Community Update – November 2018

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South London Cares – Winter Wellbeing Project
Bags of Taste at Pembroke House
London Bubble Theatre
Men’s Shed Association
Blackfriar’s Settlement


South London Cares

Winter Wellbeing Project

South London Cares brings people aged 65 and over, together with their younger neighbours for fun, friendship and laughter across Southwark and Lambeth.

From October 2018 – March 2019 they’re running their Winter Wellbeing project, supporting older neighbours to stay warm, active, healthy and connected.

What they do:

  • Deliver blankets, hats, gloves and thermal socks
  • Winter Grants of up to £100, which can be used for high bills, winter coats and other items to help battle the cold.
  • Connect people to organisations who can provide benefits and energy saving advice
  • 24 free social clubs that run year round (including, film nights, technology workshops, trips etc.).
  • Befriending

If you would like to refer someone over 65 to the project, please email Elyssa with their name, DOB, telephone number and what support they might need – they’ll be in touch with them within a week.

They’d love to visit your surgery for a couple of hours to speak to patients in the waiting room about the support they can offer – flu jab clinics are a particularly good time. They won’t need anything from you, just let them know a date and a time and they’ll be there, leaflets in hand.


Pembroke House

80 Tatum St, London SE17 1QR


Bags of Taste

Learn to cook delicious recipes from around the world that cost less than £1 per head. At the end of every lesson you can buy bags of ingredients at a cost of £3.00 each, with enough food included for four meals, so you can try cooking it again (and again) at home.

Please see their website and leaflet.


Bubble Theatre

London Bubble Workshop, 5 Elephant Lane, SE16 4JD
020 7237 4434

The Bubble has developed a Creative Elders Programme to offer older adults in the local area opportunities to connect and create. All activities are currently free to attend. For more details please contact Lucy.


Charting the Mayflower

In 1620 a group of people left England to start a new life across the Atlantic. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the departure of the Mayflower from the river’s edge in Rotherhithe.

On Thursday 22nd November, a free community lantern procession will take place in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey to mark the beginning of Illuminate Rotherhithe. It will begin at Mayflower Park at 5pm and arrive at Kings Stairs Gardens. Everyone is welcome to the free lantern-making workshops where they can make a lantern for the procession. For the dates of these workshops please see their leaflet.

For more information please get in touch with Georgia.


Tea Break Theatre

A drop-in group for adults which embodies the belief that theatre-making can improve wellbeing and confidence. Tea, cake and a chat, followed by a gentle workshop to make friends, tell stories and share laughter. Fore more information, please see their leaflet or contact Lucy.


Men’s Shed Association

London Bubble Workshop, 5 Elephant Lane, SE16 4JD


Rotherhithe Shed

Set up in partnership by Bubble Theatre and Time & Talents, it aims to bring together older folks to put their practical skills to good use – fixing, making, whittling, drilling, sawing and generally tinkering.

Sessions are held twice a week on Monday mornings and Thursday afternoons (click for schedule), in a well equipped workshop where participants can work together on a range of practical activities. Skilled artists and technical experts are available to support the participants, and project ideas are strongly encouraged and developed. If you have something that needs mending or maintaining, be it a wobbly chair or a squeaky bike bring it along. Or if you want to help make and paint the new sign for the shed, or just make the tea – you are welcome.

For more information please contact Devon or visit their website.

A shed can also be found at Darwin Court, Southwark, SE17 1AD, 020 3828 4818.


Blackfriar’s Settlement

1 Rushworth Street, London, SE1 0RB

020 7928 9521

You can visit their website here. Alternatively, please see their leaflet about the ‘Positive Ageing’ events being held at Blackfriars in November.