New adult learning classes for September/October 2019

We have a new set of course dates for our adult learning programme. Please book via the Eventbrite button to the right of the screen, or phone the office for more information, 0207 639 7605.

Food Safety: Friday 20 September, 9.15am – 4.00pm – This is a level 2 course designed to equip anyone working or planning to work in the service industry with an industry standard qualification in food hygiene and handling. It is an intense one day course with a multiple choice test at the end of the day. the course is £10 unwaged or £50 waged. Book now…

Paediatric First Aid: Saturday 28 September 9.00am-4.30pm – This is a two day course. One day in the classroom and one day online, working from home or the library. The online element has to be successfully completed before the day in the classroom. It is designed for anyone who works with children in a paid or voluntary capacity. It is a level 3 course qualification awarded by ProTraining 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. There is a short multiple choice test at the end. Book now..

Emergency First Aid: Friday 27 September 9.15am ‐ 4.15pm
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 is a certificated course 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. There is a short multiple choice test at the end. Book now…

Safeguarding of Children and Young People: Friday 11 October 9.30am (prompt) ‐ 3.15pm. This course is designed and delivered at Level 2 to give everyone who works with, or has contact with children, young people and/or 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 the barriers to children and adults reporting concerns; know how to respond and report concerns; who to contact when there is a concern; fulfilling ‘duty of care’; safe practice and keeping children and young people safe. The cost is £10 unwaged or £50 waged. Book now…

We also have a series of Microsoft Word and Excel courses running through October and November, and an Interview Skills workshop in November. Click here for more information on IT courses, and here to book in to the interview skills workshop.

English classes for people who speak English as a second language

Our ESOL classes will be starting back from 9 September. If you would like to take part in these classes and improve your English, then please come along for an assessment on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30pm, or on Wednesdays 5.00-6.00pm.
We will then be able to place you in a class according to your needs.
For more information, call Jill on 0207 639 7605 or email
Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Food business Training by GCDA

GCDA are currently offering a 10-week course for anyone thinking about setting up food business.
Tuesday 24 Sept 10.00am to 1.00pm and every Tuesday until 12 November
Do you want to run your own business, but need some help getting started?
• Do you have a passion for a winning food idea?

What we’ll cover:
• You and your ideas
• Legislation and the law
• Health and Sustainability – how to capitalise on these themes to maximise your profits
• Product Development – ensuring you have the best product possible
• Running your Business – logistics, production, trading opportunities and more
• Finance – how to price your product correctly
• Promotions and Branding – how to sell yourself and your business product
• Business planning
After the training, you will be invited to join Good Food in Greenwich and promoted as part of the network.
The course will take place at the Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Road, London, SE9 1HA
Please note, that there is a £10 deposit for UK Residents on benefits/on low income/not in work – this will be refunded to you upon completing the course.
or visit the website:

Computer Skills courses

New Cross Gate Trust offers free high quality IT skills training to the local community. Our ‘Digital Life Skills’ programme provides training in Microsoft Excel and Word, in addition to broader support around using a computer, looking for and applying for jobs.
Courses available this term include:
– Microsoft Excel (Beginners) 9 October 2019
– Microsoft Word (Beginners) 16 October 2019
– Microsoft Excel (intermediate) 6 November 2019
– Microsoft Word (Intermediate) 13 November 2019

Click the orange ‘Eventbrite’ button on the right of the screen and this will take you to the booking area for all of our current courses.

From the week commencing 16 September, we will also be hosting twice weekly jobs clubs, where you will be able to receive more informal advice around structuring documents, completing online forms and uploading documents.

Contact for further information about the IT training and jobs clubs available at this time.
This service is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

Besson Street development site consultation

The joint venture partnership between Lewisham Council and Grainger plc, alongside their architects MaccreanorLavington and the design team, have been working on proposals to redevelop the site on Besson Street. Following their first exhibition of the emerging design back in May, they will soon hold a further exhibition on their refined proposals prior to submitting a planning application.

The public exhibition will take place over two days, at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 10 September, 4.00pm to 8.00pm at
The Somerville, 260 Queens Road, London, SE14 7JN
Saturday 14 September, 10.00am to 2.00pm
at All Saints Community Centre, 105 New Cross Road, London,
SE14 5DJ.

The proposals for the Besson Street site include the provision of a GP surgery and pharmacy as well as some new community space for the New Cross Gate Trust. This is alongside up to 325 new, professionally managed homes for rent. At least 35% of these new homes will be affordable housing, with rents set at London Living Rent levels, and they will be tenure blind and pepper potted throughout the development.

If you are unable to attend the exhibition, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with the project team on or 020 3907 8982. Alternatively, further information about the plans is available
on their website,

New ‘Jobs Club’ starting in September

Every Tuesday and Friday morning (starting mid-September), NXG Trust will be running a new jobs club. This is your chance to pop in, access high quality support searching for jobs online, update your CV, upload job applications and other information for prospective employers.

We will have the use of an excellent new IT suite in what was previously the Hatfield Skills and Training Centre. You will also be able to book in one-to-one appointments with our excellent employment adviser, Elisha, and to sign up for IT training, adult learning courses and interview skills workshops.

And if you are successful in getting an offer for an interview, we can refer you on to a national organisation who can help you get suitable clothes for an interview and for starting a new job.
For more info contact:, tel: 07532 787 466, or

What is a housing co-op?

  • Have you ever heard of Housing Co-operatives?
  • Do you know what a Housing Co-op is?
  • Did you know that there are at least eight Housing Co-ops the New Cross area?

    A housing co-operative is a group of people who manage and run the housing in which they live. Each person is a member of the housing co-operative and has an equal say in decision-making, from rent policies to whether to install low-energy light bulbs. No member individually owns or makes profit at the expense of another.
    Some co-ops provide accommodation for single people in shared houses and others have family homes. All members are expected to take an active role in managing the accommodation and the level of rent the tenants pay reflects the cost of managing the housing.
    Housing co-operatives are usually created as Industrial and Provident Societies and are registered with the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
    Housing co-ops, by nature, offer a supportive community and a different way of living that is safe and secure. Look out for more information in the next issue…
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A basic human need

Officially there are over 2,000 families in Lewisham looking for a home. Housing campaigners say this figure is likely to be even greater. Whatever the actual figure, Lewisham is in the top 50 list of worst areas for homelessness in the country. It is estimated that one in every 49 people in the borough is classed as homeless.
According to Shelter, the national housing charity, there are over 6,200 people homeless in the borough. Shelter, having somewhere to live, is a basic human need along with food and water, yet so many people are living in miserable conditions in over-crowded, unfit and cramped accommodation, in temporary hostels and worse, some
people are living on the streets.
All these families and many more people across Lewisham, London and other parts of the UK need properly affordable housing that is in a good state of repair, with long term tenancies so people feel they have a permanent home they can properly afford and they have a future in.
The housing shortage in Lewisham and in wider London means that landlords can hike up rents. High rents mean people spend far more of their monthly income on rent than is good for them, leaving them in poor in other areas of their lives, such as food, fuel, clothing, entertainment and learning.
Lewisham like many councils around the country needs a massive injection of public money to build high quality public housing to be part of a mixed economy that allows everyone the opportunity to a decent, safe and affordable place to live.
If you want to find out more about different housing options and housing campaigns check out the websites below.

The Renters’ Union
Is your rent too high? You’re not alone. Londoners face the highest rents in Europe. Many of us live with the threat of eviction or in unsafe housing. The housing market is stacked in favour of landlords and investors who profit at our expense. Our rigged housing system is making our city more unequal.
Unless we make big changes, many of us will be stuck renting overpriced and poorly maintained housing for the rest of our life.
Imagine what could happen if we got organised. Together
we are powerful: we can support each other, stand up to landlords and win lower rents, longer tenancies and better housing for everyone.
To do that, we need you. The London Renters Union is already successfully organising with renters in Newham & Leytonstone, Hackney and Lewisham. Now we need your help to become a city-wide union that can tackle the housing crisis.

Somerville are currently recruiting..

Do you have the ability to engage and inspire young people?
Do you have experience of working with young people with challenging behaviours?
Are you able to deliver a variety of activity programmes?

The Somerville are looking for applicants with life experiences, empathy and the ability to relate to children and young people. It can be challenging work at times but very rewarding. They’re looking to recruit to the following positions:

1.    Stay in school project officer– To deliver a new project working with groups of children/young people at risk of being excluded from mainstream education or having difficulties, who will attend our site to get in involved in a varied programme of activities/interventions in order to gain life skills and encourage them to make positive life choices in order to remain in full-time education. The programme will run for one day per week during term-time. 

Salary: £3,794 per annum (Fixed term for one year; possible extension subject to further funding being secured), the post will commence from September 2019.   Hours: 7.5 hours per week (40 weeks of the year + school term time)

2.    Sessional Future Talents Project Worker– To deliver an element of a new exciting project working with young people 14+ from BAME backgrounds to develop their social and life skills, inspired by work opportunities as well as coaching and mentoring for every step of their journey.  Sessional rate: £15 per hour (Approximately 4/5 hours per week) 

If you feel you have the necessary skills and experience to bring to this post, please email your CV and supporting statement outlining how you feel you meet the specification of the position to:, visit our website call us on 02077321403 for an application pack..

Closing date for applications: Monday 22ndJuly 2019, noon Interviews to be held during the week of the 22ndJuly 2019.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for this role. SYPP is committed to recognising and implementing equal opportunities practice.

Computer Skills Training

The New Cross Gate Trust offers free, high quality IT skills training to Lewisham borough residents. If you would like support with any of the following, please get in touch and register your interest:
Computer for beginners
Using the internet and email
Microsoft word, Excel and Powerpoint
On line shopping and banking
Using social media
Staying safe on line

Contact Liam for more details and to book an appointment on 07458 994 705 or