Petition details

Save Southwyck Pantry

We the undersigned petition the Council to protect the Southwyck Pantry's existence within the Southwyck Estate. This will allow them to continue to serve the local community providing access to affordable, nutritious food and other services. Southwyck Pantry will be homeless as from the 1st October. Our proposed locations include: 1. Southwyck Community Hall 2. 1 Corry Drive - previously Chestnut Nursery, currently unused. 3. Sure Start Centre located within Hillmead Primary School, currently unused. 4. Loughborough Park Community Centre, currently unused 5. Another location/facility that fits our criteria. We want the council to commit to a permanent agreement enabling them to continue serving our existing community and continue to grow into the health and well-being hub meeting more than just food support.

Since December 2020 the Southwyck Pantry (a project of Healthy Living Platform) has evolved into a buzzing service for estate residents/members to access healthy, affordable, nutritious fresh food and surplus food donations.

It is a cooperative model, community food shop. For £5 members can choose up to 10 different fruit and veg items and up to 10 surplus items (supermarket donations). The money for the membership is then spent on fresh fruit and veg the next week whilst donations come in via the Hub at Brixton Rec.

The Pantry not only brings nutritional value but also feeds the need for (covid safe) social interaction helping to boost low level mental health for residents who have found themselves isolated in all senses. Run 100% by local residents, the Panty is a touchpoint to connect with the local community and offer support and signposting to other key services and other activities.

On average they see 35 members attend each Thursday (and they aim to increase that) who are based in Southwyck House, Moorlands and the surrounding wards of Coldharbour, Vassal and Tulse Hill.

Abruptly stopping the Pantry would fracture a lot of the work they have put in over the last year especially and would mean withdrawing a service that we know is making a difference and many elderly, vulnerable and disabled residents are relying on. They would love to stay on at Southwyck Community Hall and are happy to share the space finding a solution that works for all. If they must leave the want to find an alternative that will continue to serve us, the residents, and not abandon them just before the onset of winter, potential further lockdowns and the upcoming reduction to Universal Credit. They are open to suggestions and hope find a solution before closing on 30th September.

Started by: Carla Thomas (Southwyck estate community members)

This Petition runs from 17/09/2021 to 31/10/2021.

119 people have signed this Petition.

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