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Business Support Every Monday Blue Bermondsey

Business Advice with Tree Shepherd in the Blue Bermondsey

Business Support Every Monday with Lydia Gardner, enterprise Manager Tree Shepherd. This is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in going into business as a designer, gardener, mechanic, dress maker, caterer, cleaner, childminder, artist, driver, carer, make up artist, hairdresser, importer, technician or anything you want to be.

Time slots of up to one hour. Drop in or book in advance

For enquiries or bookings

Big Local Works, 4 Market Place, Southwark Park Road, SE16 3UQ

Tree Shepherd’s  philosophy

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At Tree Shepherd, we believe that everyone has the right to the self-respect, health and well-being that comes from useful and rewarding employment.

We believe that unemployment is the most pressing issue facing society. Its effects are more toxic than is commonly understood. Unemployment is a primary cause of homelessness, crime, poor environment, obesity, mental health issues, and depression.

We recognise, though, that for millions of people in this country work is but a distant dream. We believe that the real solution to worklessness is to help people create jobs in the areas that most need them and jobs that are appropriate to the skills of the people who live there.

We work with the natural entrepreneurial skills of local people and support them to transform where they live from places of neglect to places of opportunity. We help enterprises to start, develop and grow and help create the conditions where new jobs can be created.

Local Trust Big Local LogoBig Local Bermondsey

Local Trust’s mission is to enable residents to make their communities and their areas even better places in which to live. We do this by helping residents develop and use their skills and confidence to identify what matters most to them, and to take action to change things for the better, now and in the future. We provide a mix of funding and finance to support people to make sustainable change, maximise impact and make the best use of scarce resources.We believe that a community and resident led approach to creating lasting change:

  • develops the skills and confidence of the people involved and enables them to work with others to the benefit of their community
  • builds on the opportunities and assets available in each community
  • creates lasting, long term solutions.
  • Underlying this approach is a belief that residents have a capacity and desire to drive change, and can achieve lasting and positive results when supported by those they trust and respect thereby building skills, confidence, networks, relationships and expertise in each community.

South Bermondsey Big Local’s long-term 10 year vision is that:

  • the area will be visibly cared for, with green spaces ‘owned and tended’ by local people for community benefit
  • older people will have developed mutually respected relationships with younger people in the area, the consequence of which is that they will feel less threatened and anti social behaviour will have decreased.
  • Older people will be mentally and physically prepared to be able to participate fully in community life
  • many young people will have developed skills enabling them to participate in the wider community either in undertaking volunteering roles, returning to further education or will be in some form of training or employment
  • each year South Bermondsey Big Local will hold a recognition ceremony to highlight individual and group achievements and at the end of the 10 years these results will be put together with our story of how they reached the goal of making the area a better place in which to live.

In order to deliver that 10 year vision South Bermondsey Big Local have identified 3 key areas where they will focus their actions and energy in the first years

  • to improve the usage of the green and open space
  • to ensure that young people are actively involved in the area
  • an improvement in community participation by older people in the area

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