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.

Summer Offer – Cricket


I have been sent an offer from Southwark Park Cricket Club to passed to your residents.

This year Southwark Park Cricket Club will be running the ECB’s fun introduction to cricket, the All Stars programme for girls and boys 5-8 years old.
They are also running the ECB’s new match play Dynamos programme for 8-11 years olds

Sessions will be held on the cricket pitch every Saturday morning from 22 May until 10 July

The children receive their own kitbag and other goodies. There are Free Places for those who need them

For more information and to register your child, visit their website

or email


Luke Staples – Preston

Sport and Physical Activity Development Coordinator
Environment and Leisure
Parks and Leisure Service


Southwark Council

160 Tooley Street
London, SE1 5LX
Mobile: 07936333035; Phone: 020 7525 2687
Contact me on Linkedin

Follow us on Twitter @ActiveSouthwark

Next Steps newsletter April 2021

Welcome to your regular bulletin detailing jobs, training, work experience and other opportunities for Southwark residents aged 16 to 25.

You can also check our web pages for signposting to jobs, work experience, volunteering, training and more.

Get your university tuition fees paid

If you’re under 25 years old, the Southwark Scholarship Scheme could cover the fees for your undergraduate university course. Applications close on 30 April.

Job vacancies and career support with Southwark Works

Find out about the following paid vacancies:

Visit Southwark Works for more job vacancies or get one-to-one careers and employment support.

Work or training advice and support for 16 to 18 year olds

If you’re aged 16 to 18 and currently not in education or employment, our post 16 service offer advice to support you into work or trainingLet us know your career situation and we can help you with your options.

Learn more about software engineering

Register for a free six-week tech talent accelerator programme, where you can build IT and coding skills in preparation for apprenticeship roles in software engineering.

Learn about roles in tech

The Try Tech programme offers an online platform where you can gain knowledge and experience of the tech industry, helping you to move into roles in tech start-ups.

Free online training for in demand jobs

Microsoft is offering free online training courses and tools to build your knowledge and skills to access sought after roles across a range of sectors.

Coaching for young entrepreneurs

Register for free one-to-one career and business coaching for aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16 to 21, available through Business Launchpad. The programme also offers mentoring and health and wellbeing workshops.

Volunteer to make Southwark safer

The Southwark Youth Independent Advisory Group is a new partnership bringing together young people, us, and the Police to make our borough safer for everyone. The group is looking for local volunteers aged 14 to 21 to share their experiences and gain accredited training along the way. For further details contact

Artists wanted for murals at Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels is a vibrant, cultural and artistic destination for the community. Artists can submit proposal for murals that celebrate Peckham by 3 May.

Free courses with GCSE level equivalent qualifications

If you’re 19 or older register for free courses that could gain you GCSE equivalent qualifications (Level 1 and 2) in a range of topics including digital skills, mental health, event planning, business administration and many more.


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 Yeahia

Principal Strategy Officer, Local Economy Team

Chief Executive’s Department

Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH

T: 020 7525 1837


My working days are Monday – Wednesday

Free Online Sewing Class details

I am writing regarding free sewing classes course online.
This course will benefit a lot of people as we all are in lockdown. They will interact with different people plus learn a new skill. I too attended these classes and feel confident in sewing plus developed new skills. I highly recommend this sewing course.

This course will give people confident in upcycle their clothes, develop your skills in making their own clothes and give them a new hobby, plus save money.

I very much appreciate your help, if you can kindly distribute the information to your community and your contacts. If anyone who does not have a sewing machine, they can hand switch.

The course is free and is on every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon. (Two Hours)
Nuria is the sewing teacher.
She teaches how to make:

Skirt and top making, insert zip, pocket, Hemming and make a draft skirt and Top pattern, take body measurements,   
Nuria is from Camden Working Men’s College
Her contact details: –
I like to take this opportunity to thank you for distributing this information.

As you like inspiring woman hope you will pass this to your group and contacts. It’s time to learn new skills and develop a hobby. 

Please circulate free sewing class online to the group or any of your contacts. 

Hope you can help and it is not too much trouble.  

Take Care and Stay Safe.
Kind regards

_________________________________________________________________ Dear Participants 
The sewing class will continue next term online.. 

Please join me next term for more sewing tips and support with your sewing projects. 

Details of the course:

Course ID: GIL8764Create your Sewing ProjectAt: Zoom and then Maiden Lane Community CentreStart: 21 April 2021End: 26 May 2021Day: WednesdayStart Time: 10:00End time: 12:00Tutor: Nuria Ibrahim Shefa

To enrol on the course please complete the following online enrolment form.

Click here:

You will need to write the course ID: GIL8764

and the name of the course: Create your Sewing Project

I will send you the link when you have enrolled on Monday 19th April. 

See you on Wednesday April 21st. 

Best wishes 

 Tish Taylor

Community Education Manager

M:  07920 768612   E:

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


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,


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.

Covid vaccine concerns in the Black community – Saturday 27th at 1pm

Topic: “To jab or not to jab?” Time: 1 pm, Saturday 27 February

Join Zoom Meeting: – meeting ID and passcode is on the flyer

This webinar provides an opportunity for Black Londoners to ask questions about the vaccine to a panel including GPs.  You can ask questions ahead of the panel by emailing

COVAX Black Community Event_

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

Support a Crowdfunder for laptops for local schoolchildren, rapid testing and more

Kieron Williams Header

Dear resident

In Southwark we’re determined to make sure every child can continue to learn during this lockdown. As most are learning from home, we need to ensure they can all get online so they can take part in the remote teaching our schools are providing. That’s why we are backing Laptops for Learning, and I hope those of you who can, will support the Crowdfunder too.

Over 2,000 disadvantaged Southwark pupils don’t have access to a laptop or internet connection, meaning they risk falling behind. To change that, the council has joined forces with the Teaching School Alliance to get every child who needs one, a laptop or tablet.

The council has committed up to £250,000 to match donations from local people, schools and business. We’ve seen an incredible response already with over £45,000 donated to the appeal in just the first few days.

Please support this crucial campaign if you can. Funds raised will provide children with the digital tools they need, not just during lockdown, but for their long-term education.  

>> Donate to the Laptops for Learning Crowdfunder now

Additionally, I’m delighted to say the council has secured an agreement with internet providers Hyperoptic and Community Fibre to offer free broadband to eligible families so their children can learn at home. This is available where these providers have coverage, including most of our council estates. Families currently without a broadband connection should contact their children’s school who are currently working to identify eligible households. We will continue to work to persuade other internet providers to do the same.

In this newsletter you can also read about progress on the vaccine rollout in Southwark, find out how to get your free rapid Covid test, and learn more about support for residents during the lockdown.

I’m glad to say the Covid infection rate in our borough is now coming down quickly, thanks to everyone who is staying at home and maintaining social distance when you do have to go out. However rates are still very high so please do continue to stick to the rules so we can all save lives together.

Thank you and stay safe,


No Covid symptoms? Book a free, rapid test

If you don’t have symptoms and you need to leave home for essential reasons, you can get a regular free test (up to twice a week). Results are usually available within an hour.

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

Why you should get tested

  • 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Check you’re not carrying the virus and spreading it to others.
  • Covid numbers are very high. Rapid tests help find more cases and help control the virus.
  • Rapid tests are painless and results are usually available in less than an hour.