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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    The Mayor at the Greater London Authority has decided to review the Planning Committee decision on the future of the Stag Brewery site in Mortlake. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Help is wanted to water many of the young trees planted across the borough. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    After receiving reassurances about new work practices from its contractors (Conways), Richmond Council is set to resume its highway maintenance and improvement schemes from Monday 11 May. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Meeting the demands of the Coronavirus crisis has transformed how adult social care staff are helping people get out of hospital and back home. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Wandsworth residents are encouraged to commemorate VE Day at home this Friday as the nation celebrates victory in Europe 75 years ago. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Kingston Council's Adult Social Care team has been recognised at the Public Sector Transformation Awards, receiving a Certificate of Excellence. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    GPs are assuring residents across City and Hackney that the local NHS is ‘open for business’ and ready to safely provide care to people who need it. It is important you do not wait if you need urgent medical help. We know that some people are worried that they might be a burden to the NHS, or that they could contract COVID-19 if they seek help for an urgent medical issue at the moment – local GPs want to reassure you that this isn’t the case. Your NHS is still here for you and it is important you get the help you need. GP practices across City and Hackney will be available this May Bank Holiday Friday (8 May 2020). If you need a GP appointment, there are several ways to do this - visit your GP practice website, use an NHS app to book online or call your practice. Most appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will now be via a phone call, and if you are told you need to see a clinician in person, the NHS has put measures in place to make sure patients are seen safely. GP practices and hospitals have strict infection prevention and control measures in place, so it is safe to attend appointments. It is important that you continue to attend routine appointments, such as antenatal checks, ***ual health advice and contraception, and childhood vaccinations, as normal, unless you have been told not to attend. Community pharmacies will also be available this bank holiday weekend. Before visiting your local pharmacy, first check the opening hours on the NHS.UK website. When you visit you must comply with the social distancing measures in place to protect yourself and staff. If you have an urgent medical need, visit NHS 111 online – if you cannot access the internet, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, such as if you or a family member have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go. In addition, if you are pregnant and are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature), you must stay at home for at least seven days. Anyone you live with should not leave home for 14 days. You can use the NHS 111 COVID-19 online service to check your symptoms and get more advice. Do not go to a GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if you have these symptoms - this is to help limit the spread of the virus. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    You?ve made Easter bonnets and rainbows, and now we are challenging you to create your own mayoral chain in honour of Cllr Linda Bird being inaugurated as the new Mayor of Greenwich. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Parenting can be tough at the best of times, but right now the support of trained professionals from a psychological charity can be really helpful for families. The post Help if family fire ignites during lockdown appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    Lambeth Council will join the nation on Friday in commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE-Day (Victory in Europe), marking the end of the Second World War in Europe. The post VE-Day to be marked on May 8 in Lambeth appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    6th May 2020, 21:00
    This Friday 8 May, Camden along with the rest of the United Kingdom marks VE Day, which this year recognises 75 years since World War Two conflict ceased in Europe. Camden had suffered along with other areas of London from the regular bombing of the city known as ‘The Blitz’, and residents had taken up a variety of roles as part of the war effort, serving both on the front line and what became known as ‘the home front’. When peace was announced, celebrations broke out across the capital, with many of Camden’s communities holding street parties, with singing and dancing. We’ve shared some of the photos from our archive of celebrations in Rugby Street in 1945. Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, similar mass events are not allowed to mark VE Day this year – however, there is a national programme of events residents can follow from their homes and doorsteps if they wish to celebrate and remember the sacrifice made by those involved in the war, as part of a national Bank Holiday. More details of the programme are on the Government website , while the VE-VJ website includes activity packs including how to make your own bunting and recipe ideas for a ‘stay-at-home’ VE Day picnic. Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust, Mayor of Camden, said: “VE Day is a day where we celebrate peace and a rejection of hate and hostility. We remember the enormous sacrifices made by Camden residents in past conflicts and the efforts of all those who continue to promote peace in the world. In Camden we are proud to be a borough that stands up to speak out against those seeking to cause discord and divide us – we are and always will be, no place for hate. “For all Camden residents this Bank Holiday we must abide by the key advice – to stay at home and save lives. However, for residents who want to, I do encourage them to get involved in some of the available activities within their own household – and to have fun learning about that poignant and celebratory moment when the guns fell silent in Europe 75 years ago.” We would love to see some photos of your VE day celebrations at home and what our community organisations are up to. If you have some photos you are happy for us to publish, please tweet us @CamdenCouncil with your best snaps. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    The council?s cabinet member for health and adult care services Melanie Hampton is echoing calls from health service chiefs concerned that people with serious illnesses are not accessing medical treatments during the current Coronavirus lockdown. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    Croydon businesses are being asked to complete a new survey launched to enable the council to better understand how best to support local companies through the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    Domestic abuse has always been a distressing issue, affecting women and families from all backgrounds. Now, more than ever, when family tension is high and people are forced to stay at home, those who are not safe in their homes are especially vulnerable to abuse. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    Southwark Council announced in January this year that it intended to open a young people?s mental health ?hub? at a location in Peckham. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    Contact Camden Contact Camden will be closed on Friday 8 May 2020. We have an out-of-hours telephone service 24 hours a day for emergencies: call 020 7974 4444. If you have a question or concern related to coronavirus, call 020 7974 4444 (option 9) – the dedicated helpline is open 24 hours a day. Visit our coronavirus webpages for the latest updates and support available. You can use your Camden Account at any time to manage key services in one place with one log in. With your Camden Account you can: Request a service or report a problem Buy and renew parking permits Pay bills Apply for housing benefit View your council tax bill and pay online Report a missed bin collection. Recycling and rubbish collections Recycling and rubbish collection days remain the same over the bank holiday period. Collection times may change, so please put your bin or bag outside by 6am or the night before. If you live in a street with time-banded collections, put your recycling and rubbish out at the usual time. Make sure you follow the guidance on presenting your recycling and rubbish. Parks Parks and open spaces should be used for essential exercise only, once a day. If you are out exercising, always maintain a 2 metre distance from others and keep moving at all times to free up space. If you have a garden, please make use of it. Parks and open spaces should not be used for sunbathing, picnics/barbeques, gatherings or sports – this will prevent others from using the space safely. We have frontline teams out across the borough to make sure parks are being used responsibly and safe social distancing is being followed. Libraries and leisure centres In line with government guidance, libraries and leisure centres are closed until further notice. Find out more You can still access our digital library, where you can find a range of books, comics, audio books, magazines and newspapers available to existing and new members. More...
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    6th May 2020, 12:00
    A charity in Harrow has been awarded funding to support families with disabled children to give their kids the best possible future. City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity funder, is giving £183,600 to Kids Can Achieve in Harrow. The grant will fund the charity’s ‘Families Can Achieve’ project which provides support to families who have children with learning disabilities, so they can have the same opportunities as everyone else, helping to fulfil their potential, build resilience and access support at the earliest possible stage. The money will fund one-to-one family support, which includes help with letter writing, learning about financial benefits they are entitled to and emotional support, weekly drop-in sessions, which allow families with disabled children to share experiences and advice, and individual and group therapy. During the three year funding period, the charity will support 80 families in Harrow each year to have greater choice and control about care for their disabled children, improved understanding of their needs and new skills to manage relationships within the family. This will be achieved through the provision of four drop-in networking and support sessions per week accommodating 40 families; ten creative psychotherapy sessions per week, available to 24 families; and one-to-one family support sessions that assist with practical tasks involved in the management of care for disabled children. This could involve accessing benefits, treatment, support, or educational provision; gaining a diagnosis or referral and ensuring referral routes are accessible. Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “Kids Can Achieve is providing a life changing service to families and their children in Harrow. “City Bridge Trust is committed to supporting disabled people across the capital, particularly into further education and employment opportunities. This charity is providing young people with a stepping stone to send them in the right direction to fulfil their maximum potential. “In such times of uncertainty, as we navigate the rippling impacts of COVID-19, the Trust has a crucial role to play in ensuring the sector stays strong and effective, particularly by helping smaller charities such as Kids Can Achieve.” Ilias Kostalas, Operations Manager at Kids Can Achieve said: “At KCA we are extremely excited to have been awarded a grant from City Bridge Trust towards our Families Can Achieve Project. This will make a real difference to the lives of families with children with learning disabilities in Harrow and will provide the help and support they need. At this difficult time dealing with COVID-19 and in the months to come it will be an even more vital service.” The link between disability and poverty is well recognised: statistics published by Contact a Family in 2018, stated that over 33% of families with a disabled child face costs amounting to £64,800 from birth to 18 years, highlighting the need to support families to access all the financial support available to them. Learning disabled children are highly susceptible to isolation, anxiety, depression and offending. These challenges inevitably impact family life – as well as impacting on the children and young people directly - and can lead to family breakdown, poor health and domestic violence. City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of the City of London Corporation’s charity, Bridge House Estates. It is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. The Trust has awarded around 8,000 grants totalling over £400 million since it first began in 1995. It helps achieve the City Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners. ENDS Media Enquiries Kristina Drake Media Officer, City of London Corporation Kristina.Drake@cityoflondon.gov.uk 07710860884 / 020 7332 1125 Notes to editors City Bridge Trust recently announced new emergency funding for 170 small charities in London to support them through Covid-19. It is giving grants of up to £15,000 to all of the small charities it currently supports. The money will go towards supporting the charities with running costs and to help organisations in replacing loss of income, supporting them now and in the months ahead before society begins to return to normality. Last month, City Bridge Trust pledged £1 million to a new emergency support fund to help London’s community and voluntary organisations affected by the impact of the COVID-19. The funder joined the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and London Funders a network of investors of London’s civil society, to launch the new fund, with an initial £1 million provided by CBT and another £1 million from the Mayor of London. The emergency scheme, which will be coordinated by London Funders, will be available to charities facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the coronavirus. About the City of London Corporation: The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk About City Bridge Trust City Bridge Trust is the funding arm of Bridge House Estates, a Registered Charity, with its primary aim the maintenance and support of five Thames bridges: Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Southwark, Blackfriars and the Millennium footbridge. City Bridge Trust was established in 1995 to make use of funds surplus to bridge requirements and provides grants totalling around £20m per year towards charitable activity benefitting Greater London. The City of London Corporation is the sole trustee of the Bridge House Estates. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    People who think they may have contracted coronavirus can get tested at a special temporary testing centre run by the army in Richmond Town Centre today and on Wednesday. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    This year?s Employ Wandsworth jobs and skills fair has regrettably been cancelled. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Wandsworth residents are making great use of the virtual library services being offered during the lockdown with some online audiences rising tenfold during the pandemic. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Merton Council is encouraging residents to get involved with VE Day celebrations and commemorations from the safety of their homes. Homemade bunting has already started to appear in windows around More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Merton Council has announced it will be offering financial support to around 2,650 of the borough?s least well off residents to help them with the economic impact of the COVID-19 More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Plans to renew the landlord licensing scheme created by Croydon Council to raise standards and conditions in private rented homes across the borough will go to cabinet for approval next week. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    From mental health to digital poverty, young people across the borough have shared their thoughts and fears around the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Over 40 young people joined an online event with the Hackney Young Futures Commission last weekend called 'Hackney’s Covid Conversation', and was attended by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hackney. The conversation was centred around how the current crisis is impacting the lives of young residents. Young people raised a variety of issues affecting their lives including education and employment, health and wellbeing, the impact of domestic violence, digital poverty and the length of lockdown. The online webinar was facilitated by youth-led charity My Life My Say and began with introductions by commission chairs Jermain Jackman and Shekeila Scarlett, followed by an open discussion around the question ‘What worries you the most about covid-19?’. The Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville and Deputy Mayor of Hackney, Anntoinette Bramble were both on hand to listen and respond directly as young people expressed what they were most anxious about. One young person, aged 17 said: “I’m in sixth form and I’m worried about how we’re going to go back to school and continue like nothing has happened. Cramming a term’s learning into a few months will be stressful, our teachers will be stressed, the impact on year 12 going into year 13 will be big.” Another recurring theme during the online conversation was the concern for older family members and family businesses. One young person, aged 13 said: “My dad’s side of the family has underlying health issues, I'm scared that I could catch the virus and pass it onto my dad. There are still so many people outside all the time, and just not listening or thinking about others. Especially in London Fields” The open conversation was followed by a Q&A with Mayor Glanville. Questions asked during this section ranged from youth-specific ‘When will youth clubs open again?’ to wider issues affecting the families of young people such as ‘How are the council dealing with housing issues?’ The online event concluded with a number of young people expressing their gratitude for a space where they could share their experiences and concerns. Jermain Jackman, Hackney Young Futures Co-Chair said: “My fellow Chair Shekeila and I were very concerned that young people are a group often forgotten about in the various conversations surrounding Covid-19. And when they are spoken about it’s mainly in relation to education, which is a huge concern but equally they are going through so much more and the Commission really wanted to provide a space for them to be heard. We look forward to working with the Mayor and his Cabinet to create more spaces to amplify young people’s voices, especially during this time” More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Voluntary organisations on the frontline of the response to the coronavirus crisis in Hackney will receive a further funding boost after Hackney Council became the first local authority to back the London Funder’s Community Response Fund with a £50,000 grant for local grassroots organisations delivering services in Hackney. As part of a £370,000 support package for local charities and community organisations in Hackney already announced, the grant will see Hackney Council administer its repurposed voluntary and community sector (VCS) grants programme through Wave Two of the London Community Response Fund (LCRF), which is supporting the grassroots’ response to the coronavirus crisis across the capital. The £50,000 contribution will see grants of up to £5,000 awarded to small organisations to help with costs around meeting the immediate community needs such as food, essentials, equipment, staffing and more or enabling organisations to deliver services in new ways to support communities, and to ensure that longer-term needs are being considered by the funding community. For example, moving existing services online, purchasing equipment for remote working, meeting increased costs and ensuring that all groups can access services. Mutual aid groups who have been self-coordinating community responses to coronavirus can also apply for funding when they are partnering with an eligible host organisation which would hold the grant. While decisions about the allocation of Hackney’s £50,000 grant will be taken locally, by aligning this with the London Community Response Fund, the Council is also ensuring that organisations in Hackney have a better chance of being supported by other London Funders. For more information on deadlines and how to apply, please visit https://hackney.gov.uk/community-grants More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Working together, the police and our enforcement officers carried out an operation on Friday 1 May, which resulted in 18 arrests and a number of weapon seizures in Royal Greenwich. More...
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    5th May 2020, 20:00
    Lambeth Council has quickly moved to assess the impacts of its comprehensive coronavirus crisis response, with a new report released today outlining the breadth and scale of activities undertaken right across the borough since coronavirus first took hold just six weeks ago. The post Lambeth: First snapshot of Covid-19?s huge impact on local government appeared first on Love Lambeth. More...
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    5th May 2020, 13:00
    Residents are being encouraged to keep a 'climate change diary' to help record local differences they are seeing due a reduction in carbon emissions. More...
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    5th May 2020, 13:00
    Richmond Council will work with local partners to review how the White House in Hampton can continue to operate, following an announcement that the Hampton upon Thames Community Association (HOTCA) are financially unable to continue to manage this valued local resource. More...
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    5th May 2020, 13:00
    A strategy that aims to better support and champion the borough?s unpaid carers has been published in final form by Richmond Council. More...
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