We know that staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives gets harder as time goes by, and that keeping yourself and your family entertained for such long periods is a new and often difficult challenge. To help in a small way, we’ve developed an online library of things to do at home to help you and your family keep active, creative and learning at home during the lockdown. There’s lots on offer from free film screenings to art workshops, dance classes and much more and we’ve included some further highlights below.
Sadly, we also know that not everyone who is staying at home feels safe. Remember, there is support for anyone who experiences abuse at home – you do not have to stay at home with an abuser.
I wish you all the very best and thank you again for playing your part in keeping Southwark safe.
Cllr Peter John
Donate to the community fundraiser
There’s still time to donate to the community fundraiser for local charities. United St Saviours are distributing much-needed funds to local charities who are playing a vital role in the local coronavirus response.
Are you worried about domestic abuse?
If you or someone you know is suffering from Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply. Police response and support services remain available. Nationally, there is advice and support available but you should call 999 if you are in immediate danger. Locally, the Solace Advocacy and Support Service is also available to women and men in Southwark aged 16 or over in Southwark.
Do you know a vulnerable resident who needs help?
If you know of a vulnerable Southwark resident who can’t leave the house due to coronavirus (COVID-19), and who may not have friends, family or neighbours who can help with the delivery of essential supplies, please tell us straight away so we can help them.
We’d like to thank those observing Ramadan for protecting themselves, others and our NHS, by adhering to social distancing and finding new ways to worship, bring communities together and stay safe. Read more information about staying safe during Ramadan, including information about fasting safely.
£6 million for community projects
Just before lockdown we invited local people to share ideas for community projects that could be funded from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Due to COVID-19, we’ve extended the deadline to 31 May. Tell us about your good idea for a project in your area.
Update on cemeteries
In line with the latest government guidance, our cemeteries are to reopen from 25 April in order to allow those who have lost loved ones to pay their respects, with some restrictions when funerals are taking place.
Highlights from our stay-at-home library of activities
Invite a giant baby puppet into your living room!
Zara is a giant outdoor performance suitable for the whole family, telling the epic story of a mother and her fight to protect her baby. The live performance took place outside the Imperial War Museum last April. You can watch a recording of the performance online until 11 May.
Fun family activities
Try out some fun family activities including learning to weave like Annie Albers with Tate Modern, making a zine to record your life on lockdown with South London Gallery and joining your local librarians for a virtual Baby Rhyme Time on Zoom.
Get moving with some top tips and resources for maintaining and improving your fitness at home and check out virtual exercise classes and activities such as SuperArts super dance part on 24 April.
Watch classic cinema and top documentaries for free
Browse some top quality eResources from Southwark Libraries. We recommend Kanopy for classic cinema and top documentaries, and Ancestry Library Edition to start researching your family history and liven up your next family video chat.
Get free ebooks and audio books from Southwark Libraries
Join Southwark Libraries online today to take advantage free reading material including ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines and newspapers from around the world.
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45