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19Plus is having an Art Exhibition and Graduation Ceremony


Our 19Plus group, an arts collective of practicing artists and learning diverse adults, have been hard at work this year creating incredible work! To celebrate and showcase their talent they are having an end-of-term graduation and exhibition. The art will be on display at The Ivy House from the 4th to the 14th July where people can bid ‘silently’. This will then culminate with the Graduation event on 10th July where the auction results will be announced and certificates will be presented to each of the participants to mark their achievements throughout the year. The grand opening and graduation ceremony will be on Monday 10th July, from 5 – 7pm at The Ivy House, 40 Stuart Road, SE15 3BE. Hope to see you all there!

An artistic view of the gentrification of Southwark

An artist’s perspective of the rapidly changing landscape of  Southwark.

A short video to accompany, Changing Skyline, the first Negative Response new track for over 30 years. (from

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For the seventh year, Cambridge House Law Centre will be taking part in The London Legal Aid Walk

11/05/2017 For the seventh year, Cambridge House Law Centre will be taking part in The London Legal Aid Walk. The team will be striding out after a hard day’s work on the evening of Monday 22 May 2017 to raise enough money to keep the Law Centre’s Hardship Fund going for another year.

Every penny we raise is used to help our clients whilst we run their case.   Many of our clients suffer from financial hardship for various reasons, usually suspended welfare benefits or being on very low pay. Over the past years, we have seen a steady climb in the number of clients for whom our limited financial assistance has proved to be invaluable. Every person we have assisted from the Hardship Fund is enormously grateful and often reduced to tears of relief because they have not known where to turn for help.

We would never be able to provide this crucial help without donations from you. Any amount you are able to give, no matter how small, makes a real difference and every penny we raise goes into the Hardship Fund.

Donations can be made on our Just Giving page (link below) or by cash, cheque or any other means. Please ask your family and friends to spread the word and display the attached poster in their workplaces

Or please take a Sponsorship Form with you to work, pubs, clubs, parties, even on the bus/tube for cash donations. Legal aid walk Sponsorship Form

All the staff at Cambridge House Law Centre would like to thank you for your efforts in raising money towards our Hardship Fund.



Cambridge House Veteran Wins Prestigious Southwark Civic Award


Our longest-serving staff member, Beryl Peckham, has been honoured at the Southwark Civic Awards 2017!

We’re proud to announce that Law Centre Administrator and Cambridge House stalwart Beryl Peckham will be honoured at the Southwark Civic Awards 2017 with the Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell. The award recognises Beryl’s exceptional contribution to Southwark over her 29 years at Cambridge House Law Centre where she has worked tirelessly to support the provision of free, expert legal advice and representation.

Over the years Beryl has played a galvanising role in the development of the Law Centre, especially in the face of increased demand and shrinking supply of advisors. Despite these challenges, we have become one of the most successful Law Centres in the country, thanks in no small part to Beryl’s service.

Beryl has been steadfast in her devotion to Cambridge House, her local community and to the wider legal and advice giving sector. She has taken the lead in the development of reception services for the whole organisation and the Law Centre. Her professionalism is exemplary. She is the caring and empathetic face of the organisation and visitors who often arrive with difficult and complex problems, ensuring they receive a warm and sympathetic welcome. Clients are reassured by her down-to-earth manner, often commenting on how good it is to be greeted by someone who is clearly a local and reflects the wider community. She is selfless in giving her time to other Law Centres and, despite her own workload, has provided financial and administrative advice to other Law Centres.

Beryl’s lifetime of devotion and service to her borough and its citizens, to Cambridge House, to the Law Centre and to the wider advice giving sector is undoubtedly worthy of reward and recognition, and we are thrilled that she has been recognised for her outstanding contribution.


Gentrification, Displacement and the Impact of Estate Renewal: Research Launch

Cambridge House hosts the launch of an ESRC-funded major research project into the impacts of gentrification, displacement and estate regeneration on London

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Stakeholders and guests discuss the ongoing issues around estates regeneration in London.

On February 17th 2017, Cambridge House hosted stakeholders from a range of sectors and backgrounds to introduce the planned research and to discuss the Greater London Authority’s draft good practice guidance on estates regeneration (which can be found here).

The research will address gaps in knowledge about gentrification, displacement and the impacts of council estate renewal in London. Working closely with tenants groups and other local stakeholders, the research will combine large -scale statistical analysis to measure the scale and patterns of gentrification and associated displacement of working/servicing class populations from London with more intensive, case study methods to document the impacts of urban renewal schemes on individual estates, their residents, the communities across the Southeast to which they are being displaced, and the new ‘mixed’ communities emerging on redeveloped council estates in London.

The project investigators from the University of Leicester and Kings College London presented their plans to the project stakeholders and special guests, who fed back with a broad range of insights and knowledge. The afternoon session consisted of a lively and productive roundtable discussion of the GLA’s draft guidance on estates regeneration. Represented stakeholders and guests included:

  • Just Space
  • London Tenants Federation
  • The GLA
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Platform 7
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • GLA Green Party Assembly Member Sian Berry
  • Clarion Housing Group
  • Jericho Solutions
  • Local tenants, including previous tenants of the Heygate Estate, Southwark
  • Academic Advisers from the Universities of Manchester, Leeds, and Birkbeck (University of London)
  • Local Councillors (Southwark, Tottenham, Battersea)

Learn more about the research here.

Cambridge House is on Instagram!

We’re on Instagram – find us @cambridgehouse 1889!

We’ve got more going on at Cambridge House than most people can keep track of, including a lot of gorgeous and exciting visual arts and exciting project activities! Check out our Instagram account for some stunning shots of our services and our users’ work:

Follow us to keep up with our projects and enjoy beautiful work from the users of our 19Plus creative arts and social club for adults with a learning disability (see more here at their blog:, our Wednesday and Saturday Arts Clubs, and from a whole host of our other programmes.

Safer Renting Secures New Partner Boroughs

Our pioneering Safer Renting programme is being rolled out in Hounslow, Croydon, Enfield and Waltham Forest.

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Supported by the London Housing Foundation, Safer Renting provides specialist casework support to households in need. The team works with Local Authorities across London to identify vulnerable households and provide them with the support they need to protect their rights, prevent homelessness and improve their housing situation.

The project pilot began in Hounslow in early 2016  Due to high demand, we’ve expanded to work in three more boroughs: Waltham Forest, Croydon, and Enfield.

To learn about how we tackle criminal landlords and help people protect their rights, check out the latest Safer Renting blog posts:

Sign-Up Open for Ride London 2017 with Cambridge House

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Members of the Cambridge House RideLondon Team conquer the Surrey Hills.

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or easy-going commuter, you can achieve something extraordinary in 2017 and ride the London-Surrey 100 for Cambridge House!

If you’re looking for a challenge for 2017, look no further: we’ve got you covered. Join the Cambridge House Ride London 2017 Team and follow in the footsteps of Olympians – 100 miles of closed roads taking in the best of London and Surrey’s vistas, views and sights.

Help us tackle poverty and disadvantage across London: join the team today and get our special early-bird discount – only £10 sign-up.

Spaces are limited so sign-up early (plus, you can get started on training early too!). Sign up here.

We’ll be supporting you all the way with:

  • Your very own Cambridge House cycling jersey
  • Bespoke training tips and rider pack courtesy of Prudential
  • Fundraising tips and support
  • A roaring reception and picnic when you cross the finish line at the Mall

We guarantee it’ll be the experience of a lifetime – so why not do something extraordinary in 2017 and Ride London for Cambridge House.

19Plus Cops and Robbers Crime Show – Christmas Show 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly and 19Plus are making merry this Christmas with another fantastic Cristmas Show! Monday 12th December 2016


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This year, the group have devised their own unique performance concept – the 19Plus ‘Heroes of Justice’ show. Based entirely on ideas developed by the group (who have an impressive encyclopaedic knowledge of police/crime related TV shows) the show will turn the world of 19Plus upside down. Our normally respectable and law-abiding group leaders will be on the wrong side of the law, pursued by the 19Plus ‘Heroes of Justice’. Each member of the 19Plus gang will be transformed into a colourful version of a TV crime fighter with his/her own unique take on tracking down criminals.

If you like The Bill, you’ll love this year’s show – the group have been working hard to perfect their personas and performances!

The performance is open to the public, and will be attended Cambridge House friends, family and staff members.

To learn more about the 19Plus group for adults with a learning disability, click here.

Saturday Arts Club win Jack Petchey Achievement Awards


Last week Saturday Arts Group participants won multiple awards at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards. Jules and Sammie both won awards for their achievements in the Arts and Josue Lozano won a group leader award.

Sammie joined the group only a few months back. Unable to speak English very well, as she is originally from Latin America, she has been working extremely hard in her one-on-ones with our Spanish staff member Josue. As a result, her communications skills have improved enormously and she has been able to integrate herself in to the art group forming firm friendships.

When Jules first joined the group she was quiet and shy. She has since come out of her shell, getting along well with other members of the team. She has been especially helpful welcoming Sammie into the group! Jules has taken Sammie under her wing and has been helping Sammie improve her sewing skills. Jules also really enjoys making beautiful cushions.


Learn more about Saturday Arts Club here.

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