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HeadStart London | Helping young people get ahead in the world of work

Young people in Elephant & Castle are getting a glimpse into the world of work with the help of an inspiring youth programme, across two approaches. HeadStart London Devised specifically for older teenagers, HeadStart London is a programme created by social integration charity The Challenge in partnership with Team London that is bridging the gap between education and work. The …

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Did you know London’s first female mayor was born in Southwark?

Ada Salter was a pioneering social reformer, changing politics and equality over her years as the first female councillor in Bermondsey and the very first female mayor in London, as well as beautifying the district, now part of the borough of Southwark. Ada, a proud environmentalist, was born in Northamptonshire. She moved to London in 1896 where she set about …

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South Social Film Festival’s Chilean flavour in Elephant Park

South Social Film Festival returns to Elephant Park this month to celebrate vibrant Chile through a free event with cinema, food and music. We talked to festival director Paola Melli about what the audience was treated to, and why Elephant Park is the perfect open-air venue to enjoy independent cinema. For other events in Elephant Park, check out the Events …

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Park life – it’s time to celebrate

London will be launched as the world’s first National Park City on 22 July as part of a festival that will be the capital’s largest free celebration of the outdoors. According to the National Park City Foundation, being close to nature is a necessity not a luxury and it wants to support this by promoting green space as vital to …

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Dima Beautiful launches new website

Top-rated beauty salon Dima Beautiful – part of the new retail line-up in Sayer Street – has recently launched a new website where customers are now able to make bookings online. Dima Beautiful opened its doors in Sayer Street earlier this year, following a successful 14-month tenure at the former The Artworks, Elephant. The beauty salon was the first retailer …

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A taste of Italy on your doorstep

The Kiosk, a new Italian pop-up cafe, specialising in premium Italian coffee and traditional food, is now open within Elephant Park. Created by Mercato Metropolitano (MM), The Kiosk can be found on the corner of Sayer Street and Heygate Street between 7.30am and 6pm every day. In its first three days alone, the new coffee bar sold more than 200 …

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Work out and swim for free at The Castle

Enjoy free swim and gym facilities at the recently revamped Castle Centre as part of a scheme by Southwark Council and Everyone Active. In 2016, The Castle Centre, in St Gabriel Walk, underwent a £20m redevelopment to bring modern and spacious fitness facilities to the residents of Elephant and Castle. The Castle (as it is known) now features a large …

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LGBT+: Something to be proud about

Pride is a month-long celebration of diversity and in 2019 it marks 50 years celebrating the modern LGBT+ rights movement. Throughout the month-long celebration, London will have hosted Pride events and parades of all shapes and sizes. Next Saturday (July 6), the Pride in London celebrations culminate in the annual free parade through the capital. Pride is an annual celebration …

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Walk Elephant project to open up more green routes through Elephant and Castle

A project is taking place to improve walking routes across the Elephant and Castle area, so residents and visitors can get from A to B in the safest, greenest and most picturesque way. Southwark Council is a partner in the community initiative, alongside the Walworth Society and Living Streets. Local tenant organisations and council departments are also involved, while developers …

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Love Your Neighbour

Elephant and Castle has seen a lot of change over the past few years and with change often comes uncertainty. Local charity, South London Cares, has been challenging this, making sure no-one is left behind in the Southwark community by introducing some exciting schemes to the area. The charity’s project, Love Your Neighbour, is a friendship-matching scheme that pairs young …