I am pleased to post this article written by a Community Connections client Kofi. He has added much to the time bank community at Crofton Park, welcomes new members and continues to stay in touch with our project- Rosa.
I was curious to attend the Community Connections launch event on Thursday, 27th March at Lewisham Town Hall. Once I got there, it became clear that Community Connections was one of many smaller invited organisations behind stalls helping to make up the bigger event.
I found the main meeting in the morning positive and helpful. It helped me to understand a lot more about what goes into the workings of my borough, Lewisham. Upon reflection, I thought the launch went very well. I was able to help a little on the TimeBank stall. In the afternoon when I was asked to speak briefly in the transport workshop, I talked about my introduction to Time Bank, about my needs when walking, especially my needs for a travel buddy.
Below is a quote, reminding me about my need for independence. Kofi:
“through community connections (and Rosa), I became less dependent and become more independent.”
Having been introduced to TimeBank two great things have happened. The first is that I have slightly more independence. The second is that I was introduced to a travel buddy, and after TimeBank finishes we walk back to my house together.
Thank you, Community Connections! Thank you, TimeBank! Thank you, travel buddy!
An exciting new source of funding from the local authority has become available for voluntary and faith organisations in Lewisham. It is for small, one-off projects that benefit communities in Lewisham and applications are being accepted as of today.
For more information and to download the application form, you can visit the page for the funding on the Lewisham Council website:
If you have an idea for a small project that you would like to discuss, please get in touch with us. Applications from organisations who work closely with us are encouraged, so our community development workers would love to hear from you and could even help you put together a funding bid!
Post by Henry
I began working with Norah in March 2014. She had just experienced a painful and frightening fall whilst walking her dog. I went to visit Norah shortly after her fall to talk about how we could improve her situation. She had also recently lost a close friend and was feeling a little down. The following week Norah and I went to a singing group which was unfortunately cancelled. At the group we bumped into Sabrina who also works on the Community Connections project. Instead of going to the group we all went to the pensioners drop in at the Catford Broadway theatre café. We walked with Norah around the Catford centre. Afterwards, Norah said she’d enjoyed doing this and felt more confident walking after her fall. Norah was determined to get better and do her weekly shopping in Catford independently!
Whilst getting to know Norah, she told me about her love of ballroom dancing and the awards she had won in the past. We decided to find a new class to try. We went to “Dance into Retirement”, at Mycenae House in Blackheath. We met a lot of other dancers, Norah and I both found this very interesting and she even taught me some cha, cha, cha! Although Norah has not decided to attend regularly, she enjoyed finding out about the class, she also appreciated the sign posting to social groups provided by Community Connections.
Now in June, Norah has made an excellent recovery from her fall. She is lucky to have some really supportive neighbours who walk her dog and help out a lot, and she has some excellent friends who she’s been able to reconnect with. Norah stated that Community Connections “gave me confidence.” Norah said that she is no longer frightened to walk outdoors and that she feels more confident after going out with me and trying new experiences. Norah said that she will tell anyone who is experiencing a difficult time to contact us. Sabrina and I are still hoping that Norah will try out a group called Friendship Fridays, we think her dancing skills would be a great asset there!
Post by Rosa.
Community Connections held a stall at the Stroke Association “Community Fair” this weekend. The event aimed to raise awareness of strokes in the community. It was also a great way to end the ‘Action on Stroke Month’ campaign which has been running throughout May.
The event had a bouncy castle, face painting and a bric-a-brac pop up shop to entice people to join in the fun! Luckily the sun was out and the stalls could be held in Griffin Square, outside the Deptford lounge. Deptford high street is a busy market area and this gave us the chance to discuss Community Connections with lots of people passing by. In-between networking we played dominoes with the local kids and browsed the bric-a-brac stall!
Lewisham community organisations were well represented, with Carers Lewisham, Diabetes UK, Stop Smoking service and Healthwatch Lewisham in attendance. The Africa Advocacy Foundation (AAF) had a stall close to us too. It was great to see them there and this gave our Community Development Worker Sabrina a chance to catch up with them. Sabrina will be working with AAF to set up two new services in collaboration with The Reader organisation and My Computer Focus. Watch this space for future developments!
Post by Rosa.