Testimonials

We have 290 testimonials so far. Keep 'em coming!

We have 290 testimonials so far.
Keep 'em coming!

Rajive Mitra

Posted on 30 March 2021

As a local GP for 26 years many of my patients lives have hugely benefited from the activities and support offered by WAC. I feel that it is very important WAC continues to serve the local community.

Simon Robinson

Posted on 30 March 2021

I discovered WAC a coupe of years ago when I joined a club which meets there. It is clearly valued by people from all walks of life who use its facilities in the daytime and in the evening. It would be a great pity if the community activities which take place there are forced to close or move out if the borough.

Name Withheld

Posted on 30 March 2021

I was a member of Morley Blades Fencing Club, and thoroughly enjoyed visiting WAC during my time at the club. The centre is an important hub for the local community, and its position close to Waterloo train station means it is also well connected to towns to the south. I implore the council to consider alternative fund raising mechanisms beyond a rent raise - in the coming years we will be more reliant than ever on our communities and those around us to recover from the enormous social, mental and economic toll wrought by Covid, and eliminating community spaces in the short term is likely to have substantial long term costs.

Elisabeth Mayer

Posted on 30 March 2021

To whom it may concern. Waterloo Action Centre has been a constant place in my life since 2001. At least once a month (before the Corona pandemic kicked in) I have been enjoying my time at the Paris Rock Club Rock'n'Roll party meeting friends, dancing off a storm on the dancefloor, ... basically having a great time. WAC is also rather conveniently accessable from Waterloo Station. WAC is a perfect place to rewind. Thank you.

Name Withheld

Posted on 30 March 2021

Some years ago I have been quite unwell and not at all motivated to do anything for my health. A friend introduced me to WAC and it's gentle exercise classes held once a week. From then on I went religiously every week, apart from holidays. Even winter was not a reason not to go and meet the people in the group, have a chat and do the exercise. There are also many other activities at the center and I hope that soon I will be able to attend again. It is a vital community resource.

Name Withheld

Posted on 29 March 2021

I found about the Waterloo Action Centre 18 months ago and used their spaces regularly for our team gatherings. The Waterloo Action Centre is a brilliantly located and lovely building and should be protected. The staff and volunteers are very friendly and accommodating. We have used their spaces on many occasions and would continue to do so in the future.

City Acting London

Posted on 29 March 2021

City Acting has run drama classes and communication workshops at the Waterloo Action Centre for more than 10 years. Affordable rooms in central London help maintain local community life. We hope WAC will go on.

Vassilou Zacharia

Posted on 29 March 2021

Dear Sirs, Am extremely sad to hear of the W.A.C. closing. I have been going there for over 4 years now. I enjoy meeting the people in the crochet & knitting group on Tuesday & Thursday. I live on my own, it got me out of the house & learned to crochet as well. It wii be very sad if we the elderly people & all the others stop going. We probably end up going crazy looking at 4 walls every day. So please help us to keep iour community centre open.

Thanks in advance, Vassilou Zacharia.

Sol Corfield

Posted on 29 March 2021

The WAC has been the meeting point for young adults every week to meet and do Pilates together. Over the years we created a community and we have been involved with the other activities the WAC does. We all can not wait to be back in the community centre again.

Jan Pottet

Posted on 29 March 2021

I have been attending W.A.C for several years together with my sister who has Downs Syndrome, learning difficulties is partially sighted has gone anchored hearing aid and learning difficulties.

W.A.C has been a lifeline for both myself and my sister we have been doing line dancing and an exercise class.

I feel that without the support from W.A.C

we will be unable to join in with these important activities.

Regards

Jan Potter

Bea Leighton

Posted on 29 March 2021

I have been going to WAC since Feb 2013, every week on Tuesday and Thursday, I volunteer to teach crochet and we have quite a nice class and we all enjoy it. It is nice to go there, have a chat and a cup of tea and learn something at the same time. it is a valued asset to the community. WAC is especially great for older people who live alone and can get together with their friends and enjoy some time interacting.

Ruth Mitchell

Posted on 29 March 2021

WAC is a vital service to our community, residents and beyond.

It has provided well researched provision and continued service to an ever increasing number of people. It has always maintained excellent support that reflects the diverse challenges and needs of an inner city community.

Both the site and provision has always been very cost effective, many professional voluntary services provided save money that would have incurred costs using other agencies. The WAC team has been established for many years and is well known and very respected, a wonderful group of professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly for the community-and challenges thrown at them.!

WAC has always provided sound ethical support for the most vulnerable members of the community, providing a welcome and friendly hub for all in the neighbourhood.

No one in need is ever turned away-and in difficult times such as now, WAC is in more demand than ever.

Name Withheld

Posted on 29 March 2021

This is an exemplary community service, whose model should be replicated in every borough around the United Kingdom.

I do not live in Lambeth, however worked in the area, and the volunteers were very helpful to me when I walked in to ask for advice on how to join some classes.

Kathleen Mitchell

Posted on 29 March 2021

WAC has been a centre for community activities for as long as I have lived in Lambeth and has served as a venue for activities as diverse as Ballet and Rock and Roll to Table Tennis for young Lambethians. I have benefitted personally from attending groups serving interests as wide ranging as reading poetry and literature followed by discussion, sewing where students could take along their own project and get expert help as well as gentle exercise fit the less able.

During the Covid lockdown WAC has been a. life saver for critically vulnerable people, like me, who have barely been outside their homes for a whole year, WAC has provided a zoom chat group, exercise and dancing groups as well as all important Technical support with I.T. so essential for facilitating it.

WAC must be given all the help it needs to continue its vital work.

Kathleen Mitchell

Maria Martorana

Posted on 29 March 2021

When I heard that WAC maybe in trouble of closing it brought tears to my eyes. I miss so much going to WAC at the moment due to the pandemic but I when I do go it feels like I’m stepping out of my home to go to an excited place, to forget my troubles and worries. WAC is important to me because I love the community and the people I socialise there and the staff are so lovely. WAC is a place I feel strongly it’s important part of my life and hope to return soon.

D Rosier

Posted on 29 March 2021

After a lifetime of mental unwellness and medical retirement and treatment, I went to WAC as a first step to becoming less socially isolated. I am nervous to go out in the evenings so to have a daytime place to go was great - especially since Southwark Council closed its day centre provision. I found the people in the knitting group and the other groups and the staff just lovely! Very welcoming, kind, interesting people. It has helped me get used to being around people as well as improving my craft skills and it gave me the confidence to do courses in Adult Education at various colleges before lockdown..

I am aware that many people who go to WAC won't be able to reply to anything online so I would also like to say that I know that a lot of the older people who come to the various groups would have very little to do with their time and very little human contact if WAC were forced to close, and that would be horrible. It would I am sure lead to other mental health problems due to isolation and boredom.

Simon Furness

Posted on 29 March 2021

I attended the Tai Chi classes on Weds afternoon at WAC in company with more elderly residents in Lambeth and Waterloo. The benefits to our physical and mental well being were enormous. It would be a sad blow indeed if this much loved hub which has served so many since 1973 were to close because of huge rent increases. Please reconsider this decision if you wish to retain the goodwill of residents and voters young elderly and vulnerable.

Stephen Lancashire

Posted on 29 March 2021

A vital community hub/resource. As a child I used the Library in the 1950s. In the 1970s I ran youth clubs there and, with local residents, created the Waterloo Adventure Playground over the road. In 2018 I held my 70th party there and hope to have my 75th there in 2023. It's run entirely by volunteers and is a great testament to Jenny Styles (a colleague in the 70s) and the team

Alison Vine

Posted on 29 March 2021

I am a Community Link worker based in the North Lambeth Primary Care Network. I have known and referred residents to Waterloo Action for many years now as I have a history of working across various charities in Lambeth and Southwark. Should WAC have to reduce or cease to operate, the negative impact on the community and our patients and residents, cannot be overstated! We cannot afford to lose another service, quite literally, particularly given the impact the pandemic has wrought so far, with negative repercussions on health and wellbeing for many years ahead. Although the rental increase may be seen as a short term economic 'gain' for Lambeth Council, the long term impact in terms of outcomes for current service users and the rise of negative impacts on physical, social and mental health for all our residents will ultimately incur huge costs in terms of quality of life for our community. Against this backdrop, I would further urge the council to actually decrease the rent and in increase their funding to ensure their valuable and vital service continues.

Susanna Flegg

Posted on 29 March 2021

This amazingly friendly Action Centre at Waterloo has been a life saver for me. The numerous dance classes and events, cooking interests etc.etc. have shown me life changing positively in times of loneliness and of losing my way.

The uplifting experience I benefited from over many years has been immense.

Please let these extremely good hearted people continue with their fantastic energy and remain able to offer their classes to the likes of me, who are many more than you imagine!

Anne E Jessup

Posted on 28 March 2021

I first made use of WAC more years ago than I can be sure of, but when I was working part time, and needed help with my computer skills. Because I worked so few hours a week, and was 'self employed' (zero hours contract) I couldn't get help from an employer or afford to pay for a commercial course. I was able to go to WAC and get valuable advice which boosted my confidence and enabled me to carry on managing with my work then.

Since I have retired, I have used WAC for Tai Ji classes. They made a huge difference to me. Years of back pain started to resolve into better health, and my insomnia started to diminish. I was introduced to the classes by a friend from my local library, and am so grateful to her. I felt welcomed and encouraged by the teacher and the other members of the class, even though I continue to find it very hard to memorise the 'form'. The physical exercise, and mental relaxation have been of great benefit, and the companionship a real boost. The classes are in early afternoon, so most of the people who go to them are no longer in work. The timing means I have no problem walking there or getting the bus, whereas if it were in the evenings, I would not find it easy or feel so safe. The classes are very cheap by commercial standards, so that I could afford to attend regularly, even though I am living on a very small occupational pension and my savings. (My state pension hasn't yet started to be paid.) The majority of the students there are unwaged, I think.

The charity shop there is a great place for me to take books and bric a brac which I no longer use. Before lockdown it was obviously a successful concern and a very friendly place where people enjoyed shopping.

WAC is a great community resource and it would be terrible to lose it. The staff are consistently friendly and helpful.

I know that the council has real financial difficulties, (not least because of covid) but I hope it will find a better way of solving them than increasing the rent at WAC or similar community places. Such rent increases would stop WAC offering its current services. The people who will suffer in consequence of the rent rises will be the same people whom the council is supposed to support, that is the elderly, the unwaged, those with poor mental or physical health, and the isolated or lonely.

Name Withheld

Posted on 28 March 2021

I was shocked to hear of the proposed huge rent rise for WAC. As a regular user/visitor over a good few years, I have always been struck by it’s importance to the local community & how much it means to them.

WAC is a trusted resource doing (when allowed by COVID) so much good for the local community.

Its friendly, inclusive ‘vibe’ is welcoming & helpful. It is a model of inclusiveness, available & sensitive - especially to older people whatever their origin. The staff & volunteers are admirably patient, cheerful & resourceful. Lambeth Council should recognise what a community asset it is & support, not penalise WAC.

Sandra Blewitt

Posted on 28 March 2021

WAC provides many much needed community services as prices that are affordable not just for rich or middle class families in a centre that is easily accessible as it is a short walk from Waterloo Station

I attend a Rock & Roll dance class myself generally weekly. People of all ages and occupations attend. Prices are kept low. It allows people from all walks of life to mix and socialise through a simple common interest . Were prices too rise some of the over income people would drop out . If the venue were to close then this great social leveller may disappear . I do hope Lambert Council will reconsider their decision and see WAC as a valuable local Servive. Perhaps even lottery funding could be applied for to give it a new clean and lick of paint. Please do not squeeze out a Community service from this accessible area

Alan browne

Posted on 28 March 2021

I would like to say, as I retired person who has attended Waterloo action centre for many events, especially dance classes. it really would be a great loss, not just for myself but for the community also. The place is unique especially as it brings together people from all backgrounds, I consider it to be a real asset to the community, and many people benefit both mentally and physical from its use.

Sylvia Newman

Posted on 28 March 2021

From Abraham David I am a member of the line dancing group and would miss going dancing it keeps me fit and active and meet people to talk too.Also is good for my mental well-being.With out dancing I would be lost

Sylvia Newman

Posted on 28 March 2021

I have been a member of the line dance group since 2010 it has kept me fit and active and I would really miss the dancing and all the friends I have made.All old people are told to keep active how can we when it’s being taken away from us. I also go to the tea dances and I went to the computer class.Please think again about all those old people having an hour of fun.

Name Withheld

Posted on 28 March 2021

Before the Covid restrictions, I had been going to Jean's monthly afternoon tea dances at the Waterloo Action Centre with some friends of mine.

It's a lovely venue in a very convenient location and has proved to be a super meeting place for all sorts of people, providing essential facilities for the community. It is a very caring environment with a wonderful, safe atmosphere where people can socialise and this does lift the spirits.

Jean goes to so much effort arranging his tea dances and his events are excellent for people's health, both physically and mentally.

Name Withheld

Posted on 28 March 2021

WAC is a shared space where mixing and enjoying/ learning /supporting go on between age groups and the different backgrounds that are the richness of Lambeth. For example in the rock and roll group there are 70 year old beginners with 20 year old beginners mixed in with competition winners. The legal advice is very helpful.The opens spaces for creative dance or meditative learning groups are a useful and affordable resource.

I am a local GP of 30+ years in the area and I can with confidence refer people to WAC and know they will; come out feeling better whether from a class and group work , reading bookclub or the legal advice.

Brenda Wheeler

Posted on 28 March 2021

WAC is a valuable asset to the local community. I have been attending the Tai Chi and Line Dance classes there for many years. Apart from the exercise, which I am sure keeps us out of hospital and less of a burden to the NHS, it is also a place to make friends, and greatly appreciated by those of us who live alone. I hope Lambeth Council will reconsider their decision to increase the rent to the point where WAC will no longer be able to offer these services.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

Covid has hit us all hard but particularly those of us who rely on organised social activities. WAC has been the one place I have been able to meet my peers, at tea dances, art exhibitions and even rock and roll discos! The health and wellbeing benefits are immeasurable. I can't believe how shortsighted the council is... the social costs they will have to meet from closing this asset to poor people will outstrip the increase in rent revenue they will get from turning it into a fancy venue for richer people who already are spoiled for choice.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

I have used the Law center located at Waterloo Action Centre (WAC). The Legal Advice Service provided by the WLAS volunteers was invaluable to me as I could not afford the fees of any other solicitors. I have also attended dance classes and other cultural activities and I have always found WAC to be a friendly and welcoming meeting place. If the WAC were to close it would be a substantial loss for me, for other Lambeth residents and any other Londoners that use the Centre.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

Waterloo Action Centre (WAC) and its staff/volunteers contribute to society and the local community and save the local council money by providing services that could otherwise increase the load on government and council social services, welfare and health care funds.

WAC provides valuable services to the local community and other attendees with activities that

- promote health, physical and mental well-being,

- enable learning and development of skills,

- facilitate social interaction and

- provide legal advice for those truly in need.

Since my retirement I have attended dance classes at WAC which are important in maintaining my fitness and social contact as well as a sewing group which helped me learn new skills, so important for combatting mental deterioration in senior citizens.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

To Whom it May Concern,

I have been coming to the WAC for dance lessons and monthly parties for over 15 years. It is a valued, unpretentious community space used by many in the local community and by some, like me, from further afield in W12. Times are hard; everyone needs to raise incomes but it seems especially cruel and unjust that, as is sadly so often the case, the most deprived yet neediest community projects and spaces are hardest hit, and as a result simply disappear. At times when communities and their hubs are the real game changers in many people’s lives, it is particularly shocking that a local council is seriously proposing to deal death blows to something as precious as the WAC. I would urge you to look at fairer ways of raising income as a council. Thank you.

Julia

Posted on 27 March 2021

I like to join the Waterloo action centre dance class as my weekly exercise, the price is friendly for a student to join and it's walking distance from where I live. The community centre should be a place open to everyone, London is an expensive city to live in, so it is even more important for the people and society to have some support from the government to run some not profit events and charity in Waterloo action centre, please continue supporting the various groups through the different activities here in the future.

Valerie Parker

Posted on 27 March 2021

I have been attending WAC for many years for both line-dancing and tai chi classes. I have found both activities invaluable from both a social and exercise point of view and have been counting the days until we can resume these activities. I am lucky in that I have a husband at home for company but for many people who live on their own WAC activities are the only time they get to meet and chat with other people. The majority of the users are senior citizens and unable to afford to pay full price rates at places like Morley College. I cannot imagine life after lockdown without my classes at WAC which keep me active, healthy and cheerful.

Richard Warren

Posted on 27 March 2021

Lambeth Council, please don’t levy higher charges on WAC. This is a valuable resource that serves the community in a variety of ways. By increasing charges you endanger WAC’s future. If it is forced to close, councillors will have to answer for that.

Jonathan Metcalf

Posted on 27 March 2021

With my partner, I have been attending dance classes at WAC for over 7 years. It has helped us with dance skills, social confidence, and to integrate into and support the local community. We have made many friends there.

We are also planning to use it for our upcoming wedding celebration, as it is such a pleasant space and so convenient for people travelling from all over the country.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

I have been attending dance classes and events at Waterloo Action Centre for many years. It is a vital part of our little dance community, somewhere for people of all ages to meet, mix, socialise and stay active. I'm always amazed at the range of other activities going on there too- everything from community meetings to tango to fencing! It is so important to keep community spaces like this alive and affordable to all.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

I only know Waterloo Action Centre through the Paris Rock Club and I haveenjoyed scores of wonderful times there, learning and practising various dance genres. I would be very sad were it to close, as I know that my many friends who attend those same classes (and others who attend other functions there) would be also.

It is obvious that the Centre provides a wonderful resource, mainly for the elderly of the area. Loneliness is a condition that has been highlighted

during the pandemic and it is very important for those living by themselves to have somewhere to meet up with others of similar ages and

interests. The Centre also offers them legal advice (which I'm sure is well used) and other leisure and cultural activities (including dance and exercise classes to improve fitness, and thus hopefully reduce some burdens on the NHS). It is obvious that it is well used at present, but perhaps there could be more opportunities to introduce other features, especially aimed at the elderly - a hairdressing salon; nail clipping service; appointments with a nurse; reading groups; etc.

If the rises mentioned cannot be avoided (and I hope they can) I hope consideration could be given to using the building even more productively to help to improve income.

Personally, I would be very sad to see the Centre close and would greatly miss the dance sessions which are a pure joy to me, my husband and many friends.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

WAC should be able to continue to support various groups with their excellent activities. The community has been made a very positive impact to our society through various activities for so many years. It’s a great loss and disappointment for local residents and other regions of the country if they no longer benefit from it.

All the activities which the WAC offer to different needs of residents are very useful and supportive to many people. Before the lockdown due to the COVID-19, this is the place I come to enjoy line dancing and Rock & Roll classes. This is my only hobby to help me stay healthy and happy after a long day sitting in office. I would be sad and disappointed if I won’t be able to attend these classes anymore due to either the classes no longer opened or the prices are going up which many of us won’t be able to afford.

I really hope that the Council’s will reconsider their decision to help the WAC carry on its activities to benefit many people.

Richard Moody

Posted on 27 March 2021

Waterloo Action Centre is so important to the local community and going to weekly ROCK’N’ROLL classes and the monthly social is really important for us.

Name Withheld

Posted on 27 March 2021

My name is Sam and I firmly believe that the Waterloo Action Centre should be kept going. Before lockdown, I was a regular attendee of the centre to take part in the rock n roll dance classes hosted by Jean Leclerc. Attending these dance classes is the biggest highlights of my week, it does wonders for my mental health and allows me to socialise with a wide range of people with similar interests. I also believe that it does wonders for other people as some of the people who attend these classes are elderly which means that they can socialise and given that elderly people are amongst the loneliest in Britain, then this makes the centre and its activities all the more important. The location of the centre means that it allows me to conveniently attend my dance classes as it is very close to my workplace and Waterloo train station which means that I can easily travel home from there also.

Angela Warren

Posted on 27 March 2021

It would be criminal if the community lost access to WAC. Too much has already been lost to the ordinary people of London (many of whom are extra-ordinary). Non-profit making community resources are of enormous value - offering community spaces for those who are not on high incomes to enjoy relationships with the environment and other people, offering a sense of belonging and camaraderie - so important for good mental health and physical well-being. If the WAC is lost to us ordinary people it will count as a stab in the back by the councillors, politicians and moneyed people who spend their time elsewhere rather than in the community over which they hold power.

Shame on anyone who doesn't support sustaining this historical and valuable community resource.

Christine Hartland

Posted on 27 March 2021

The Waterloo Action Centre is such an important place - it offers a breathing space that is key to our busy lives. For me, knowing that I will be able to go back to the dancing in an accessible and affordable location available for when the world goes back to a more normal state post Covid, keeps me going. The community built over the years is a big part of my life which I have missed tremendously. The WAC is part of our London lives. Keep it alive for our sakes, for our physical & mental health.

frances ewing-press

Posted on 27 March 2021

Hi whilst looking forward to the end of lockdown so that the dance classes will reopen, I am so shocked to read that WAC may have to close.

So many happy days, not only at the dance class but also looking forward to the jolly times spent with the other dancers. Friendships made, stories shared, family worries discussed, birthdays celelbrated in this safe place at Waterloo. And now to learn that all this goodwill may be lost forever is so distressing. So many of us live alone and just knowing there is a happy place to go and join in a fun activity surrounded by smiling, laughing faces from all over London and the world, was better than any medicine. When mental health is a headline topic, I realise I am not alone in being needy for companionship. I know that l feel stronger, kinder to myself and others, safe with the knowledge that there is a safe happy place to visit without fear of rejection or attack where it wont cost me too much money. Please continue to support this project and recognise it for its important mental health work in the community. It is not merely an old building. It is central to many lives including the many volunteers who make the building happen.

Jean Leclerc

Posted on 27 March 2021

I have been using WAC for more than twenty years and it as been always a welcome place.

Along the years i have delivered group activities by giving voluntary work, training, organising activities for Waterloo residents (Ready steady cook, Upholstery, Art and dance classes, catering and event caretaker when needed.

The free legal advice on Thursday is very useful and i thoroughly recommend. it and I have used it twice during those years.

By kipping most activities free or at very raisonnable prices, we have maintained a good social network around waterloo area.

I hope that will be able to continue for years to come.

Jean Leclerc

Jennifer Wood

Posted on 26 March 2021

The enormous increase in rent is a devestating blow to WAC who work so hard to help the local community with activities, legal advice, learning facilities and local information. Throughout the pandemic they have keep in contact with all who attend the centre to ensure their wellbeing, offering advice on computer skills and general information and keeping people connected. Many attendees derive enjoyment, friendship and happiness from the facilities and if Waterloo Action Centre would have to close many people will lose out on their invaluable services.

I, for one, have attended many different classes and I and others would be devistated if WAC were forced to close. It's been a dreadful time dealing with loneliness during the pandemic, and it's after effects will continue for a long time to come, the toll on mental wellbeing would be enormous if the community were deprived from enjoyment and stimulation which WAC offer, building up problems for the future.

Mary Prince

Posted on 25 March 2021

I retired when I was nearly 69. I knew I had to find some social activity and new friends (especially friends) to keep me motivated and keep me going. Waterloo Action Centre was just the place! The staff were so happy to help and show all the activities that were there for you to choose from. I now have been with WAC for 4 years now. One morning I do gentle exercises which is so important for people’s health. Another morning I play table tennis which I absolutely love playing. There are so many opportunities for us at WAC, it would be so upsetting and inhuman to take all this away from us now.

I have always had respect for Lambeth for looking after their older generation, I do hope that I’m not wrong in this situation.

Mary Prince.

Chris Dann

Posted on 24 March 2021

Waterloo Action Centre is great! I have made lots of friends there and there is always great community work going on. The charity shop is fantastic too and always a great place to find an interesting bargain!

Franck

Posted on 22 March 2021

As a volunteer in WAC for the last two years, I witnessed how helpful, if not essential, the center is to the Waterloo community: elderly members love to meet up every Thursday and for many is one of the highlights of their week. Others love the activities they are part of (knitting, dancing and many others). And of course, working on Thursday I receive so many calls about the Legal Advice clinic, free to people living in the south London boroughs....and a true lifeline for many....