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PRESS RELEASE: Peckham Community backs Mental Wellbeing Project

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Issued: 27 February 2012

For Immediate release

SE-Village celebrated the success of their community projects on Friday at their Big Celebration and Pitch your Project event which saw community members enjoying a curry buffet while their children bounced around in Sumo suits, and everyone enjoyed cupcakes donated by Greggs.

SE-Village is run by local charity The Peckham Settlement on Goldsmiths Road. The programme offers an opportunity for people in Peckham to set up their own projects in a low risk, low cost space. Anyone with a great idea for a business or enterprise, social club or group can get support and advice from the team at SE-Village.

At Friday’s event, 7 projects ranging from balloon design to wealth workshops competed for nominations from the crowd. The three most popular projects with the most nominations got to take the microphone and had 5 minutes to Pitch their Project to everyone attending. The crowd voted for their favourite using the newly launched Peckham Pounds.

Winner Olive Lewis who runs SE-Re-Mind, a mental wellbeing project, got the most votes from the crowd on the night for her pitch, taking home P£69 Peckham Pounds. Olive can use Peckham Pounds to pay for volunteers to help her on her project, or to pay for space in The Peckham Settlement community building. SE-Village partner RESTORE-Peckham kindly matched Olive’s Peckham Pound winnings with £69 Sterling. Olive also won a marketing course donated by PVSF, as well as the Levi Roots business book ‘You can get it if you really want’, donated by Octopus Publishing. Olive said “I’m still floating, I can’t believe I won, I just need to really make this project happen now”.

Runners up Laura James of SE-Village Stars, an after school tutoring club and SE-African Market also won Peckham Pounds matched with Sterling by RESTORE-Peckham, free membership to PVSF and the donated Levi Roots book.

Project Manager Lyla Adwan-Kamara said “this community crowd-funding event was a really fantastic example of the community supporting each other. Not only were the prizes donated, we also had entertainment for free from the amazing blind pianist Peter Caesar. Southwark TV as well as volunteer photographers, videographers, and helpers on the door also came along to support us and Baker Greggs very kindly donated 150 cupcakes which were quickly eaten up as they were so delicious!”

To find out more about SE-Village or to share your project idea, get in touch on

See for a short film about the Big Celebration


Notes to Editor:

Lyla Adwan-Kamara, Project Manager: SE-Village, The Peckham Settlement. 07878 827 801

Available for interview

Photos are free to use if used with this press release. High res images are available here:

Captions are:

SE Village 010 SE Village staff Vanessa O’Driscoll and Archie Utley

SE Village 021 The buffet at SE Village’s Celebration

SE Village 032 Exhibitors and visitors at SE Village’s celebration

Please credit: Photo by Julian Jackson


Written by sevillps

February 29, 2012 at 8:45 am

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