It is an honour to be elected as Leader of Southwark Council. As Leader, I want to work with everyone in Southwark to keep building a better future and unlocking the amazing potential I see in every part of our community.
Never has that potential been clearer than during this pandemic. Seeing volunteers, frontline workers, public services, charities, faith groups and businesses all step up together has been truly inspiring. I want to thank you all for the part you have played. Your actions have shown incredible strength and resilience.
Sadly the pandemic is far from over and our continued response to COVID-19 remains our top priority. Cases and hospital admissions are rising across London and much of the UK. If action isn’t taken quickly, we risk seeing another dramatic rise in hospitalizations and, tragically, deaths.
I welcome the additional restrictions that have been introduced this week – further information about these is below – and I have joined the Mayor of London in calling for further targeted restrictions in London to help keep us all safe.Although COVID-19 is the most pressing and urgent issue we face, it is not our only challenge. The unequal impact of the pandemic on different communities has shone a light on wider inequalities and injustice in our society. My ambition as Leader is to unite communities in Southwark so we can break down that inequality, and not just rebuild from the crisis, but build something better. A Southwark where everyone has a home, where everyone can get a decent job, where we end our carbon emissions and where everyone is empowered to make the best of their life.
I look forward to working with you to continue to build a better future for the people of Southwark.
Thank you and stay safe.
Update on new Covid-19 rules
This week the government announced a tightening of Covid restrictions in a number of areas and also launched its new Test and Trace app.
Self-isolating is a legal requirement from 28 September
From 28 September you are legally required to self-isolate, if you’ve tested positive or been told to by the test and trace service. People who don’t self-isolate when required could now be fined. If you need to self-isolate and you’re on a low income and can’t work from home, you may be eligible for £500 hardship payment. We are waiting for further details from the government about how this will work.
New rules for pubs, restaurants and shops
Some businesses need to follow updated rules where appropriate. This includes shop staff wearing face coverings, and pubs and restaurants closing by 10pm and implementing table service only.
Businesses must display a contact tracing poster
Businesses and some other organisations must download and display a QR code poster for customers and visitors to support contract tracing.
Download the Test and Trace app
You can now download the national test and trace app. The app has a number of features including alerting users if they have been near other app users who have tested positive for coronavirus. Find out more about the app.
Changes for indoor sports and weddings
Indoor team sports can now only be played by a maximum of six people. Weddings can now only have a maximum of 15 guests.
Keep washing your hands, social distancing and wear a face covering
In addition to the new rules we must keep washing our hands regularly, keep our distance from others (and not meet with more than six people), and wear a face covering in shops and on transport.
Self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms
If you have coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate and get a free test.
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 email@example.com 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|
For any further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We thought you might like this Isolation Wellbeing Pack – newsletter attached. It has some great links to museums, galleries and other mood lifting public spaces that are doing things online.
Over the weekend, why not try some indoor food growing? Thank you local tenant Tina who has provide us with this great information for indoor food growing from Random Acts of Green.
In Southwark we have a Universal Credit Network, made up of front line services. Next Tuesday they will be holding a Zoom call and taking questions regarding
Universal Credit. This won’t be an opportunity to ask direct questions about your case (but we can look into that at a later date). It will be an opportunity to learn from experts and ask important questions. It would be lovely if you could join us, if it is not directly relevant to you, it may be to one of your neighbours so you can learn about it and we can support you to share that
knowledge. Information is below.
Don’t forget to tune in to Resonance 104.4fm (from your kitchen radio) or online at resonancefm.com at 11.30am on Monday where you can hear our interview with Cabinet Member Leo Pollak.
Thank you all, stay safe. And remember – if you need a chat, we are hear for that!
Southwark Universal Credit Network Online – COVID-19 Special Q&A
Coronavirus updates from DWP, CAB + Southwark Law Centre and Q&A session. Bring your questions!
You are invited to special meeting of Southwark Universal Credit Network ONLINE:
TUESDAY 28TH APRIL, 10AM – 11:30AM
We will be using ZOOM for this meeting, please register here to receive a link to join the meeting:
Please pass this invite on to any frontline workers in Southwark who support people claiming Universal Credit.
Join the mailing list by emailing: email@example.com
For further info on Southwark Universal Credit Network please visit:
Hope your all doing ok and staying safe!
The PE & School Sports Network have created this brilliant document for families called Spread a little happiness – it is a fantastic resource for parents and families whilst at home during this time, with activities, recipes, games etc… Please share around your communities.
Luke Staples – Preston
Sport and Physical Activity Development Coordinator
Environment and Leisure
Parks and Leisure Service
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