WaCoCo promotes the social and economic wellbeing of the people Waterloo by supporting the sustainability and effectiveness of local community and voluntary organisations through drawing in funding, encouraging local partnerships and networks, and increasing their voice on local issues.

Local Events

  • Southbank Centre hosts a number of performances this looking at the experience of being a refugee.  One of them, 'A Comedy About Tragedy', stars a young Sudanese man who spent two and a half months in the Jungle outside Calais before arriving in the UK, and aims to reach a wide audience.  There are plenty more events marking the week, many marked on the Refugee Week's website.



  • As the annual Waterloo Festival enters its final week, preparations are taking place for the Garden Party to take place on the final day.  It will be held in the churchyard at St John's, Waterloo and will run from 3 - 5pm.  The programme includes tug-of-war and a silent disco.

  • We Are Waterloo, Waterloo's local business promotion agency, has launched the Waterloo Business Summer School.  It means that free-to-attend, 2-3 hour training sessions will be delivered by London South Bank University and Morley College tutors.  The sessions are designed to provide attendees with new skills to use in the workplace. They are delivered at local venues, and are free to all staff working in the Waterloo BID area.

    All courses are booked through Event Brite. There are limited places.

  • Oasis UK is fundraising for its nationwide network of hubs - including the one at its Kennington Road headquarters - by selling tickets for an event-packed evening cruise on the Thames in June.  Guests are promised a four-course dinner, a wonderful-sounding raffle, professional artistes to entertain them and, of course, a spectacular view of London's riverside skyline at sunset.

    Contact diana.nell@oasisuk.org for more information or book online at www.oasisuk.org

  • Lambeth Council and the Health & Well-being Board seek to help community groups whose remit includes health and well-being to promote themselves at July's Lambeth Country Fair.

    The annual event in Brockwell Park attracts a very large number of attendees and is described as being 'the biggest community event in Lambeth’s calendar'.  Community groups interested in taking stalls to promote health and well-being will be grouped together as being part of the event's 'Well-being Trail'.  This trail, made up of 6-8 stalls around the showground will, it is hoped, encourage show-goers to engage with stall holders.  Visitors will be encouraged to visit each of the stalls on the trail, picking up a stamp at each to be stamped into their Country Show Health Trail Passport.  At the end of the trail they can enter their stamped passport into a draw for a prize

    The organisers are looking to group the stations around:

    ·         Mental wellbeing (for all ages)

    ·         Being involved/active citizenship for health and wellbeing (all ages)  

    ·         Physical activity  (all ages)

    ·         Eating well (all ages)

    ·         Self-care and living well with illness (all ages)

    ·         Sexual health (all ages)

    ·         What’s going on/Have your say (all ages)

    This is an opportunity for groups which promote a healthy lifestyle to showcase their work.

    To register an expression of interest, visit http://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=149459675421.  They must be in by 5.00pm Mon 29 May

  • There is the promise of a whole month of exclusive events, masterclasses and food-related demonstrations in Waterloo this July as it celebrates Waterloo Food Month.

    It will start with an evening launch party at the end of June with live entertainment, demonstrations and free tasting sessions along Lower Marsh between 5.00 - 9.00 pm.  In July there will be cheese and butter-making workshops, butchery courses, wine-tastings, beer-tastings, cake-tastings, gin masterclasses, lunchtime BBQs, ice-cream making sessions and outdoor events in a "new, secret venue".

    For the latest news about Waterloo Food Month, see Twitter @WeAreWaterlooUK #WaterlooFoodMonth

  • The Public Sector Show is taking place on Tue 27 June at the ExCel London.

    Tickets are free to those who work in the public and voluntary sectors.  You can register for places at www.psshow.co.uk/register-your-free-pass/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=...

    The show brings together over 2,000 public sector professionals from public services with the aim of sharing key policy updates, learning from best practice case studies and discovering new solutions to improve delivery across public sectors.  Visitors will be joined on the day by leading charities including The Prince's Trust and there is a promise that there will a focus on looking at opportunities to better integrate charities with local government for increased participation service design.

    The full events agenda is available at www.psshow.co.uk/agenda/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=&u....

  • Blackfriars Settlement provides space and other support for a graphic design agency which acts as a trainer and employer to designers who have experienced mental health problems.

    The agency, Art2Print, has a team is made up of a professional graphic designer overseeing designers recruited from its mental health and well-being service.  The work experience it offers acts as a pathway to recovery and allows the team to use and improve their skills.

    You can see examples of their work on the Art2Print website. To find out more about Art2Print call Bill Stewart or Michael Obaowo on 020 7928 9521 or e-mail  a2print@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk


  • Johanna Primary is collecting Tesco and Sainsbury's school promotional vouchers to buy new playground and classroom resources for our pupils. Please drop any unwanted ones into the school, or call Lucia on 0207 928 5814 and she will arrange collection