The Pepper Pot Centre was founded by Pansy Jeffrey and formally established in 1981 under the auspices of the Community Service of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Citizens Advice Bureau.
Pansy’s aim was to offer a culturally sensitive drop-in centre for recently retired, redundant or disabled members of the elderly African Caribbean community. In her role at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau – on the very site of Pepper Pot today – Pansy had heard many tales of hardship faced by the early Caribbean settlers who come to London to furnish the labour market in the 1950s and 1960s.
One particular visitor’s tale of retirement depression compelled Pansy to take action. She and her CAB colleague Bridget Davies organized a lunch-time soup and served it to the half dozen pensioners who otherwise had nowhere to meet their Caribbean Counterparts. It was a gathering of Caribbean talking shop. Thus the Pepper Pot Club stirred into life.
” By the end of the 1970s, it was clear to me that there was an increasing number of people of African Caribbean origin categorised as Senior Citizens who were suffering great isolation, loneliness and depression. I had to do something.” -Pansy Jeffrey.
What we do
The Pepper Pot Centre aims to provide a comprehensive service for active and disabled over 50’s, from the African, Caribbean & BME community, in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, to enable them to live more independently in their own homes.
The Pepper Pot Centre pools all available resources within the community to meet the socio-cultural, physical, emotional and psychological needs of African and Caribbean elders, ensuring that each individual enjoys a high quality of life.
What Our Members can enjoy
Active members can enjoy a healthy balanced Caribbean meal and recreational services.
Disabled members can benefit from Day Care services.
Active elderly members can use the Drop In services.
Types of activities
Activities include: Regular day outings around London, Exchange visits with other Day Centres, Music and Dance Therapy, Christmas parties, Dominoes and Bingo, Pool Table and other games, Bible Classes and Gospel Singing, Arts and Crafts, Technology classes & exercise classes.