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The Last Word – Vivien Piercy

In the July issue of SE21, local resident and business owner Vivien Piercy had the last word.  See what she had to say: My name is Vivien Piercy. This is the 20th year I have been running a family law firm of solicitors in West Dulwich where I work from home with my partner, Mark Piercy. How long have you lived in the area and what has changed most during that time? When we were looking for more space for our growing family, nearby parks and a friendly neighbourhood, we found this in West Dulwich where to our surprise we have remained ever since. 30 years ago the area was a leafy family suburb and a touch dull. Unwelcoming pubs, unenterprising restaurants, and certainly no takers for hot pod yoga, clothes shops, a Sicilian deli or food stalls.  Things have begun to change in West Dulwich. What do you value most about the street you live in? Do you know your neighbours? Carson Road is more a community than a street, where neighbours look out for one …

Ways to Overcome Fear of Change!

Coming out of lockdown and embracing the ‘new normal’ is bringing up real fears & anxieties. There is a fear of catching the virus, as many more people are venturing out again, using public transport, shopping etc. For those that suffer with social anxiety it’s the social aspect of coming out of lockdown. For people who are more introverted or are not naturally at ease around others, being at home has been a welcome relief. All of the normal everyday pressures of life and having to interact and mix with others have been avoided.  Understandably people are also nervous about having to work in a different way and there are some real fears about job security. Here Are Some Mindset Tips for Coping with Change; 1) You’ve survived change before! Remember that you’ve dealt with change before and you will do it again! Make a note of all of the times that changes have happened in your life up to now. Realise that you dealt with these changes and maybe even thrived afterwards. Maybe you …

Link Age Southwark launches Bloomin’ Lovely

Local charity Link Age Southwark has launched a brand new project with the aim of bringing colour and nature back to the lives of older people in Southwark, but they need your help to make it happen. Bloomin’ Lovely is a fundraiser with a vision of gifting plants to older people who have been unable to leave their homes for many weeks due to the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the pandemic, the charity have been supporting over 60s who have been unable to do any kind of shopping, which includes buying plants and flowers to spruce up their homes and gardens. This project aims to raise funds to deliver bedding plants, a bunch of flowers or a houseplant to show our older friends that the local community hasn’t forgotten them. A willing band of volunteer gardeners will deliver the plants and can also offer practical help with planting and tidying garden spaces to ensure our older friends’ gardens aren’t left untended. The charity’s fundraising goal is £5,000 which is being raised through an online crowdfunder page …

Charity Fundraising Video

Like most of us, local personal trainer Holly Russo has found the lockdown difficult, but she decided to do something quite different! I was inspired to create this charity fundraising video after watching another lockdown fight game created by some of the most successful Hollywood actresses. I decided to choose Mind charity as I have seen how mental health affects people first hand, including losing my uncle to suicide. This has been a very tough time with lockdown and people will need as much care and support as possible in moving forward with their lives. I am a local girl born and raised in Forest Hill and am also an actress and trainee stuntwoman. If you would like to help Holly, please watch her video and you can donate to her JustGiving page here. Follow Holly on Instagram.

The Last Word – Bercem Budak

In the June issue of SE23, local student Bercem Budak had the last word.  See what she had to say: I’m Bercem Budak, a student studying Media at Sussex University who is very interested in journalism. I also love music, I sing as well as play a Turkish instrument called the ‘baglama’. I’m the daughter and niece of the owners of the family run business Lazy Chef and currently manage their social media, create their menus and work part-time as a barista for additional income.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in Forest Hill for my entire life; I was born here and grew up to be a part of the lovely community. What has changed most during that time? Growing up here I have seen some lovely changes, businesses have improved, there has been an addition of some lovely cafes, bars and pubs. What do you most value about the area? There is a lovely sense of community in Forest Hill, which I have found to be more important and …