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Southwark Today
Please visit https://syrupmagazine.co.uk/Southwark-Today and register for the online workshop on Tuesday 9 March, 6pm-7.30pm. On the website, you can also help us to capture Southwark Today by answering a few questions in the survey.

Further information: The Council’s Library & Heritage team, working in partnership with a community engagement organisation called Syrup, are embarking on a new project about the borough of Southwark and its people to be included in the new Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Library. The project will run throughout 2021 and will culminate in an exhibition expected to open at the end of the year or early next.

Through a programme of events and creative workshops, we want to make sure the people of Southwark have their experiences, voices and stories included in the local history of the borough. We are looking to connect with you, the people who live, work and play in the borough, and to find out what Southwark means to you. We want to hear about your memories: perhaps they might be of moving to Southwark, growing up in the borough, working here, or even how the events of 2020 have affected you.

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The Virtual Local History Group presented on Zoom
Please contact operations@southwarkpensioners.org.uk
or phone 020 7708 4556 if you would like to participate.

2-4pm on Tuesdays 12th January to 23rd March 2021

9th March “William Blake and his South London Connections”
Jon Newman, Archivist and Researcher

23rd March “Walworth and The Elephant – The Doorways of Time!”
A conversation around a new play created by People’s Company about the local community, John Whelan, Artistic Director at the People’s Company

Previous Talks:

12th January “SE1 – Activism and Community in the 1970s”
Andy Benson and George Nicholson, SE1 Stories Group

26th January “Sydenham 1854 and the Crystal Palace” Part 2
(following Part 1 in September)
Michael Gilbert, Local Historian and Graphic Designer

9th February “St Peter’s Church, Walworth”
Neil Crossfield, Local Historian and Researcher

23rd February “The Bermondsey Bookshop”
Jennie Howells, Local Historian and Researcher

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Message from the South East London Clinical Commissioning Group: Enabling more SE Londoners over the age of 70 to get their first COVID vaccination
On the 3 February, NHS England (London region) announced changes to the way in which Londoners over the age of 70 can access their COVID vaccination. The change has been made to ensure anyone over the age of 70 can get their first COVID vaccination as soon as possible.
Any London resident over the age of 70 who has not yet had their first COVID vaccination can now book online – www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/enter-your-name – or call 119, or they can contact their GP practice directly. An invitation letter is no longer required.
Having a vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
If going to a GP practice is your preference, please contact your GP directly who can refer you to a local primary care vaccination site.
We are continuing to follow the official advice and vaccinating those most at risk first.
There are now more than 200 sites across London providing the lifesaving vaccination, and more are going live all the time.

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NEW ONLINE ACTIVITY! Chair-based Exercise Disco – New fun, keep fit activity via Zoom! Every Wednesday 12.30pm: Call @SwarkPensioners on 02077084556 or email operations@southwarkpensioners.org.uk to find out how to log in to the Zoom session.

In order to get the best out of these sessions and to make them as safe as possible we would recommend the following:

  • Ensure you have plenty of space around you
  • Have a drink handy
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Sit on a sturdy chair (not an armchair or sofa)

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Our Zoom Chi Kung exercise sessions have gone from strength to strength and have recently moved to Wednesdays at 10.30am.

The link which we give you can be used every week. If you would like help with accessing these online sessions or need any further information, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. This can be done by calling us on this number, 0207 7708 4556 or alternatively, by using the following email addresses with any queries operations@southwarkpensioners.org.uk .

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SPAG (Southwark Pensioners’ Action Group)

The People’s Covid inquiry begins!
https://keepournhspublic.com/keep-our-nhs-public-is…/
Support here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/peoples-covid-inquiry

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ZOE have created a Covid Symptom Study App. Watch their findings on their webinar and read their accompanying blogs here: https://mailchi.mp/4b960910ee0b/thanks-for-watching-covid-vaccines?e=f002b17ff0

Official ZOE website: https://covid.joinzoe.com/https:/ Twitter: @Join_ZOE Facebook: @joinzoe1

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Free Peruvian Dance Classes Online by Zoom for older people on Saturdays 3.00-4.30pm. Have Fun, make friends & learn more about Peruvian culture.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-peruvian-dance-workshop-for-older-people-tickets-138009533229Dace-

Or call 07415250331 / 07967544153 or email info@oldaloneuk.org.uk

Taught by https://www.artperuk.com/ instructors

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A reminder about the latest England lockdown restrictions

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Join the next Quarterly PECKHAM RYE STATION WORKSHOP 18:00 – 20:00, Wednesday 21 April 2021 via Zoom. Network Rail will present plans to make the station more accessible to all. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/peckhamrye Scroll to/click ‘Design Public Workshop’ & fill in the survey at the end to be on the mailing list.

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The Great Get Together has connected once again with Marmalade Trust, producing this Understanding Loneliness Toolkit. It provides resources and advice on how to face loneliness this winter. Click Here

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Census 21 – Read this information about the upcoming census on 21st March 2021 Click here

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Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling

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The University College of Osteopathy Clinic has now reopened for clinic appointments. All appointments are currently being held at the teaching site on Borough High Street, just a few minutes’ walk away from our former clinic on Southwark Bridge Road. For a map and details of how to get to us visit our website. https://mailchi.mp/uco/we-are-still-open-for-osteopathy-and-yoga-2676970?e=2b38a45c10

To book an appointment call or email us as usual on 020 7089 5360 or clinicappointments@uco.ac.uk. We have put appropriate procedures in place to allow us to continue to operate as London moves into Tier 3 – please take a moment to read our updated guidance for patients planning on visiting the Clinic.

We thank all our patients for bearing with us during recent disruptions and in particular would like to thank everyone who sent messages of support and donated to our #YourUCO fundraising campaign. If you’d still like to donate you can do so on our Just Giving page.

You can also help us to bounce back by writing us a review or recommending us to your friends, family and colleagues. Find out more about spreading the word…

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Sign up to Healthwatch Southwark‘s Community Research Project. Covid-19 has left more people on waiting lists for NHS Treatment than before. Time to have your say. Sign up for a Zoom Call here: https://www.healthwatchsouthwark.org/news/2020-10-27/new-community-research-talk-healthwatch-southwark-about-waiting-hospital-treatment or contact: 020 7358 7005 info@healthwatchsouthwark.org

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Peckham Pantry is a membership scheme that will make your money go further. For a small weekly subscription of £4.50, members of Peckham Pantry will be able to buy food – including fresh fruit and veg and store cupboard favourites – to the value of £15.
https://www.pecan.org.uk/peckham-pantry?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHG_fDF7ma7go-5ixCOodNwwyazwgO7E5VZffrxIiy_Yo3isZ1kupTxoC12AQAvD_BwE

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Since March 2020 Borough Food Cooperative has been running a food redistribution service from their church kitchen! During lockdown, they offered a free grocery delivery service for those in the local community, helping people receive fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pantry staples. They have also been delivering meals prepared by fantastic volunteer chefs too! Starting in October 2020, they have expanded their efforts and set up the Borough Food Cooperative. With help from organisations like FareShare, the Borough Food Cooperative will be acting as a subsidized supermarket, offering members to stop in and pick up £15 worth of groceries for £4.50. https://www.stgeorge-themartyr.co.uk/page/42/borough-food-cooperative

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Community Southwark is launching a new initiative: Community Health Ambassadors Network with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Ambassadors they recruit will pass on health information to their communities, contacts and networks and provide feedback about the barriers and difficulties they think their networks face in receiving and following guidance. This will be passed on to Southwark Public Health Deptartment, so that they can adapt their response to specific communities and reduce health inequalities. Visit these links for further information:
https://www.communitysouthwark.org/news/we-are-launching-our-community-health-champions-programme
https://airtable.com/shrTdetJ842Swld2r

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A Message from Cllr Peter John OBE, leader of Southwark Council. Click below: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHWARK/bulletins/2a0a41c

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A message from Cllr Peter John OBE.

Here is the latest advice from the World Health Organisation, including videos for handling masks.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/videos
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/advice-use-masks-context-covid-19-interim-guidance-5-june-2020

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From the National Pensioners’ Convention June Bulletin. Twitter / Facebook pages: @NPCUK. Fraudsters claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace.📞If NHS Test and Trace calls you, it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000. 💻The only website to visit is: http://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Action Fraud no. attached.⚠️Contact tracers never ask you to do the following:

Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting 09 or O87)
Ask you to make any form of payment
Ask for any details about your bank account
Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
Ask you for any passwords or PINs or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
Ask you to purchase a product
Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

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Volunteers’ Week: A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers!!!
We see you, we appreciate you and we are grateful for all that you do for older people in Southwark. Here are some quotes and figures from the survey.

“Everything has been great from my side as a volunteer”. “Good communication from the volunteer coordinators”. “I very much enjoy speaking to my new friend”. 64 % willing to continue supporting new older friend post Covid
64% willing to support the Centre post Covid

We admire the friendliness and dedication of the whole team. We have also appreciated the checking in to make sure volunteers are happy with work allocated them, that everything has been explained and is manageable, and that the level of commitment is not too much of an ask.

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King Lear Prizes: The new national creative arts competition for older people stuck at home because of Coronavirus.
https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/

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Make It Studio Emergency Masks: Volunteer sewing fans making basic level reusable protective masks to limit the spread of Coronavirus. 100% profit going to fund FREE masks for key workers and NHS staff. https://twitter.com/ItMasks https://www.facebook.com/makeitstudiosemergencymasks/ https://www.instagram.com/makeitstudioemergencymasks/

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Lily Jones has provided us with a link to a ‘Guide for veterans’ who are finding it hard at this time. https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/

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Here are some useful links to advice websites Citizens’ Advice www.adviceguide.org.uk

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The official Government website www.gov.uk

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Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track. www.turn2us.org.uk

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Rightsnet stays up to date with the latest social welfare law developments, to get casework support, and to test their ideas, share their experience and network with others with a shared interest in using the law to do good things. www.rightsnet.org.uk

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Some publications from Independent Age

Independent Age Blogs – HERE  http://www.independentage.org/news-media/independent-age-blog

Independent Age Support – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/get-support

Independent Age Get Involved – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/get-involved

Independent Age Campaigning  – HERE http://www.independentage.org/campaigning

Independent Age  Information and Advice – HERE  http://www.independentage.org/information

Independent Age News Media – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/news-media

Independent Age Scamwise Booklet  https://independent-age-assets.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/2019-01/Advice-Guide-Scamwise_0.pdf

You may find these useful – guides on how to get NHS help when you need it during coronavirus. Click here for the easy read version and here for the regular version.

Southwark has launched a new portal where residents and others can tell us about public spaces where there are issues with e.g. social distancing or safe travel and suggest interim solutions. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/impact-on-council-services/coronavirus-help-us-combat-covid-19-by-suggesting-healthier-streets

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Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling

Visit the Stay-at-Home Library for resources you can use any time as well as a range of live online events and activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/your-stay-at-home-library-of-things-to-do?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

TEDI-London is a new engineering higher education provider designing & creating dementia-friendly facilities, products and services and who would love to hear the opinions of people with dementia, carers and the community. They have produced a short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVk-dyOYCLVc2sGGSm2g4zw_dKd7Tf090DWMZ36nnh3QBrmw/viewform

The People’s Health Trust newsletter is available now, with articles about delivering food, Zoom conferencing and staying creative. https://dmtrk.net/10CZ-6V43U-C9UP9NDJ6E/cr.aspx

Care & Repair England have updated their Living Safely and Well at Home brochure offering practical hints and tips about how to make the home safer https://housingactionblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/living-safely-well-2020.pdf …as well as a ‘Living Safely Well Self Trainer http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LIVING-SAFELY-WELL-SELF-TRAINER-2020.pdf for families concerned about the safety of older relatives.

The coronavirus related ‘Keeping Well at Home’ guide from Care & Repair England has information for older people about shielding, mental health, home exercise & diet. http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=49104 Care & Repair England hopes to make homes healthier, safer places for people of all ages to live in.

Lockdown Viewing: After the Southwark Local History Group’s presentation on ‘Southwark’s Riverside Heritage’, Patricia Dark and Lisa Soverall from the Southwark Local History Library and Archive have compiled some links to historical films of the river Thames: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EaLvlrMsutdO1uT1gVhqLV38dTkctwJy/view?usp=sharing

Taxicard: You can now use your Taxicard for:
Taxicard drivers to pick up and deliver essential supplies for you;
Allow friends and family to travel on your behalf using your Taxicard for the same purpose. Click on the link below for more information: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-%E2%80%93-taxicard-changes

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research
Unit in Older People and Frailty
has created the leaflet below: HOW TO STAY WELL during the Coronavirus outbreak:
5 key messages for people living with dementia

Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations have provided us with a very informative Isolation Wellbeing pack. It has some great links to museums, galleries and other mood lifting public spaces that are doing things online.  Click here.

Accessible information for organisations serving the community – Covid-19  

Information is being issued daily. The most up-to-date information can be found on the government website which is in English and here are a number of campaign resources on the Public Health England website again in English so the links below may be useful for you. 

 Guidance about staying at home and away from others. This is the latest information following the Government’s announcement on 23 March about staying at home as much as possible. It isn’t currently available in alternative formats. However, Mencap has produced an easy read leaflet about staying at home: Guidance on Staying at Home from Mencap 

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection: Available in easy read and Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.  

Guidance on social distancing – including protecting vulnerable people, Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.  

Guidance on protecting extremely vulnerable people (shielding) – protecting people that are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. Available in easy read.  

Mental health charity MIND has produced information about Coronavirus and wellbeing. Their website also includes links to important information about Covid-19 and staying well.  

Doctors of the World have helpfully translated the core Guidelines about Covid-19 into 32 languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Pasto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Tigrinya, Urdu, Vietnamese 

Public Health England resources about hand-washing: Many resources available, including easy read and large print posters and flyers, audio and British Sign Language videos. Braille versions can be ordered. 

The Migrant Information Hub offers useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19) on people’s lives (includes new multi-lingual resources, national guidance, local services and support, and news and updates on specific migrant issues).  They are based in Yorkshire but the resources are relevant 

The Roma Support Group also have a number of resources on their website. From NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

Please use attached link to with email below https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/

Please see attached link and brief below on Department for Educations “An Hour to Skill “ campaign, some great content on here and aimed in particular at our 45+ aged customers. DfE would like promoted to our customer base, those in receipt of benefits and also employers as upskilling of workforces may also keep people in employment.

“An Hour to Skill’ is a new campaign to inspire the nation – and in particular older learners – to spend one hour a week learning online with The Skills Toolkit. By setting aside an hour a week for online learning, you can learn skills that could help unlock job opportunities in a competitive market, as well as help boost skills to get ahead in your current role – from how to communicate effectively at work or build a professional online presence, to practical maths and boosting digital skills. Alongside Government, leading businesses and educational institutions are calling on the nation to dedicate just one hour a week to online learning this year. The behavioural messaging approach will emphasise that online learning is flexible and easy to access, and will therefore appeal to the target audiences’ psychology. Our ‘one hour’ message demonstrates that making the time for online learning can feel simple and achievable, overcoming some of the key psychological barriers faced by the people we need to reach. Whilst this campaign could speak to the whole nation, the messaging has been developed to appeal to older learners aged 45-64, who our research shows may need some help to be assured that learning doesn’t need to be a mammoth task.

The Skills Toolkit offers a large range of courses from leading providers. Full list of providers:

  1. Amazon Web Services
  2. Cisco
  3. Corndel
  4. FutureLearn (in partnership with the Institute of Coding, Accenture, the University of Leeds, King’s College London, Lancaster University and UAL Creative Computing Institute) 5. Google and Google Digital Garage
  5. Learning Curve Group Limited
  6. Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning
  7. Lloyds Bank
  8. The Open University
  9. Virtual College
  10. Good Things Foundation

Prospective learners – the platform is open to everyone, whether they’re furloughed, out of work, still in education, or just keen to learn a new skill. However, the ‘An Hour to Skill’ campaign has been set up using key behavioural principles to drive action amongst older learners aged 45-64, who have recently been unemployed or work in at risk sectors.

Please use attached link to with email below https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/

Kind Regards

Zahir Khan District Partnership Advisor | Department for Work and Pensions | Universal Credit Operational Delivery | South London District | | www.gov.uk . 3rd Floor, 206-210 Kennington Park Rd, London, SE11 4DE Follow us on Twitter @JCPinSthLondon
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