Pecan's July Newsletter

5 Jul 2019

June was a full and exciting month for us!


We celebrated 30 years of being a part of Peckham and held a celebration service on Sunday 30th June at Copleston Centre Church. Our Women's Service held their annual Summer Celebration at Southwark Women's Space. The employment team hosted the Business Bootcamp for young people to learn business skills and fine tune their CVs as well as make video CVs. We are pleased to announce that we will be offering this again in August.

Southwark Foodbank had a successful Foodbank Friday and are looking for more volunteers to join our monthly collections. HOurbank have an exciting Creative Writing Workshop running for 8 weeks, starting on the 18th July. We have opportunities for volunteers who would like to be involved in our office and helping with administration in HR, as well as an urgent call for regular volunteers to help run the Peckham Pantry on Wednesdays.

We said goodbye to two of our valued staff members this month, Johnson Olagunju from our Employment team who worked on the Empower project, and Katie Kelly of our Women's Services. We wish them both the very best in their new roles. They will both be greatly missed in the Pecan team.



Pecan @ 30 Celebration 


Pecan turned 30 years old on the 12th June! We had a visit from Harriet Harman, MP on the day to visit some of our projects.

We had an amazing evening celebrating 30 years of Pecan on the 30th June. We heard from Simon Pellew, the founder of Pecan and Tunde Cobham, a former employee of Pecan with a long history working in Southwark.

We also had representatives from each pillar of Pecan, Community, Women's Services, and Employment talk about where Pecan is at the moment and how each project is going and how were are serving the people of Southwark. We spent time in worship and enjoyed great food and fellowship after the meeting. Our CEO Chris talked on a hopeful future for the charity build on some amazing foundations.

We want to say a big thank you to every employee, former employee, volunteer, client, partner - anyone who has ever been involved with us, who have all made the past 30 years possible. We rely so much on the community for support ourselves and we know we don't do this alone, so thank you to everyone who is a part of Pecan! 

Photos: Factormedia ltd



Women's Service Summer Celebration 


On the 18th June, our Women's Service held their annual Summer Celebration at the Southwark Women's Space. We were treated to a powerful poetry recital from the women who are a part of Southwark Women's Space, as well as a performance by the Incredible Women's Choir, made up of the same women.

The group embarked on a six week poetry workshop with local poet, Lady Unchained, and at the end of that time, performed their pieces in front of a the attendees at the celebration. For many of the women it was the first time they opened up and spoke to an audience about their stories and it was a moving and empowering experience for audience and poets alike. 

The event was catered by Soul Sisters, two women who have come through the Women's Space in the past couple of years and have started a catering business together. 

As part of the celebrations we said a sad goodbye to Katie Kelly who left Pecan to go on to train to become a church minister.  Katie drove the vision to create the Women's Space and will be greatly missed by everyone.


Business Bootcamp


Pecan hosted Business Bootcamp in June and it was a real success! One of our participants travelled all the way from Manchester to be h