Pembroke House
For over 130 years we’ve been building a better neighbourhood in Walworth. A neighbourhood where people can lead good lives and work together for a good society. Working with the community, we provide space for people to learn, eat and enjoy life together, and take collective action on local issues.

Pembroke House was founded in 1885 by students to be a centre for social action in Walworth, south east London (near Elephant and Castle).  Today, we are a thriving community centre offering free or low cost activities to the local community, ranging from a community cafe and shared Fridge, to dance classes and a music school.  We are always on the look out for people who are enthusiastic and interested in working within an inner London community.   


Our neighbourhood is within the 20% most deprived in England, a quarter of local children live in poverty, and we are among the top neighbourhoods in London at risk of social isolation among the elderly. And yet the estates surrounding Pembroke House sit alongside expansive new developments, crowned by multi-million-pound penthouses.


This isn’t for lack of trying. Over the past 130 years we’ve seen the creation of the welfare state, large-scale ‘slum clearances’, the erection of new housing estates (and their subsequent demolition), and targeted local reforms – often with huge budgets and long timescales.


Yet these responses to inequality are struggling to make a long-term impact in Walworth. Just as the students who founded Pembroke House demanded a new approach, we need to try new ways of working together that don’t repeat the failings of the past.


We need this generation’s radicals: people willing to commit to this specific community as residents and neighbours and who recognise that, in building a better society, they have as much to gain as to give.

Mental Health
Older People
Widening participation
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