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GRACE Aid (Greenwich Refugee Aid and Community Enterprise)

GRACE Aid is a charity providing aid for people in need – in particular those displaced by war, political upheaval, slave trafficking and domestic abuse.

GRACE’s community shop in the Leegate Centre sells clothing and other donated goods direct to the public. It also hosts visits from clients referred for support by community groups and council services.

This scheme – described as “a foodbank for non-food items” – allows clients to shop at no cost for clothing, sanitary items, children’s toys and household items.

  • Local partner organisations are encouraged to refer suitable clients for support. For details, contact:

  • GRACE’s charity shop is at 18 Leegate SE12 8SS. Open Tuesdays-Fridays 9.30am-2pm.
  • GRACE welcomes donations of adults’ and children’s casual clothing and footwear in good condition; bric-a-brac; good quality kitchenware; books; complete toys and games. Ask in the shop or check Facebook for details.

Support and Self Advocacy Service

We aim to support any local resident who is having any kind of crisis by helping them to look at their problem or problems and either coming up with a solution or signposting them to a service that can support them.

We have successfully supported people (families, couples or single people) who are:-

  •  in danger of losing their home
  • in rent arrears / debt
  • struggling on a low income / have no income
  • having landlord or disrepair problems
  • feeling depressed due to losing a loved one
  • experiencing a mental health problem and are not sure where to turn
  • having problems talking to their GP about a health problem, including chronic illness
  • being sanctioned by the Job Centre
  • having problems filling out a form – including benefits and appeals
  • having relationship problems – husband / wife, children, neighbours, etc
  • feeling lonely and lacking energy to go out
  • having problems at work or school / college

We offer a professional, confidential service which is delivered by trained staff who have experience of working in social care and mental health.

This service runs on Thursdays from 10:30 to 5.00pm at Lee Green Community Centre.

You can drop in to make an appointment whenever the community centre is open or call us on 0207 998 1004 / email We can also offer phone support for residents who cannot leave their home.

No problem is too big or too small and if we can’t help you, we probably know someone who can!

Lee Fair Share

For several years Lee Fair Share’s theme has been Health and Well-Being, taking the holistic view – including mind, body and spirit. The First Aid course proved extremely successful with over 20 people attending.

The Pilates classes have continued and Lee Fair Share hoped to facilitate a Chair Exercise for elders after Coffee, Cake and Company but unfortunately we have been unable to find a qualified tutor.

Lee Fair Share runs two walking group for the Lee Green Community: the Monday afternoon Tortoise Stroll around Leegate for the less able with mobility problems, and the Hare Walk on Thursday afternoons, walking faster and further afield. Thanks go to Linda Mallory who continues to be a support at Coffee, Cake and Company and Lee Green Lives for supporting the Lee Fair Share activities.

Lorraine Spenceley

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