The Riverside Day Centre in Bermondsey has scooped £10,000 from the Mayor of London to transform its car park into a garden and art studio for people with learning disabilities, writes Becky Morton…
The centre beat 150 other competitors to make it to the final 25 who pitched to the Mayor at City Hall on July 25.
The Camden Society, who run the day centre, said because of the imminent closure of its sister centre in Queen’s Road, Peckham, it needs to make space for more users at Riverside. The charity plan to build raised accessible flower beds where they can teach gardening and grow food to be served in the kitchen, with some beds made available to the local community. They also hope to raise funds for an art studio for users of the day centre as well as other community groups.
The Camden Society’s chief executive, Denise Largin, said: “This pledge from the Mayor is a real boost to our plans to turn an ugly car park into a beautiful and exciting space for people with a learning disability to use. But we do need the public to get behind us so that we can reach our £16,000 target and make the dream a reality. So please donate if you can.”
The funding pledge means the centre has now raised £12,405 towards its target. Donations can be made at www.spacehive.com/a-space-for-art-and-nature.