What’s on in Southwark this summer…

southwark-summer_cropWhat’s on for children, young people and families

There’s a host of events and activities for children and families this summer as part of our Summer of Play programme. Check out a few up-coming highlights below.

Wildlife photography competition for children and young people

If you’re aged 8 to 17 you can take part in our summer wildlife photography competition

Try beach volleyball

Free of charge: young people can join in beach volleyball sessions and could even be picked to represent Southwark at the London Youth Games. Sessions continue until 23 August.

Visit Elephant Springs: a new natural play area in SE1

Elephant springs is a new urban oasis in Elephant and Castle with rocks, streams, sand and water fountains. If you’re local, pop along for a unique experience.

Try pond dipping and join a big butterfly count

Head to the free open day at Lavender Pond Nature Reserve on Saturday 24 July, 11am to 4pm. Activities include pond dipping, craft and a Big Butterfly Count at 2pm.

Take up the summer reading challenge!

This year’s summer reading challenge theme is Wild World Heroes and will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet. Prizes are on offer for children who read six books over the summer holidays. Find out how to take up the summer reading challenge.

>> Check out all our summer listings for children and young people


What’s on for all ages

At part of our Southwark Summer programme there’s also lots on for all ages. Here are some highlights:

Food, drink and rides at the Rotherhithe festival

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Latin American festival at Dulwich Park

Celebrate Latin America through independent cinema, dance, music and regional cuisine on 24 and 25 July at Dulwich Park. Tickets start at £25.

Join a local archaeology walk

Join a guided walk around the historic borough of Southwark, exploring Borough and Bankside’s archaeology on 29 or 31 July. Free, but booking required.

>> See all listings


COVID-19 updates

Vaccination walk-in sites in south east London

There are lots of opportunities to still get your vaccine, including walk-in clinics at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals (every day) and Charlton Athletic football club (24 July) and many other places across Southwark and southeast London. You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

You can also book your appointment via the NHS website.

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Walk-in vaccination clinics, family fitness classes, funding for high streets and more

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Dear resident,

Get your COVID-19 vaccination this week

COVID-19 rates are rising across London. It’s important to get vaccinated if you’re eligible and to keep getting tested regularly.

Over 40? Get your first or second dose at a walk-in clinic this week

There are walk-in vaccination clinics across Southwark this week for people aged 40+.

  • If you’re aged 40+ and have not have the COVID-19 vaccine you can get your first dose at
    a walk-in clinic this week.
  • You can also go to a walk-in clinic for your second dose if it is 8 weeks or more since your
    first AstraZeneca dose and you don’t have your second dose booked.
  • You don’t need an appointment and the vaccine is free to everyone.
  • You do not need proof of address, immigration status, ID or an NHS number.

Don’t miss your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

The Delta variant now makes up 96% of new cases. After only one dose, the vaccines are around 26% to 40% effective at reducing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant. After two doses, the vaccines are estimated to be between 76% and 84% effective against symptomatic disease.

If you book online, you’ll need to book appointments for both doses. If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your second dose.

Survey: Let’s talk about life after COVID-19

Help us shape Southwark into an even better place to live, work and enjoy life. Give us your thoughts as we plan what the borough should look and feel like as we work to recover from the last 15 months. Survey closes 30 July.

Rotherhithe Festival returns on 7 August

The Rotherhithe Festival will return to King George’s Fields, SE16 on Saturday 7 August. It’s a great day of free music with food, drink and rides and attractions for children, starting at 11.30am and finishing at 8.30pm.

Aged 14+? Come to our Youth New Deal launch event

Aged 14+ and live in Southwark? White Yardie will be hosting our online youth event to launch Southwark’s ‘Youth New Deal’ on 8 July 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The Youth New Deal puts young people at the heart of decision-making in Southwark. Come to the event to hear from some great speakers, have your say and share your views. Contact youthserviceinfo@southwark.gov.uk to book your place now!

Check out this promotional video to find out more: https://youtu.be/x5XGPO2_JaU

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone expands from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?

The central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to (but not including) the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards but you can check your vehicle now.  

Thank you to the emergency services

Following the fire in Elephant & Castle on Monday our huge thanks go to the London Fire Brigade and the emergency services for all their efforts to keep everyone safe. Our thanks also go to residents for staying calm and to council officers who supported them.

Free family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for you and your family with a range of classes to choose from, including Zumba and family yoga. Join in our free classes, running from 22 June to 1 October,  aimed at families with young children. For more information visit www.southwark.gov.uk/familyfunfitness or pre-book your place now.

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We’re linking young people with jobs, training, career support and educational opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. Sign up now to get jobs, training and education opportunities by email.

Elephant and Castle statue returns

Elephant and Castle’s much-loved elephant statue was given a big welcome back on Saturday. The statue, which used to stand outside the shopping centre, has been restored and can now be found in Castle Square. The statue will stay at Castle Square while the new Elephant and Castle town centre development is completed. Find out more about the regeneration of Elephant and Castle.

Food growing on Southwark housing estates

Would you like to grow food in new growing spaces or community gardens? Southwark’s community gardening coordinators will help groups of residents look at potential sites and develop projects. If interested, find out how to apply or email us for more information.

Funding available to improve our high streets

Do you have a great idea to revitalise our town centres? Apply to The High Street Recovery Fund to have the chance to bring your big idea to life, shape our high streets, support local businesses and bring long term benefits to Southwark. Application deadline is 27 July.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

There are increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southwark and it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

How to book a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19

It’s essential that you get a PCR test as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

You and anyone you live with should stay at home until you get your test result. Only leave your home to have a test. Find out how to book a COVID-19 test at a local testing site or order a home testing kit.

Please keep following the rules

Despite the success of the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 cases are rising again in Southwark. It is vital that we continue to follow the current guidance. This means:

  • work at home if you can
  • washing our hands regularly
  • keeping our distance from others (only mixing inside in groups of up to six or two households)
  • wearing a face covering when required (unless you’re exempt).

The government has confirmed they plan to lift restrictions on 19 July. Check all the current rules.

www.southwark.gov.uk

COVID-19: rates are rising in Southwark

Dear resident

 

COVID-19 rates are rising in Southwark and across much of the country. Given the rising numbers nationally, the government has announced a pause in the roadmap out of lockdown so that more people can get vaccinated before we move to step 4. 

It’s important to get vaccinated if you’re eligible and to keep getting tested regularly.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination today

Everyone aged 18 or over can now book their COVID-19 vaccination.

Get your first COVID-19 vaccination at a walk-in clinic at Guy’s hospital

If you’re aged 40 or over and you’ve not had your first vaccination, come to Guy’s hospital on any day until the end of June, 8am to 7pm, to get an AstraZeneca vaccine. No need to book. You don’t need ID, an NHS number, proof of your address or immigration status.

Don’t miss your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

The Delta variant now makes up 96% of new cases. After only one dose, the vaccines are around 26% to 40% effective at reducing symptomatic disease from the Delta variant. After two doses, the vaccines are estimated to be between 76% and 84% effective against symptomatic disease.

If you book online, you’ll need to book appointments for both doses. If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your second dose.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

There are increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southwark and it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

Survey about women’s safety

Tell us your experiences as a woman living in Southwark by completing our confidential women’s safety survey and help us take the right steps to improve the safety of all women in our borough.

Aged 14 to 19? Stand for the Southwark Youth Parliament

Are you aged 14 to 19 and live in Southwark? Make a difference on issues that matter most to young people and stand as a Youth Parliament candidate for your school, youth club or local area. For more information and to apply visit www.southwark.gov.uk/youthparliament. Applications close on 25 June.

Free family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for you and your family with a range of classes to choose from, including Zumba and family yoga. Join in our free classes, running from 22 June to 1 October,  aimed at families with young children. For more information visit www.southwark.gov.uk/familyfunfitness or pre-book your place now

Quick survey: tell us about renting in Southwark

We have seen a huge response to our proposals for private rented property licensing schemes, but we still want to hear from more of you. Share your experiences and help us make private renting better. To get involved complete the consultation now

Get help if you’re struggling with stress, anxiety or low mood

Get support to improve your mental health. If you’re registered with a Southwark GP you can also self-refer for talking therapies to get support for mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

New exciting adult learning courses starting in June

You can sign-up for one of our new courses starting this month: local history walks, textiles, upholstery, painting, digital photography, carving, creative writing and much more. Courses are available weekdays, evening and weekends.

Food growing on Southwark housing estates

Would you like to grow food in new growing spaces or community gardens? Southwark’s community gardening coordinators will help groups of residents look at potential sites and develop projects. If interested, find out how to apply or email us for more information.

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone expands from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?

The central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to (but not including) the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards but you can check your vehicle now.  

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We’re linking young people with jobs, training, career support and educational opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. Sign up now to get jobs, training and education opportunities by email.

And if you’re a green-fingered jobseeker who loves being outdoors, why not have a look at the gardening jobs on offer at the council?

Get the TfL app to help you travel safely across London

Plan your journeys across London using the TfL Go app. Get live bus and train times and quieter times to travel, all Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and tram lines updates, walking and cycling routes, and accessible routes using the step-free mode.

Funding available to improve our high streets

Do you have a great idea to revitalise our town centres? Apply to The High Street Recovery Fund to have the chance to bring your big idea to life, shape our high streets, support local businesses and bring long term benefits to Southwark. Application deadline is 27 July.

www.southwark.gov.uk

Aged 25 or over? Book your COVID-19 vaccination now

 

Book your COVID-19 vaccination today

Everyone aged 25 or over is now eligible, as well as people with certain health conditions, those who work in health or social care, those with a learning disability and those who care for others.

If you’re eligible book your COVID-19 vaccination now.

Get your first COVID-19 vaccination at a walk-in clinic on Saturday 

If you’re aged 40 or over and you’ve not had your first vaccination, come to Guy’s Hospital on Saturday 12 June from 8am to 6pm to get an AstraZeneca vaccine. No need to book.

Don’t miss your second COVID-19 vaccine dose

The first dose of the vaccine should give you good protection from COVID-19 from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it. But you need both doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

If you book online, you’ll need to book appointments for both doses. If you have your first dose through your GP surgery, you’ll be contacted when it’s time to book your second dose.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

There are increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Southwark and it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

Please keep following the rules

Despite the success of the vaccine rollout, COVID-19 cases are rising again in Southwark. It is vital that we continue to follow the current guidance. This means:

  • work at home if you can
  • washing our hands regularly,
  • keeping our distance from others (only mixing outside in groups of up to six or two households)
  • wearing a face covering when required (unless you’re exempt).

Check all the current rules

Aged 14 to 19? Stand for the Southwark Youth Parliament

Are you aged 14 to 19 and live in Southwark? Make a difference on issues that matter most to young people and stand as a Youth Parliament candidate for your school, youth club or local area. For more information and to apply visit www.southwark.gov.uk/youthparliament. Applications close on 25 June.

Help design outdoor spaces in Bankside

America Street, Wardens Grove and Ewer Street in Bankside are getting a new look and the Low Line team would like you to be a part of the process. You’re invited to join a workshop with architectural practice, JA Projects on 15 or 22 June and share your ideas.

Quick survey: tell us about renting in Southwark

We have seen a huge response to our proposals for private rented property licensing schemes, but we still want to hear from more of you. Share your experiences and help us make private renting better. To get involved complete the consultation now

Let’s talk about women’s safety

Tell us your experiences as a woman living in Southwark by completing our confidential women’s safety survey and help us take the right steps to improve the safety of all women in our borough.

New exciting adult learning courses starting in June

You can sign-up for one of our new courses starting this month: local history walks, textiles, upholstery, painting, digital photography, carving, creative writing and much more. Courses are available weekdays, evening and weekends.

Food growing on Southwark housing estates

Would you like to grow food in new growing spaces or community gardens? Southwark’s community gardening coordinators will help groups of residents look at potential sites and develop projects. If interested, find out how to apply or email us for more information.

The Ultra-Low Emission Zone expands from 25 October 2021. Have you checked your vehicle?

The central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanding to create a single, larger zone up to (but not including) the North Circular Road (A406) and South Circular Road (A205). Four out of five cars already meet the ULEZ emissions standards but you can check your vehicle now.  

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We’re linking young people with jobs, training, career support and educational opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. Sign up now to get jobs, training and education opportunities by email.

And if you’re a green-fingered jobseeker who loves being outdoors, why not have a look at the gardening jobs on offer at the council?

We’re looking for foster carers from the LGBTQ community

Do you know someone from the LGBTQ community who would make a great foster carer? Would you? Why not come along to our next fostering information meeting on Tuesday 15 June at 12 noon to find out more.

Get the TfL app to help you travel safely across London

Plan your journeys across London using the TfL Go app. Get live bus and train times and quieter times to travel, all Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and tram lines updates, walking and cycling routes, and accessible routes using the step-free mode.

www.southwark.gov.uk

First anniversary of the murder of George Floyd: join us in a minute’s silence

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Dear resident,

 

Today, 25 May, marks the first anniversary of the dreadful murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by police officer Derek Chauvin.

In Southwark we will take a moment to remember George, and all the victims of racism through history. Please join us at 12 noon for a minute’s silence as we stand together against racism, discrimination and inequality.

Last year, following the horrific murder, Southwark Council launched a new programme called Southwark Stands Together. By bringing people together from different backgrounds, we sought to hear and better understand experiences of racism, discrimination and inequality in our community. We hosted listening events that were attended by more than 1,500 people and 1,268 people responded to an online survey that the council shared.

We are now working to take action based on what you told us in the listening events and survey. Whilst there is much still to do, we are making good progress on a range of issues including:

  • Working to ensure those with influence in our borough reflect our communities, for example by working to attract more Black professionals onto governing bodies in Southwark schools, and by increasing the number of Black, Asian and ethnic minority colleagues at senior management level in the council.
  • Working with all schools in the borough to reduce exclusions and keep children in school, recognising that exclusions disproportionately affect our children from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds
  • Helping to build trust between the police and the community, and find solutions to deep-rooted concerns around stop and search. As part of this work, a new Youth Independent Advisory Group has been formed with over 25 members aged 14+, to work together with the police and other organisations to influence policy for people living in the borough
  • Identifying statues, street names and any other links with slavery as part of an anti-racist audit, so that our borough can make positive changes to reject these historic links, and instead honour a more diverse range of people for positive reasons

Find out more about our progress in helping to tackle racism and make Southwark an equal borough.

Whilst I am proud of the progress we have made as a community, in this painful but active year, we know that we all need to do much more challenge ourselves to be better, stronger and unequivocally anti-racist in all that we do.

Thank you

Kieron

Vaccine update

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

As lockdown restrictions ease it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

Please keep following the rules

The rollout of the vaccine and the impact of the recent restrictions has led to a decline in COVID-19 numbers. However, it is vital that we continue to follow the current guidance. This means:

  • washing our hands regularly,
  • keeping our distance from others (only mixing outside in groups of up to six or two households)
  • wearing a face covering when required (unless you’re exempt).

Check all the current rules

Learn how to do home repairs

Did you know that we have a series of fix it at home online videos to help you complete simple repairs around your home? This includes changing a light bulb, checking your smoke alarm and unblocking your toilet.

Albion Primary school joins in walk to school week

As part of Walk to School week our Road Safety and Sustainable Travel team went to Albion Primary school in Rotherhithe last week. The team joined year three children who practised basic road crossing and how to deal with parked cars, as part of their pedestrian training. Albion Primary does much to promote sustainable travel, they also have a time school street closure outside their school and no less than four bikes sheds in the playground!

Sign up for a free cycling skills course

If you’re new to cycling or want to brush up on your skills then TfL is running an online course. Sign up to improve your cycling skills and get 15% off Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks or helmets once you complete the course modules.

Tell us where you’d like bike hangars or storage in Southwark

We have an ongoing programme to roll out new rentable bike hangars. We want to know how many people would like access to a bike hangar in their area, and where the most-requested locations are.

Get the TfL app to help you travel safely across London

Plan your journeys across London using the TfL Go app. Get live bus and train times and quieter times to travel, all Tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and tram lines updates, walking and cycling routes, and accessible routes using the step-free mode.

Get help if you’re struggling with low mood, stress or anxiety

Get support to improve your mental health. If you’re registered with a Southwark GP you can also self-refer for talking therapies to get support for mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Get checked for cancer to catch it early

If you’re due for bowel, cervical or breast cancer screening, you’ll get an invitation. But don’t wait to be invited if you’re worried about changes to your body – contact your GP straight away.

Job and career support for 16 to 25 year olds

We’re linking young people with jobs, training, career support and educational opportunities to help them achieve a bright future. Sign up now to get jobs, training and education opportunities by email.

African literature gifted to Peckham Library

We are delighted to accept and share hundreds of books from the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. The books are copies of previous submissions for the prize and have been gifted to Peckham Library. There is a wealth of glorious, powerful and exciting African literature and we are happy to bring these stories to the people of Peckham and beyond.

New heritage centre and library open in Southwark

The new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library officially launched last week. Delivered by the council, in partnership with Lendlease, as part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, this brand new facility combines a heritage centre for the whole borough with a local library for Walworth. Drop-in to borrow one of 20,000 books, check out the Story of Southwark and Myth Making exhibitions or simply make use of the free wifi and study space. 

A message from Cllr Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council

Up update on COVID-19, a new heritage centre, free fitness classes and more

kw

Dear resident

Thank you to everyone in Southwark who has played their part in bringing COVID-19 rates down significantly. The national rule changes today mean that we can now meet indoors in groups of six or two households, or outdoors in groups of up to 30.

We all still need to be careful. We are still seeing cases of Covid in Southwark every week. So, please keep following the rules and wearing a face covering when required (unless exempt), so we can all help keep rates low.

Like so many others I had my first vaccine dose recently – it was quick and painless – and I encourage you, if you’re eligible, to book your vaccination now. There is a real risk of rates will go back up again over the coming month and getting your jab is the best way to protect yourself.

Today’s rule changes also mean that pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can reopen indoors. We are working hard to support businesses through the pandemic. We’ve distributed nearly £130m of financial support to businesses in Southwark and issued over 250 licenses allowing more pubs, cafés and restaurants to put tables and chairs outside their premises. My thanks go to all businesses in Southwark who have been working hard to make their premises safe for returning customers.

Similarly, whilst our leisure centres and libraries reopened a while ago, the new rules mean more group activities can now restart. I was delighted to look round the brand new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library recently. It’s a fantastic facility for the whole community and I thoroughly recommend local residents visit when they get a chance. I know just what a vital role good local libraries play in our communities and that’s why we have and will continue to invest in them. This is the third new library building we’ve opened in the past six years and a fourth is due to open early next year on the Aylesbury Estate.

Finally, I wanted to share that we’re putting together plans for a ‘summer of play’ in Southwark. The pandemic has hit children and schools really hard and we want to see children having a summer of fun, with their friends, doing what they enjoy and improving their physical and mental wellbeing. There will be lots we’re doing to support this and we’ll share more details soon. We also have big plans for the future of our adventure playgrounds too, with £3m of improvements on the way so Southwark’s children can enjoy them for years to come.

Thank you for all you’re doing to keep Southwark safe.

Kieron

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week

As lockdown restrictions ease it’s important we continue to get tested regularly, even if we’ve been vaccinated. If you don’t have have symptoms there are different ways to get tested in Southwark:

Book your COVID-19 vaccination now

Everyone aged over 38 is now eligible, as well as people with certain health conditions, those who work in health or social care, those with a learning disability and those who care for others.

If you’re eligible book your vaccination now or go to a pop-up vaccination clinic in Southwark this week.

Don’t miss your second dose

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should give you good protection from COVID-19 from 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it.

But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you longer lasting protection.

When you’re called for your second vaccine please do turn up.

Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library opens

The new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library officially launches this week. Delivered by the council, in partnership with Lendlease, as part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle, this brand new facility combines a heritage centre for the whole borough with a local library for Walworth. Drop-in to borrow one of 20,000 books, check out the Story of Southwark and Myth Making exhibitions or simply make use of the free wifi and study space.

Find out more about fostering

Read our foster carers’ profiles which show #WhyWeCare about fostering. If you are thinking about fostering you can email us to arrange a 1-2-1 informal chat with our team to find out more.

Support for businesses as they reopen

Get support to reopen your business safely and reassure customers you have minimised COVID-19 risks on your premises. You can also download posters to help keep staff and customers safe from COVID-19.

Shop local as restrictions ease

Please support your local high street as restrictions ease. Many of our favourite local shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants have struggled through the different lockdowns, but from today the hospitality industry is now able to open up inside as well as outside, with the right safety measures in place. Remember that when the weather permits, it’s still safer to choose to be outside.

Please shop local wherever possible, and help our local businesses get back on track after a difficult year.

Schools-led approach to mental health benefits over 30,000 pupils

We approved £2m in funding to support and grow the work of schools to promote the mental health and wellbeing of the borough’s children and young people. Hear from pupils and teachers about initiatives that are building resilience and improving mental health in schools.

Get checked for cancer to catch it early

If you’re due for bowel, cervical or breast cancer screening, you’ll get an invitation. But don’t wait to be invited if you’re worried about changes to your body – contact your GP straight away.

Free online family fun fitness classes

Work on your fitness and create a balanced lifestyle for your family. Join in online yoga, dance and fitness classes, suitable for families with young children. Join new classes each week at 10am on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays, or on catch up.

Join in your local housing forum

You can now register to attend your next local housing forum meeting. These online meetings are for anyone who lives in a council home, including council-owned temporary accommodation. The next meetings will take place in the first two weeks in June, and the topic of rooftop homes will be on the agenda.

Quick survey: renting in Southwark

We want to change the way we license rented homes in Southwark. We want to do this to improve the quality of rented homes in the borough and create a fairer system with better protection for tenants.

>> Please share your views about renting in our survey

Anyone can take part in the survey and share their views. Your feedback will help us finalise our proposals.

Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on 6 May

Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on 6 May

It is just under a week to the Mayor of London and London Assembly Elections on Thursday 6 May. Have you made your plan to vote?

  • Send in your completed postal votes now if you have one.
  • If you are voting on the day our polling stations will be safe to use. Social distancing measures will be in places so there may be queues. Please remember your mask (unless exempt) and bring you own pen or pencil.
  • Only vote at a polling station if you are feeling well.

Find out information about the candidates for the election on Thursday 6 May


Remembering a hero

The heroic actions of Folajimi Olubunmi-Adewole last weekend, which so tragically led to his death, have touched us all. The Mayor of Southwark, Leader of the Council, and Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Safety, have privately visited the site of the tragedy to leave flowers, and the council is considering ways that the borough can remember Jimi’s tremendous bravery and celebrate his life, in line with the wishes of his family.

Cllr Kieron Williams said: “Real heroes share two things: the compassion to care and the bravery to act. Folajimi Adewole had both in abundance. My thoughts are with this family and friends and all who loved him.”


If you’re eligible, book your COVID-19 vaccination

If you’re aged 40 or over, or will be by 1 July 2021, or you’re in another eligible category, you can book your vaccination now.


Next Steps Newsletter – April edition – Opportunities for Young People

Dear colleagues,

You’ll be aware that the Next Steps newsletter was launched earlier this year to inform young people of local opportunities for learning, work, career experiences and volunteering.

The April newsletter is packed full of opportunities that may benefit the young people you or your partners work with – please do circulate the link, and encourage young people to subscribe to future newsletters, and visit our sign posting pages.

If you/partners have opportunities you’d like to include in future newsletters, please email me.

Thank you

Nazmin

Nazmin Yeahia

Principal Strategy Officer, Local Economy Team

Chief Executive’s Department

Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH

T: 020 7525 1837

E: nazmin.yeahia@southwark.gov.uk

My working days are Monday – Wednesday

Vaccine update, COVID-19 anniversary service, Census reminder and more

ckw

Dear resident

Next Tuesday, 23 March, marks the first anniversary of COVID-19 taking hold in our country, and will be a National Day of Reflection. In Southwark we will mark this day with a service (details below) including the national minute’s silence, when we will remember those tragically lost to COVID-19 in our borough, and the incredible contribution so many of you have made in supporting friends, neighbours, families and communities through this difficult time.

I am very glad to say the COVID-19 case rate in Southwark is now one of the lowest in London, at 20 positive cases per 100,000 people. However the virus is still as easy to catch and pass on so please keep sticking to the rules and remembering hands, face space. The vaccines are safe and effective and continue to offer us all the best hope for moving out of the pandemic, so I encourage everyone who is eligible, to have their jab.

Young people have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. COVID-19 has meant disruption to their education, reductions in the opportunities available to them as they leave education and an increase in the mental health challenges they face. That’s why we’ve announced our new Southwark Youth Deal that will see us investing additional funding to offer more support and opportunities for young people.

We are investing an extra £1m in local youth services, expanding our free Nest mental health service for all young people into schools and spending £2.5m renewing our adventure playgrounds. This is alongside ensuring young people in our borough have access to paid internships, apprenticeships and scholarships and launching a new Youth Parliament to ensure all of this work is shaped by local young people. We will be announcing more details of some of our new schemes soon. In the meantime, please see below for more information on the support and opportunities available.

I also want to say that like everyone across the country, I was shocked and saddened by the murder of Sarah Everard. My thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones and with all the women who have been subject to and are survivors of violence. It is good to see misogyny will now finally be treated as a hate crime, something the council has been calling for, for some time. Over the last two years we have developed a detailed plan to tackle violence against women and girls in our borough, and our council-funded Solace Advocacy and Support Services is there for all women experiencing violence. I know there is still much more to do and over the next few weeks we will be setting out further actions we will be taking.

Best wishes,

Kieron

COVID-19 anniversary service

Tuesday 23 March marks the first anniversary of COVID-19 taking hold in the UK. In Southwark, as part of the National Day of Reflection, a short service will be held (and streamed on our YouTube channel), when we will remember those tragically lost in our borough.

Opportunities and support for young people

Safety update about the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

Following a rigorous scientific review of all available data, the UK regulator (@MHRAgovuk) has said that the public should continue to get their vaccine when invited to do so. They have confirmed that the available evidence does not suggest that blood clots in veins are caused by the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Census day is 21 March

Census Day is 21 March – every household in the borough is expected to take part. Find out more about what the census means for you. If you need any help filling out your Census form you can call 020 7525 5144 and speak to a trained member of staff.

No symptoms? Book a rapid test now

There are now two rapid testing centres in Southwark for people who don’t have symptoms. If you leave home regularly, for essential reasons, we recommend getting tested up to twice a week.

Testing site locations

  • London Bridge St Thomas Street exit, London Bridge Station, SE1 9QU
  • Peckham, Damilola Taylor Centre, 1 East Surrey Grove, Peckham, SE15 6DR

You can book a test now – but walk-in tests are usually available.

>> Book a free test now if you don’t have symptoms

Are you worried about domestic or sexual abuse?

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can leave home to seek help or support. There is national domestic abuse advice and support available but you should call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Locally, the Solace Advocacy and Support Service provides help and advice on domestic abuse for anyone in Southwark aged 16 or over.

Sign up for a postal vote ahead of 6 May

Elections in London will take place on 6 May. Your local polling station will be safe but you can avoid any queues by signing up to vote by post now.

Do you have time to care for others?

Have you been thinking about new opportunities or careers that help others? With our support, you could become a foster carer. Find out more at our next online information meeting on Tuesday 30 March at 6pm.

More time to have your say on the regeneration of Old Kent Road

The council has extended the consultation period on the Old Kent Road Area Action Plan. You now have until 10 May 2021 to provide your comments on the updated regeneration plans for the area which were published in December.

Is your child finding returning to school/college challenging?

The Nest can provide free mental wellbeing support for young people aged 11 to 25 struggling with low level mental health concerns such as anxiety and low mood. Young people and their families are able to directly refer themselves to The Nest without the need for a professional referral. To find out more please get in touch or call 020 8138 1805 to speak to a member of the team.

Train to be a social worker in just 14 months

If you’re thinking about a career in social work, find out if you’re eligible and how you can earn while you learn. We’re looking for people to support children and families in the borough. Apply for the social work training scheme by midday on 7 April 2021.

Testing for the COVID-19 variant in parts of SE5

The South African COVID-19 variant has been found in the Faraday Ward. Residents in the affected area have been given home testing kits. The variant doesn’t appear to cause any more severe symptoms than the regular COVID-19 strain, nor does it yet appear to be resistant to the vaccines.

Spring adult learning courses

We are planning new courses to start at the end of April – if you are interested in art, sewing, print making, pottery, dance or fitness courses please email us to enrol or further course details will shortly be available online.

Get checked for cancer – the NHS is open

Cancer screening was paused in 2020, but is back up and running. If you are due for bowel, cervical or breast cancer screening, you will receive an invitation. Going for cancer screening is important and measures are in place to keep you safe. If you are worried about changes to your body, don’t wait to be invited – contact your GP straight away.

Get help if you’re struggling with low mood, stress or anxiety

Get support to improve your mental health. If you’re registered with a Southwark GP you can also self-refer for talking therapies to get support for mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

25 new council homes to be built on the Styles House estate

25 new council homes are set to be built on the Styles House estate after Southwark Council approved the proposals for a new residential development at Planning Committee last month. The proposals comprise a new 14-storey residential tower, at the junction of The Cut and Hatfields, which will provide 25 new homes, all of which will be for social rent.

Survey for young people aged 16 to 18

If you are aged 16 to 18 in Year 12 or 13, please complete our post-16 activity survey if you are in education, employment or training. If you are not in education please get in touch. Our Post-16 Service supports young people back into education and provides advice on training and college courses.

Sign up for a free cycling skills course

TfL is running an online course if you’re new to cycling or want to brush up on your skills. Sign up to improve your cycling skills and get 15% off Halfords own-brand cycle lights, locks or helmets once you complete the course modules.

The Elephant Magazine Spring 2021

Keep up to date with everything that’s happening in Elephant and Castle. The Elephant Magazine brings you all the latest news on the regeneration of the area alongside features on neighbourhood businesses and the local community. The Spring issue is out now. Pick up your copy in Elephant and Castle or read online.

Share your views on private rented homes in Southwark

Share your experiences and help us improve the quality of private rented housing across the borough by completing our consultation.

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New Covid testing sites in Southwark

Testing if you don’t have symptoms

There are now two rapid testing centres in Southwark for people who don’t have symptoms. If you leave home regularly, for essential reasons, we recommend getting tested up to twice a week.

Testing site locations

  • London Bridge (open from Monday 22 February), St Thomas Street exit, London Bridge Station, SE1 9QU
  • Peckham, Damilola Taylor Centre, 1 East Surrey Grove, Peckham, SE15 6DR

You can book a test now – but walk-in tests are usually available.

>> Book a free test now if you don’t have symptoms

Testing if you have symptoms

There are now three symptomatic testing sites in Southwark: in Peckham, Dulwich and Walworth Square (near Elephant and Castle). For these sites you must book your test in advance.

>> Book a free test now if you have symptoms