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Grants available from Thrale charity for SE27 organisations helping out with the COVID response

The Thrale Charity grant programme for 2020 has just opened. For this year the charity is specifically focusing their grant giving on organisations helping with the impact of COVID – whether through helping to promote health and wellbeing, or alleviating economic and social hardship caused by the pandemic. More money is available this year than in the past - £50,000 in total. Like last year, Thrale are hoping that lots of organisations from SE27 will apply. Applications will be especially welcome from organisations which have not applied for a grant from Thrale before.

National Tree Week

This week is National Tree Week - running until Sunday 6 December 2020. Tree Week is promoted by the Tree Council as the UK’s largest annual tree celebration and to mark the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). This year, as for most things in 2020, events and activities are a little different than usual.

Gipsy Hill community Christmas Tree

We are pleased to hear that the Friends of Gipsy Hill’s fundraiser for their first community Christmas tree has successfully met its target. The tree represents light shining out in the dark evenings and a focal point to bring the community together. read more about the tree of hope here on the Friends website.

Census 2021

The next census will be on Sunday 21 March 2021, but people will be able to complete it a few weeks before and after this day. This will be a digital first census, meaning that everyone will be encouraged to fill it in online.

Volunteering opportunities this week

Learning mentors with Rathbone Youth Centre, AgeUK Phone Friends, Lambeth Forum Network (Norwood Forum is a member), and information about the onHand volunteering app.

Autumn leaves

The Council's contractor Veolia deploys an enhanced sweeping service every Autumn, employing 26 additional sweepers to concentrate on areas where leaf-fall is heaviest. Despite their best efforts, Veolia finds it is never easy to keep on top of it, particularly during the type of windy weather we've been experiencing, and has also asked its local street champion volunteers to help.