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Summer Project with CCAP – Interview with Bev Salmon

Over the summer, Habitat for Humanity have been working at the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground (CCAP) in Kennington. We have been able to carry out essential maintenance and improvements to the landscaping and play equipment. With the financial and practical help from corporate supporters we have also been able to provide a purpose built office facility which was opened on August 20th. Lucy Coates from our team carried out an interview with Beverley Salmon, who runs the facility. This focuses on the difference that has been made by the project. CCAP was set up in 1979 by Lady Chaplin – one of Charlie Chaplin’s former wives. The idea was to create a safe space for handicapped children in Lambeth to play and engage in social activities. It has since been working to maintain the ethos created by Lady Chaplin. Bev tells Lucy about the difficult and often labour-intensive work they carry out to ensure all the children they care for get the most out of the after-school and summer holiday programmes they run. “Wheelchairs are one...

Habitat for Humanity Around The World

Enjoy this video showing the amazing breath and scope of work carried out by Habitat for Humanity around the world last year. Here at Habitat for Humanity Homes we are proud to be part of a worldwide family of affiliates who are playing their parts in rolling this dream out in a big way.

Gordon Road Homes, Peckham – Retrospective

The charity was founded on this project in 1996, and it's worth us looking back to see what we have learned from our experience. 16 three-bed homes were built over 3 phases with the final block in Habitat Close completed in 2005. As well as benefitting from corporate volunteering, all the homes were built using the traditional Habitat for Humanity model of ‘sweat equity’ – the future owners gave 500 hours of their own time to invest into the project. This ‘sweat equity’ approach builds community whilst the development is taking place and the benefits of this for the longer term have been evident there. As HFH Homes have administered the interest-free mortgages, we have had an ongoing relationship with the community and seen some significant outcomes including:
  • A stronger sense of community and neighbourhood cohesion
  • Better maintenance and care of property and environment
  • Sense of ‘ownership’ and longer-term stability for the development
  • Affordable solution for lower-income families
  • ‘A hand-up rather than a hand-out’ – all the families have been able...

Completion of Kings Grove, Peckham

On the 26th November we celebrated the opening of the new refurbished flats with 70 guests, a mixture of government officials, corporate supporters, community volunteers and partner charities, all with a connection to the project. 61 KG_XDB3645_600x400 We were privileged to have  Stephen Williams MP (pictured above), the minister in charge of Empty Homes at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) along on his first public engagement in his new role. He was really impressed by the wide community engagement the project has achieved, with over 400 volunteers spending time on site assisting with the 8 month build (starting in April 2013). David Ireland from the charity Empty Homes also came and added his support as the event took place during National Empty Homes week 2013. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to our supporters and volunteers who have worked hard on this site, including...
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