Our Mission Statement

The Somerville  is a space for children and young people to play and learn freely and to develop responsibility for themselves and their actions. We offer a variety of high quality, stimulating and challenging informal educational activities. Through these we encourage children and young people to become competent, confident, independent and cooperative individuals and steer them away from crime and antisocial behaviour. Overcoming barriers, learning new skills and promoting positive relationships with peers, parents and carers are at the heart Read More …

History

The Somerville was founded by local community worker Ron Martin in 1971. He believed that adventure playgrounds were a much-needed resource for children growing up in inner cities and worked tirelessly throughout his life to make the site accessible to kids. Ron was a volunteer at a play scheme run from St Catherine’s Church on Telegraph Hill. Along with his fellow play scheme committee members he applied to Lewisham Council for the use of a piece of derelict wasteland on Read More …

Adventure Play

It all started with the adventure playground at Somerville. This is a unique resource in inner London – the only one of its kind. The playground is open all year round with a wide range of activities for children and young people. The emphasis is on children and young people being given the opportunity to choose which activities to engage with, giving them a sense of responsibility for their play and pride in their space. The playground is designed for Read More …

Youth Provision

Welcome to Somerville Youth Provision The Somerville youth provision provides a range of activities for young people from school year 7 upwards. Our aim is to deliver a variety of activities that are stimulating and challenging, that are informal, fun and educational for young people. Experienced staff develop a programme to steer them away from crime and anti-social behaviour by giving them the opportunity to learn new skills, build friendships, overcome barriers and gain new experiences.  We want to ensure Read More …