Lunch Plus (2013-2014)
Our weekly lunch and social club for older people living on the Tulse Hill Estate is supported by The People’s Health Trust and is run with the help of volunteers from the estate and nearby area.
The lunch club members enjoy socialising over a two course lunch which is freshly cooked on the premises and a cup of tea/coffee (the older people decide themselves the menu dishes they would like for the following week). We also have Guest speakers, craft sessions, massage and skin care specialist visitors, book swap club and quizzes and occasional enthusiastic sing-along sessions with our members playing percussion with gusto.
We occasionally take members and volunteers in our minibus on visits to interesting places such as the Dulwich Picture Gallery and to enjoy lunch in different settings.
Movie Mondays (2013-2014)
We were so very pleased to secure funding from Awards for All to start our exciting project, Movie Mondays which made very good use of our minibus to collect people in Lambeth and Southwark to see films which have been as diverse as ‘Some Like it Hot’, an oldie and ‘Life of Pi’ a more recent release. Lively film reviews over a cuppa followed the viewings and then the participants were taken safely home afterwards. People who for many reasons would not otherwise go out to the cinema alone had the opportunity to see some great films in good company and enjoy a good old natter.
Warm and Well in Winter (2013-2014)
Since 2013 we have held many road shows and community events in Lambeth Estates and Sheltered Housing Units in collaboration with Age UK (Lambeth) to help older people to keep themselves warm and well during the cold winter months. Around 200 Lambeth residents have benefited from these sessions so far. We gave out packs of useful information and goody bags which were very popular, including hot water bottles, gloves and scarves. We invited a variety of speakers to the road shows and events at which they all gave very interesting talks and met with residents to discuss their individual concerns or challenges with heating themselves and their homes.
Smartwater Champions (2012-2013)
This exciting project funded by the Home Office’s Communities Against Crime Fund made it possible for Ed-bus to work collaboratively with Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Teams to help people in the Streatham areas whose streets have had the highest levels of burglary in the previous 12 weeks to learn to protect their homes and property and improve the chances of police being able to recover and return their property to them. Our outreach cross sector volunteer team members went out in our minibus to demonstrate to people in the privacy of their homes how to apply Smartwater to their valuables as well as sharing sensible preventative measures for making their homes unattractive to prospective burglars.
Smartwater has been proved to reduce the incidence of break-ins and theft in the pilot streets by almost 100% so we were delighted to be able to help whole streets to benefit from its use. This initiative ran until March 2013 and gave all households in the target streets the opportunity to protect themselves from home break-ins and the misery that these cause.
Digital Switchover Roadshows (2012)
We held a number of Digital Switchover Roadshows and events in Lambeth and Southwark for helping people who were not sure how the switch from analogue to digital transmissions would affect their television programmes and viewing options. The events had 2 purposes:
1. To let people have information about the switchover and to clear up any confusion about what they needed to do and with the aid of portable TV equipment to demonstrate how to retune old TVs so as to continue to receive programmes.
2. To make sure everyone who was eligible for assistance under the Help Scheme know what they needed to do to get the appropriate help.
At our roadshows we provided a variety of Digital Switchover information leaflets in different languages as well as on DVD with signing for people with hearing impairment and on audio CD for those with visual impairment.
The London Digital Switchover began on April 4th and completed on April 18th at which time all analogue transmissions were turned off and our city became completely digital. We were happy to have been able to provide information and reassurance to many people in the lead up to the final switchover date.
Mobile Information and Support Project (from 2011 ongoing)
We were delighted in 2011 to achieve, through community fundraising and donations, our aim of obtaining a minibus so that we could begin our mobile community information project.
In collaboration with statutory and other agencies we have developed a monthly themed programme that we deliver upon request to a many community centres and housing estates in Lambeth and Southwark.
We are most appreciative of the support from both Lambeth Safer Neighbourhoods Team in securing funds to enable us to revamp and livery the minibus in readiness for the programme delivery (see the before and after pictures below) and also from Veolia who have provided much moral support as well as secure parking and assistance with the general running of the minibus.
Faiths United (2011)
A Faith Fund resourced series of workshops for adults, families and young people to enable people of different faiths to discuss in a non-threatening environment the ways that they can work together to address common problems and bring about improvements that will have universal benefit
All On Board (2010 - 2011)
Funded by Awards for All, this was a programme using a variety of methods including workshops, research and practical tasks to support volunteers to gain experience and knowledge to engage in community outreach activities
Speak Out Network (2009, ongoing)
We are active members of a small group of community organisations who form a bridge between the regulators of health and adult social care (Care Quality Commission - CQC) and local communities whose voices are seldom heard. Our research into the care of individual stroke survivors and help for families of children with disabilities was included in the CQC National Review of 2010 and has ensured that the community’s voice is heard and considered when future health and social policy is developed.
Summer Student Fundraising Experience (2010)
A self funding three week introduction to fundraising in the community designed for college students interested in a career in the voluntary sector.
Participants from colleges in Southwark and Lewisham built up their experience and confidence through involvement at all stages of planning and delivering local fundraising activities and events, and received a good grounding in administrative and communication skills necessary to further their chosen career and study paths.
For more information on any of our projects please contact us.
Ed-Bus.com, 27 Wedgwood House, Lambeth Walk, London SE11 6LL