Changes to CAMHS Halted 🤚🏼

TONIGHT at #Lewisham Council Mayor & Cabinet: Labour Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock directed Officers to halt planned savings to #CAMHS Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Borough.

Against a background of more than 60% of the Council’s budget being cut by Government, yet soaring needs of children, and a growing national crisis, I’m glad Sir Steve is stopping and looking for alternatives.

Most of CAMHS funding comes from the NHS, but they too have seen growing pressure as a result of the longest squeeze in health spending since the NHS was created

Be under no disillusionment, it’s Tory austerity that has exacerbated the child mental health crisis. Perversely, Tory cuts are also reducing support available to young people. If we are to stop the cuts to local government and the cuts to our NHS, if we are to give young people the support they need, we need a Labour Government🌹

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Grants for community activity in #RusheyGreen, Catford

 Rushey Green Ward – Assembly Fund 2016 -17

On Tuesday evening I had pleasure in launching this years Rushey Green Assembly fund for local community led activities and initiatives, and I’m looking forward to seeing and judging all the applications that come in.

Our funding priorities are:

1. Activities and opportunities for children (under 18) and young people (under 25)

2. Increasing opportunities for older people (55+)

3. Community cohesion – including events, activities and projects designed to create a sense of community in Rushey Green

4. Culture and the arts with particular reference to improving the wellbeing of people in the Rushey Green Area

5. Improving your local area including local ‘streetscape’, environment and ecology

The deadline for completed applications is:

1st September 2016

How to apply:

For an application form and guidance on how to apply, please contact Laura Luckhurst, Community Development Officer:

Email:

laura.luckhurst@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: ​​020 8314 3830

You can also view and download the application forms and guidance at: http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/localassemblies

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Bringing Christmas to #Rushey Green

I’m a big kid at heart so imagine my concern when I hear that the Catford Panto was cancelled for urgent roof repairs! I couldn’t see the Catford Christmas cancelled, so this year, alongside ensuring we had a Catford Christmas tree for the second year in a row, in partnership with The Broadway Theatre and local organisation Deck Social, I’m pleased to say that I played host to 800 Lewisham Residents, at @BroadwayCatford for an interactive Sing-along-Frozen… All dressed as an ELF!

Trading places flyers

Are you living in the right size of social housing for you?

LEWISHAM Council is organising a home swapper event, helping Lewisham’s residents move to the right kind of property for them. Since this Tory-Liberal coalition government introduced the Bedroom Tax many people have been moved into rent poverty, as there aren’t enough properties to meet the changing needs of those already housed in social housing, forcing many – often on low incomes – stuck paying out for “spare bedrooms” when they have nowhere else to go. At the same time we have lots of families that are simply too big for the houses that they are in, living in over-crowded conditions, reducing their health and well being.

As such the Council in Lewisham is being proactive and helping organise a FREE event where you can get help to:

> sign up to mutual exchange sites
> look for matches online
> browse details of desirable properties within Lewisham

Download the flyer: Trading Places Flyer

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Why #ISPFiltering is the wrong approach

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My comment on ‪#‎ISPFiltering‬ – “Pointless” at the age of 10 I set up our internet service provision with our provider. I installed all the software – I set up all the hardware, my mother just looked blankly on.

Joining the 10,000 Hands Campaign @10000hands – an inspirational campaign

James-J Walsh caught red handed supporting the 10,000 hands campaign

James-J Walsh caught red handed supporting the 10,000 hands campaign

Earlier this week I was lucky enough to catch up with the 10,000 campaigns – an innovative campaign led by young people to make Lewisham a safer place for all its residents. Camilla, 19 (pictured center left) has been working on projects making Lewisham a better place for teenagers since Year 7 and is a truly inspirational young woman. The project now hopes to collect enough hand prints to wrap City Hall in.

More about the group can be found by visiting their website here

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Government needs to do more for 1 in six children in total poverty

Major charities have come together to criticise the inaction and damaging domestic policies of David Cameron and Nick Cleggs Tory-Liberal coalition government.

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Over the last year 300,000 more families have fallen into extreme hardship, with their net family income at less than £250 per week or less

Anne Marie Carrie Chief Exec of Barnardo’s said the government was not doing enough to help families ‘at the tipping point between hardship and crisis’, she continued ‘families already budgeting on a shoe string, squeezed by the rising price if essentials and high childcare bills. Tis year many households will be pushed into financial chaos when the cap on benefit increases takes effect, compromising the health and life chances of children.’

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