Celebrating 70 Years of Alford House in Aveline Street
Alford@70 – for the young people of Lambeth
It is 70 years this September since Alford House took full occupation of the buildings in Aveline Street and their state of disrepair reflects the very limited resources that have been available for planned maintenance such as the replacement of asbestos roofs and rotten timber windows. The buildings in their current state are not wind and watertight and the Club relies on letting income, when accommodation is not used for Club activities, to generate the bulk of its income to pay staff and meet overheads. A full professional team led by Matthew Lloyd Architects is drawing up proposals prior to making a planning application for a nine unit scheme on the Club’s car park. The Club’s goal is to raise more than 50% of a £2 million fund raising campaign from the development.
The need for the £2 million fund raising for the young people of the area is more acute now than ever. The young people of the area grow up in an environment with gangs and knife crime. When asked what they find appealing about Alford House, a word which comes up again and again is “safe”: it is a safe place to meet friends and have fun. The quality of the work done by the Club has been widely acknowledged, including by Ofsted. Public funding resources are stretched and limited and are constantly under threat. The bulk of the funds raised will be spent on making the buildings wind and watertight, so securing the Club’s income. They will also finance conversion of redundant worn out areas of the premises into an accessible, attractive social hub with music, games and meeting facilities. The final goal is to be able to afford additional professional youth worker expertise. Please support us by letting LB Lambeth know that you value the work done by Alford House and want planning consent to be granted so that the Club’s future can be secured.
If you would like to view the display boards in person and discuss the scheme with the club manager please email: [email protected] or call 020 7735 1519.