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
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 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

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,
IT Training is provided some Wednesdays. Contact 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.

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,