In 2018 a group of local people came together to turn an abandoned toilet block into a beautiful village hall and kitchen and, hey presto, Liberty Hall was born! Now the same team wants to turn the undercroft of nearby St Thomas' church into a fabulous community hub. With our energy - and your investment - this hidden space can find new life as a hub for different communities to come together and for new ideas to grow.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This year we have seen first hand the importance of neighbours helping neighbours. This is what Clapton Commons is all about. And as we emerge from the pandemic we want now to offer spaces for these relationships and our communities to heal and prosper. The Common Rooms will offer multiple spaces with different possible uses, evolving with the needs and input of our local communities. Local people, whatever their age, faith or background will be able to access a breadth of activities, from intergenerational community meals, children craft classes, youth mentoring programmes, yoga classes, community arts projects, and therapy rooms. By offering these facilities and supporting local projects to grow within them, we will be providing opportunities for people volunteer and learn, as well as promoting wellbeing, encouraging community cohesion and reducing isolation.
Steps to get it done:
As well as creating the spaces, we’re also backing three key projects already working to help our neighbourhood recover and rebuild itself after the pandemic. - Ali, who has been preparing hot meals and social connection for 70 elders every week, will be developing her outreach using our new canteen. - Martial Arts leader Garry, who mentors boys away from gang activity and will be running a project that engage directly with families on our local estates in our studios and meeting spaces. - And building on other successful community arts projects this year, we’ll be supporting a local artist to work with neighbours to develop a public arts project, helping us to make sense of the last year.
About the space
The Common Rooms at St Thomas' Church
London Borough of Hackney
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