Who we are

The Weir Link is both the name of the centre and organisation which manages it. The Weir Link is a registered charity established by residents in the Weir Road area in 2003. The aim was to create a centre that would be a focal point for the local community to replace the derelict old laundry building that was a local eyesore on Weir Estate for over 30 years.

Local volunteers worked tirelessly from 2003, when the organisation was set up, to June 2008 when the centre was officially opened by the local MP and Lambeth Mayor at The Weir Link‘s Annual Community Fun Day.  The Trustees of the charity – all local residents – managed a significant and ongoing local consultative procedure to determine exactly what local residents felt was needed and then finding the means and finances to make those wishes a reality.

Initially working with Kingston University an “all singing and dancing” plan was developed for a two storey centre to the level of obtaining planning permission – no mean feat for a small charity with no employees! However, the funding was not forthcoming so it was back to the drawing board.

Based on local surveys it was clear that residents wanted a centre that could offer a wide range of support to local families. Thus, Trustees began discussions with Lambeth’s Children & Young People’s Services with regard to establishing a Community Children’s Centre – and the rest is history but to say that such was the commitment of the Trustees that they obtained a loan through Future Builders (now known as The Social Investment Business) to ensure the building could be completed and furnished.

The building, a modular building, was built in Birkenhead and delivered by a fleet of lorries in the early hours of the morning in March 2008.  The whole building development and fitting out was project managed by the Trustees.

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