Community Connections Fund projects in and around Waterloo

Community Access at The Old Vic

Organisation: The Old Vic Theatre Trust 

Ward: Waterloo & South Bank 

Location: The Old Vic 

Summary: The project aims to provide activities to enhance access to the arts in Lambeth, through inclusive programmes. Community Club offers ten community groups, who have experienced barriers to accessing the arts, a programme of theatre visits and workshops at The Old Vic and partner venues. The Old Vic Theatre Trust will work to engage non-traditional audiences and achieve their social mission; inclusive programmes that deliver an accessible introduction to theatre and ways for underrepresented and under-resourced groups to explore their creativity, develop new skills and experience the health and wellbeing benefits associated with the arts 


Lambeth Green: Community Medicinal Gardening Club 

Organisation: Garden Museum 

Ward: Waterloo & South Bank 

Location: Old Paradise Gardens 

Summary: The Garden Museum is working with the local community, to transform 5.3 acres of open space around their site into a new public park called Lambeth Green. Lambeth Green will connect seven spaces – from the Embankment to Old Paradise Gardens – through naturalistic planting designed for community use, maintained by Museum staff, volunteers and local people. Through this project, The Garden Museum will run a year-long community gardening project for residents to create and maintain a medicinal healing garden in Old Paradise Gardens. This aims to give local residents the opportunity to help build the garden, learn new skills, and unite. Residents will be invited to build, plant, and maintain sustainable planting beds, learning how to construct the beds, how to grow herbs and vegetables from seed, plant identification, composting, pruning, using tools, seasonality. 


Moments of Grace 

Organisation: On the Record 

Ward: Waterloo & South Bank 

Location: St Thomas' Hospital's Central Hall 

Summary: Moments of Grace engages 50 nurses and young people in co-creating public artworks for St Thomas’ Hospital. The artworks connect the past, present, and future of nursing care in Lambeth, drawing on the Record’s unique archive of nurses’ oral histories and original music inspired by their words. Artwork 1 aims to enhance a redesign of the Central Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital, where the first nurse training school was established in 1860 and Artwork 2 is an online artwork with transcripts for the hard of hearing, available to audiences both inside and outside the Hospitals. Both physical and online artworks distil the 24/7 presence of nurses into take the form of a living sound and light clock