Looking for help?
Connect Lambeth also has a directory of support groups – click on the Covid link, then Covid Community Links, then choose from the menu of food, advice, and practical support.
Citizens Advice Merton and Lambeth help with everything from vouchers for food banks to contacting energy suppliers and dealing with debt issues. Free phone: 0800 254 0298
Centre 70 gives debt advice and issues food bank vouchers, and offers counselling. Phone: 020 8670 0070
Costs of living
Shine gives free advice for Londoners to reduce utility bills and tackle energy debt, and can refer you on for other services such as benefits checks and housing support. Phone: 0300 555 0195
Lambeth Household Support Scheme can help with meeting some living costs.
Thames Water’s Waterhelp scheme reduces water bills by 50%.
The Healthy Living Platform have four community pantries – including in Myatt’s Field, Coldharbour and Stockwell – where you can choose the food you want for £5.
Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth are a community group who work together to advocate for better housing.
Little Village gives clothes, toys and equipment for children aged 0-5.
For older people
Age UK Lambeth offers practical support as well as befriending services. Phone: 0333 360 3700
South London Healthy Homes helps people aged 65+ with energy issues. Phone: 0808 169 1779
South London Refugee Association are based in Streatham and offer advice, counselling, ESOL classes, social groups and more. Phone: 020 3490 3443.
Para falantes de português / hispanohablantes
Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation estão em Brixton e suportam falantes de português e espanhol / están en Brixton y apoyan a los hablantes de portugués y español. 0207 733 9977
The Gaia Centre is a Lambeth-based project run by the national charity Refuge and supports anyone experiencing gender-based violence. Phone: 020 7733 8724.
Solidarity in a Crisis give listening support, free phone 0300 123 9200
Lambeth Single Point of Access supports adults to find mental health support. Free phone: 0800 090 2456
For the SLAM 24-hour crisis helpline, free phone: 0800 731 2864
Mosaic Clubhouse’s Evening Sanctuary is open every evening in Brixton. Phone: 0207 924 9657
These groups are doing essential work in Lambeth and always need people getting involved:
Rastafari Movement UK deliver food to elderly people in Lambeth and need volunteer drivers.
Olive Branch Aid have a food bank and need volunteers to help pack and deliver.
Save Nour are campaigning against gentrification in Brixton that threatens local businesses that sell cheaper food.
Southwark/Lambeth Anti-Raids resist the hostile environment and support people at risk of state violence because of their immigration status.
Refugee Community Kitchen cook and serve meals for homeless people in Brixton.
Also, an easy way to get involved in Lambeth Mutual Aid is to print and share the solidarity fund flyer!
Not in Lambeth?
A lot of the groups mentioned above work across Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth (after all, borders are made up, by people with power who want to hold on to that power), but you can also reach out to these brilliant groups:
Wandsworth Carers Centre has a list of mutual aid groups in Wandsworth