Lee Green Lives

Your Local Community Centre

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Our Constitution

Lee Green Lives is a charity, registration number 1141238.  You can see our Constitution here

Our Safeguarding Policy

You can read our  Safeguarding Policy  by clicking on the link.

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: stacey@graceaid.org.uk

  • 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.

Lee Forum

Lee Forum is a group of local volunteers, supported by Lewisham and Greenwich councils, to improve Lee’s social, environmental and economic wellbeing.

We work, for example, to support and protect our local traders, community facilities and heritage, and to address problems such as derelict and empty buildings, land-banked green spaces, flytipping, inappropriate development, accessibility, road safety and public transport deficits. We are guided by Lee’s Neighbourhood Plan which reflects the local community’s aspirations for Lee as expressed through consultation. More details at www.leeforum.org.uk

Membership is free, and open to all who live, work, or have an interest in the area. We are always looking for new volunteers, so please get in touch: info@leeforum.org.uk.

FUSS (Friends & Users of Staplehurst Shops)

FUSS was formed about twenty years ago by a group of local residents and a few local businesses. The aim was to raise the profile of what was a fairly run-down area north of Hither Green Station around Staplehurst Road.

This has largely been focused on providing and maintaining street planters that are changed at least twice a year. Other work has been conducted, often in partnership, with Hither Green Community Association. This has included funding local artists mural work, and a history project in the approach to the railway station. FUSS has also acted as an advisory group: monitoring rubbish collections; pressing for bus shelters; bidding for seating for shoppers; planting additional trees; refurbishing some festive lights and helping another voluntary group.

This work is funded through bids to the local Neighbourhood funds and the organisation of a smallish craft fair in a local hall and the major street FUSS Christmas Fair in early December each year that gives scope to local artisans and musicians.

Contact: fusspot100@gmail.com; or hgfuss.tumblr.com/

Annual General Meeting

When: Wednesday 16 December 7.30pm

Where: Via Zoom – access details will follow


  1. Welcome – Annual Report 2019-20 (sent separately by email)

Jim Mallory (Chair)

  1. Minutes of last year’s AGM (1 October 2019)

Matters arising

  1. Chair’s report – Jim Mallory
  2. Treasurer’s report – James Rathbone
  3. Consideration on whether to suspend Part II, Section H Article 10 of the constitution, which reads: “No Officer may serve for more than three consecutive years at any one time. For the avoidance of doubt, this requires a break of a minimum of one year after an Officer has served for three terms.”
  4. Election of officers
  5. a) Chair
  6. b) Vice Chair
  7. c) Secretary
  8. d) Treasurer
  9. Election of trustees – new trustee nominations welcome!

Existing trustees – Laura Cheek, Pat Coyne, Glyn Holmes (elected August 2020), Simon Hooks, Jim Mallory, Naomi Marley, Caroline Mayow, Frances Mignuolo, Wendy Moss, Sheila Peck, James Rathbone, Maureen Russell, Ralph White

  1. Any other business (AOB)
  2. Date of next Trustees meeting



Open to all residents in the Lee Green area

AGM Minutes 1 October 2019 (PDF)

Jobs at Lee Green Lives

Volunteers wanted

Support needed for wide-ranging activities and services in a popular and well-used local Community Centre.

Local community group, Lee Green Lives, is looking for volunteers who want to support groups for a diverse community. Activities and services range from healthy exercises and computer classes to sewing and literacy classes, as well as advice sessions for people with benefits, housing and other issues.

Potential volunteers should have person/caring skills or admin/digital skills. Flexible hours, based at community centre and/or from home if remote support needed because of Covid-19. Travel and lunch expenses provided.


For more information, contact: Lee Green Lives, Leegate, SE12 8SS
Tel 020 7998 1004.
Website: www.lgl.org.uk

Lee Green Lives – Activities and Services

Existing programme


Coffee & Chat – every Monday, 1.30pm
Run by Lee Fair Share. Conversation, refreshments and activities to overcome loneliness and isolation, making friends in the process. Sessions are held in nearby Edith Nesbit Gardens, weather permitting; otherwise, at the centre.
Funder: Various, including Awards for All, Neighbourhood Community Development Partnership (NCDP)
Session leader: Lorraine Spenceley

Computer classes – every Monday, 10am
Improve and/or learn skills in using computers. Also support in publishing your own work.
Funder: none – provided by volunteers
Session leader: Pat Coyne

Healthy exercises – every Tuesday, 10am and 11am
Keep fit to music with gentle exercises. There are two separate sessions to make sure participants are within social distancing guidelines.
Funder: NCDP
Session leader: Jean Lee

Sewing – every Wednesday, 11am
Learn or improve your skills while making new friends.
Funder: NCDP
Session leader: Nikki Bailey

Knitting – every Wednesday 2pm
Learn to knit and pearl

Session leader: DeShaun Smith



Advocacy and support – every Thursday 11am-4pm
Help and information for people having difficulties with benefits, housing, employment or other issues. Includes support for people with related mental health problems.
Phone or email for an appointment. Tel 07517 083434 or email support@lgl.org.uk
Funder: Trust for London
Session leader: Joanne Harvey


Reading and Writing – every Friday, 11am
Literacy skills for people who find it difficult to read or write.
Funder: Trust for London
Session leader: Alex Peach

Men’s Group
Run by Blue Ribbon. Activities for men with mental health issues.
Funder: NCDP
Session leader: Trevor Pybus



Please check with the centre coordinator, Shirley Kirkland, to be sure that your activity is running, or to book an appointment for the Advocacy & Advice service. Contact info@lgl.org.uk or telephone 07706 931986 and leave a message.


Annual Report

Annual Report 2020-21


Local groups combine to fight cuts to Assembly budget

Local groups in Lee Green ward are working on ways to offset the effects of Lewisham Council’s proposed cut to the Local Assemblies budget.

Sixteen community groups hope to be able to make the most of a Consortium formed two years ago to work together through strength in numbers and in anticipation of just such a threat. The cut to the Assemblies budget – amounting to £15,000 annually to all 18 wards in the borough – is one of the ways the Council aims to meet a massive cut in Government funding of £30 million over the next two years.

By banding together, the groups hope to be able to raise money needed to support a range of community projects ranging from the giant Christmas tree for the annual FUSS (Friends and Users of Staplehurst Shops) Fair, the Community Showcase at Manor House Gardens Festival and regular street tree planting to a host of activities, particularly for lonely and isolated people. In addition, Manor Park has been revitalised through Assembly money to pay for a bridge linking it to Hither Green and the refurbishment of its central building.

To make it happen, it’s hoped they will support a bid for money in the New Year from the Council’s Main Grant Fund for Voluntary and Community groups by Lee Green Lives (LGL), the group that turned a vacant shop in run-down Leegate shopping centre into a community centre providing a hive of activities and an advice advocacy service for people who experience economic and social hardship.

The Consortium is facilitated by LGL, who recently won a contract from Clarion Housing, the ward’s biggest social housing provider, and is now linked with Lewisham Homes. Some of that money will be used to involve residents across the ward in determining local priorities. It will also help put together bids to local and national funding agencies that groups within the Consortium might wish to advance.

“Lee Green Assembly and Lee Green Lives have strong track records targeting our resources towards the people who need it most and events that bring the community together,” said Cllr Jim Mallory, this year’s chair of the Assembly and chair of LGL.

Key players include Friends of Manor House Gardens, Lee Manor Society, Manor House Community Library and Lee Forum, none of which have had money from the Assembly, but all of which have been terrific supporters of the Consortium.

“While we understand the severe financial pressures the Council is under, we will be lobbying Mayor Damien Egan to make sure Assemblies still have access to some funds,” said Cllr Mallory.

“We have long recognised that many people haven’t the time or energy to come to meetings – and in some cases – don’t even like big meetings – so we will look to other ways of widening residents’ access to the Assembly, by door-knocking, online surveys, smaller meetings of particular interest groups, anything that gives people a greater say about what’s important to them.”


Community groups in the Assembly: Friends of Manor House Gardens, Lee Green Lives, Lee Manor Society, Friends & Users of Staplehurst Shops, Users & Friends of Manor House Library, Lee Fair Share Time Bank, Lee Forum, Lee Green Open Studios, Lee Green Women’s Institute, Lee Manor Community Garden, Lee Oasis, Lochaber Hall Association, Manor house community Library, Manor Park Friends, Manor Park Arts Café, Newstead Tenants & Residents Association, Soul Refresh Café

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