Nurturing community groups in Lambeth and Wandsworth
A CLEN and Battersea Arts Centre Partnership


Local Roots is a new, free programme of support for voluntary and community organisations in Wandsworth and Lambeth who are making a difference in their communities.

We aim to support individual organisations to develop and grow, and to help to foster a connected and collaborative community in both boroughs.

Over the next 3 years, we will be providing:

• one-to-one advice and support to address specific challenges your organisation might be facing
• social events and gatherings to connect with other organisations in your borough
• practical workshops to explore creative approaches to everything from fundraising to governance

Anyone who gets involved will also be kept up-to-date with the latest development, networking and funding opportunities, and be a part of Battersea Arts Centre’s new hub for creative social enterprises, opening in Summer 2018.

Local Roots is a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre, and Community Learning and Empowerment Network (CLEN), a social enterprise which aims to strengthen the ability of voluntary and community organisations to serve their communities, and promote the active participation of local residents in decisions which affect their lives. The partnership combines the distinguished capacity building track record of CLEN’s team with Battersea Arts Centre’s Scratch process, which encourages people to test and develop new ideas with members of the public.

Supported by the Walcot Foundation and Battersea Power Station Foundation


If you are a voluntary or community organisation based in Wandsworth or Lambeth, and you would like to be a part of Local Roots, please email Marina at marinas@bac.org.uk to join our mailing list and find out more.

One-to-one consultancy sessions will be allocated on the basis of referral from Walcot Foundation or Battersea Power Station Foundation. Please contact Marina to find out how to be referred.


You are warmly invited to join us for a new set of Local Roots Training Days at Battersea Arts Centre. Through engaging masterclasses, practical workshops and creative sessions, these training days will provide valuable tools to build on your skills and improve your organisation's performance.

Governance, business planning, and organisational structure
Wednesday 3rd April | 10:30am - 3:45pm

Marketing and Comms
Tuesday 7th May | 10:30am - 3:45pm

Further details on the schedules for the training days will be shared closer to the dates.The training is free but places are limited. Book your place by RSVPing to Marina at marinas@bac.org.uk

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