Mindfulness sessions

Tickets are now available for our next 8-week mindfulness course, starting on Tuesday 4 February, 6.30pm @ Besson Street Community Garden. Click here to book.

This 8 week course (Tuesday 4 February to Tuesday 24 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm) will teach you mindfulness and loving kindness meditation and explore a bit of the philosophy and research underpinning the practices. Specifically you will be given detailed instructions on traditional sitting practice (in a chair or on the floor), mindful movement, awareness of the senses and emotions, relaxation techniques and how to integrate this into your life so it is not another chore ‘to do’. It will provide an opportunity for beginners to become firmly established in their practice and for experienced students to deepen their existing practice.

A new parent led nursery coming to Deptford

A new parent led nursery is coming to Deptford, and is planning to open in January 2020. Parents have worked together to develop affordable fees, the opening hours they need and how they want children to learn in this space. The nursery will offer places for up to 26 local 2 to 5 year olds.

To register your interest, or simply to find out more information,  you can visit their website on: https://friendlyfamiliesnursery.org

Changes to New Cross Gate Station and Sainsburys site

LB Lewisham have recently published a draft New Cross Gate Supplementary Planning Document. This looks at the potential designs and use of the space in and around New Cross Gate station, in light of the proposed Bakerloo Line extension. It involves the move of Sainsbury’s store to the front of the site, new (taller) residential buildings, alterations to bus routes and access points to New Cross Gate station, and a new footbridge.

While offering a very welcome improvement to public transport and capacity through the Bakerloo line extension, the plans present some issues for the Hatcham conservation area itself, in relation to a proposed new circular bus route through the site making use of Harts Lane. This is also likely to be the route by which lorries access the new supermarket, and could potentially impact on traffic levels across the conservation area. The site will also have some taller buildings on it.

Please have a look at this document, and respond to the consultation before 5th January 2020. Residents in the local area are also in the process of setting up a conservation society for Hatcham Park. Further details to follow.

https://consultation.lewisham.gov.uk/planning/nxgspd/

Adult learning courses

NXG trust offers highly subsidised short courses for local residents to improve, update and branch out their learning, skills and qualifications. We currently have the following courses available for booking.

Paediatric First Aid – Saturday 9 November – Read more and book.
Food Safety – Friday 29 November – Read more and book
Emergency First Aid – Friday 6 December – Read more and book
Microsoft Word (intermediate) – Wednesday 13 November – Read more and book
Interview Skills – Wednesday 20 November – Read more and book
Microsoft Word (beginners) – Wednesday 15 January – Read more and book
Microsoft Excel (beginners) – Wednesday 29 January – Read more and book
Microsoft Word (intermediate) – Wednesday 12 February – Read more and book
Microsoft Excel (intermediate) – Wednesday 26 February – Read more and book

We also have a programme of ESOL (English as a Second Language). Just turn up for an assessment on Tuesdays (3.30-4.30pm) or Wednesdays (5.00-6.00pm).

Common People

Open Stage presents Common People, Wednesday 6, Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 of November from 7.45-8.45pm at Student Union, Goldsmiths University.
Fancy some peace and quiet? Time to contemplate away from the hustle and bustle of life? Think again! With a range of characters from the new female defender to the lonely vamp, the loved up Jack to the stressed city guy, funding moments of solitude on the common may be way more challenging than you’d imagine! In this latest Open Stage production, we hope to tap into the sometimes sad and often hilarious lives of ‘Common People’.
All the actors have come through Open Book, where education is for education’s sake and for anyone looking for an alternative route.
Not suitable for children.

Joe’s Ukelele band

Beginners classes for 7-12 year olds, just £1 per week.
Every Tuesday (term time) from 3.45 to 5.00pm at Besson Street Community Garden, you can join Joe, our experienced music teacher.
We supply the ukulele if you don’t have one or you can bring your own. Call 0207 639 7605 for more information.

Employment Advice and Guidance

If you need some help in looking for a job, deciding where next to go with your career, writing your CV or job application form, or preparing for an interview, please contact Elisha, our employment adviser to book an appointment. 07532 787 466 or email Elisha.mcqueen@nxgtrust.org.uk.
Ask about our interview skills workshops, weekly jobs clubs, help with accessing clothes for interview, and IT training opportunities.

Dress smart for an interview

If you are looking for work, and worrying about how to look your best at an interview, we can help. Contact Elisha, our employment advisor, who will be able to help you to access some smart interview clothes as well as some last minute interview coaching to ensure you perform at your best in your interview. We are also delivering an ‘interview skills’ training course on 20 November.
Call Elisha on 07532 787 466 or email Elisha.mcqueen@nxgtrust.org.uk for more information.

Support for Dyslexics

We will be offering more workshops to families affected by dyslexia n the New Year. Last year we offered two workshops delivered by the British Dyslexia Association and we are planning to offer two more in February. Please call Jill if you are interested in finding out more: Tel 0207 639 7605 or email Jill.mountford@nxgtrust.org.uk.

Have your say on the Bakerloo Line extension

Plans to extend the Bakerloo Line to Lewisham have gone public and are open to public scrutiny for 10 weeks starting 14 October. Transport for London (TfL) welcome comment from people about the route and the required works to implement the route. The plan is to extent the Bakerloo line from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via stations on the Old Kent Road and in New Cross Gate. A possible future extension to Hayes and Beckenham Junction, Bromley are also part of the plans.
Details on the location of potential new tunnel routes and stations have been put forward to public consultation.
According to Alex Williams, TfL’s Director of City Planning, the plans will create 5000 new jobs and could cater for 60,000 extra journeys. “This consultation will help us further shape our plans for the Bakerloo Line extension which will play a vital part in supporting London’s population growth“, he said.
Mayor of London, Damien Egan said “The Bakerloo Line extension would be transformational for Lewisham residents, providing better connectivity to the city and helping to deliver thousands of new social homes and jobs across the borough“. Please have your say, get involved in the consultation, let TfL know what you think, what the area needs and help shape the future of transport in London. Figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest that the capital’s population will increase by 10% between 2016 and 2026.

Halloween Hoot – Sat 2 Nov

Join us on Saturday 2nd of November between 2pm and 6pm for our annual Halloween Hoot. There will be lots of Halloween Fun including scary mask making, frightening films, creepy clowns, spooky spiders, scars, tattoos, pumpkin carving, and bonfire.
Hot soup, mulled wine, and lots of scary fun!
Gates open at 2pm and close at 6pm. £2 per awful adult, all creepy children are free (but must be accompanied by an awful adult).
Besson Street Community Garden, Besson Street, SE14 5AS.

Great news for Welfare Advice in New Cross

170 Community Project, based for more than 40 years at 170 New Cross Road, has recently moved to a lovely refurbished premises at 49a Hatfield Close, SE14 5DW. (NB: This is just next to All Saints Church, New Cross Road – look out for the yellow banners!)
The new offices are fit for purpose for the 21 Century and offer our clients and staff a lovely place to work and to get advice. The staff team at 170 Community Project show endless commitment and support to people who use the services and very much deserve a pleasant place to work. Importantly, the move also helps to secure another 40 years of free, independent welfare advice.
In addition to Welfare Advice, there will be additional services delivered from this new building by the New Cross Gate Trust, including IT training, employment advice and jobs clubs.
Welfare Services are provided Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – Call 0207 732 8716 for more information. There is a drop in service on Mondays where no appointment is needed, although for other times you will need to call 0800 231 5453 for an appointment.
Employment Advice Services are provided Monday to Friday. Contact Elisha McQueen to book an appointment, Elisha.mcqueen@nxgtrust.org.uk.
IT Training is provided some Wednesdays. Contact Jenny.couper@nxgtrust.org.uk for further information.

A big thank you to the Team at Lewisham Homes and United Living for their support in securing the premises and their generous patience while the re-furb was taking place.