Free swimming lessons, cost of living help, winter health reminders and more

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Wishing all our residents a very merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy new year.

Cost of living help this winter

1. Help if you can’t afford food or can’t access food

Information on food banks and low-cost food pantries, crisis help, help for pregnant women and young children, and more is on our website.

>> Help if you can’t afford food

2. Warm spaces in Southwark over winter

As the cost of living and heating our homes increases, we’ve opened almost 40 warm spaces across the borough. In these spaces you can keep warm, have a cup of tea or take part in an activity. Some spaces also offer food and cost of living advice too.

>> Drop into your local warm space

3. More cost of living help

>> See all our cost of living support and advice

Free adult swimming lessons: sign up

If you’re aged over 16 and want to learn to swim, you can join our free 12-week course, starting in January. It’s a great way to prevent illness and boost mental wellbeing during the winter. You’ll learn at your own pace at a local leisure centre.

>> Sign up now for your free swimming lessons

Use our gyms and pools free of charge

Southwark residents can use swimming pools and gyms at our leisure centres, free of charge, at certain times as part of our Free Swim and Gym programme.

>> Register for free swim and gym

Stay well for the festive season: get you flu and COVID-19 booster

Our local hospitals are already seeing a large increase in flu and COVID-19 admission rates, and these illnesses may spread even faster as many of us enjoy time with friends and family over the festive season. Don’t let COVID-19 and flu ruin your Christmas or New Year – both cause serious illness. Getting vaccinated, if you’re eligible, is the best way to protect yourself and others.

>> Find out who can get free flu and COVID-19 boosters

Saved: historic pub with links to Sir Paul McCartney

The Old Justice is a Grade II Listed pub in Bermondsey. It had a starring role in Sir Paul McCartney’s film ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street’ and his music video for the hit song ‘No More Lonely Nights’. Following action from the council, the interior has been restored after it was removed without consent.

>> See pictures on Twitter: The Old Justice pub has been restored

Paid internships with us: apply now

Our internship programme is for young residents aged 16 to 24. We’re offering 12-week paid internships and the programme is great first stepping stone into the world of work. We currently have internship vacancies in nine departments.

>> Apply for an internship by 30 December

Free: re-train in green skills

Learn new technical skills in solar, hydrogen and fuel cells and green design, and get support to help you find a job in the green industry. Join London South Bank University free five-week Green Skills Bootcamp, starting on 16 January 2023.

>> Register your interest in the Green Skills Bootcamp

Have your say: improvements to local travel and transport

We want transport to work for everyone in Southwark. We want to encourage the use of zero-pollution vehicles and give people better options so they can leave the car at home. As part of this you can give your views on our sustainable transport strategy.

>> Tell us how we can improve travel around the borough

Donate to help local foodbanks

This Christmas, food banks will be supporting more people than ever before and they need your support. PECAN, who run one of Southwark’s foodbanks, is running a Christmas campaign, but you can support any local foodbank.

>> Donate to local charity PECAN’s Christmas campaign

>> Find another local foodbank to support 

Apply for a primary school place

Is your child starting primary school next year? If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019, your child is due to start primary school in September 2023.

>> Apply for your child’s primary school place by 15 January 2023

Southwark school wins top design award

Our new school building picked up two prizes at this year’s New London Architecture (NLA) Awards. It is home to our Inclusive Learning Service for some young people who need extra support outside mainstream settings.

>> About the award-winning building for pupils who need extra support outside of mainstream education settings

Your health updates

Strep A and scarlet fever

There has been an increase in cases of scarlet fever being reported to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This is above what we would expect for winter. Scarlet fever is caused by the bacteria Group A streptococcus (Strep A), which on very rare occasions can cause more serious disease if it gets into the bloodstream or lungs.

>>  Find out about Strep A, the symptoms of scarlet fever and what to do if your child has scarlet fever

Flu can be serious for young children: protect them with a vaccine

Because of COVID-19 restrictions many young children won’t have come into contact with flu, so haven’t built up natural immunity. Children aged two and over can get a free NHS nasal spray vaccination through their GP or through the school immunisation service if they’ve started primary school.

>> Find out more about children’s flu vaccines from the NHS

Book your child’s polio booster before Christmas

Polio virus has been found in London sewage. Children aged one to nine in London need to have a polio vaccine booster to get stronger protection. There is no cure for polio. Vaccination is the only protection. Hear from Paralympian and journalist Ade Adepitan about how he got polio as a child which caused him to become paralysed, and the importance of the vaccine.

>> Get your one to four-year-old vaccinated by contacting your GP

>> Book a polio vaccination for your five to nine-year-old at a local vaccination centre

>> After Christmas, if your child hasn’t had all their routine polio vaccines you can still contact your GP at any point to get them protected

Top tips to reduce your risk of a fall

Get advice on how to build strength and confidence to reduce the risk of a fall. There’s plenty of local support and advice available on how to stay well and keep active.

>> Get advice on preventing falls

Been invited for an NHS lung health check? Book now

If you’re aged 55 to 74 and registered as current or former smoker with your GP you may be invited for a lung health check. Even if you feel fine, you should go. The check can uncover problems early on, when they are more treatable.

>> How to book your lung health check

Join a study about the efficiency of household appliances

The University of Exeter and the Association of Manufacturers of Electrical Appliances are looking for households to take part in a study. If accepted, you will learn how your household appliances affect your energy consumption and get a voucher to replace one of your least efficient appliances.

>> Apply to take part: study about household appliances

Library opening times over Christmas and New Year

Our library opening times will be:

  • Saturday 24 December: all libraries will close at 1pm
  • Sunday 25 to Tuesday 27 December: all libraries will be close
  • Wednesday 28 to Saturday 31 December: normal opening hours
  • Sunday 1 January to Monday 2 January: all libraries will be closed
  • Tuesday 3 January onwards: normal opening hours

Your waste and recycling collections over Christmas and new year

During the week beginning 26 December all waste collections will be one day later. Monday collections will happen on Tuesday, and so on until we catch up with Friday collections on Saturday 31 December.

>> Check your waste and recycling collection day

Free: get your real tree collected after Christmas

Whatever waste you end up with, remember that a lot of it can now be recycled. That includes your real Christmas tree, which we will collect and recycle for free.

>> How to recycle Christmas waste and request a free tree collection

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What’s on this summer, cost of living help, energy saving tips and more

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Meet Olympians, discover local walks and flu vaccine reminder

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Try out Southwark’s newest sports facility and meet Olympians on Saturday 6 November

Come along to the opening of the Southwark Park Sports and Athletics Centre on Saturday 6 November. Book for free tasters sessions including tag rugby, introductions to long jump and sprint running and disability sports sessions. Join Olympic Champion, Christine Ohuruogu; Peckham-born Tokyo Olympic medallist, Imani-Lara Lansiquot; Team GB athlete, Conrad Williams; and professional freestyle footballer Steve Gray, who will be trying out the new facility.


Join a gym in Southwark for under £25 per month

Get unlimited use of gym, swim and exercise classes at Southwark Park Sports and Athletics Centre, Seven Islands Leisure Centre, Surrey Docks Fitness and Watersports Centre, Camberwell Leisure Centre and Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre. Kick-start your exercise routine and sign up for a gym today.


Free swim and gym in Southwark

Did you know Southwark residents can use swimming pools and gyms at our leisure centres, free of charge, at certain times? Find out more and register for free swim and gym.


Discover local walking routes: follow in the steps of Harry Potter, Bridget Jones and Del Trotter

Discover Southwark with our illustrated walking maps. Pick from 12 routes which include film locations, Dulwich’s unusual architecture, flora and fauna, and myths and legends of the borough.


Ultra Low Emission Zone has expanded: check your vehicle

The Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded up to the North and South Circular Roads on Monday 25 October 2021. Check your vehicle now via the TfL website.


Survey: your views on public art in Southwark

Public art is art that is in public spaces and is for everyone to see. It is often commissioned by councils or other public organisations. We want our pubic spaces to better celebrate our diverse communities. That’s why we want to hear your views about public art in Southwark.


Find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine

The flu virus kills almost 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England in an average year. It’s more important than ever to get your flu jab this year. Find out if you are now eligible to get a free flu vaccine.


Plans approved for 162 new council homes at two developments in Southwark

New Homes image We have permission to build 162 new council homes at two developments in St Giles and Peckham

The development in St Giles will see 79 new council homes built at Sceaux Gardens. The development in Peckham will see 83 new council homes built at Bells Gardens Estate.


Get the Transport for London app to help you travel safely across London

If you’re out and about you can 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.


New service launched to help people get online

We have launched a new digital inclusion service for residents to provide information, help and guidance about how to get online or improve their internet skills. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from this service please get in touch by calling our helpline 07783 776 066.


New adult learning courses, activities for children, food, music and more

 

There’s lots on this summer in Southwark!

 

Southwark summer

What’s on for children, young people and families

 

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.

Enter a graphic art competition

Our annual summer art competition for ages 7 to 17 is back! Share your art and win prizes for you and your school. Your drawing can be of an existing graphic or comic character, scene from a book or you can create your own.

Time to go adventuring

Enjoy the exciting outdoors at Mint Street, Peckham Rye and Ellen Brown Adventure Playgrounds. The free summer programme runs until Friday 27 August and is open to all children aged 8 to 15 years.

Free: join pan-disability inclusive sport sessions

Join an inclusive summer of sport festival throughout August in celebration of the Paralympics, including a free virtual inclusive sport festival on 24 and 25 August, featuring online sports activities, creative sessions and insight panels. 

Community jam session on the Kingswood estate

Celebrating the expressive and creative voice of young people with dance, music and words. No need to book for this family-friendly event, just drop in with a picnic and enjoy. 21 August 2021, 3pm to 6pm.

Songs and rhymes in the garden

Sing your favourite rhymes in Dulwich Library Garden, while baby listens, sings along and dances to the rhythm. Suitable for children aged 0 to 4 years. 27 August 2021, 11am to 11.30am.

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


What’s on for all ages

 

Music, food, a dog show and more at Dulwich Park fair

Dulwich Park fair on 5 September is a free outdoor, family-friendly event which includes a fun fair, farm, interactive performances and a dog show. There will also be local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts, as well as food, craft, drink and charity stalls.

Art and music with a view

Bold Tendencies’ Visual Arts Programme, ‘Arcadia’, features performances and new works in the site’s unique spaces at Peckham multi-story car park, with panoramic London views. Check out the programme which runs until 18 September 2021.

Yoga, Pilates and artisan market stalls in SE1

Courage Yard in SE1 is hosting a Wellness day on Saturday 21 August featuring yoga, Pilates and stretch classes from local instructors. There will also be artisan market stalls selling kombucha, vegan food, candles, and more!

Elephant Arcade Carnival 

Elephant Arcade celebrates Carnival over the Bank Holiday Weekend. From 27 to 30 August this new shopping arcade in Elephant and Castle will host free events for all the family. Expect music, costumes, a carnival catwalk and face-painting. There will also be special offers and give-aways from the traders throughout the weekend.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings 


COVID-19 updates

Everyone aged 16 or over can now get vaccinated

If you’re 16 or 17, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery. Some children aged 12 to 15 may also be eligible for a vaccine.

Everyone else can get a COVID-19 vaccine in south east London – no need to book

There are lots of ways to get vaccinated, including at regular walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals, plus other places across south east London. Check the individual COVID-19 clinics for full details and to see who offers free Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You don’t need to book, or provide proof of address, immigration status, or an NHS number.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week, free of charge

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:

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Free adult swim sessions, cage cricket and bitesize festival fun for all

There’s lots on this summer in Southwark!

Southwark summer

What’s on

Free, adult swim sessions are coming back

We’re excited to restart our free swimming lessons for residents aged over 16 years, this September. Being active is a great way to prevent illness and boost mental wellbeing. Sign up now to secure your place and come and learn to swim in a friendly, supportive environment, at your own pace.

Some Bitesize festival fun is heading to Southwark Park

Come down to Bermondsey Bitesize on Saturday 14 August, 12noon to 6pm to enjoy a traditional funfair, family activities and good food. Live music on the bandstand is headlined by reggae band Indika, led by Bermondsey’s own Phillip Poleon. Free entry via Jamaica Road, all ages welcome.

Let a magical orb take you on an outdoor sonic adventure

Go on a tour of London Bridge, guided by sound alone. £5 per ticket/orb, book for an individual or up to a group of four people per orb. Children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Friday 13 August to Sunday 15 August 2021, various times.

Get your BMX skills up to an Olympic level in Burgess Park

If you were inspired by Kye Whyte’s silver medal in the BMX racing, then book a session at the track in Peckham where he trained. BMX Track London offers experienced coaching, equipment hire and bookable sessions for riders of all abilities.

*Please enjoy events safely, and remember hands, face and space.*

>> Check out all our summer listings 


What’s on for children, young people and families

Free ‘Create and Play’ session in Burgess Park tomorrow

Children aged six to 16 years are invited to our ‘Summer of Play’ pop up event in Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park on Saturday 14 August. Children can try six different fun and creative activities run by artists and a gardener, both in the morning and afternoon.

Time to go adventuring

Enjoy the exciting outdoors at Mint Street, Peckham Rye and Ellen Brown Adventure Playgrounds. The free summer programme runs until Friday 27 August and is open to all children aged 8 to 15 years.

Babies invited to rhyme time

Babies love to listen to the words of rhymes and dance and move to the rhythm. Come along with your baby and enjoy popular nursery rhymes on Thursday 19 August, 11am to 11.30am. For ages 0 to 4. It’s free, but booking is essential.

Six cricketers go into the cage, one will emerge victorious

Cage Cricket is dynamic, visual, high-octane entertainment. Sessions run until 29 August for those aged 12 to 16 years.

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


COVID-19 updates

Everyone aged 16 or over can now get vaccinated

If you’re 16 or 17, the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll be invited to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.

Everyone else can get a COVID-19 vaccine in south east London – no need to book

There are lots of ways to get vaccinated, including at regular walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Guy’s and St Thomas’, and King’s College hospitals, plus other places across south east London. Check the individual COVID-19 clinics for full details and to see who offers free Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You don’t need to book, or provide proof of address, immigration status, or an NHS number.

Get tested for COVID-19 twice a week for free

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:

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