Although remaining COVID-19 restrictions ended yesterday, 24 February, infection levels in Southwark are still high. The COVID-19 vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself and others from the virus. More information and advice about COVID-19 is below.
Shop local! Come along to this craft fair debut at the Copeland Park and Bussey Building on 26 February in Peckham, 10am to 4pm. You can book a priority entrance ticket for £2.50 (free for under-12s).
Until 27 February you can visit the historic four-storey raw warehouse space which will be transformed into a haunting and immersive maze of art creating a story that unravels as you explore the exhibition. Free of charge.
‘We Have Always Been Here’ celebrates the campaigns and activism cultivated by the BAME LGBTQ+ community through the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre in the 80s and 90s. The centre was located in Peckham during the 1990s. Visit the exhibition on 28 February between 11am and 6pm at Moca London (SE15 4HY).
The care charter sets our expectations about the quality of care in residential homes. The charter will improve standards in all care homes in Southwark. This means better working conditions for staff and better care for residents.
Get a free day pass to the gym, exercise classes and swimming pool at a local leisure centre. Passes are available for Camberwell, Dulwich, Peckham Pulse, Seven Islands, The Castle leisure centres, Southwark Park Sports and Athletics Centre and Surrey Docks Fitness and Watersports Centre.
We’re currently advertising a number of apprenticeship vacancies. If you’re successful you’ll get a salary with full employee benefits including holiday. You need to be age 16 or over to apply (there’s no upper age limit).
Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but screening can help stop it before it starts. So don’t ignore your cervical screening invitation and if you missed your last one, book an appointment with your GP practice. If you have a cervix and are aged 25 to 64 you should be invited by letter to get a smear test.
The academy will offer free support into direct employment, apprenticeships, traineeships, training or self-employment. Jobs will include green construction and retrofit, green transport, energy, waste/recycling, infrastructure and transport.
There are lots of ways to get involved in the celebrations for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee including arranging your own street party with neighbours.
If you want to close your street for a party over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend in early June, you must apply to the council by Monday 7 March.
Healthy Start is becoming a digital scheme, moving from vouchers to a prepaid Healthy Start card. If you get Healthy Start food vouchers, you need to reapply by 31 March 2022 to continue getting Healthy Start payments. You will stop getting Healthy Start vouchers from 1 April 2022 if you have not reapplied by 31 March 2022.
HMRC is reminding working parents they could get up to £2,000 a year to help with childcare costs. For every £8 saved in an online childcare account, families will get a top of £2. Check eligibility and register for an online childcare account.
We are looking for foster carers to make a difference to the lives of Southwark children in care. We offer excellent training, generous financial support and round-the-clock support. If you have a spare room we’d love to hear from you.
We are introducing new property licensing schemes from 1 March 2022. These schemes will help to improve rented homes in the borough. If you apply between 1 March and 31 May 2022 you will automatically receive an early bird discount. Landlords and property managing agents can also sign-up to our mailing list for regular updates.
We have approved our planning blueprint, called the Southwark Plan. It sets out how new development will benefit local communities and help tackle urgent priorities – including the housing crisis and the Climate Emergency – over the next 15 years. To help tackle the climate emergency we will:
- designate 22 new sites of importance for nature conservation and the equivalent of over 16 full-sized football fields of newly protected open space
- require that all new developments have to leave the natural environment in a measurably better state than it was beforehand (known as Biodiversity Net Gain)
- support the creation of 58,000 new jobs, including a green new deal that generates jobs
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19
Although the rules have changed there are still lots of ways we can reduce our chances of catching or passing on COVID-19.
- Get vaccinated or boosted
- Wear a face covering in crowded places
- Stay at home if you feel unwell
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors
- Wash your hands regularly or use sanitiser
Get your COVID-19 vaccine now
The vaccines are safe and the best defence against COVID-19. Every day in Southwark people are getting their first, second or booster jab.
COVID-19 vaccines – your questions answered
Get expert information from the NHS if you want to know more about COVID-19 vaccines, either for yourself or family members. Find out how vaccines were developed so quickly, how they protect you, how vaccines do not affect fertility and are safe if you’re pregnant, and answers to other questions.