Alton Area regeneration

Aspirations programme

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Regeneration goes beyond building new homes and community facilities, and offers an opportunity to improve residents' quality of life through:

  • employment and training opportunities
  • arts and culture, and
  • healthy activities

Our Aspirations programme was launched in 2013, and was an ambitious set of proposals to regenerate whole neighbourhoods, create more homes, help people into work and encourage them to aspire to better, safer, healthier lives.

This includes providing funding, along with many other such sponsor organisations, for projects to eventually become self-sufficient.  

The council’s Work Match service is available at Roehampton Parish Hall to help local people into employment.

Staff will know about local vacancies, help with writing CVs and covering letters, applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews.

Work Match also delivers the New Routes to Work training course for people low in self-confidence or long term unemployed.

Booking is currently by appointment only, so please contact (020) 8871 5191 to do so or email putting the word Roehampton in the subject line of your email.

Services for Alton estate or Roehampton residents

Organisation Service
Alton Activity Centre Based at Ellisfield Drive provides outdoor activities and games for children.
The Base Connexions, at 33-35 Danebury Avenue, provides careers advice and guidance to younger people, as well as education-related support.
Citizens Advice Bureau Based at 166 Roehampton Lane.
Eastwood Nursery School Centre for Children and Families Based at 166-168 Roehampton Lane and provides a range of services for families with young children. 
Emergency Exit Arts Established in 1980 and supports, devises and produces creative activities and outdoor events in Roehampton, and internationally. 
The Feel Good Bakery A social enterprise, established by Regenerate, which trains, coaches and employs young people.
Growhampton A social enterprise café that grows its own organic food on site, as well as participating in activities at local schools and events, and is run by volunteers from Roehampton Students Union of the University of Roehampton.
The over-60s café Enjoy cakes along with activities including arts and crafts; exercise; computer training; dancing and more – open every Thursday 11am-2pm at Minstead Methodist Church, Minstead Gardens. Staffed by local volunteers.
Regenerate Located at 4 Portswood Place, Regenerate is run by local residents and works with young people and families through mentoring, activities, social enterprise, events and more. Regenerate organises the annual Feel Good Festival, which takes place on Danebury Avenue Green every summer.
Regenerate-RISE Based at the Platt Christian Centre, 22 Felsham Road, is a local charity dedicated to supporting older residents in Roehampton. Activities include lunches, outings, hospital and home visits, as well as the annual Kings and Queens event, which takes place the day before the summer Feel Good Festival.
Roehampton Outdoor Art Movement (ROAM) A group of local residents, businesses and schools working together to create dynamic, accessible, creative and cultural programming for Roehampton.
Roehampton ROCKS (Responsibility, Ownership, Confidence, Knowledge, Self) Provides creative arts-based activities for children, families and diverse groups in Roehampton.
Spare Tyre A participatory arts charity working with adults with learning disabilities; people aged 60+; people with dementia; and economically disadvantaged communities. On the Alton estate, Spare Tyre holds creative workshops, among other activities, for residents. Spare Tyre also runs the Roehampton Radio project.
Street Elite A preparation for work initiative that uses sport and mentoring for young people not in employment, education or training, in Wandsworth and four other boroughs. Last year 12 Roehampton young people completed the programme, which is delivered by the Change Foundation and the Berkeley Foundation with support from Argos.