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New Time & Venue for the ChART Community Food Project

From Wednesday 10th March the ChART Community Food Project will be open every Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30am at The WG Grace Community Centre Courtyard.

For the collection of pre-packed food parcels.

Collection will be from the Courtyard outside the WG Grace Community Centre, 1 Lions Close, SE9 4HG - please follow all distancing measures that will be in place. 

To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Paul: paul@chartbiglocal.org.uk / work mobile:- 07455 213 291

 

Food Project Marvels Lane

Thank you so much to our wonderful community for continuing to support the ChART Food Project! Costcutter and Brook Pharmacy (both on Chinbrook Road) are now donation points for us.

 

Virtual Coffee Morning - Grove Park Connections 

 Grove Park Connections has moved to cyberspace!

We are having such fun on at our Thursday Virtual Coffee Mornings - Grove Park Connections which is continuing meet on Thursdays 11:30am - 12:30pm for a good natter, quizzes, singing, bingo and even exercise classes! (Bring your own drinks & biscuits!)
 
This is a joint project with Voluntary Services Lewisham.
 
If you're not sure how to join Zoom conferencing - do get in touch with Victoria (victoria@chartbiglocal.org.uk / 07585 840644), we are able to offer practice sessions and help to get logged in.
 
For more information and details of how to join the session (hosted on Zoom) please contact Francis: francis@vslonline.org.uk / 020 8291 1747
 

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For more information about ChART projects please email info@chartbiglocal.org.uk or leave us a message on 020 8851 0174 and one of the team will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

ChART Garden Competition - The Winners

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We had a second great year of our garden competition. The judges visited some very different growing spaces, from small balconies to larger community gardens. It was wonderful to hear the passion people had for growing and caring for their outdoor space and the sharing of advice, seeds and plants that went on between neighbours.

We were especially pleased to have a children’s category this year and our winners John John (4) and Melody (9) both impressed the judges with their ...growing skills, both winning £25 vouchers. The judges thought Melody's delightful planter was made even more attractive by the use of the hat as planter in preference to a plastic pot. We thought the plants, which looked so good together, would have been very popular with bees and other insects too. John John was our youngest entrant and it was clear to see his enthusiasm for all the vegetables and fruit he has grown this year. He has grown carrots, peas, beetroot, rhubarb, strawberries and tomatoes, all in a small area. His carrots looked amazing!

This years' winners in the adults class (each winning a £50 voucher) were:

Jon & Pia: They have nurtured a blank canvas of garden space into a series of interesting areas around the house. Each area works well with interesting planting. They have installed a watering system which uses water with care as needed. The judges particularly enjoyed the contrasting textures and leaf shapes and the winding stony path area leading round one side of the house.

Patricia: Patricia has a small well cared for balcony. It was a delight to hear her talk with such enthusiasm about her plants. She is relatively new to gardening and admits to not knowing much about plant names but is picking up tips and plants from neighbours and is justly proud of what she has created – a beautiful and colourful display.

Philip & Derek: This community space has been brought to life over many years. From short grass all over (maintained by council) Derek has created beds and built fruit cages and raised beds using recycled timber. Most of the work is done by Derek and Philip and they both have areas that they concentrate on. Philip showed us a photo album showing the changes over the years. There is a small greenhouse too. There was a great selection of tomato plants and some colourful bedding. The judges liked the use of old toilets gleaned from a skip which were transformed into jazzy planters.

 

 

Read our latest Newsletter!

Newsletter August 2020

 

 

What's On:

 

ChART Community Food Project at WG Grace Community Centre Courtyard 

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am collection of prepacked bags 

 
Food Project Dec Jan
 
 
We are incredibly grateful that both Costcutter and Brook Pharmacy on Chinbrook Road have become donation points for us! you are now able to support our work by buying donations in both shops, their teams will hold the items ready for ChART to collect and distribute in our parcels.
 
If you need to contact Citizens advice Lewisham we have been informed that the advice line is open- the number is 0800 231 5453.
 
For additional support in Lewisham, including befriending, help with deliveries and access to food parcels / foodbanks please phone 03330 150378 or visit the website www.lewishamlocal.com for further details.
 
 

Walk with ChART 

 Our Thursday Walking group is currently suspended

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Grove Park Connections Virtual Coffee Morning

Grove Park Connections Face to Face Thursday Group is cancelled until further notice but we are still meeting online! Contact francis@vslonline.org.uk for details of how to join our our friendly Zoom group. We "meet" every Thursday 11:30am  - 12:30pm, enjoy a chat, some quizzes and games, and reguklarly have guest speakers and activities. Staying Home? You can still stay connected!

Virtual Coffee Morning GP Connections 2

  

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Do you want to do something for your local community?

Volunteer with ChART and help make our little corner of the world an even better place.

Even half an hour can make a big difference. For more information e-mail: info@chartbiglocal.org.uk 

 

Employment, Skills and Training

 If you need employment support please contact Suzannah: suzannah@chartbiglocal.org.uk / 07450 555942

You can also try these useful resources (Please note ChART is not responsible for any content on external websites or services delivered by these organisations):

Break into the tech and creative industries

Are you looking to break into the tech and creative industries but not sure how?

Stride, has been set up to promote creativity and innovation locally, and is running a virtual Talent Scout event on 19 May as part of its Barrier Breakers series. The event is for those aged 18+ and will connect the creative and tech industry with underrepresented talent. Enjoy live panel discussions, workshops and round tables. Book your free place for Talent Scout on Stride London's website - https://stride.london/projects/barrier-breakers/

JOB CENTRE

Your local Job Centre Plus is in Woolwich but check the website for information on benefits and jobs:  https://www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus

JOBS

Looking for a Job?  Have you tried these websites:

https://www.indeed.co.uk

https://www.totaljobs.com

https://www.charityjob.co.uk

https://jobs.theguardian.com

https://www.cv-library.co.uk

https://www.reed.co.uk

https://www.glassdoor.co.uk

https://www.adzuna.co.uk

https://www.monster.co.uk

https://www.jobs.ac.uk

https://www.jobsite.co.uk

http://www.careerexperts.co.uk

 

 

National Careers Service  - https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/  Tel: 0800 100 900   @PG_CareersLon

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training, career choice, career development, job search and the labour market, delivered by qualified, impartial careers advisers. It can be accessed online, by telephone and face-to-face (for people aged 19 and over)

 

 

Remember many of these websites have some really good advice and tips and also help you with skills such as building your CV.

 

 

 SKILLS AND TRAINING

 

Don’t forget to consider re-training – there are lots of opportunities and some free courses.  Have a look at your local providers:

Lewisham College - Main site: Lewisham Way London SE4 1UT  Bus -136 or train from Grove Park Station (Second campus in Deptford)  https://www.lewisham.ac.uk

Free basic courses for the unemployed:

https://www.lewisham.ac.uk/free-courses-for-job-seekers

Adult Learning Lewisham (Centres in Grove Park, Brockley, Granville Park SE13)

Has a range of courses, some free of charge.  https://lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/education/adult

Bromley College of Further and Higher Education

Rookery Lane, Bromley BR2 8HE    Bus – 261

https://www.lsec.ac.uk/locations/bromley

And remember Council Websites have local jobs, apprenticeships and advice:

Lewisham Council

https://lewisham.gov.uk/mayorandcouncil/counciljobs

Bromley Council

https://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/100008/jobs_and_careers

Greenwich Council

https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/200149/jobs_training_and_volunteering