|Southwark Council’s enewsletter for residents.
Keep yourself and others safe in the heat
Read our advice on how to cope in the extreme heat, including how to keep yourself and your home cool. Please look out for friends, family and neighbours, particularly older people and young children.
Cooler spaces in the borough
If you’re struggling with the heat in your home you could try visiting a local leisure centre or library which might be cooler, or use this map of indoor and outdoor cooler spaces to find somewhere to take time out from the extreme heat.
Changes to bin collections and other council services
To help protect our staff from extreme heat there will be changes to bin collection services. Some collections will start earlier in the day and some collections won’t happen on the normal days. There may also be some changes to other council services. Thank you for your help and understanding.
Our teams are keeping an eye on hundreds of trees that have been planted recently. If you are concerned about trees near your home, please do water them.
Join our Energy Savers email list to get regular tips to help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
The number of people with COVID-19 in Southwark is high and rising. Don’t let COVID-19 ruin your summer plans. Vaccinations reduce your chances of being ill and passing on the virus. It’s not too late to get vaccinated.
If you have symptoms or have a positive COVID-19 test, try to stay at home. If you can, avoid contact with other people for five days after the day you took a test.
There’ll be dancers, acrobats and more at a free festival on the streets of Elephant and Castle from 29 to 31 July. The carbon neutral festival has been part funded by our High Street Recovery Fund which helps town centres thrive after the pandemic.
Head to Mint Street Park in SE1 on 16 July for the Mint Street music festival. There will be brilliant music acts to enjoy at the free, family-friendly festival. There will also be food, ice creams and a bar. From 12 noon to 7.30pm.
If your child gets benefits-related free school meals they can join one of many summer of Food and Fun holiday clubs in Southwark. The clubs run fun activities and healthy and free food will be available.
Transport for London is consulting on cuts to bus services in Southwark and London. The cuts will have a negative impact on many people in Southwark. If this matters to you, let Transport for London know your views by 7 August.
We have announced a new wave of climate spending, including £1m each for biodiversity and walking improvements. The investments are in response to the recommendations made by the Citizens’ Jury on Climate Change, as part of the updated climate action plan.
We are urgently looking for foster carers for children of all ages, from babies to older teenagers. Southwark foster carers get a generous allowance. If you’re happy to talk to us about fostering, please fill in our quick enquiry form.
The NHS blood service needs your help to boost blood stocks. They especially need more O-, B- and O+ donations to help patients in need.
Sometimes when young people leave a foster home or leave care they are not quite ready to live independently. In this situation a young person (aged 16 to 21) can go and live in someone else’s home. If you are interested in becoming a supported lodgings host, please get in touch.
This temporary exhibition at Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library shares the voices and perspectives of the people who make up Southwark today. It was created with a range of community groups to creatively draw out and document their stories. The exhibition is open until June 2023.
More nutritious food for all pupils is the aim of our joint programme with Impact on Urban Health. Over four years, we will transform Southwark’s school food system with the help of six flagship schools.
To support young people’s mental health, we approved £2m to help nearly 100 schools to provide their pupils with a range of support and education to improve their wellbeing. Across all projects, more than 25,000 pupils have benefitted so far.
Many children have missed vital routine vaccinations, including polio, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) over the past couple of years. Find out what vaccinations your child should have and contact your GP to get them vaccinated if you need to.
Anyone in England can register and get care from a GP practice. You don’t need proof of address or immigration status, ID or an NHS number.
Southwark has some great parks and open spaces to enjoy during the hot weather, but sometimes small groups or individuals can spoil the fun for others. Please be respectful of others and responsible when enjoying our parks and open spaces (and remember BBQs are not allowed).
If you’re living with HIV, or have a family member who uses the local HIV support services, we want to hear from you.
Some rented homes in Southwark need to be licensed. It is the landlord’s responsibility to get a licence. If you’re a tenant in a home you think should be licensed you can check with your landlord if they have the right licence and you can reported unlicensed properties to us.
We send a regular enewsletter with jobs, training, volunteering and other career opportunities for young people. The newsletter details opportunities at Southwark Council as well as opportunities across Southwark and London.