As part of the Our Streets investment programme, we will be planting trees across the ward – and we want to hear from you! Help us to choose locations and species of trees using the form below. Please complete the form by 10th December.
We are working our way around the ward to identify empty tree pits that need a new tree, and to doorknock different streets and ask for residents’ suggestions. If you’d like us to doorknock in your street – please just get in touch!
Our Labour Mayor of London has set out plans to help homeless people with a new £350m fund. This will include support for former rough sleepers and victims of domestic abuse.
The funding will be available to housing providers to offer move-on accommodation to homeless people who are ready to move into a home of their own after spending time supported in hostels and refuges.
Sadiq is investing a further £9m annually in services for rough sleepers and recently launched a new taskforce, “No Nights Sleeping Rough”, which will bring together Government, local councils like Lambeth and key agencies to focus on preventing rough sleeping and helping those on the streets.
Lambeth Council has secured a share of £6m funding to help unemployed residents into work – especially those who are homeless or overcoming substance abuse. Lambeth is one of six initiatives commissioned by the London Councils, with funding also coming from the European Social Fund, part of the EU.
The programme will offer enhanced support for homeless residents and residents who have recently recovered from substance abuse, plus disabled residents, over-50s, BAME residents and women. It will be delivered by voluntary and community organisations across the borough from September 2016 to December 2018. Across the six projects, 4,500 people will be helped back into work in this needs-led approach.
Our deputy leader Paul McGlone, who is chair of the London Councils’ grants committee, said: “The money will be focused on those who are a long way from employment and will offer tailored support.”
Peabody invested in new play equipment and an outdoor gym on Peabody Hill. Across London this year, this was their biggest investment, and included a new playpark and sandpit, adventure play equipment and a treehouse for older children and an outdoor gym for residents of all ages.
Cllrs Anna and Max were invited to open the new facilities and joined in with a day of fun and games, including testing the new play parks, joining in with a sports day, free health checks, and meeting the gym instructor to learn about the new gym.
Peabody Hill is an isolated estate and one of the least affluent parts of the ward. Anna, Max and Fred have done a lot of work to engage and empower local residents – they helped to set up an Over-60s Club, Christmas daytrips for residents, litter picking and estate clean ups, and support the local youth club.
The lovely photos are thanks to Brian Aldrich Photography.