Welcome to Blackfriars Settlement

Blackfriars Settlement is a registered charity based in London SE1 for over 125 years that aims to create and provide community services and support. Whether you want to learn new skills or to have fun and make friends, we have something to suit you.

All of our work is guided by five aims:

  • Supporting the achievement of individual aspirations
  • Promoting physical and mental well-being and independence for all
  • Promoting learning and development - formal and informal
  • Promoting digital inclusion
  • Being a focal point in the community

Please browse our website to find out what we can do for you.

Join us in creating opportunities for the local community; you can help by donating to a service of your choice or generally online at JustGiving.


  • Our Older People Services is buzzing away with activities. The program varies weekly so check out the older people's services newsletter or contact us for more information.

  • Learning and Development are enrolling students on the new courses for the Autumn term!

    Courses include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESoL) Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3. First Steps to English and Introduction to Working with Children Level 1

    Our classes are small and the environment is welcoming and friendly. Please come along on any of the following days to enrol on a new course

    • Tuesday 16th September 2 p.m. -4 p.m.
    • Wednesday 17th September 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday 18th September 10 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

    We look forward to meeting you. Please call Libby Chilton on 020 7928 9521 or email learner.support@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk for more information or visit the Learning and Development page of our website

  • It's not too late to join out Mental Health Digital Image Making Course!

  • The Blackfriars Art Studio will be participating in the Nunhead Art Trail. Please give them your support.

  • Come join us for a concert on Friday 22nd August at 13:30 in the Blackfriars Settlement hall! Franz Hepburn will be singing for us again. He has got a great voice and is full of charisma and has a lovely personality. Please see the flyer for more details.
  • MHWBS members just got back from their annual Awayweek in Dorset. Apart from having a lot of fun and physical activities, members had the opportunity to learn healthy living and cooking skills, teamwork with plenty of socialising thrown in. Many thanks go to the United St Saviours Charity for their support in making this happen

  • We are celebrating National Volunteers' Week at Blackfriars Settlement June 1 - 7, 2014.

  • Blackfriars Settlement says a big thank you to Lester Reeves for running the London Marathon for us. See more pictures on our Facebook page here.

  • A big thank you to the Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London who have become our latest partner. They've already been a great help to us, even providing the catering for the Princess Royal's visit to the Settlement. And on 2nd May they invited Settlement staff to dinner for a wonderful evening.

    Please see the Partners page for more details on our current partners.

Our location.

  • AGM meeting this Thursday
    10th July, 2011
    AGM meeting click here for more info...
  • Older Peoples Befriending
    14th December, 2010
    Start the Year by Bringing Colour into the Life of an Older Person. Do you enjoy meeting new peopl...
  • Older Peoples Befriending
    14th December, 2010
    Start the Year by Bringing Colour into the Life of an Older Person. Do you enjoy meeting new peopl...
  • Youth Volunteering new blog.
    17th November, 2010
    See the new Youth Volunteering Blog.  Get involved by clicking here....
  • Half term ESOL enrolment
    14th October, 2010
    We will be enrolling for the last few places on our ESOL (English) courses on Wednesday 27th October...
  • Art2Print courses latest
    25th August, 2010
    Art2Print course 7 begins on September 23rd. For details about the course and how to enrol clic...