22 August 2014

Big funding boost announced for early age services in Vassall

Following lobbying by Lambeth Labour, the Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £38 million to the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) to help deliver on its mission to ensure all children in Lambeth, regardless of their background, have the best start in life. Vassall is one of the wards in Lambeth that will directly benefit from this funding.

As Lambeth Labour leader Lib Peck explained following the announcement:

“The aim of LEAP is to help ensure that all children in Lambeth, regardless of their background, from their very earliest years, have the best start in life. It aims to help improve the lives of more than 10,000 children over the course of the 10 year project.

It will use evidence-based interventions, with specific focus on three clear areas of child development: language and communication, social and emotional development and nutrition.

The work of LEAP will build on the huge progress made by Labour in terms of early intervention through the Sure Start programme, the value of which has been woefully disregarded by the current government.

However, LEAP will go even further. It will have more specific goals and will deliver more clearly measurable outcomes, such as improving breastfeeding rates, reducing childhood and maternal obesity and reducing domestic violence.

And, through linking up more tangibly with health partners, interventions can be targeted earlier and more effectively than ever.

Furthermore, the project recognises that the social, emotional, communication and language development of babies and children is affected not just by the wellbeing of their parents, but their social networks, and the strength of their communities and the wider environment too.

Intervening early to create resilient communities is a key part of our policy agenda in Lambeth. It is a fact that delivering effective early support negates the need for costly intervention later on. In our current climate of austerity, projects like LEAP simply make sense.”


Following the announcement, local Vassall councillors tabled a question at July’s council meeting asking for further details from Lambeth’s cabinet on what this will mean for the local area. The response from the cabinet member responsible for the project can be found here (question eight in the document).

Talking about the announcement, Vassall’s three Labour councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:

“This is a fantastic boost following lobbying by the Labour party for the local area at a time when government cuts are continuing to bite hard. We will be making sure that this valuable money is spent in the right way so that children in our ward get the best start in life. “

Councillor surgeries in September 2014

Vassall Councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding their regular surgeries in Vassall in September. They will be held on ... 

Tuesday, 2 September
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
12pm - 1pm

Thursday, 25 September
Cowley Estate Community Centre
off Vassall Road
SW9 6LZ
6.15pm-7.15pm

Saturday, 27 September 2014
Myatts Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
10am-11am

If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07920 548463 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk

18 August 2014

Minet Library closed for refurbishment 16 - 25 August 2014

The Minet Library on Knatchbull Road, SE5 in Lambeth's Vassall Ward will be closed from Saturday 16 to Monday 25 August 2014 for internal redevelopment works including the installation of new toilet and baby changing facilities. Other libraries in Lambeth including Brixton Library, Clapham Library and the Carnegie Library in Herne Hill will be open as usual in this period.

During this period the archives will remain open and you will also be able to return books to the library. The archives are scheduled for closure from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 August 2014.
Minet Library temporary closure notice

08 July 2014

Young Lambeth publish holiday activities and summer university programmes

Young Lambeth has published a programme of activities for Lambeth children over the summer holiday period. The programme has details of various sporting, musical and other creative activities available for children as well as information on one o'clock clubs, children's centres and parks all of which are available free for children and young people in the borough.

For young people aged 11-19 the summer university programme offers a range of accredited educational and fun activities and courses.


Download the holiday activities programme and summer university programmes on the Young Lambeth website

01 July 2014

Vassall Councillors' surgeries in July 2014

Vassall Ward Councillors Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop will be holding surgeries in Vassall Ward in July 2014 on the following dates

Tuesday 1 July 2014
Myatts Field Park Depot
Cormont Road
SE5 9RA
12pm - 1pm

Saturday 26 July 2014 
Myatts Field South Community Hall
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG 
10am-11am

Thursday 31 July 2014
Cowley Estate Community Centre
off Vassall Road
SW9 6LZ
6.15pm-7.15pm


If these dates are inconvenient for you or you have a problem or issue that requires immediate attention please contact the Vassall Labour Councillors directly:

Councillor Jacqui Dyer - 07920 548463 -jdyer3@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Paul Gadsby - 07814 567 690 - pgadsby@lambeth.gov.uk

Councillor Annie Gallop - 07920 560175 - agallop@lambeth.gov.uk

29 June 2014

Vassall councillor surgeries for 2014

Following their election last month, Vassall's new councillor team are organising three surgeries every month spread out across the area and at different times where residents can come along to discuss any local issues they might have.

The surgery details are:

Cllr Jacqui Dyer
Cowley Estate Community Centre
6.15pm-7.15pm
SW9 6LZ
Last Thursday of every month

Cllr Paul Gadsby
Myatts Field South Community Hall
10am-11am
Burton Lane
SW9 6QG
Last Saturday of every month

Cllr Annie Gallop
Myatts Field Park Depot
12pm - 1pm
1st Tuesday of the month

Don't forget, that if you need to contact your councillors at any time you can do so via phone or email using the contact details on the Lambeth website.

25 June 2014

16 June 2014

Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair this Saturday

This Saturday, 21 June 2014, the annual Myatt's Fields Park Summer Fair takes place from 1-5pm. Come to Myatts Fields Park in Lambeth's Vassall Ward for music in the bandstand, food, drinks, fairground rides, football and a wide variety of stalls.

This is always a great day when the whole community enjoys their local park.

More information on the Myatts Fields Park website