CHIPS supporter and volunteer Julia Rose writes:
A giant map of Brixton, including the Angell Town estate where a CHIPS team plans to live and work, was seen in the G-Source marquee at the Greenbelt Festival this summer. Hidden behind black and white photos of key Brixton buildings were brilliantly coloured tales of the great work already going on in the area to address some of the social problems encountered by the communities.
People were intrigued, with many pointing to the map and exclaiming “I live there!”, “I travel through Brixton on the bus each day to work” and “I go to the restaurants and market there – it’s a cool place”, but many had little idea of either the problems under the surface of this multicultural area, or of the wide range of remarkable projects already working to address these.
With a mainly young and very enthusiastic team of helpers, the sign-up sheets filled rapidly and many great conversations ensued, as people became interested in finding out the role CHIPS anticipates in Brixton and considered the part they could play in making that happen.
Despite some torrential rain and Glastonbury-style mud, the beautiful surroundings made it a special festival, although with our huge wooden construction we definitely did not fill the remit of the festival theme – Travelling Light!