is an area of run down traditional housing with narrow streets grouped around a small greenpark on Solomon Street. It has become a focus for the town's Somali population. It has a highproportion of rented accommodation in multiple occupation and few public facilities.
lies along the river and the areas close to the water are subject to occasional ﬂooding. Ithas a poor reputation in the town and much of the drug trade is centred there. Houses are difﬁcultto sell. The area borders on Mavis Park, an green area of low quality football pitches whichincludes a sports and community centre run by the Council.
is a mixed area of residential and largely derelict industrial buildings. It has recently beensubject to a degree of gentriﬁcation especially around Fair Square. This process has driven uphouse prices in the area and led to the conversion of some industrial premises to up markethousing.
is an area of solid Victorian housing interspersed with small shops and communityfacilities. The population is ageing and the general health statistics for the area are poor.
The community based organisations listed below are trying to improve aspects of Slaphamlife. Some operate Slapham wide, while others are more narrowly focussed in one of the 4districts. The number given after the title refers to the organisation's location on the map.
Marshall Street Community Museum - 2
This local museum is housed in a historic building in Marshall Street, not far from Courtney Square.It houses a collection of mainly craft and early industrial exhibits from the town's history and is runby a longstanding museum trust and staffed by increasingly aged volunteers. The building is ingreat need of renovation and visitor numbers are dropping.
Young Readers - 2
This charitable group was formed to instill a love of books and improve the reading ability of localchildren and holds reading sessions run by volunteers. The group operates in community spacesall over the town including primary schools after school hours. the group occupies a small ofﬁce inthe same building as the Community Museum. There is a small subscription to fund materials andoccasional visits by authors. The numbers of children attending has been falling in recent yearsand the group reports a decrease in literacy.
Blaybeck Women's Refuge - 6
Operating from premises fronting the river, the refuge has a long history of supporting womensuffering domestic abuse, and providing secure temporary accommodation. Staffed by volunteersbut working closely with the police, social work and health agencies the refuge provides a valuablelocal service. The building is however becoming more difﬁcult to maintain and has some structuralproblems associated with its location on the river frontage. The accommodation has becomesubstandard.
Blaybeck Community Association - 7
The association was formed over 50 years ago and holds a special place in the lives of Slaphampeople many of whom have beneﬁtted from the activities it runs,particularly those for young people.It has the freehold for a large but run down Georgian building on Mavis Park from where it runs it'sactivities. These include dance groups, a youth drama club, child care, indoor bowls, preschool,tea dances and a keep ﬁt programme for older people. Space is hired for dog training, Tai Chi andan ofﬁce for the Community Team. Stafﬁng levels are low - a full time manager, 2 part time staffand volunteers.