RUSS’ Community Engagement Team needs your help to plan temporary uses for our recently secured Church Grove site in Ladywell, as well as other engagement work. The team has a community-oriented, grassroots and participatory approach to community engagement. We will be engaging with the local community and artists and collaborating with local businesses, arts organisations and institutions, as well as facilitating events, arts projects, educational programmes and workshops. To make this all happen, the team will be raising money through crowding funding and looking for other funding streams. Our first projects will include considering temporary improvements to our Ladywell site and recording the Church Grove project as it happens. We need enthusiastic RUSS members to turn the brilliant project ideas into reality! If you want to get involved, please leave a note on the Slack channel or email


The frontage of our site is currently pretty unappealing, please help us to improve it and engage with our community!

Read on to learn more:

  • Local pupils working on street art project at the Church Grove site. The current proposal is for RUSS to partner with SkillMix to run workshops for pupils from local schools, Lewisham Pupil Referral Unit, the children of Church Grove Residents and RUSS’s Resident’s Group. The pupils will create street art on the empty hoarding (temporary wooden fence) at the Church Grove site. A project proposal with a crowd funding strategy is being worked on. More information coming soon.

  • RUSS stall at the Hilly Fields Fayre. RUSS has a stall at the Hilly Fields Fayre on 18 June. Visitors will be asked to take part in a fun and creative self-build project on the spot working towards the creation of a model city/village using cardboard boxes and other recyclable materials. Volunteers needed to run the stall. You can sign up here.

  • Record and archive the co-design process. Working alongside the resident’s groups, Jon Broome Architects and Architype, RUSS teams and the local community, this group of RUSS members will record and archive media, videos, films, publications, exhibitions, and talks by members at conferences, events and workshops.

  • RUSS online shop. Raising funds for RUSS projects, RUSS will start selling merchandise online. Members with these skills are needed in all aspects of this project from design to production to sales.

The team will be asking for short, medium and long term project ideas from members and the local community. We will set up an online form to keep track of all of your great ideas. A link to this form will be shared soon.