About Us

What is LJAG?

The Loughborough Junction Action Group (LJAG) is a volunteer-led social action charity that works to improve the environment of Loughborough Junction and the lives of the people who live and work here.

It was formed in 2008 following the murder of a young man, Andrew Pratt, in Southwell Road. Local residents in the road and surrounding streets came together to do something positive for their neighbourhood which they felt had been neglected for too long.

LJAG has a mission to make Loughborough Junction a great place to live and work. LJAG works to achieve this through its projects which focus on community events, skill-sharing, greening, children’s activities and place-making. LJAG works to build a strong civic society in Loughborough Junction and has a record of involving volunteers across our diverse neighbourhood.

LJAG’s fundraising activities have brought over £400,000 into the Loughborough Junction community and we have been instrumental in attracting over £3 million of public investment into the area.

Over ten years LJAG has delivered art projects which have improved a pedestrian alleyway under a railway bridge, run two street photography projects, launched an augmented reality app linked to the history of World War One, run community events, including four street parties, health events, a community festival, run cycle maintenance classes, craft workshops, a mapping project, installed street planters and run community planting days. We have worked with Lambeth council on the production of the Loughborough Junction Plan and on public realm improvements and facilitated monthly neighbourhood planning forum meetings.

LJAG runs the Loughborough Farm, a successful community food growing project, where volunteers come together on Saturday and Tuesday to grow vegetables and to socialise.  The Loughborough Farm also has a successful outreach programme on two council estates and at a local youth centre.  The Loughborough Farm runs a community cafe which is open seven days a week serving healthy vegan and vegetarian meals. It runs guest chef and volunteer and healthy eating workshops.

We rescued the Grove Adventure Playground from permanent closure and since the summer of 2018 we have run holiday and Saturday playschemes.  The Grove  in Gordon Grove has a long history going back 50 years and has some of the most adventurous climbing equipment in London.  The playground has been a great success. Over 400 children and young people between the ages of six and 14 are registered to use the playground and our popular holiday playschemes are attended by up to 75 children a day.
In addition we run Craft Workshops every Friday in term time at the Grove Adventure Playground.  The workshops offer free access to six sewing machines where attendees learn to make or repair clothes, or knit or crochet. The workshops combat loneliness and pass skills between the generations.