Clapton, London E5, houses some of the most disadvantaged people in Britain. But it’s a vibrant community with a strong spirit and a host of active groups committed to changing things for the better. Amongst many others, the Pedro Club caters for young people on the Clapton Park Estate, Chat’s Palace runs a host of arts activities, the Chatsworth Road Traders and Residents Association has revived the historic street market, the Millfields Users Group has planted a community orchard and Core Arts work with people with mental health problems.
Other community activities are hampered by lack of resources. Local people want to save the Clapton cinema, improve local parks and re-open public toilets. They want jobs and better opportunities for poor residents.
The Clapton Improvement Society seeks the improvement of the environment, education and wellbeing for the benefit of the public in Clapton and surrounding areas. It has been set up by local residents with skills and energy to get things done.
Financed by members’ subscriptions, donations and events, the Society provides opportunities for local entrepreneurship and reaches out to less advantaged communities to give them an affordable chance.
We regularly maintain the wildflower meadows at Homerton Station planted by local volunteers.
We organised food safety training, which helped 75 local people get jobs.
THE SOCIETY AIMS TO:
– Bring derelict land and buildings back into use
– Create educational opportunities for disadvantaged people
– Provide cultural and creative activities
– Build community assets
For more about the society, who we are and how to join – click here.
We need volunteers, and of course, money, so please donate whatever you can.