Category Archives: Health

Our ‘new normal’ streets

Social distancing will remain for some time. Lambeth council is adapting some hot spots where social distancing is difficult in order to make walking safer. One example is the pavement under Herne Hill bridge which has already been widened –see photo.

Please help by telling the council about places where busy pavements are too narrow to keep 2m apart. The council will prioritize suggestions which will have the greatest impact. You can let us know your suggestions by getting in touch with your local councillors or use this online map:

https://lambethtransportcovidresponsemap.commonplace.is/

The map shows that people in West Norwood have already noted about 20 hot spots on the Tulse Hill gyratory, Norwood Road, Knights Hill and York Hill. Have a look to see if you agree!

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Funding for Lambeth youth & play this summer

In 2020 we face an unprecedented crisis in the mental and physical health and wellbeing of children and young people and their families.

Lambeth’s  Youth and Play Team are asking organisations to send in proposals for summer activities to operate in full, partial and non-lockdown.

The funding available is in three streams: a locality, creative activities and small grants of £1,000.

If your organisation would first like to know more – book a place on this webinar on Tues May 12th 11am to 1pm .

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Impact of coronavirus on our diverse communities

There is clear evidence the coronavirus pandemic is adversely impacting the UK’s Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Councillor Winifred

Local West Norwood councillor Sonia Winifred is Lambeth’s lead for Equalities and Culture and has written to key stakeholders outlining her concerns. Sonia says: “Whilst I am pleased to hear the government will launch an inquiry into the disproportionality of BAME deaths due to COVID-19, I would urge the government to approach this as a matter of priority. Lambeth is recording the relevant equalities data in all of the support services that we are providing and for example  making sure our BAME business community is accessing the support for business we have put in place locally , as well as accessing the government’s scheme.”

To see Sonia’s open letter in full see:
https://love.lambeth.gov.uk/action-needed-to-tackle-covid-19-inequalities/

For local advice & help during the coronavirus crisis please see:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

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Job vacancies in care sector

To help tackle corona virus in London more care workers are needed to support people leaving hospital.

Proud to Care London is a recruitment web site for the care sector that links people into crucial jobs, providing much needed care and support to people in our communities. It has been developed as a partnership with councils across London.

If you are interested in working in care & supporting people in their own home, in a care home or other residential setting, please check out www.proudtocareLondon.org.uk and see people talk about the work.  Many jobs can be flexible and part-time.

There are six main job roles that people can register interest in: care workers, care managers, social workers, OTs (occupational therapist), chefs and cleaners. You will be supported with free online training, checks such as DBS, advice on job roles and matched with local jobs. You can register your interest by completing a short online survey.

Caring is a frontline job and care workers need to be healthy to support those most vulnerable in our communities. On 15th April the government published details of their plan for coronavirus safety in the care sector on 15th April. For details see: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/national-action-plan-to-further-support-adult-social-care-sector

For people preferring to volunteer during the corona virus crisis please see the Mutual Aid facebook site : https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/

or register with Lambeth council: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/volunteer-to-help-your-community

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Stay At Home, Stay Safe

The first confirmed coronavirus case in the UK was 29th February. A month later we have at least 20,000 people testing positive in the UK . To stop the spread of coronavirus we must all stay at home. And if we have to go out – keep 2 metres apart from other people. And of course wash our hands!

All the detailed government guidance can be found online at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  Check this site regularly as there are frequent changes to the details of the guidance. Look at this site for advice if you have the coronavirus symptoms or feel unwell.

Lambeth council website has local information on coronavirus – see: https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/elections-and-council/about-lambeth/coronavirus-covid-19-information There are pages on:  how council services have changed due to coronavirus; support if you have lost your job; help for vulnerable people; how to volunteer to help others; and the support available for businesses.

The council’s vulnerable people help line is 020 7926 2999.

In West Norwood we have lots of Covid19 mutual aid neighbourhood groups.  See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/214918153220011/

Please take care when sharing confidential information online about vulnerable people. Sadly we need to be alert to scammers even at this time. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/mar/29/coronavirus-social-disease-fraudsters-adapt-old-scams

Your local ward councillors have many contacts with local organisations and local people. Do get in touch if additional help is needed.

For our contact details see: https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

To contact Helen Hayes MP see: https://www.helenhayes.org.uk/get_in_touch

Stay safe. We can get through this together!

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Our local Children’s Centres

Lambeth Children’s Centres run a  wide range of free activities with babies & young children, midwifery services, advice sessions and much more. Ask your Health Visitor or baby clinic for details.

Or to help decide the sessions best for your family –  phone or drop in to one of our local centres:

Benton’s Lane SE27 9UD 020 3409 0704

Crown Lane School SW16 3HX 020 8761 7139

Hitherfield School SW16 2LW 020 8835 9569

Streatham Hub SW16 6HX 020 8835 9569

And see the timetables online:

Norwood activities timetable

Streatham activities timetable

Tulse Hill activities timetable

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Country Show 20th and 21st July

This year’s big day out at the Lambeth Country Show 12noon to 8pm is over this weekend  21st & 22nd July at Brockwell Park SE24 . Bring friends & family too. There is something for everyone! Disability access details : https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/accessibility/

The Main stage hosts  musicians– Bukky Leo & Black Egypt , Vanessa Haynes, MF Robots, Imagination, Dawn Penn, SISTA Women in Reggae, Denis Alcapone, Twinkle Brothers & General Levy.

‘Flower walkers’ from the show in 2016

Activities include entertainments, farm animals, health & well being, flower show, sports, technology, performances, crafts, over 200 market stalls,  food & drink and of course show piece entertainments at the Arena. New for this year is Longbow Archery and Crossbows, Ancient Artillery, Warrior Training and Medieval Sword School.

To avoid single use plastics there is £2 deposit ( returnable) on reusable cups.  Lots of free water fountains.

This year there are safety searches at  4 entry points (Herne Hill , Lido, Tulse Hill, Norwood Road). Last entry 7.30pm. Avoid queues at peak time 3pm to 5pm. Entry is free and un-ticketed.

To get to the Country Show  please walk, cycle or travel by public transport ( 68 or 196 bus from West Norwood) . The only parking is for Blue Badge holders who apply in advance. Cycle parks inside Herne Hill & Tulse Hill entrances.

For full details see web site: https://lambethcountryshow.co.uk/ or download the app for i-phone or android – search for Lambeth Country Show 2019.

@lblcountryshow

#LCS19

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Community Connectors

Training as Community Connectors

Do people come to you for advice and information? Do you link others in your local community to activities and organisations? If so why not be trained as a Community Connector?

Project Smith offers Community Connector training & support to give volunteers the knowledge & skills to help other people:  things to do, places to go to access help & support and general wellbeing.

The training takes place over 4 days 9.30am – 3pm. The dates are  on Wednesday 26th June, Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Wednesday 17th July. You need to attend all 4 days to become a Community Connector. You get a Royal Society Level 2 Qualification in Supporting Behaviour Change on completion of your training.

Community Connectors say: “I’ve learned so much through the Connectors programme that I feel like a walking/talking community notice board,” “Since becoming a connector, I’ve helped others, made new friends, feel better about myself, and even found job opportunities through networking.”

Project Smith is a Lambeth council/NHS project and aims to: support people to manage their own health and wellbeing by having access to the right information and assistance, help people avoid crisis and build stronger community ties.

For more information email: jennifer.burgess@nhs.net

@ProjectSmithLam

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Parking in Devane Way

Parking bays on Devane Way

Parking is very limited in Devane Way SE27 –  the road leading  up to West Norwood Health  & Leisure Centre. Most people access the centre on foot.

Next week the parking bays will be repainted to clearly indicate where parking is permitted for up to 10 minutes. Parking enforcement teams will visit from time to time. They will issue tickets to vehicles they see parked for over 10 minutes.

Barrier with buzzer

 

There are 5 parking spaces for blue badge holders right outside the Health & Leisure Centre. Anyone with limited mobility who needs to park or be dropped off must use the buzzer beside the barrier to speak to reception.

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Fundraising local runners

Staff and friends of  SRA at 45 Knights Hill SE27 0HS are joining Mo Farah to run a half marathon from Tower Bridge this Sunday 10th March. The race ends at Greenwich Park behind the Maritime Museum SE10 9NF with a Big Half Vitality festival between 11am and 3pm https://www.thebighalf.co.uk/event-info/big-festival/

Southside Rehabilitation Association (SRA) is a social enterprise providing a great local photocopying service, promoting social exclusion and supporting people with mental health issues into work.

https://www.sra-ltd.co.uk/

Please donate online at: http://mydonate.bt.com/events/srabighalf2019/482164

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