Cambridge House (organisation)
It offers a variety of services to the local community, including: a law centre, advocacy, community development, services for people with learning difficulties, childcare and young people's services.
Cambridge House provides direct services to individuals, families and communities and operates as a local neighbourhood resource and development agency, providing support to local community groups, voluntary organisations and community initiatives. It is recognised as an advocacy service for people with mental health problems by Southwark Council and the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
Cambridge House is also the host to LINkSouthwark, an independent, public body of local people, organisations and groups in the borough whose goal is to improve local care services.
Cambridge House began life as a one of the earliest Victorian settlement houses in 1889, set up to support and develop the activities of the Trinity College Mission (Cambridge University Trinity College). By 1897 Cambridge University as a whole was involved. University graduates and undergraduates lived at Cambridge House and performed voluntary work for the local community. The residents were involved with the direct relief of poverty; "the provision of country holidays for city children; the organisation of boys clubs; educational and recreational activities; a free legal service; involvement in a range of public bodies." In 1900 a women's settlement called Talbot was set up nearby, focusing on helping women and children. The two settlements worked side by side until 1972, when they joined to form Cambridge House and Talbot.
In 1894 Cambridge House and Talbot were the first settlement to establish the first free legal advice service (now called the Law Centre). In the early 20th century they were the first to set up a Labour Exchange in response to mass unemployment and by the 1930s were providing skills workshops for the unemployed. In 1963 they set up the first Adult Literacy Scheme, which led to the Right to Read Campaign for adults.
Cambridge House provides the following services:
- IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy)
- Law Centre
- After School Club
- Play Scheme
- Young People's Project
- Nineteen Plus (a group for young adults with learning difficulties)
- LINk (Local Involvement Network)
- "About Us". Cambridge House. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Services". Cambridge House. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Advocacy Organisations". Southwark Council. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- "Cambridge House Advocacy (Mental Health)". South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-08-10.[dead link]
- "About LINkSouthwark". LINkSouthwark. Retrieved 2009-08-10.[dead link]
- Baker, Leila; Romayne Hutchison; Ben Cairns (22 June 2009). "From Settlement to Community Anchor: The enduring value of Cambridge House". Institute for Voluntary Action Research, London, UK. Retrieved 2009-08-10. [dead link]
- "History". Cambridge House. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
- Rochester, Colin (1989). Cambridge House: The first hundred years 1889-1989. Forward by John Posford. London, England: Cambridge House and Talbot. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
- "The Fantastic 19 Plus". Thus plc t/a Demon Internet. Retrieved 2009-08-11.