OUR MAIN VENUE- THE BRILLIANT WATERLOO ACTION CENTRE – IS UNDER THREAT
We have run classes at the Waterloo Action Centre for the past 5 years- and it has become one of our main venues.
WAC is a very special place- it has enable us to run our sessions which are affordable for everyone – and in turn our classes help support this brilliant community space which provides support for so many elderly and disadvantaged people.
If you have joined us at WAC for our many drop in life drawing classes and painting and drawing workshops and courses- then you can help the WAC legal team by leaving a testimonial about how WAC has enabled you to enjoy classes which are creative, inspiring and beneficial for your wellbeing and mental health.
See below for more info:
SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION
Since 1973 Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) has stood to serve as a community hub for a wide range of services including Waterloo Legal Advice Service – the largest such volunteer-run resource in the country – benefits advice, as well as providing a host of classes, leisure and cultural activities and, above all, a friendly and welcoming meeting place for one and all. WAC’s valuable work has been recognised by the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
WAC has just had unwelcome news that Lambeth Council plans on raising rents for voluntary groups like WAC which occupy Council-owned property. This could see a rent rise to a massive £45,000 a year plus £5,000 building insurance within 4 years of the change. This would simply mean the end of WAC!
This rise represents a third of WAC’s hard-earned income and would mean a sharp reduction in activities and services we provide, hitting some of our most vulnerable citizens. WAC gets no public money but is funded by grants and renting space to users – activity groups, charities, churches – plus support from local residents, businesses and other well-wishers. There is extensive volunteer involvement in the running of WAC’s regular activities.
WHAT WE WOULD LVE YOU TO DO – IT IS VERY SIMPLE:
1. Click on the link below to access the WAC community defence website
2. Leave a testimonial on the website: click on “write a testimonial” and just explain in a few words why WAC means so much to you, what you do, what you like, why it is important for WAC to continue supporting the various groups through the different activities.
3. Is there any other way you can lend support? We have a wide range of professionals and people with contacts who attend our classes- perhaps you can think of a way you or someone you know can help. If you need to get in touch please contact WAC directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT!
The WAC team & London Drawing