Though our focus at Millennium Community Solutions is on Assistive Technology, we are dedicated to re-opening and runnings spaces in our local community.
This page features our first two spaces, both Tenants & Residents Associaton (TRA) Halls in the Borough of Lambeth, South London. Such spaces are often neglected, closed or under-utilised, leaving residents of their local areas with nowhere to come together and socialise, hold meetings or events. Through our connections to Lambeth London Borough Council and thanks to contributions from various institutions we have been able to start reintroducing these spaces to the communities that so desperately need them.
Southwyck House Community Hall
Millennium Community Solutions secured the lease for Southwyck House Community Hall in early 2020. Due to fantastic support from Lambeth London Borough Council and with help from T Brown we were able to completely remodel this wonderful space at the base of the beautiful Southwyck House Estate.
Southwyck House was built as a 'barrier estate' back when there were plans to extend the South Circular and build a Hammersmith-style motorway flyover above the residents of Brixton. The concept was that the building would protect other areas from the noise and air pollution of the soon-to-be constructed motorway. Thankfully construction never started and so we are left with this stunning example of Brutalist architecture from the 70's & 80's.
During their time at Southwyck House Community Hall, Healthy Living Platform have provided local residents with access to a community pantry, offering pantry members the opportunity to give a contribution of £5 before choosing up to 10 items of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus a further 10 surplus items at no further cost. They feed over one-hundred residents per week, and have surpassed 1,000 hours of voluntary work. As well as these wonderful accomplishments, Healthy Living Platform have been able to employ multiple staff members, generating jobs for the local community as well as feeding them. They offer children's, adult's and cultural cooking classes - all of this alongside operating a food bank and hot meal delivery service!
Healthy Living Platform will soon be joined by Azawala Art Gallery, generating a new cultural hub in the area and giving local artists an opportunity to have their work hosted in a top-of-the-range gallery space.
The Jubilee Centre
The Jubilee Centre was opened in October 2021 to serve the people of Norwood, especially those living on the Portobello Estate, Knights Hill. It was fully refurbished over the course of the year by our partners at T Brown, Wolseley Paints, Lambeth Council and Centre for World Group.
The Portobello Estate was opened in 1949 by Mayor Simpson, originally built as post-war housing for those who had been rendered homeless following the blitz of the Second World War. Its once vibrant and bustling Tenants & Residents Association (TRA) Hall fell out of use and in to disrepair before being taken on and repurposed.
The Jubilee Centre offers reading, computer and coding classes to the children of the surrounding areas as well as a meeting place for residents to socialise, hold meetings or meet new people at weekly coffee mornings.