By Claire Racine
Cambridge House celebrated 120 years of community work
in Southwark at the House of Lords yesterday.
The voluntary organisation works to alleviate the local
effects of poverty and to support social change.
A new report, From settlement to community anchor:
the enduring value of Cambridge House, was also launched
at the reception hosted by Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, chair
of the Office of the Third Sector's advisory body.
The report, by the Institute for Voluntary Action, focuses
on the government’s recognition of multi-purpose community
organisations as being key drivers for community building
and the idea that Cambridge House’s core strength
lies in its complexity and multi-purpose nature.
“We are delighted that we have been able to evidence
many of the benefits of multi-purpose voluntary organisations,”
said, Clare Gilhooly, Cambridge House’s chief executive.
“The IVAR research clearly shows the value of these
types of organisations to be gateways for the government
to meet its statutory ‘duty to involve’ local
communities in the design and delivery of services.”