29 November 2017

New investment for the Mulberry Centre in Myatts Field Park

The Mulberry Centre in Vassall's Myatts Field Park has received a funding boost from the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) which will see new facilities added to the building with the aim of expanding services for young children and parents in the area.

LEAP is a lottery funded project aimed at supporting early age development in babies and young children in particularly deprived areas. Local councillors successfully lobbied for Vassall to be a focus of the £10 million project along with Stockwell, Coldharbour and Tulse Hill. The extra investment in the Mulberry Centre, which is run by the Outdoor Urban Pre-school and hosts a free One O'Clock club, will see:
  • Improvements made to make the Centre safer and secure.
  • Outdoor improvements, including new soft landscaping and renovations to the building.
  • New kitchen facilities and flooring installed as well as new children’s toilets and repairs to the plumbing.
Other projects to be taken forward in Vassall include a new playground on the Cowley estate and significant extra investment in the Liz Atkinson children's centre in the ward.

Cllr Jane Pickard, Lambeth’s cabinet member for families and young people, said:

“It’s great to see this work completed, the first of a series of LEAP-funded improvements to play areas and buildings across four of Lambeth’s most deprived wards. The council believes that intervening early to tackle some of the problems many families face can make a real difference to the future life chances of their children. LEAP, in which the council is a key partner, is critical in carrying out some of this work, especially in showing what methods work best.

“But first we need to create attractive, high-quality places for families to come and meet while children play. The work done will enable Mulberry to be one of these places. I look forward to meeting families there when it is finished.”

Cllr Paul Gadsby, Vassall ward councillor, said:

“It’s great to see this space being spruced up for local parents and children. This is a highly valued centre and the work being done should ensure it attracts many more families for years to come.”