An Intern-al View

Eleanor Turner was working as Pembroke House’s Fundraising Intern this week. Here’s what she had to say about the experience:

This past week I have been fortunate enough to experience the hustle and bustle of life at Pembroke House as a ‘fundraising intern’. The week began with me undergoing a research project on the history of Pembroke House and the original aims of the Nineteenth Century ‘Settlement’ movement which inspired its establishment. It was particularly interesting to read about the importance attached to living among local communities, in enabling those more fortunate to witness inequality first-hand. This was echoed in a speech I read by Reverend Samuel Barnett, given in 1883: ‘little can be done for which is not done with the people’.IMG_0692.jpg

I was then thrown into life at Pembroke House, popping into Migrateful and MumSpace, and volunteering at the energetic lunch club. I was struck by the enthusiasm of local residents towards Pembroke House’s work and the obvious bonds of trust and compassion between them and the volunteers. This sentiment was echoed by Marcela, one of Pembroke House’s former volunteers, when I was given the opportunity to interview her about her experience so far at the charity. She deemed it to have been ‘really amazing’.

Just from spending five days at Pembroke House, I feel I have managed to get a grasp of the enormously positive impact it has both on local residents and its workers and volunteers. I look forward to hearing about what the future holds for Pembroke House and I am sure I will be returning!

Last Baby Pembroke Academy of Music

This Wednesday saw an especially busy Baby PAM session, with over 20 adults, babies and volunteers coming along to Pembroke House for a singalong and afternoon tea. As well as being the end of term for PAM, this week was particularly special for being the last session organised by Director of Music, Elizabeth.


Baby PAM welcomes children up 4 years old, along with parents, carers and volunteers, and welcomes new participants to its session every week. Lucy Barlow, who runs the regular sessions, began the afternoon by instructing parents and babies in some cheery ukulele songs, and soon everyone was on their feet stomping along to ‘The Grand Old Duke of York’.

After, a basket of percussion instruments, including maracas, tambourines, and egg shakers was passed around. The grand finale featured a giant parachute, enjoyed by the children as a colourful tent to dance under and sing songs like, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”.

Afternoon tea and cake followed, along with healthy snacks for the children. Overall, it was a lovely (if quite tiring!) afternoon.

PAM Goes to Cambridge 2018

On the 28th April the Pembroke Academy of Music went on our annual trip to Pembroke College, Cambridge – where our founders came from in 1885. College Director of Music Anna Lapwood led a serious of fun and engaging workshops, helped by Mollie and the Pembroke College Choir. We are very grateful to them for sharing their talent and enthusiasm with our young musicians, who had a few numbers of their own to share with the Pembroke students. As well as singing workshops, we were also treated to harp and organ demonstrations, and Anna very generously let us have a go on her very own classical harp! We all look forward to seeing the college and choir again next year.

Anna supervises as a budding harpist tries his first tune

Lunch Club Christmas Special!

Yesterday, we had an amazing final Lunch Club, featuring a delicious Christmas dinner from our expert chef Ismail and a performance from The Basement Crew. As always, nobody could resist a dance! Merry Christmas and we’ll see you on 11th January.


Imperial War Museum

On Wednesday 19 July, our Lunch Club took a trip to the Imperial War Museum. We even managed to enjoy an outdoor picnic, despite the rain! Thank you to our amazing volunteers, Sunara, Tom, Sarah, James & Kenny.


Community Garden Renewal Case Study

The Lord Mayor Mountevans with Keepmoat staff and volunteer during the opening of the new Community Garden.

In September 2016, Pembroke House’s Pocket Garden was given a makeover by Keepmoat’s Community Impact Team. Keepmoat built and installed a new compost bin, as well as accessible raised beds, opening up our garden to those with limited mobility. Read all about Pembroke House’s new Community Garden space and Keepmoat’s work in their Case Study.

Snappy Operas

On 1 June 2016 children from the Pembroke Academy of Music worked with Mahogany Opera to create an opera in a day. See the creative process, filmed right here at Pembroke House!

Youth Church – Asking the big questions

‘What is…’ Youth Church Summer Programme 2014

In our Mission Planning week, we said we wanted more bible, and more quizzes.  So from Pentecost through the summer the Youth Church will be asking ‘What is…’ for some of the most important questions of their faith.


  • Sunday 8th June – What is… the Church?  
  • Sunday 15th June – What is… the Holy Trinity? 
  • Sunday 22nd June – What is… God the Father?
  • Sunday 29th June – What is… God the Son? 
  • Sunday 6th July – What is… God the Holy Spirit?
  • Sunday 13th July – What is… salvation?  
  • Sunday 20th July – What is… prayer? 
  • Sunday 27th July – What is… Christian love and relationships?

Download the poster here

Happy Days at the Young Vic

Last Wednesday, a small contingent of the Lunch Club took an expedition to the Young Vic as part of their Two Boroughs outreach programme. We saw Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, a largely one woman play with the excellent Juliet Stevenson. We had a great day out, the weather held out long enough for us to get this photo on the balcony:

Janet and Joan agree that they “enjoyed it very much, thought the acting was superb – just wish there was a proper ending!”