Katherine Low Settlement seeks new CEO to lead its community work

Katherine Low Settlement (KLS), a charity that has been serving the communities of Battersea and Wandsworth since 1924, is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to take over from Aaron Barbour, who is stepping down after 10 years in the role.

Aaron Barbour

Aaron Barbour

KLS provides a range of services and activities for children, young people, families, older people and refugees, with a focus on tackling poverty, isolation and inequality. Some of its programmes include Love to Learn, an education programme for refugee young people; Elders Programme, a social and wellbeing programme for older people; and Battersea Together, a partnership of local organisations working to improve the lives of Battersea residents.

The charity is seeking a new CEO who embodies its values and who will bring the strategic and operational leadership that ensures that KLS continues to deliver and expand its programmes in genuine co-production with the communities it serves. The ideal candidate will have experience of leading a complex organisation in the voluntary sector, working with diverse stakeholders and communities, developing sustainable income streams and managing change.

The new CEO will also have the opportunity to shape the future direction of KLS as it prepares to celebrate its centenary in 2024.

The closing date for applications is Monday 26th June 2023. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.klsettlement.org.uk/kls-blog/news/we-are-looking-for-our-new-ceo/ or contact simon.lloyd@nfpconsulting.co.uk

99 years at the heart of Battersea

Hooray for today – Katherine Low Settlement in Battersea is 99 years young!

It’s amazing that they’ve reached this ripe age. This is testament to their fantastic members over the ages, working with their staff, volunteers and partners, to shape their family here at KLS and their wider community in Battersea.

Birthdays are of course about celebrating, and they’re having cake today!

They are also about reflecting on the past, and they have such a rich history to do so, filled with wonderful people and memories. But more importantly they are about looking forward to new horizons. New possibilities. New opportunities for them to come together again with their members and residents to build a stronger community here in Battersea.

They hope you’ll join them in raising a glass and toasting Katherine Low to another 99 years.


1950 - Norman Wisdom opens the Children’s Playground

1950 – Norman Wisdom opens the Children’s Playground


KLS 100th Birthday: save the date in 2024

In 2024 KLS will be celebrating their 100th birthday throughout the year.

Please save the date 18th May 2024 for a ‘once in a lifetime’ street party for the whole community on Orville Road. More about next year’s celebrations will follow soon.

Contact KLS

Katherine Low Settlement
108 Battersea High Street
London SW11 3HP
020 7223 2845


Clapham’s Community Christmas Raffle

Venn Street Market (VSM) has held yearly Christmas raffles in support of the local charity Ace of Clubs for several years. Each year the Market has asked for donations from its traders who’ve been very generous in donating a variety of goods, such as bottles of wine, hampers of cheese, vouchers worth £10 to £30 and Christmas trees etc. Ticket sales each year have been very positive and the monies raised have all gone back to the Ace of Clubs.

This year VSM wants to go further by creating a new local community Christmas raffle enabling local businesses and organisations to support this community raffle and event. VSM has applied to administer a Small Society Lottery (raffle) and has invited two charities based in Clapham SW4 to receive proceeds from the raffle – they are Ace of Clubs and Royal Trinity Hospice.

To make the raffle as successful as possible we’d like to ask all Clapham businesses and organisations to donate prizes ranging from meals for two, pedicures, artwork, tickets to a show, bouquets etc. Clapham has such a great variety of businesses and organisations on its doorstep that we’re sure the prizes will be of the highest standard enticing customers to buy many tickets in advance. We also aim to organise an event fitting for a prize-winning raffle in Clapham for local residents just before Christmas to help boost interest and sales.

Overall we’re looking to raise awareness of our charities and boost local interest on the High Street with tickets available directly from local businesses. We had hoped to organise online ticket sales but there’s not enough time this year to do this, so we propose to sell tickets from local shops including Moen & Sons, Clapham Books, Apex Cycles and D Vine Cellars, benefiting all who take part..

Please contact Kate from Venn Street Market if you’d like to donate any prizes towards this year’s Christmas raffle – we aim to advertise as many donations from local businesses and organisations onto the posters to entice our residents to support this important raffle.

As we’re pushed for time please can donations be registered with Kate by the end of next week ie 14th October – just send her an email with any donations you’d like to make.. Her contact details are: kate@vennstreetmarket.co.uk or tel: 0207 622 8259.