Community: Local groups, associations and societies
Parks and green spaces may have trees but they do not grow on them. Neither do schools,
shops, businesses, houses etc. grow on trees. But, behind every such development,
there were individuals or groups who gave time and resources to support a particular
cause. Not every development is positive but without the effort of those who champion
such causes there would be no progress Many of the developments in the neighbourhood
are now over a hundred years of old so we can’t always be sure of the original motives
of those involved but we do know the results.
Community assets like parks and public buildings are hard won. They should not be
taken for granted. The community needs to keep providing support if they are to
thrive. The same is true for local shops and businesses. If the community supports
them local shopping parades with thrive if not the parades decay and die. This is
where groups such as the Oval Partnership can make a difference. Our focus is on
public realm projects which are difficult to achieve by other means.
In addition to the work we do, there are many groups and associations based in and
around the neighbourhood. Each has its own focus but they are united by a common
theme - groups of local people united in pursuit of a common cause.
Wherever you live, it is always worth getting to know your local resident group/association.
Not every place is covered but if you can, making contact is a useful way of finding
out what is going on.
If you are regular users of particular parks you may care to join the relevant Friends
If you know where to look there is a lot of useful information to be found. If you
are interested in local history check out the Vauxhall Society. Area based groups
like the Kennington Association also produce useful on line publications like Welcome
Local charities are also worth getting to know like Furniture Aid South Thames which
will accept donations of unwanted furniture (not junk though!)