Walworth Society - Latest News and Activities during Covid-19

1. Walworth Town Hall Consultation.


Although the face-to-face consultation sessions have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis, the WTH consultation is currently being undertaken by General Projects and launched on Friday. There are two ways to take part. If you are online, there are display boards, a presentation and a feedback form at: http://walworthtownhall.co.uk


If you or others who are interested are not online, the boards are being displayed in the Memorial Garden in front of the Town Hall and you can email comments to consultation@rolfe-judd.co.uk OR write to Rolfe Judd Planning, Old Church Court, Claylands Rd, London, SW8 1NZ and reference Walworth Town Hall.


We are of course urging that a face-to-face session be undertaken in the future when circumstances allow. We have also asked for a new board to be put up that gives details on how people can respond to the consultation. General Projects say that should be up by Monday.


Below are the boards that went up on Friday in the Memorial Garden. General Projects are asking for responses to be submitted by Friday, March 27th 2020 at 12noon.


2. Covid-19 Crisis Support Groups.


There a number of volunteer groups coming together to support those who are self-isolating and need help with daily tasks. Some are very local and others cover a wider area.


The main aim of these groups is to make sure people are contacted directly where they live so no-one falls through the net; and that the vulnerable get support with shopping, dog walking etc, and a friendly voice to speak to whist they are staying indoors.


The North Walworth poster below gives an idea of what is offered. Further contact details below that.


3. Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group Contact Details.


It’s too fast changing an area to try to list all the local support groups (apologies to those we leave out), but there are a number of mutual aid volunteer groups covering Newington, Faraday and North Walworth (see below) where you can volunteer or ask for support.


Newington Mutual Aid group

Apply to join WhatsApp grouphttps://chat.whatsapp.com/DFyrDOrkPFeJR7ehOlFjds

email: newingtonma@gmail.com


Faraday Mutual Aid Group

Apply to join WhatsApp group https://forms.gle/yQL1rX7ctj8DJn1CA

Or phone 07981 292734

Also information on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/630834007765764


North Walworth Mutual Aid Group

Email northwalworthmutualaid@outlook.com

Od phone 07934 719 492 or 07385 793 112


There is also a Southwark Mutual Aid Group, details on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/833177740485170/


And a National Mutual Aid Group website at https://covidmutualaid.org/get-involved/.


4. Other Covid-19 Crisis Information and Resources.


Great to see our local councillors taking a lead in disseminating information and advice locally - you can find contact details for local councillors by clicking here. And many  thanks to the Newington ward councillors for putting together the following:


Health advice: All residents should follow the latest national Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice.


Southwark Council support : The council has set up a website for all information on coronavirus including advice for those who want to volunteer, for tenants and residents associations, and information for business and employers: www.southwark.gov.uk/coronavirus


Financial hardship: Southwark Council has put an extra £1.5 million into its Emergency Support Scheme for local people and have created more capacity on its phones in the  emergency support service for those in financial hardship.  Anyone experiencing financial hardship should call Southwark Council on 020-7525-2434.


Business support: To contact the council about support available or issues affecting your business email SouthwarkBusinessDesk@southwark.gov.uk


Worried about sexual or domestic abuse: For those worried about sexual or domestic abuse who are feeling isolated at home because of Coronavirus, the SOLACE advocacy and support service is available to anyone aged 16 or over who lives in Southwark. You can call for help on 020 7593 1290 or get help online.

Poster (pdf) offering help for those in Southwark suffering sexual or domestic abuse click here.

5. Join the Old Kent Road Community Review Panel. News from Southwark Council

Southwark Council is setting up a new Community Review Panel for the Old Kent Road area and would like to recruit members. The panel will meet on a regular basis to review planning applications and will provide independent advice to the council on how development can and should benefit people who live, work and visit the Old Kent Road area. The council is not looking for experts, but for people who can bring their local knowledge and experience to help make sure that regeneration works for everyone. If you would like to find out more, please visit http://oldkentroad.org.uk/crp or alternatively call Frame Projects who will recruit and manage the panel on 020 3971 6161. The deadline for applications is 6 April 2020.

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