New Cross Gate Trust joins Warm Welcomes Programme

You can call in at Besson Street Community Garden anytime until Easter and get a hot drink or a cuppa soup and some biscuits, you can join in our activities and you will always be guaranteed of a warm welcome. So if you are passing or fancy getting out of the house, meeting some new people and seeing some friendly faces call into Besson Street Community Garden.  Continue reading “New Cross Gate Trust joins Warm Welcomes Programme”

Paediatric First Aid Course

This is a two day course. One day online (approx 6 hours can be done over a couple of weeks) and one day in the classroom. The online part of the course HAS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE CLASSROOM PART.

The course is designed for anyone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity. It is a Level 3 course qualification awarded by Highfield and meets the Ofsted requirements for Childminders and all other childcare workers.

There is just one rate for this course, it costs £35. It is essential to bring photo ID on the day – your passport, driving licence etc. Book in advance. (There is a short multiple choice test at the end).

This takes place on Saturday 02 March. Sign up here:

Do you need help filling in a form?

Paper or online, we can help!

If you are frustrated by a form you have to complete, or if you are not keen to fill in online forms and need some help we are offering a form filling service to you on Tuesdays 1.30 – 3.30 pm and Thursdays 1.30 – 3.30 pm.

Be frustrated no longer. We can help you fill in those forms and get things moving. Passports, Freedom Pass, benefits applications including PIP, any form you are struggling with we will give you a helping hand.

Call us with any questions or to book an appointment on 0207639 7605 or email:


Volunteering Opportunity for Mentors

Grandmentors Lewisham – Mentoring Young people

Are you 50 years plus (though not exclusive) and think you can make a difference to a young person’s life?

  • Grandmentors Lewisham is looking for volunteers to mentor young people leaving the care system. 
  • Can you commit to meeting regularly with a young person (face-to-face or remotely). 
  • If you think you can help a young person set goals and make plans for the future.

This might be a great way for you to volunteer and make a difference to a young person’s life. (Training and expenses provided).

 To find out more call 07983 945 511 or email

How do we really achieve a little bit of happiness?

By Jill Mountford

Personally, I prefer contentment over happiness any day of the week. Happiness depends too much on external factors whereas contentment is more about attitude and state of mind. We have little control over many external factors but we can work on and have more control over our attitude and how we feel. Happiness is perhaps short term while contentment can be much more long term.

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Help Yourself To Sort Your Debts

A picture of a notepad with the words debt help written on it
Debt Help by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0

Start 2024 in better shape

With increasing numbers of people experiencing out of control debts due to the cost of living crisis we are pleased to offer support in helping you to help yourself to sort your debts. Community Money Advice, a national charity helping people deal with debt, has put together an excellent pack, ‘Conquering Your Money’, containing everything you need to sort out your debts.

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A Useful Blog for Parents Worried About Children’s Online Safety

If you are worried about the safety of online platforms for your children, follow this link to a useful post. It offers a comprehensive list of all the popular social media platforms that teenagers are using, as well as handy tips on how to help them avoid harmful content. Included are links to further resources.

The parents’ guide to teaching your teen online saftey

Join us at our Community Open Day at Besson Street

Besson Street Community Garden New Cross Gate

Inviting you to come and visit on Sunday 21st May

Pop-up pre-loved market

21 May 2023
1 pm – 4 pm

The market will be on Besson Street directly outside the garden – for a pitch contact Jill on 0207 639 7605 or

Open Garden

21 May 2023
2 pm – 5 pm

We are taking part in the Telegraph Hill Open Garden weekend and will be welcoming visitors to our glorious garden!

See the attached flyer for more information or download the map of all the open gardens taking place in Telegraph Hill.


Gardening for all anyone? Or cup of tea for over 50s?

Besson Street Community Garden is a glorious space for all the community to enjoy. It is home to amazing exotic plants from around the world…

Cuppa Club – third Friday every month

If you are over 50 and enjoy a cuppa, some cake and a chat why not join the JOY Cuppa Club?

We meet the third Friday every month at Besson Street Community Garden (indoor space and outdoor space available). Please join us!

Green fingers? Join our gardening club – Mondays and Wednesdays

The garden is maintained entirely by our fabulous volunteer gardening team. Some of whom are experienced and knowledgeable while others are new to gardening and learning as they go along. We have a warm welcome extended to anyone with any level of experience and knowledge who wants to join our team.

Why not come along, meet the volunteers, look around the garden and see if it something you would like to be part of. Gardening keeps us both mentally and physically fit and being connected to nature and other people makes life so much better.

Gardening club meets every Monday 1 pm to 3 pm and every Wednesday 12 noon till 2 pm.

Just turn up.