Lee Green Community Centre is now open – and this time we hope it is for longer.

Covid-19 hit us hard in the 12 months since the pandemic first hit. The succession of lockdowns meant we were only able to reopen – and that due to heroic efforts – for a couple of months in the autumn of 2020. Now, within Government guidelines, we are open, with most of our activities and services beginning almost immediately.

However, it does mean we have had to reduce numbers at any one time to fall in with social distancing requirements. We also have established health and safety guidelines for users and session leaders alike. While we have plans for some remote provision, the vast majority of our users wish to return to directly-provided classes.

One of our activities, Coffee & Chat run by Lee Fair Share, has resumed their Monday afternoon sessions in a nearby park. If the weather proves too cold or rainy, they will return to the centre.

Others that are starting almost immediately are our Computer Classes and Reading & Writing. A Sewing Class starts as soon as the tutor has settled in. Unfortunately, the ever-popular Healthy Exercises cannot begin until the week of 17 May, in line with Government guidelines.

Meanwhile, Advocacy & Advice – featuring support for people with problems ranging from benefits and council tax to housing or employment – has a new worker, so starts again. It will be by appointment and will begin by phone with sessions in the centre following soon.

The full programme is published separately. 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:

Please check with the centre coordinator, Shirley Kirkland, to be sure that your activity is running, or book an appointment for the Advocacy & Advice service.

Contact info@lgl.org.uk; or telephone 07706 931986 and leave a message.