11 7 / 2014

Read Steve Wyler’s last message as CEO of Locality after 15 years at the helm. (Click on the title above to go through to the Locality blog)

"After almost fifteen years at Locality, and before that the Development Trusts Association, today is my last day. It’s been quite a journey for me, and so I thought I would share with you some of the things I have grown to like and dislike along that journey."… - See more at: http://locality.org.uk/blog/likes-dislikes/#comment-103994

06 7 / 2014

We were delighted to hear recently that the Islamic Shari’a Council, the Muslim College and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have condemned the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within the Muslim community.

"In Islam it is forbidden to mutilate the body, in this sense Female Genital Mutilation is condemnable as it irreversibly harms the woman. It is also prohibited to compel an individual to undertake this operation."

Imam Abu Sayeed, Chairman of the Islamic Shari’a Council.

This is a very important position adopted as together they state that FGM is Non-Islamic and is against the teachings of Islam, that it is putting the health of women and girls at risk and that it is illegal in the UK (and many parts of the world) to carry out the practice.

At Katherine Low Settlement we’ve managed to secure a little funding from the Home Office and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group to address FGM within the communities of Wandsworth. Now that the ISC, MC and MCB have united in their support against FGM we’re that one step closer to ending this practice in the UK.

Download a copy of their statement here (19th June)

Download a copy of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s National Action Plan here (3rd July)

Check out Liberty GB’s perspective on FGM here (3rd July)

30 6 / 2014

On the 4th June 2014 a meeting was held between David Jubb, Artistic Director, Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and Aaron Barbour, Director of  Katherine Low Settlement (KLS).  Also in attendance were Liz Moreton, Senior Producer at BAC and Naomi Alexander, freelance consultant, who initiated this work last year.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore and articulate why we want to work in partnership with each other.

This blog post is the first of many which will be shared simultaneously on both BAC’s and KLS’s website, documenting the evolution of the partnership and the work we produce.  If you live locally in Battersea and would like to get involved we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with us here.

Through this partnership we hope to find new ways of creating theatre with local people. We want to tie the public celebration and sharing of this work over the next few years with the new annual Fun Palaces initiative as we feel that what we are doing is very much in keeping with the spirit and ethos of Joan Littlewood. We want to capture what we learn along the way and share it with you here.

Beyond that, we don’t know much at the moment. This is a conscious choice. We want to involve local people in shaping the project and expect it to grow and evolve as we do so over the next few years.

On July 2nd we are bringing 10 staff and artists associated with BAC together with 10 staff and local residents associated with KLS to begin the process of creating a new kind of theatre that places local people and the possible role(s) that a theatre could play in its locality at its heart. We envisage this as the first step in a longer process of community engagement, which will culminate during the first Fun Palaces weekend on the 4th and 5th October this year.

So, why are we doing this? So glad you asked. We have many reasons for working together in this way. They include:

For the Katherine Low Settlement:

  • To bring people living in Battersea together with others they may not know, in order to build new relationships and build trust across communities by creating theatre together
  • To create new relationships between artists and local people
  • To create high quality theatre, in whatever form that may take – just because people live in poverty it does not follow that they will create poor quality work and we believe that local people deserve to experience the best quality process leading to the best quality product we can create
  • To regularly take stock of what we’re doing, review, learn, evaluate and share
  • To raise our profile locally so that more people can access our services

For the Battersea Arts Centre:

  • To extend our journey in co-creation and co-production with local communities through this partnership
  • To explore Joan Littlewood’s idea for rooting work in our locality, by developing a ‘figure of 8’ relationship with the communities in Battersea, where both content and form of theatre is created through mutually beneficial relationships with reciprocity at their heart
  • To acknowledge and address the difficulties and challenges inherent in this work
  • To capture and share the learning and create principles of how to work in this way
  • To develop new relationships with community groups in the surrounding area
  • To open up the knowledge and resources of BAC to the local communities surrounding it
  • To share the process of this collaboration transparently, not least for other organisations who are interested in undertaking similar collaborations

 

If you have any comments or ideas or questions or would like to get involved, please get in touch.

23 6 / 2014

'The Harmony Project' in partnership with Katherine Low Settlement and our older people, the Contact Club and @Shared_Heritage.
Super creative arts project.

(Source: youtube.com)

23 6 / 2014

Memories of Katherine Low Settlement and Christ’s College Boy’s Club. Produced by Miles Phillips.

(Source: youtube.com)

19 6 / 2014

I attended an interesting afternoon today with Charity Bank, Mazars LLP and NCVO talking amongst other things about government procurement reforms. I’m interested in this stuff as I built a successful consultancy business at the last charity I worked for, and am preparing Katherine Low Settlement to be more ‘contract ready’. In fact we recently won a small Home Office contract on FGM and another from Wandsworth Council  on Mental Health - watch this space.   

These reforms are coming in the form of a series of EU directives and Lord Young’s SME recommendations. A government consultation is imminent (so we’re told), with a Bill going through parliament in the autumn.

Interestingly over 6,000 government officials have already been trained in the new EU directives, but not a single one on Lord Young’s reforms and this is even before legislation is in place for either! Figure that one!

So what’s happening? Well a number of things including: the EU procurement threshold is being raised from 200,000 Euros to 750,000 Euros. ‘Part B Services’ (those public services dealing with people) below the EU threshold are being replaced with a new ‘Light Touch Regime’, which might require government to ban decisions on awarding contracts based on price along, split large contracts into lots, and require prime contractors to name and disclose proportions of work being delivered by sub-contractors.

Lord Young’s reforms recommend abolishing PPQs below the EU threshold and is bringing in a standardised PPQ above the EU threshold, and might require all contracts above a certain value to be advertised on the user-unfriendly, Contracts Finder website.

Got that, still awake, so why the interest? This is potentially a major shake up of government procurement. Central government spend £45bn a year on goods and services. Shifting the criteria may make it easier to bid for these contracts. However with most government policy the devil is in the detail and importantly the delivery. By abolishing PPQs with will mean that you will need to be ‘contract ready’ sooner, and have the time, money and capacity to decide upon and then write the tenders much more quickly than at present. It could mean hours of additional time laboriously trawling through the Contracts Finder website, looking for the right bids in the first place.

More importantly at a local authority and commissioner level it would mean vast variations from one borough to another, as they can interpret these new procurement reforms in their own way - there is a need for consistent training and guidance, that we the charity sector could help draft. This means for me that to bid and deliver these contracts requires serious capacity and money, something that many small and medium charities simply don’t have. Yet they often have a solid track record, local knowledge and trust within communities that is vital if we are to see long term change in our communities. So who benefits?

Keep an eye out for the government consultation over the summer and do respond, even if you’re on holiday!

18 6 / 2014

Katherine Low Settlement and Thomas’ Battersea School go MAD! 


Battersea charity Katherine Low Settlement teamed up with local school Thomas’ Battersea for MAD or Make A Difference Day on 12th June. This annual event encourages pupils from Years 3-8 to spend a day volunteering in the local community to make a difference.
MAD day started at 9.00am with a service of celebration at St Mary’s Church on the riverfront. There followed a packed morning of activities and fun with more than 260 pupils supporting 16 different charities and community groups in Battersea.
Katherine Low Settlement were honoured that a group of Year 8 pupils performed extracts of their school show, Bugsy Malone, to their pensioners lunch club; and a Year 4 class made 90th birthday biscuits, cards and posters to help celebrate KLS’ 90th Birthday.
Aaron Barbour, Director of Katherine Low Settlement said, “What an amazing day we all had. It’s vital that the next generation are encouraged to think and help others in the community, as this will stand them in good stead for later life. Our pensioners particularly loved the music and show tunes –a couple of them were enjoying it so much that I thought they were going to get up and join in.”
Antonia Cordingley, PTA organiser said, “On MAD Day (Make A Difference Day) 260 Thomas’s children walk out into our community to try and make it a better place. We had a really rewarding morning at KLS in which the children took great pride in singing and performing extracts from ‘Bugsy Malone’ in front of an elderly audience. The smiles that they got in return made it all the more special and meaningful. The children understand that they are not changing the world in a morning but hopefully having a small positive impact on someone’s day goes towards making a difference”.

Katherine Low Settlement and Thomas’ Battersea School go MAD!

Battersea charity Katherine Low Settlement teamed up with local school Thomas’ Battersea for MAD or Make A Difference Day on 12th June. This annual event encourages pupils from Years 3-8 to spend a day volunteering in the local community to make a difference.

MAD day started at 9.00am with a service of celebration at St Mary’s Church on the riverfront. There followed a packed morning of activities and fun with more than 260 pupils supporting 16 different charities and community groups in Battersea.

Katherine Low Settlement were honoured that a group of Year 8 pupils performed extracts of their school show, Bugsy Malone, to their pensioners lunch club; and a Year 4 class made 90th birthday biscuits, cards and posters to help celebrate KLS’ 90th Birthday.

Aaron Barbour, Director of Katherine Low Settlement said, “What an amazing day we all had. It’s vital that the next generation are encouraged to think and help others in the community, as this will stand them in good stead for later life. Our pensioners particularly loved the music and show tunes –a couple of them were enjoying it so much that I thought they were going to get up and join in.”

Antonia Cordingley, PTA organiser said, “On MAD Day (Make A Difference Day) 260 Thomas’s children walk out into our community to try and make it a better place. We had a really rewarding morning at KLS in which the children took great pride in singing and performing extracts from ‘Bugsy Malone’ in front of an elderly audience. The smiles that they got in return made it all the more special and meaningful. The children understand that they are not changing the world in a morning but hopefully having a small positive impact on someone’s day goes towards making a difference”.

03 6 / 2014


Katherine Low Settlement races ahead with 90thbirthday balloon competition 
 
Battersea charity Katherine Low Settlement celebrated their 90th Birthday with a lively Street Party for several hundred people from the local community on 17th May. As part of their celebration a balloon race was organised and 90 red balloons were released by local children and families. Entrees wrote their name on a tag, released the balloon and the competition was to see how far the balloons would get. The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Angela Graham, released a balloon and hers was found in South Norwood. 12 balloons were found in total and the winner was… Lea B., who’s balloon traveled 31.3 miles all the way to Sevenoaks in Kent. 
 
Here are some of the messages sent by people who found balloons all over South East England:   
 
19.8 miles – “Just to say we found your balloon in our field this week… sounds like it traveled a long way. We too are celebrating a 90th birthday this weekend, my mother’s. Our balloons will be tied down!”
 
26.4 miles – “Dear All, it was so nice to find your card. I was at my allotment in my village of Halstead, I hope you all enjoyed the celebrations. Best wishes to you all.”
 
25.1 miles – “Just found the remains of a KLS 90TH birthday balloon on the golf course at Broke Hill in Kent!”
 
Aaron Barbour, Director of Katherine Low Settlement said, “What a great way to celebrate a 90th birthday party with a balloon race. It’s amazing that the balloons got so far and people sent them back with such warm messages of support and birthday wishes.” 
 
The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Angela Graham said, “What a fantastic event this was. I’m full of admiration for the work of the Katherine Low Settlement, and this was a really fun way to celebrate their 90th years of helping local people.” 
 
More pictures can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/coc8xdwb065228i/AADGXw8EyD92orREVv0DeIA7a

Katherine Low Settlement races ahead with 90thbirthday balloon competition

 

Battersea charity Katherine Low Settlement celebrated their 90th Birthday with a lively Street Party for several hundred people from the local community on 17th May. As part of their celebration a balloon race was organised and 90 red balloons were released by local children and families. Entrees wrote their name on a tag, released the balloon and the competition was to see how far the balloons would get. The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Angela Graham, released a balloon and hers was found in South Norwood. 12 balloons were found in total and the winner was… Lea B., who’s balloon traveled 31.3 miles all the way to Sevenoaks in Kent.

 

Here are some of the messages sent by people who found balloons all over South East England:  

 

19.8 miles – “Just to say we found your balloon in our field this week… sounds like it traveled a long way. We too are celebrating a 90th birthday this weekend, my mother’s. Our balloons will be tied down!

 

26.4 miles – “Dear All, it was so nice to find your card. I was at my allotment in my village of Halstead, I hope you all enjoyed the celebrations. Best wishes to you all.

 

25.1 miles – “Just found the remains of a KLS 90TH birthday balloon on the golf course at Broke Hill in Kent!

 

Aaron Barbour, Director of Katherine Low Settlement said, “What a great way to celebrate a 90th birthday party with a balloon race. It’s amazing that the balloons got so far and people sent them back with such warm messages of support and birthday wishes.”

 

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Angela Graham said, “What a fantastic event this was. I’m full of admiration for the work of the Katherine Low Settlement, and this was a really fun way to celebrate their 90th years of helping local people.”

 

More pictures can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/coc8xdwb065228i/AADGXw8EyD92orREVv0DeIA7a

02 6 / 2014

Katherine Low Settlement is 90 - let’s celebrate!

During our 90th birthday year we’re looking to celebrate through expanding the work we do with local people, as well as throwing the odd party or two. We need volunteers to help to do both. Volunteers are our life blood - without them we simply wouldn’t exist. We’re looking for more volunteers to help out, give something back to the community, learn new skills, have fun and help us celebrate. You can volunteer for 90 minutes, 90 hours or 90 days. 


Interested? Then get in touch.
Aaron P Barbour                      020 7223 2845
Director                                  aaron@klsettlement.org.uk
Katherine Low Settlement        www.klsettlement.org.uk
108 Battersea High Street
London, SW11 3HP


We’ve got volunteering opportunities available in: 
Work with Young People 
Work with Older People 
Events Organising 
Fundraising 
Communications 
IT 
Music and Singing 
Creche 


Here’s an example of one of our volunteers. 
Mary first came to Katherine Low six years ago to learn English in one of our ESOL classes. She spent two years learning the language 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.


Get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

Katherine Low Settlement is 90 - let’s celebrate!

During our 90th birthday year we’re looking to celebrate through expanding the work we do with local people, as well as throwing the odd party or two. We need volunteers to help to do both. Volunteers are our life blood - without them we simply wouldn’t exist. We’re looking for more volunteers to help out, give something back to the community, learn new skills, have fun and help us celebrate. You can volunteer for 90 minutes, 90 hours or 90 days.

Interested? Then get in touch.

Aaron P Barbour                      020 7223 2845

Director                                  aaron@klsettlement.org.uk

Katherine Low Settlement        www.klsettlement.org.uk

108 Battersea High Street

London, SW11 3HP

We’ve got volunteering opportunities available in:

  • Work with Young People
  • Work with Older People
  • Events Organising
  • Fundraising
  • Communications
  • IT
  • Music and Singing
  • Creche

Here’s an example of one of our volunteers.

Mary first came to Katherine Low six years ago to learn English in one of our ESOL classes. She spent two years learning the language 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.

Get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.

29 5 / 2014

Open Invitation 
Upcoming: Faisal Abdu’Allah: A Participatory Project
26 June 2014- 3 August 2014

Private view: 25th June, 6.30-8.30pm
Faisal Abdu’Allah with Katherine Low Settlement and Linda Hackett


As part of the Katherine Low Settlement’s 90th birthday celebrations Pump House Gallery presents Faisal Abdu’Allah: A Participatory Project featuring Faisal Abdu’Allah and current and past members of the Battersea charity. The works produced as part of this project are displayed alongside a series of portrait photographs by Linda Hackett consisting of unknown subjects identified only by their surroundings. This Exhibition presents work that explores the relationship between people and place and the personal and the collective. By exploring the history of Katherine Low Settlement through the memories of current and past members the project seeks to reveal new narratives within the diverse social make-up of the area. Through a series of workshops at the Katherine Low Settlement centre, Abdu’Allah works with the members to open up dialogue about the past experiences of both the area and the centre, giving voice to otherwise silent histories. Touching on themes of identity, place, perception and memory Abdu’Allah utilises thinking, making and dissemination to encourage participants to embrace uncertainty and think critically about their place in society. This exhibition is a touring exhibition produced by Pump House Gallery in collaboration with the Katherine Low Settlement.  We are grateful to the American Museum in Bath for the loan of Linda Hackett’s work.
Contact Info
Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
info@pumphousegallery.org.uk
020 8871 7572

Open Invitation

Upcoming: Faisal Abdu’Allah: A Participatory Project

26 June 2014- 3 August 2014

Private view: 25th June, 6.30-8.30pm

Faisal Abdu’Allah with Katherine Low Settlement and Linda Hackett

As part of the Katherine Low Settlement’s 90th birthday celebrations Pump House Gallery presents Faisal Abdu’Allah: A Participatory Project featuring Faisal Abdu’Allah and current and past members of the Battersea charity. The works produced as part of this project are displayed alongside a series of portrait photographs by Linda Hackett consisting of unknown subjects identified only by their surroundings.

This Exhibition presents work that explores the relationship between people and place and the personal and the collective. By exploring the history of Katherine Low Settlement through the memories of current and past members the project seeks to reveal new narratives within the diverse social make-up of the area.

Through a series of workshops at the Katherine Low Settlement centre, Abdu’Allah works with the members to open up dialogue about the past experiences of both the area and the centre, giving voice to otherwise silent histories. Touching on themes of identity, place, perception and memory Abdu’Allah utilises thinking, making and dissemination to encourage participants to embrace uncertainty and think critically about their place in society.

This exhibition is a touring exhibition produced by Pump House Gallery in collaboration with the Katherine Low Settlement.  We are grateful to the American Museum in Bath for the loan of Linda Hackett’s work.

Contact Info