Email: info@wcen.org.uk Phone: 44+ (0) 207 720 9110

We are an independent charity led by local people who are elected annually at our Annual General Meetings. We support a developing Network of community and faith based organizations and people who are working collaboratively to improve the way public services are designed, delivered and received.

Our way of working is to share and tell stories. Stories of why and how communities have formed and the challenges that they experience. Stories of how our public institutions have developed and grown and the complex nature of their roles and responsibilities.  Stories of hope and optimism. These shared experiences inform and shape our thinking and doing.

The good news is that there is a better way. And this better way starts with dialogue, relationships and understanding of what and who our communities are- and what and who they are is a much more diverse, dynamic and multi cultural community then just 10 years ago. Where are the skills and talents that they hold? Where are their assets and resources? Why are they hidden? What needs to shift and move to unlock them? How can social capital be used to generate public value?

To read more on our history then please click here including Government documents on National Strategy, Policy Action Teams and Neighbourhood Renewal Community Empowerment Fund

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OUR OBJECTIVES

Diversity of community and ideas has been the centre-point of our work, anchored around the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network.

  • Bring together people and agencies to generate ideas and solutions that can help address our most pressing health and social care challenges
  • Understand and share the shifts in technologies that are needed to provide early intervention and prevention services, in places that can make the biggest difference
  • Try out new ways of designing and delivering services that tap into and unlock the skills and capabilities of public agencies and local people
  • Complement mainstream service provision and add value to activities already underway in communities
  • Evaluate the learning and share it with communities and public agencies to enable the development and spead of community centred approaches to health and wellbeing

Brief History

We have already achieved so much since we started.

WCEN began as an idea we have gone from strength to strength over the years . Below is a brief Timeline of our development since 2001. Please visit the full time line for a more detailed history.

2001

WCEN STARTS

Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN) registers as a Charity.

WCEN forms Area and Interest Based Networks and Forums across the Borough

2006

WCEN awarded grant from Lloyds TSB Foundation

WCEN publishes “Unfinished Business” report.
WCEN exits Wandsworth LSP
WCEN awarded grant from DCLG Connecting Communities programme
2007

WCEN awarded grant from NHS Race for Health programme

Incubator hubs for small community groups opens at WCEN office

WCEN develops Anti Gun and Knife Crime collaboration with Wandsworth Police

2008

Closing the Gap I

Faith Communities and Mental Health: Closing the Gap I conference held at Battersea Arts Centre.

WCEN awarded grant from The Wates Foundation

WCEN commissioned to make short films on mental health for Happy Soul Festival and wins award

BME Mental Health Forum begine

2009

WCEN wins Happy Souls Film awards for 2nd Year

Evil Eye vs. Discerning Eye: Faith and Mental Health conference held at the Memon Centre, Balham

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme launched in Wandsworth

Healing our Broken College: Black Communities and Mental Health I conference held at the New Testament Assembly Church, Tooting

2010

WPCT meets with community in their sites

Local Area Agreements End

Closing the Gap 2 Conference at Tooting Hub

Aruthal: Tamil community and mental health conference

HOBV 2nd Conference

2011

WCEN 10th Anniversary with Maurice Glasman

IAPT Conference at the Kings Fund

Closing the Gap 3 Conferenceat Samaj Hall, Tooting

Healing Our Broken Village 3rd Conference

2012

Co production in Wandsworth

1st Meeting of the Coproduction Reference Group

Coproduction in Wandsworth Conference held at Balham Baptist Church

Healing Our Broken Villlage Conference 4

Training of Black Faith Leaders in year 1 Systemic Family Therapy begins

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme begins

2013

IAPT Evaluation

2nd Meeting of the Wandsworth Coproduction Reference Group

Community Champions programme begins

WCEN awarded grant from Lankelly Chase

HOBV 5th Conference

2014

Coproduction continues

3rd and 4th Meeting of Wandsworth Coproduction Reference Group

WCEN awarded grant from the City bridge Trust

Muslim Network for Family Care begins

HOBV 6th Conference

2015

Independent evaluation of Wandsworth Coproduction

Wandsworth coproduction Conference, report and evaluation

Black Faith leaders become accerdited

HOBV 7th Conference

5th Meeting of Wandsworth Coproduction Reference Group

2016

Development of IAPT Community Sites

6th Meeting of the Wandsworth Coproduction Reference Group

Awarded Big Lottery Funds to develop Advice and Advocacy Network with Citizens Advice Wandsworth

Independent Evaluation of Wandsworth Coproduction published

HOBV 8th Conference