We are proud to be in the heart of Lewisham. We are home to many local organisations who provide valuable information and support for residents of our borough. Many of our staff are Lewisham residents, we work closely with the local council and organisations who support our young, elderly and most vulnerable residents. Our community is at the heart of everything we do.
Our building bears witness to the real sense of unity that exists in our corner of South-East London, and in this challenging time, we want to highlight and celebrate acts of hope, joy and togetherness.
Here at the Albany, we are continuing to work to serve this borough and the amazing people who live here. This is a challenge that we face collectively, and it will take a collective response to get through this. Along with the resources below, we will be sharing stories on our website and social media channels throughout this crisis. Stories of resilience, stories of hope and most of all stories of community. Our community, our borough, our Lewisham.
To all Lewisham residents, we hope you find the resources below useful, be it for yourself or someone close to you.
We also invite you to share your Lewisham stories on social media. We are all in this together. We will all get through this together #LoveLewisham
Lots of us want to do something to help our community during this time, but it can seem hard with social distancing in place. Find out some way you can become a community volunteer from your home with this guide from Lewisham Local.
One of the realities of this crisis is that not everyone has access to the food they need. Here you can find locations and times of Food Bank drop off points in Lewisham, as well as a guide to the most urgently needed items.
You can also sign up to donate to Lewisham Food Bank. You can also add GiftAid to your donation if you are eligible.
You can also donate directly from your phone texting lewishamfood5 to 70085 to donate £5. This will cost £5 plus your standard rate message charge. You can give any whole amount up to £20.
The Mayor of Lewisham’s Food Bank Appeal is also seeking to raise £150,000 for Lewisham Foodbank. All donations given via this campaign will go to either purchase food for residents or enhancing Lewisham Foodbank services (e.g. providing volunteers with gloves, setting up a delivery service for those self isolating and purchasing addition equipment as needed)
Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL) are looking for volunteer drivers and passenger assistants to support a group of vulnerable people to attend the Calabash day centre in Catford.
Become a member of Evelyn Community Store, the shop run by residents, for residents. It offers low cost, healthy groceries on your doorstep. Become a member and you could save up to £30 a week on household essentials, compared to buying from a regular supermarket. You can also add yourself to the waiting list for volunteers.
Animal lover? Find advice on how to keep and interact with your animals during the COVID crisis whilst also keeping yourself safe with this guide.
Youth First have launched and exciting programme to keep you occupied and active during quarantine. Fitness challenges, what movies to watch on free TV, quizzes, cooking guides and more are all here.
We’ll be adding to this and sharing more in the weeks to come so check back for more!
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