SpaceMax is a team of local architects, carpenters and practical people who act as a volunteer ‘Handymen-and-women’ service for tenants of council housing in London.
The pioneering scheme launched with Local Community,Group of mothers that are living in overcrowded situations, and Local Councillors in Battersea, Wandsworth in 2011.
The creation of a SPACEMAX team made of Local carpenters, mothers that have had enough of staring at their problems. SpaceMax is a community-led initiative that will benefit the domestic lives of local families and strengthen relationships between neighbors It is also an apprentice scheme that will equip volunteers with practical experience with customers, skills in managing their time and team-building, acting as a platform to their professional lives.
National figures indicate that 331,000 under-15s live in severely overcrowded homes in our capital and most on council waiting lists for a transfer. This project grew out of our South London Citizens and Women of Wandsworth ‘Housing our Future’ Report on an Enquiry into the Effects of Overcrowding on Children, which concluded that poor space management was an issue that could be solved within the community itself.
The aim of the project is for the families to work together with local experts to Maximize the SPACE in their homes. Together we seek to alleviate the stress and impact of overcrowding on the education of their children and health of all family members and foster a more positive relationship between tenant and property.
“Sharing tips in space-saving solutions and creating a database of volunteers that can build storage devices (partitions, shelving, fold-down desks)” was seen as the best way local community can tackle the issue of overcrowding themselves; conclusion of Robina Rafferty MBE (1st Chief Executive of Housing Justice) and Professor Peter Mortimore OBE (Former Director of Institute of Education, University of London.