We want to realise the full potential of Streatham Common and the Rookery for all users of the common.
We currently provide a dedicated manager and easily identifiable staff, running and based in the Rookery. Our long-term aim is to provide staff to expand and take over all management of Streatham Common from Lambeth Council. We have started realising this vision by providing conservation work and running of the Paddling Pool.
We think that with the right ambition and community support we can improve the facilities and management to provide the services the community really wants.
In 2016, parks budgets were slashed by over 50%, so our fund-raising activities are vital for the survival of our Rookery and Common as we know it and more. We need to provide services that go beyond just grounds maintenance to benefit the community at large including active, quality and innovative events for the disadvantaged, young and elderly. Our objective is to enhance this resource to benefit all segments of the community.
Our model enables us to attract volunteers to help our staff, specifically around fund raising events, bids and grants, management of the co-operative and helping our staff with services like gardening.
Running Services, investing profits
Streatham Common Co-operative runs services on the Rookery for Lambeth Council, much like Veolia did before, however Streatham Common Co-operative is a not-for-profit business accountable to local people and the council. And because we’re a social enterprise, we are raising additional new funding too.
We want to involve local people in a democratic structure that gives people an equal say (no matter how big their wallet is) in how our services are run in the Rookery and on the common.