Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) is a thriving community centre that sees over 30,000 people pass through its doors in a typical year. We provide various services including legal advice, benefits advice and computer training. WAC is self-funded and costs the taxpayer nothing.
The WAC building was donated to 'the community' by Lambeth Council in 1973 when it became too dangerous for public use, and WAC have since raised over £1.5 million for repairs to make the building safe and accessible. Now that this is done, Lambeth want to raise the rent by £45,000, forcing WAC out and potentially allowing Lambeth to find a more lucrative use for the building we have worked so hard to look after.
More important are the hundreds of vulnerable people who would slip through the net if WAC were to close. Our reputation and roots in the community allow us to reach out to those most in need, many of whom have no internet access and no social contact apart from WAC.