In June 2017, the Commonside Trust was one of around 70 charities nationally to win the prestigious Queen’s Award for Volunteering.
The Commonside Community Development Trust was established in 2001. Initially the Trust ran a course for lone parents on the Pollards Hill estate and since then it has grown significantly. Today it provides community spaces for over 80 groups weekly, managing busy New Horizon Centre, one of Merton’s busiest community centres, in Pollards Hill and has developed two core programmes: Step Forward for parents, carers and families and the Lunch Club for older people.
Commonside’s Step Forward programme supports over 100 families a year, helping with a wide range of issues such as domestic violence, threat of eviction, debt, children’s behaviour, ill-health or disability and mental ill-health. The Trust offers free training and help with employment. Its Lunch Club for Older People runs every weekday and is a vital service for over 75 older people living in Merton, offering a healthy lunch, entertainment, debates and advice.
On July 27th during our 25th Birthday Bash, Merton Chamber of Commerce raised £100 for Commonside with the sales from our charity bake off competition! Thank you to all those who entered and bought cakes!
Commonside Community Development Trust, Charity no 1089578, Commonside Community Development Trust, CR4 1LT