Lee Green Lives

Your Local Community Centre

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

AGENDA

  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

ENDS                                                                                                

 

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
info@lgl.org.uk;
Tel 020 7998 1004.
Website: www.lgl.org.uk

Lee Green Lives – Activities and Services 2021

Existing programme

The community centre now has a fully restored set of activities and services following the end of the Covid-19 lockdown. You will need to ensure you’re booked in to attend as we stick to Government guidelines for health checks and social distancing.

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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

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Advocacy and support – every Thursday 10am-3pm
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

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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

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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

Annual_Report_2019-20

Make Lee Green even better – have your say

People in Lee Green have the chance to say what they like about the area and what they don’t like. They’re also being asked what services and activities they would like to see in the area, in particular those that can be supported by voluntary and community groups.

Make Lee Green even better is a new survey organised by Lee Green Lives (LGL) community group with support from our partners.

 

In the next few weeks we will be knocking on doors in housing estates run by Clarion Housing and Lewisham Homes, asking people questions aimed at helping develop new or adapt existing activities or services. The survey is open to all Lee Green residents, so anyone who wants to take part can go online or pick up a copy at Manor House Library or Lee Green Community Centre. We also welcome thoughts from people who work or play in the area.

Lee Green is a vibrant area with a vast potential, but it lacks some key services needed for local people. Taking part in community activities helps people develop new skills, make friends and lead a healthier and more fulfilled life. But many local people need advice and support to help overcome hardship and, without support, some cannot take advantage of existing resources such as parks, library and community centres.

The survey is supported by Lee Green Consortium, 16 groups and organisations that play an active part locally. Some of these groups banded together over two years ago, with more joining since, to form the Consortium in the belief that strength in numbers was the best way of ensuring their work survives in the current climate of cuts.  

The Consortium is facilitated by LGL, who recently won a contract from Clarion Housing, the ward’s biggest social housing provider, and this month were awarded a grant from Lewisham Council.

Until now, much of their focus has been channelled through the Local Assembly, but with the cut in the Council grant to the Assembly, there is now an even greater need to work together. While the Consortium will continue to report to the Assembly and build on its achievements, they recognise that many people haven’t the time or energy to come to meetings – and in some cases don’t even like big meetings.

And that’s where the survey comes in… as it increases people’s say about what’s important to them and what goes on in Lee Green.  And it will help Lee Green Lives itself prioritise how it runs the Leegate Community Centre. The results will also be used to involve residents across the ward in determining local priorities, and then in developing bids to support these.

Contact: info@lgl.org.uk

Link to online survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LeeGreenLives/

ENDS

Community groups in the Assembly: Friends of Manor House Gardens, Lee Green Lives, Lee Manor Society, Friends & Users of Staplehurst Shops (FUSS), 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, Newstead Tenants & Residents Association, Soul Refresh Café

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

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.

In the last three years 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 Tuesdays from 11.30 to 4.00pm 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 support@lgl.org.uk. 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!

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