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Newsletter August 2020

"Hello All, It seems such a long time since I have contributed to ChART’s newsletter and it is a delight to do so. So much has happened since the last one, least of all Covid 19. ChART has been kept busy with the Food Project , Grove Park Connections Virtual Coffee Mornings as well as online Yoga and ESOL classes! Our staff and volunteers have been talking on the phone weekly to make sure all is okay with our residents and visitors and some of those calls have been quite enlightening in finding out where people are at. ChART cannot wait to start up the projects where we can actually see people face to face (with a mask on). We all miss seeing you and are working hard for the projects to restart when we are allowed to following local and government guidance. A new project is starting soon, AQA accredited training in sports coaching - for anyone over 11 years (places are limited) - exciting stuff! More details inside. We would also like to hear from you with your ideas. There is a survey in the newsletter so please take the time to fill it in, it won’t take long. Anne, myself and our steering group do miss seeing you all and look forward to things getting back to being reasonably normal in the near future. Any problems, get in touch and we will try to help where possible. Look after yourselves. Jacqui (Co-Chair ChART)"

Spotted in the community during lockdown.


COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT This is a quick update on what is happening in the food project, but let’s go back 4 months. The food project was opening weekly, welcoming visitors and supplying food, employment advice, Citizens Advice Lewisham support, friendship and even massages! It all stopped when Covid-19 hit us all. We had to close for a couple of weeks until we could work out how we were going to help people in need. After a lot of talking and working out how we were going to get food to people and maintain some sort of contact with them within the community, we came up with a plan … bag it up and deliver it. This we did, very successfully, until a month ago when we made the decision to get people collecting their food where possible from the W G Grace Community Centre. Still keeping in mind social distancing, masks, disposable rubber gloves, hand sanitiser, washing hands, cleaning and cleaning again areas that were going to be used, we started … and it worked. Our lovely visitors came to collect their food and we could see they were okay. A quick chat to make sure all was well and a bye till next week. You know what though, none of this would have been possible without our absolutely marvellous volunteers. They came forward willingly and with smiling eyes (the mask covered the rest of the face!) to pack bags, tidy the cupboards, count stock and all the other jobs needed to be done. What great people. Thank you. Now some figures. We serve nearly 50 individuals a week with food. If we include the families or partners it works out to nearer 125. They are also phoned once a week to make sure they are okay. Paul, the project lead, works hard to make sure everything runs smoothly and all jobs are covered. We love seeing our visitors. We love serving them. They will let us know if they need any extra help.

"I work for the food bank as a volunteer and I so enjoy doing so it’s an amazing experience. It helps so many vulnerable people struggling to cope to feed their family. Also how they show their appreciation when they collect. I would feel very lost without doing this for the customers every week. It is a wonderful thing knowing you put a smile on faces and seeing them leave happy. Also we the volunteers have become like a family, we work well as a team and leave as happy as our customers." - Michelle

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" I would like to thank Laura at GCDA for organising our weekly delivery from Fareshare. Also to Fareshare for giving us a weekly contribution of food for our current service users, we are all so grateful. Also, thank you to LIDL Lewisham, who have allowed me to shop out of hours." -Paul, ChART Martin from VSL has been working with Paul on the food supply chain, he says: “It has been a pleasure working with Paul supporting him with minibuses and volunteers to enable early morning shopping from Lidl in Lee for the foodbank. It has been good to hear from Paul that it has made a difference to the project”

ChART is continuing to offer a delivery service for people not able to collect from the Food Project. Please contact Paul for more information: 020 8851 0174 / paul@chartbiglocal.org.uk

Your donations help make our work possible! You can help us continue to support the community by purchasing packaged, tinned and hygiene items from Costcutter and Brook Pharmacy on Chinbrook Road. The wonderful teams keep the donations ready for ChART to collect and distribute at our weekly Food Project! You can also drop donations to the WG Grace Community Centre on Tuesdays 9:30am - 12 noon. Thank you!

Brook Pharmacy 109 CHINBROOK ROAD

Useful Numbers:

Green Doctors - Help to save money on energy bills and switch suppliers for those on low income, over 65, or with a long term health condition or disability. Freephone: 0300 365 5003 Citizens Advice Line Lewisham Free impartial advice on a range of issues including Welfare benefits / Debt / Housing / Employment . Freephone: 0800 231 5453 Mon to Fri 9.30am - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 4:00pm

Looking for a Job or Training? ChART will help signpost you to organisations that can help. If you need support looking for work email: suzannah@chartbiglocal.org.uk


Smiles all round at Marvels Lane Primary School! We know the last few months have been tough for children and families and we were absolutely delighted to be able to support Marvels Lane Primary School to put together an activity pack for every child at the school.

"We were able to put a little bit extra to ChART's contribution and ensure that every child in the school received an age related pack. With those who had shown that they were struggling with internet access, getting a couple of extras. We have already had several parents say how grateful they are. A small gesture, but very gratefully received by all the children in our school community. Thanks so much for making this happen" - Mr Dove, Headteacher

Secondary School Homework Club

Chart has a very successful Homework Club for Secondary School Children. We aim to start this again at the beginning of October. We are also considering some online support for children in the ChART area.  If your child has fallen behind during lockdown and would benefit from some online or after school support please contact: suzannah@chartbiglocal.org.uk

Free English Language Classes Congratulations to Ana Vodeva the Tutor, and all the students in our ESOL class, who kept calm and carried on throughout lockdown. They swapped classes for online meetings and have managed very well under difficult circumstances. The classes will continue online but we hope that later in September we may be able to begin some socially distanced sessions in the WG Grace Community Centre.  This will of course depend on government guidance and any change in local restrictions. Our friendly English Classes welcome anyone who needs to learn or improve. If you would like more information, or to register for the class please contact Ana Vodeva on: 07786 266398

Grove Park Connections Virtual Coffee Morning Lockdown may have stopped us meeting in person but it hasn't stopped our Thursday Social Group being connected! We've stayed in touch with a mixture of Phone Calls for a friendly chat, and our new Online Weekly Coffee morning. The group "meets" via the free video conferencing software Zoom every Thursday 11:30am - 12:30pm. We enjoy a good chat, quizzes, bingo, singing and even exercise classes! We'll keep meeting online until we can safely get back to the WG Grace Community Centre. If you're interested in joining our friendly group, or receiving a regular phone call contact Francis: francis@vslonline.org.uk / 020 8291 1747 in partnership with

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be a Sports Coach? Are you aged between 11 & 100 and want to learn new skills? We're excited to be partnering with Dalmain Athletic Girls Football Club to sponsor free AQA accredited introductory coaching qualifications! You'll take two courses :

Introduction to Football coaching AQA Entry level Coaching sports skills AQA Entry Level Each course has an online theory lesson via Zoom, supported by a folder with all the information and worksheets you need for the course, and a practical session and assessment in Chinbrook Meadows. Courses are open to all local residents, regardless of gender, aged 11 and over. Provisional Course Dates: Football coaching – Zoom meetings 5-7pm 14th / 15th September t Interest ed in he c ours Practical sessions Saturday 19th 10 – 4pm e, bu able t no to a t onli cces   ne s s t h e e s sion Vict Coaching Sports Skills – s? G oria iv a c a h l l to s e ow w Zoom meetings 5-7pm 21st / 22nd September ee e ca n he 020 Practical sessions Saturday 26th 10 – 4pm lp 88 51 0 174

Once you've completed the courses, you'll be supported to develop your new skills through volunteering opportunities with ChART and Dalmain Athletic GFC. All sessions are fully compliant with Local, Government and FA Covid-19 regulations - if you have any questions please get in touch.

For more information and to request an application form Contact Dave McLaren: dalmainathleticgfc@yahoo.co.uk Strictly limited to 10 places so if you’re interested get in touch!

ChART Walking Group

We are looking forward to welcoming back our Walking Group from Thursday 3rd September. Initially this will be with existing members only, in small groups following current guidelines. If you haven't walked with us before and are interested in joining the group, please contact Victoria on 020 8851 0174 / victoria@chartbiglocal.org.uk and we'll let you know when we are able to open up to new members. You can find out more about the Walking for Health scheme across Lewisham here: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/lewisham-healthy-walks or call 020 8269 4880


ChART Survey 2020

This can also be completed online by following the QR Code or visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ChARTCovid Surveys are anonymous, please complete one survey per person 1.     What is your connection to ChART Big Local (tick all that apply) o   Live – if you don’t mind give us your postcode ______________ o   Work o   Play o   Study

2.     What are your biggest concerns as we come out of lockdown? (you can tick more than one) o   Jobs o  Getting training or qualifications; o   Education and support for children e.g. extra learning, club, o   Finance, debt, benefits or other advice o   Meeting people having things to do locally o   Health, fitness and well being o   Food cost and availability o   Immigration issues o   other …………………………………………………..

3.     Given that ChART Big Local is not meant to replace government services and has limited resources, which issues or projects would you like to see ChART prioritise post COVID? ( please select top 3) o  Food bank o  Homework help and activities for young people o  Training and help with jobs, o  Activities and social groups for adults, including isolated and vulnerable members of the community o  Financial, debt and benefits advice o  Improving the environment in our community o  Health and well-being activities o  Support for carers o  Community social events (when COVID-19 restrictions permit) Any other ideas? …………………………………………….. 4.     Do you have any other comments?  …………………………………........................................................... ......................................................................................................................................................................... (Please continue on separate sheet if needed) 5.     About you (If you are happy to give further information it helps us ensure we are reaching all areas of our community) What is your gender? What is your 1st language? What is your ethnic group? Do you consider yourself to have a disability? Age group? (please circle) 10-20, 21-40, 41-60, 60+

Please return paper copies of survey by end of September to: ChART, WG Grace Community Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG If you need any help completing the survey please email; info@chartbiglocal.org.uk or phone; 0208 851 0174


We need more voices, ideas and help! This time of lockdown has made us all think about our community, and how we support each other and do things together. This seems like a good time to make a call out for new ChART group members. We really need more local people to join us. We are particularly looking for new steering group members who can help plan and develop ChART projects. We get together regularly to discuss projects and plan activities and events. Here are some of the jobs that, when we are in full swing, we do; Agree on events and activities that fit with the plan Help out at events; anything from setting up gazebos, making tea, asking people what they want for the Chinbrook area, helping with children’s activities and much more Keep up to date with what staff are doing in their project areas. Check on how the funding is being spent and if we have enough for different projects Share new ideas to develop Keep in touch with other local people and organisations and feedback ideas to the steering group. We are really keen to support people who volunteer with us by offering training opportunities too so we hope that in this way we can reward your efforts and help you grow in your experiences. If you're interested in joining us please contact info@chartbiglocal.org.uk / 020 8851 0174

ChART Yoga with Geny (online)

With the support of instructor Geny from Che Yoga & Ayurveda Wellness we are delighted that our Community Yoga Class has been able to continue throughout lockdown - we just took it online! For the time being, our friendly classes will continue online via Zoom until we are able to safely meet in a group again. For more information and the booking links please visit www.chartbiglocal.org.uk During September, in addition to our regular Saturday 10am Yoga Class we are really pleased to be offering a 30min Chair Yoga class at 10:30am on Friday Mornings if you have any questions contact Geny: geny@cheyoga.co.uk

Chair Yoga Fridays in September 10:30am - 11am

In the chair yoga classes Geny teaches effective workouts that can be done in a chair or on the floor to regain mobility and energise yourself. This class is suitable for anyone, young or old, fully able or with special requirements. Suggested £2.50 donation for non ChART residents.

Saturday Morning Yoga 10:00am - 11am (no class Sat 19th Sept) Suitable for all ages and abilities, you'll only need a free Zoom Account (http://zoom.us), download the app and join the one hour class at 10 am, using the link and password number that Geny will send you after registering. Free for residents of ChART area, suggested £5 donation for everyone else


Dates for your Diary "VSL is proud to be Local Trusted Organisation (LTO) for ChART, our role since autumn 2018.   As the LTO, VSL are responsible for supporting staff, steering group members, planning, budgets and financial management.  This relationship has worked really well, and we are enjoying seeing ChART flourish and grow, with many exciting project developments. We have most recently worked with the Steering Group  on the recruitment of the new Community Project Manager role.  This role has successfully been filled, and we are all looking forward to welcoming this new team member joining the ChART  family. This manager will be working with the staff, steering group members and us as the LTO to build on the great work already achieved, enabling ChART to take the next steps forward." - Julia Coggins, VSL

Keep in touch with ChART WG Grace Community Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG 020 8851 0174 info@chartbiglocal.org.uk www.chartbiglocal.org.uk ChARTBigLocal @ChinbrookAction Local Trusted Organisation (Voluntary Services Lewisham): evelyn@vslonline.org.uk

Wednesdays ChART Community Food Project 12noon- 1pm, WG Grace Community Centre Thursdays ChART Walking Group contact Victoria: victoria@chartbiglocal.org.uk / 020 8851 0174 Thursdays Grove Park Connections Virtual Coffee Morning - Online via zoom 11:30 am - 12:30pm contact Francis: francis@vslonline.org.uk / 020 8291 1747 Fridays in Sept - Online Chair Yoga 10:30am - 11am Saturdays (not 19/9) - Online Yoga 10am - 11am visit www.chartbiglocal.org.uk

We are working hard to be able to open our community events, face to face groups and activities again in a safe way. As soon as we have news of when they are restarting we'll let you know. It is likely many of them will have a new booking system - watch this space, and if you'd like to be added to our email list to receive updates let us know by contacting info@chartbiglocal.org.uk

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