Tell Southwark Council how COVID-19 and the lockdown has impacted you

Cllr Peter John OBE

Dear resident,

COVID-19 updates, tackling the climate emergency and more

 

Cllr Peter John OBE

Dear resident,

Another sunny weekend awaits but our message stays the same – please stay at home as much as possible to stop the virus spreading.

I want to thank everyone, including council staff and members of the public, who have been working so hard to keep our parks and open spaces clean and safe. We can all do our bit to help by using our parks responsibly. Please keep your distance from others, don’t have barbecues and take your rubbish home with you. Let’s work together to look after our parks, so we can all enjoy them.

It’s hard to believe that three years have passed since the dreadful terror attacks in London Bridge and Borough in which eight people were murdered and dozens more injured. On 3rd June we will remember those lives lost, and all those harmed on that terrible night, with a service hosted by Southwark Cathedral. Given the current lockdown restrictions the memorial service will be held virtually on Southwark Cathedral’s website. Whether or not you are able to join the service, I know you will join me in remembering those lost on that sunny evening three years ago, and keep their friends and families firmly in your thoughts.

Best wishes,

Cllr Peter John


Face masks and face coverings – IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear TRA Chair,

It has come to my attention that some TRAs have been considering applying for funding in order to purchase face masks and/or face covers, in order to take full – but safe – advantage of the recent (slight) relaxation in lockdown measures. Our colleagues in Public Health have issued the following message to us, which I am forwarding to you just in case your TRA is contemplating taking such a step:

  1.  Face masks should be used by front line health and care workers, or others carrying out essential works and coming within 2 metres of an individual, or who need to protect themselves from usual occupational hazards. The Government has urged the public not to buy medical-grade masks so as to ensure there is sufficient stock for these workers.
  1.  Face coverings can be made at home using a cloth, scarf, or bandana that ties behind the head. On Sunday, the Government suggested the public consider making their own face coverings to be worn in enclosed public spaces, e.g. on public transport or in shops, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The Government has advised that face coverings do not need to be worn outdoors, while exercising, or in workplaces such as offices and retail. They should also not be worn by anyone who may find them difficult to wear, e.g. small children and those who have problems breathing when wearing a face covering.
  1.  Importantly, face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and they are really aimed at preventing the person wearing the covering from unknowingly passing on the virus, rather than protecting themselves from other people. To protect yourself, the advice remains to follow social distancing measures and isolation guidance, and to regularly wash hands. Any residents who are shielding are advised to continue to do so until at least the end of June

If you have any queries regarding this message, please contact the council’s Covid-19 response team at covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 5000, and ask for Public Health.

Kind regards,

 

John

John McCormack, BSc. (Hons.); MA; Cert. Ed.; PhD (London)

Tenant and Home Owner Involvement Team Leader| Communities Directorate | Housing and Modernisation Department

Southwark Council | 160 Tooley Street | London | SE1 2QH

Tel: 0207 525 7544

Mob.: 07908 795167

COVID19 (Coronavirus)

For the latest NHS guidance, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

To read the latest advice and information for Southwark residents, please visit www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have an enquiry about a vulnerable Southwark resident, please email covidsupport@southwark.gov.uk or call 020 7525 5000

Entertainment, education and exercise: Southwark Council’s stay-at-home library of activities

Cllr Peter John OBE

Dear resident,

We know that staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives gets harder as time goes by, and that keeping yourself and your family entertained for such long periods is a new and often difficult challenge. To help in a small way, we’ve developed an online library of things to do at home to help you and your family keep active, creative and learning at home during the lockdown. There’s lots on offer from free film screenings to art workshops, dance classes and much more and we’ve included some further highlights below.

Sadly, we also know that not everyone who is staying at home feels safe. Remember, there is support for anyone who experiences abuse at home – you do not have to stay at home with an abuser.

I wish you all the very best and thank you again for playing your part in keeping Southwark safe.

Cllr Peter John


Donate to the community fundraiser

There’s still time to donate to the community fundraiser for local charities. United St Saviours are distributing much-needed funds to local charities who are playing a vital role in the local coronavirus response.


Are you worried about domestic abuse?

If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services remain available. Nationally, there is advice and support available but you should call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Locally, the Solace Advocacy and Support Service is also available to women and men in Southwark aged 16 or over in Southwark.


Do you know a vulnerable resident who needs help?

If you know of a vulnerable Southwark resident who can’t leave the house due to coronavirus (COVID-19), and who may not have friends, family or neighbours who can help with the delivery of essential supplies, please tell us straight away so we can help them.


COVID-19: please support our local charities

Cllr Peter John OBE

Dear resident,

I want to thank everyone in Southwark who is doing so much to help slow the spread of COVID-19. During these extremely difficult times the response of the Southwark community has been extraordinary.

We’ve been in lockdown since 24 March and yesterday the government announced that the end is not yet in sight and lockdown will continue for at least three more weeks. Whilst this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, given the tragic news we are hearing about hundreds of deaths each day, I know how difficult this is for everyone. We are all feeling the impact of spending most of our time at home, but there are signs that lockdown is working by slowing the spread of the disease and so it’s really important that we all keep following the rules by staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.

Sadly, not everyone is safe in their own home, and it’s really important we make sure that anyone who experiences abuse at home knows there is support available, and that they do not have to stay at home with an abuser. There is information below for anyone experiencing, or concerned about, domestic abuse.

Supporting our local charities

I want to pay tribute to the many fantastic local charities in Southwark who are doing so much to support the local response in Southwark. Their work – in extremely challenging circumstances – to support vulnerable residents in our borough, has been absolutely vital in the borough-wide response.

We are working with United St Saviours to raise additional funds for local charities to help them to continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This will, alongside the additional community grants that the council is offering, help to fund the extra work our wonderful charities are doing to support our communities.

If you’re able to, please donate to the Crowdfunder now.

In this newsletter you will find information about council services and support available to residents and businesses. This includes our latest announcement of a £2-million hardship fund for businesses. You can also check our website for regular updates.

Than you for your ongoing support,

Cllr Peter John


Do you know a vulnerable resident who needs help?

If you know of a vulnerable Southwark resident who can’t leave the house due to coronavirus (COVID-19), and who may not have friends, family or neighbours who can help with the delivery of essential supplies, please tell us straight away so we can help them.


Are you worried about domestic abuse?

If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services remain available. Nationally, there is advice and support available but you should call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Locally, the Solace Advocacy and Support Service is also available to women and men in Southwark aged 16 or over in Southwark.


Democracy Fund 2019/20 (Round 2) – Now Open!

Dear all,

Round 2 of the Democracy Fund is now open for applications. The fund is part of the council’s Empowering Communities Programme for Southwark, which makes it easier for residents to discuss and get involved with the issues that directly affect them.

We are encouraging applications from people who may want to apply for funding to hold a one-off meeting in their community. The funding can be used for things like venue hire, equipment hire, publicity and invitations and refreshments.

A total of £20,000 per year is available to be shared between groups across the borough who want to hold meetings or events on issues specific to their local neighbourhood.

During the first year of the fund, there are two application periods with £10,000 available in each round. The first round happened in October 2019 and a list of the successful projects (pdf format) can be found here:  https://www.southwark.gov.uk/assets/attach/11449/Democracy-Fund-1920-Round-1-Successful-Awards-Table.pdf

The closing date for the second round is Monday 3 February 2020.

To find out more information about the Democracy Fund, please visit: www.southwark.gov.uk/democracyfund

Please circulate the attached poster to your contacts and networks.

Regards

Fitzroy Lewis

Empowering Communities Programme Officer | South Area

Communities Division| Housing & Modernisation Department

160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QH

Tel: 020 7525 3084 | Mobile: 07958 779 060

Email: Fitzroy.Lewis@southwark.gov.uk

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Web: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/ec-south

Resident Involvement Review Update

Dear all,

I attach a set of slides of the current resident involvement proposals that the council has been consulting on over the past 6 months and is currently in the process of discussing with representatives of Tenants Council, Homeowners Council and the TMO Committee .  The aim of the review was to improve the way that the council engages and consults with tenants and homeowners and find ways of ensuring that more people can have their say on their homes and neighbourhoods.

The consultation had over 1,100 responses and the current proposals reflect what people told us through the extensive and wide reaching consultation process, aiming to ensure that:

  • Everyone living in a council home has the opportunity to participate, with more choice of how and when they can get involved.
  • We direct more resources and support to the grass roots including through Tenants and Residents Associations, so tenants and residents have the support they need to improve their local estates and communities, strengthening and improving our support for TRAs and continuing our support for Tenant Management Organisations.
  • All residents living in council homes not covered by a TRA can participate (as well as working with tenants and residents to increase the coverage of TRAs where this is what residents want).
  • We retain elected representation of tenants and homeowners in the formal consultation structures so that tenants and homeowners chose their representatives.
  • We maintain five local housing forums (keeping them separate from the wider Ward Forums) to focus solely on housing issues in each area.
  • We maintain Southwark wide consultation forums for tenants and for homeowners to focus on issues that matter to tenants or homeowners, alongside a joint forum to consider the issues that tenants and homeowners have in common.
  • Residents continue to set the agendas for the housing forums so that they focus on the issues that matter to them, with forums chaired by residents and open to all tenants and homeowners in each area of the borough.
  • Decisions on funding for resident participation are based on what tenants and resident homeowners say they want.
  • We hold an annual Southwark Tenants and Residents Conference and an annual Homeowners conference open to all who want to attend to discuss housing issues in Southwark.
  • We use digital engagement as an additional way to get more people involved including an online panel of residents to give us their views alongside other forms of consultation.
  • We strengthen the link between tenants & residents and the council’s Housing Scrutiny Commission to enhance resident input to the scrutiny of housing services in Southwark.
  • We retain funding for independent support and advice for tenants and homeowners who need it.

In terms of next steps the intention is that we take a report to cabinet in February 2020 that sets out the proposed changes alongside an implementation plan and that we review these new arrangements after the first year to assess their effectiveness and whether any adjustments might be needed, with a report back to Cabinet by June 2021 on this review.

I know that all of your Area Forums are meeting in the next couple of weeks to discuss the housing revenue account budget and would welcome any comments that you may have from discussions at those meetings on our proposals.

Kind regards,

Cllr Kieron Williams

Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation