Dear TRA Chair,
Over the past year the council has been consulting on a new housing strategy. This has included a stakeholder session back in June 2019, and a public consultation between January and May this year.
We were in the process of consulting on the housing strategy when the COVID-19 pandemic started to seriously impact on the United Kingdom in March 2020 therefore the consultation period was extended to May.
Many thanks for all the comments received so far.
The housing strategy is a long term document covering the next thirty years but the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have a significant impact on the delivery of the strategy in the short term to medium term, and there may also be longer term consequences.
The pandemic has impacted on every principle of the housing strategy. We have have added new text throughout the strategy.
We have also made changes to the strategy in response to comments made so far during the earlier consultation, such as adding more text about tacking climate change.
All changes since the past consultation draft are included in purple text.
As there has been considerable change since the original consultation we have decided to do another quick final round of consultation.
We want to give partners and other key stakeholders an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes, and to highlight any other changes you think are required to respond to the new challenges with the pandemic.
We look forward to hearing your views.
Robert Weallans, Housing Strategy Manager
Housing Strategy and Business Support, Resident Services Division, Housing & Modernisation Department
Copies of the housing strategy are available at www.southwark.gov.uk/housing/housing-strategy
Visiting address: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QH
Postal address: Southwark Council, P O Box 64529, London SE1P 5LX
www.southwark.gov.uk/mysouthwark For council services at your fingertips, register online. You can also manage your rent or service charge account, pay your council tax as well as report and track your housing repairs.
I hope all is well,
I’m contacting you because of a campaign to increase levels of physical activity in Southwark which I feel you might find interesting.
London Sport are leading on a Sport England funded campaign to address the impact of covid-19 on physical activity levels for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and lower socio-economic groups (LSEG). The campaign will focus on promoting the One You Couch to 5k app, using targeted Facebook and Instagram ads from the Get Active channel and through supporting partners to develop locally tailored promotion and offers. The paid advertising campaign is running adverts on Facebook and Instagram across London in areas with high % of the population from BAME audiences. The paid campaign will drive people to a Couch to 5K landing page or direct to the app store to directly download the app.
We are keen to support this campaign by working with partners to identify opportunities to use this campaign to support their efforts to increase physical activity levels for BAME/LSEG residents.
In particular where groups or organisations can use the campaign assets to promote the Couch to 5k running app to their audiences, or examples where you can set up local support for people who are starting Couch to 5k (Facebook groups, local events (as allowed by restrictions), etc.).
London Sport have created a toolkit to support local partners to activate the campaign in their area. It contains details about the campaign and audience, images and videos for partners to use and a template press release.
Download the campaign toolkit here.
If you are interested in helping promote this campaign, please use the toolkit and get in touch to see how we promote this to as many people as possible.
Have a good weekend
Luke Staples – Preston
Sport and Physical Activity Development Coordinator
Environment and Leisure
Parks and Leisure Service
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We have had a good response to our Southwark Stands Together survey, but want to hear the experiences of as many Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents as possible.
Please take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences of racism, inequality and injustice, so you can help shape our plans for a fairer and more equal borough.
The survey closes at the end of today so please act now!
Dear TRA chairs,
Following on from the email below we have followed the roadmap and we will be restarting taking routine repairs from Monday 3 August.
We have changed the online form for the short term, the new form doesn’t require a username or password to raise a repair which will help us during the coming weeks in logging the number of repairs we are likely to receive.
The link is below and we are happy for TRA chairs to report repairs from today which will help us trial the system before the full rollout on Monday. From Monday the form will be linked from the repairs section of the Southwark website.
As always your feedback is welcome. Queries relating to this please send to me directly and a reminder that you can call the priority TRA call centre line on 020 7525 0596 during office hours for day to day queries.
On 9 Jul 2020, at 13:35:
SENT ON BEHALF OF DAVE HODGSON, DIRECTOR OF ASSET MANAGEMENT
Dear TRA chairs,
This has been a challenging few months for our community. As you will know one of the decisions the council had to take early on was to suspend all non-urgent repairs in response to the COVID-19 lockdown.
This suspension is still in place, but we are now planning how to resume this work, and to catch up on repairs we have not been able to do, as soon as restrictions have been sufficiently eased and it is safe to do so. While most council staff have been able to continue to their work from home, repairs operatives work out of Frensham Street depot. Like all our buildings, we need to ensure that the depot is safe for increasing numbers of staff to access welfare facilities and stores etc whilst exercising social distancing and good hygiene.
If there is an emergency repair issue residents should phone the contact centre as normal by calling 0800 952 4444 or 020 7525 2600, this services continues to be open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Any issues can be escalated to managers both in and out of hours
Whilst we work hard to make sure all repairs are completed first time, it is not always possible. Residents should be encouraged initially to escalate any issues themselves, either online using their MySouthwark account, or by calling the contact centre.
We still have the TRA priority line in place at the call centre, which you can access as TRA representatives by calling 020 7525 0596 during office hours.
Lastly, I would like to refer you to the following Roadmap for consideration and feedback that has been prepared by repairs team as an indication of the journey needed to return us to a service that resembles the pre COVID-19 position.
We are also looking at having meetings where we can discuss further our reopening and any further questions you have. We will communicate these out separately.
Week one – 6 July 2020
Week two – 13 July 2020
Week three – 20 July 2020
Week four – 27 July 2020
Week five – 3 August 2020
We need to ensure that the service isn’t overwhelmed and that we can undertake those repairs we already know about first and continue to respond to emergencies when residents need us which is why we won’t hesitate to pull back or change the plan as we move through the weeks.
Director of Asset Management
Housing and Modernisation
Housing and Modernisation
160 Tooley Street
2nd Floor, Hub 5
London SE1 2QH
PO Box 64529
2nd Floor, Hub 5
London SE1P 5LX
This week we are launching our summer Race to health challenge in partnership with Southwark Libraries as a way of keeping families active during the summer. We would really appreciate if this could be circulated to all groups and cascaded to local families.
Race to Health at home: The grizzly bear who lost his GRRRRR!
3 August – 30 August
What is Race to Health?
Race to Health is an award winning online physical activity challenge that helps children and their families to be more physically active at home as part of a team – in this case a library team. Each participant will pick a Southwark library that they will compete for to try and become part of the Southwark Race To Health Champions!
Please click here for more information and instructions on how to register, or alternatively keep reading for more details.
Please adhere to current social distancing guidelines and government advice.
How it works
The game theme is following Fred’s journey from the classic book, The grizzly bear who lost his GRRRRR! (by Rob Bidduloph). Each minute of physical activity completed by children and their families will be converted into miles and will contribute to their chosen library teams total. This helps Fred to move around a game map visiting some cool places and making new friends! The wining library will be the one with the highest total active minutes completed and will win receive £250 decathlon vouchers.
Children and their families need to log their physical activity minutes on our fun interactive web site which provides tips on how to increase your daily physical activity. Whilst on the website children will be able to track their own activity progress, and compare this to other members of the same library team. Children and families will also be able to customise their own page, collecting medals and points.
Once completed, children will be able to download their own personalised participation certificate and has a digital trophy appear in their trophy cabinet!
How can I take part?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the below information (copy and paste the table):
It may take up to 24hrs to receive your login pack
|Full name of parent/carer to set up login:
|Preferred email to receive game communications|
|Chosen Southwark Library to represent:||
|Family information||Number of males||Number of females|
|Adults (aged 18yrs+)|
|Youth (aged 12-17yrs)|
|Children (aged 0-11yrs)|
|Registered with a disability or other sensory impairment|
Comment on this application here.