Announcing a new series of free and friendly events in Southwark and Lambeth for people who want to make good things happen in their area.

Throughout the Knee High Design Challenge, we have met some wonderful, energetic and creative people. Not many recognised themselves as innovators or entrepreneurs, but we have witnessed huge potential, heard hundreds of new ideas and now, through this series, we hope to offer some encouragement and inspiration to turn these ideas into reality.

In partnership with Guys and St Thomas’ Charity, we are organising a series of five free meet ups throughout the summer. They will take place in the evening of the third Thursday of the month in venues across Southwark and Lambeth, kicking off on 15 May in Brixton.

The motivation to put on this series came from a recognition that there is enormous potential for local people to make amazing positive change in their area.

We know it’s sometimes tricky to feel confident to start something new, find people to help or know where to get funding. Through these informal events, we hope to help you learn something new and useful and meet other people who care about similar things.

A whole range of people will share their experiences with us throughout the summer. Speakers include local heroes, funders, investors, scientists, entrepreneurs, psychologists, and designers.


Click on the links below to book your place, we would love to see you at one or all of them.

An adventurous start

15 May, 6-8pm
Hear from people who have overcome the common challenges of how you get an idea out of your head and make it a reality. Learn about local funding opportunities and the support you can get as a budding entrepreneur.

Venue: Impact HUB Brixton, Town Hall basement, SW2 1JF
Tube: Brixton

Find out more & book a place 

Confident and creative ideas

19 June, 5-7pm
Learn a bit about strengthening your creative confidence, and enjoying the possibilities of your imagination.

Venue: Bankside Community Space, SE1 0FD
Tube: London Bridge / Southwark station

Find out more & book a place

A journey into the unknown

17 July, 5-7pm
Hear honest stories of what it feels like to get things wrong, and how exciting it can feel to pick yourself up and keep trying.

Venue: The Three Stags pub, SE1 7PZ
Tube: Lambeth North station

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New friends and networks

21 August, 5-7pm
It’s the month where people take a breather, so let’s go to the pub. We’ll reserve some space, and hopefully it’ll be a nice way to informally meet new people who care about similar things.

Location: tbc

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A genuine change

18 September, 5-7pm
Share thoughts and experiences on improving the effectiveness of ideas. Learn from scientists and psychologists about measuring change; from funders about what they want; and from people who are demonstrating the value of their work. 

Venue: Thames Reach Employment Academy, SE5 8UA
Buses: 12, 36, 171, 345, 436. Stop: Vestry Road

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