Testimonials

We have 308 testimonials so far. Keep 'em coming!

We have 308 testimonials so far.
Keep 'em coming!

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....