About Alford House

Alford House, Lambeth

Frank Briant, founder of Alford HouseAlford House was founded in 1884 by Frank Briant, who later became the Liberal Member of Parliament for Vauxhall. For many years it occupied premises in Lambeth Walk.

Its purpose is to promote the well-being, training and recreation of the young people of Lambeth.

Mill Hill School Old Boys and other friends of the Club have sponsored Alford House since the death of Frank Briant in 1934 and under a Deed of Trust they constitute the Governors of the Club.

Co-operation and support was received from the London County Council and Inner London Education Authority and support has continued since 1991 from Lambeth Council. In order to maintain the work of the Club, funds from grant-giving Trusts are essential to our ongoing operations. Donations and legacies are also vital to help sustain our services to young people.

The buildings currently occupied by the Club were extensively damaged during the war and were formerly the Moffat Institute. They were given to the club by the London Congregational Union in 1949. They were repaired and converted to their present use and occupied by the Club in 1950.

Waiting for Alford House to open

The Club's governing instrument was Deed of Conveyance dated 1936 and succeeded in March 1950, under which the present premises were conveyed to the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations, who acted as Custodian Trustee. The objects of the Club, as set out in the Deed of Conveyance, are 'to promote the mental, moral, physical and spiritual wellbeing of, and, in particular to provide facilities for mental, moral, spiritual and physical training and recreation ... particularly for those between fifteen and twenty years of age no longer in full-time attendance at school'. From 1st April 2008 the charity will be conducted as a company limited by guarantee as the successor to Reg Charity No. 303135 founded in 1884.

Old Boys at Alford House

To meet these objects the Club provides a range of physical, mental, social, cultural, technological and artistic activities, off-site events and more formal educational programmes for young people's personal and social development. These are designed to meet a curriculum that is educative, promotes equality of opportunity and community cohesion, and is empowering and participative.

The Club provides structured generic youth work and within this targeted work and services for young people aged 15 to 19 years that aims to prevent and reduce the number of young people not in education, training or employment. Some activity can be given academic accreditation through a variety of bodies.

Alford House works in partnership with a number of other organisations including the local authority, and is currently the location for the North Lambeth Connexions Personal Advisor, ensuring an integrated service for young people, having a place to go, constructive activity to do, and access to the best information, advice and guidance.

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