All posts tagged: local

The Last Word – Victoria Rennison

I am Victoria Rennison and I started the first Covid-19 community raffle – #SaveEastDulwich – to support local independent businesses during the pandemic.     How long have you lived in the area? I have lived in East Dulwich for just over 3 years. What brought you here? I used to live elsewhere in South London but when I first came to East Dulwich, I fell in love with the village feel of it, with the green space and independent shops and cafes and the sense of community. It has the best bits of London whilst still feeling like its own little area that’s outside the hustle and bustle of the city. What has changed most during that time? It has retained its independent charm and embraced the idea of local shops, restaurants, bakeries etc., even more, which is what makes the area so wonderful. The onset of the pandemic has put a lot of that under threat and has been heartbreaking to see, and is what brought about my idea of creating a community raffle …

Featured in Fifteen

Featured in Fifteen was set up in 2017 by two good friends, Helen Holden and Maya Weier. After the devastating impact of Grenfell and the terrorist attacks in London, they wanted to create an evening of positivity and hope that would pull their community together. They sat and thrashed out ideas around ‘What would be our perfect night out?’ The answer was – an evening of interesting discussions that provoke us to think more openly. The idea of providing an audience with more than one speaker (with a drink in hand) in a considered time frame (15 minutes) felt like an interesting challenge for them…So that’s when Featured in Fifteen first came to life. Their events (up until Covid19) were a live event held bi-monthly in the Signal Pub, Forest Hill. Helen and Maya would work together finding their features with very different personal stories to explore their theme; be it someone that has been challenged by mental health, an artist that is working for societal impact, explorer, writer, someone living with terminal illness… you …

The Last Word – Mehreen Lodhi

In the June issue of SE21, local artist Mehreen Lodhi had the last word.  See what she had to say: I am an artist living in Dulwich, London.  I have pursued my passion for art vigorously alongside practicing as a lawyer over the last decade. How long have you lived in the area? I grew up in Dulwich and love everything about it. I was born in Pakistan and attended a private school there before moving to Dulwich, London.   I was 12 years old when we moved to Dulwich, it was in the height of the 80s when I used to see young people in Dr Martens and punk hairstyles walking along the streets and Madonna topped the music charts. I have lived in Dulwich for over three decades. What has changed most during that time? Not much but places like The Rosendale used to have smoky windows and you could never see what was going on inside.  I was always curious and imagined trays full of cigarette butts next to empty bottles of wines …

High Street Heroes

Times are strange and new to us all, we’ve all had to adapt one way or another. As a photographer I’ve found myself without work but an urge to document the changes around me. I took to wandering the locale and felt that shopkeepers that have been able to adapt and stay open to customers as essential providers deserve some special recognition. This is a gallery of some (by no means all) of the people who have worked so hard to keep Dulwich supplied, fed, refilled and treated during the lockdown. Thanks to you all, you are my highstreet heroes! Here’s hoping that the ones that are closed will be able to reopen soon and we can have the vibrancy back in our wonderful community. I’m continuing to document local life, with portraits of other heroes such as bus drivers and street cleaners, postal and delivery staff and am about to embark on a series of what I’m calling “Pandemic Portraits” of families in lockdown… get in touch if you’d like to photographed! julia@weareoneanother.net Instagram …

Link Age Southwark adapts services for older people in Southwark and achieves top quality standard award!

The past two months have been trying for the whole community. And charities such as Link Age Southwark have had to step up to a whole new level while serving the needs of our older people. With the social distancing rules in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they have had to suspend their over 20 groups and converted face to face befriending relationships to telephone befriending. Fortunately, with their amazing army of volunteers, they have risen to the challenge and have succeeded in reaching out to even more older people, having set up over 40 new matches on top of their 160 existing ones. Their group volunteers and tutors have been heroes too, keeping up their activities with group members, conducting chats, singing and exercise over the telephone and Zoom.  Link Age Southwark has also set up a shopping service for the first time for people who are completely isolated. More plans are in place including setting up conference calls with groups of older people. Living their ‘can do’ value has never been so …