21 2 / 2014
To kick off Katherine Low Settlement’s 90th birthday celebrations we hosted a Volunteers Award evening on 23rd January. The Mayor, Cllr Angela Graham, presented 139 Wandsworth Volunteer Pins, and placed them on the borough’s ‘Roll of Honour for Volunteering’, in recognition and thanks of our volunteer’s massive contribution to building stronger communities in Battersea and Wandsworth.
Check out photos of the event here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z1mz57sxp8sgrso/wqSruMw5B_
Katherine Low Settlement has a long tradition of volunteering. Like many charities the Settlement was founded in 1924 by a dedicated group of volunteers, and that calling which people have to help out, give back, get involved as a volunteer is still as strong today. Volunteers are our lifeblood. Without whom we simply would not be able to exist, let alone provide the breadth of work that we do – for example, volunteering in our crèche, helping at our older people’s lunch club, teaching an ESOL class, as a learning mentor, helping at our Wednesday homework club, gardening with our Love To Learn young people, welcoming our visitors at our reception…
Our eldest volunteer is 89 and our youngest 14. John is our longest serving volunteer having racked up 52 years, and our most recent started with us last week. I spoke with one of our volunteers two weeks ago and this is her story: Mary first came to Katherine Low six years ago to learn English in one of our ESOL classes. She spent two years learning and that got her to a level where she was able to attend South Thames College to advance her studies. After another year her English was good enough for her to get a job (which she still has), and now she has returned to us as a volunteer to give something back.
As our Chair, Margaret Robson, and the Mayor both echoed in their speeches we gain a tremendous amount from our volunteers, but it goes both ways and they benefit too: Mel, came to us from Jobcentre Plus, having been a carer for her elderly mum for several years. She volunteers on our reception, as she sees this as a stepping stone back into work (having been out of the workforce for many years). She’s great, so helpful, charming, welcoming with our visitors, takes the initiative answering queries and directing people to where they need to go. Mel’s confidence is definitely growing and she’s applying (with a bit of support from us) for more and more jobs – she’ll get one soon.
If you would like to volunteer with Katherine Low Settlement then please get in touch with Aaron on 020 7223 2845, email@example.com or drop by at 108 Battersea high Street, London SW11 3HP.
17 2 / 2014
You are warmly invited to attend Katherine Low Settlement’s
90th Birthday Celebration!
Saturday 17th May 2014
Arrive at 10.30am for a prompt start at 11am
Fun activities for everyone at the Settlement until 3pm
- Dignitaries & Celebrities
- Bands, DJs & Choirs
- Dance performances
- Food & Drink
- Sports to watch & to try out
- Face painting
- Bouncy castle
- Tea dance
- A wonderful day for all ages!
Tracy Frostick 020 7223 2845
Katherine Low Settlement firstname.lastname@example.org
108 Battersea High Street, London SW11 3HP
I hope you’ll join us and I look forward to seeing you on 17th May.
P.S. Please pass on this invitation to any friends, colleagues, neighbours, family who you think would like to celebrate with us.
P.P.S. No need to bring any birthday presents with you on the day!
20 6 / 2013
18 6 / 2013
LOVE TO LEARN is a project of the Katherine Low Settlement working with refugee communities on education issues. Please forward/display/tweet/FB to all friends and partners who might be interested…
Post: EDUCATION CASEWORKER (maternity cover)
Minimum period: 9 months
Hours: 17 hours per week
Salary: £29,575 pro rata (inc. inner London weighting)
Based: Katherine Low Settlement SW11 (and Wandsworth area)
The Education Caseworker works with young people and their families to support them to access their rights at school, support communication with school, and promote understanding of UK education system. Training will be available for more specialist areas.
Please email email@example.com for an application pack.
Deadline for applications: Thursday 4 July
Interviews: Monday 8 July
FUNDED BY TRUST FOR LONDON
23 5 / 2013
We got his message from Robert at Providence House this morning about the wonderful Elizabeth Braund.
It is the end of an era for Providence House.
Around 1960, Elizabeth Braund first started the youth work in the old Providence Chapel before today’s housing estates were built.
In 1970 she opened the present building on Falcon Road to consolidate the work with young people and families.
In 1975 the new adventure to Dartmoor began, with the opening of East Shallowford Farm in 1976.
On Monday 20th May 2013, Elizabeth passed away at her home, East Shallowford, just 3 weeks short of 92 years.
Her legacy is in the lives of countless Battersea and Wandsworth families.
It is the end of an era. A new era begins.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Revelation 14)
Please pass this onto anyone you think should know.
17 3 / 2013
We’re looking for local people to help the Katherine Low Settlement become Community Wise.
We want to develop a comprehensive picture of Battersea, so this spring 2013 we aim to talk with 1,000 local people and organisations about their dreams and aspirations, barriers and issues, and most importantly their ideas and solutions for change. So that KLS’s future is truly serving local communities.
Have you got a few hours a week to talk to other local people, as well as learn new skills?
If you’d like to be part of a supportive team then do get in touch. Full training will be given!
Please contact Sarah on:
Sarah Rackham firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Development Manager 020 7223 2845
Katherine Low Settlement
108 Battersea High Street
And… check out: http://www.streetlife.com/conversation/51439a9e00725b4aee723261/
08 3 / 2013
We’re looking for some local people to volunteer on KLS’ new reception. Would you be interested in giving a few hours a week to help welcome people into KLS, as well as learn new skills?
If you’d like to be part of a small and supportive team then do get in touch.
Training will be given!
Please contact Tracy on:
Tracy Frostick email@example.com
Administration & Premises Manager 020 7223 2845
Katherine Low Settlement
108 Battersea High Street
07 3 / 2013
06 3 / 2013
Help us raise funds to buy laptops for the Love to Learn IT hub, giving refugee children access to technology.
We estimate that one additional laptop (value £280) in the Homework Club could generate over 1000 pieces of homework per year!
So - how much homework do you want to sponsor?
£2.50 - 10 pieces (enough for one term for one student in one subject)
£5.00 - 20 pieces (a week’s worth across all students in the club)
£10.00 - 50 pieces (a whole term for a single student across all their subjects)
£50.00 - 275 pieces (a whole term for all the students at the club)
£280.00 - over 1000 pieces - enough to buy an additional laptop to support another 20 students per week
P.S. When you make a donation, don’t forget to check the Gift Aid box if you’re a UK taxpayer as then your charity can claim an extra 25% from the government!
To donate please visit: http://www.everyclick.com/homework
24 2 / 2013
As the Katherine Low Settlement works in Battersea for the benefit of local communities it is important that we know our past. I’ve been researching the area and came across this article found on Wandsworth Borough Council’s website (copyright is atributed to WBC, though i’ve added to it). And so thought I’d share it more widely. More to follow later.
Battersea’s population leapt from 6,887 in 1841 to 150,558 in 1891. The small riverside parish was inundated by people from all over Britain and Ireland in search of work in the new industries. Poor, overcrowded and unhealthy living conditions soon became as bad as the notorious East End.
After years of exploitation, London workers began to take action and the strikes of the dockers and the match girls in the 1880s marked the dawn of the Labour movement. Battersea was one of the first boroughs to form a trades council. This was to support many famous political figures, such as John Burns, John Archer and Shapurji Saklatvala in their bid to represent the people of Battersea, in local government and at Westminster.
John Burns (1858-1943) was a working class Battersea boy who became one of the major figures in the early Labour movement. In 1889, he became well known for his role in the great London Dock Strike, and in the development of New Unions especially among low paid, semi-skilled workers. In 1892, Burns was elected as an independent Labour MP for Battersea. He was not convinced, however, that the new Independent Labour Party could succeed and joined the Liberal Party. In 1905, he became the first working class man to gain a seat in the Cabinet. In 1914 he resigns Cabinet in protest at declaration of First World War; and retired from parliament in 1918.
John Archer (1864-1932) became Britain’s first black mayor when he was elected Mayor of Battersea in 1913. He was born in Liverpool and moved to Battersea c.1880. He was a supporter of black rights and colonial freedom; and had a special interest in public health. He made his living as a photographer. He took an active interest in local politics and was elected councillor for the Latchmere ward in 1906.
Shapurji Saklatvala (1874-1936) was born in Bombay and came to England in 1905. He joined the Communist Party and, in 1922, won a seat in Parliament representing Battersea North. He served as MP until 1929. He had a magnetic personality and a reporter once said “I met a Battersea charwoman … almost in tears because she lived on the wrong side of the street and could not vote for Saklatvala.”