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The Wellness Games are an annual London Wide sporting event for the over 55’s. Teams are entered on a borough basis and this is the first time that the event has been held in Lambeth with a Lambeth team taking part.

Mayor of Lambeth visiting the Wellness Games at Brixton Recreation Centre

Mayor of Lambeth visiting the Wellness Games at Brixton Recreation Centre

Along with visiting the games, chatting to team members from Lambeth and other boroughs it was a great opportunity to visit the leisure centre that I used to use regularly when I lived in Brixton but had not seen since its refurbishment.

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Greenwich who was also visiting the games

Mayor of Lambeth with the Mayor of Greenwich who was also visiting the games

Everyone was having a great time and it was clear that the games were hugely popular.

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the entrants to the Wellness Games

Mayor of Lambeth with one of the entrants to the Wellness Games

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CHASE hospice care for children gives help and support to families with children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood.

Mayor of Lambeth with Anna Roche from CHASE

Mayor of Lambeth with Anna Roche from CHASE

The CHASE community care team work out on the road throughout the year supporting families in their homes and in the community, whilst the Hospice is in Guildford they do the work across South West London, Surrey and West Sussex.

Anna Roche, Community fundraising manager, showed me around the Hospice and took the time to tell me about their work and some of the amazing facilities they have available. It is quite clear that every need of the children, their families including their siblings has been thought through.

I was particularly moved by the rooms they put by for children who have passed away. These rooms are especially cooled to enable the families to visit the child and say goodbye at their own pace prior to the funeral in a setting like the child’s bedroom and if they wish items special to the child can be placed around them. I could see how helpful this could be for the families who had lost a child and even for the staff who must be so affected after working with the children and families for many years.

The work being done by the CHASE team is amazing, and it was clear that everyone there was extremely passionate and committed.

CHASE is not funded by the government and is reliant on donations to keep their valuable work going. In the current climate funding for smaller organisations is extremely tough and donations from the public are more important than ever.

The Darby & Joan Club in Streatham was a hotbed of activity today, as their members came together for their annual event as part of Black History Month.

Mayor of Lambeth at Streatham Darby and Joan Club

Mayor of Lambeth at Streatham Darby and Joan Club

Unlike some groups which are very targeted to a specific group within the borough, the Darby & Joan Club is extremely diverse and a great example of how people from very different backgrounds can a do come together, support one another and provide a valuable source of friendship to people who otherwise could become extremely isolated.

I was treated to some delicious food, which I needed in the middle of an extremely busy, and was great to see everyone coming together for the meal.

I heard about how the work on Phase II of the development of the Streatham Communities Hub had started with commencement of the building works on the coach house which will incorporate the Older Persons Resource Centre and Lambeth Carers Hub.

 

 There is some great work going on at the Darby & Joan Club and Gloria Baileys ‘Make a difference Black-Afro Caribbean Group’ did a great job putting on this event which had a big party atmosphere – just a shame I had to go back to work as I would have loved to stay on and partied all afternoon.

I was delighted to have been asked to unveil this new noticeboard, paid for through the borough-wide Ward Purse scheme created which I know both the local councillors and other representatives from the community were extremely excited about.

Mayor of Lambeth with local residents and Councillors Mark Bennett and John Kazantzis

Mayor of Lambeth with local residents and Councillors Mark Bennett and John Kazantzis

The noticeboard will be used by Streatham South councillors to keep residents informed of news from the council, the police and other public bodies and it will be shared with the Streatham Vale Property Occupiers Association (SVPOA), an extremely active residents’ groups in the area and I was pleased to present Paul Chesterman, chair of the SVPOA’s Environment Committee, with a set of keys.

It was great to see so many local people come out for the unveiling of what some may not deem of great importance. However I could see there was great pride at this new symbol of the Streatham Vale community and that this will be well used to encourage more people to become involved in community life by advertising the many events and organisations in the area.

The meeting was to share with the Ambassadors the first set of grants that have been awarded to local organisations with a focus on tackling worklessness.

Mayor of Lambeth at a meeting of Lambeth Community Fund Ambassadors

Mayor of Lambeth at a meeting of Lambeth Community Fund Ambassadors

Following the tradition of previous years, the Latin American community came together for this religious and cultural celebration at St George’s Cathedral on Lambeth Road.

Mayor of Lambeth following the service

Mayor of Lambeth following the service

The chief clebrant was the Apostolic Nuncio.

It was an interesting service given that it was in Spanish which whilst I can speak a small amount was difficult to follow the whole service – however what did strike me was how music was such a part of it. I attended it with my consort Anne Sassoon and the Mayor of Southwark.
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A packed congregation greated us at St John’s Church in Angell Town for their Harvest Thanksgiving.

Mayor of Lambeth and consort Anne Sassoon with Rev Rosemarie Mallett

Mayor of Lambeth and consort Anne Sassoon with Rev Rosemarie Mallett

I was welcomed by the Reverend Dr. Rosemarie Mallett, Priest in Charde of St John’s. Also attending was Lambeth councils chief executive Chief Executive Derrick Anderson and local councillor Rachael Heywood.

It was a hugely varied service with readings and Hymns together with Preacher Reverend Claudette Douglas reminding everyone that they should not take what they have for granted.