Photos: LWP craft and T-shirt making

After the t-shirt making session, via @x_marks_the

 

Oxfam craft session with @BrixtonWI

 

Stencils, photo by Hox Toned

 

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Activities at Lambeth Women’s Project next week

Image by Hox Toned

Want to visit Lambeth Women’s Project and see what it’s all about? We welcome visitors and want you to come and see why it’s such an important space that needs to be saved. Here’s a list of activities happening over the coming week:

Monday 9th July

Tuesday 10th July

  • Reiki and resource room open, 12-8pm (every Tuesday)

Wednesday 11th July

  • Resource room open, 12-8pm (every Wednesday)
  • Brixton Women’s Institute craft session, 7-9pm

(The LWP benefit gig with Julia Biel and Rule of Regina is also taking place on Wednesday, at Full Stop on Brick Lane)

Thursday 12th July

  • Cooking and nutrition group, 12-8pm

Sunday 15th July

  • Kundalini yoga, 11am-12:30pm

The Lambeth Women’s Project address is 166a Stockwell Road, London SW9 9TQ. The ground floor has full disabled access.

Minutes from 26 June Meeting

Download minutes as a word doc here.

Lambeth’s Women’s Project – Public meeting

26 June 2012

Minutes

Introductions

Meeting opened with a reminder that all attendees and supporters of Lambeth Women’s Project are volunteers and therefore there is no one voice with more authority over any others.

Legal position

LWP have secured a solicitor who is picking up the case pro bono. Some of the monies made through donations will be used to pay specific legal costs.

Financial position

LWP have raised £1,894 over the last few weeks. This is very heart warming considering that this is a time when people do not have a lot of money. The money will be kept in Paypal account and will be drawn when needed. Information about donors and spends will be provided on request so that the process is transparent.

Contact

There has been no contact with the council apart from the leader of the council appearing to attack the level of LWP service. This is despite the fact that the council has always commissioned LWP because of their high levels of service, as demonstrated through the council’s very rigorous monitoring process.

Legally there is no need to contact the council or the school. However on a day to day basis school staff have been helpful. Access has been an issue at times but there are moves to resolve this in the interim.

Activities

The first week of protest happened at the pot banging in Windrush square. The second week was about protecting LWP property. This week LWP has been engaged in activities including badge making, t-shirt printing and other events. The hope is that the space can still continue and function as a women’s project and everyone is invited to attend and submit suggestions of activities for the next few weeks.

Press

Social media: The blog has over 100 followers. Twitter has over 350 followers and is good for getting news out quickly. Facebook predated these but provides the space for others to contribute their thoughts and ideas for activities.

Press: Got a slot on the 1:30 BBC news on Wednesday. This hasn’t been repeated but the file is online. The Evening Standard had a feature (with some inaccuracies, although sympathetic) and the Lambeth Weekender has been very supportive. There is contact with the Observer but it feels a very local story. The focus of any media is to generate positives and a dialogue around how women are feeling (and not anything that could aggravate the legal situation).

Thanks

Thanks go to: Lambeth Save our Services for sharing information, highlighting the effect on services and collecting signatures. Brixton Blog have provided coverage and the Feminist Library wrote an open letter of support. Thanks also to bands Woolf, Faggot and Hex on the Beach who raised £300 through a gig which has been deposited in the account.

Next steps

In the medium term LWP have certain rights including the right to the lease and they are looking to secure the remaining three years so the space can function as a Women’s Project. The hope is for mediation to stay in the building, although there is no money coming in for commissions which has to be considered, and a back up plan is needed in case equipment needs to be quickly packed up.

In the short term the aim is to have a month with new energy so that everyone can experience the benefits of coming to a space like LWP. Therefore the following working groups are proposed, for volunteers against each:

The wellbeing coordinator will look to hold herbal workshops, reflexology and reiki – contact her if anyone is interested in providing or receiving treatments. Other activities include:

–      Yoga on every other Sunday at 11am

–      T-shirt workshop

–      Podcast

–      Eating together

–      Having an open day for new people to see and experience the centre – (especially if that can include a drum circle)

AOB

  • LWP is women only in terms of practical usage and absolutely inclusive in terms of trans identity. It is a women run organisation focussing on services for women but men are welcome as allies with advance warning so that sessions can run appropriately (e.g. women’s only yoga). Allies are always welcome and LWP are very pleased that Lambeth SOS are so actively involved.
  • Lambeth SOS have been gathering signatures at gigs and outside Brixton tube. They commented that awareness of LWP is high. They will forward over the soft copies of the signatures, continue collecting them and keep in touch with the campaign. There’s been good union support – the person that writes the bulletin asked for information and sent it around all union members.
  • A new leaflet would be helpful as things have moved on since the last one – plan is to update it and place it on the Friday blog. A model motion will help for union branches so they can give a donation.
  • There has been an email response from PMG – referred to the complaints department at Lambeth.
  • Are there any volunteers to take the banners to Pride on 7 July?
  • There is a benefit scheduled for 11 July in Brick Lane
  • Ritzy offered Upstairs for a benefit. Possible ideas are to show different films of the project. Need to check the date.

Press: Safe World for Women, 2 July 2012

Lambeth Women Protest, to Save Their Resource Centre

By Claire Shaw, Safe World Student Writer

A Safe Haven Under Threat

Lambeth Women’s Project has played a vital role in providing information, resources and support to women and girls for almost four decades.

However, recent cuts and austerity measures have culminated in an eviction notice from the school building which they use as their resource centre and meeting place.

Members are currently occupying the building in an attempt to save the project, which provides a life-line for many, especially for minority ethnic women.

LWP-2“It’s the best thing that could have happened to me recently. It’s kind of like your safe haven. Since I came here last year, there are other things I am having to deal with, and this environment is very good and nurturing for me personally, to structure me in my current lifestyle situation. You meet other women who are in the same position, and you can connect with these other women and form bonds and relationships. This is like a whole new chapter for me to come along to, and someone is trying to shut the book, and I’m like no, lets leave it open, because I am enjoying it here.”

Read the full article here.