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:




Save New Cross Post Office

On 25th April at 9.30 am – 11.00 am there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Post Office closures. If you are free and able to attend, please come along and show your support against the closure of our and many other Post Offices.  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before hand to go through security.

Other ways you can help and keep up to date:
* Keep up to date via Facebook ‘like’ Save New Cross Gate Post Office
* Ask friends and family to sign the petition. They can be found in New Cross Learning and The Hill Station and the Royal Mail Sorting Office next to the Post Office, alternatively they can sign the online petition
* Attend the Post Office Debate on 25th April in Central Hall, House of Parliament at 9:30am
* Tell your family, neighbours and friends.

Thank you & best wishes,
Cllr Brenda Dacres

Brockley Max Seeking Volunteers

Brockley Max is a non-profit festival put on by local people to local people for local people. For nine days (2-10 June), some of Brockley, Ladywell, Honor Oak Park and Crofton Park’s venues will be host to music, poetry, reading, dance workshops and craft events. The festival is entirely volunteer-led. We need more hands on deck. Could you help? No experience necessary but we would like you to be enthusiastic and friendly. Expenses will be covered.

The types of roles we’re currently recruiting for include festival set-up crew, stewards, raffle ticket sellers and photographers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please complete the online form and we’ll be in touch.

Also please join us upstairs at The Talbot  on Thursday 13 April. We’re holding our first social for volunteers from 7.30-9.30pm. This is a brilliant opportunity to meet other team members and to discuss which events you’d like to be involved with.

For further queries and information, email Emma on or visit

GCDA Cookery Clubs

GCDA is delighted to announce the next round of free Lewisham Cookery Clubs ‘Easy Quick and Tasty’! By preparing quick, affordable, healthy and delicious meals at our 5-week community cookery clubs you can learn that small changes to the way meals are prepared can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to experienced cooks and participants receive a FREE cookery book on completion of the course

Where: 2000 Community Action Centre, 199-201 Grove Street, Deptford, SE8 3PG. When: 5 weeks starting Tuesday, 25th April from 10.30am–1.00pm 

Where: The Lewisham Training Kitchen at The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, SE6 2RP. When: 5 weeks starting Wednesday, 26th April from 10.30am–1.00pm 

Where: St John’s Church, Lewisham Way & St John’s Vale, SE8 4EA
When: 5 weeks starting Thursday, 27th April from 10.30am–1.00pm

 To book, contact Fay on 0208 269 4886 or email

Group Horizon training opportunities

Group Horizon provide nationally recognised, certificated training in a wide range of construction skills including: 
– 10 day Construction Skills Programme
– Solar Panel Installation
– Smart Meter Installation
As well as providing access into a range of apprenticeships and employment opportunities. 
Contact 0800 002 9805 or email