Receptionist and Admin Support worker vacancy

At 170 Community Project (15 hours per week), Salary £7,605  + pension contribution. 
170 is a charity based in New Cross Gate, providing welfare benefits and housing advice in the London Borough of Lewisham. Alongside this we offer advice and support for women who have suffered domestic violence. We are recruiting for a Receptionist and Admin Support worker to join our team. For an application pack or enquiries, please email or call 0207 732 9716.

The successful candidate should have a strong and solid experience of administration and have good IT skills, good communication that will enable effective work with service users, colleagues and external agencies. He or she should be able to manage their workload in a pressurised environment.

Closing date is 16 June 2017. 170 Community Project is an equal opportunity employer. 

Resilient Carers Handling Stress

Are you caring for a friend or relative? If yes, this course is for you. 
This interactive and inspiring programme is especially designed for unpaid carers. Monday 26th June, 3 July, 19 July, & 17th July, from 1.00pm-3.30pm, at Besson Street Community Garden, SE14 5AS. 

Please contact Cathy on 0208 699 8686 or
“Fantastic trainer, made it so simple and enjoyable. Provided quality in-depth information that has made a positive difference to my life as a carer” 

Street Trees for New Cross

Do you want more trees on your street? well you can have them if you get together with at least six of your neighbours and sponsor £240 per tree. The Brockley Society will liaise with Lewisham Council to help get it done! 200 trees have been planted this way in Brockley over 5 years and we think it is time to do the same in the Hatcham area of New Cross Gate. You can be a resident, business or community group. 
Nettleton road has just gone through a process so look out for the new trees being planted in the spring of 2018 to celebrate the 150th birthday of Nettleton Road. Two residents of Nettleton Road got together and write a letter to tell all their neighbours, asking if they were interested. most people liked the idea and many offered to contribute, including Nettleton Road Housing Co-operative. It wasn’t expensive as so many people got involved. The Brockley Street Tree Volunteers were really helpful and provided advice about where to plant the trees. 
You can register your interest and see what existing unplanted tree pits are available in your street on their website. If you want a tree on your street then just start asking your neighbours today. More info

Wildly Fun Theatre School

It’s Back! By popular demand…and booking fast. 
Every year, New Cross Gate Trust generously funds two weeks of musical theatre at Besson Street Community Garden. Around 40 children aged 7 to 13 years old take part in singing dancing, drama, set design and art workshops culminating in a final performance for friends and family. If you are looking for something fun and amazing to do Monday to Friday, 10.30am-4pm starting Monday 14th August, ending with a grand performance 3pm on Friday 26th August, then this is the place for you. 
This year’s theme is friendship, with fantastic songs spanning the decades, a great dance teacher to  choreograph unique dance routines, drama and set design and lots of fun. 
A place costs just £20 for 2 weeks, tickets are already selling out fast, so book quickly if this is something your children would like to take part in. For more information, call Jill on 0207 639 7605, or you can book on line here

Credit Union back in New Cross Gate!

The good news is the Credit Union is back in New Cross. Based at New Cross Learning. It is open every Wednesday, and looking to extend it’s hours very soon. Credit Unions are great alternatives to banks for ethical savings and loans. They are run as co-operatives, owned by the members. Members create a pool of money from which low cost loans are made and and any profits are re-invested. 
Lewisham Plus Credit Union was founded in 1992 and merged with New Cross and Deptford Credit Union back in 2010. It serves over 9000 members with anyone living or working in the borough of Lewisham or Bromley or with an SE19 postcode able to join. There are over 1500 junior savers and there’s a new exciting account for 8-16 year olds called Smartcash. You can go to New Cross Learning any Wednesday (soon to be extended) and open an account or you can apply for an account online by visiting
To find out more pop along to New Cross Learning, 283-285 New Cross Road any Wednesday and ask for the Credit Union. 

ESOL classes

We offer a range of FREE ESOL Classes (English as a Second or Other Language), delivered from Besson Street Community Garden.

To register for our ESOL courses you need to attend an assessment class with our tutor Rosa Tomkinson, who will then place you in a class according to your ability. Assessment sessions run 3.30-4.30pm on Tuesdays, and 5.00pm-6.00pm on Wednesdays. Please ring the office for further information on 0207 639 7605, or email

Funded by the City Bridge Trust, and now by the Big Lottery. 

New Employment advice service launching 5 June

From 5th June 2017, we will be commencing a new employment service for local residents.  The service will provide advice and guidance to local people who are not currently in work, to support them back into employment.

Following an initial needs assessment, our support may include:
 – Support with writing a CV
 – Support with writing job applications
 – Advice and guidance on training and education
 – Volunteering and work experience
 – Signposting to current employment opportunities
 – Employment workshops, interview skills training and other group based support
 – Signposting to other relevant services according to your needs

For further information, or to book in for an initial assessment, please (from 5th June 2017)

This service is funded by the Big Lottery

IT skills training – new service starting 5th June

From 5th June 2017, we will be launching a new programme of IT Skills Training for the local community. So if you would like support with any of the following, please get in touch and register your interest:

– understanding computers
– searching the internet
– setting up and using email
– using Word, Excel, and other Microsoft Office packages
– using social media
– other computer and IT skills

We will be offering a combination of 1:1, classroom based, accredited and non-accredited training. This service will be delivered from New Cross Learning (Mondays and Fridays), and from Somerville Youth and Play Provision (Tuesdays).

For further information, and to undertake an initial needs assessment, please email: (from 5th June 2017). This service is funded by the Big Lottery

Free Walk Leader Training

Provided by Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, this FREE Walking for Health training is for volunteers, health champions and anyone interested in leading community walks.

You will learn how to plan and lead safe and enjoyable health walks in Lewisham. Then, you will be able to join our team of volunteers and help with one of our ‘Walking for Health’ groups or set up a walk for your own community organisation. Being a walk leader is great fun: you will meet new people and get fit at the same time!

Thursday 15th June  9.30am – 4.00pm, Town Hall Chambers, Catford. SE6 4RU

Please contact Jenny Budd on 0208269 4890 or  to find out more and to book your place.

Free training at the London Construction Academy

Next course is 19th-30th June 2017. Course includes: Health and Safety, Customer Service, Fire Warden Training, Manual Handling, First Aid at Work, Equality and Diversity, Environmental awareness, CSCS Revision and Test, Job Interview preparation, London Bronze pass. 
All course fees are fully funded. Contact or phone 0203 139 1795. 

Register to vote

It can’t have escaped your attention that there is a General Election coming up.

  • If you are a UK citizen, you have the hard fought for right to vote.   Use it.   You need to register to vote in elections.  
  • If you are a young person at University or College who might be at home on Election Day, 8th June, then register to vote from that address.  
  • Register to vote.
  • You need to do this by 22nd May to be able to vote in the General Election. Don’t leave it too late. 
  • There will also be a General Election hustings pulling together candidates standing for election locally in a public meeting at St Catherine’s Church on Wednesday 31 May, 10am to 1pm.    

Support VSL Minibus appeal

Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL) is a charity that since 1969 has been providing direct voluntary services to vulnerable and isolated people. One of their core services is a transport project “Access Lewisham” which currently supports 160 older adults weekly (over 8000 journey requests a year).
They drive Lewisham residents who are unable to use public transport to attend day centres, medical appointments, social groups and church. But this is not ENOUGH. They have a waiting list of over 100 people desperately needing to access the service.



GCDA Social Enterprise Training

GCDA is delighted to offer community organisations or individuals a free one day training course: An Introduction to Social Enterprise on
May 5th 2017 – 10am-4pm
Are you considering starting a social enterprise or are you thinking about selling your products or services?

This is a one day course covering the key aspects of developing social enterprise.
– Discussing and testing your idea
– The types of legal structures
– Developing trading income
– Potential sources of funding
– How to get started
To book a place please go to:, Or for more information, contact: Sergio Olivares on 0208 269 4881 or email: