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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


19plus, learning disability art, learning disability performance art, performance art, the bill, crime showEvery year, our 19Plus group for adults with a learning disability get together and co-design a fantastic Christmas show for friends, family and the general public. Previous performances have included a magic show, a star-studded Top of the Pops event and a wacky Circus performance.

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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Cambridge House added as Resource on UK Care Guide Website


We are proud to have been added as a useful resource on the UK Care Guide Website! Find us here: UK Care Guide is a site that has been created to help you with all aspects of your care ranging from calculating your care home costs or home care costs.  UK Care Guide also provide information on the different types of care available, for example assisted living as we all information around paying for care or other areas where costs may be incurred, such as power of attorney costs.



PLAY International launches its UK branch powered by Cambridge House


20th October 2016 / Press Release

PLAY International launches its UK branch powered by Cambridge House 

PLAY International launches its UK branch at the Beyond Sport Summit today. Powered by Cambridge House, PLAY International UK is the new brand under which initiatives such as the Playdagogy Program will be developed.


Playdagogy London: an innovative approach to promoting social inclusion

Sharing a common goal of challenging discrimination around disability, Cambridge House and PLAY International have collaborated over 3 years to promote inclusion in schools across London using the Playdagogy approach developed by PLAY International in countries such as Burundi, France and Kosovo. The programme enables teachers and coaches to use sport to foster inclusivity between disabled and non-disabled children.

Lisa Le Blond, PE Curriculum Leader at the Malmesbury Primary School, had the chance to be part of one of the Playdagogy training last January: “It is no wonder that the Playdagogy training is worth 6 CPD points! My colleagues and I all agree that the Playdagogy training was the most effective and enjoyable CPD that we have been on”.
The impact of the project was evaluated by academics from Leeds and Loughborough Universities. They found that 83% of participating children improved their comprehension of equality and equity and 100% increased their understanding of the social and physical barriers created by exclusion and discrimination. The Playdagogy programme also earned official certification from SkillsActive, the UK Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being.

Learn more about the Playdagogy UK programme in this interview with Leo Schwartz, Playdagogy UK Coordinator:

Key figures
182 educators were trained at the Playdagogy programme
28 organisations are implementing the programme
1700 children benefited

Playdagogy programme shortlisted for Sports and Social Integration Award – 2016 Beyond Sport Awards

PLAY International’s Playdagogy programme has been nominated for the 2016 Beyond Sport “Sports and Social Integration’ award category! The Beyond Sport Summit & Awards is the largest international sport for social change event in the world. Since 2009, Beyond Sport Awards have been awarded to the best projects in the field of sports education and social development. This success follows PLAY International’s previous achievement in winning the 2014 Beyond Sport ‘Sports and Conflict Resolution Award’ for its Sport4Youth programme (Kosovo).


Giulia Tavernari – Cambridge House / E: / T: 0207 358 2069 / M: 07463436821
Antoine Biard – PLAY International / E: / M: 0682222773



Stand-Up Celebrate Award with Grow Wild at Kew Gardens


Stand-Up celebrated the National Lottery Award with Grow Wild at Kew Gardens this week. One of the highlights was meeting resident artist Rachel Gadsden at The Hive. Have a look at the stunning pieces they produced together: (Photos by Ania Shrimpton Photography)

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Back home, Stand-Up Southwark with the support of Grow Wild London have been hard at work taking care for the community garden. Here are some of their thoughts on the project:

“Before, the thought of gardening was out of our comfort zone. We’re from the ‘ends’, it’s not seen as a male, young thing to do. We didn’t even think public gardens were accessible to people like us. But we’ve now visited Hampton Court Flower Show and the Sky Garden at the Shard, and will be going to Kew Gardens with Grow Wild. One of us even went to a seminar on gardening, which talked about abstract thinking, creativity and influencing people.”

“We wanted to work on a project that gave us a connection to the community, get us off our phones and participate in something different. If young people help construct their local community, they care more and are less likely to ruin it. It will be a place for people to come to, to sit on the benches in peace. It will look good, really pleasant to look at. The final result will be beautiful. It will also get the community understanding fresh stuff. The vegetables and herbs we’re planting can help sustain and feed the community.”

“Coming from a council estate, I don’t have a garden. Seeing them, like at the Hampton Court flower show, it’s now one of the things I want when I’m older. It’s like music, inspiration.” (Liam, 19)
“I really appreciated the opportunity Grow Wild gave me to go to the opening of the garden at the Shard. It’s a very prestigious building, it’s not every day that a young person like me gets to go there and meet the head of the Shard. It was very exciting to see the official opening and cutting of the ribbon. Plus I got to be on London Live and Japanese TV!!” (Joash, 23)

“The project has taught us a lot. We’re doing things we didn’t think possible. We didn’t know about any of it, but Grow Wild told us about the importance of wild flowers. They are important for the ecosystem because they produce oxygen and attract bees to pollenate more flowers. There’s a real variety of seeds and flowers, such as red and white campion, and they keep the ground fertile with nutrients.”

“Claire Vokins is a professional gardener and has volunteered a lot of time with us, she has been brilliant. She has educated us and we’ve realised that through teamwork we can achieve a lot. The skills we are learning can be applied to other things in life. It shows commitment, drive, and a ‘can do’ attitude.”

“We’ve learnt to integrate with people of different ages and abilities, because we’re working on the project with ‘19+’, the Cambridge House art group for adults with learning disabilities. A lot of us have found painting the fence and planters therapeutic and relaxing. We’re going to add sensory stuff to the garden, for people with learning disabilities to enjoy.”

“We’re going to connect our official opening of the Stand-Up Garden to the empowerment sessions we do. We can use the project for the music some of us make, because we can express new feelings related to gardening. We’re outside of our normal environment, so we’ll come up with new lyrics and emotions, it will be creative inspiration. The opening event will show people that anyone can garden, it’s a good exercise for teamwork. The garden will always change, like us. It’s a ‘forever’ project.”

To Keep up with the project visit their website: