The Archibald Corbett Society and the Corbett Residents Association have joined forces a new charity to take over the management of Torridon Road Library from Lewisham Council, this will happen in mid-October 2016 as approved by Lewisham’s Mayor and Cabinet.

The charity intends to develop the library into a community hub to promote the following charitable purposes:

      the advancement of education,
      the advancement of arts and heritage
      the advancement of citizenship and community development with a specific emphasis on services for young and older people.


School Visits to Continue: The charity will extend the existing library service to encourage digital inclusion, provide weekly sessions for school groups and weekend tuition for school children and develop family and adult education facilities.

Exhibition and Performance Space:  The Charity will also advance the arts through regular exhibitions promoting the work of local artists and hold music recitals featuring local musicians.

New on-site Community Café :  A local café chain will create a meeting place for residents and a number of advice services will be available targeted at different age groups.

Vital Volunteers:   The Library will be initially run by volunteers recruited from resident groups in the area and the Charity will focus on developing community capacity-building evolving around the personal development of volunteers and the creation of a strong community hub.

Here for the whole community: Through the provision of a wide range of services, many specifically targeted at the older population that the Library will become the focus for residents of all ages including those with learning/physical disabilities to meet and take part in activities which will draw the community together and create greater cohesion within the ward.

Planned Activities:  to be delivered in the first year of operation

For older Residents

Monthly Dementia Friendly activities to include advice sessions for carers
Monthly creative writing/poetry group
Reminiscence group to include a social history of the Corbett Estate
Healthy eating cookery club for families
Homework and IT clubs for younger people, teenage forum.
Weekly knitting group
Craft activity workshops
Afternoon music recitals for older people
 A book club with weekly reading sessions plus a second hand bookshop
 Seated pilates/yoga
Regular advice sessionson health care, benefits including a befriending service


School-age children and Young people

Weekly sessions for both primary and secondary schools
Career and volunteer advice service for younger people including work experience
Homework and IT clubs for younger people, teenage forum.
Digital inclusion classes for young and older people and those with learning disabilities.


Parents and Carers of young children 

Singalong classes and stories and songs for toddlers and parents/carers
Parent and child activity mornings exploring different authors/illustrators
Creative art and writing workshops for young children including colouring club
Healthy eating cookery club for families
Craft activity workshops