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About In-Deep

In-Deep Community Task Force is a grassroots charity working with isolated older people and disabled children and their families in Westminster, Lambeth and the surrounding areas.

We aim to promote friendship and understanding in the community, and tackle loneliness and isolation by bringing people together to take part in meaningful activities. We offer a range of services and support for those in need.

In-Deep is run by a board of trustees and our activities are supported by volunteers, including students and people from the local area. In-Deep volunteers were thrilled to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2013; this is the most esteemed award for volunteers of any charity, and a testament to their dedication.

In-Deep’s Mission Statement

We want to promote an inclusive society where everyone feels welcome and connected to the community. Our vision for the future is to extend our activities to different boroughs in London, so that more people can come to our activities and experience friendship.

In-Deep’s foundation and expansion

The charity was founded in 2002 by Colin Chapman. Colin had spent a short period of his life sleeping rough in South Westminster, during which time he became friends with many older local residents who helped him by way of kindness. After he came through his own problems, Colin wanted to give back to the community, so set up In-Deep.

Colin and Emma Chapman (Secretary of In-Deep) have a son diagnosed with autism and epilepsy. In 2017, In-Deep’s work expanded even further to begin supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. Colin and Emma observed the vast difference that music made when facing challenges on this journey, and this inspired them to establish In-Deep’s music therapy service.

Lived experience helps In-Deep empathise with service users and identify gaps in provision where further support is needed.

Royal recogniton

Colin was awarded an MBE for founding In-Deep and for services to the community of South London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2012. Emma was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to preventing isolation among older people and children with special needs and their families. These were immense honours and a real inspiration to all those involved with In-Deep.