Lambeth Accord was set up in 1984 as a charity to increase opportunities for disabled people.
It provided a work training project operating under the name of Worklink. There was also an advice and information service, an advocacy group for people with learning difficulties and a social firm, which still operates today as the independent business, Cafe Nova Interchange.
Following a refurbishment, our building was formally opened in 1985 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales.
Lambeth Accord operated successfully until the mid-nineties when the government funding framework for training provision became contract/output based and these activities became unviable for us.
It was decided that our main asset, the building itself could be the basis for a new direction and future success. There was, and continues to be, a serious shortage of accessible office space in south London. By shifting the focus of the organisation to building management, we could offer much needed accessible and affordable office accommodation for local disability groups and accessible conference space for community use.
A committed group of remaining members of the Executive Committee worked hard to develop this new and successful approach; supporting disability and carer charities by providing office accommodation.
The new focus of the organisation has proved successful. Our rebranding to We are 336 reflects our community ethos and how the organisation has and aspires to develop. From here, we look to the future with confidence.