Lee Green Community Centre is planning to reopen – just as soon as we can manage.

As many will know, we in Lee Green Lives were forced to close at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic and during the lockdown. With so many of our service users and people taking part in activities vulnerable because of their age or health, we could not take the risk of staying open. Now, within Government guidelines, we are making preparations to reopen. Of course, the phased programme will depend on no further restrictions due to a potential second spike.

Work during July involved doing a thorough Risk Assessment of what reopening would entail, including the necessity to reduce numbers at any one time to fall in with social distancing requirements. We have also established health and safety guidelines for users and session leaders alike to follow. Surveys of how many users wish to return to directly-provided classes and the feasibility of some remote provisions.

We expect our Healthy Exercises and Computer Classes to resume sometime in late August, but other services – such as the Advocacy & Advice – won’t begin until September. New activities, such as Literacy classes and Craft/Sewing sessions, are also planned.

Already, one of our activities, Coffee & Chat run by Lee Fair Share, has resumed their Monday afternoon sessions in a nearby park, weather permitting.

We will be publishing our programme later this month. If you need help and/or advice, would like to join a class, or think you would like to help out as volunteer, please contact Shirley Kirkland, Lee Green Lives community centre coordinator:

Email: info@lgl.org.uk; or telephone 020 7998 1004