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🌹

#Catford

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£20Million to move #Catford’s South Circular to rejuvenate town centre & build new homes in Lewisham

We have been awarded £20million by the Government to build new homes in Catford and Lewisham town centres.

The £20 million grant was awarded by the Housing Infrastructure Fund  on 1 February. We will use it to:

  • move the South Circular in Catford, which will provide more land for housing and transform the town centre with new homes, new jobs and new open spaces
  • fund new affordable homes in Lewisham town centre.

James-J Walsh, Local Councilor, said: ‘We have achieved a significant milestone in the development and regeneration for Rushey Green, Catford. For decades the ambition has been to remove the South Circular from dividing the town centre in two and rejuvenate the civic heart of the Borough; we’ve progressed more in the last four year’s of this administration towards that goal, than the last four decades’.

Catford Crumble Competition

 

Sign up to be an entry in the first inaugural Catford Crumble Competition!

Next Saturday 20th January starting at 2.30PM in the Catford Bridge Tavern, SE6 4RE.

As part of your entry, alongside your Crumble and optional accompaniment (Custard, Ice-cream, compote), you should print off and fill in the attached Crumble Competition Card.

We’d encourage all entrants to tell the World they’re taking part on social media using #CatfordCrumbleComp – pictures and videos of you baking at home, as well as participating are welcome!

When you get to the venue there will be an entrants table – you should ask a member of staff for an entrant number to complete your form, and be told next steps.

Feel free to bring friends, family, supporters and Fritz with you! This is a community event and everyone is welcome!

We will have a number of entries to judge across the four categories, and this may take a little time… as such we’d recommend you sample the hospitality of our venue sponsors Catford Bridge Tavern.

Rules…

The following rules must be adhered to if you wish to enter into this year’s competition

  • All entries must be edible and fit for human consumption (obviously)
  • All entries must be homemade… no sneaking off to Tesco and throwing some icing sugar on top!
  • Be accompanied by a completed Crumble card – bonus points for decoration!
  • We want to ensure everyone has a safe and fun day, and as such we ask that you are ‘allergen aware’ in your entries. Take a look at the guide below
  • Current or former Cooks, Chefs, Patissiers or anyone else who has a pro-background may only enter the professionals league.
  • For “juniors” we’d like to know the ages of the Children submitting and how much grown up help they got.
  • All entrants agree and/or their guardians agree to us taking photos of them for future non-commercial use.
  • Judges decision is final.

List of Allergens

We want everyone to have a safe and fun Crumble competition – so if your crumble includes any of the following make a note on your Crumbles Name Card.

Find Out More

See you soon – and thanks for making Catford’s Community the greatest,

Cllr James-J Walsh

 

Lewisham Mayor’s Award

The Mayor’s Award is a new scheme that has been set up to recognise people, community projects and businesses who volunteer in their spare time in Lewisham.

If you know an unsung hero or organisation who are making Lewisham a better place to live, please take a few minutes to nominate them.

To nominate click here by 29th September

Supersets coming to #Catford

Have you backed the crowdfunding campaign to get a new business and community facilities into #Catford?

Watch video: https://vimeo.com/234304149

Donate here: https://www.spacehive.com/creative-community-space-for-catford

Supersets have been chosen by Lewisham Council as the preferred tenant to take over the derelict Thomas Lane Depot in Catford. We want to turn the space into a contemporary creative hub with our state-of-the-art scenery construction workshop at its core.

They are looking to create spaces that are of benefit to the wider Catford community, including: a community beach, a community mural, and a drive-in movie night.

Supersets also want to provide evening classes, apprenticeships and other training opportunities from our workshop space.

Supersets is a truly local business and we passionately believe in collaborating with and supporting the local community. This is why we want to ensure that our workshop can provide something for everybody; from open-air film screening and a skate park, to apprenticeships and educational partnerships, we want to place our workshop at the heart of Catford.

What we’ll deliver:

• Restore the derelict building

• Paint a series of community murals

• Create a skate ramp

• Offer creative workspace to the community

• Offer training and education opportunities

• Create a community beach

• Create drive-in cinema

Why it’s a great idea:

On the Catford “Commonplace Map”, the the most frequent comments about Thomas Lane were: ‘run down’, ‘dull/boring’, ‘feels unsafe’.

We believe that our project could change all of this.

We want to create a space that the community can be proud of.

By opening up the depot as a busy working building, and with the introduction of our training programmes and community initiatives, we will create a sense of community in the area and also help improve perceived safety.

When we put out a survey to Lewisham residents, it showed that 98% of them would like to see an increase in community based initiatives in Catford, and that over 96% think that is is important for local businesses to offer training and skills development.

There is clearly local appetite for what we are offering, and we have many of the skills needed to get this project off the ground within our workshop, but an injection of funding will be invaluable in helping us to reach our goals and create all of these initiatives.

Steps to get it done:

• Begin building restoration

• Purchase training equipment

• Recruit apprentices and trainees

• Build community beach

• Build skate ramp

• Establish drive-in cinema

• Paint murals

🍻 The Catford Beer Festival 🍻

A joint endeavour between the Catford Bridge Tavern, Lewisham Council and SE London CAMRA, will be held at the Catford Bridge Tavern from 23 to 25 June.

Cask ale is at the heart of every Beer festival, and there will be plenty to try however, we also will be celebrating great beer in other forms, and so the festival will be a real mixture of cask, keg, bottled and canned beers, with an emphasis on local breweries. The beer list is still a work in progress, but we are proud to be showcasing offerings from the following:

🍺 Bexley | Bianca Road | Brew Buddies | Brockley | Bullfinch | Canopy | Clarkshaws | Hop Stuff | Ignition | Kent | Kissingate | Old Kent Road | Orbit| Southwark | Three Sods | Villages

🍎 Cider fans will also be well catered for, with ten or more real ciders on offer, including a number from South London producers rarely available elsewhere.

🍴 Food will be available each day 

🎤 We also have entertainment on hand – 

Champion Hillbillies will be playing from 8pm on Friday 23rd; 

Saturday night will feature a DJ with psych vs soul vinyl set and,

Sunday a live band

🛒 Limited edition festival glasses and t-shirts will be available to purchase.

🕰We’re open each day from 12 to 11pm and look forward to seeing you there.

🚓🚑🚒 If you work for any of the Emergency Services (w/ID) then the Catford Beer Festival Team want to offer you  Free Beer as a little ‘thank you’ for looking after us all. More info http://www.twitter.com/CatfordBeerFest

Heidi Alexander – Labour’s Candidate for Lewisham East

PROUD to nominate Heidi Alexander for re-election as The Labour Party Candidate for Lewisham East🌹
Truly a candidate that has dedicated years to #Lewisham & #Catford

For her full election Pledges see www.heidialexander.org.uk

Vote Heidi Alexander ✅ #GE2017 on June 8th 2017

Lewisham’s Crime Survey

YOU can help make #Lewisham safer 
Visit: http://tinyurl.com/LewishamCrimeSurvey17

The Safer Lewisham Partnership wants to hear the views and experiences of crime and anti-social behaviour from communities right across Lewisham. The results of the Lewisham Crime Survey will be used by the partnership, which includes Lewisham Council, the police, probation and fire services, health, and voluntary groups, to help in setting its annual priorities and strategic action plan. 

Apply for Community Chest Funding

£100,000 Community Chest funding each year for projects that will make a difference to the lives of Phoenix residents
Do you have an idea for a project that will help our community? Then the Community Chest could make it a reality.

Applications for 2017 funding are now open! Access your application form on the community chest web page here. Don’t forget to carefully read the criteria before completing your form.

Who can bid?

Anyone is welcome to bid. That includes Phoenix residents, local businesses and voluntary organisations. All you need to do is demonstrate that Phoenix residents support your idea and that the project will benefit people in our area.

Types of grant – There are two different types of grants to choose from:

•Smaller grants – up to £2,500

•Large grants – from £2,500 to a maximum of £20,000

Who decides?

All bids are taken to an evaluation panel which will include Phoenix residents, young people, Board members and external representatives from the local Ward Assemblies and Voluntary Sector.

The panel decides which small grant applications will be funded.

Large grants are awarded subject to a two stage process. At stage 1, the evaluation panel will review and score all applications. The highest scoring projects will proceed to stage 2 where they can promote their projects to residents, before tenants vote for their favourite projects to determine who will receive a share of the funding.

Find out more about our Community Chest 2016-17 projects.

CAMPAIGNING in Rushey Green, #Catford for @LewishamLabour 

 Your local Labour Team wants you to join our winning team! Between now and May 2018 we need to make sure that we get out on the doorsteps and let Rushey Green Residents know why they are better with Labour.

Whether it’s delivering leaflets, door-knocking, phone banking or helping out on an election day, your time and energy will make a crucial difference this year, and give us a strong platform for next year’s Local Elections in 2018.

Will you lend a hand?

Campaigning Timetable
January
11.30-1300hrs Sun 15th January meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 21st January meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway
February
1200-1330 Sun 5th February meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 18th February meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway

March

1130-1300 Sun 5th March meeting Large Costa Rushey Green

1300-1430hr Sat 18th March meeting Small Costa Catford Broadway