What is BATCA?
BATCA is a network of individuals and organisations who are committed to creating a harmonious, thriving community where there is trust and friendship between people of all faiths, cultures, ages and backgrounds. Its goals are set out in its strategy agreed in June 2016. It is seeking to involve an increasing number of local organisations and help them to work together.
How BATCA began
The Balham and Tooting Community Association (BATCA) was established in February 2006 in the wake of the tragic events of 7/7/05 by a concerned group of local people who wanted to find new ways to bring the community together.
BATCA serving the community
BATCA’s Fun Days, Community Awards schemes and other events bring people from all backgrounds together and build up community spirit (see events page). BATCA aims to give local groups a platform to share news and promote themselves through e-bulletins and this website. Many new connections have been made this way. BATCA takes an interest in local issues and as appropriate expresses members’ views on these.
BATCA’s members and partners
BATCA members and partners include faith bodies (Churches Together, Tooting Islamic Centre and Balham Mosque, Sikh and Hindu bodies), local businesses, many local voluntary organisations (eg Transition Town Tooting, Ronald McDonald House, Tooting) and bodies in the public sector (eg Metropolitan Police, St George’s Hospital). BATCA’s membership is representative of all sides of the community.