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

  • St John's, Waterloo hosts several performances of a piece of musical theatre based on Charles Dickens' work, "The Chimes".  

    The story - a biting satire set in the 'hungry forties' - was written with the intention of bringing real political change.  The story issues of homelessness, vagrancy and self-respect.  Because of this, and other of his works, many say that, if Dickens were alive today, he would be clamouring for a capitalist change of heart to address our present ‘Condition of England’ and of the wider world.

    In a recent BBC article, Claire Tomalin, author of a new biography on Dickens, points straight to The Chimes to prove that Dickens is talking about what matters in our modern society:

    “The ‘hungry forties’ background to A Christmas Carol and The Chimes, for instance, was a period of recession, unemployment and starvation – you don’t need to look far for contemporary relevance.”

    See www.stjohnswaterloo.org for further details about this performance and to book tickets.
     
     

  • An interfaith symposium from Faith for the Climate takes place in February to debate how we can celebrate and harness local action to tackle climate change.

    This evening event promises explore, through workshops and talks, how we can work across and within different faith traditions in the UK to tackle an issue that affects millions worldwide.

    Speakers will include Ashok Sinha (London Sustainability Commission), Rabbi Alexandra Wright (Liberal Jewish Synagogue)

    It takes place on Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 5.30-9pm at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John's Wood Road, London NW8 7HA

    Tickets (£5) include supper and can be booked online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/faithfortheclima

     

  • Young People aged 8-11 and Waterloo seniors have, over the past few months, been exploring Waterloo’s rich history from two generational perspectives.  They will share the culmination of their work with an immersive theatre performance at Waterloo Action Centre on Tuesday, 19 December at 6:30pm.  This is open to everyone in the community.  The performance is free to attend, but donations will be welcome.  The project has been funded through the Coca Cola London Eve Community Chest, administered by WaCoCo.

  • Young People aged 8-11 and Waterloo seniors have, over the past few months, been exploring Waterloo’s rich history from two generational perspectives.  They will share the culmination of their work with an immersive theatre performance at Waterloo Action Centre on Tuesday, 19 December at 6:30pm.  This is open to everyone in the community.  The performance is free to attend, but donations will be welcome.  The project has been funded through the Coca Cola London Eve Community Chest, administered by WaCoCo.

  • WeAreWaterloo, the local BID, will be leading a charity carol and Christmas sing-a-long in Lower Marsh in December.  Drop by for the hour-long event which starts at 6pm on Tuesday, 19 December.  Join in with - or just listen to - local choirs, directed by compere Harvey Brough, with a musical accompaniment coming from musicians who will be sitting atop a vintage London bus.
     

  • For four days of the week (Tuesdays to Fridays), until the end of 2017, the Southbank Centre has set aside a space to allow the enjoyment of Nordic-themed children's books, games and puzzles in a relaxed, sitting room-like environment.  Aimed at the under-10s, with their carers welcome too, 'Room for Children' is full of children’s books from all the Nordic countries, printed in English and their original languages.  It is free to visit and has much for young readers to pore over at their leisure.

    Venue: National Poetry Library Reading Den – Level 5 Blue Side at Royal Festival Hall.  Open from 11am - 6pm, Tue - Fri until 4 January 2018.

  • 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