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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:

Cambridge House attends International Federation of Settlements Conference 2016

Cambridge House attended the International Conference of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres 2016 at the Urania Convention Centre in Berlin, Germany last month.

The International Federation of Settlements is an association of national, regional and local organizations working to strengthen communities around the world. Its mission is to build an inclusive global community by empowering, inspiring and connecting people who are working locally for social justice. IFS’ more than 10,000 members include multi-purpose, community-based organizations all over the globe, from North America and Europe to South America and Asia.’

As one of the oldest settlements in the world, Cambridge House is a long standing member of the of the IFS. To read more about our history as part of the international Settlement Movement you can click here.

The Conference theme this year was, On the Move – At Home in the World. Participants from around the globe shared experiences, practical approaches and best-practice examples in lectures, workshops and site visits in the area of refugees and migration.

Giulia Tavernari, Cambridge House’s representative at the conference, said:

It was inspiring and encouraging to see that all of these organisations from across the world working towards social justice and a more inclusive world. It’ll be fascinating to see how the commitments made at IFS ’16 will pan out across all the different member organisations in their home countries. I look forward to seeing where we all are in 2018!

All in all, it was encouraging to see the numerous possibilities that exist for developing programs and services that support new and old migrants and create inclusive and welcoming communities even in crisis situations. We came away having learnt a lot from each other and feeling empowered to maintain our ongoing commitment to social justice across the world.

Following the conference, the IFS committed to:

  • The language we use matters – being thoughtful to avoid dehumanising, exclusionary words is important. We should instead talk about others as neighbours.
  • We should engage in two way work:
    • We need to respond to pressing human suffering
    • but also work with the current residents and support and tackle issues such as poverty, racism, disempowerment. We should also tackle issues of xenophobia head on.
  • While issues are extremely complex and wide ranging as ISF we are posed to deal with complexity because we are complex and multifaceted. We are experienced in working in an environment where political systems create obstacles to equality for example.
  • Our work should produce a sense of belonging and hope.

We are looking forward to the next IFS meeting in Helsinki!

Check out this video to learn more:

Chief Executive Karin Woodley attends the GSEF Conference in Montreal

global social economy forum 2016, karin woodley, Cambridge House international work, GSEF 20165On September 7–9 2016 our Chief Executive, Karin Woodley, attended the Global Social Economy Forum in Montréal, Canada.

The GSEF is an international association of local governments and civil society committed to the social and solidarity economy (SSE). The central theme of the conference was collaboration between local governments and organizations of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) for the development of cities. Seminars, workshops and site visits focused on how to ensure decent quality of life and access to basic needs for all against a backdrop of growing income inequality, discrimination and social exclusion in our cities around the world.

Check out a selection of Karin’s thoughts on the Conference:





















The following resolutions were made at the GSEF Conference:

1. Recognize the central role of SSE organizations to overcome the current challenges and to promote a renewed participatory democracy

2. Multiply participatory governance spaces

3. Build an inclusive movement for all men and women of all ages and origins.

4. Build public-private-community partnerships to meet the needs and aspirations of our communities

5. Share our visions, experiences and achievements to promote social innovation, including through CITIES, a strategic partner of GSEF 6. Recognize and support youth as important actors for the future of the SSE movement.

To see the full declaration click here.

Playdagogy Shortlisted for Social Innovation Award – Beyond Sport Awards 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that our Playdagoy programme, working in parternship with PLAY International, has been shortlisted for the Beyond Sport Social Innovation Award 2016! 24/8/2016

Beyond Sport, Playdagogy, Social Innovation Award, Social Innovation 2016, PL4Y International UK, Sports San Frontiers, Playdagogy UK, Playdagogy evidence, Playdagogy review, Playdagogy good,A huge congratulations to our Playdagogy team, who have worked with 28 organisations, 128 educators, and reached more than 1,700 children over the last year. Through their hard work, we’re harnessing the transformative and unifying power of sport to tackle the root causes of social injustice.

We know that children who play together learn to work together and to accept and respect each other’s different abilities. Playdagogy uses an evidence-based methodology to engage children creatively in recognising, understanding and addressing social issues through participation in sport.

By inserting educational messages into sporting activities, Playdagogy teaches children about challenges related to different social issues, using experiential learning and symbolic interaction. This enables them to explore ways to overcome these issues by critically reflecting on their environment, social attitudes, behaviour and knowledge.

We provide training and resources to teachers, sports coaches and community organisations interested in using Playdagogy session in their school, sports club or youth centre

Check out this video to see how we work with young people around disability and how to dismantle prejudice and tackle discrimination.

Playdagogy takes centre stage at international sports event, The Playground, in Tourcoing, France

Cambridge House joined Pl4y International on 7-8 June 2016 for the second edition of Playground at Kipstadium in Tourcoing, France.

Organised by our European partners, PLAY International, The Playground saw 400 hundred children and 200 educators take part in sports, educational activities and events on disability, nutrition and social innovation in sports.

We sent our Playdagogy team out to take part, where they lead training workshops on how to best evaluate the impact of projects and on our approach to tackling hate crime through sports and play.

Check out this video to see the wonderful time we all had at Playground. Look out for our fantastic (and now, sadly, departed) Perrine at 0.58 demonstrating her multiple talents with translation and delivery!