Doing our bit.
Keats Community Library
When the Council closed Heath Library two years ago, a charity was formed by local residents to take over the library. Run by volunteers and funded by the comment, Keats Community Library is much more than a place to borrow books, it providesessential services to the local community.
There are free children’s activities to encourage an early love of learning, free internet access for those without their own computer, large print and audio books for the disabled, and free computer classes for beginners, particularly the elderly.
It’s a safe, quiet place for students to study with free Wi-Fi, and there’s superb cultural events offering easy access for the disabled and elderly. Plus free literacy classes for those needing to improve their skills in order to find work, and a placement for an apprentice, a hub for volunteering and for young people to gain work experience.
Unleashing the artist in everyone
Hampstead School of Art was founded in 1946 as a community art education charity by Jeanette Jackson and Bernard Gay with the patronage of Henry Moore, Lord Cottesloe, Oswald Milne and Sir Kenneth Clark. Their vision was the establishment of a centre where the appreciation and enjoyment of art could be shared by people, whatever their age, background and ability.
This vision inspires the HSoA community to this day and the school continues to provide artistic activity and tuition in a wide range of skills by practising artists. Located in a beautiful part of London, close to Hampstead Heath, HSoA is steeped in the vibrant cultural and artistic tradition of the area, following in the footsteps of John Constable, Lucian Freud and many others who have lived and worked in Hampstead.
The mission of HSoA is to be an independent centre of artistic excellence, providing first class, affordable tuition in traditional and experimental creative skills.
Furthermore, our outreach programmes aim to bring art to the local community, including children, the elderly, people with physical disabilities and those with learning difficulties