Who We Are

"All equal under one sun"

Our Story...

Living Under One Sun was created in 2005 in a corner of Tottenham by mothers of many cultures and ages wanting to reduce their isolation, know more and make their much-neglected neighbourhood safer.

Through a weekly ‘meet, cook and eat’ peer support group we shared our life stories, gained trust, confidence and strength to reach out – the feeling was '‘We are all equal under one sun’'! With a place to meet, a pot full of food and some fun and friendship, we experienced the power of what we can learn and do for ourselves, our families and our neighbourhood.
Soon this grew into a local ‘village square’ meeting place for all, accessing services, gaining qualifications, training community leaders and delivering projects, supported by a Council community worker.

In 2008, we registered as a community- led, not for profit, limited company.

Later that year and cut off from green spaces, we took on transforming part of a vandalised site on Tottenham Marshes, creating a beautiful community allotment - and beginning our journey of working with schools, other community groups and partners.

In 2011, against a background of cuts in services and support and the Tottenham riot, like many others our future was uncertain.

As volunteers, and despite no funds or workers, our response was to build on our community’s aspirations, believing that people, Nature and spaces are our true heritage and assets. With determination to meet our community’s needs and hard work we began a new phase. We gathered support from the community, Council and partners, secured a base, won funding from the Peoples Millions Lottery for our Blooming Beds and Bees project, appointed a part time coordinator, winning the Best Community Group of the Year Award for the UK from The Conservation Trust.

Twelve years on we are a multi award winning charity providing innovative and valuable services by and for Haringey’s communities.

Trustees

Advisers

Volunteers

Over the years there have been many dedicated LUOS volunteers that have come to us shared skills, got training and support, and stayed often for several years, and then moved on.

Our achievements could not happen without their contributions, their dedication, ideas and aspirations to making their neighbourhoods a better place, not just for themselves, but for others.
Current volunteers include: Brian Wurzell, Ruth Green, Henim Tas, Marion Makonnen, Julie, Nguyen Yemisi Olawaye, Shirley Perlman, Diane Fairley, Jamie Jameson, Janet King, Maria Cruz, Ilona Flint, Giorgio Gasbarrini, Keith, Neville and Bob.

Partners and Funders

We work collaboratively with our supporters and partners from the community, public and private sectors, some of whom (past and present) include:

Several local schools, Haringey Council (Regeneration, Smarter Travel, Public Health, Adult Social Care, Leisure, Parks and Open Spaces) Haringey 40/20, Newlon Housing Trust and Newlon Fusion, Lee Valley Estates, the Church of England and the Engine Room Centre at Hale Village, Organiclea, TCV (The Conservation Trust), Youth Challenge, Good Gym, Haringey association for Independent Living, Haringey Friends of Parks Forum, Haringey Federation of Residents Associations, Northumberland Park Residents Association, La Salle Investment Management and Premier Inns (Tottenham Hale), Film London, Chelsea Flower Show Fringe, Sustainable Haringey, Team London, University College London & Durham University. LB Haringey, The Big Lottery, The People’s Health Trust, Community First, Plunkett Foundation, Well London (Well Communities) and Homes for Haringey. Tesco Tottenham Hale

Some of our Funders

LB Haringey, The Big Lottery, The People’s Health Trust, Community First, Plunkett Foundation, Well London (Well Communities) and Homes for Haringey. Tesco Tottenham Hale

Awards