Christmas – Thinking About Others

Although we think and care about others all the year round the Christmas period makes us focus on others more and seek ways to help.

Often life can be rushed and we are busy juggling between work, family and caring responsibilities.

So I just wanted to share some of the initiatives in Lewisham and nationally to help sign post information which can use to help those who are homeless or lonely. We can all do our own little bit by checking in neighbours and engaging with each other more. I know in Lewisham we have fantastic community spirit and that’s what make us Lewisham.

Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan has launched a winter appeal with proceeds going to The 999 Club, a homelessness charity in Deptford, and the Lewisham Foodbank run by the Trussell Trust. You can fund out more and donate by clicking here.

You can also find out more about The 999 Club here and about Lewisham Foodbank here.

Christmas Dinner Places

There are a number of places that are providing Christmas dinners:

Christmas Day – December 25th

Deptford Methodist Church, 1 Creek Road, SE8 3BT

A 10.30 service (or just come along at 11.30) for welcome, tea and coffee. Then a 3-course lunch followed by games & entertainment, ending at 3.30.

Call in to Reception or ring Rev David Gillman on 020 8692 0048 for an application form and to discuss transport.

All Saints Community Centre, Monson Road, SE14 5EH

Christmas Mass in the Hall at 11am, then a traditional lunch starting at around 1pm, followed by tea with cakes and sandwiches and a visit from Father Christmas. There is no charge for anything. Phone Father John on 07703 567 214 as some transport may be available.

St John’s, St John’s Vale (corner of Lewisham Way), SE8 4EA

Lunch 12.30 to 3pm. Advance booking preferred: call Peter, 020 8692 2857 or 07786 160 993, or email peter.stjohnsdeptford@gmail.com. Limited transport may be available.

Cummin’ Up Restaurant & Take-away 389 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6NZ

Richard Simpson and his family will cook traditional British Christmas Day fare (even Brussels sprouts!), plus jerk chicken, rice and peas and mixed salad

1pm to 6pm.

Christchurch URC Bellingham Green, SE6 3HQ

Lunch, tea, fun and games from 11.30 to 5pm. Ring or text Tommo on 07712 677 174 or Jan on 07962 344 744 to book your place and enquire about transport.

Boxing Day – December 26th

Forest Hill Methodist Church, Normanton Street, Forest Hill, SE23 2DS

Traditional turkey and Christmas pudding, with an option of being picked up and dropped home.

Free, but not a drop-in. Please phone VSL on 020 8291 1747 as soon as possible to make arrangements, or else call in at the Voluntary Services Lewisham office, in the Leemore Centre, 29-39 Clarendon Rise, SE13 5ES to fill in the form.

The Hill Station, Kitto Road, SE14 5TY (close to the 343 and 484 bus routes)

Open from 12noon to about 4pm. Anyone feeling the let-down after Christmas is welcome to come along and bring any leftovers they have to share, or just bring themselves! There will be hot drinks, biscuits, cake and company. All free.

St Barnabas Church Hall, Downham Way, BR1 5EL

Free tea and cakes and a fun-filled afternoon 3.00 to 5pm. Contact Fr Stuart Leck on 020 8698 0283 to say if you’re coming or find out more. On bus routes 181, 136 and 336.

Evelyn 190 Community Centre, 190 Evelyn Street SE85DB (in the old church)

Evelyn Crafty Cooks will welcome you from 9am to 9pm. Come to enjoy nice food, play games and have fun ! No booking required. For info call 02869107190

New Year’s Day — January 1st

Christchurch URC Bellingham Green, SE6 3HQ

As above from 10.30 to 5pm.

Ring or text Tommo 07712 677 174 or Jan 07962 344 744 to book your place or ask about transport. Hoppa Bus 336 or a 15 minute walk from Bromley Road.

Evelyn 190 Community Centre, 190 Evelyn Street SE85DB (in the old church)

Evelyn Crafty Cooks will welcome you from noon to mighnight ! Come to enjoy nice food, play games and have fun ! No booking required. For info call 02869107190

The Samaritans

The Samaritans are only a call away on this free number from any phone: 116 122.

They are always seeking volunteers and give great training. You can also donate on their website which you reach by clicking here.

Domestic Violence

If you feel threatened or at risk of violence then support for people experiencing gender-based violence is given by the Athena service.

The Athena service, run by Refuge, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence.

Help is available now.

If you are in danger now call 999.

If not, contact the Athena service:

Telephone: 0800 112 4052

Email: lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk

About the Athena service

The Athena service supports women and girls aged 13 and over and men aged 16 or over, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, non binary and transgender clients who identify as male, female or another gender, or are questioning their gender identity.

Get more information about the Athena service on its website by clicking here.

The Athens Service is here to help you.

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