service managed by the Trust, in order to encourage social activity, group learning and positive relationships among local young people
- Health and Wellbeing Programme:
- Initiatives that bridge generations and share skills across generations, including work in partnership with South London Cares and support for young carers
- Space for well-being classes such as yoga, pilates etc.
- Space for health service outreach support including mental health
- Community services will link with local charities, local GPs, multi-faith churches, schools, the local employment centre at Loughborough Junction, and voluntary projects
- The Performance and Arts Programme:
- Use of space in the building to host exhibitions, including Heritage Events
- Flexible use of space for performances of music, dance and theatre, particularly encouraging and sponsoring local talent
- Talks, debates, films
- Work in conjunction with local parks and green space groups to encourage outdoor activity, access to the garden and horticulture
- Café. There will be a café for the local Community, where generations can mix.
- Space for meetings and Community events. Achieved by flexible use of rooms.
- Space for hire. Both private hire and subsidised community hire.
- The plan is to restore the garden for use by residents and the Community.
Our Proposal includes work streams for each of the above Programmes. There are also important work streams for:
- Governance including recruitment of Trustees
- Volunteer Recruitment & Training
- Membership Scheme, and
- Heritage Strategy
We will be looking to strengthen the Trustee Board with new faces, people with relevant experience to deliver this major capital project.
Our work streams will be led by Trustees working with volunteers. We will establish a new Management Board for the operation of the Hub and Enterprise Centre, as the diagram below indicates. This will enable local people with relevant experience or interest to become involved in the running of the Hub.
Once we have agreed the legal structure and financial arrangements with Lambeth, which may take a little time, those arrangements will be shared with the Community. Meanwhile we wish to meet Community groups and keep everyone updated through our website www.carnegiehernehill.org.uk
We welcome all offers of support, suggestions, advice and questions:
Carnegie Community Trust CIO