All posts tagged: community

Local resident sets up new raffle

Local resident Esme a.k.a East Dulwich Mummy,  is raising money for two causes by running a local raffle. 50% to Nimble Arts Holiday Club and 50% to the London Air Ambulance charity. We caught up with Esme to find out more: I am a local mum raising money for a local business owner, Catherine Burgis (pictured) who owns Nimble Arts Holiday Club. I felt compelled to set up the raffle because Cath is an absolutely amazing individual. She is the eternal optimist and very selfless and kind. I have known her for six years (my sons attend Nimble Arts holiday club every school holiday and love it). Cath is the director of a limited company, so has had to rely on savings to get by throughout the Covid-19 lockdown period (as the face-to-face holiday club could not open over Easter or May half term, leading to a huge loss of income for her and her employees) and small donations from people doing the virtual holiday club. No government help has been available for Cath or  her employees as …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

Stay Alert Quiz is Back!

  Stay alert and join Link Age Southwark for another fantastic quiz LIVE on Facebook from the comfort of your own sofa! The quiz will take place live from our Facebook page on Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm. Follow Link Age Southwark to watch it live on the night. After the success of their previous two lockdown quizzes, Andrew has kindly agreed to return and host another fun and intriguing evening. Play with those at home or join a team using video calling. As always it’s free to take part, but Link Age Southwark ask you to consider making a £5 donation per team towards their Bloomin’ Lovely fundraiser – a new project to adapt their gardening service and supply plants and flowers to brighten up the homes and gardens of older people who are shielding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding from the project will also help to make up the shortfall from their cancelled community fundraising events which raise vital funds to facilitate their services. You can make your pledge here.