Tree Shepherd Newsletter: July 2014

We’ve been busy supporting the Forest Network in the staging of its 1st Lambeth Country Show. Also, we’re proud to say our first Loughborough Centre cohort are about to graduate, three of our start-ups have received £1000 seed funding and Adaobi, our first work experience person spent a week with us.
Lambeth Country Show 

19th/20th July Tent P4 in the picnic zone is the place to be. 40 Forest Network traders will be trading their wares at the Country Show, all local residents bringing a distinctive South London flavour to this annual extravaganza.


2014 will be a special one, as it is a celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary and the 1st anniversary of the Forest. Expect tarot readings, fabric flowers, handmade jewellery, massage, burlesque performance, gorgeous ceramics and global foods just along from the afro-beats, reggae and folk at the main stage.

Brockwell Park, Herne Hill. Entry FREE.

£1000 LCF grant winners 

We are delighted to announce that we have helped three of our entrepreneurs to benefit from a £1000 grant given by the London Community Foundation. As part of the Building Communitites in Coldharbour initiative. Only residents in this area were able to apply and each of our three candidates won.


Paula Bryan won some much needed funding to support her Carers4Carers network; Andy Kelliott is now able to buy kitchen equipment to develop the hot food side of his business and designer Kezra Hunt can now market herself and buy a much needed sewing machine.

A new round of funding is available for this scheme with application deadline of 14th August to Tree Shepherd.


Words from our first work experience student:“My name is Adaobi, I go to St Martins-in- the-fields High School for Girls Sixth form. From the 7th of July to the 11th of July I have been attending Tree Shepherd in the Brix. Here I have learnt many skills, like how to enter database information. I have done a lot of filing and phone answering and designing of pop-up banners and flyers. It has been a very interesting week, and I can definitely say I have learnt a lot of new things.”


It was great for the Tree Shepherd team to have some support for the week and to share some of our skills. We look forward to working with other Lambeth students.


Thank you Adaobi – we enjoyed having you! 

Update on Enterprise CourseOther beneficiaries of the LCF BCC funding, are the group of 20 residents who took up the challenge of studying our ‘Start your own Enterprise Course’ delivered for the first time at the Loughborough Centre on Angell Road. People who live in this historically deprived area are witnessing investment and regeneration all around them, yet until now have not been equipped with the skills to start their own businesses.


In graduating this month, they join the seven cohorts who have gone through the programme since May 2013. Many will go on to seek a mentor and all automatically qualify for membership of the Forest Enterprise Network.


Enrol for our next courses. Please email leaving your mobile number and business idea.


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