Something special is happening at York Gardens Library. Each Saturday from 10am more than a dozen teenagers from the local estates receive free one-on-one tuition to help with their GCSE Maths and English.
This support is provided by volunteers – and it makes a real difference. “The free tutoring came at just the right time and helped me pass the subjects I was struggling in,” says local teenager Una. Her mother was delighted that Una could go on to a good college after tutoring improved her Maths grade to a C.
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Residents young and old came to York Gardens Library on Thursday, June 14 to share their thoughts on how best to make a positive difference to their neighbourhood. More than 400 people contributed to this energetic and well-organised community consultation on how to spend a Big Lottery Fund grant of £1,000,000 over the next 10 years.
Local children take part in the consultation
The guests, in bright sunshine, were greeted by the Falconbrook School Steel band and the Sacred Heart Choir, in the lovely gardens in front of the library.
The place was buzzing with various stalls and activities brought by local organisations – in the Library and also at Providence House, the Adventure Playground, and Pennethorne Square. A smoothie bike was available for all to “exercise” their way to a healthy drink.
The Wandsworth Guardian’s front page story states: “All three of the borough’s adventure playgrounds and two children’s clubs could face the axe as Wandsworth Council struggles to slash £30m from next year’s budget.
“Playgrounds in Battersea Park, York Gardens and Kimber Road Gardens are all under threat.”
In response to the reports, Women of Wandsworth, a group of local volunteer moms, have updated a video of their inspiring campaign to keep our playgrounds free which forced the council into its original U-turn – well worth watching.