Adult Learning, Employment and Support – spring 2023

Weekly sessions

ESOL classes (funded by City Bridge Trust). You can call in for an assessment on Tuesday 3.00 pm and Wednesday at 6.00pm. No need to book an appointment, just turn up. For more information call us on 0207 639 7605 or email

Digital Skills and CV support – New Cross Gate Trust offers free high quality IT skills training to Lewisham borough residents. If you would like to learn any of the following please get in touch and register your interest. We offer: Computers for beginners, Excel, Powerpoint, online shopping and banking, using social media, staying safe online and much more. Contact 020 7639 7605 or email 

Support, help and self-advocacy  – We offer personalised support and information to any resident experiencing a problem affecting their well-being. This could include benefit support, liaising with landlords, PIP forms, preparing for interviews and much more. Contact 020 7639 7605  or email

Peer support group -this group meets once a week on Wednesday evenings and is for anyone finding daily life challenging and feeling their mental-health and well-being suffering. Come and share your thoughts and experiences or just listen in supportive company. All welcome over 18. Places must be booked:  call 020 7639 7605 or email

Day courses

Emergency First AidNext date in May 2023.  This is a one day level 3 course. The qualification covers the roles and responsibilities of the first aider and how to assess an incident, first aid skills in CPR and use of an AED, Providing first aid to a casualty who is choking, and dealing with external bleeding and hypovolaemic shock. This course is certificated and the awarding body is TQUK. The cost is £10 unwaged or £50 waged. It is essential to bring photo ID on the day – your passport, driving licence etc. 

Food Safety – Industry Standard Qualification. Friday 17 February 2023 9.15am-4.15pm. this is a level 2 course designed to equip anyone working or planning to work in the service industries with an industry standard qualification in food safety and handling. It is an intense one day course. Topics include how to take personal responsibility for food safety, the importance of keeping clean and hygienic, the importance of keeping work areas clean and hygienic and the importance of keeping food safe. It is necessary for anyone working with food and use useful to enhance your CV. It costs £10 unwaged and £50 waged. It is essential to bring your photo (passport or driving licence). There is a short multiple choice test at the end. Book in advance via Eventbrite:

Paediatric First AidSaturday 04 March 2023 9.00-4.30pm. This is a two day course. Once day in the classroom and one day online, working from home or in the library. The online element has to be successfully completed before the day in the classroom. It is a level 3 course qualification awarded by Pro-Training and meets the ousted requirements for childminders and all other childcare workers. There is just one rate for this – £35. It is essential to bring photo ID on the day. there is a short multiple choice test at the end. Book in advance via Eventbrite:

Fire Safety Workplace Marshall TrainingFriday 03 March 2023 9.15-4.15pm. Level 2 certificate accredited by Highfield. This qualification is ideal for anyone looking to boost their CV or needing to learn about managing emergency fire situations. It costs £10 unwages and £50 unwaged. Book in advance via Eventbrite:

Safeguarding of Children and Young People – Next date in May 2023. This course is designed to give everyone who works with children, young people and their families an introduction to safeguarding children and young people. Those attending will gain knowledge and awareness about: legislation and guidance. the recognition of child abuse, identifying barriers to children and adults reporting their concerns; knowing how to respond and report concerns; who to contact when their is a concern and fulfilling ‘duty of care’, safe practice and keeping children and young people safe. The cost is £10 unwaged and £50 waged. 

Job: Community Connector, South East London

This post has now been successfully recruited.

Are you able to turn ideas into action? Are you experienced in working with local communities? 

The Telegraph Hill Community Network has secured funding to engage a Community Connector (£25 hr x 36 hr per month until March 2024) to facilitate coordinated local action through our partnership and actively pursue opportunities to make a difference for local residents and diverse communities of interest.  

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Sessional roles with New Cross Gate Trust

These posts have now been successfully recruited.

We have two new sessional roles at New Cross Gate Trust based at Besson Street Community Garden.

Mental well-being group facilitator – 3 hours a week for 12 months

Outreach worker – 4 hours a week for 6 – 9 months.

We are looking for people with experience and the rate of pay is £25 per hour.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles please contact Jill call on 0207 639 7605 or call into Besson Street Community Garden to talk about the roles. References will be requested and followed up.

Job Vacancy at the New Cross Gate Trust

This post has now been successfully recruited.

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.

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

Job: Senior Debt Advisor (Part time)

Recruitment for this post is no longer open.

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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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.