Job Vacancy at the New Cross Gate Trust

We are seeking a new Strategy and Operations Lead to join our small staff team.

The Strategy and Operations Lead acts as one of two senior staff at the Trust, reporting directly to the board of Trustees. Working alongside the Centre and Community Development Manager, the role oversees a wide portfolio of tasks to ensure the Trust runs smoothly and achieves its objectives.

As the Strategy and Operations Lead, you will hold responsibility for a variety of key areas of work including finance, HR, strategy and policy. In addition, you will support the board to ensure strong governance and compliance, and work alongside Trust staff to ensure Besson Street Community Garden is a welcoming and accessible place for local residents.

Find out more information about the role and how to apply.

Job: Senior Debt Advisor (Part time)

We are looking for someone with energy, experience and sound debt advice knowledge to help us establish a debt advice service at New Cross Gate Trust. We are offering this service under the umbrella of Community Money Advice (CAM).

Location: New Cross, South London SE14 5AE
Job type: Part-time, one-year contract with possibility to extend
Hours: 7 hours per week
Salary: £35k pro rata

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Local Food Banks

Honor Oak Community Centre
50 Turnham Road, SE4 2JD.
This service opens fortnightly on Wednesday evenings from 7–8.30pm
To make a request text 07783441973.

LewCAS Food Bank
LewCAS food bank is for refugees and asylum seekers.
Food distributions are on Tuesday mornings at St John’s Church SE8 4EA, 11am–1pm.
Contact Peter on or 07786160993 to refer an individual.

Whitefoot & Downham Community Food Project
Hope Church Downham (formerly Christian Centre), Downham BR1 5SF.
Contact or call 020 8698 7945.
Anyone in hardship living in the Whitefoot or Downham area can access these food parcels.
Food distribution is on Thursdays from 7–8.30pm. No delivery, pre-packed bags only.

Eliot Bank and Kelvin Grove Children’s Centre Food Bank
Grove Children’s Centre, Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 6BB.
Wednesdays, 12am to 2pm.
Contact: 02086130172.

Salvation Army
(Deptford Church and Community Centre)
144 Deptford High Street, SE8 3DP.
The Salvation Army provides food for anyone
experiencing financial hardship in the SE8 area. Food parcels are prepared Monday morning for collection by appointment.
They accept referrals from agencies or self-referral. Contact or call 02086925263.

St Peter’s Church Brockley Food Bank
43 Wickham Road, Brockley, SE4 1LT.
A social supermarket for people in the SE4 area on Wednesdays. Pay a £3 membership weekly fee to choose groceries to last a week.
The Helping Hands Food Bank
The helping hands food bank is run by Action for Refugees and Good Shephers St Peter’s Church Lee. This food bank supports refugees, asylum-seekers and vulnerable migrant families.
To make a referral or request support email: or call 07872 161 271.

We Care Food Bank and Pantry
50 Friendly Street, Deptford, SE8 4DR.
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10am–4pm and offers a social pantry where members pay £5 for shopping as well as a foodbank (referral only) call 07871187162 for more information.

Catford Salvation Army
23 – 25 Brownhill Road SE6 2HE.
Open Fridays 10am–1pm for emergency food parcels.

Chinbrook action residents team food bank
Available to Chinbrook residents only. Weekly parcels on a Wednesday. Contact 07455 213291

Feed the hill
Feed the hill delivers free food boxes to local housebound people in SE4 and SE14 for those self-isolating or experiencing food poverty. Call or text 07748713212

Pie and Mash – the Field Mutual Aid
Provides food parcels for anyone in the Deptford area. To request help email or call 07857024435.

Rastafari Movement UK Food & Wellbeing First
Offering African Caribbean cultural food for vulnerable people. Get in contact with Sis Marcia with referrals by emailing or calling 07947 681 875. Deliveries once a week on Tuesday evenings.

Seventh Adventist Church
430 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LJ.
Open Thursdays 5–6.30pm. Provides a 2 day supply of groceries.

Community Stores
Members pay a weekly fee to shop at the stores.
Evelyn Community Store
Kingfisher Square SE8 5TW.
Open Tuesdays 2–5pm for store members who pay £3.50 a week to use the store. Free surplus food given out on Fridays. To become a member visit the Evelyn Community Store website. There is currently a waiting list.
Pepys Community Store
2000 Community Action Centre, 190-201 Grove Street, Deptford SE8 3PG.
Open Fridays 12–3pm for store members from the area of Pepys, Evelyn and Deptford who pay £3.50 a week to shop at the store.
Become a member by collecting an application form from the store.
Downham Gleaning Pantry
Brook Lane Community Church, 27-29 Brook Lane, Bromley BR1 4PX.
Open Wednesday 5–7pm, Thursday 9am–2pm and Friday 9am–2pm to people on low income or who are affected financially by the impact of COVID-19 in Downham. The membership fee is £3.50 a week.
To book an appointment contact

How Would You Like to See Fordham Park Improved?

“Fordham Park, London Borough of Lewisham, SE14” by Ewan-M is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Do you have ideas for improving Fordham Park? Friends of Fordham Park will be applying for this year’s round of the Lewisham Council Greening Fund: In the previous round, we successfully applied for £14,000 for 3 new bins, 2 water fountains (to be installed) and bird nest boxes.

The themes this year are Young People and Play, Access, and Biodiversity and Sustainability. Sent your ideas to or ring Laura on 07761 770 997.

Covid Vaccination: Your Questions Answered

What is a vaccination?

If you are not considered high risk from Covid do you still need the vaccine?

Were the trials for the Covid vaccine rushed and important steps skipped?

Does the vaccine make you sick?

What if you have allergies?

Do vaccines cause autism?

Will vaccine alter our DNA?

Does the vaccine include a tracking device?

Can the vaccine cause infertility in women?

Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

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