What we do
We are an arts-orientated community organisation.
We manage community projects such as the Brixton Youth Theatre for local children, BYT Youngers and a variety of arts projects.
We are dedicated to reflecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of Brixton, to promoting social cohesion and developing a programme of socially inclusive activities.
Our management committee
The current management committee consists of local residents, mainly with a background in the arts. Brixton Community Based is a registered charity (charity number 1082783). Private donations are welcomed and with Gift Aid we can reclaim tax to the tune of 28p per donated pound from the government.
We are constantly seeking to strengthen our management committee and pool of dedicated volunteers, so if you live locally and would like to get involved please see our volunteering page for details.
From 1998-2020 We also managed the Brixton St Vincents Community Centre which remains the base for many of our projects. The building is now run by the freeholders and all enquiries about space should be referred to:
Jane Duncan Ribeiro on JaneDR@svp.org.uk
History of the building
Built at the end of the 19th century by St Matthew’s Church in Brixton, the centre was originally known as St Matthew’s Parochial Hall. It was part of the Church of England and was used by the church to reach poor parishioners.
In 1966, it was purchased by The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) and became a club for the deaf in the 1970s. More recently, and prior to its closure in January 1997, the building was a community centre under the chairmanship of Father Charles Walker, a Roman Catholic priest. The mission of the centre shared the principles of the SVP in seeking to alleviate poverty. In 1996, following the retirement of Father Walker, the SVP decided to sell the building and take it out of community use.
The building remained on the market for 18 months, during which time lack of maintenance led to further deterioration. There had been strong local resistance to the closure within the community, with petitions and letters to the SVP. In December 1998, a management committee was formed by local people and the SVP was approached formally to allow the building to remain a community centre.
After submitting a Business Plan to SVP Trustees, agreement was finally reached for the building to be managed on a license, eventually leading to the granting of a long term lease which was signed in 2003 and lasted until 2020.